Monday, August 1, 2011

Guest Post + Giveaway: Robert Browne and The Paradise Prophecy

Today I have author Robert Browne joining me on the blog to talk a little bit about daydreaming and his new paranormal thriller The Paradise Prophecy. Take it away Robert!


There's a box in my garage that contains several mementos from my childhood. A literary magazine I wrote for in high school. Snippets of songs I wrote when I thought I was destined to be a rock star. Copies of two Playboy magazines that contain a serialized novel by Donald Westlake (yes, I actually read the articles). And an elementary school report card with a note from a teacher, "Robby is an intelligent young man, but spends far too much time daydreaming."

I really did spend a lot of time daydreaming. Still do. The only difference now is that I write those daydreams down and fashion them into full-fledged stories, the kind of stories that I loved to read as a child, a young adult, a man.

I think it's sad that a teacher would make such a notation. Yes, I understand that she had a job to do and wanted her students to pay attention—and that's as it should be. But to treat daydreaming as if it's something wrong or inappropriate is a shame. Because, let's face it, where would we be without men and women who daydream too much? Who get lost in their private thoughts and hopes and aspirations, or in worlds they've imagined and my someday share?

Fortunately, I had parents who understood this and ignored the note, and allowed my imagination to nurture and grow.

I've had daydreams about a man who has lost his daughter to a kidnapper and races desperately to save her, about a young doctor whose latest patient is a dead ringer for his murdered wife, about an FBI agent whose nightmares and visions of a little girl in danger become all too real, about a disgraced reporter whose only chance at salvation lies in a house of death in Juarez, Mexico.

And now there's the biggest daydream of all: The Paradise Prophecy. A big, bold thriller about angels and demons and two seriously screwed-up mortals—a government agent and a tortured survivor of the other side—who race around the globe trying to stop the destruction of mankind.

I can't tell you how much it means to me to be able to write these daydreams down and share them. To take readers on the roller coaster ride inside my head and hope that they have as much fun as I do.

And when our days get too crazy, it's a good idea to remember the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."

I can't think of better advice.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by Mr. Browne! For more information on Robert and
The Paradise Prophecy, you can find him here:

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Thanks to Robert and the lovely people at AuthorsOnTheWeb I have one copy of The Paradise Prophecy to give away on the blog today! To enter, please just leave a comment with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will run through midnight EST Friday, August 5th after which time a winner will be chosen and announced on the blog. Good luck everyone!


A spectacular thriller inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost in which the final chapter of the War in Heaven is about to play out on Earth, with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.

The Myth

When God cast the archangel Satan into Hell, ending the War in Heaven, peace prevailed on Earth. Until the fallen angels took revenge in the Garden of Eden. Ever since, mankind has been in a struggle between good and evil, paradise and apocalypse: the fall of Rome, The Crusades, World Wars, nuclear proliferation, the Middle East Crisis... The War in Heaven never really ended-it just changed venues. For millennia, God's angels have been fighting Satan's demons on Earth, all in hopes of bringing about Satan's greatest ambition, the Apocalypse.

The Reality

Satan has never been closer to his goal than right now.

Agent Bernadette Callahan is a talented investigator at a shadowy government organization known only as Section, on the trail of a serial killer with nearly supernatural abilities. Sebastian "Batty" LaLaurie is a religious historian who knows far too much about the other side- and that hard-earned knowledge is exactly what Callahan needs. This unlikely duo pair up for a race across the globe, decoding clues left in ancient texts from the Bible to Paradise Lost and beyond. In the process they stumble upon a vast conspiracy-one beyond the scope of mankind's darkest imagination.


  1. Wait, there are actually articles in Playboy? Haha. But seriously, I had no idea they did serialized novels. That's pretty cool.

    I think it's great that Robert turned his daydreams into stories. How inspirational! :)

  2. Glad your parents allowed you to release your imagination on the world! Your book sounds great, yes I am hooked!
    Thanks for the chance to win.


  3. Thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot ocm

  4. There is nothing wrong with daydreaming.
    I would love to read this book.

  5. The book sounds very interesting. I've added it to my TBR list.

  6. I can come up with some pretty crazy stories in my day dreams. LOL I wish I had the patience to be able to write them all down and create books with them, though. =)

  7. Okay, I LOVE that very personal posting from Robert - very inspiring and written in a very lovely manner. I also was checked for daydreaming on a report card by first-grade teacher :)

    Wouldn't minding reading this a-tall - thanks for the wonderful post, Jenny and Robert!

    "Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible."
    - T. E. Lawrence ”

  8. oh yeah -


  9. Oooh WICKED awesomeness!

  10. Some of Robert's daydreams sound really good and I can see them developing into full stories.

    (Not a contest entry)

  11. To turn daydreams into novels is a talent to be envied!!! Keep on dreaming.

  12. Ooo goody goody - sign me up for this one!
    tlabunski (at) gmail

  13. Oh Thriller! I love the advice by Longfellow. Perfect for anyone in any type of creative work! Keep daydreaming!
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  14. Keep daydreaming, Robert! Productive daydreamers make the best writers. Great guest post.
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  15. Daydreamers should be encouraged, not squashed. Glad to know yours wasn't.

    brandyj1181 at yahoo dot com

  16. Sounds good, thanks for the giveaway!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  17. This is great...sounds like a good read...

    gfc follower

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

  18. Thanks, all, for the kind words. I grew up reading other people's daydreams and don't regret a moment of it. I hope you'll enjoy mine.

  19. Daydreaming is definitely something to be encouraged...wonderful guest post! :)

  20. Daydreaming can definitely help with creativity. Hmm, I wonder what my report cards say about me as a kid.

  21. Definitely going on my TBR

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  22. That is such a fabulous and thoughtful guest post. I love the quote! I'm not entering, but thanks for the giveaway! :)

  23. Sounds like an interesting book! I spend way too much time daydreaming too.
    alisoncanread at gmail dot com

  24. Okay - now I definitely have to read this book! Thanks for an awesome giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  25. Sweet sounds awesome.
    Thanks for the giveaway girl.

  26. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. Please enter me in contest.

  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I;m totally into biblical stuff!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com