No, this is not a joke.
KFC, a fast food chicken restaurant chain, has released a romance novel titled Tender Wings of Desire. The book features Colonel Sanders, the brand's founder, ambassador, and icon, as the hero. The heroine is a woman named Madeline Parker, who is escaping a loveless marriage. It's set in Victorian England.
As Chris Woodyard of USA Today notes: "With rippling muscles and that signature silver mane, [Colonel] Sanders becomes 'a handsome sailor with a mysterious past' in KFC's first bodice-ripper, a romance novel."
The report explains that "the novella is part of a promotion around Mother's Day, which KFC says is one of its biggest selling days of the year."
Tender Wings of Desire can be downloaded for free on Amazon. Meanwhile, 100 KFC fans will be offered a hardcover copy and a free dinner.