Book Musts by S.B. Redstone – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Book Musts

First and foremost, I believe readers deserve a great story with an interesting plot that you’ve not, in one form or another, read before. I know it’s hard for writers, with thousands of books being produced each year, and television and film pumping out more stories to come up with unique plots and characters. What comes naturally to me is to mix genres, and by doing this, create fascinating stories.

My first novel, A Sinister Obsession, is a thriller. It melds a demented killer, mystery, suspense, a paranormal female detective, and a sub-plot of romance. My latest novel, Stardust Dreams, is a romance. I’ve blended romance with a science fiction background, fantasy, adventure, inspirational, comedy, and Earth’s fragile future.

Equally important, for your reading pleasure, are having characters so dynamic and fascinating that you just might get confused in life if they’re real or imaginary. That happens to me all the time. I am a visual person. I grew up on television and not books. Matinee idols like Paul Newman, Russell Crowe, and Steve McQueen; actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and Katherine Hepburn; and character actors like Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep are larger than life. My main characters must reflect their magical presence on screen.

Never write boring is a must for me. Big bursts of excitement and graphic scenes are my openings. If I don’t capture your full attention, emotion, and interest then you’ll be unhappy and I will have failed to entertain you. This is what one reviewer wrote of A Sinister Obsession: “If you’re out of coffee and need something to wake you up, just read the first chapter of A Sinister Obsession by S.B. Redstone. Opening with jolting images of blood spurting, torture, murder and more yet to come, I would say this book is definitely not for the sensitive.” My work is passionate, with no dull moments, and no boring chapters to thicken a book.

A cacophony of conflicts between characters is a must. I don’t shy away from giving my characters passion and raw emotions.

At the same time great dialogue is a must as well. Powerful and heartfelt emotions are best expressed in dialogue. In Stardust Dreams, Lance Forrester is trying to convince Sage Saint Charles to join him on his madcap adventure. “Sure, we can die here on Earth.” Lance says. “We can die in space. Or—we can awaken on a remote and caring world that saves us! We are the captains of our fate—not the Grim Reaper—yet!” And I use dialogue only when the characters have something really important to say or express.

Mystery is a must in my work. If you can figure out what is going to happen half way through the story, then you’re not reading one of my books. I want you, the reader, to be intrigued and always engaged in trying to figure out each character’s motivation for their behavior. The clues are there. In my mystery thriller, I didn’t hold back on creating a monster with a complex personality.

In my romance, a must is feelings. That’s my style. Every sort of feelings with description and dialogue. If you can read Stardust Dreams and not shed a tear — I do, and I wrote it– I’d be surprised.

Lastly, for me, as a school psychologist and clinical social worker, having a social issue to explore is a must. Both novels involve hot social topics, but I can’t give that away.

Abstract Image Of A Planet With Water. Find New Sources And TechLance Forrester is a dreamer. After a celebrated career as an astronaut and engineer, he and a friend build a secret spacecraft to seek their destinies in the stars. But his friend dies and Lance is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Desperate not to succumb to his fate, he convinces an acquaintance, ailing actress Sage Saint Claire, whom he hasn’t seen since high school, to join him on his quest to reach an advanced alien civilization which can heal them both.

Unfortunately, true life is not a Hollywood movie, as much as Sage might want it to be, and problems abound. Mistakes in the past have turned Sage into a bitter old woman, and she turns out to be a less-than-perfect traveling companion which no amount of optimism, youth, or good health can cure. Can these two intrepid octogenarians-turned-immortals overcome the emotional scars of their pasts and achieve true happiness, or are they doomed to suffer for their mistakes, no matter how far from Earth they go?

Enjoy an excerpt:

I knew that the truth in my heart reflected in my old, weary eyes. “Yes, I do. Look, I’m no slick-talking salesman, as you can see. I’m just a scientist and engineer, but I truly believe there is a statistical probability of success. But even if I’m wrong, and our voyage ends up to be pointless, so what? Think of the fun you’ll have. Imagine the excitement and wonders of space travel that come before our long sleep.”

