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Saturday, October 29, 2011

What Scares You Most? (Additional Give-Away)

Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Samhain… for centuries this holiday has been an important part of culture. Those who are familiar with the Old Ways are familiar with the belief that this is the night the veil between Otherworld and Man’s World is the thinnest. When spirits walk amongst us on their journeys.

Those spirits have become part of entertainment. Freddy, Jason, Michael, Poltergeist. And recently, my favorite, The Rite, with the ancient demon Mal. (Sincerely hoping I’m spelling that right.)

There’s a particular fascination amongst us all with demonic spirits. We have books about angels, demons, vampires, werewolves… and we romantics… well, romanticized the deadly. As I’m writing this it occurs to me there’s one glaring difference between paranormal romance writers and King… romance writers redeem the dark and ‘save’ it. King allows it to remain a haunting entity.

When I set out to write paranormal, I wanted to incorporate some of King’s tactics, and so I needed a dark presence that couldn’t just be…saved. I handled this in my first series, The Curse of the Templars, with Azazel, the fallen archangel who can neither be killed nor destroyed. I’m getting closer and closer to the release date for the first book in that series, Immortal Hope. And I’m anxious beyond words to see how readers react to the story.

But, while waiting for that book to hit the shelves in January, I wanted to continue working with dark entities. My biggest idea is reserved by my editor currently. But short stories and novellas were still an option to work with for me… and so I hit the vast Idea Bin in my head. (Ask any writer, they have one of these and it’s often overflowing.)

After a little while, with some brainstorming assistance from my close friend and writing partner, Dyann Love Barr, things gelled, and what resulted is my new series, Inherited Damnation.

Damned At Birth...

Thousands of years ago, sixteen children were born to the Selgovae High Priestess, Nyamah. Eight were sacrificed by their incubus father in a quest for eternal power. Eight Nyamah secreted away. For betraying her evil mate, she was executed, her body divided, her soul chained to the mortal plane.

Nyamah's magic lived on. Written before her death, her book of sacred rituals details the means of destroying the incubus, Drandar. If this is accomplished, her spirit will at last rest peacefully.

But the immortal children who can carry out the rituals are divided. Some crave the innocence of light and mortal existance. Some thrive on the dark needs of their conflicted souls. Others tend the balance, forever devoted to the ancient Celt ways.

None may ever know the beauty of love, for if they should, they cannot resist the calling to kill the one who holds their heart.

Luck of all lucks, my Wild Rose Press editor loved it and we really hit the grindstone to get the first book released this month, just in time for Samhain. And, even more lucky, we’ve managed to crank three through the process so they fall closely in line with the ancient Sabots they’re written around.

I personally love the series, though truthfully, I wish the books could have been longer. There are so many things I could do with the plot. But contracts are what they are, and I’m simply grateful to be able to release them at all.

There’s an underlying fear in the novels that stays with me, even as I finish one and move on to the next – the fear that what if love can destroy someone? Sure, I have requisite demons, curses, and witchcraft, but the human fear is subtly present as well. Everything else I’ve written has love as redemption… this… not so much. It is truly a damning emotion, and even then, there’s no escape. To me, that legitimate possibility that works its way into so many real life scenarios, is more frightening than any spirit or ghost or misguided energy.

What about you? What frightens you the most? The spooky paranormal? The unexplainable? Voices whispered in the stillness? Things that go bump in the dark? Or is it something else, something particular that draws you to the paranormal even if it keeps you up all night?

Cursed to Kill is available now at The Wild Rose Press. To read more about the series, check out My Website.

If you’ve already purchased Cursed to Kill, the first person to email me a snippet from your Wild Rose Press purchase confirmation (anything that doesn’t contain personal details but shows the purchased title), I will give an advance copy of Tormented by Darkness to. The giveaway will end on midnight, Halloween, and if I get a winner before then, I’ll post here in the comments.



Unknown said...

I haven't read your books yet, but if I can get rid of the goosebumps, I'll try one!

Claire Ashgrove said...

Thank you -- I hope you enjoy it! And I'd love to hear from you.

Na said...

I do see a lot of deadly things and beings being romanticized. For me what scares me the most are evil things such demonic spirits. They are the ones who can invade your body and cause you or someone else's body to cause harm. *shudder*

Claire Ashgrove said...

No kidding, Na. I watched Paranormal Activity two weeks ago and I'm still sleeping with my nightstand light on!

Sherry Gloag said...

Just offering good wishes for your books.

Claire Ashgrove said...

Thank you, Sherry!