Thursday, May 3, 2012

SINS OF THE ANGELS and SINS OF THE SON by Linda Poitevin

This week's featured author is Linda Poitevin, author of SINS OF THE ANGELS and SINS OF THE SON, in The Grigori Legacy series. Those who like dark urban fantasy should snap these up quick!

If you'd like enter to win a free tote bag, please include questions for Linda in the comments section below. I'll bet she'll have good advice for aspiring writers!

From Goodreads:

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.





 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, only she can save him. 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...









Thank you for the invitation to appear on your blog, Karen! I'm thrilled to be here. :) Thrilled to have you, Linda! 

On your website bio, it says you "continue to live [your] dream of being a cop vicariously through [your] characters." Can you elaborate on this, and tell us more about what makes your characters unique?

I had actually applied to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) when I was 20. At that time they still had height restrictions in place and when the recruiter measured me, he made a mistake and I was a half inch too short. I went on to become a civilian member of the force (a dispatcher), but I would have loved to be an officer. I think my experience working with a police force -- and the fact that I married a cop! -- has really helped give my heroine, Alex, an air of authenticity. Having my husband and his female partner as beta readers played a huge role as well, particularly with the finer details of police procedure.

It's great when writing can be derived from experience--and it sounds like you have a lot to draw from! SINS OF THE ANGELS, the first book in the GRIGORI LEGACY series combines angel lore with murder. Can you elaborate on how this affects the plot? What do you want readers to take away when they're finished reading it?

The angel mythology puts a real spin on the usual police procedural, I think. Alex is faced with what seems to be an 'ordinary' serial killer, but the presence of angels takes the case to a whole other level for her -- and for the reader. Having her whole perception of reality altered means a serious paradigm shift -- Alex has to change not just how she does her job, but how she thinks.

I'll bet that makes for some unexpected plot twists! SINS OF THE SON the second book in the series, debuted in March. Does your protagonist, Alexandra Jarvis, play a simliar or different role in the new book?

While Alex remains a cop in SINS OF THE SON, the story focuses less on the police aspect and more on Alex's role as a protector. She still thinks like a cop, but she's forced to make some decisions that fly in the face of her training and the law she's sworn to uphold.


Definitely not a typical "angels" series! What are some other projects you're working on?
I'm currently working on book 3 of the series, SINS OF THE RIGHTEOUS. I have a fourth book planned after that, and then -- a year or so down the road! -- I have another series idea in mind (also in the urban fantasy genre). Apart from that, it's spring and garden season, so I'm hoping to spend a good chunk of time working in my yard. :)

SINS OF THE ANGELS and SINS OF THE SON are both available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com! Please post questions for Linda below.
 





19 comments:

Cindy Smith said...

Linda, I am so happy to hear that there could be a fourth book in this series. I was wondering if Sins of the Angels was to be made into a tv series who would see see playing the characters?

MaryLynn Bast said...

Hi Linda,
The series sounds interesting and will be added to my TBR. How long did it take you to write the first book in the seires? Do you find it easier to write as the series goes along?

mbast06@yahoo.com

Sharon Stogner said...

uh, what is the other UF about I know you can answer that...(uncovers plate of [insert your favorite treat]) how about now? I will ask a real question...will we see anymore short stories like the one you released about the One and Michael? Maybe one about Mittron and Verchiel!

Sharon Stogner said...

oh, don't enter me in the contest, just wanted to stop by and show some love for one of my favorite series and authors!

Danielle D said...

This is a great reivew :)

Are there any traits fom your husband and his partner in any of the characters on the book(s)?

Elaine said...

Is there anything you would change about the series, now that we're two books into it? A plot twist or idea that just came too late?

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ChristyVourcos said...

I'm glad to see that there will be a fourth book. I'm sure I'll finish reading the third one really quickly like I did the second one. Linda, it's great to read your responses to these questions.

Linda Poitevin said...

Hi, Cindy! Yup, 4 books to see this story arc through to its finish. :) As for casting for a TV show, I think Henry Cavill would make an AWESOME Aramael, and I would love to see Anna Torv play Alex. Donald Sutherland would be perfect as Mittron. As for Seth, the One, and Verchiel, I'm undecided...what do you think? Any suggestions?

Linda Poitevin said...

So glad you've added Grigori Legacy to your TBR list, MaryLynn! Can you believe it took me 10 years to write the first?!? Of course, that was in and around raising kids, homeschooling, and dealing with a gazillion other life details, so I suppose I can be forgiven. ;) Book 2 took 6 months to write...not sure I can shorten it up any more than that. :)

Linda Poitevin said...

Hey, Sharon! The other UF series is about really cool UF stuff, of course (you'll note the immunity to bribery here, lol!). ;) And yes, I would like to do some other shorts...love the idea for Mittron and Verchiel. :)

Linda Poitevin said...

Hi, Danielle,

The cop characters are very much an amalgamation of many of the cops I've known and worked with over the years. I don't think I can pin any one trait to a particular person -- though my husband's partner likes to tell everyone she was my muse for Alex, lol!

Linda Poitevin said...

GREAT question, Elaine! I had a couple of those moments while writing book 2, but they were very minor and I think that having to work around them actually made the story stronger, if you can believe it. I'm learning to trust my subconscious more and more...if I've written something one way over another, then I trust it was the right thing to do. I cling to this belief because it helps keep me sane... :)

Linda Poitevin said...

Thanks, Christy! :)

Tobi said...

Still anxious about catching your series(talked to you on twitter) What made you decide to make God female? Just wondering (I think that's what I read on twitter) It's fascinating. I'm a preachers kid and anything like this fascinate me.
Thanks!

taiyoutenshi said...

I'm personally hoping for an ARC of the next 2 books :)

Linda Poitevin said...

Hi, Tobi! I've always loved the goddess aspect of many of the earth religions, and the concept of Mother Nature in particular. The idea of creator as a woman and mother seemed like a natural extension and has proved to be an interesting exploration. You'll have to let me know what you think when you read the books! :)

Tobi said...

Definitely will. When my parents went to see Dogma (they didn't know what they were getting into LOL) Mom loved the fact that God was a woman!

Thanks for answering! <3