Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

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I’m so thrilled to have Linda Poitevin on the blog today! Linda is the author of the brand new urban fantasy, Sins of the Angels (out Sept. 27th), and was kind enough to answer a few of my questions. There’s also a giveaway, so be sure to check the details at the end of the post!

Please welcome Linda to the blog!

Linda, you’ve been everything from a police dispatcher , a real estate agent, and a human resources consultant! Have you always been interested in writing?
Thanks so much for hosting me today, Kristin! I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks. To answer your question, I’ve been writing stories as far back as I can remember. My best friend in high school and I used to write romance stories and swap them for reading, and I took Creative Writing in my grade 12 year. Pursuing publication was never really on my mind, however—journalism was the only kind of writing that was considered a career option when I was growing up, and I simply had no interest in it. So until about 10 years ago, I guess I always thought of it more as a hobby than anything.

Can you tell us a little bit about your first novel, Sins of the Angels?
Sins of the Angels is the first in a dark urban fantasy series that pulls heavily on traditional angel mythology while remaining firmly grounded in a very real, very current world. The story follows Alexandra Jarvis, a homicide detective tracking a serial killer that’s actually a Fallen Angel seeking a specific soul that can transport him back to Heaven. When it turns out that Alex might be the soul he needs, Heaven assigns Aramael, a hunter of Fallen Ones, to protect her—without her knowing he’s an angel. Readers shouldn’t expect a paranormal romance, however. While the story does have a romantic element, it actually crosses a number of genres: it’s part police procedural, part suspense, part UF, and even a little bit of a mystery. Personally, I think it’s best described as a supernatural thriller, but UF was as close as I could come in accepted genres!
What are some of your biggest literary influences?

Yikes. Good question. I would be hard pressed to single out any particular names, I’m afraid. In past, I think I’ve learned mostly by osmosis…just absorbing lessons from my readings subconsciously without really thinking about it (I hated taking apart literature in school and don’t think I’ve ever recovered!). I will say that I’ve recently begun studying how other writers handle backstory in a series, however, and I love how Jim Butcher does that in his Harry Dresden books.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Believe it or not, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces by Nobel prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek. I’m exploring an idea for another series once The Grigori Legacy is done…and given that I am not a physicist, I thought I’d better start early!

I’ve never been to Canada, but would love to go someday! Where would be some of the first places you’d take a first time visitor, and what do you love most about living there?
Oh, wow. Canada is such a massive country; I couldn’t hope to take a visitor to even a handful of my favorite places all in one visit! If I could, though (maybe we could charter a jet?), I’d include Vancouver with the ocean at its doorstep and the mountains at its back—gorgeous; the Columbia icefield in the Rocky Mountains; the rebuilt gold-mining town of Barkerville in the central interior of B.C. (I have such good memories of that place from when I was a kid); the badlands of Alberta (dinosaur territory); Quebec City (founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain); definitely Ottawa (Canada’s capital); almost all of Prince Edward Island (home to Anne of Green Gables); the Cape Breton trail in Nova Scotia…and those are just a few. There is just SO much to see here…and so much I have yet to explore.

What do I love most? Just about everything at the moment…though if you ask me again in January, I might not be so fond of our winters!

You’re a busy mom of three. How do you balance your writing schedule with having a family?
Balance? There is no balance, lol! My life is one long juggling act. My kids are pretty much grown up now (my twin girls are 20 and my youngest daughter is 17), so you’d think I’d have more time—I certainly thought I would!—but it doesn’t seem to be working out that way. Our youngest has just started high school (grade 11) after nine year of home school, so I do have a regular chunk of time available to me now that I didn’t have before. It’s nice, but not nearly enough.

I’ve had to learn to let a lot of things go. This year, for instance, harvest season coincided with the launch of Sins of the Angels and revisions to Sins of the Son, so for the first time in about ten years I’m not doing the canning and freezing I normally do. It kills me to walk through the farmer’s market and leave with a bagful of produce instead of bushels of it—and I cringe at how much the grocery bill will rise over the winter as a result—but I’m slowly learning my limits!

What are some of your favorite ways to spend your free time?
Time with family, breakfast dates with my husband, walking with my dog, coffee with friends, gardening.

What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to admit to)?
Hm…I once worked up the nerve to call a guy I’d met and ask him out for a drink (this was back in the early 80s, so that was actually quite daring!). Was I ever more daring? Yes. Will I admit to it? Absolutely not. 

