The Curse of the Templars

NOMINATED BEST NEW SERIES OF 2012
-Paranormal Haven Reviews

“This series (The Curse of the Templars) is explosive, sexy, riveting, and Claire Ashgrove is a master of her craft. ”
~ NY Times Bestselling Author, MAGGIE SHAYNE

“Ashgrove's Templars will steal your heart and her world building will leave you wanting more.”
~ National Bestselling Author, Karin Tabke

“Claire Ashgrove weaves complex layers of history, paranormal worlds and romantic fiction seamlessly.”
~ NY TIMES Bestselling Author, Catherine ByBee

“Compelling characters, crackling sexual tension and a fascinating paranormal mythology--Immortal Surrender has it all!”
~USA Today Bestselling Author, Laura Kaye



THE CURSE...


In 1119, nine knights rode with Hughes de Payens to the Holy Land, becoming the Knights Templar. All were bound by marriage or by blood. Eight were recorded over time. The Ninth ninth vanished into history.


Beneath the legendary Temple Mount, the knights uncovered holy relics, including the Copper Scroll—a document written by Azazel’s unholy hand. For their forbidden digging, the archangels exacted a sacrifice. The knights would spend eternity battling the demons of Azazel’s creation, but with each vile death they claimed, a portion of darkness would enter their soul. In time, they would transform into Knights knights of Azazel, warriors veined with evil, destined to fight against the Almighty.


Yet an ancient prophecy remained to give them hope. When darkness raped the land, the seraphs would return. Female descendants of the Nephilim would carry the light to heal their dying souls.


Centuries have passed. Azazel’s might grows to intolerable limits. With the acquisition of eight holy relics, he will gain the power to overthrow the Almighty.


Six Templars stand above the rest in duty, honor, and loyalty. But each is haunted by a tragic past, and their darkened souls rapidly near the end. As they battle both the overwhelming power of evil and the nightmares of lives they left behind, the seraphs are more than tools to victory.


They are salvation.

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TOR Romance
January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765367580
ISBN-13: 978-0765367587

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Immortal Hope

The Curse of the Templars, Book I


CENTURIES AGO...

Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever-closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation – the return of the seraphs.


Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne McPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.


Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache, he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she's destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.


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Immortal Surrender

The Curse of the Templars, Book II


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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TOR Romance
September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765367599
ISBN-13: 978-0765367594

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March 12, 2013
Digital E-Book Only
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Immortal Protector

The Curse of the Templars, Book II.5


After the brutal murder of his seraph, Iain Donnelly's salvation is eternally lost. Damned to become a dark knight of Azazel, he can no longer embrace his immortal purpose as a Templar Knight. When the archangels send him on Sabbatical to find his faith once more, his quest leads him straight into the forbidden arms of a Benedictine Sister, whom Azazel is threatening. But this woman arouses far more than his protective instincts. He wants her as he's wanted no other woman, and he's willing to provoke the archangels’ fury to keep her safe.


Catherine Grady has devoted herself to the fellowship of faith and forged a path of eternal dedication to a higher calling. But when a traffic accident forces her to accept Iain's aid, she discovers that her chosen path is not what her heart craves. Iain awakens a buried yearning to be needed and loved in a way her broken childhood denied her. As she struggles to reconcile her desires, she stumbles into the truth about her heritage, ancient secrets, and unholy danger. Iain's immortality is all that can protect her.


For Iain, it's an impossible choice. The archangels have decreed if he walks away from the Templar, they will reclaim his soul. Yet returning to the Order only guarantees his inevitable death…


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Immortal Trust

The Curse of the Templars, Book III


When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover Veronica's Veil. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demons that stalk her in the night. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight, Lucan. Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.


For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. Now, as Azazel's darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.


With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord's creations. He must learn to believe his heart.


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TOR Romance
March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765367602
ISBN-13: 978-0765367600

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Untamed Spirit Publishing
January 24, 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 1495282694
ISBN-13: 978-1495282690

Immortal Sacrifice

The Curse of the Templars, Book IV


In the wake of an Italian mobster’s death, the archangels charge Immortal Templar Knight Caradoc of Asterleigh with protecting a necklace that contains Christ’s tears. He vows to bring the relic home, never imagining he’ll have to battle Isabelle Speranza, the only woman he’s ever loved and whom he left in a futile attempt to protect her heart. Discovering she’s his fated seraph changes everything. For the dark lord Azazel is hunting the Templar mates.


Isabelle lost her heart to Caradoc in a whirlwind affair abroad, only to be abandoned in the middle of the night. When she encounters Caradoc in Sicily three years later, her buried anger fuels desire that won’t be denied. Yet a dark shadow threatens their reunion. Azazel has discovered her greatest weakness, and her dreams promise unspeakable horrors if she fails to procure the sacred necklace.


As danger stalks her, Isabelle reveals an unbelievable secret. To save them both, Caradoc must accept her truths, even if it means turning from everything he’s sworn to uphold.


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Immortal Temptation

The Curse of the Templars, Book V


Once, Tane du Breuil fought side by side with his immortal Templar brothers. But after he betrayed the Order, he retreated to the solitude of the homeless shelter he created. He must now prove himself as worthy to both his brethren and the archangels. Yet when his seraph walks into the Temple, he’s tempted with a fate he knows he doesn’t deserve.


After a brush with death, Ancient Weapons Specialist Hayden Thofte arrives at the hidden Templar stronghold, aware of her status as a seraph and her noble purpose. She expects to meet her intended mate and lend her sword to fight against Azazel’s unholy ascension. But nothing has prepared her for the knight she encounters or the white-hot passion that flares between them.


As they fall deeper into unquenchable desire, pleasure gives way to a darker struggle. Tane’s haunted by a prophecy that he will destroy the Templar. Embracing the temptation of Hayden will only guarantee that destruction, but in denying his immortal fate, he will once again betray his brethren. He’s torn between saving his dying soul and denouncing the woman he cannot live without. To find salvation, he must embark on a quest against demons he can see…and those he can’t. If he fails, he will damn far more than the Order. Hayden will spend eternity as Azazel’s slave.


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Untamed Spirit Publishing
February 2, 2016
Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 1523838582
ISBN-13: 978-1523838585




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Immortal Salvation

The Curse of the Templars, Book VI


As darkness drains the life out of his soul, immortal Templar knight Declan MacNeill can think of little else but the call of Azazel’s unholy promises. Locked away in the pits of the holy Order’s temple, his fate is all but sealed. He will die in shame, a pawn in a game of power, and a disgrace to his loyal brethren. Only the knowledge his seraph exists has stayed the executioner’s blade.


For two years Sophie McPherson worked under the archangel Gabriel, training for the role she must assume. She’s bound to a monster. Only when she meets the traitor Declan, he’s nothing like the vile creature she imagined. In brilliant blue eyes, she recognizes what’s left of noble valor. Determined to pull him from the claws of evil, she devotes herself to reaching the man buried deep inside. But Declan’s tragic past stands in her way, and overcoming it requires an emotional investment she’s grossly unprepared for.


Time is running short. Azazel’s one step away from ultimate power. As the last seraph in the sacred Prophecy, Sophie must make a choice. Save the man she’s grown to love, or save the Order from eternal damnation.


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Immortal Purpose

The Curse of the Templars, Book VII


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Coming: August, 2017
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