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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6


This is the sixth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.


Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.



Linda Poitevin (2011)

Sins of the Warrior
The Grigori Legacy 4
Michem Publishing, September 18, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 341 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Heaven and Hell are at war

The clock is ticking

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis’s niece is missing. Her sister has descended into madness. And the human race is caught in a relentless spiral toward self-destruction that Alex is desperate to stop. Now Michael, the Archangel she holds responsible for Earth’s plight, has returned—and he’s demanding her help to track a missing god.

Heaven is losing

Fighting for the very survival of his own realm—and that of humanity—Michael’s only chance to defeat Hell lies in returning Heaven’s long-lost daughter to her throne before it’s too late. But first he’ll have to convince Alex to help him—and to keep her out of Seth’s clutches long enough for her to do so.

There can be no right choices

In order to save both their worlds, Alex and Michael must put aside their animosity and find a way to work together in the face of increasingly impossible decisions…and unimaginable sacrifices.




Daniel Polansky (2011)

The Builders
Tor.com, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
A missing eye.

A broken wing.

A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.




Courtney Schafer (2011)

Labyrinth of Flame
The Shattered Sigil 3
North Col, December 1, 2015
eBook, 614 pages
(Print edition forthcoming)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
The epic conclusion to the Shattered Sigil Trilogy--a tale of blood magic, spies, and wilderness adventure.

Dev's never been a man afraid of a challenge. Not only has he kept his vow to his dead mentor, rescuing a child in the face of impossible odds, but he's freed his mage friend Kiran from both the sadistic master who seeks to enslave him and the foreign Council that wants to kill him.

But Kiran's master Ruslan is planning a brutal revenge, one that will raze an entire country to blood and ashes. Kiran is the key to stopping Ruslan; yet Kiran is dying by inches, victim of the Alathian Council's attempt to chain him. Worse yet, Dev and Kiran have drawn the attention of demons from the darkest of ancient legends. Demons whose power Dev knows is all too real, and that he has every reason to fear.

A fear that grows, as he and Kiran struggle to outmaneuver Ruslan and uncover the secrets locked in Kiran's forgotten childhood. For the demons are playing their own deadly game--and the price of survival may be too terrible to bear.




M. J. Scott (2011)

The Shattered Court
Four Arts 1
Roc, April 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…




Gaie Seibold (2011)

Sparrow Falling
Sparrow 2
Solaris, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Master spy, former con-artist, Eveline Duchen returns in adventure set in a world of steam and magic.

Eveline Sparrow (formerly Duchen) hopes to put her past experiences as a thief and con-artist to more legitimate use; which is why some of the girls at her Sparrow School receive private lessons in burglary, fakery, and other such underhand practices.

But it’s hard to get honest work when few businesses will employ young ladies in the security professions.  The duns are at the doorstep, her friend Liu the half-fox-spirit is in some sort of trouble, and the rivalries of the Folk are in danger of overspilling into the mundane world and forcing the Empire into a bloody and horrifying war.  Can Eveline pull things out of the mire this time, or will the Sparrow’s wings be clipped once and for all?

Melanie's Week in Review - September 20, 2014



Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014



Hello! Sorry to have missed you last week but I did leave you with a full review of Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel instead. I hope you enjoyed it. To all those Doctor Who fans out there (waves at Qwill) you will be very jealous to know that I am watching the first episode of the 9th season as I type this. Its very exciting already and only 5 minutes in. Anyway back to books. So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
I was very excited to learn that Kim Harrison had started a new series and when the first book of the Peri Reed Chronicles  - The Drafter appeared on Amazon I was quick to pre-order it. I really enjoyed her The Hollows series and felt very satisfied with the ending of Rachel Morgan's story. I wasn't so satisfied with the first in Peri's story however and let me tell you why.