If you could pack your bags and travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go, and why?
A seaside cottage. Location doesn’t really matter, as long as I’d have long stretches of empty shoreline for walking and beachcombing—oh, and I’d have to be able to bring my dog!

Is there any advice you would give to struggling writers?
Read. Take classes and workshops. Write. Write some more. Take the time to learn the craft. And persevere. Never give up, because the next story or the next query or the next idea might be the one that tips the scale in your favor. Every word you write brings you closer to your dream, even if you can’t see it at the time.

Do you have any news of upcoming projects or events you’d like to share with us?
I’m currently working on revisions to the second book in the series, Sins of the Son, which will be released six months to the day after Sins of the Angels. While there are a total of four books planned, I’ve only been contracted for the first two at this point—whether my publisher picks up the option for the remaining two depends on sales for the first (hint, hint, lol!).

Of course, the most exciting for me at the moment is tomorrow’s release of Sins of the Angels. I’ll be celebrating by staking out the local bookstore to see if it’s on the shelves (and taking pictures if it is!), and with a blog tour. You’re actually my very first stop on the tour—thank you again for having me!—and tomorrow I’ll be partying it up at Ex Libris. I hope you and everyone here will stop by to join me!

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Make sure you visit all the blog stops!

**GIVEAWAY DETAILS (please read carefully)**
1. Giveaway is for 2 copies of Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin
2. Giveaway is open to US/Canada and International addresses. HOWEVER, International winners will receive an ebook of Sins of the Angels. If you are an International winner that would like a hard copy of the book, please NOTE THIS IN THE COMMENTS and 3 international winners from all blog stops will be drawn at the end of the tour for a hardcopy version.
3. To enter, please leave a comment or question for Linda along with your email address. Following the blog is NOT required but is MUCH appreciated!
4. Giveaway ENDS 11/12/11
5. Giveaway books generously provided by the publisher

About Sins of the Angels:
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.

63 Comments:

  1. First of all Congratulations Linda on your very upcoming release!! So excited! 😀

    Second of all that tour of Canada sounds fantastic, could you please reserve a seat on that jet for me? 😀 Have wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since I first read about Anne Shirley when I was 9 *sighs* 🙂

    Then to all the other interested readers I would like to say that as someone who had the chance to already read Sins of the Angels, trust me it is an extraordinary UF novel you don’t want to miss!

    I would like to be entered for the international hard copy giveaway please! 🙂 Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Thank you so much for both the congrats and the recommendation, Stella! You definitely have a seat on the jet. 🙂 And you should absolutely visit PEI if you ever have the chance…it really is the loveliest place, and is just as Anne Shirley describes it.

  3. Hi Linda!

    Awesome interview, I love learning new things about author and their books. I’m really looking forward to reading Sins of the Angels!

    Questions:
    1. What made you choose angels as the basis for your book, why not vampires, weres or faes?

    2. Many authors who write adult series first tend to branch into the Young Adult genre, do you see yourself doing the same in the future?

    Van (US resident)
    Littopandaxpress(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Hi Linda:
    I am excited about your upcoming book release and I can hardly wait until I win my copy of Sins of the Angels, hee hee! Barring that I will be purchasing mine asap. I like the idea of a modern, supernatural, fantasy story. I have been waiting for something different to read and this is it. Thanks for doing that for me :-).

    Question from a non writer: When you have an idea you think will be a good story, is there a specific program, for lack of better words, that you follow to bring the story to completion. ie: map out story line, develop characters, create background info…or is it something that needs to flow and come together?

    How long does THAT take?

    Funny, I have been thinking of biking the Cape Breton trail, now recommended by a published author. Gotta do it.

    Cheers
    Carol Pal
    dbpaddler(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Thank you, Van! The interview was a lot of fun to do. 🙂

    To answer your questions:

    1. I didn’t choose angels as much as they chose me…by that I mean that I don’t start out by thinking that I’d like to write a story about ‘xyz’ (or angels) — I just start with a tiny little seed of an idea that sprouts a lot of ‘what if’ branches and then (hopefully) grows into a story.
    2. I don’t have any plans to do so, but neither do I rule out the idea. With three daughters, I’ve read a lot of YA and really enjoy it…so never say never! 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck in the giveaway!
    Warmly,
    Linda

  6. Hey, Carol! Thank you so much for commenting–and yes, you absolutely should do the Cabot Trail. It’s gorgeous and I just know you’d love it. You should do PEI, too, btw…they have the Confederation Trail there now that is supposed to be fabulous. 🙂

    To answer your question, I’m not a plotter-type, so no, I don’t have much of an organized approach to writing a story. I do a lot of daydreaming and building scenes in my head, but I never know quite how they’ll fit together until I start joining them up on paper. It’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, lol! SINS OF THE ANGELS took me ten years to write, mostly because I WASN’T writing for much of that time; book 2, SINS OF THE SON, has taken me just over six months from start to finish.

