I’m am honored, humbled, and over-the-top excited to be one of the sites who get to announce to the world that my friend, Andrew E. Kaufman, is releasing his brand new novel The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted. This is one of those books that’s been on the minds and lips of all his fans since finding out that his last novel, While The Savage Sleeps, went #1 on the Best Seller list.
Here’s the synopsis from the man himself:
From Andrew E. Kaufman, author of the #1 bestseller, While the Savage Sleeps…
She only stepped outside for a minute…
But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down–a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life.
Stepping into her worst nightmare
Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again.
A nightmare that only became worse.
A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several
years later, to the electric chair.
Case closed. Justice served…or was it?
Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother’s belongings. It paints his mother as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.
What really happened to Nathan Kingsley?
There’s a hole in the case a mile wide, and Patrick is determined to close it. But what he doesn’t know is that the closer he moves toward the truth, the more he’s putting his life on the line, that he’s become the hunted. Someone’s hiding a dark secret and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he
races to find a killer–one who’s hot on his trail. One who’s out for his blood.
And for as cool as this is, there’s more. I have had the ultimate pleasure of interviewing Andrew for this prestigious occasion. I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew in October of last year when he was holding a day-long party and giveaway on Bitten By Books. I was lucky enough to win an Amazon Kindle, and to meet Andrew. I cherish both of them to this day. So when Andrew allowed me to be one of the sites to announce his latest book and to do an interview, I was beyond words. Here’s Andrew’s interview. He truly is a one of a kind.
When did you decide to try your hand at being a fiction writer?
I think it was the first time I held a pen in my hand…or was it a crayon? I honestly can’t remember not wanting to write. It’s innate for me, as natural as speaking, and it always seemed to come easily. As a kid in school, I was horrible at most subjects, just awful, except for writing.
Where do your writing roots lie?
With the crayon. But long after that, I got my bachelor’s degree in journalism, then went on become a television news writer and producer. I worked for the CBS affiliate in San Diego for more than ten years, then went on to Los Angeles. But writing news, I eventually discovered, had its drawbacks where creativity was concerned. I like making stuff up. Can’t do that in news; well, you can, but you won’t be doing it for very long. For me, writing fiction felt like pulling off the chains. After that, it seemed like the sky was the limit.
In your opinion, what are the easiest and hardest aspects of being a writer?
There are no easy aspects—not for me, anyway—not if I want to write well. It’s all hard work; but it’s also liberating and rewarding. The hardest aspect for me is starting with nothing (a blank screen) and then building it into a complex novel. For me, it’s all about adding layers; then once those are in place, it’s a matter of putting puzzle pieces together, ones that don’t always fit. Writing a novel is a complicated process and things can—and do—fall apart at any stage. Keeping a story intact and having a novel that’s cohesive and compelling from start to finish is the biggest challenge for me.
Do you think your style reflects that of any other writer and if so, who?
I work very hard not to copy or adopt other authors’ styles because I want to keep my voice pure and original. Having said that, it’s hard to write in a vacuum and be unaffected by what one reads. So on some level, whether it be conscious or not, I think we’re all products of our environments. More than likely, I guess, all the authors I’ve read have in one way or another helped shape my writing. When I read a novel, I don’t just read it; I study it. When I see a remarkable piece of dialogue or prose, I take notice. I’m sure that influences me in an indirect way.
Other than being a writer, what is the one thing you’d most like to do in life?
Is there anything else in life? I wasn’t aware Joking aside, I’ve always wanted to do team roping. My paint comes from a line of roping horses, but I’ve never had the time to pursue it. But maybe some day…
What, in your opinion, is the trick to becoming a best-selling author?
I get that a lot from people, and my answer is always the same: there is no trick, no magic bullet, no secret handshake. It’s a combination of things. For me, I think it was 25-percent writing a marketable, well-written book, 25-percent knowing how to promote it, and 50-percent pure luck. I wish I could take all the credit for the success of While the Savage Sleeps, but I can’t. The credit goes to all my amazing readers who chose to pick it up. I’ll be the first to say that they’re what matter most to me and that I’m fiercely loyal to them.
What is the one piece of advice you’d give to an up and coming author?