Peri Reed is a drafter...one of the few.  She is working for a covert organisation called Opti and she is their star agent. So what is a drafter you may ask? A drafter is someone who can change the timeline. All drafters are accompanied by an anchor who helps them cope with the aftermath of manipulating time and Peri is in love with hers. Life seems to be going well for Peri  - she has a job she loves, a man she loves and a fantastic wardrobe. What more could a girl want? Her life starts to unravel during one of her missions as she uncovers a list of corrupt agents and guess whose name is on it?  You got it Peri's. Could it get worse? Yes it can, especially when she is kidnapped by an organisation of rogue agents and forced to wear non-designer clothes. Peri is desperate to clear her name and prove she isn't a sociopathic murderer. The problem is that Peri doesn't remember large chunks of her life, one of the side effects every drafter suffers from. She has to rely on 'the enemy' Silas, the hotty who comes to rescue/capture her in order to expose Opti to help her rebuild her memories and find out who is trying to frame her. Time isn't on her side.

I thought the plot sounded interesting although I am often wary of plotlines that involve changing time. I am a firm believer in the  rules of the 'space time continuum' (sorry, folks I am a Trekkie) so anything that veers from those I am a bit suspicious. I wasn't totally clear how drafting worked or what the anchor actually did. I am still not totally clear on it even though Harrison did explain it to some degree almost three quarters of the way through. My problem with the The Drafter  was Peri herself. I thought she was really too superficial and self involved. The 'I don't remember' line got a bit over used and Peri needs to start leaving herself some better clues. The story got significantly more exciting and there was an reveal in the final chapters but I did struggle a bit to get there. I think, rather unfairly I was expecting another Rachel Morgan story and that is why I was a bit disappointed.


Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014Second book for me was Sins of the Warrior by Linda Poitevin. This is the final book of The Grigori Legacy and keep hold of your panties because it is a cracker. When we last left Alex she had witnessed the death of her soulmate, her former boyfriend Seth becomes the ruler of Hell and her sister has gone mad after being made to witness her daughter's rape by Lucifer which leaves her pregnant. Alex is desperately searching for her pregnant niece while the war between Heaven and Hell starts to escalate. Just when she thinks she has nothing left to give, the Archangel Michael asks her to help find The One's daughter (Seth's sister) Emanuelle in an attempt to tip the balance back into Heaven's favour. All the while Seth is determined that Alex will live for eternity with him in Hell and he will kill anyone in order to have her by his side. Sins of the Warrior is the cataclysmic end to the original battle of good versus evil.

I really enjoyed this final book of the series and even stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish it (hardly ever happens!). I have liked this series but wasn't in love with them. I don't always enjoy stories with angels in them as they can be too good to be true but in this final installment the angels are more fallible and almost human. Alex is a great female lead but I think that Poitevin was a bit too mean to her. There is no way someone would live through what Alex does and not be completely insane at the end of it. I don't want to give away too much of the plot by explaining this anymore. Well done to Poitevin for wrapping this series up so well, and I will look forward to reading more from this author. Also, excellent cover. I love it!


That is it for me everyone. I hope you have a great week. I am looking forward to clearing off a few more books from my TBR as it is packed again with I am sure some exciting tales that I will tell you all about over the coming weeks. Until next week Happy Reading




The Drafter
Peri Reed Chronicles 1
Gallery Books, September 1, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?


Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
UK Cover


Sins of the Warrior
The Grigori Legacy 4
Michem Publishing, September 18, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 341 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014
Heaven and Hell are at war

The clock is ticking

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis’s niece is missing. Her sister has descended into madness. And the human race is caught in a relentless spiral toward self-destruction that Alex is desperate to stop. Now Michael, the Archangel she holds responsible for Earth’s plight, has returned—and he’s demanding her help to track a missing god.

Heaven is losing

Fighting for the very survival of his own realm—and that of humanity—Michael’s only chance to defeat Hell lies in returning Heaven’s long-lost daughter to her throne before it’s too late. But first he’ll have to convince Alex to help him—and to keep her out of Seth’s clutches long enough for her to do so.

There can be no right choices

In order to save both their worlds, Alex and Michael must put aside their animosity and find a way to work together in the face of increasingly impossible decisions…and unimaginable sacrifices.

