LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..
Round 2: Fighting for DFT – Aramael
Aramael vs. Ajax Dekyanos
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Book Series: The Grigori Legacy
Job: Angel of the Sixth Choir [Powers], tasked with hunting the Fallen Ones.
Height: 6 feet, 4 inches
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark
Eye Color: Gray
From [Location]: Heaven
Significant Other: Touchy subject. Best not to ask.
Kill Highlights: None since the war between angels. The taking of life by one of Heaven’s own is forbidden.
Enemies: The Fallen Angels, followers of Lucifer.
Author Linda Poitevin’s Pre-Tournament Interview of Aramael, hero of SINS OF THE ANGELS
Linda: Good morning, Aramael, and thanks so much for agreeing to participate in this event. It’s great to have you here—you must be thrilled.
Aramael [scowling]: I didn’t agree, I was coerced, and no, I sure as Hell am not thrilled. And just for the record, don’t think I don’t know who was behind this idea. Siccing Verchiel on me was underhanded even for a mortal.
Linda [shuffling back a step, away from the flames beginning to lick along Aramael’s wings]: Um, well, I thought it might be fun…
Aramael: Powers don’t have fun. That does not, however, make me uptight as was suggested to Verchiel by someone.
Linda: Of course not. I just—well, you’re here now, so why don’t we move things along? Let’s start by having you tell us a little about yourself.
Aramael: You already know about me.
Linda: But the spectators here don’t. Why don’t you tell them?
Aramael: Because I don’t care.
Linda [becoming annoyed but still keeping a careful eye on the fiery wings]: It’s part of the event, Aramael, and I’m sure Verchiel intended for you to participate fully.
Aramael [flexing wings and glaring]: You have a lot of nerve for a mortal, you know. [Sighs heavily] Fine. I am Aramael, an angel of the Sixth Choir and hunter of Fallen Ones. Satisfied?
Linda: A little more information for your audience would be nice. The Fallen Ones are…?
Aramael [gritting teeth]: The ones who chose to follow Lucifer when he left the Creator’s side.
Linda: In other words, the Grigori.
Aramael [shaking head]: Not all of them are Grigori. Some from every Choir made the choice to believe the Light-bearer’s blasphemy, even an Archangel.
Linda: And now you hunt these Fallen. How many have you killed?
Aramael: I capture, not kill.
Linda: Because you’re not powerful enough?
Aramael [going very still and meeting Linda’s gaze with one that is granite-hard]: I have the ability to tap into the One’s own energy. I carry in me all the rage and disappointment and frustration of Heaven itself. I am more powerful than all but an Archangel or Lucifer or the Creator. So make no mistake, mortal, if I chose to do so, I could indeed take the life of a Fallen One. Or any creature here, for that matter [casting a disparaging glance around the arena].
Linda [swallowing hard]: Then why don’t you? Kill the Fallen Ones, I mean.
Aramael: It is forbidden for an angel of Heaven to take a life, even that of a Fallen One.
Linda: After all they’ve done, it must be difficult to only capture them—to refrain from doing more.
Aramael: You’ve no idea.
Linda: With that kind of power, you must be pretty confident that you can win this tournament, then.
Aramael: Should I so choose, I could end this tournament, right here, right now. Verchiel, however, has instructed me to play nice. She thinks it will do me good to hone my battle skills and release some of my frustrations through physical combat.
Linda: Physical—then you won’t be using your angelic powers?
Aramael [snorting]: If I used my angelic powers, the battle would be over before it began. No, I’ve promised Verchiel a fair fight against whomever I’m pitted.
Linda: Have you ever been in physical combat?
Aramael: All angels have. We’ve already fought a war against our own, remember? I assure you I remember how.
Linda: What will you do about a weapon?
Aramael: The Creator will provide.
Linda: I’m sorry—?
Aramael [sighing]: In exchange for my agreeing to this farce, Verchiel has allowed me to call up whatever weapon I need to match my opponent’s. Look, are we done yet? The sooner this thing starts, the sooner I can leave. In case it escaped your notice—as it seems to have escaped a certain Dominion’s—we still have Armageddon to prevent.
Linda [narrowing eyes]: Wait a second. That sounds suspiciously like you’re planning on throwing the match just to get out of this event.
Aramael [flexing wings in a distinctly threatening manner]: I have made an agreement with the Dominion Verchiel regarding my participation. You dare question my word?
Linda [squeaking]: No, no. I wouldn’t dream of doing any such thing—oh, listen, wasn’t that your name being called? I’m sure I heard it. You should start getting ready for your first match.
Aramael [giving a small smile and snapping his wings open behind him, then folding them closed again] Oh, I’m ready, mortal. More than ready. Let the entertainment begin.
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 has been a stay-at-home mom ever since and has homeschooled her youngest daughter for the last nine years. 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, three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, three 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.
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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Ace Books
Two winners will each receive a copy of Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin
International: One winner will receive a e-copy via NetGalley
Available on September 27, 2011 from Penguin/Ace
About the Book:
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.
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