Author Guest Post With Linda Poitevin

Linda Poitevin has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for her newest release, Gwynneth Ever After.

 About The Author:
Linda Poitevin lives just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa, with her husband, the youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a bearded dragon lizard. Turned down in her pursuit of a police career after a faulty height measurement, Linda vicariously lives out her dream of being a cop through her characters. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden in the summer, hugging the fireplace in the winter, or walking her dog along the river in any season.

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Read my post about Linda’s Book Signing here in
Guest Post:
Lucy, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog again! I’ve just realized that I never put in an appearance to respond to reader comments last time I was here—I’m completely mortified by my bad manners (ack!!) and promise to do better this time. I love having the chance to chat with readers!Thank you, too, for the topic idea. Frankly, I struggle with coming up with titles for my stories (as many authors do, I suspect) and finding the right name for Gwynneth Ever After was no exception. The novel was originally published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press as A Fairy Tale for Gwyn. That had been its working title while I wrote the book, and I was far from enamoured of it. I’d heard, however, that editors more often than not change titles, so I figured I would leave it in my new editor’s hands. Alas, the editor decided the title was fine as it was and, when I couldn’t come up with another title fast enough (deer in the headlights, anyone?), the name stuck.

Fast-forward three years. There had been a significant lag between my second book in the Grigori Legacy series, Sins of the Son, and the third one, Sins of the Lost (due out in October), and I began to toss around the idea of re-releasing A Fairy Tale for Gwyn as a self-published venture in order to fill that gap. The first thing I knew I needed to do was change the name (well, that and the cover, but that’s a whole other story!), but for the life of me, I couldn’t come up with anything that I liked. So I did the only thing a sensible writer could do: I asked my readers for help.

I ran an impromptu contest on my blog, giving whoever came up with the winning title the opportunity to have his/her name used in the book. The volume and creativity of the entries astounded me, and there were several serious contenders, including Starstruck, Wish Upon a Star, Love Uninvited, Knight in Shining Armani, and of course, the ultimate winner, Gwynneth Ever After.

What made me go with that decision? I love how the title hints at the fairy tale aspect of the story (described by one reviewer as “the ultimate Cinderella tale”) without beating readers over the head with it (as my original title may have done, lol). It’s simple, classy, full of promise…and it just fits the story so, so well.

Of course, you shouldn’t take my word for that latter bit. You should definitely download a copy of your own and see whether or not you agree…don’t you think? 😉

About The Book:

Title: Gwynneth Ever After
Author: Linda Poitevin
Publication Date: June 30th 201
Publisher: Michem Publishing
Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out, leaving her alone with three small children, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak, and so she has an unbending policy of no dating and no unattached men in their lives.

Until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap…and the hero won’t take no for an answer.


Find Gwynneth Ever After Online:
Book Excerpt:

Gareth watched a wisp of steam drift from the kettle. On the counter beside the stove, a tray stood ready. He sent it a baleful glance. Sugar, milk, spoons, teapot…and one cup.

One, because he still held the other in a death grip while common sense wrestled romantic fancy.

One, because no matter how much he wanted to stay, he shouldn’t. Should never have come here in the first place. He rubbed his stubbled jaw with one hand and scowled at the offending mug he held in the other.

What in the hell did he think he was playing at here, anyway? Why couldn’t he just be sensible and walk away? Breaking promises to Catherine, keeping secrets from Gwyn…

He raked his hand through his hair.

It wasn’t as if he hadn’t met attractive, sexy, intriguing women before, because he had. Many of them. Some had been mistakes from the very start, some had made a deeper impression than others…

A metallic hiss vibrated through the copper kettle on the stove, and steam wisped from its spout.

But none had been like Gwyn.

None had surprised him with a quirky honesty as enchanting as it was refreshing. None had made him, with a simple note of weariness in her voice, want to drop his own life so that he could make hers a little easier. None had made all his complications fade away with nothing more than her smile.

And none had ever made him stand in a kitchen debating the addition of a second cup to a tea tray.

Happy reading until next time!
 Lucy Sig - black