Melanie's Week in Review - December 29, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - December 29, 2013


Wow! I can't believe this is my last Week in Review (WIR) of 2013. I also look like a reading hero as I get to tell you about ALL the books I read in the last two weeks. My last WIR was high in rhyming abilities and low in telling you what I read and I have plowed through quite a few books over the last fortnight. At least you have a lot of pretty book covers to look at this time! So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - December 29, 2013
Going back to almost two weeks ago I finished Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin (Intermix, October 15, 2013) which is the third in the Grigori Legacy. I got this instalment from the good people at NetGalley and it has taken me much longer than it should have to actually read it. You may know if you have read any of my other posts that I haven't been the biggest fan of angel series. I did however, warm to this series during book 2, Sins of the Son. I liked the fact that Poitevin did the unpredictable with her characters and didn't have the fated end up together. I  am not too sure about this instalment however, as I think that Sins of the Lost is a tad too dark. Odd  to say I know, especially given that this is a story about heaven vs hell but between Lucifer, Seth - who has given up his powers, The One who is dying, and the abused Alex there isn't much a reprieve. It is one major crisis after another. I had also forgotten quite a bit about what had happened in the previous books and was always going 'he/she did what?'. I like a book to be balanced, otherwise I end up wondering how it is possible for the lead character(s) to go on. Hopefully, something remotely nice can happen in the next book....fingers crossed.

Melanie's Week in Review - December 29, 2013I was trawling through Goodreads when I noticed that the fourth and final book of the Book of the Order series by Philippa Ballantine  - Harbinger  - had been released since July and I had never noticed. I could NOT believe that I had missed the release of the final book of a series that I have loved. This final book did not disappoint and I think it is the perfect ending to a fantastic series. Sorcha Farris is my favourite kind of heroine - strong, brave, conflicted and willing to risk everything to save those she loves. In fact, I loved all of the characters, even the baddies. You will know from my recent review of Kindred and Wings that I am a big fan of Ballantine's. So far there isn't a book of hers that I haven't really liked. That isn't an easy feat as I am quite fussy! She also has the most amazing book covers. Check out the cover of Harbinger...it is gorgeous. If you like fantasy then I urge you to start at book 1. Geist.

Melanie's Week in Review - December 29, 2013
I then had a bit of a panic attack when I had a look at the results of the Goodreads  - 2013 Reading Challenge. Gulp! I was 4 books behind schedule and just over a week to go before the new year. How embarrassing! I almost ran to my iPad and brought up my Amazon recommendations to find something I could read quickly. I was soooo lucky as I came across Firelight by Kristen Callihan. This is the first novel in Darkest London series which is billed as PNR but is quite dark and has some quite gruesome parts. This is story of the star crossed lovers  - Miranda who is a very beautiful and talented fire elemental but is very, very poor. No one is no more surprised than Miranda when the extremely wealthy Lord Archer proposes. Archer wears a mask and it takes almost the whole book to find out what deformity is hiding behind it. This is just one of the many surprises in Firelight. Lucky for me the first four books have been released and it didn't take
Melanie's Week in Review - December 29, 2013long to get through Moonglow, Winterblaze and finally, Shadowdance. Apart from Shadowdance the other books of the series are the stories of Miranda's sisters, each of which have their own special, magical talents. There is a lot of suspense, intrigues and gory murders galore. Not your typical PNR. I'm not saying there aren't any heaving bosoms or throbbing  manliness but it didn't take precedence over the murder(s) mystery. Overall, I enjoyed this series but had a big problem with book 2 - Moonglow. I thought that the GIM (part clockwork, ghost fueled people) were overtly complicated and they didn't really make sense. I also thought it was illogical to have a immortal being brought low by a very mortal disease. In my mind, this plot device didn't work for me. Having said that I continued on and read books 3 and 4 and am really looking forward to the 5th book in the series, Evernight.

With only days left to go to reach my reading challenge goal I am reading not 1 but 2 books - Broken Homes (Peter Grant/ Rivers of London 4) by Ben Aaronovitch and Master of Crow by Grace Draven. Both books are excellent...very different but great in their own way. I am looking forward to finishing them and not just to make my reading challenge!

Well that is all for me for this week. The next time you hear from me it will be 2014 so until then Happy Reading.


