Friday, September 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR: INTERVIEW: SINS OF THE LOST (Grigori Legacy, #3) by Linda Poitevin

Title: Sins of the Lost
Series: Grigori Legacy, #3
Author: Linda Poitevin
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: October 15, 2013


From the author of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son comes the newest novel in the “electric, thrilling and extremely intelligent” (Ex Libris) Grigori Legacy series.

Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.

With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic –­ leaving little time for her fledgling relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.

Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon.




What would your choice of music be as a theme-song for Sins of the Lost?

Ooh...good question! I love it! And my answer would be No More Heroes by Slash. It would be perfect. J

What sparked the idea for this series?

The very first spark came from the movie City of Angels...or, more specifically, from one of the songs in the movie, Angel by Sarah McLachlan. A line in the song, “safe in the arms of the angel,” triggered my whole ‘what-if’ process: what if it wasn’t safety you found in an angel’s arms, but something else? What if angels weren’t the benign creatures we’ve come to view them as, but something darker and more warrior-like?

Those initial questions led to some wonderful conversations with a friend of mine who is well versed in angel mythology; that led in turn to some serious research and the uncovering of some rather more obscure stories. And now we find ourselves at the third book in a series that came as rather a surprise to me, because I only set out to write a single book, lol.

How long did it take you to write Sins of the Lost?

With or without the time I took to procrastinate? *sigh* I danced around the story for almost six months before I managed to settle into it, rewriting the first chapter a grand total of 17 times before I got it right. Once I really got moving on it, however, I wrote it in four months flat (mostly because my deadline at that point was really, really, really tight). I’ve decided to aim for a six-month timeframe with future books...that seems to be the most reasonable for me.

How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?

I don’t think my childhood has had an impact, but my early adult years most definitely have. I worked as a dispatcher for the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) for almost three years, then married a cop. Being a part of that culture has definitely influenced my decision to write Alexandra Jarvis as a homicide detective, and it has helped immensely with getting the police procedural details right.

Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?

I think Alexandra is a little bit of me...or at least the me that wanted to be a cop myself when I was younger. So yes, I see myself in her.

Except as yourself, which character would you want to play in a movie about your life, and why?

Bite your tongue! Me? Act in a movie??? That is so not happening...ever. *dives under the table*

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Coffee. Wine. Chocolate. Oh, wait...those are products, not attributes. How about the ability to drive in order to procure those products? Ahem. Right. Seriously, I think you need to have an extraordinary amount of patience (the wheels of the publishing industry, they turn slowly!) and the ability to distance yourself emotionally from your book once you’ve finished it (you have to view it as a product rather than as your baby). And if you don’t already have a thick skin, you might want to consider growing one.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

The risk of your butt fusing to your chair. Back, shoulder, and neck problems caused by hunching over your computer. Questionable personal (and house) hygiene when you’re under deadline. Poor nutritional habits during that same time period.

Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript?

No...but the computer gremlins have sure had their share!

What are you like first thing in the mornings before you’ve had your first cup of coffee?

Wait...there’s a morning before coffee???

What's the most blatant lie you've ever told?

Grade One. I begged my mother to let me take cherry tomatoes in my lunch, and she caved but told me I would get a spanking (this was the old days, remember) if I got any of the juice on my new dress. First bite into a tomato...juice squirted all down my front. It just so happened that the school bully chose that moment to throw an orange peel at me. Quick thinker that I was, I burst into tears and went to my teacher (also the school principal) and blamed Stewart for the stain on my dress. The poor kid got the strap (old days!), my teacher sent a note home to my mother, and I got off scot-free. I’ve never quite forgiven myself for that incident...if you happen to be reading this, Stewart, I’m sorry!!!

What is the worst “crime” you committed as a teenager, which your parents had to punish you for?

Are you kidding me? I was way too smart to get caught. ;-)

What is your worst/best memory of high school, and why?

We had an annual 50s dress-up day (that was retro for, I’m really dating myself here, aren’t I?) and in Grade 10, I got the dates mixed up and came to school dressed up on the wrong day. We lived 3 miles from the school, so I couldn’t go home to change and had to go through the entire day in my dirndl skirt, bobby socks, and mother’s cardigan. Oh, the stares... *cringes at the memory*

And the worst part? I did the exact same thing the next year. For realz. *face palm*

Are you fun to go on holiday with?

Define your idea of fun... J I’m actually pretty relaxed on holidays, and I’m independent enough that if others aren’t interested in doing what I am (or vice versa), I’m happy to go off on my own.

