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26 August 2015

S. B. Redstone & 'Stardust Dreams' @sbredstone @GoddessFish #SciFi #romance

Today we have author S. B. Redstone visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Steven 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.

Today S. B. Redstone will be talking about how he became a writer and what inspired him in regard to the story he's promoting.
* I had a childhood full of imagination. When I watched a cowboy movie, I created stories of cowboys and Indians, and I was always the star. I was Superman, an astronaut, Tarzan, policeman, and every other action hero. There was no creative writing in my school during my era. I hated boring school. Writing was school work. I hated school work. I did it. but I hated it. It wasn’t until I was in a junior, at a new college, in the library, with hours to kill, that I finally put my imagination on paper. I wrote loneliness sayings. “Wouldn’t it be horrible if you were good your whole life, never committed a sin, had a boring life, then went to heaven, and found no one there!” I enjoyed those silly thoughts, but I didn’t show them to anyone. Let me back up. I grew up with friends, engaging in the hobby of the week, always new fun projects, sometimes success and sometimes failure. It’s easy to try new things when you don’t worry about criticism. In college, English lit classes motivated me to write poetry. Friends liked them. With no skill or brains I took a giant leap and wrote a short story. Thankfully, it’s been lost in history. More years pass. The demands of college, masters’ degrees in school psychology and clinical social work, a post-graduate degree in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, working days and evenings, with a growing family, and home projects, my imagination never faulted, but who had free time to write. Near forty years of age, with more free time, it took my envy and jealousy of other writers to get me to finally sit in front of a typewriter. Stephen King was my inspiration. Picture this, two fingers hitting typewriter keys, reams of paper crumbled on the floor, no skill, no technique, and no brains, all I accomplished was writing a confused, sadly written story full of run on sentences, repetition, misuse of adjectives, and worse. Blind to my inadequacies, I sent The Demon Hunters to literary agents. One kindly one wrote back, saying you have talent, learn to write! With that kick in the pants, I stopped being delusional. I learned my craft through writing short stories, all of which were eventually published in online magazines. By the way, being self-taught is not something I would suggest other writers to do. We can be too blind to our mistakes. Spurred on by success, using my clinical experiences as an inspiration, I began writing a mystery thriller. Stop! In my therapeutic career, when I began to look at our species’ behavior from a unique standpoint, I’m urged by colleagues to write a book on human nature and relationships. I said, you would care what an obscure therapist from Long Island thinks? I’m not Freud. And my colleagues answered. “Everyone.” So, after years of research and development, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning was published by New Horizon Press Books. Pure joy. More years pass. Back to fiction writing with no success. Believe me I had more than my share of impediments, mistakes, and phonies in the business. I retire. Now I have more than enough time for a writing career. All my efforts finally pay off. Black Opal books publishes my mystery thriller, A Sinister Obsession, to rave reviews. My dream comes true. I’m certain most writers have at least ten stories in their heads that they think are worthy of turning into a novel. I’ve accepted that fate has been in control of my life. One evening, I was with my senior friends and they were talking about how many books they read. I didn’t know that. And that got me thinking. Change course. Write a love story. Sort of a new hobby of the week. About dreams? My love of science fiction. Human nature. Nothing ordinary. Something out of this world. Out of this world? Sparklers flashed! Stardust Dreams was born. As I do, for several months I wrote the complete story in my head to make certain it was viable and interesting. Then I made it come alive on the pages.
A look into...
~ Blurb ~
* Lance 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?
~ Excerpt ~
* Lance visits Sage in Hospice Care. He is dying at well. Inspire her! “Your sympathy is appreciated, but I have no immediate plans of kicking the bucket here on Earth.” Hear goes. “On New Year’s Day, I’m traveling into the galaxy in my private spacecraft with the hope of reaching an advanced alien civilization that will extend my life. I would be honored if you would join me.”
* First, Sage gave me a look as if she’d just bitten into the foulest tasting food, then a burst of anxious laughter erupted from her unenthusiastic face. “That’s your hope?” She tried to hold back her mocking smirk, but couldn’t. Her defiant nature hardened to ice. “Now, why would I want to do that?”
* Lance and Sage awaken on an alien world. “Hi, Sage,” I said calmly. “It’s safe. You can come out. No monsters. Just friends. He doesn’t bite.”
* Despite my attempt to relieve her mounting worries, she was still wary and stepped cautiously out on the patio, her head nervously jerking about. She was wearing blue jeans and a pink blouse. “We’re on Earth---right? We’re back home?”
* My laugh was kind. “No Sage. We’re on the friendly planet of Pirodinos, some eight thousand light years from Earth.”
* “Bullshit! I know Earth when I see it,” she said nastily, apparently thinking I was deceiving her.
* “Then, you better take a good look. Look at the tree bark. The sky. I don’t believe the last time you were on Earth that it had more than one moon.”
Buy Stardust Dreams here...
Amazon | Black Opal Books
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Thank you for joining us here today, S. B. Redstone! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

ANNOUNCEMENT! S. B. Redstone will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour! So be sure to leave a comment AND use the Rafflecopter below. Also, visit the other tour stops for a greater chance of winning!

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16 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Brown said...

Thank you for the chance to win :)

Steven Rosenstein, LCSW, MS said...

Good Morning Casey,

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today. I will stop by periodically and happily interact with your guests. Looking forward to the conversation.

S. B. Redstone

Robyn Donnelly said...

What is your favorite part of the day?

inkblot19 said...

Thank you for the like Lisa - good luck

inkblot19 said...

Good Morning Robyn,

My least favorite is mornings. I am not an early riser unless I am playing golf or tennis, then I drag myself out of bed. I can't write early either. Since I am retired, the best part of the day, is the rest of the day. Having a life of leisure, I will write for several hours, looking out on a lake with exotic plants and birds, do marketing for my novels, and then I'm free to shop, one of my favorite activities, read, do chores, hang out with friends, bake, I love to bake. Go out to dinner, watch the annoying news, and write for a while. Some days I forget which day of the week it is.

Best,

Steve

inkblot19 said...

Hi Casey,

Just completed promoting my interview with my social media followers, promoting your writing and blog as well.

Steve

inkblot19 said...

Hi,

To CR Moss guests, can I answer any other questions concerning being a writer and author for you?

Rita said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

Betty Woodrum said...

Terrific excerpt~I can't wait to read it! I really enjoyed learning more about you and your book! Thank you for sharing!

Cali Willette said...

Thanks for the giveaway. :)

inkblot19 said...

Thank you Rita for your kind thought, Betty for wishing to purchase my novel, and Cali good luck. I especially wish to thank Casey for having me as a guest.
If you wish a promo on my blog, let me know.

Steve

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing, sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading.
Vicky

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. I have also added this book to my TBR list.

inkblot19 said...

Thank you Victoria and Ally for your kind thoughts. From your comments, I see adding an excerpt grabs a reader's attention. Thank you Casey for knowing this.

Steve

Amanda Sakovitz said...

thanks for the chance!