Gabriels Inferno Rapture

Gabriel Series/Sylvain Reynard Links

As you may know, our blog was formed because of our love for Professor Gabriel Emerson.  Since we began, we’ve professed our love of the series and SR has been kind enough to stop by the Love Shack a few times as well.  We bribed him with doughnuts, coffee, and fine Corinthian leather to get him to stop by.  Just kidding!  He’s Canadian which means he’s nice which means he stops by when we ask. (Yay!)

We’ve pulled all of our links concerning Gabriel and SR that we’ve posted over the last few months in celebration of the cover reveal of Gabriel’s Redemption.  This list doesn’t even include the author interviews where the series or SR is mentioned as an inspiration. Enjoy!

Always the sticky leaf: SR’s Charity Page Contribution 
Lover Tiffany and The Professor: My Love for the Gabriel Series
Lover Elizabeth loves Gabriel: My Love Affair with the Professor
Lover Amanda spends Valentine’s Day with G.O.E.: Valentine’s Day with Professor Emerson
Lover Amanda really, really loves chatting about the series: Always on My Mind
Lover Karen muses about kindness: What is Kindness?
Our first guest blogger was SR: Art and the Poetry of Desire by Sylvain Reynard
The Professor stopped by the Love Shack and gave us a lecture: “Courtly Love” by Professor Gabriel O. Emerson

Thanks for reading!  We can’t wait till December 3, 2013 for the release of Gabriel’s Redemption, can you?  Be sure to enter our giveaway for a set of print copies of Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture!  The giveaway is open to U.S. residents until MIDNIGHT, Friday, April 26th!  Enter below and good luck.

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Lovers Month Guest Post: Sylvain Reynard

“Courtly Love” by Professor Gabriel O. Emerson, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, University of Toronto.

Sex and love are not the same.

I’ve lectured on this subject in the past and usually, my claim is accepted without argument.  What’s more difficult to defend is the claim that one can enjoy romantic love without engaging in sex.

Most people would point out that when you fall in love with someone, you want to have sex with them.  Many times. Or constantly.

It isn’t easy to understand why a pair of romantic lovers would forego sex and remain in love.  But I study the life and works of Dante Alighieri, who was enmeshed in a non-sexual romantic relationship with a woman, Beatrice Portinari, that lasted for years. So as much as I find it difficult to believe that one can have romantic love without sex, I’m forced to confront that reality on a daily basis.

“In that part of the book of my memory before which little can be read, there is a heading, which says: ‘Incipit vita nova: Here begins the new life’. Under that heading I find written the words that it is my intention to copy into this little book: and if not all, at least their essence.” (La Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri, Book I, Trans. A. S. Kline.)

So begins Dante’s account of how his new life began when he met Beatrice at the tender age of nine. He declares that since that moment Love governed his soul.

The courtliness of Dante’s love is understandable when he’s young but when he meets Beatrice again when they are both adults, it’s much more difficult to understand.  In fact, Dante describes their meeting like this, “She greeted me so virtuously, so much so that I saw then to the very end of grace.”

Dante_and_beatrice

We could, perhaps, dismiss Dante’s fascination with Beatrice as a kind of religious experience, given his language. But he goes on to describe a vision that he has in which she is naked and wrapped in a crimson cloth, and held in the arms of man who declares himself to be Dante’s lord.

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Gabriel Series Covers

I’m sure you’re all as excited as we are to celebrate the new covers to our favorite books! Here are all the covers! You can find them by your country on Amazon and see what cover is available! You can also find the books on Barnes & Noble.com and the  iTunes store.

If you haven’t already be sure to follow the fans of the Gabriel Series from all over the world on Twitter & find your books :)

US  —- @TheGISeriesFans : http://www.amazon.com/

Canada —- @GIFansCanada : http://www.amazon.ca/

Italy —- @GIFansItaly : http://www.amazon.it/

UK —- @GIFansUK : http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Spain —- @GIFansSpain : http://www.amazon.es/

as well as:

Ireland — @GIFansEire

Brazil —- @GIFansBrazil

New Zealand — @GIFansNewZealand

Central America — @GIFansCentAmer

Australia —- @GIFansOz

What is Kindness?

Kindness is never wasted.― Sylvain Reynard, Gabriel’s Inferno

One of the major themes explored in the novels Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture is kindness. I want to explore what kindness truly is.

