INHERITED DAMNATION by Claire Ashgrove
INHERITED DAMNATION is an 8 book paranormal romance series being released as one book every three weeks between January 27th and June 23rd, 2015.
Damned at birth, eight immortal children of a high priestess are compelled to kill the one that holds their heart. They can never fall in love. Driven by the need to finally destroy their evil sire and break the curse, each struggles to balance their desire for innocence against the dark needs of their conflicted souls. The series contains mythos shared between the volumes, but each book stands on its own with a newly featured couple. The first four volumes – Cursed to Kill, Tormented by Darkness, Destined to Die, Bound by Blood, and Fated for Sacrifice are available now! Keep up with all things Inherited Damnation over on the Inherited Damnation Facebook page!
Cursed to Kill
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #1
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One of eight children born to an ancient Celtic priestess and sired by a demonic incubus, Cian McLaine suffers from a centuries-old curse. Though his immortality allows him to enjoy the pleasures of mortal life, he is plagued by the desire to kill. As long as he doesn’t fall in love he can keep the compulsion at bay.
When Cian walked into her rare bookstore months ago, Miranda Phillips never imagined she’d lose her heart to the handsome playboy. Her reward for doing so was abandonment. Cian left as mysteriously as he appeared, in the middle of the night with no explanation, no goodbye. Now he’s back, and passion flares just as hot. But Cian has secrets. If Miranda is to survive, she must uncover the truth and free his darkened soul.
Taran McLaine knows the agony of his incubus father’s curse more intimately than his siblings. A century ago he murdered the only woman he ever loved. When he finds her alive, he’s faced with the ultimate heartbreak. They have no chance at a future–he’s done all he can to insure that on his day of judgment the ancestors will deny him a mortal life.Years ago, Solene Larouche embraced Taran and the dark curse that cloaked him. She knew the risk she faced, but when Drandar pulls her back to life, she agrees to aid the demon and damn Taran to eternal suffering. One look at the man who held her heart so long ago, however, changes her mind. She must find a way to free him, even if it means condemning herself to eternity as Drandar’s slave.
As Samhain approaches, Solene and Taran conspire to destroy Drandar. But will their combined effort enable them to kill the incubus or will they be cast into Drandar’s own special Hell and all hope of their renewed love marked for death?
Before Brigid could work through the myriad of emotions that waged war on her soul, Micah moved around the couch and stopped beside her knee. One hand stretched toward her. He wagged his fingers. “Give me your hand.”
What in the name of the ancestors was he up to?
Too curious to refuse, Brigid slid her fingers into his. Warmth spread all the way to her belly, and she fought a shiver. Simple things like holding hands weren’t supposed to feel so good. She cleared her throat to cover her unexpected reaction. “Where are we going?”
“You’ll see.” With a tug, he pulled her from the couch. At the door, he turned to face her and gathered her other hand as well. “I need a promise from you, Brigid.”
“What kind of promise?”
“I need you to swear that you won’t try anything funny.”
“Funny?” She grinned. “Like stand on my head?”
“Brigid.” His voice held a note of warning.
Enough warning to tell her loud and clear what he meant, but she couldn’t resist teasing. “Or make silly faces in the mirror? Like this?” Crossing her eyes, she stuck her tongue out and puffed her cheeks.
“Brigid, if you can’t be serious, just forget the whole damn thing.”
At his exasperation, she sobered. “Forget what? It’s a little hard to be serious when I have no idea what you’re up to.”
He gave her hands an affectionate squeeze. “We’re leaving these rooms. I want you to promise that while we’re going where we’re going you aren’t going to try and ditch me.”
Leaving? Escape from these three rooms? Her heart kicked into her ribs. This was even better than she’d imagined—Micah handed her the means of total freedom. She wouldn’t even have to dupe him.
Well…beyond a little white lie that he should know better than to believe. “Okay. I promise.”
He eyed her a moment, his disbelief obvious in the speculative light of his stare. Wisely, he didn’t buy into her promise. But would that suspicion prevent him from opening the door?
Micah’s gaze narrowed, and he let out a sigh. “All right. I’m trusting you, Brigid. Don’t make me regret it.” A smidgeon of guilt stabbed into her side. Her smile faltered. Why did he have to use the t-word? Trusting her only made what she had to do that much more difficult. She’d rather he be blinded by something else. Something like desire, so there wasn’t any obvious duplicity.
Brigid pushed the uncomfortable guilt aside and focused on the more important matter. In less than ten minutes, she would never again stare out the window and wish she could be somewhere else. She’d be able to come and go as she pleased—so long as the castle wasn’t on her list of destinations.
Damn it. She’d been breaking promises for centuries. Why did her conscience have to object now?
Micah tucked her hand into his firm grip once more and opened the door. The stairwell loomed before them, cloaked in shadows from the twilight hour. Old gas lanterns flickered from their iron mountings in the wall and created eerie lights across the stone.
Twenty-eight steps to freedom.
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Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy–a must-read for speculative fiction fans. For romance fans, she also writes as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance as Sophia Garrett.
In her non-writing time, she owns and operates Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs.
To learn more, visit her at: claireashgrove.com or toristclaire.com. For all the latest updates look for the Untamed Spirit blog, via any of her websites. You can also find Claire on GoodReads, on Facebook, and on Twitter.