Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Author Interview + Giveaway: Linda Poitevin and Sins of the Angels

Today I'm very excited to welcome author Linda Poitevin to the blog as a part of the Angels Gather Here promotional tour for the release of book one in her new dark urban fantasy series, Sins of the Angels. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but it's a release I'm really looking forward to! Sins of the Angels released on September 27th from Ace Books. Hope you all enjoy the interview!

Which visual element of Sins of the Angels was more exciting for you to see: the final cover artwork or the book trailer?

As much as I love the trailer, I think the cover was the most exciting thing for me because that’s what the majority of readers will see…it’s what will (hopefully!) draw them in to pick it up, read the back blurb, and then (even more hopefully!) buy the book. :-)

Is it difficult for you to keep track of all the little details about the characters and the world you’ve created? Do you use post-it notes, outlines, a dry erase board or anything else to help you keep everything straight?

Um…yes to the first question, and yes, yes, no, and yes to the second. Which explains why it’s difficult! I tend to keep random notes in random places (organization is not my forte ), so more often than not, I’m madly flipping through the previous manuscript to find out who had what color eyes. I really do plan on becoming more efficient, however. Eventually…

What is your favorite part of writing about a homicide detective after being a civilian member of the force yourself?

Oh, I do love to live vicariously through my heroine, lol! I think my favorite part is when my husband (or his former partner) reads the manuscript and says that I’ve nailed the procedure part. It makes me feel very proud of myself! :-)

What is the first thought that ran through Alexandra’s head when she first saw her new partner? Aramael’s first thought of Alexandra?

Alex: “Wow.” Followed by “Down, girl!”
Aramael: “This is what I’ve been sent to protect?”

Name one book you’ve read recently that you would describe as “unputdownable”.

and Hexed by Kevin Hearne. I know that’s two, but they’re the same series, so that kind of counts as one, right?

As a debut author, has there been any one particular element to the writing/publishing/marketing process that’s been most intimidating for you?

The marketing process has definitely been intimidating. As a bit of an introvert (and my husband would call that an understatement!), it’s been really hard for me to open up to the idea of putting myself out there. Now that I’m getting past the terror, however, I’m actually having a lot of fun meeting new people and talking about Sins of the Angels and The Grigori Legacy series…and I’m not nearly as bad at it as I thought I would be. ;-)

If one of your characters was to critique, complain, or gush over the way you’ve written them, which character would it be and what might they say?

Well, I certainly don’t see any of them gushing…complaining, yes, but not gushing! I think Alex would be horrified that I was telling everyone her private business, and Aramael (and all the angels, for that matter) would be furious that I’d revealed their existence. Altogether, I’d say I’d be highly unpopular with my characters!

Looking forward to book two, how would you describe it in just one word?


Thank you so much for hosting me on Supernatural Snark, Jenny! It’s truly an honor to be here, and if any of your readers have a question, I’d be thrilled to answer :-)

You're very welcome Linda, thank you for taking the time to answer all my questions! For more information on Linda, Sins of the Angels, and the Grigori Legacy series, you can find it here:


SINS OF THE ANGELS: The Grigori Legacy (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.


Thanks to Linda and Penguin I have two copies of Sins of the Angels to give away on the blog today! A hard copy of the book is available for US and Canadian residents, but fear not international readers, there is an e-book copy available for you which makes this giveaway open to everyone. Yay! To enter, please just leave a comment with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway will run through midnight EST on Friday, October 28th after which time a winner will be chosen and announced on the blog.

INTERNATIONAL READERS: There is also going to be an International Readers Only draw taking place at the end of the tour on November 14th for those who want the chance to win a hard copy, so if you are one such person, please indicate your desire to be entered in this separate drawing in your comment so all the names can be compiled. Good luck everyone!


  1. This has been on my radar for months and I cannot wait to read it. My local stores are holding out on me because I have not seen it yet! That was a great interview. Thank you for coming on.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  2. This sounds like a great read. I loved your Q&A! Kevin Hearne created and great new series this year.
    Cannot wait to check Sins of Angels after this.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  3. Great interview! Thank you for sharing and the contest as well :)

    robin (at) intensewhisper (dot) com

  4. Brilliant idea to ask about how her characters would respond to the way she's written them! haha

  5. Wonderful interview. I'm looking forward to this read!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  6. Great interview! I would love to give this series a try. :) Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. "I do love to live vicariously through my heroine." <-- LOL yes!! I'm writing my own book right now too and I'm literally trying to make her do everything I've always wanted to do. With powers. LOL. It's actually working out really well! x)

    Awesome interview! I just love angel books, and this one sounds so cool! :)

  8. This series sounds great...

    Thanks for sharing :D


  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. (No need to enter me in the contest) I did remember frist seeing the cover for Sinis of the Angels and thinking that it looked like it would be a great read.