The Pros and Cons of Being an Angel - December 6, 2013



The Pros and Cons of Being an Angel - December 6, 2013I was never a big fan of books involving angels. It wasn't until I read Angelfall by Susan Ee and when I was completely blown away by that book that I decided that perhaps angels were better heroes than I had thought. I am sure that you think I am weird for not liking these heavenly creatures but they were always just a bit too good, a bit too gorgeous and a bit too stereotypical for me to really think they were credible hero material. I have read a number of books since and a few with other avian species such as harpies, gryphons and other birds but I feel that maybe I have been more unfair to more saintly of our feathered friends. I have been thinking about what it would be like to have your very own set of celestial wings and have come up with a list of the pros and cons of being an angel.




Pros:
    The Pros and Cons of Being an Angel - December 6, 2013
  1. Wings make for the perfect accessory that will never go out of style. 
  2. You could save on domestic fights and never get stuck in traffic jams.
  3. You have built in sunshade for lounging on the beach.
  4. Dusting the house would take half the time with your very own in-built feather dusters.
  5. You would be the first choice for christmas concerts or singing in a choir.
  6. As you would be immortal you have lots of opportunity to learn several languages, learn to play a few instruments and play the stock market.
  7. If you didn't have a pen to hand one of your feathers would make a handy quill. Just remember to carry ink in your handbag.
  8. You never have to worry about 'does my bum look big in this' as your wings provide effective camouflage.
  9. Your innate ability to play the lute and harp would give you the potential of play at renaissance fairs or in movies set in medieval times.
  10. Someone standing to close to you? No problem, just knock them to one side by stretching out your powerful wings. Very handy if travelling on London Underground. The reverse would apply if you wanted to hide any PDAs with your sweetie - you could hide your smooching from the public with your wings.


Cons:

The Pros and Cons of Being an Angel - December 6, 2013
1. Finding clothes that fit over your wings would be extremely difficult or you need to stick to wearing halter tops. If you were a boy angel you would have to go topless which could get chilly.
2. Your friends would always want to bum a ride when they were late for work.
3. You could never have cats.
4. You wouldn't be able to go swimming or scuba diving.
5. You would be prone to show off with your glorious wings
6. You'd be stuck always sleeping on your stomach.
7. Might be hard to keep friends with your gorgeous wings, immortality and omnipotence.
8. It would be impossible to find an umbrella large enough to keep your wings dry in rainy weather.
9. It would be really hard to look over your shoulder.
10. You could never sit in a chair or sofa with a back rest. Furnishing your home might be a challenge.



If you are interested in finding out whether you agree/disagree with my list, here are some series that feature angels to get you on your way. I would LOVE to know what you think of my pros and cons and if you can think of anymore.



Susan Ee - Penryn and the End of Days

1.  Angelfall
2.  World After


    Nalini Singh - Guild Hunter 

    1.  Angel's Judgment
    2.  Angels' Blood
    3.  Archangel's Kiss
    4.  Archangel's Consort
    5.  Archangel's Blade
    6.  Archangel's Storm
    7.  Archangel's Legion


    Kate Griffin - Matthew Swift

    1.  A Madness of Angels
    2.  The Midnight Mayor
    3.  The Neon Court
    4.  The Minority Council


    Linda Poitevin - Grigori Legacy

    1.  Sins of the Angels
    2.  Sins of the Son
    3.  Sins of the Lost


    If you like angels, you may enjoy the Angels of Darkness anthology featuring novellas by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Sharon Shinn, and Meljean Brook.  See Qwill's review of the Sharon Shinn novella, Nocturne, here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    And the winners are........


    Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) by Suzanne Johnson - Ended April 18 - Read the interview here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    Question:  Who are some of your favorite wizards in books, movies, and/or tv?

    Christina who said...

    Well, obvious answer is Harry Potter. I love those books. My favorite was always Sirius (wah wah), followed by Lupin (wah wah again), followed by Fred & George (srsly, J.K. Rowling?).

    I'll give the non-HP spot to Tamsin Green from Once a Witch.


