Guest Post + Giveway: Author Linda Poitevin

 Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Author Linda Poitevin today.

 

Because I’m a pantser rather than a plotter, I’m often surprised by what happens in my stories. That was very much the case when I first began writing Sins of the Angels.

Linda Poitevin

Originally entitled “The Tenth Choir,” it was intended to be a single-title paranormal romance, but by the time I got about halfway into the story, it became clear to me that it had grown way beyond a single book…and (spoiler alert!) that the required HEA just wasn’t going to happen (at least, not in the traditional romantic way).

I didn’t have to give the issue of genre much thought until I had a completed manuscript and was ready to query agents, at which point I knew I had to call it something because the publishing industry is very much about labels. But if the story wasn’t a paranormal romance, what was it?

After much deliberation and even more research, I settled on calling the story a dark urban fantasy. Because the series takes place in a modern urban setting and it does have fantastical elements (angels), the UF genre seemed the best fit. It isn’t perfect, however. Sins of the Angels actually crosses many genres—more, even, than I myself had identified. Reviewers have likened it to everything from mystery to urban fantasy to thriller to paranormal romance to, of all things, horror (I must admit, I still don’t get that one, lol). One of my beta readers, an avid reader of detective novels, even considers it a police procedural with a paranormal element.

Personally, if it were left up to me, I would describe Sins of the Angels as a supernatural thriller, a description I think encompasses all—or at least most—of its elements. As that classification doesn’t exist in bookstores, however, urban fantasy remains the closest match . . . so now, when you’re at the bookstore, you know where to find it. :)

Giveaway:

Sins of the AngelsLinda would like to giveaway two copies of Sins of the Angels. Winners may choose either hard copy or Net Galley e-book format.

Open to US and Canadian readers, and to international readers who can accept a Net Galley e-book (in other words, physical books will be shipped only to US/Canada addresses).

International readers who would like to win a hard copy may state so in their comments. Names will be collected for a special International Readers Only draw at the end of the blog tour on November 14th, at which time three names will be drawn from all international entrants over the duration of the tour.  (FV giveaway is open until Nov. 4th winner announced soon after)

Comments

  1. says

    I have read a lot about Linda and Sins of the Angels lately – all good. I would love a chance to win this book so that I can read it. :) I am just getting into UF and look forward to reading this book.

    While I love my Kindle, there is nothing like holding the book in my hands, so I would prefer a hard copy if I win. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kendra
    kendraedens@gmail.com

    • says

      Hi, Kendra! It’s so exciting to know that readers are coming across my book and hearing good things about it — thank you for letting me know, and I hope you enjoy it! Oh, and welcome to the wonderful world of UF! :)

  2. CrystalGB says

    Hi Linda. Your book sounds good. I love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

    • says

      Hi, Crystal — so glad you like the cover! I was really pleased with it and loved how much input my publisher gave me into the process. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Riva L. says

    I, too, have heard good things about this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. NetGalley version is fine for me – my Kindle is never far from my side. :-)

  4. sara says

    I’m really excited to read this and would love to win a copy in either form. I love paranormal police procedurals and dark urban fantasy, so this sounds like a winner any way you describe it.

    sarace (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Maria D. says

    Nice post! I have this book on my wishlist…I love the premise of the story and the cover is pretty good for UF. Would love to win it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Estella says

    Sounds like a great story! Would love to win a hard copy of this book.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  7. Erin says

    I have not heard of this author before, but I love that it can be described in so many genre-crossing ways. Would love to win it!

  8. KellyM says

    I have been wanting to read this book since I saw some other reviews on it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  9. says

    I would love a copy of this book. Everything I’ve heard has been terrific. And I have an iPad, so an ebook would be fantastic!

  10. Lorraine says

    Wow!! The more post I read about this book, I know I have to have. Heres hoping I win it!!
    rainie72(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. says

    I’ve seen your book at the bookstore and read the blurb, now your interview has made it even more interesting

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  12. Laura R. says

    In the past year I have fallen in love with the Urban Fantasy genre. From Linda’s short description and the other posts I’ve read it sounds like the kind of book I have to have. Thanks so much..

  13. cindyg says

    What an exciting giveaway. I’ve read some great reviews and look forward to reading this book. I’ll own it whether I win or purchase it.
    I have a Nook but prefer hard copies anyday. So if I’m a winner I choose a hard copy.
    Best Wishes;
    Cindy

  14. says

    Ooooh! I’ve been chasin Sins of the Angels across the blogosphere! Can’t wait to get my grubby lil’ hands on a copy and to dig in! Congrats on your success, Linda! Ans, thanks for the chance to win!

    Kate
    mleger0546 (at) rogers (dot) com

  15. Emily Tardy says

    This book sounds interesting, I really like the fact that it can not be categorized into one or two factions, thank you for the giveaway =D

    Emily T

  16. elaing8 says

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.I’ve been reading great things about this book.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

    • says

      Thanks, Alicia, and Happy Halloween to you, too! Unfortunately, paperback is the best we can do if you win as there is no hardback version. But it’s a very nice paperback… ;)

  17. Barbara Elness says

    I’m really looking forward to reading Sins of the Angels, it sounds like such a fantastic book.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  18. Loraine Hunziker says

    Sins of the Angels sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it. I wish you continued success and health!

    Loraine Hunziker
    l_k_hunker( at) hotmail (.) com

  19. Buttercream says

    A dark urban fantasy sounds like my kind of read! Thanks Linda for the giveaway. Your book sounds awesome.

  20. Debbie S says

    I have been seeing a lot on Sins of Angels as well, would love to read it. Count me in for the contest, I would like to hardcover if I win. Thanks Debbie
    Anyone have any information on net galley, I have heard of it but don’t know how it works.

    • says

      Not owning an e-reader myself (yet!), Debbie, I doubt I’ll be much help, but I think it goes like this: you’ll be given a password by my publisher that you input at NetGalley and it enables you to download the book. If I’m wrong, I’m sure someone here will correct me. :)

  21. Lizzielvr says

    Hi Linda! I’m looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the contest and blogging with FV!

  22. Bethany C. says

    I wish bookstores divided their genres more specifically and accurately. If I saw an urban fantasy shelf I might just faint. Even though this book refuses to be pigeon-holed!

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • says

      Agreed, Bethany! I hate having to wade through a ton of other stuff to find the genre I’m looking for. In one local bookstore, they even have Sci-Fi and Fantasy lumped together…so not helpful, lol.

  23. rissatoo says

    This book has had good buzz for months, so it’s already firmly on my TBR list. Though I sure wouldn’t mind winning a copy so I can read it sooner (than my wallet will permit!)
    I’ll be honest, when I first heard the title, I was kinda ‘meh’. But then I read the blurb, and reviews from bloggers I’ve come to trust started coming out…and I realized this sounded different (in some cool ways), an atypical angel story, and my ‘meh’ turned to ‘yeah!’ :) And now I’m looking forward to reading it!

  24. latisha depoortere says

    Great post thanks for sharing Im really looking forward to reading this book sounds so good! thank you for the great giveaway! I live in the Us
    tishajean@ charter.net

  25. says

    I just found out the hard way how much better a physical book is. I live in Massachusetts and we were hit with a really bad storm. I was without power from Saturday night until yesterday. The only thing I could read were the physical books. If I used my e-reader then I had no way of recharging.

  26. Tiffany says

    Great post! This book has caught my eye a few times and I have it on my wishlist, cant wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. vivian baird says

    I am always interested in reading good books. I would really like to try this one out. Also it would be very nice if I won a copy of this book,if so I would like hardback please.

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