Sep 27, 2012

{Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway} Immortal Surrender by Claire Ashgrove

Today on Seeing Night Reviews we are the next stop in the Immortal Surrender Tour for author Claire Ashgrove. She has interviewed Gabriel from her series and I'm sure you'll enjoy him as much as I did. This is the second book in the Curse of the Templar series which I'm reading as we speak and loving it. The third book Immortal Trust comes out March 2013.

Thanks so much for having me!  Today I’d like to introduce you to a character who plays a major role in The Curse of the Templars series, the archangel Gabriel.  Now, before you get all panicky, he’s one of the nice archangels.  Well… nicer if that word applies to archangels at all.

So Gabe, real quick, for those who may not be in the know, could you tell us what your purpose with the Knights Templar is?

Gabriel:  I am the Almighty’s Messenger, so my purpose isn’t so much for the knights as it is to insure what is supposed to happen does indeed happen.  Frankly, my work is more among the mortal realm than the knights.

Lately you’ve been finding seraphs right?

Gabriel:  Yes, I’ve been tracking down the seraphs as they are revealed to me and orchestrating the pairing so the Templar prophecy may be fulfilled.

That didn’t go so well with Bianca, did it?

Gabriel sighs heavily.  Bianca… such a shame.  I am afraid she quite took me by surprise.  I was in Arizona, arranging something there, when I received word of another.  I sent her mate.  Alas, it wasn’t soon enough.

But you did good work with Noelle, although that required a little bit of craftiness.  Tell me, was it incredibly difficult to plan out?

Gabriel: Noelle is a challenging individual, and I knew from the beginning, when I learned who she belonged to, it wouldn’t be an easy journey for either her or Farran.  I felt it would work better if they knew nothing and had to figure it out as they went along.  There’d be battles of will and hearts, yes.  But those would be equally exciting for them as the new discoveries as well.

Are you happy with the way things worked?

Gabriel:  Most certainly!  Though I feared it might not, at one point.  There were a few instances where I was convinced one might kill the other.  Or that Mikhail would have to threaten them both at swordpoint.

What’s the most difficult thing about your job?

Gabriel:  It’s all duty for me, most of the time.  But because I am more in touch with mankind, I’m not as removed from their personal battles.  I confess, it pains me on some days to have to walk away from a knight who I know will fail.  To not be able to present his seraph immediately and know that he will likely die before I can.

I know you’re in a rush, but real quick, can you give us any insight on who we’ll meet next?

Gabriel’s smile becomes knowing, in a superior-kind of way.  I’ll say only, “She who digs in dust.”

Gee, thanks, Gabriel, that’s so informative.  But I guess you archangels have your moments.  I think I’m glad I’m not one of you.  Thanks for sparing some time! 

Gabriel: Safe wishes to you as well.

A Tor Mass Market
ISBN: 978-0-7653-6759-4
On Sale: September 25, 2012

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.

Author Bio:
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, 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.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance Authors, Midwest Romance Writers, and North Texas Romance Writers of America.

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.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at, or  You can also connect with her via Facebook, and Twitter.

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