adobeDreams

Welcome to the adobeDreams blog of author Robert Burke.

"adobeDreams" is a fictitious bed & breakfast hotel located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as featured in the novels, "adobeDreams: A Novel of Santa Fe," and "adobeDreams II: The End of Karma."

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.

Paperback version available here: www.amazon.com

Amazon Kindle® e-book format: www.amazon.com

Also available in other ebook formats.

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.

Paperback version available here: www.amazon.com

Amazon Kindle® e-book format: www.amazon.com

Also available in other ebook formats.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

10 Questions for Author Robert Burke

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS.

1. Have you received any further feedback about the first “adobeDreams” novel?

“Some people found empowerment in the story and loved it, others struggled with the violence and erotica. I know of at least one person who couldn’t handle the lesbian relationship, and stopped reading. And that’s okay. People are where they’re at. If I don't accept them because they don't accept other people--if I hate the haters--then aren't I just doing a different version of the same thing?

“A few thought the romance happened too quickly. I considered that, too, as I finished the novel, but for me, the relationship wasn’t the heart of the story, no more than the sexual orientation of the characters. As a friend commented after reading the book, ‘The story is not about the story, is it? It’s about life.’ For that reason, Abigail is almost immediately smitten, and then we’re off and running into a series of metaphysical adventures.

"I also suppose that not everyone has experienced an infatuation that pulls you toward another person like opposite poles of a magnet. Read carefully and you'll see that the basis for Abigail's same-sex attraction is already there, and then it's a 'love at first sight' situation."

2. What can you tell us about adobeDreams II?

“adobeDreams II takes off where book one ends. The women are in Paris and things start going wrong as Abigail’s guilty conscience begins to manifest in a very tangible way. That opens the door to a whole new series of adventures, and as you might expect, Abigail doesn’t always follow divine guidance. Consequences follow, but that leads to one of the best lines of the entire series: ‘This is who I am. This is what I do. Imagine the worst. SCREW YOU.’ [Laughs]”

3. Is that you talking, or the character?

“That's vintage Abigail, but what inspired me to write it are public figures who try to dodge responsibility for their indiscretions. Wouldn't it be refreshing if at least one of them would stand up and say, ‘Yeah, I did it, and it rocked my socks off! Now mind your own business.’ It'd also be helpful if our news media was more interested in substance than noise.”

4. Book one left a few unanswered questions. Does book two close those loops?

“Yes, the second novel completes the story begun in the first. Now that I have both books in front of me, I have begun to realize that the whole thing is subject to metaphorical interpretation. For example, to get back to the beginning of book one for a moment, what does it mean to stand on a street corner waiting for an unknown person to take you to a place that may not exist? [Laughs] I think that is a matter of searching for unknown aspects of Self, which, in itself, is a quest for completeness. What does it mean to look into a reflection and wonder if there is another you on the opposite side of the glass, staring back? I think that’s a case of asking: Who am I? What is my true identity? Is there more to me, behind the fa├žade? Again, I think it’s a quest for wholeness."

5. Is the relationship between Abigail and Caroline also a metaphor?

“Absolutely. What does it mean to be smitten with someone of the same sex? I think the other person is an idealized projection of Self, and the relationship is about achieving union with that greater whole. Again, it’s a quest for completeness, but perhaps that’s true of all relationships.”

"But even beyond that, Abigail's experiences are a metaphor for the human experience. It's evolution, it's reaching deep down for the will to survive in a hostile environment, it's struggling with the consequences of the evil we allow ourselves to create, it's love-making (love creating) through the expression of sexual attraction, and ultimately it's about the possibilities of human transformation. How far can you go when you're pushed beyond anything you've ever experienced?"

6. A lot of anger from Abigail’s past comes across in the first book. Does that continue in book two?

“No. In the second book the consequences of Abigail’s anger catch up with her. She also learns the fuller extent of her tuning abilities, and that’s why the subtitle is, ‘The End of Karma.’”

7. Can you talk more about that?

“What is karma? In a manner of speaking, karma is unfinished business carried over from the past. And where is the past, really? If there is only the now then the past is nowhere, it doesn’t exist.  It’s only a thought—an energy pattern—we keep re-generating in our minds, in our bodies, in our auric fields, or whatever. Release that, and karma is gone. Think of it like this. What if, one day everyone woke up and said, ‘The wounds and prejudices of the past no longer serve us, how can we work together to build a better now?’

“Is it really that simple? No, but the basic idea holds. This is what happens, I think, when a natural disaster lays everyone low. The tornado comes through and wipes out the town, and then some group consciousness—common humanity—kicks in and everyone helps everyone dig out of the rubble. I wonder if global warming is the great disaster that will put all of us on the same level, so that we finally become united.”

8. Has your writing process changed?

“The mechanics are getting easier, but the overall vision is still a mess. I ‘see’ how the story begins, how it ends, and some of the things that happen along the way, but have no clear outline of everything that is going to happen or how it all fits together. For that reason, the story and the characters begin to write themselves and I really don’t know how it’s all going to integrate. I write myself into horrible dead ends and stay stuck for weeks or months until I see the way out. It’s an inefficient, sloppy way to write, but that’s sort of how my mind works—scattered all over the place, yet, somehow it gets the job done.”

9. Will there be an adobeDreams III?

“The seeds for a third novel are there, but for the moment the first and second books stand together as a complete story, and I’m working on other projects.”

10. What can you tell us about these other projects?

“I am currently writing a non-fiction book, but it’s too early to say much more than that. In terms of fiction, I have ideas sketched for a horror story, a crime thriller, a romance, and a space opera. I’m a huge ‘Star Trek’ fan, and if I could do something like that—albeit with a harder edge—then that would be a total turn on. Some of the other ideas might become short stories, rather than novels.”

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 4, 2012

adobeDreams II at Amazon

"adobeDreams II: The End of Karma" is now available at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats:
Amazon Kindle® e-book format: www.amazon.com.
Paperback version available here: www.amazon.com.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Where To Buy

adobeDreams: A Novel of Santa Fe
Paperback versions available here:  www.amazon.com
Amazon Kindle® e-book format: www.amazon.com.

adobeDreams II: The End of Karma
Amazon Kindle® e-book format: www.amazon.com.
Paperback version available here: www.amazon.com

Thursday, December 1, 2011

adobeDreams in Spain and Italy


The Kindle ebook version of "adobeDreams" is now available from Amazon in Spain (shown above), Italy, and Vatican City. Yes, now even the pope can download a copy at only 4,29 Euros!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Customer Reviews!

Customer reviews from the paperback version of "adobeDreams" at Amazon.

4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think
Mr. Burke takes us on an adventure to a world we've never been. It is a journey of Super Heroines overcoming violence from past experiences and finding the strength to look their abusers in the eye letting them know "no more". The central character, Abigail, is there to take photographs of AdobeDreams for her travel guide, but finds much more. The picture Mr. Burke paints has many layers. His description of the landscape makes you feel like you have been to the places he describes and he also takes you to places you never want to go. This action adventure makes you appreciate the resiliency of women and their ability to keep going no matter the circumstance. I found myself wanting to know what happens to Abigail next!

5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
This is a fun, metaphysical sci-fi that is a fast and easy read for those with an open mind and a belief in infinite possibilities. Can't wait for the next journey.

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]!