Guest Blog & Giveaway: IMMORTAL SURRENDER by Claire Ashgrove

September 20, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 24

We’re welcoming Claire Ashgrove to the blog today to talk about the latest installment in The Curse of the Templars, IMMORTAL SURRENDER (published on September 25th 2012 by Tor Books) and the little things that make paranormal romance so satisfying.  We have an exciting giveaway attached to this post!

The Little Things


Claire Ashgrove

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I have to gush for a minute:  All Things Urban Fantasy is a blog I adore, and I’m so excited to be here!  Really very excited about celebrating the release of Immortal Surrender with all of you.

Immortal Surrender

I’ve thought on what to blog about for over a month.  Agonized over topics that were witty, interesting, and guaranteed to make you want to read my book.  In the end, I realized I was suffering a huge case of nerves.  So backing off the grandiose expectations I put upon myself, today we’re simply going to talk about the little things that make a paranormal romance so satisfying.

Sure, we all think of incredible worlds and fantastical events or abilities when we think paranormal.  But believing in vampires, shape shifters, warlocks, and dragons (and Immortal Templar knights!) is what makes the story.

Belief is established by the little things.  It’s the texture of the sable coat the werewolf assumes that makes him real.  The subtle nuances of a city street that transports us back in time.  The ancient lettering on the cover of a book that makes it not just old, but archaic.

And Paranormal Romance takes this a step further, with not just the setting coming to life, but the relationship as well.  Little things count here too.  Often far more than many other factors.

For instance, a lingering touch of the hands often communicates more intimacy than a wild romp in the hay.  The sudden, thoughtful gesture the heroine makes, even after she’s been at odds with the hero a few hours earlier – particularly if she’s not aware she’s being thoughtful.  The heroes ability to remember, without even consciously realizing he’s done so, that she likes her coffee black with one teaspoon of sugar.

For Farran, in Immortal Surrender, the little things play an insurmountable role in his ability to embrace his seraph.  Often, Noelle has no idea she’s even touched him emotionally.  But we know it.  We know his struggle, we know where the grimace comes from, and we feel just how a chaste touch of her hand makes him hurt inside.  He believes to believe in her, not because the archangels have said he has no choice, not because she falls on her knees and professes love, but because he has seen it through the innocent gestures, the details…the tiny little nuances that color his world.

Immortal Trust (The Curse of the Templars, #3)

As with life, the little things make everything more rich, more satisfying and more memorable.  I’d love to hear your thoughts—tell me when something small, and maybe insignificant to another, has meant the world to you?

Be sure to check out Claire’s blog tour for Immortal Surrender, which officially begins on September 25th.  You can find all the dates and details about prizes, here.  Keep an eye on her blog too – rumor has it she has some silver screen stars dropping in!

 Claire AshgroveClaire 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 contemporaries, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars, will debut with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat under the pen name Tori St. Claire.

Claire lives on a small farm in Missouri with her two toddler sons, fifteen horses, four cats, and five dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at rummy, studying ancient civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family’s constant support and endless patience.



Giveaway provided by Tor Books
One copy of IMMORTAL SURRENDER by Claire Ashgrove

Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars, #2)


Available on September 25, 2012 from Tor Books


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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24 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: IMMORTAL SURRENDER by Claire Ashgrove”

  1. Jennifer Bielman

    When my mom packed me a finals basket for college when she saw how sad I was when she forgot to buy one. She made it 5 times bigger than a normal one with a whole bunch of goodies.

  2. Karin Anderson

    An acquaintance from my photography classes (which I regretfully had to drop) messaged me saying he missed seeing me in class. He then asked if I was still shooting and to post them so he could see them. It was just totally unexpected.

  3. Susan

    My mother surprised me one day with tickets to a play I wanted to see. It wasn’t a special occasion or anything. She just wanted to surprise me.

  4. erinf1

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I’ve been *dying* to read this series!

    Ummm… my bf does little household things that he will just casually mention that he did for me and is confused when I gush. It’s such a big help to me cuz we have 3 dogs and every little thing he does helps a lot!