    Good luck in the giveaway, and I hope SINS lives up to your expectations! 🙂

    Hugs,
    Linda

  7. thanks for the giveaway and the interview. it was a fun read.
    i am an international reader.

    witchvela at web dot de

  8. Such a great interview I really enjoy it. 🙂 I am international reader and I would love be entered for hard copy book. Thank you so much for that chance 🙂

    Lorrra(at)seznam(dot)cz

  9. Wonderful interview. This sounds like a great read 🙂

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  10. Hi Linda,

    I love the sound of a supernatural thriller and I love Dresden files so you definitely have me hooked!

    I love Canada – I’ve visited twice once to Toronto and second to Vancouver and into the Rockies to Jasper and Banff – such a beautiful country! If you had to live anywhere else in the world, though where would you like to live?

    As I’m in London I’ll just go for the international ebook please! (And London would be a great answer to my question! 🙂

    Mel
    notanotherbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  11. Thanks for stopping by, Mel! Never having been to London, I can’t say whether I’d like to live there or not…sorry. Actually, never having been anywhere further than a few of the US states, I’m not in much of a position to choose another place I’d want to live. Somewhere on a coastline, for sure…but that doesn’t narrow it down much, does it? 😉 Seems to me it’s time I started traveling!

  12. I like dark urban fantasy and I’m looking forward to reading Sins of the Angels. I love the cover, not a belly button in sight, which is much more realistic to most characters in urban fantasy. I’d love to visit Canada and I hope to one day. I’ve always lived way south of there, in California and now Florida, so it’s going to take some planning to make a trip.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  13. How did you decide to write in this genre? edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  14. SINS OF THE ANGELS is now on my reading list. Enjoy your tour, I know I would.

    I follow.

    INTERNATIONAL: I would love a hard copy thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  15. A Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man? I definitely like the sound of that… it’s now on my wishlist! Thanks for the giveaway!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  16. Lol, Barb…yeah, I was very pleased when my publisher agreed to the professional appearance on the front cover. Glad you like it!

    Krystal, to be honest, I decided to write the story first…then I had to figure out which genre it fit into! Dark Urban Fantasy won out because “supernatural thriller” doesn’t exist. 😉

    Thank you, Mary, I intend to enjoy every moment of it!

  17. Hi, Linda congratulations on your release. I love reading about angels. I find them fascinating. Have you wrote any other books about angels? Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. I am in the USA. Tore923@aol.com

  18. Michelle @ Book Briefs

    I have been been to Quebec city and I loved it! I have only been to Canada once and it was only Eastern Canada. I would love to go back and visit more of the country. And calling up a guy and asking him out for drinks is daring! I wish I could do that 🙂

    I love the cover of the book. its so pretty!

    chelle2006 @ aol.com

  19. Thank you, Victoria! SINS OF THE ANGELS is my first book with angels; the second in the series, SINS OF THE SON, comes out in March. Good luck in the giveaway, and I hope you enjoy the book! 🙂

    Michelle, you’re welcome back to visit anytime! 😉 As for the guy, he stood me up, the jerk, so all that bravery was for nothing, lol. Glad you like the cover, btw. 🙂

  20. Linda,

    The book sounds wonderful! I really love the idea of angels in a less then angelic role..as more human then we tend to make them.

    Everyone is saying “Angels are the new Vampires” I say bring it on. UF has room for everyone as far as I am concerned!

    Looking forward to reading it!

    jjsines(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  21. Well the question I was going to ask has already been discussed. I’m pleased to hear that this is just the first book of a series and that the second book will come out in March. I can’t wait to read the books! These are definitely going on my TBR pile. =^-^=

    Ldyskyfire@hotmail.com

  22. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful interview.

    Congrats on your upcoming debut release! The storyline sounds quite intriguing. I am sure I’ll be devouring pages.

