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Star Dust, an interactive adult romance

Star Dust, by author Sumner Night, is an interactive, , erotic novel.

It’s being released in sections, just to keep the suspense going, and because it’s interactive, there are plenty of options for the reader to choose at each turn. Readers can visit the website and find out more, sign up for the mailing list and story updates, as well as emails, voice mails, music or text messages.

, I hear you cry? What the actual?

Well, it works like this:

Visit the website (or did I say that already?) and read the first page of the . At the bottom, you have two choices. Select one of them to find out what happens next. For instance, on the first page, you are being asked to keep a secret. If you click ‘Can you keep the promise?’ you will see one outcome. If you click ‘Will you let slip and tell a few girlfriends?’ there will be another.

It’s up to you how you choose the story from here, and it is slightly different each time depending on which option you choose. You will learn the name of Star’s boyfriend, read the suggestive emails they send to each other, see through her eyes as she views places for the first time. There are up to four choices at the end of each section, all building more of the core storyline for you. Read; listen; enjoy music; imagine; it’s all up to you.

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a novel but never managed to get around to it, this is the nearest thing you’ll experience until you write your own. It’s as if you have the author sitting with you as a personal story teller. Each page has illustrations to help the story along and clarify key words or sentences. At any point you’re free to head right back to the top of the novel and start over again, choosing a different option.

After several clicks, you’ll eventually reach the end of the section. Then you have the choice of signing up for the story continuation, listening to the voicemails or watching their private videos. On the additional information webpage you can find out how Sumner Night imagined Star to sound. You’ve seen her designer wardrobe in the photos and heard her movie director boyfriend in the voice mails too. This is your chance to receive the rest of the plotline’s emails as they happen, plus receiving text and voice messages as part of the real time ongoing story.

Tales like these are designed exclusively for the modern age and are truly interactive, making use of and capability to involve readers in a way that many authors don’t and can’t. If you have a vivid imagination, you can stick to the words; they’re expressive enough. If you like a little adventure in your reading, then a multi-platform assault on your senses can easily be arranged.

Romantic fiction has always been escapist and fun. Now there’s a whole new level to escape to, when you bring into play the multiple strands in the book, along with the added content. If you and your partner are into it, you could even indulge in a little roleplay, especially as the texts and voice mails are sent in real time.

Go on. It’s January. It’s cold, dark, wet and dismal. You need a bit of lighthearted escapism. Try this for size and see how you feel afterwards.

Image Credit » Star Dust cover photo, supplied by and used with permission of the author Sumner Night

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celticeagle wrote on January 27, 2015, 8:23 PM

It really does sound interesting. Is this a first or are there others out there?

johnmariow wrote on January 27, 2015, 8:32 PM

The interactive part of it is very interesting. Maybe they'll apply this method to romantic thrillers and murder mysteries. That would be fascinating.

MelissaE wrote on January 27, 2015, 9:50 PM

This is such a well written piece. I need to check it out.

WordChazer wrote on January 28, 2015, 1:17 PM

It's the first interactive story I've come across, but it seems as if the publisher, Inkle Studios, is a specialist in these kinds of interactive pieces. I remember the concept being done as a children's/YA adventure theme in the early 80s but it makes so much more sense with the level of interaction available now through smartphones and tablets.

WordChazer wrote on January 28, 2015, 1:18 PM

Check out the publisher: . Maybe they already have? *grin*.

WordChazer wrote on January 28, 2015, 1:19 PM

Be my guest. I'm happily waiting for the next installment now. Sometimes reviewing things can really be fun and this was one of those times.

celticeagle wrote on January 28, 2015, 8:09 PM

That is true. I look forward to seeing more of them.

arthurchappell wrote on February 1, 2015, 4:39 AM

seen quite a few SF fantasy interactives - never hard of an erotica work using the same mechanisms before - interesting

cmoneyspinner wrote on February 12, 2015, 3:51 PM

I saw the magic word "romance". Had to click and read the rest of the post. Interactive romance novel? Sounds like fun!

WordChazer wrote on February 12, 2015, 4:34 PM

It was - very fun. Different outcomes depending on which option I clicked at the end of each section.