Dark Faerie Tales is extremely pleased to have Farran du Clare, Knight Templar from Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove, here today. Farran has information about a portal to Hell. Immortal Surrender is the second book in the Curse of the Templars series and was released on September 25, 2012. Want to know our thoughts on the first book in the series, Immortal Hope? Read Kiwi’s review here.
Claire is giving away one digital copy of any one of her backlist books, excepting those in the Templar series, to one randomly drawn commenter at each stop on the blog tour. In addition, commenters’ names will be added into the tour-end drawing of a 25.00 Amazon gift card. Follow the tour – the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Complete tour dates can be found here.
Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction’s Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.
Claire lives in Missouri with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters.
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Good morn. ‘Twas Claire who suggested I speak to all of you about the rumors surrounding the cemetery in Stull, Kansas. Legend holds ‘tis a gateway to hell, a place where Satan calls the vilest of souls unto his bidding, one night a year, when the veil between the realms is the thinnest.
Some say the vortex opened in the 1850s when a stablehand stabbed the mayor to death in an old barn. ‘Twas reported more than once the burned cross that hung over the doorway flipped upside down when visitors passed beneath. Others claim they have been grabbed or touched by unseen hands when they walk amongst the graves.
The truly brave whisper that the devil comes to visit a woman buried there, a woman whose tombstone bears the name of Wittich, and that he also inhabits his own resting place, taking the form of a boy born a witch, half-wolf half-man, who roams the trees after nightfall.
‘Tis false. Naught more than a product of wild imaginings and story-crafters who entertain.
But though Stull is mere legend, the gateways to hell indeed are true. Only they are far more inconspicuous. There are no beckonings to lure the innocent within or call unto service the most horrific. Nay, ‘tis the unholy that journey out.
Demons walk amongst man. Vile shades lurk in shadows. Waiting for the unsuspecting and feeding off the blind. Woe is he who meets Azazel’s darkest knights, for death soon follows. It cannot be escaped, there is no use in running.
The portals are crafted from stone, hidden far beneath the ground. The nearest unto Stull? Atchison, Kansas, where too the old Victorian, whose tower lights without electricity, is rumored to be a witch’s home. In Atchison, along the river road, deep within the caves, wafts the scent of rot and death most foul.
Aye, some call it legend. My brothers and I, however, know the truth. For ‘twas us who unearthed the vile Copper Scroll with reveals Azazel’s portals. And they existed long before this fabled Stull.
Laugh if you must. Go and visit your haunted Stull. Take a tour through Atchison’s Sallie Home and be entertained by the boredom of a malicious ghost. Stroll through Jackson Park and ignore Molly’s disembodied voice. But when you walk amongst the trees and hear the long low hoot of an owl, heed my advice—make peace with your past for Azazel has journeyed into the realm of mortals, and he hungers for your soul.
This giveaway is provided by Claire Ashgrove
One lucky winner will win a digital copy of one of Claire’s backlist books
Available September 25, 2012 from Tor
About this Book:
Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again—he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.
Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty—but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her.
As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice – his heart.
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