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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.

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.

    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.

    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.

    Cover Revealed - Sins of the Sons (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda Poitevin

    Earlier this week Linda Poitevin revealed the cover for Sins of the Sons, the 2nd book in The Grigori Legacy series. Yet again, a really nice cover!

    Sins of the Sons
    The Grigori Legacy 2
    Ace, March 27, 2011
    Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

    Cover Revealed - Sins of the Sons (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda Poitevin
    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 aware of Seth’s true nature, only she 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 fiery course with the determined Aramael, the coming conflict between them may push the world over the edge—and into the very chaos they’re trying to prevent.
    Read and excerpt here.



    Prior books in the series:

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

    Cover Revealed - Sins of the Sons (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda Poitevin
    When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.


    Read my review of Sins of the Angels here.

    Interview with Linda Poitevin and Giveaway - October 7, 2011

    Please welcome Linda Poitevin to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews and Linda's Angels Gather Here Blog Tour. Sins of the Angels, Linda's debut, was published on September 27, 2011.

    TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

    Linda:  I cannot write at home. Seriously. Over the last couple of years, between hiding from home renovations and kids, I’ve become so accustomed to writing in my local coffee shop that I just can’t get into the creative mindset at home. I have no problem doing my freelance/corporate stuff there, but when it comes to getting into the story and doing the whole world-building thing, I need my ‘usual’ little corner table. It’s so bad that if I don’t turn up for a few days, the staff wonders what’s wrong with me. I’m trying to change (paying for coffee out every day is expensive!) but it’s tough!

    TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

    Linda:  I have somewhat eclectic tastes and read widely outside my own genre. While I love Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris, I’m also a huge fan of J.R. Tolkien, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Kathy Reichs, Bill Bryson, and many others. I’m a fickle reader, though (should I be admitting that?) – I won’t necessarily buy a book just because I like the author…the story needs to appeal, too.

    As for who has influenced my writing, I would have to say I’ve been influenced by just about everything I’ve ever read. I’m not a literary take-it-apart-and-examine-it-to-death kind of girl, so I haven’t purposefully studied any particular writer. It’s been more a matter of just enjoying (or not) a novel and letting my subconscious take notes. :-)

    TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

    Linda:  A bit of both, so I guess that makes me a proud plantser. :-) I plot out a lot of scenes inside my head in advance, but I won’t necessarily know how they fit together until I start writing them. II’m always happy to have a story take an unexpected twist—that’s what makes it exciting for me.

    TQ:  Describe Sins of the Angels in 140 characters or less.

    Linda:  Fallen Angel turns serial killer. Twin brother sent to hunt him. Cop comes between them. Blood spills. Chaos ensues. Apocalypse threatens. (138 characters)

    TQ:  What inspired you to write Sins of the Angels?

    Linda:  Short answer: A song sparked the idea, and a friend made it grow into a series. Long answer: when the song Angel came out from Sarah McLachlan, a line in it, “You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here,” got the whole “what if?” questions flowing. Specifically, what if you didn’t find comfort in the arms of an angel, but something else entirely? I originally intended the story to be a paranormal romance, but then a friend of mine started telling me about Lucifer and the fallen angels and the ideas really started. Next thing I knew, I had ideas for an entire series and, while a love element still existed, the story was definitely no romance.

    TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the mythology in Sins of the Angels?

    Linda:  I did a tremendous amount of research into angel mythology, both through books and on the Internet. Interestingly, however, I don’t think I found any two sources that agreed with one another. I had expected differences between the mythologies of various religions, of course—between Christian and Jewish, for example—but what surprised me were the discrepancies I found within the traditions of single religions. In the end, the variations actually made my job easier because I just borrowed bits and pieces of whatever worked best in order to construct my own world. Then, of course, I added my own twist on things. :-)

    TQ:  Why did you set the novel in Toronto?

    Linda:  Naiveté to begin with, lol, and also because it just made sense. When I started writing Sins of the Angels, I didn’t realized that Canadian settings could be an issue for American publishers. I wanted a big-city setting and it made sense for me to set it in Canada because my husband, a cop, is my built-in reference for Canadian police procedures. As Toronto is the largest city here, it kind of won by default. I was thrilled when my editor decided to leave the story there.

    TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

    Linda:  Easiest was Alex. I’ve known so many cops over the years that writing a police character just felt really natural to me. Hardest was Aramael. He was so reactive…controlling him was kind of like juggling nitroglycerine at times, I swear.

    TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

    Linda:  One of my favorite scenes is when Alex is facing down Aramael, whom she still knows only as her annoying new partner, Jacob Trent. Because she’s the senior detective, she gets to give the orders, and we can really see Aramael struggling with the idea that a mere human—and a Nephilim descendent, at that—dares tell him what to do. In that one standoff, we so much of both of them: his resentment, her determination and bravado, all edged with an awareness of one another that neither wants. I just love how they react to one another.

    TQ:  How many books are planned for the Grigori Legacy series?

    Linda:  The series story arc stretches over four books, but at the moment I’m contracted for just the two, Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son. Whether or not my publisher will pick up the option for the remaining books will depend on sales (hint, hint, lol!).

    TQ:  What's next?

    Linda:  At the moment I’m in the copyedit/proofreading stage of Sins of the Son, which comes out March 27th, and doing my very best to share my excitement with readers about the release of Sins of the Angels on this blog tour. Also, because I’m an optimist, I’ve started working on book 3, Sins of the Righteous, and I’m doing some early research for a new series idea that’s brewing. :-)

    TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

    Linda:  Thank you for having me, Sally! I can’t tell you how honored I was to be here today. And if any of your readers have questions they’d like to ask, I would be thrilled to answer.


    About Sins of the Angels

    Sins of the Angels
    The Grigori Legacy 1
    (Ace, September 27, 2011)

    When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.




    Read an excerpt of Sins of the Angelshttp://www.lindapoitevin.com/excerpt.html
    Read The Qwillery's Review of Sins of the Angels here.

    About Linda

    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. She has been a stay-at-home mom ever since and has homeschooled her youngest daughter for the last nine years. Now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to live her dream of being a cop vicariously through her characters.

    Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, three 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.
    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

    Linda's Blog Tour Schedule


    The Giveaway

    THE RULES

    What:  Two commenters will each win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Sins of the Angels generously provided by Ace Books.

    How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:  Angels or Fallen Angels? 

              or  You may ask Linda a question.

    Please remember - if you don't answer the question or ask Linda a 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. In addition please 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 Friday, October 14, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

    *Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

    2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 11, 2011

    The Qwillery is delighted to announce that Linda Poitevin has joined the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Linda's debut novel, Sins of the Angels (The Grigori Legacy 1) will be published in late September by Ace (Penguin).

    2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 11, 2011

    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.

    I love this cover and not only because Alexandra Jarvis is not in midriff-baring leather! Look for an interview with Linda in October.
    Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - The End of a Series - and GiveawayMelanie's Week in Review  - September 20, 2014The Pros and Cons of Being an Angel - December 6, 2013Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Surprising Characters in The Grigori LegacyRelease Day Review - Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin - 5 QwillsCover Revealed - Sins of the Sons (The Grigori Legacy 2) by Linda PoitevinInterview with Linda Poitevin and Giveaway - October 7, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 11, 2011

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