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.
IT’S HERE!!!! THE COVER IS FINALLY HERE!!! Now we know how Julia felt with all of that delicious, seductive teasing done by The Professor.
Without further ado, here is the cover of the book that will keep you up all night on when it’s released on December 3, 2013.
Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite leading man in a competition between Professor Gabriel O. Emerson of the Gabriel’s Inferno series and Christian Grey of the Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James. You voted, campaigned, and retweeted for your favorite leading man. Now’s the time to show you who is tops. Read More…
It’s time to settle that dispute. That’s right, it’s time to figure out which character comes out on top in our new series, Versus. Each week, we’ll pin two book characters against each other and see who you, the readers, vote as the undisputed winner. Be sure to try to get others to vote for your favorite character by campaigning for them in the comment section below.
Our first set of characters are competing for best leading man…
“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.”
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.
Book Boyfriend: Professor Gabriel O. Emerson
Book: Gabriel’s Inferno Series
Creator: Sylvain Reynard
I’d like to preface this post with an admission. I’m relatively new to reading romance novels. I’ve spent the majority of my reading time reading historical fiction, dystopian fiction, magical realism, and short stories. In the grand scheme of things, Gabriel’s Inferno was the first romantic book I’d ever read that enthralled me. I laughed. I cried. I bit my nails with nerves. I had the whole gamut of emotions. You never forget your first.
Everyone has imperfections. The fact that everyone has them is what makes you human, right? The struggle to correct the things that hold you back emotionally, physically, and spiritually is what constitutes perfection to me. I saw that as I read the Gabriel’s Inferno series. Professor Gabriel Emerson was not a “perfect” man by everyone elses’ standards. In fact, he was an ass. However, throughout the series he wanted to change. He was not the complete package on page one that was waiting to save his leading lady. He needed to be saved too.
Shall I review the list of a few of the qualities that made me choose him? I’m doing it anyway:1. He’s an academic. I love smart guys. Teach me something. Anything. Except math. I hate math. 2. He has good taste in food. Chocolate cake. Nuff said. 3. Gabriel is sensual. Even saying his name makes your mouth and tongue do the most delicious things. 4. He’s multilingual. Not only does he have a way with words, but he can say them in Italian too. 5. I heard he has nice toes. I’m not into feet, but it’s nice to know that they won’t be cutting up my sheets. 6. Gabriel has great taste in music. I’d be fine with letting him control the radio on car trips. I just hope he likes Hall and Oates too. *fingers crossed*
How could I not fall for a man like that?
In my fictional world where Gabriel is a living, breathing person or I am the main character on the page (sorry Julia, I love you, but I need to borrow your man), here’s what I’d want to do on Valentine’s Day.
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