I feel like a virgin on his wedding night.

Note from Cindy:  My good friend and amazing author, Robert Browne is joining us in the ‘vert today.  Rob’s got a fantastic new hardcover novel –THE PARADISE PROPHESY – coming out in July.  I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of TPP and like his other work, it’s awesome!!  Rob is generously giving away copies of KISS HER GOODBYE, WHISPER IN THE DARK, KILL HER AGAIN, and DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN to some lucky commenters.  (read ‘em all, loved ‘em all)  Please make Rob feel welcome by saying hello and wishing him luck on his new release.  And I’m sure he’ll answer any questions you might have about The Paradise Prophesy … like who he thinks would make a good lead for the movie!!

Without further fanfare (although he deserves tons it) herrrreeee’s Rob!



I’ve been a professional writer for twenty years and a novelist for about six, and I’ve felt this way a few times before.  Like when I sold my first short story.  My first screenplay.  My first book.  Or when that first book was made into a TV pilot and I was on the set watching the actors play the characters I had created. 

I was an uber-virgin that week.  And completely out of my element.  I was blissfully clueless about the world I had entered, while feeling a bit of trepidation about what lay before me.

As I write this, I’m now fifteen days away from the publication of a new novel—one that contains elements of what I’ve written before, but is bigger and bolder than anything I’ve ever done.  For a new publisher, no less.  Under a new name.  After deciding to go for simplicity over style, I’ve dropped the middle albatross (Gregory) and am now writing as Robert Browne.

So I feel a bit like a groom on his wedding night, wondering if I have the skill and stamina to satisfy my bride.  And, yes, we guys actually do worry about such things. Despite our cocky arrogance, we’re not as confident as we pretend to be.

Or maybe that’s just me.

The last time I felt this nervous was when my first book was about to be released.  I remember being so excited about getting a publishing deal that I signed up for the Authors at Seacruise, just so I could rub shoulders with some of my favorite authors and hopefully get a taste of what was in store for me.

I met quite a few new friends there.  Carla Neggers, Paul Levine, JoAnn Ross, F. Paul Wilson, and one Cindy Gerard, who sat at our table one night as a “visiting author” and turned out to be one of the warmest, kindest people I’d ever meet.  And when Cindy found out that I was an about-to-be-published newbie, she welcomed me into the club with open arms.

Now, here I am, five books later and Cindy and I are good friends.   E-mail buddies. We compete over who can get the most pages done in a day.  We bitch and moan about the storylines that are killing us.   We talk about getting older and the state of the publishing business—

—and yes, we do each other’s nails whenever we’re in the same state.

So Cindy was kind enough to invite me here to tell you about my growing case of the nerves.  About a book that forced me to stretch farther than I’ve ever stretched, creating a world and characters that I came to love and hate at the same time.  Mostly because, by the time I was done, I felt as wiped out as my hero and heroine.

That book is a thriller called THE PARADISE PROPHECY, and if you hear echoes of Dan Brown in there, that’s a good thing, because people are telling me this is Dan Brown meets Dean Koontz with little Stevie King as their illegitimate love child.


It’s the story of two desperate and seriously screwed-up mortals—a  beautiful government agent and a tortured religious scholar—in a race across the globe to try to prevent a quartet of fallen angels from taking over the world.   Along the way they have to decipher clues in ancient documents from The Devil’s Bible to Paradise Lost, looking for the key that will help them save mankind.

It’s fantasy and mystery and suspense and action, and Publishers Weekly was kind enough to give it a starred review, calling it “riveting” and “cinematic.”  Which is also a good thing, because the people who produce the Twilightmovies have picked it up for development as a feature film.  You can buy a copy from your favorite bookseller on July 21st.

So, as you may have guessed, I’m about to face the biggest wedding night of my life. And as Cindy well knows, I’m more nervous about this than I’ve ever been.  I’m hoping my bride—the readers—will decide I’m worth it.

Because I’d really like this marriage to last… 😉

Robert Browne


*Starred Review—Publishers Weekly

Coming July 21, 2011 from Dutton



About cindygerard

Cindy Gerard is a New York Times best-selling author of action packed romantic suspense novels. Learn more about Cindy at http://www.cindygerard.com
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39 Responses to I feel like a virgin on his wedding night.

  1. susan wilson says:

    Your sounds fab -really original and little bit different. The film people must think so to! So, even though I haven’t read your book I am currently envisaging my favourite hero – Sawyer from Lost in your book. Who have you imagined as your hero and heroine?

  2. Betina says:

    Okay, Robert, I’m all in. You had me at “Prophecy” and it just kept getting better. Plus, Cindy really likes you and we trust her judgment completely. So now TPP goes to the top of my TBR list (nudging out George RR Martin) and I can’t wait for July 21st!

    Meanwhile, what are you working on now?

  3. Leanne Banks says:

    Robert, welcome to the convertible! Your book sounds amazing — like Susan said, really original and different. Which TV pilot was based on your first book? That must have been like entering a different world! Huge congrats on all your great news! Are you touring?

  4. Michele says:

    THis story sounds amazing! I love anything with some fallen angels in it. 😉 Congrats on the upcoming release, Robert, and welcome to the convertible.

