Welcome to the adobeDreams blog of author Robert Burke. Parental advisory: The "adobeDreams" series contains mature themes and is intended for adult audiences. DISCLAIMER: The characters and events in "adobeDreams" are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

adobeDreams: A Novel of Santa Fe
A young travel journalist searches Santa Fe, New Mexico, for adobeDreams, a bed and breakfast that doesn't appear on any map. Each step leads her deeper into a world of angels, demons, and an attraction she did not expect.

adobeDreams II: The End of Karma
The adventures of heroine Abigail Regan continue as her transformational abilities are coveted by a centuries-old succubus in Paris. Rayna, the master warrior, returns with her own deadly agenda, and Abigail is forced to choose sides in a battle that may impact the fate of mankind. Danger and betrayal block the way home to adobeDreams as Abigail must confront her past and master the bestial rage that threatens to destroy everyone around her.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Images That Inspired Prose-3

Images that inspired prose, from the novel, "adobeDreams II: The End of Karma" by Robert Burke: "I know this. This is zazen--like Zen monks do. What are we going to do? Meld?"
Available as a Zazzle poster here: adobeDreams on Zazzle
Other images that inspired prose:
"adobeDreams [steer skull with ristras]" (click the link, then scroll down):  Images That Inspired Prose
"True Hearts" (click the link, then scroll down): Images That Inspired Prose-2

Friday, May 6, 2011

Watermelon Salsa

The recipe for Watermelon Salsa as it appears in the novel:

2-cans Kuner’s No Salt Added Black Beans, drained
1-onion chopped
½ to 1 jalapeno, seeded, chopped
watermelon, diced (off season: use diced pineapple)
fresh cilantro
fresh lime(s)

Mix all together in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over salsa. Serve with colorful tortilla chips and cold beer or margaritas [please drink responsibly]!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Images That Inspired Prose - 2

"True Hearts"
An EarthSmiles® card by Robert Burke at, hosted by Zazzle.

The image that inspired the line, "Where one heart is true, others may follow."

From the Novel: "Your spirit came to the Earth to master the human experience. Because your spirit is connected to all other spirits, your mastery advances the evolutionary transition of all mankind. Where one heart is true, others may follow."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Images That Inspired Prose

"adobeDreams" (Zazzle poster)

The cover image of "adobeDreams." Captured a lifetime ago on 35mm Kodachrome with a Nikon F3 HP and 35mm f2 AIS Nikkor, then scanned to digital with grunge effects applied via software, this is one of my favorite images from Santa Fe.

The Zazzle poster is designed so that it appears protagonist Abigail Regan took the photo herself.

From the novel: "A steer skull hung beside the gate with a bundle of ristras, dried chiles, hanging from each horn. No sign identified the location, nor did she see a street number. It looked little different from any other door in an adobe wall found elsewhere in Santa Fe. She pulled the camera from her bag and took several photographs of the skull and ristras from various angles."

Disclaimer: "Abigail Regan" is a fictional character created by author Robert Burke. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Locales That Inspired Prose

The open gates of Santuario de Chimayo (established 1816) welcome visitors along the High Road to Taos. Photo by Robert Burke.

This is a list of Santa Fe and Taos locations that inspired various scenes in "adobeDreams," in more-or-less chronological order as they appear in the novel. All excerpts are Copyright 2010 Robert Burke.

Cafe Pasqual's
Author's comment: A breakfast favorite, but get there early.
121 Don Gaspar Street at the intersection of Don Gaspar and Water Street
From the "Burro Alley" chapter:
"Abigail Regan stood on a street corner in Santa Fe, New Mexico, waiting for a man. She turned from the light and caught her reflection in the window of a small café facing Water Street."
Also, from the "Indian Market" chapter:
“...we had breakfast first.”
“The corner café on Don Gaspar at Water Street?”
“That’s the one. Their huevos rancheros are the best!”
“I guess he likes the place, because that’s where we met. On the corner.”

Canyon Road Art Galleries, "The Art and Soul of Santa Fe."
Author's comment: Always an enjoyable walk. I like the sculptures the best, but there's much, much more to see.
From the "Burro Alley" chapter:
"He looked at her bag and vest. 'You are a photographer? Have you visited the galleries along Canyon Road?'"

Burro Alley
Author's comment: Referenced multiple times in the novel.
Santa Fe visitor information may be found here:
From the "Burro Alley" chapter:
"A statue of a burro with a load of firewood stood at the entrance, and Abigail allowed her fingers to float across its rear flank."

Arroyo Seco
The small town of Arroyo Seco is located north of Taos on the way to the Taos Mountain ski area. From Taos, take Highway 64 north and then turn right (north) at NM-150.
From the "All Goodness and Light" chapter:
"Abigail’s earthenware mug had bands of brown, blue, yellow, and orange that flowed like mountains and clouds across its surface. A thumb groove dimpled one side and allowed for a better grip. She turned the mug in her hand and it was like watching a sunset. Caroline’s mug was similar, yet different.
“'These are handmade, aren’t they?' Abigail asked.
“'Raphael bought them from a craftsman in Arroyo Seco, just below Taos Mountain.'
"Abigail laughed. 'I can’t imagine Raphael shopping for stoneware!'
“'He likes them because there are no two alike. He says they are just like people that way.'”

Indian Market
Find information about the Santa Fe Indian Market here:
From the "Indian Market" chapter:
"Abigail grasped Caroline’s hand and they walked to the Santa Fe Plaza and entered the Indian Market. Abigail couldn’t believe that she had forgotten all about attending the fair, one of the main objectives of her Santa Fe visit. That seemed like two lifetimes ago, and the woman who’d made those plans? She was now only a distant memory."

LaFonda Hotel
Author's comment: For dinner visit the lovely La Plazuela Restaurant inside the hotel. For rooftop margaritas visit the Bell Tower Bar.
From the "Indian Market" chapter:
"They...watched the sunset while sipping margaritas at a rooftop bar on top of a local hotel. The last rays of twilight cast a pink glow on clouds as they stood at the edge of the roof."

Norma Morgan boutique
Author's comment: I am unable to find a current link for the Norma Morgan boutique in Santa Fe so I can only assume that it changed names or is out of business. Nevertheless, this is the boutique I had in mind when I wrote the following line from the "Shadows" chapter:
"They stopped to admire a hand-painted silk ruana in the display of a small boutique on Water Street, and talked about returning another day."

The High Road to Taos
Author's comments: The high road to Taos is a must-do when visiting the Santa Fe region. A leisurely pace is recommended to allow stops at the Santuario de Chimayo and other attractions along the way.
Wikipedia article:
From the "Taos" chapter:
"Sam drove the high road to Taos, up highway 503, then north on highway 520 through Chimayo, and on to highway 76 through Truchas and Las Trampas."

Rio Grande Gorge
Probably the best view of the Rio Grande Gorge is from the Rio Grande Gorge bridge located 10 miles northwest of Taos. It is the fifth highest bridge in the United States and makes a nice stop when you are in the Taos area. See:
From the "Rio Grande Gorge" chapter:
"A few minutes before sunrise they broke out of the fog onto a rocky escarpment. The wide gash of a deep canyon cut through the desert running north. With the sun behind them, red alpenglow illuminated the opposite wall of the canyon and the desert in the distance.
“'Wow,' Abigail said. 'Tell me we didn’t run all the way to the Grand Canyon! We’re not in Arizona are we?'”

Coyote Cafe Cantina
From the "Rogue" chapter:
"She found herself at a restaurant with a rooftop cantina, a few blocks off Sandoval."