Make sure you really want this, and then be willing to do the work; and I mean work. If you want to sell books or even if you want to achieve success within yourself as a writer, there are no shortcuts. And then once you do the work, do more. I’m constantly striving to improve as a writer, and I honestly believe that avenue is an infinite one. As far as I’m concerned there will always be room for improvement, and the minute I stop believing that is the exact minute I fail.
Where would you like to see yourself 10 years down the road?
I don’t even know where I see myself tomorrow! Hopefully still writing and still having people who want to read what I put out there. That’s really all that matters to me. Oh, that and my health. Can’t have anything else without that.
Who were some of your favorite authors in the past?
Gosh. So many of them. I guess the ones that stand out for me are Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, and John Sandford. Those are the books I automatically pick up without even looking to see what they’re about.
What has been your greatest challenge as an author?
Finding my audience and keeping it. It’s so tough right now because the industry is flooded with self-published authors, and there are more books out there than ever before. I feel very fortunate to have received notice this early in my career, but at the same time, I never just assume my readers will stick with me until the end. I feel as though I to have to work hard if I want keep them coming back to me; the only way to do that, I think, is to keep writing better books. That’s always my goal: to improve my craft and get better at it each time.
I want to thank Andrew for letting me be part of his latest endeavor. Check out his book, The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted . If you’d like, you can check out Andrew’s site and read a little bit of an excerpt of the book before making a final decision. But knowing my friend and the way he has with words, I don’t think you’ll have any questions about getting this book right now. It’s available through the Amazon Kindle and ready to be curled up with as you drift off to sleep. That is, if you CAN go to sleep. Nighty-night!!!
It’s no secret that I love my Amazon Kindle. I rave about it every chance I get. But when this new Amazon Kindle Fire was announced, I almost hurt myself. I WANT ONE!!!!! I told my daughter that if I somehow manage to get one of these little babies, I’ll give her my other one. So now she’s dropping hints all over that Mom wants Fire!!! I just hope no one bought me a lighter for Christmas. LOL
Anyway, my buddy Justin Germino over at DragonBlogger.com has just announced that he’s giving away 2 Amazon Kindle Fires. OMG!!!!! Not just one, but 2 of them. I’m feeling dizzy already. And the cool thing is that this is an easy content to get in on. There are only 3 requirements and the rest are extras. The requirements are that you follow DragonBlogger and Blog Engage on Facebook and @aidyreviews on Twitter. That’s it. If you can do that, you’re in Baby!!! The extras are pretty easy too. Stuff like retweeting about the contest (which can be done daily), following Justin on Twitter, and that sort of thing. Each is a single entry into the giveaway.
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This contest runs through the 15th of December and the winners will be announced on the 16th. This way, Justin has a chance to get them in the mail so the winners can have them in time for Christmas. Not that I’d be giving mine away to anyone else, but I’d sure have fun showing it off to everyone and telling them I got Fire for Christmas. It’s open to all residents of the US and Canada. And if you have any questions about how this device compares to it’s Apple opposition, just ask Justin. He’s been playing with both gadgets long enough that he knows them both intimately.
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I’m thrilled to be one of the people who get to tell everyone else that author Andrew E. Kaufman is selling his best-selling book, While the Savage Sleeps for only 99 cents for a limited time. I’ve had the pleasure of reading this killer book and it was one of my favorites from the beginning. And it’s because of this book that I also had the pleasure of meeting (virtually) Andrew.
His isn’t your typical first-time author story. He was lucky enough to have a best-seller with his first book and he’s about to give it another shot. The reason Andrew’s selling the Kindle edition of his book at such a low price is to prepare for the upcoming release of his latest novel, “The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted”. I’ll let you read the set-up that was written by the author himself as I could never do the story justice. I, personally, can’t wait for this book to come out.
And as a kicker, anyone who buys a copy of While The Savage Sleeps at this limited-time price, will get a sneak peak chapter at part of Andrew’s new book. I’m seriously anxious to read this new one, as I know the kind of twisted plot lines this man can come up with. Don’t believe me? Go get your Kindle copy of While the Savage Sleeps now at this low price and find out for yourself. This is a scary good deal but it won’t last forever. But remember, you might want to read this book….with the lights on. Have fun!!!