Immortal Surrender -- Merrick Interview

Immortal Surrender
TOR Romance
(September 25, 2012)

Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-10:  0765367599
ISBN-13:   978-0765367594

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"Readers who are new to the Curse of the Templars series will find this book easy to follow and hard to put down. The plot flows smoothly, with plenty of historical detail grounding the supernatural element and adding to its believability. The tug-of-war involving the hero’s heart will keep you on pins and needles, and the intense action will leave you reeling."

Romantic Times Reviews

“This series (The Curse of the Templars) is explosive, sexy, riveting, and Claire Ashgrove is a master of her craft.”

MAGGIE SHAYNE, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Ashgrove's Templars will steal your heart and her world building will leave you wanting more.”

KARIN TABKE, National Bestselling Author

“Claire Ashgrove weaves complex layers of history, paranormal worlds and romantic fiction seamlessly.”

CATHERINE BYBEE, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Compelling characters, crackling sexual tension and a fascinating paranormal mythology--Immortal Surrender has it all!”

LAURA KAYE, USA Today Bestselling Author

Interview with Merrick du Loire

Taken from the Bitten by Paranormal Romance blog during the Immortal Surrender Blog Tour.

Name: Merrick du Loire
Profession: Leader of the North American Knights Templar
Age: born 1095
Height: 6'0
Eyes: Onyx

Merrick, it shows through Immortal Surrender that you still don’t trust or care for Tane, but Anne has forgiven him. Why do you think she can but you can’t?

Merrick: ‘Tis a most unpleasant subject, Lady Ashgrove. Must we continue this course? I do not make it habit to speak of the traitor.

I know you don’t. Humor me for a moment or three, please?

Merrick: (He grumbles, but gives a short nod.) If ‘tis necessary for the comprehension of our plight, I shall suffer the inquisition. Quite simply, Lady Anne possesses a gentleness of heart that I do not. Nor do I possess the desire to cultivate such outside of my relationship with her. My duties are such that softness and tender-heartedness could be deadly upon a battlefield.

But this isn’t a battlefield – not in the temple at least. This was once your brother.

Merrick: Indeed. The very same reason why his betrayal runs much deeper. Were he another knight, his actions would not be so grievous, though indeed they would warrant punishment.

Do you think you will eventually forgive him?

Merrick: I foresee that I will be forced to abide by his presence before I find forgiveness. ‘Twould be like Mikhail to grant this boon of eviction from the Order until such a time another sword becomes necessary.

Okay, changing subjects. What did you think of Farran’s actions toward Noelle when he thought to speak the oath and leave her?

Merrick: A difficult question, indeed, Lady Ashgrove. As commander, my first duty is to that of my men. Farran’s oath secures that, regardless of how it is assumed. He did not propose to sully her honor by taking liberties and abandoning her. He intended to restore her to the life she wished.

But as his friend – did you feel differently?

Merrick: Farran has suffered much in his long life. Mayhap more than many others within the Order. The betrayal he experienced, the consequences thereof, were most severe. I confess, however, ‘twas my wish to see him heal those wounds.

When you thought you had lost Farran, were you prepared to deliver the blow to send him back to the Almighty?

Merrick: If my battles put me face-to-face with a turned brother, ‘tis my duty to deliver the dark knight unto the angels. ‘Tis kinder, and what we all wish to happen. The alternate fate is standing against those we call brother, battling the purpose we have upheld for centuries, and working against the Almighty’s plan. ‘Tis never easy to fell the fallen, but ‘tis humane, and a duty we accept. Men who are on the brink, who cannot withstand another kill—as I was—fall unto Mikhail’s governance and await the salvation of his holy blade.

I see. Well, are you satisfied with how things have turned out?

Merrick: Indeed! I could ask for no better outcome. Though I do wish we had word of Phanuel.

Yes, that was pretty brutal. Well, we’ll leave it there, Merrick. Thank you. I’m sure we’ll be talking with you in the future. Oh, real quick, one more question. Has the honeymoon worn off, or are you and Anne still enjoying newlywed bliss?

Merrick: (he smirks) Anne would have my head should I entertain an answer.

I’ll take that as a newlywed bliss response. Thanks, Merrick! Take care.

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