    The tour of Canada sounds fantastic. I definitely would love to myself :).

    I am located in the US

    pams00 @ aol.com

  23. This sounds like a great books. I have to say that the cover caught me, but the description captured me.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  24. I cannot wait to read this one. Darker Paranormal is fabulous lately and this book looks right up my alley. Thank you so much for coming on and letting us know it was out there.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  25. I just want to say how much I would LOVE to win a copy of this book because it sounds like something I would enjoy reading very much!! Thanks for a terrific giveaway:)
    GFC follower

  26. A huge thank you to everyone for stopping by to find out more about SINS OF THE ANGELS — and thank you, too, for all the lovely comments and encouragement! Best of luck to everyone in the giveaway, and hope you love SINS as much as I do!!! 🙂

  27. I need to retire so I can read all the great books out there! Thanks!
    blomette@yahoo.com

  28. I’m just now discovering the UF genre and this book sounds like something I would enjoy.

    Linda, what kind of book promoting are you doing? Any conventions or book signings? I always love meeting the authors of books I’m reading!

    irishbanshee1974 at hotmail dot com

  29. Good luck with your book and am curious about your religious beliefs and if you believe in angles
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  30. You and me both, Pam! Oh, wait…that might not work well, lol!

    Elaine, the only convention I have scheduled at the moment is World Fantasy Con 2012 in Toronto, and due to budget restrictions, all my signings are local for the time being. (I really need to win the lottery so I can attend others!) You can stay up to date with my events on my website, and maybe one day I’ll have the chance to meet you. 🙂

    Teressa, I certainly like to think there’s a higher power out there somewhere! 🙂

  31. Congratulations on your release! I like novels that blur genre lines and this sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  32. Oh my goodness, I have been dying for this. I saw this and knew I had to get it. The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces? Wow, that is a mouth full, I am very curious about the idea of your next series after The Grigori Legacy. So amazing you had all those jobs and still made your hobby into a career. A seaside cottage to anywhere sounds amazing and relaxing. I would kill for that LOL! Great interview and giveaway guys. Thank you so much, this was a great read 🙂

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. I would absolutely love to read Sins of the Angels. Thank you for this awesome giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  34. @ML — thank you! I like novels that cross genres, too. My tastes vary widely and I tend to pick up whatever story appeals rather than reading within any one genre. I hope you enjoy Sins of the Angels! 🙂

    @Diana — woot! Thank you!!! It’s so encouraging to hear excitement like yours. 🙂 I hope Sins lives up to your expectations!

    @Denise — Good luck in the giveaway, and I hope you love Sins! 🙂

  35. It’s neat to see how authors handle different ways to tell stories, and the back stories. I have a want to go to Canada…some day. 🙂 I hope to get there one of those days in the future. he he.

    Thanks for the great interview to meet you Linda, and look forward to the book.

  36. Your a new author to me but this series sounds great. I dont know how I missed out on hearing about you until now but thank my lucky stars that I follow great blogs like this one and find new and great books series and authors. Congratulations on “Sins of the Angels” release! I hope that your success of this wonderful series has you doing a signing tour through the US soon. Would love to see you at a signing near me in the windy city of Chicago. My question to you is: How did you come to pick angels for your series?

  37. New author for me but this book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. Linda,

    Congratulations on your release tomorrow!!! I LOVE your cover. It screams kick a$$ urban fantasy. The urban setting, intense heroine packing a gun, and the angel descending on bolts of crackling energy.

    I’ve noticed a lot of angel stories coming out lately. Sins of the Angels sounds like it has a very unique twist. I can’t wait to read about Alexandra, the fallen angel hunting her, and the angel assigned to protect her. There’s some built in conflict!

    Thanks you for the generous giveaway!

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

  40. @LadyVampire — sorry to be getting back to you so late! Basement renovations…*sigh*. I’m glad you’ve found out about Sins of the Angels…and very glad you follow great blogs like this, too! 🙂 To answer your question, I didn’t set out to pick angels, it was more just a matter of the story unfolding in my head with angels in it. I’m really glad that I did, though, because they’ve been amazing characters to write!

    I hope I can do a signing tour in the US one day, too…in the meantime, thank you so much for your support!

  41. @Renee — thank so much! SINS OF THE ANGELS actually released last Tuesday, but I’ll take all the congratulations and enthusiasm I can get, lol! And so glad you like the cover…I was thrilled with it, too. 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping to comment!