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1) and A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2) plus winner's choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!) - Ended April 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    Question:  Favorite mythological creature(s)?

    Debby who said...

    Dragons are my favorite and always will be.


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica - Ended April 21, 2012 - Read the post here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    How:  Leave a comment. 

    molly.frenzel who said...

    This book sounds awesome. Thank you for the giveaway!

    and

    Betty Hamilton who said...

    I would love to read these books!! I am always on the lookout for a "new to me" author.


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    Choice of a signed copy of either Fated or Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti - Ended April 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    Question:   Who's your favorite villain?

    andieleah who said...

    My favorite villain is Galen from Gena Showalters Lords of the Underworld series. How crazy that the villain is the demon of Hope. Been wanting to check out the Dark Protectors series for awhile now...hope I can start by winning here:)


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    White Horse (printed ARC) by Alex Adams - Ended April 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012
    ARC Cover is a bit different!

    Question:  What is your favorite Greek myth or Greek god or goddess?

    traci16 who said...

    I like Poseidon...ruler of the all the oceans and everything inhabiting them...no too darn bad of a gig if you ask me!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    Sins of Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda Poitevin- a Mass Market Paperback copy for a US/Canadian winner or an eBook for an International (non-US/Canada) winner - Ended April 25, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    Question:    Have any characters you've read about or seen in TV show or movie surprised you in some way?

    *yadkny* who said...

    Z from the BDB series surprised me... I didn't think I was going to like him when I first read about him, but he really changed my mind and became one of my fav characters when he got his own book.


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) by Carol Wolf - Ended April 26, 2012 - Read the interview here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    Question:  Which is your favorite type (or types) of shape-shifter?

    wanda f who said...

    Wolves are my number one favorite followed by big cats,bear,dragons,then all he rest cause they are all great in their own ways .Have a great weekend .


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    Supernaturally Kissed (Frostbite 1) eBook by Stacey Kennedy - Ended April 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012

    Question:  What is your favorite book, movie, TV show with ghosts or a ghost? OR What is your favorite book, movie, TV show with police?

    Tina B who said...

    My favorite show with ghosts has to be Supernatural! To this day, we still watch it faithfully. My favorite movie with a ghost is of course Ghost with Patrick Swayze. :) My favorite police TV show is a tie between Southland and Rookie Blue.
    I LOVED the interview! What a great accomplishment that your first story will be in a paperback form.
    Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.


    Winners x 9 - April 29, 2012


    The winners have been notified and for the most part have until 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

    Thank you!

    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy

    Please welcome the fabulous Linda Poitevin to The Qwillery as part of the Sins of the Son Blog Tour.

    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy



    Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy

    This may sound trite, but the truth is that all my characters have, at one time or another, surprised me in some way. Even those I bring into the story as secondary characters have a way of becoming more than I’d planned or anticipated, often extending the story in ways I hadn’t seen coming. I used to try and wrestle them into submission, insisting they follow the way chosen for them—I am, after all, their creator (insert diabolical chuckle here) and so they should listen to me, right?

    Wrong. *sigh*

    More often than not, the harder I work at getting a character to toe the imaginary line I’ve drawn for him/her, the more likely it is that I’ll find myself staring at a blank monitor day after day after day. Not only do my secondary characters suddenly become mute, but my main characters also turn ominously quiet. Stubbornly so. You’d think there was a conspiracy among them or something.

    So what’s a writer to do? For me, I’ve learned to trust my characters because what are they, really, if not an extension of my own instincts? I’ve learned that if my fingers type something into a character—even a secondary one—that wasn’t my idea (you’ll just have to go along with me here, because I swear these people have minds of their own!), there’s always a reason for it. I may not see the reason at the time, but I know that at some point in the story (or in the series story arc), the little detail I consider superfluous will suddenly become a critical element of the plotline. A pivotal point.

    Seth’s appearance in Sins of the Angels proved this to me in no uncertain terms.