  11. Another great interview! This book/series sounds really, really good! It's gone on my TBR for sure!


  12. Oh This is totally up my alley! Seriously: History, Thrilling, Mystery :)


  13. Great interview! thanks for the giveaway:)

  14. Dooooood! I love Hounded and Hexed too, so unputdownable, and I'm on Hammered right now, which I had to leave at home least I shut myself in my office just to be alone with Atticus. hehehe

    And I'm glad I'm not the only one with an organization skillz deficiency.

    Fun interview! I loved those first thoughts. Gotta find out more about those characters.
    missie at theunreadreader.com

  15. The cover wopuld be the most excitng thing for me too, cos yes I love covers ;D

  16. This is a new author for me and sounds like a good book. I'd love to win this.


  17. Fab interview! I'm guessing a large percentage of authors are introverts. It's ironic that such a lonesome profession becomes so public when you have to put yourself out there to market a book.

  18. Great interview.I have been seeing this book around. It sounds really good.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  19. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview...and that you're intrigued by the story. I'm smack in the middle of copyedits for book 2, SINS OF THE SON, at the moment -- with a deadline of Monday (eek!) -- so forgive me for being late joining in on the conversation. And @Alison -- yeah, the irony in that has not escaped me, lol!

  20. I totally live vicariously through the characters. LOL! Also she is spot on with "Hounded" being "unputdownable". I adored Atticus and can't wait to read more about his adventures.

    I just read a great review of this book yesterday over at my friend and fellow blogger, Jen's blog- That's What I'm Talking About. Count me in the giveaway: rummanaha at hotmail cot com

  21. Have never before heard of this author or this book, but it sounds like a book that I'd definitely enjoy. You always ask such great questions Jenny. Great interview and great responses to your questions. :)

  22. This book is on my wishlist, I'm really looking forward to reading this series! I have to agree that the cover is the first thing I really look at in a book and if I like the cover, then I'll take the time to read the blurb and find out about the book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  23. Enjoyed the interview! I have been reading some good things of this book and it's definately on my wish list.
    I am an International follower so I would love to win the e-book copy.
    Also it would be great to win a print copy at the end of the tour if my name could go into the hat for that .

  24. Thank you for the great giveaway this sounds like a great book would love to read it! Thanks for the chance!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  25. Sounds interesting! So, are angels the new zombies? (Since zombies were the new vampires, et cetera...)

  26. I'm definitely a fan of the cover--it stands out because it doesn't have a curvy girl in tight clothing! :P Thanks for the interview! :)

  27. I'm so looking forward to this book - it sounds fab! And thanks for the international option - we appreciate it! :-)

    Mel S

  28. What a fun interview. I'm so wanting to read this book. Oh put me in please!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. I'm looking forward to reading Sins of the Angels. And the second book is described as "chilling," I can't wait to find out what that's all about.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  30. Loving that you're all enjoying the interview so much...and I so agree that Jenny asked some GREAT questions. They were a lot of fun to answer!

    @otterdaughter, I didn't realize zombies were that popular ...probably because I avoid them at all costs . There are an awful lot of angel books hitting the shelves, however, so perhaps!

    @Mel, you're most welcome for the international option...I'm trying to provide that in all my giveaways because imho, International Readers Are People Too!

    @Barbara, more info coming on book 2 SOON, I promise. Just have these copyedits to get out of the way and then I can work on updating my website with cover, back copy, and an EXCERPT!!! :)

  31. I'm really looking forward to the start of this series; thanks for the chance to win!


  32. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. It sounds really goodd. Thaanks for the giveaway jenny :(


  33. Great interview and thank you for giveaway! I'd love to read this!


  34. I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  35. The first time I saw this cover it immediately made me think of Olivia Dunham from Fringe. So of course I had to stop and read the except. I immediately added it to my wishlist.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  36. Thanks for the international chance! I really want to read this new series :D


  37. Love the cover of this one! I agree with Lisa about the gal looking like Olivia!! Will be adding to my WL too (if I don't win it..LOL)

    Kelsey O.
    kopsahl48 AT gmail DOT com

  38. Look good, and the cover is sooooooo pretty.


  39. This book looks and sounds interesting. Can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

    mandaespi at gmail dot com

  40. I've been following this tour because this book looks SO good! I would love to win a copy:) Thanks for the giveaway!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  41. I have been seeing this book everywhere! It sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  42. Oooh this sounds fabulous.... And I LOVE a 'chilling' sequel!!! And now I really need to start Hounded & Hexed!


  43. I've totally been having angel-book issues. This one sounds so good and I'm totally into the whole agent thing. Plus, the title really grabs me. I can do sinful angels. LOL! YAY!


  44. Great interview ad another book to add to my tbb list.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo com

  45. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for book 2!

  46. I've seen this book everywhere lately, except in my own hands. I need to rectify that.