Introducing My First Novel
I’ve always wanted to be a horse farmer. No joke.
Back when I was 7, I remember walking through the North Georgia hills, dreaming of living on a ranch filled with beautiful, dark brown and white velvet horses. I dreamed of living in a home filled with watercolor paintings of horses, hues of bright rosiness and earthy tones on display everywhere. How I loved horses.
In my teens, I met a traveling Peruvian monk named Juan Carlos. Juan Carlos grew up the illegitimate son of a farmhand and a house maid in Lima. He walked with a slight limp, brought on by years of herding sheep on a rocky hillside. Juan Carlos was a fascinating man.
Life continued on, as it is known to do. One day begins. Another ends. My dreams of horses and my Peruvian monk friend Juan Carlos faded away.
Then one day just a few months ago, I awoke at 4 a.m, startled by a vivid dream. In this dream, Juan Carlos was riding a horse through a damp forest. Juan Carlos stopped to smell the nectar of a honeysuckle bush alongside a clear stream…when an angel descended from the trees.
“Quien es usted?” Juan Carlos asked with hesitation. The angel, a beautiful, delicate woman wearing a robe of bright silk began to respond…and then I awoke.
Who was that woman? I thought. And why am dreaming about my friend Juan Carlos after all these years?
Three days later, I began drinking coffee for the first time in my life and writing in a moleskin notebook about the dream. Thousands of words poured out of my pen. When I finished 18 hours later, I had written 40,000 words about Juan Carlos, my friend the Peruvian monk.
Today, I’m proud to say that my first novel will soon be available for purchase. Desire’s Flame: The Unholy Passion of A Peruvian Monk is the story of a Peruvian monk named Juan Carlos who falls in love with the illegitimate daughter of a horse farmer.
Though his love for God burns deep, the fire in his loins burns even deeper, and Juan Carlos must make a decision that will forever alter his life: Will he trade in his monk hat for the love of this young illegitimate damsel?
Okay, now I know what you’re asking: Robert, where did this come from? This doesn’t sound like your style.
I know. I know. It’s just that, while I don’t always read romance novels, my heart burns with a desire to write them. With Desire’s Flame, I feel like I’ve created a romance novel that crosses generations and will make both men and women yearn for love from their lover.
It brings a tear to my eye just thinking of all the possibilities.
I can’t wait to share this novel with you…except that the novel doesn’t exist and I totally made up all the above nonsense.
I hope you knew that. Happy April Fools!
Oh, and here’s last year’s April Fool’s joke—in case you missed it.