    Seth was intended to play a supporting role to Aramael—at most, he was to be a temporary sidekick. But from the moment he stood on Alexandra’s front porch, his presence was utterly overwhelming…for me as well as for poor Alex. No amount of effort on my part was enough to relegate him to a lesser place in the story. When I tried too hard, the voices—all of them—went quiet. It wasn’t until I began to fully explore Seth’s role in Heaven that I realized exactly who he was and what he was capable of…and to understand that he marked a turning point in the story.

    One that ultimately turned a single title urban fantasy into an entire series.

    Surprise! ;)


    The Grigori Legacy

    Sins of the Son
    The Grigori Legacy 2
    Ace (March 27, 2012)
    Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy
    A detective with a secret...

    When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven's plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth's true nature, she's also the only one who can save him.

    An exiled angel turned assassin...

    Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself--even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator.

    A world with little chance of redemption...

    As Alex's need to protect Seth sets her on a collision course with the determined Aramael, the conflict between them may push the world over the edge--and into the very chaos they're trying to prevent.

    You may read The Qwillery review of Sins of the Son here.


    Sins of the Angels
    The Grigori Legacy 1
    Ace, September 27, 2011
    Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy
    A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…

    Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case—a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.

    Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

    Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.

    You may read The Qwillery review of Sins of the Angels here.



    About Linda

    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy
    Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer.

    Following their transfer to Ottawa, Linda went on to become a real estate agent and then a human resources consultant before starting a family and becoming a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. Now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to vicariously live her dream of being a cop through her characters.

    Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, a cat, two rabbits, and a bearded dragon lizard. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.

    In addition to her books, Linda also does freelance writing and editing. Information about her services can be found at www.lindapoitevin.ca. Linda is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Quebec Writers' Federation, Romance Writers of America, RWA Futuristic Fantasy Paranormal Chapter, and Ottawa Romance Writers' Association.

    Linda's Links

    Website
    Facebook
    Twitter


    The Giveaway

    THE RULES

    What:  One commenter will win a copy of Sins of Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) - a Mass Market Paperback copy for a US/Canadian winner or an eBook for an International (non-US/Canada) winner.

    How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

    Have any characters you've read about or seen in TV show or movie
    surprised you in some way?

    Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

    You may receive additional entries by:

    1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

    2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

    3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

    There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

    Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

    Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

    *Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


    But there's more: Winners from each the Sins of the Son Blog Tour stops will be entered for a special Grand Prize from Linda: the first-ever Wings of the Warrior necklace from Cemetery Cat Designs and a set of earrings that goes with the necklace!***

    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori Legacy
    Necklace for the Grand Prize drawing



    *** The Qwillery is not affiliated with the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the Sins of the Son Blog Tour  and is providing this for informational purposes only.

    The View From Monday - April 16, 2012

    Happy middle of April (more or less). This week at The Qwillery:

    Monday -  Guest Blog by Rebecca Zanetti. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be published on April 24, 2012.

    Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Alex Adams. White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

    Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin. Sins of the Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) was published on March 27, 2012.

    Thursday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Carol Wolf. Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) was published on April 3, 2012.

    Friday -  2012 Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Stacey Kennedy.

    Saturday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog from Rhiannon Held. Silver, Rhiannon's debut, will be published on June 5, 2012.


    April 16, 2012
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    Nightingale
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    April 17, 2012
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    White Horse (d)
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    Alex Adams F/PA
    A Wolf's Heart
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    Vivi Anna PNR
    The Adventures of Duncan & Mallory #1: The Beginning Robert Asprin F
    The Witch Thief
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    Lori Devoti PNR - Unbound 6
    Counter-Clock World (ri)
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    Philip K. Dick SF
    Ubik (ri)
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    Philip K. Dick SF
    Ubik: The Screenplay (ri)
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    Philip K. Dick SF
    Acacia (ri)
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    David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 1
    The Sacred Band (ri)
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    David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 2
    Pax Omega
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    Al Ewing SF - Pax Britannia
    The Vampire Voss (tp2mm)
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    Colleen Gleason PHR - Regency Draculia 1
    The Twilight Lord (ri)
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    Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 3
    Deadfall Hotel
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    Steve Rasnic Tem H
    Robopocalypse: A Novel (h2tp)
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    Daniel H. Wilson SF



    d - Debut
    h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
    ri - Reissue
    tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