  42. WHOOOHOOO Yay for Canada!! ive never been to ottawa though.. this book looks awesome, i hope i get the chance to get one! the cover looks kinda like the blond from Fringe..

    (Canadian here!) <— hope that doesnt count as international!
    alainala@hotmail DOT ca

  43. This sounds like an amazing read and thanks for the interview. I’m also a mother of three, but mine are still very young. I was hoping to have more free time as they get older, but that hasn’t happened yet lol Can’t wait to get my hands on your book!!

    june111(at)att(dot)net

  44. @Alaina — hello, fellow Canuck! 🙂 If you ever get the chance to visit Ottawa, you really should. It’s truly a lovely city with tons to do/see. Good eye on the cover…that would be because I kinda suggested the actress as a model for the cover. 😉

    @Jolene — thank you so much! And I promise, eventually you do get more time…and then you miss the time when they were small! We’re so hard to please *sigh*. Let me know what you think of SINS when you do find the time to read, okay? 😉

  45. I’m really looking forward to reading your book. I’ve started reading urban fantasy a few months ago. I read an urban fantasy series with angels and really enjoyed it. I’ve been looking for another urban fantasy series with angels but haven’t seen anything that interested me like Sins of Angels. I was wondering who are your favorite urban fantasy writers?

  46. I have been trying to follow this tour and have enjoyed the different posts. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity. I would love to read Sins of the Angels 🙂

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  47. So I just recently started getting into angels and fallen angels books and I absolutely love them. This book is now on my must read pile. This book sounds so interesting and I love the fact that it isn’t a paranormal romance. I have a week spot for thrillers and mysteries. LOL. I hope I win!

  48. Linda: Book Ninja

    Hi Linda! Weird, it feels like I’m talking to myself. 🙂
    Supernatural thriller works very well with me! Angels are definitely on my top favorite paranormal creatures.
    I envy your skills of learning through osmosis.

    -Linda
    lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  49. STACI -AKA- PATCHES

    I have never read A supernatural thriller, I look forward to this being my first.

  50. This book sounds like it could be great. It sounds like Alex will be my favorite type of female lead character.

    I’d love to read it!

  51. Fallen angel…interesting theme…I like the women as detective aspect. It always makes me happy to see woman portrayed as strong, intelligent characters in typically male professions. I’d luv to give this book a read.
    Thanks for the great, giveaway!

  52. This book sounds interesting, can’t wait to give it a try =D

  53. I agree that reading is the best help when you are struggling with your writing. WHenever I run out of inspiration, ideas or even motivation, I open my fave books and flip through pages.

  54. pleas pick the deaf gurl i really want 2 read

  55. love it i cant wait to read more

  56. I live in Toronto and absolutely love it when the books I read are set here (like a few of Kelley Armstrong’s books for example). I’m curious as to what made you decide to set the book in Toronto vs a major US city or a city that’s fictional?
    I’m really excited to read this book, I’ve been on a major angels/demons book kick for the last few months. Also, one of my favourite childhood memories is visiting the Badlands.

  57. I don’t think your time is ever free no matter how old your kids are! I haven’t read an angel story in a while, I need put it on my list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. “Sins of Angels’ looks and sound like a great book to read, especially when this time the angel’s “job” requires a more than human nature to be an seeker for those who have fallen, and deal his brand of justice. I am looking forward to read the book.

  59. how did you come up with your idead to right this novel im a indie author curently writing a book what would you sugest i do and thanks for the amazing giveaway ive wanted to read this book for quite some time i live in the usa and would love a hard copy cuz i have no ereader yet. charvahon@yahoo.com

  60. Hi Linda! Your book sounds fantastic! I have been following you on twitter forever and have wanted to get a copy of the book but my local store was sold out! (Yay for sales though!) So winning a copy here would be amazing! I wish you all the success in the world!

    Destiny
    (US entry)
    destinyphilipose(at)gmail(dot)com

  61. latisha depoortere

    I really look forward to reading this book sounds so good been seeing this book all over the place! Thank you for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  62. A homicide detective and a guardian angel hmm..
    I’ll like to see how this unlikely duo work together! 😀
    I’m an international follower and would like to be entered for both the e-book and hardcopy versions of the book if possible please!

    Thanks for this giveaway~

  63. ooh a detective novel, love those. Thanks for the giveaway!

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