Friday, April 18, 2014

Juniper Grove Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for A Sinister Obsession by S.B. Redstone

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Welcome to my stop on author S.B. Redstone’s Virtual Book Tour for A Sinister Obsession, presented by Juniper Grove Book Solutions.  Please leave a comment for S.B. to let him know you stopped by.  You can enter his tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of his tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.   My review will post later today.  

Why writing about the dark side of human life drives my writing?

I believe I am not just a fiction writer telling a good story, but a commenter on the human species. I began my career as a caseworker for Child Protective Services, where I investigated the abuse and neglect of children. Believe me, after you are confronted with a dead baby or battered child, you know the dark side of human life. After attaining master’s degrees in social work and school psychology, and receiving post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, you can see that I was deeply involved in social issues and understanding human nature and relationships. I even wrote a psychology book on those topics, examining our predatory ancestry and genes. With that said, all my clinical experiences, my education, and interest in understanding human nature, focused me on the too often sad and dark side of humanity.

Although my novel, A Sinister Obsession, is a mystery thriller, its plot centers on an unresolved social issue that continues to erupt in America. As a clinician, I have a passion to expose the dark side of human nature and those who use evil to gain power and wealth. What I reflect upon are the major players that are too often ignored by the media and those politically motivated to press for their narcissistic goals. My work is also highly psychologically oriented because that’s who I am. Different than other writers, my therapeutic background allows me to portray accurate and realistic characters, good and villainous. I like to use my characters to point out human folly and social ills, which Charles Dickens and so many other great writers have done in the past. And, to be honest, writing evil is more fun for me than writing ordinary. I find pleasure in dreaming up devilish schemes that haven’t been done before. Even many superstar actors who were typecast into playing wholesome roles longed to play evil characters. Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, and Robert Mitchum had to beg for those roles.   
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Title:  A Sinister Obsession
Author:  S. B. Redstone
Published:  August 2013
Publisher:  Black Opal Books
Word Count: approx. 94,000
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Content Warning:  Violence and Sexual Content
Recommended Age:  21+
Synopsis: A psychopathic killer on a quest leaves behind a string of brutal murders, and to find the Who, the police must first discover the Why…
Detective Aubrey McKenzie has been assigned to investigate the murders. A lovely, fabulously wealthy, dark-haired Scot, whose iron will was forged in the inferno of human tragedy, Aubrey is stymied by the lack of solid clues. Now she must rely on her paranormal ability to apprehend the killer—an ability that has been invaluable in her police work but has made a disaster of her social life.
Fate teams Aubrey with Detective Joshua Diamond, a handsome, talented, and compassionate man who is more than happy eating a greasy bacon-cheeseburger and wearing clothes that should have been thrown out with the trash. In a race against time, Aubrey and Joshua must overcome their vast differences—and their attraction for each other—and discover the identity of this elusive killer, and the quest this fiend is on, before more lives are destroyed.
Excerpt from A Sinister Obsession by S. B. Redstone
When Aubrey arrived home, she glanced at her answering machine. There was one message. Since she didn’t have friends, she knew who it was. She pressed the button and heard that cold, authoritative voice. “Aubrey. This is your mother. I am reminding you of Randal’s birthday party tomorrow night. He would be quite disappointed if you did not make an appearance. The time—”

Aubrey quickly pushed the delete button. She hated being reminded of times and dates by her mother, as if she was a forgetful child. It pissed her off.
After taking a hot shower, she slipped into green satin pajamas. Sitting in her entertainment room, watching the late evening news, she sipped 1981 Armagnac Cames Brandy and ate crackers with brie.
Nearing three in the morning, Aubrey turned off the television, and went into bed. In the darkness, she obsessed about the murder case, feeling a rising anger toward this heinous criminal. Her last conscious thought before falling asleep brought a smile to her face. She knew the perp had failed to take one essential factor into consideration before deciding to perpetrate the crime. A factor that he didn’t predict, and in fact, couldn’t have predicted. And that factor would eventually lead her to discover his identity and get a conviction. He didn’t know I’d be assigned to the case!

About the Author:
Sinister Obsession Author photo SB-Redstone.jpg I write under the name S. B. Redstone. I began my career, after graduating from Hunter College, as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services, Protective Services, investigating the horrors of the abuse and neglect of children. After attaining master’s degrees in Social Work and School Psychology, and then completing a post-graduate education in Psychoanalytic Therapy, I became a School Psychologist in the New York City Department of Education and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a private therapy practice on Long Island, treating adults, adolescents, children, and couples. Always striving to improve my understanding of human nature, I researched and then wrote a personal improvement book, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning, which offers remarkable insights into behavior, societal institutions, and relationships. I have written articles on the web concerning human nature, relationships and the abuses of societal institutions, given lectures, and appeared on radio shows.

Always having a vivid imagination and a desire to write fiction, I developed my writing skills by becoming a successful writer of short stories, all of which have been published on the web and in print. As an expert in the field of human psychology, I have been able to develop realistic characters from the dark side of human nature where my villains don’t aspire for happiness through personal achievement, but rather from their demented narcissistic schemes. 

Many of my characters have been taken from my clinical experiences and interesting people I know. I love romance in my stories. It is an essential element in my mystery thriller A Sinister Obsession and horror novel. Now that I am obsessed with writing “senior” romances, it has become further developed and heartfelt. I have two seeking publication at this time. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Romance Writers of America.
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

A $25 electronic Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway is International. 

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