Sins of the Lost has launched!

It’sย here at lastโ€”Sins of the Lost has officially launched!!!


And what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous giveaway? But…not yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

First I thought it would be fun to share with you 10 Things You Might Not Know About the Grigori Legacy Series, some of which go back to the very first book concept almost fifteen years ago. Ready?

  1. The first book, Sins of the Angels, was originally titled The Tenth Choir, with the thought in mind that the Grigori (the original fallen angels) would have been just thatโ€”a tenth choir of angels. When I signed with my agent, however, she felt (and I agreed) that the title was too generic and not descriptive enough of the book. We worked together to come up with Sins of an Angel, but then my editor found that title to be too romance-y. After much angst-ing and general hair-pulling (but no success in coming up with a new idea), I suggested we simply pluralize Angel, and so the final title was born.
  2. All of my main characterโ€™s names have deeper meaning. Seth Benjamin means appointed (Seth) son (Benjamin)…hence his title, the Appointed. Alexandra means defender of man. Jacob, the human name taken on by Aramael when he pretends to be Alexโ€™s partner, means he who supplants.
  3. Alex started out as Meghan Butler; I changed her name when I decided on the whole deeper meaning idea. As nice a name as Meghan is, its meaning (itโ€™s a derivative of Margaret) of โ€˜pearlโ€™ just wasnโ€™t what I was looking for.
  4. Meghan Butler originally had a dogโ€”a Rottweiler named Max. I made the decision to cut him from the story (poor Max!) when I realized there was no way my heroineโ€™s schedule would allow her to adequately care for him. As a dog owner myself, I wasnโ€™t comfortable with even the most benign neglect of an animal.
  5. Mittron is an obscure alternate name for Metatron, which I decided against using because of its similarity to that of Megatron in the Transformers movie.
  6. Aramael is the only angel name that I made up. I pulled all the others from actual mythology.
  7. In the first book, Caim was originally called Alistor until I realized I had Alex, Aramael, and Alistor…and entirely too many โ€˜Aโ€™ names. A hunt through lists of obscure fallen angel names turned up the Caim solution. The decision to change this name turned out to be particularly fortuitous after the television show Supernatural introduced its character Alastair… o.O
  8. The obvious parallel of Aramael & Caim to biblical brothers Abel & Cain was entirely coincidental…and it took a reader to point it out to me. But I think itโ€™s really cool. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  9. The entire Grigori Legacy series very nearly didnโ€™t happen. After writing the first draft of The Tenth Choir, I decided the book needed a complete overhaul and promptly deleted all of my electronic files. When I started to write the new book a few months later, however, I discovered that I needed some of the scenes from the original…and that I was completely unable to move forward without them. I sent out a panicky email to my many beta readers and one of them (bless her heart!) had kept a hard copy of the manuscript in her bottom drawer. She has my undying gratitude to this day.
  10. Contrary to popular misconception, the Grigori Legacy is not a trilogy.ย There will be a fourth book! Please remember this when you reach the end of Sins of the Lost and you want to lynch me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and in case you missed it, check out the trailer for the book!


And now, as promised, itโ€™s giveaway time. If youโ€™re following my blog tour, youโ€™ll know that Iโ€™m already giving away five awesome swag packs at the end of the tour. Today Iโ€™m throwing in two extra ones that you can win here and now (well, almost) in one of two ways:

  1. Go to the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post
  2. Go to my Facebook page for a second, separate draw (rules follow below the Rafflecopter form)

Both draws end at midnight tonight (EST) and are open internationally. Yes, you’re welcome to enter both draws, but you can only win once! ๐Ÿ˜‰


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Facebook contest rules:

  1. Visit my Facebook page and โ€˜likeโ€™ the contest post you find there.
  2. Leave a comment on the post telling me where your favorite place is for reading (hammock, bed, bus, etc.)
  3. Please note that this contest is in no way associated with Facebook, nor is it endorsed, administered, or sponsored by Facebook. By entering this contest, you agree to release Facebook from any and all responsibility related to this draw.
  4. Winner will be drawn at random.
  5. Contest closes at midnight tonight (October 15, 2013).




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44 responses to “Sins of the Lost has launched!”

  1. Amanda Taggart Avatar

    My favourite character??!! Difficult one, that! I love them all – but I guess I’d have to go for Aramael…and Alex….and Michael!! Such a complex weave of emotions leaves me wobbling in hope, fear and awe – hope that the delicate thread tying Aramael to Alex doesn’t snap, fear that the bad guys get the upper hand and, well, awe at the fantastabulous tale that continues to leap out at me, page by page! Well done Linda!

    1. Linda Avatar

      Thanks so much, Amanda! So glad you’re enjoying the series…and can’t wait to hear what you think of the newest one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rachel Cooper (@RachelCooper_NS) Avatar

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read your books yet, but they’re high on the list. (It’s a long list!)

    1. Linda Avatar

      Goodness, Rachel, no need to be ashamed! Though I do have a spare paper bag here if you’d like it… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I fully understand the long TBR list, believe me. *eyes overladen bookshelves* Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. sharonstogner Avatar

    that is a mean question! I’m gonna go with Lucifer or Michael. Michael because of his unwavering loyalty.and strength. Lucifer because I love a villain with emotional depth.

