Thursday, October 31, 2013

Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin - Sins of the Lost Blog Tour - October 31, 2013

Please welcome Linda Poitevin to The Qwillery as part of the Sins of the Lost Blog Tour. Sins of the Lost (The Grigori Legacy 3) was published on October 15, 2013 by InterMix.

Becoming Lucifer

Writing a fully three-dimensional character isn’t an easy task to begin with, but when you’re writing from the point of view of consummate evil? Trust me, it can be even tougher. And slimy-er. And just plain ickier.

That was the challenge I faced in writing the ultimate villain in the Grigori Legacy, because...well, folks, they don’t come much badder than Lucifer himself. Or with much more mythological baggage that just about everyone is familiar with. The trick, then, was to make him my Lucifer. To put my own, fresh twist on him so that he became more than just an angel who fell from God’s grace and ended up in hell. To make him a three-dimensional character, I had to know him inside and out; to know what his motivations were for making the choices he did; to ask why...and not stop asking until I reached the very core of his answers.

I tried all my usual tricks: I did up a character sketch; I interviewed him; I let my subconscious brood over him. But I still fell short of where I wanted to be. He was holding too much back. Refusing to open up and let me in. So I did the only thing I could.

I wrote a scene from his point of view in first person, which meant crawling right...inside...his head. And Lucifer’s head? Not a place you want to be. Seriously.

But it worked. I emerged from that writing session feeling distinctly unsettled. Rattled, even. But I knew my villain. I knew why he had fallen—why he had chosen to fall. I knew what drove him, what he thought, what he felt. I knew him. I’d wanted goal, motivation, and conflict? I had it in spades...and Lucifer had the three-dimensionality I’d wanted to give him.

I employed the same technique several more times, until writing him became comfortable. By the time he got his big scene in Sins of the Lost, he and I were working together like a well-oiled machine. Writing in first person POV was no longer necessary, because I was Lucifer by then.

And we are so not discussing what that says about me... O.O

The Grigori Legacy

Sins of the Lost
The Grigori Legacy 3
InterMix, October 15, 2013
eBook, 358 pages

Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new weapon to be born -- a Nephilim child of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.

With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex Jarvis 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 personal.

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.

Sins of the Son
The Grigori Legacy 2
Ace (March 27, 2012)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

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

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

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, two cats, a rabbit, 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.

Website  ~  Twitter @lindapoitevin  ~  Facebook  ~  Goodreads

Tour Wide Giveaways

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5 - GRIGORI LEGACY Swag Packs (International) - tote bag, pen, fridge magnet, sticky notes, and bookmarks - FIVE Winners

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The Sins of the Lost Blog Tour

Sept. 16th - Parajunkee - Guest Post
Sept. 18th - Urban Fantasy Investigations - Guest Post
Sept. 20th - Books4Tomorrow - Interview
Sept. 23rd - Bookish Things & More - Review + Guest Post
Sept. 25th - Urban Fantasy Land - Guest Post
Sept. 26th - I Smell Sheep - Guest Post
Sept. 27th - Faerie Tale Books - Review + Interview
Sept. 30th - A Book Obsession - Interview
Oct. 2nd - Bibliophilia, Please - Interview
Oct. 4th - Magical Urban Fantasy Reads - Interview
Oct. 7th - Romancing the Dark Side - Interview
Oct. 9th - Meredith's Musings - Guest Post
Oct. 11th - Fiktshun After Dark - Guest Post
Oct. 14th - Phantasmic Reads - Review + Guest Post
Oct. 15th - Author Linda Poitevin's Blog - Special Post and One-day ONLY Giveaway
Oct. 16th - Paranormal Book Club - Guest Post
Oct. 18th - The Demon Librarian - Reviews: Sins of the Angels & Sins of the Son + Interview
Oct. 21st - Nerdophiles - Review + Guest Post
Oct. 23rd - Urban Girl Reader - Review + Interview
Oct. 25th - Good Choice Reading - Guest Post
Oct. 28th - Buried Under Books - Review + Interview
Oct. 30th - Mom With A Kindle - Guest Post
Oct. 31st - The Qwillery - Guest Post
Nov. 1st - Curling Up With A Good Book - Guest Post
Nov. 4th - Fade Into Fantasy - Interview
Nov. 6th - The Mad Reviewer - Review + Guest Post
Nov. 8th - BookHounds - Guest Post

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great series and I have added it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com