    F - Fantasy
    FR - Fantasy Romance
    H - Horror
    PA - Post Apocalyptic
    PHR  - Paranormal Historical Romance
    SF - Science Fiction

    Release Day Review - Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin - 5 Qwills

    Sins of the Son
    AuthorLinda Poitevin
    Series:  The Grigori Legacy
    Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
    Publisher:  Ace (March 27, 2012)
    Price:  $7.99
    Language: English
    Genre:  Urban Fantasy
    ISBN9781937007379
    Review Copy: Novel provided by publisher

    Release Day Review - Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin - 5 Qwills
    A detective with a secret...

    When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven's plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth's true nature, she's also the only one who can save him.

    An exiled angel turned assassin...

    Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself--even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator.

    A world with little chance of redemption...

    As Alex's need to protect Seth sets her on a collision course with the determined Aramael, the conflict between them may push the world over the edge--and into the very chaos they're trying to prevent.


    My thoughts:

    [Note: This may be a bit spoilery for the first novel in the series. I tired my best not to spoil too much.]

    Sins of the Son is the second book in The Grigori Legacy series. Like the first book, Sins of the Angels, the story takes place mainly in Canada and Heaven with most of the action taking place this time in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada rather than Toronto.

    Sins of the Son focuses on Seth Benjamin, Aramael, and Alexandra Jarvis. Alex is on desk duty due to the fallout from the events in the prior book. She's required to see a psychiatrist by the police department, but if she reveals what really happened (a murderous Fallen Angel, an angelic Power to hunt him down, and Seth's powers) she'd be locked in a psychiatric ward. Alex's boss is sympathetic to her since he saw some things that he can't explain. When a police bulletin is sent around which shows Seth Benjamin, Alex goes to look into it... off the clock. While this is happening Aramael is suffering at the hands of the Fallen who attack him at every chance they get now that he's been banished from heaven for his actions in Sins of the Angels.

    Alex travels to Vancouver to help Seth, who has lost his memory and is unidentified. She encounters Dr. Elizabeth Riley and Detective Hugh Henderson, of the Vancouver police department. Both are suspicious about how and how well Alex knows Seth. Alex sets out to help Seth and runs into all sorts of problems including her soulmate Aramael who is sent to kill him. Alex gets dragged again into the maneuvering between Heaven and Hell while trying to protect Seth and help him regain his memory. Seth is a bit of a loose cannon and and Hell seeks to use this to its advantage. Lucifer is up to no good and is trying to create an army to help him in the coming war.

    In her sophomore novel, Ms. Poitevin ups the ante and produces a taut and beautifully written book filled with remarkable characters. While we've met the main characters before, several new secondary characters are introduced. The interactions between Aramael and Alex are fraught with tension and not only because they are at odds over Seth. We get to see a lot of Lucifer in Sins of the Son. He is a complex character. It would have been easy to draw him as pure evil and one dimensional, but he's more than that. We get to see some of his motivations. This isn't to say that Lucifer is a good guy. He's not. He's attempting to build a new army of Nephilim to aid him in what he believes is the inevitable war against mankind and Heaven. Despite this you can see some of what made him special to the Creator. The secondary characters, especially Dr. Riley (who is singularly unpleasant) and Detective Henderson were given depth. While many of the characters in Sins of the Son are seemingly motivated by love, this is not a romance.

    Ms. Poitevin further builds her Heaven/Hell mythology in Sins of the Son. I find this mythology fascinating and extremely well done. Sins of the Son was emotionally gripping with excellent pacing as the novel builds to the explosive and unexpected conclusion. I can't wait to see what happens next in The Grigori Legacy series.

    I give Sins of the Son 5 Qwills.

    Release Day Review - Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin - 5 Qwills

    While not entirely necessary, I recommend that you read the first book in the series, Sins of the Angels, prior to reading Sins of the Son. You may read my review of Sins of the Angels here.

    Release Day Review - Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin - 5 Qwills
    A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…

    Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case—a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.

    Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

    Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.
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