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Friday, June 19, 2015

Audio Book Lovin' Presents: Sylvain Reynard's Guest Post

Kelly from Books-n-Kisses and I are extremely excited to have Sylvain Reynard with us today!!  I've read the books, but now, having listened to the samples for creating the post... Yeah, will be doing a re-read via audiobooks!  

Whenever I listen to an audio book, I’m struck by how much the experience reminds me of old radio serials. (Orson Welles, for example)  When an audio book is done well, the listener is transported into the story.

Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to the audio book of the Steve Jobs’ biography that was written by Walter Isaacson and read by Dylan Baker. It was a great book and the narrator did an excellent job.

When Berkley, my publisher, was preparing to produce the audio books of The Gabriel Series, I was fortunate enough to chose the narrator.

I listened to several different actors and actresses, some of whom I recognized, reading various texts. But the actor who stood out was John Michael Morgan. John Morgan has a background in theatre and has a remarkable talent for capturing the personality and nuances of each of the characters he vocalizes. He was perfect for The Professor and I have enjoyed listening to his performance on the audio books more than once.

So I was delighted that he was available to record the audio book for “The Raven,” as well. Once again, I think he did a remarkable job.

Some readers prefer audio books because of the convenience. Some readers are not able to read because of visual impairment or health related issues. In all these cases, I’m glad that audio books exist as a medium to communicate the variety of written words to a wider, inclusive audience.

I hope you enjoy it, as well.

All the best, SR.

Thank you again for being part of our Audio Book Lovin series and sharing with us your experience with selecting your narrator and love of audiobooks. Now, my lovelies! Scroll down to find out more about Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno Series and The Florentine Series! Don't forget to enter our month long giveaway as well! Oh, and head over and visit Kelly too!!

Gabriel's Inferno
(Gabriel's Inferno Series, #1)

By Sylvain Reynard

Narrated by John Morgan

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love, and redemption, Gabriel’s Inferno is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible - forgiveness and love.

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Gabriel's Rapture
(Gabriel's Inferno Series, #2)
By Sylvain Reynard
Narrated by John Morgan

But those very desires may destroy them....
Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex.

But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante’s fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

In Gabriel’s Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the listener’s mind, body, and soul, forever.

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Gabriel's Redemption
(Gabriel's Inferno Series, #3)
By Sylvain Reynard
Narrated by John Morgan

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 Julianne 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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The Raven
(The Florentine Series, #1)
By Sylvain Reynard
Narrated by John Michael Morgan

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence's Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers' screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her...

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she's been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history - the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence's wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets...

This edition only: Includes Bonus Scenes

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About The Author

Sylvain Reynard
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Charities page.

You can find Sylvain at 


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  1. They sound so interesting and I really like John Morgan's voices

  2. I've listen to them all. Love SR's work and John Morgan did a excellent job

  3. I loved the audio books because John Michael Morgan brings SR's brilliant work to life. I have lost count as to the number of times I have listened to them. I also cherish the paperback versions that were autographed. I also have the audio version of The Raven as well as an autographed copy in paperback.