Sunday, December 8, 2013

Interview w/ Sylvain Reynard + giveaway

Hey Dearlings! Help me welcome Sylvain Reynard to herding cats & burning soup! Check out our chat and leave some comment love :)  ~Anna

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront her about the subject of her presentation – research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

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Good morning Sylvain! Thanks so much for joining us today to chat a little about Gabriel's Redemption.
Hello Anna. It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers.
Alright, if you had 30 seconds to hook someone on Gabriel and Julianne's journey what would you tell them about the series?
Gabriel and Julianne’s story is that of an arrogant professor who falls in love with a kind but shy graduate student. They face many obstacles along the way, including jealous ex-lovers, and revealed secrets from their past. But ultimately, it’s a love story about redemption.
It sounds like an amazing journey. Could you share 3 behind the scenes facts about Gabriel's Redemption
  • “Gabriel’s Redemption” wasn’t part of my original plan for the series. I planned to end the series with “Gabriel’s Rapture.” Readers changed my mind.
  • I quote myself in “Gabriel’s Redemption,” when Gabriel told Julianne “Argyle is the fabric of seduction.” *lol that's awesome!*
  • I wrote a number of outtakes and deleted scenes from the novel. Some of which are posted on my website:
Oh that's exciting. Thanks for the heads up on that! Was there a moment that you completely fell for Julianne? What about Gabriel?
I was sympathetic to both characters from the beginning but I admired Julianne for not reacting with hatred and anger to Christa’s provocations. And I admired Gabriel for protecting Julianne from Simon.
Both wonderful qualities! I saw that you're an advocate for a number of charities. That's really wonderful. Can you tell us a little bit about your favorites and what touched you about them?
Two charities I highlight are The Salvation Army and Covenant House. Both work with the poor and the vulnerable, going into places and neighbourhoods that many people will not go.  And especially in the winter months, their services are more needed than ever.
I hadn't heard of Covenant house so thank you for pointing it out! Alright a couple silly ones before you head out...

Solid socks or wacky patterns? 
Favorite inspirational piece of artwork? 
Botticelli’s “Primavera.”
I'm completely freaked out by...? 
Weirdest thing you've Google searched (in the name of book research of course)? 
I once researched the treatment of compound fractures by North American doctors in the 1920s. *lol yeah that's a different one!*
Favorite thing about the holiday season? 
Egg nog.
Fruit cake...heavenly or culinary horror? 
Horror. Unless one is need of a good paperweight. 
*nods* Yep, definitely with you on that one. lol Thanks so much for stopping by Sylvain! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
Thanks so much, Anna. You too. I wanted to mention that I’ve just announced my next book, “The Raven,” which is the first book in a new series.  It’s a paranormal story set in the city of Florence and The Professor will have a cameo in it.  Readers can learn more about “The Raven” here.

All the best and thanks again, SR.

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