A little about the book:
Stereotypes. All gay men are effeminate. All gay men have hundreds of sexual partners. All devils are evil and all angels are good.
Such oversimplifications are seldom correct and characters based upon stereotypes are two dimensional and boring. Yet when we pick up a book we often read the blurb and immediately try to place the characters into a stereotype box to decide if that’s the book we want to read.
Spoiler Alert! That’s not what you’ll find in Gabriel and the Devil. In fact the blurb actually teases readers with the major plot twist without giving it away. It tells readers that these characters aren’t going to be simple stereotypes.
The blurb also promises a healthy dose of theology, but it doesn’t reveal the source. Here’s a bit of tease for you. This is an early exchange between Gabriel and the Devil:
A Very Short Except:
“You don’t know God at all, Gabriel.”
“Really. God is love—eternal, unconditional love. There are no exceptions, and that includes his love for Satan.”
“God hates sin.”
“Your God. Let me tell you a little story about the real God. This is a story that they won’t teach you in catechism. I can’t say it happened a long time ago because there was no such thing as time when it happened. There was only God and his angels. And all eternity was light and good.
“God knew everything there was to know. And he was bored. He wanted to learn more. So he went to his angels, whom he loved unconditionally, with a proposal. He needed one of his angels to rule over darkness. Now his angels all loved him so much that they would have done anything he asked. Of course, his angels had no idea what darkness was, but if God needed an angel to take charge over it, he wasn’t exactly short on volunteers.
“But before Lucifer got the job, God explained what the position entailed. You see, Gabriel, all light and goodness isn’t enough. There has to be contrast or you have nothing. You, my dear soul, can’t only be good because you’ll never get a chance to learn. God needed the darkness so he could learn more. And trust me, darkness, evil, and bad things only bring out the best in people.”
After reading the excerpt I hope that you can see that there is nothing stereotypical about this little devil. And trust me, even angels can make mistakes. But it’s how we deal with mistakes and how we make amends that give us strength of character. Gabriel may be confused by his exchange with the Marcello, but he’ll be back for more.
Marcello may seem sure of himself and full of bravado, but there is a soul inside of him that is fragile and in need of strength and love.
Opposites attract—but that’s just another stereotype because some opposites are really more alike than one might think.
Flirting with the devil can lead to a helluva good time.
Gabriel is a regular angel. The former altar boy plans to graduate from college, become an accountant, get a good job, find a wife, and live a faithful Catholic life.
But one Halloween night, the devil pops in out of nowhere, challenges everything he believes, and heats up Gabriel’s lonely life.
Marcello is full of the devil. He’s lusted after Gabriel forever, but what he really wants is Gabriel’s eternal soul. Still, his mischievous sense of humor, along with his tricks and jokes, leads to a misunderstanding that could condemn him to hell on Earth. Only the truth will let these souls find true love and happiness.
Robert P. Rowe has spent his entire career as a storyteller making an incredible leap from Disneyland ride operator to show-designer and art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. Immersive storytelling presents a distinctive challenge unlike that of live theater, film, radio, or print media. He is currently on staff as an art director for Universal Orlando. His many other works can be found around the world, primarily in Disney and Universal Studios parks.
His “real” job takes up much of his time, but his active imagination can’t stop dreaming up new stories. Whenever time permits, he’s writing about new characters off on their own incredible journeys.
Additionally, his outside interests include all aspects of architecture, with a specific fascination for the theatrical design of homes from midcentury movies and television. He has a keen enthusiasm for midcentury science fiction.
Website and Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gabriel-and-the-devil-by-robert-p-rowe-10074-b
Apple Books: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/gabriel-and-the-devil/id1441854403?mt=11