  5. Rebe

    I love it when my husband runs to the store and then brings home a little something extra just for me (like peanut M & Ms!).

  6. Chelsea B.

    When someone goes out of their way to make you feel involoved. I can be a bit of an introvert, but I’m blessed with kind, outgoing people around me, who refuse to let to be a wallflower 🙂

  7. justpeachy36

    For me, sometimes it’s just a look that passes between my significant other and one of my children. Just knowing that we are no longer just a bunch of people that hang out together, but a family. Nothing like it!

  8. Viki S.

    My son who is a PhD student has no money but refused to NOT buy me a birthday present. He saw an un-employed person selling handmade items on the street for $1 a pc. The kid gave him his last $5 and bought me a bracelet. He picked out the perfect color to match my blue eyes and everything. It was my favorite gift.

  9. kyla whitley

    that’s easy. if would have to be all the little art projects my kids have made for me over the years. i keep all of them and pull them out on holidays or they sit around the house as part of my brick a brack … thank you for the giveaway! 😀

  10. Kai W.

    When a small token of kindness was given to me out of the blue. I was on the ship with my sister. She was seasick. I, on the other hand, thought it was a dominoes effect when my stomach was churning. It turned out I caught the flu without realizing it. A stranger out of the blue, basically checked up on me and bought me soup. Of course, he married my sister but still that act of kindness when he didn’t need to, meant a lot to me. The way I look at this situation is I got a terrific brother-in-law.

  11. wanda flanagan

    When someone just does something nice for me for no reason like one day I was in the drive trough going for my daily Lg iced tea and when I go to the payment window I was told it had already been paid for by the person in fron ot me .

  12. Natasha

    When my parents got me a hamster one time as a surprise. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Claire Ashgrove

    Good evening everyone — or should I say good morning? Reading all these tonight really made me smile. Unfortunately, Thursdays are the busiest days for me, and I couldn’t get in to comment as you went along.

    It’s really nice to stop and think about the little things. I’ll share my most recent with you:

    My son, who had just gotten in a world of trouble, was excused from his seat to go back and play. He wandered into the kitchen, returned for a piece of paper and a pen. When asked what he was doing, he said, “You’ll see.” About 10 minutes later, he retuned with a hand-made book titled, “Mommy and Me” full of pictures of us doing things together. Made my night!

  14. Vanessa

    It’s kind of silly. Today I was at the food bank I volunteer at and a woman I have worked next to for over a year on our food distribution line walked in… now I am going to digress and comment that, hey we women can be catty and cruel… but today she walks up to me (she’s always pleasant, and I adore her) and she says how great I look and notices how much weight I have lost… it felt so fantastic!!! She was just making an offhand blurt… but it totally made my day!!

  15. anna

    I really enjoyed your thoughts on this and couldn’t agree more. I just read a book this past week and the thing that stuck out most with the couple were the little glances and touches here and there while they were talking. That they sensed when the other needed that little bit of comfort. Just loved it.

    For me recently it was when someone sent me a thank you note. They could have easily shot off an email but instead sent a lovely little letter. Just made my day 🙂

  16. Rachel

    My best friend sent me a card in the mail that was blank except for a smiley face.

  17. KmichelleC87

    one time when something small meant the world to me was when i found out my boyfriend changed his email password to a form of my name


  18. Claire Ashgrove

    Awww… Still lovin’ these. Smiley face on the inside of a card really made me grin.

    Mine for the day — my hay guy invited us to celebrate his birthday with he and his family. Really insignificant in the scope of things but was super nice.

    Funny how something so small can really turn a day around.

  19. Janie McGaugh

    I work at a university, and I was really touched this past spring when several graduating students went out of their way to give/send me a thank you card – still have them displayed in my office.

  20. Leah Weller

    I’ve woken up and found that my DH had took my eye liner and had written how much he loved me on the mirror for me to find. Meant the world, that little message. 🙂