Immortal Surrender -- Noelle 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 Dr. Noelle Keane

Taken from the Qwillery Blog during the Immortal Surrender Blog Tour.

Name: Dr. Noelle Keane
Profession: Radiocarbon Dating Specialist, Washington DC
Age: 29
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 110 lbs

In the beginning you didn’t believe in the Almighty. When did you realize and accept that you had started to believe?

Noelle: Well, it didn’t hurt any that I had a big strong hunk trying to hammer the truth into me for starters. Immersion learning? Yup. But really, that whole arm torc thing. There was a specific event that really made the truth impossible to ignore, even though I wanted to. Man, did I ever want to.

That begs the question, why?

Noelle: (She laughs softly.) What if it was all true: that I was paired with a guy who admitted he’d rather have a whore? Eternally paired. I didn’t want to like Farran, or fall in love. Not with such heartbreak promised.

At first you thought that all the Templar knights, plus Anne, were completely looney. What did you think of their "game" as you saw it?

Noelle: It was pretty ridiculous at first. Really, who would believe in knights who are immortal, led by archangels, fighting Azazel. Particularly if you were kidnapped—would you just jump in and say, “Okay, cool! Let’s go.”

Tell us about Farran.

Noelle: He’s not going to hear about this is he? Don’t tell him I said so, but he’s just a big softie underneath that hard shell. He’s as tough-guy as they get, and I wouldn’t want to be the person who truly crossed him. But beyond all the armor, the sword, the fighting and commitment to duty… I couldn’t ask for a better man. It took us a while to get things all sorted into place. Now—he’d die for me, and I for him.

That’s really enviably sweet. Did you get the chance to know any of the other knights?

Noelle: A few yes. Merrick is ferocious with a sword. (Noelle chuckles.) Lucan is a bit unsettling, unless you like Chivalry and all of that. Which, trust me, I can do without. I ran into Tane here and there. I’m still meeting and learning names and faces. There’s so many, both here in the States and over in Europe.

How do you deal with the mixture of religion/belief and scientific fact? Does it affect your work?

Noelle: Science is still science. Nothing changes about chemical compositions and reactions. Amonia plus chlorine is still going to kill you if you breathe too much. For me, there’s just a different outlook in how it all came to be, and the universe we exist in. The supportive evidence, if you will. And shoot, it at least answers a few of the things I haven’t been able to prove with math and formulas. But that’s me. It may not work for everyone.

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