This news makes me very, very happy because Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture will be added to the list of books that have either been self-published or come from indie publishers and then gone on to be picked up by larger publishers in the literary world. (On the Island and Beautiful Disaster being the other two books that were recently acquired by major publishing houses).
"Penguin Group (USA) has acquired rights to publish two of USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sylvain Reynard’s wildly popular books Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, in a two-book deal on behalf of Omnific Publishing. The substantial seven-figure deal was facilitated by Knight Agency president Deidre Knight and co-agented by Melissa Jeglinski.(Source Link Here)
Both titles were purchased for Penguin’s Berkley imprint by Senior Editor Cindy Hwang and will be published in e-book and trade paperback formats. The digital release is to occur immediately, with print release to follow in the next few months. Berkley is planning a first printing of 500,000 copies of each book in trade paper. World and audio rights were also acquired by Berkley. The deal came about after months of dynamic sales in both digital and print outlets, with both titles consistently staying in the Amazon Top 100."
So why is this such big news? Well aside from that nice seven figure deal with a large publisher, I'm totally excited for more people to have the opportunity to read these wonderful books. Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno was a dark, emotional and intellectual book that I could not put down. Reynard set himself apart from other recent contemporary romance novels by bringing in a classical feel to his books. Gabriel's Inferno wasn't just your ho-hum romance read. Reynard writing evokes so much emotion from the reader and enlightens you with his vast knowledge of classical art and literature.
These books are considered to be for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey but I must warn you that if you are looking for something that really steamy and filled with lots of sex scenes, you will not find it Gabriel's Inferno. There is a very good and detailed love scene in the end of Gabriel's Inferno that set my skin on fire but for the most part the rest of the book was pretty PG. Gabriel's Inferno does succeed in bringing you in to this intense and passionate love story between Professor Gabriel Emerson and his student Julia Mitchell (for those worried about the teacher/student relationship don't worry, Julia is 23 when she's enrolled in Emerson's class). Gabriel's Inferno is a story about two broken souls that meet, learn how to love and forgive. Gabriels Rapture is a continuation of Julia and Emerson's love story and tells you how they cope with the consequences brought upon their teacher/student relationship. While Gabriel's Inferno had more of a classical feel, Rapture was more contemporary but still as good. Also, the steam factor is brought up a notch since Gabriel and Julia consummated their love at the end of Gabriel's Inferno.
If you haven't had the chance to read Gabriel's Inferno, I would HIGHLY suggest you add it to you TBR today. You can read my review of Gabriel's Inferno HERE and since this breaking news I feel like a fire has been lit under by arse to finally write my review for Gabriel's Rapture that I've been putting on hold for weeks!