  5. ccjamess says:

    That does sound a little Dan Brownish, but with real fallen angels. Awesome!

  6. Helen Brenna says:

    Wow, this sounds like a great story, Robert. A little more serious than Dogma, I’m thinking!!

    Congrats on having pushed yourself and, as PW’s attesting to, succeeding! I plan on reading it now, so I’m all set for the movie!

  7. Kathleen O says:

    I have not read any of your books Roberts, so thank you Cindy for bringing them to my attention.. I know a couple of people I can pass this info on to… I will be searching you out for sure.. And to have your book made into a movie WOW.. I will be on the look out for it..Good Luck.

  8. catslady says:

    I am so sold. Fantasy, mystery and suspense sounds so exciting. And you definitely got me with your sense of humor – still laughing over “Dan Brown meets Dean Koontz with little Stevie King as their illegitimate love child.”

  9. You guys get up WAY too early. Actually, I’m normally up at six a.m., but for some strange reason, I slept in until nine this morning. And since I’m a troubled sleeper, it was glorious.

    But I’m here now. Really. Just need coffee.

  10. loisgreiman says:

    Welcome to our little blog, Robert. Thanks so much for joining us. Tell us about the pilot. And has your latest and greatest been optioned?

    • Lois, The Paradise Prophecy was optioned by the people who brought us Twilight. It’s currently in development, but whether or not it’ll actually get to the screen is always a crap shoot.

      I also have another story (a short story called Bottom Deal) in development for a TV series, but I haven’t heard much movement on that front so I’m doubtful it’ll ever happen.

  11. Minna says:

    One more book for my TBB list…

  12. Okay, now to answer some questions. I’ll do each one separately, so that we can give off the illusion that my post received a ton of comments. That’s a trick I learned over at Murderati, back when I used to blog for them.

    Yes, I’m a devious bastard. So:

    @Susan — I’ve thought a little about casting, but my brain starts to malfunction when I do. I think the guy from Lost is a great idea, however. But I was also thinking of Matthew McConaughey. My hero is from Louisiana, and after seeing McConaughey in Lincoln Lawyer, I’m sold.

  13. @Bentina, right now I’m taking a short break, but am hoping to get started on the sequel to The Paradise Prophecy soon. Bernadette and Sebastian are begging to be seen again.

  14. @Leanne, the pilot was for CBS and was at various times called THE LINE and ATF, neither of which stuck. Which is just as well since CBS decided it was too “dark” for their regular viewers. The stars were Dylan Walsh from Nip/Tuck, Terry Kinney from The Mentalist and Michael Rapaport from just about every movie ever made. It was quite an experience to be on the set and have Walsh come up to me to tell me how much he loves playing Donovan. And Terry Kinney was the nicest guy in the world, who hung with my wife and I and made us feel very welcomed on the set.

  15. Okay, as a demonstration of just how stupid I am, I didn’t realize you could reply to each post right below the post.

    Forgive a newbie to the site! I’ve got it down now. I think.

    Maybe another cup of coffee?

  16. MaryC says:

    Congratulations on your new release, Robert!

    I’m a big fan of Dan Brown’s and Dean Koontz’s works and am looking forward to reading The Paradise Prophecy – plus a recommendation from Cindy doesn’thurt either.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  17. cindygerard says:

    hey – found an internet cafe up in the wilds of minnesota! great to have you here Rob! And thanks, guys, for making him feel so welcome.

  18. cindygerard says:

    whoops. my bad :o(

  19. Awesome, I’d love to read your novels Robert.. (Hi Cindy, I can’t wait for With No Remorse)
    Thanks for tweeting about this.
    I love thriller, mystery with angels 😆

  20. Keep the comments coming, folks, and I’ll put your names in a hat and draw winners of my previous books. Should I give out one copy to four winners or should I give away the entire collection to one winner?

    Vote now and vote often. 🙂

  21. Where did the time go? I didn’t realize it was so late. Anyway, check back here tomorrow and I’ll have the winners listed.

  22. Amy-Jo says:

    Cindy..you’re in MN now?? How brutal to be near me and there’s no book-signing??? LOL! I thought I read somewhere that you had a cabin in MN.
    Annnddd…Rob..welcome! Can’t wait to read the books! I’m a newbie to your books and look forward to diggin’ in! Congrats on the new release!

  23. Laurie G says:

    Robert I’m a day late but very interested in checking out your books. I enjoy books by Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, John Clancy and Lee Child.

    I wish you continued success with your writing career. Cindy’s books are wonderful. I do honor her recommendations so I’ll definitely be on the search for your work.

    When did you start writing? What was the inspiration for your first story idea?

    • Laurie, thanks for stopping by. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. Started with aborted novel attempts, then moved on to teleplays and screenplays before coming back to novels.

      I honestly can’t tell you my inspiration for the first idea. I don’t remember what the first idea was, there have been so many since. I can tell you I was thirteen when I read a novel by Donald Westlake and decided, THIS is what I want to do.

  24. And the winners are:

    Helen Brenna — Kiss Her Goodbye
    ccjames — Whisper in the Dark
    Betina — Kill Her Again
    MaryC — Down Among the Dead Men

    Send me an email: rob (at) robertbrownethrillers (dot) com with a mailing address!

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