What is kindness? I know what unkindness is and I could go on a rant on the ills of the world and its people, but that is not what this post is going to be about. I want to talk about kindness.

Is kindness the woman who sees an elderly man looking for something in a store, and ask him if she can help him? Taking time out of her schedule to stop and give another human being a hand.

Is kindness taking in a stray dog because someone has dumped him off on your street?

Is kindness helping the woman in front of you in line pay for her groceries because she ran out of money?

Is kindness donating to a charity because that charity tugs at your soul?

Is kindness turning the other cheek when vile untruths are spread about you?

Is kindness giving money to the person on the side of the road, because their sign is asking for help?

Is kindness organizing a group to do yard work for elderly people?

Is kindness teaching our youth to care about their fellow man?

Is kindness standing up for others, who don’t have their own voice?

Is kindness asking a co-worker what’s wrong on a day when they are in a bad mood?

Is kindness accepting an apology without reservations?

Is kindness telling the truth even though you may not be seen in the best light?

Is kindness truthfulness?

Is kindness not lashing out when a wrong is done to you, turning the other cheek for it to be slapped too?

Kindness is all of these examples and much more, it is the giving of your soul to help another person, and sometimes in repressing what your instincts tell you to do. It is what separates us from the unkind. So remember kindness before you act, waggle your tongue, spread rumors or ignore someone. A kind person is what we should all strive to be.

My love affair with the Professor

Before I could even begin writing this post, I had to be honest with myself and face my fears of spilling a dark secret I’ve been burying for quite a while.

*deep breath*
Hi.
My name is Elizabeth, and I am in love with a fictional character.
*exhale*

Ok, now that I have released my secret into the world of the internet, I can gather myself and explain why I must come clean about my torrid affair with Professor Emerson.

To begin, if you have not read Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard all I can say is “Where have you been that you have not heard of THIS book?! You must read it NOW. Please stop what you are doing, run (don’t walk) to your nearest book store and buy a copy today!” Now, for those of you who have, know the kind of dangerous love affair I’m about to rattle on about. Some may even be experiencing an affair of their own and at least now you know you are not alone.

My “relationship” with Professor Emerson began without me even realizing it. It was simple really. Here I was, going about my day, reading for pleasure, when all of a sudden I felt my Kindle become an extension of my body.

I could not put it down.

I could not manage to leave the house without it.

And bedtimes became an afterthought in its presence.

This man…this fictional character…had taken hold of me and would not release me until HE was through with me. I realize for most, including myself, reading is just something we do for enjoyment but this particular novel managed to do what no other had done before. It forced me to feel. It forced me to be involved in a way I had never experienced and in that time, it also forced me to fall head over heels for a man that does not exist. Continue reading

My love for the Gabriel Series

Where to begin…?

The month of May this past year is a hazy one to me. Around my birthday (the 10th) I was knee deep (no pun intended ;) ) and falling, in my reading of the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. Absolutely LOVING it! After my Christian Grey withdrawals I was very eager to find something to help fill that void even if it was temporary because I could NOT stop thinking about those books. I’m not even sure HOW it happened but I came across the Goodreads site (www.goodreads.com) and instantly signed up! It’s always been kind of hard for me to love reading because I felt there were no books for people my age. That’s one of the many reasons I loved Fifty. I loved that this site would give me recommendations based on the books I’ve already read and I could share my opinions with others. I quickly added my readings of Fifty Shades (giving them all 5 stars) and kept searching for a new book to read because I was going crazy!

That’s when I kept seeing “Gabriel’s Inferno” pop up & decided to click on the link and read the summary. I immediately wanted to get it…and I did! I read “Gabriel’s Inferno” in a day…YEP a day. I didn’t believe it. I could not put it down and kept reading until the wee hour of the next morning (much like I did with Fifty). I INSTANTLY related to Julia’s character since we shared the same age and a few life experiences. And seriously who would not love Gabriel Emerson! COME ON!! :) I woke up May 23rd like a lunatic running out the door to my nearest Barnes & Noble looking for “Gabriel’s Rapture”. The guy at the counter helped me by looking it up and sadly told me they only offered it in Nook format. (I didn’t even know what that really was haha shhh I do now) I went back home CRUSHED and went to Google, finding out that coincidentally the day before was the release day for “Gabriel’s Rapture”. (Twilight zone music plays haha) Continue reading