    1. Linda Avatar

      It was a rather mean question, wasn’t it? But we’ve already established that about me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Valerie Rae Millard Avatar
    Valerie Rae Millard

    It’s been months since reading both previous books, so that’s a tough choice. However, I alway love a strong female character, so Alex is my favourite, and I do love to cheer her on ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Linda Avatar

      And poor Alex will need all the cheering on she can get… *evil grin*

  5. Elaine Avatar

    I love Alex!

    1. Linda Avatar

      She is pretty awesome, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lynsey Taylor Avatar

    Alex, definitely. She’s so strong and such a smart, “classy” (I keep using that word with reference to your books but it’s true) protagonist. She reminds me of my darling Eve Dallas. I love her to pieces.

    1. Linda Avatar

      Ooh…I can live with “classy”. Most definitely! *nods* ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. bookishthings13 Avatar

    Aramael is definitely my favorite. He goes through torture to make sure that Alex is safe. I love him so hard! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Peadar Avatar

    Hard to choose I enjoy all the main characters for different reasons. On the spot though I would pick Aramael, I love the way you wrote his inner conflict especially in Book 2. (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I wont give away details.) Special shout out for Samael who manages to annoy Lucifer at every turn not realising how close he is to completely pushing him too far.

    1. Peadar Avatar

      Forgot to say congrats on the release. I’m really looking forward to reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Linda Avatar

        Thanks, Peadar! And yeah, Samael is kinda special, isn’t he? I think you’ll enjoy seeing more of him in this book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Samantha Newbury Avatar
    Samantha Newbury

    Congrats on the release ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t actually read this series yet. I was waiting for this book to come out first. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Linda Avatar

      You’re most welcome, Samantha, and thanks for stopping by! Now that book 3 is out, I hope you enjoy the entire series! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. D. D. Syrdal Avatar

    Oh you know me, I’m Team Seth ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although I do kinda have a thing for Lucifer…

    1. Linda Avatar

      You’ll have to let me know your thoughts after this book… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Denise Avatar

    I’m pretty excited to get into this book! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also I love when authors make posts like this, it is always interesting to know some ‘behind the scenes’ things.

    1. Linda Avatar

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Denise…and happy reading of Sins of the Lost! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Kelsey Avatar

    Congrats on this books release, and I’m so glad there’s going to be a fourth book!! Loved reading your 10 facts too, I loved that their names had meanings. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Linda Avatar

      Thanks so much, Kelsey! I hope you’ll be able to make it to Saturday’s launch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Reanna Avatar

    You’ve brought so many wonderful characters to life. How can we pick just one? I adore Alex. Who doesn’t love a spunky heroine that doesn’t take crap from Archangels? But Michael and Verchiel are fun, too. They make me laugh sometimes. I love Verchiel’s wit. On the other hand, and even though they are evil, I do love the “chats” that Lucifer and Samael have.

    This is a great list, Linda. I think Sins of the Angels is a much better title than The Tenth Choir. As for the lynching, well…we may want to, but you have to get book four done, so you get a pass. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Linda Avatar

      LOL, Reanna…good to hear that I get a pass! *phew* ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Ali Avatar

    This might be odd – but my favourite character was God. I loved how she really seemed to have conflict and very human reactions.

    1. Linda Avatar

      I don’t think it’s odd at all, Ali — I love the One, too…for the same reasons you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. trunge Avatar

    I loved Aramael congrats on the new release

    1. Linda Avatar

      Thanks so much, Tracy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. BARBARA S Avatar

    your books are on my TBR list, too……you could help out on that!!!!!

    1. Linda Avatar

      Thanks for stopping in, Barbara! Hope you enjoy the series when you get to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Sarah Golden Avatar

    Oh my goodness, favorite character? I would have to say that I quite like Verchiel. She’s smart and innovative, and I liked watching her piece together the whole puzzle in the first book.
    Congrats on the release! I’ll get to reading #2 and #3 soon, I swear! :]

    1. Linda Avatar

      School first, young lady! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And thank you for picking Verchiel…I think she was beginning to feel quite slighted. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Jennifer Crawford Avatar
    Jennifer Crawford

    I’m new to the author and the series so no favorite yet. This giveaway can remedy that quickly!! Thanks for the chance!


    1. Linda Avatar

      You’re most welcome, Jenn — hope you’ll give the series a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. bn100 Avatar

    Haven’t read it yet, so no fav

    1. Linda Avatar

      No problem…you’re still very welcome here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Mary Preston Avatar
    Mary Preston

    I don’t have a favorite yet. Soon I hope.

    1. Linda Avatar

      I hope so, too, Mary! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Una Avatar

    I was torn between Seth and Aramael and now after reading book 3…I have NO idea…I still love Aramael though.

    1. Linda Avatar

      LOL, Una…I suspect you won’t be alone in your feelings after book 3. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Whitney Macleod Avatar

    I enjoyed meeting you at fan expo i bought 2 of your books there. i just bought the sins of the lost on iTunes and finished it within 24 hours i cant wait for the 4th book to this series

    1. Linda Avatar

      So very, very glad you’re enjoying the series, Whitney! I’m hard at work on book 4, so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

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