I paused to dramatize my resolve and let a burst of quixotic energy erupt from me. “Cherish the adventure!”

It wasn’t her fears that I was battling against, but a lifetime of distrust. My confidence in a successful mission collapsed.

“Of course, you have no reason to believe a word of what I’ve told you. You don’t really know me, except through my noted accomplishments. But I can’t disappoint you because I’m only offering friendship and hope.” I pushed my point harder.

“Sure, we can die here on Earth. We can die in space. Or we can awaken on a remote and caring world that saves us! We are the captains of our fate, not the Grim Reaper—yet!”

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_StardustDreamsSteven Rosenstein, penname S. B. Redstone, had a career as a school psychologist and private practice Licensed Clinical Social Worker on Long Island. Always seeking the truths of human nature, he wrote a personal improvement book, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning, published by New Horizon Press Books. He has written articles on human nature and relationships, given lectures, and appeared on radio shows. Always having a vivid imagination, he first became a successful writer of short stories. His mystery thriller, A Sinister Obsession, was published by Black Opal Books. As an expert in the field of human psychology, he has an exceptional ability to develop realistic and exciting characters in his novels. Many of my characters have been taken from his clinical experiences. Stardust Dreams is his first romance novel, although romantic relationships stand out in his other works. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Org and Romance Writers of America. He resides with his wife in New York and Florida.

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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

  3. Do you ever get writers block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

  4. Good Morning,

    Thank you for hosting me today. I will be stopping by all day and respond to all comments and questions.

    S. B.Redstone

  5. Good morning Mai T.

    Yes, I work on a chapter by chapter outline, which had already been designed in my head. I need to see if I have a complete book in my head and that it makes sense. For my mystery thriller, A Sinister Obsession, I had to first design the mystery and then know how the detectives would solve the crime and find a heinous killer. And to answer the second part, yes, after the tentative outline is in I let my unconscious and imagination take over, especially in Stardust Dreams. The final product is always a mystery to me, but since it had a good foundation, I didn’t go off on stupid tangents. .

  6. Good morning Peggy,

    I have been fortunate I’ve never had writers block and I’m writing my fourth novel now. For me, I first design the entire novel in my head. If I’m stymied, I might put the story aside, and pick one of my other ten novels pressing to be chosen. At the computer, I begin with a complete outline and work within each chapter. If I’m not certain about a chapter, or a character, I can move to another chapter, and go back to that one later. It’s always changing and evolving from my imagination. As a school psychologist I learned that in every field in the arts, music, dance, each new piece of learning is assimilated faster. We can do our trade faster with less worry.

    S. B. Redstone

  7. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  8. I loved this excerpt and I really love the plot line. The two of them sound really fun.

    • Thank you momjane. And they are. You are correct. It is designed to be a fun read, but with serious themes. Should you purchase my novel I fully believe you will enjoy every chapter. And if you do, send me your thoughts I’d love to hear from you.

  9. Looks like a very interesting and fun read.

    • Hi Ashley,

      It certainly is and I’m not saying that because I’m the author. I’m saying that because I designed my novel to be a very interesting and fun read. If you do read it, I’d love to hear your comments.

      S. B. Redstone

  10. Thank you for having me as a guest today. You did a beautiful job. I have responded to all your guests. For as long as I am on your blog I will stop by and see if there anymore comments.


  11. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Hi Patrick thanks for the nice comment. By the way, I wrote Stardust Dreams for women and men. Since I wrote it, being a man, I know you’ll find it a fun and exciting read. Let me know.

  12. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

  13. Really great post, I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Victoria,

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post. It’s certainly not easy to be a good author. So much goes into writing a novel. If you have any questions I’m here to answer them for you.

      • And I definitely admire authors.. you all have to be researchers, writers, explorers, and pretty much become your characters.. so hats off to you, because I couldn’t do it 🙂

  14. Really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  15. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for a unique premise for your book.

  16. amy bowens says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt!

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