What makes you laugh?

I have a warped sense of humor (I blame my parents), so I can find humor in just about anything. I think that’s a blessing, to be honest.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Be willing to go through the full process needed to produce a good, readable book. Self-publishing has changed the face of the industry and made it easy for anyone to put out a story, but in my opinion, that’s not all for the better. Too many writers are slapping up their stuff without going through the rounds of editing they need to—and trust me, all authors need to have their stuff edited. So do yourself—and your readers—a favor and take your time. Learn your craft, do your job, and put only your very best book (edited and proofread!) out there. Oh, and have fun doing it!


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 remained a stay-at-home mom, homeschooled her youngest daughter for nine years and, 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, 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 here. 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.


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There are two awesome giveaways included on the tour -

1 - GRAND PRIZE Giveaway (US & Canada ONLY) for a surprise prize package from Penguin - ONE Winner
5 - GRIGORI LEGACY Swag Packs (International) - tote bag, pen, fridge magnet, sticky notes & bookmarks - FIVE Winners

- The Grand Prize Giveaway is open to US/Canada.
- The Grigori Legacy Swag Pack Giveaways are open Internationally.
- Giveaways end on November 10th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.
- Giveaways are open to anyone 18 and older.

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Unknown said...

This sounds like a great series to read and I love the cover for Sins of the Lost. Thank you for the chance to win.

Amanda Ray said...

What interest me most- well, the series is essentially urban fantasy suspense- what's not to love about that? I love the suspense genre as well as fantasy and this series seems to cover both of those genre's

ErinKoiso said...

I love a book that has the classic struggle of good and evil!

Bleu Moon said...

These books sound really good with lots of action!

Sally said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love paranormal type reads and the covers are very nice!

Unknown said...

Sins of the Lost

Sandy S. said...

Humanity is panicking, we are so good at that and then an upcoming apocalypse, I see disaster written all over this. Can humans actually save us? The blue wings are fantastic on the cover.

Sandy S. said...

Humanity is panicking, we are so good at that and there is an approaching apocalypse, this has disaster written all over it. Can humans really take care of this? The blue wings on the cover are fantastic.

skyblue527 said...

I love any series having to do with Nephilim.

Unknown said...

LOVE the interview!! Thanks <3

Meghan said...

I like apocalyptic literature!

Tiffany Drew said...

Apocalyptic good vs. evil? What's not to love? Can't wait to read it!

AshleighSwerdfeger said...

Heaven and Hell on the brink of a war and the interview was great :)

maoka said...

I've always been a fan of these type of books. Apocalyptic just has a sense of thrill to it

gsandoval said...

all her books look interesting!

Jennifer said...

Book sounds interesting. And the cover is pretty cool too! Thanks.

charity said...

this sounds interesting. i like how the author shared how she came up with the idea. hearing about the background of the story makes me much more interested in reading it

Sue Sattler said...

Yeah! A new to me author to check out. I love books that highlight the struggle between Heaven and Hell and the ones that get caught up in trying to save the world.

susan stielow said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love giveaways. I'm always excited to read new books.

catslady said...

It would be just like Christmas receiving a box full of surprises! Thanks for the chance.

Jennifer Leach said...

I like the idea of angels and demons...good vs evil. I've never heard of the series and am interested in reading it. I will add them to my to read list

Kay K said...

I love that it's a thrilling adventure!!

KMP50 said...

I can always use a new supernatural series both to read and to recommend at the library where I work.

Wendy said...

Sounds like an awesome series to read.

Gena Robertson said...

This is a new to me author, and sounds like a great new series to immerse myself.
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

Jenny Q. said...

I love discovering new authors, and while I haven't read this yet, I am excited to

Elyse S. said...

This looks like a great series!

Elyse S. said...

This looks like a great series.

rlleonard said...

i enjoy reading books and love fantasy so this would be great

Unknown said...

Sins of the lost

Glitter Born said...

Love the blog,. Though i love anything book related. I am addicted and i will admit it.

Unknown said...

The book looks exciting!

ChiKittie said...

All! I have had these books on my TBR list for sometime. I so look forward to reading them soon. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

- Beckie

Unknown said...

I think they look good because I love reading books about angels

Katiria said...

The Nephilim and Nephilimchild is what interest me I tend not to read book about Nephilim but these books looks and sounds awesome thanks for the great giveaway!

Michelle said...

I love paranormal type reads

Felicia said...

I just found the description of the books so fascinating - I am hooked already!