Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Author of Rainn Wilson/Jason Statham Sci-Fi Movie Pens New Naughty Rom-Com!

 Steve Alten--the New York Times best-selling author of Meg, which will soon be a major motion picture starring starring Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson (spoiler: they're going to straight-up battle a gigantic shark). Alten recently released a new book Dog Training theAmerican Male (under the pseudonym L.A. Knight), a side-splitting romantic comedy novel that is the result of what would happen if Wedding Crashers met 10 Things I Hate About YouCheck out the hilarious trailer here.

Dog Training the American Male is witty, and full of stories!
  • The argument with his wife that sparked the idea to pen a comedic novel about training men like we train dogs.
  • Why he believes the phrase “men are dogs” is true – and why it’s not such a bad thing. 
  • L.A. Knight, his pseudonym, as a memorial to his father, who was a “knight in shining armor” in his eyes.
  • The latest Hollywood buzz about the feature film currently in production based on his bestselling sci-fi thriller, Meg, starring Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson.
  • His transition from best-selling sci-fi author to naughty rom-com author.
  • How he launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read, and why he believes providing teens with books they’ll love is paramount to their success.
Reviewers Rave:
In Knight's comic debut novel, a relationship expert turns to dog-training strategies in order to domesticate her incorrigible boyfriend and save her flagging career. . . .The book is funny in the best way: the humor propels the action rather than pausing it. . . .[T]he authorial hand is mostly well-hidden, and the prose flows like a jocular babbling brook. More impressively, the central characters transcend their stock roles and grow into legitimately compelling subjects. Incident by unlikely incident, we are pulled deeper into their lives until it is their fates (not merely their quips) that keep us turning the pages. Knight is a naturally comic writer; what is more, she is a talented storyteller. A lighthearted work with well-drawn characters and genuine laughs. (Kirkus Reviews)

Teaching your old dog new tricks simply requires the right treat--so goes the story of Dog Training the American Male, a riotous romp through relationships of the young, the old, and the restless. . . . Comedic newcomer L.A. Knight offers a fresh farce replete with a cast of well-drawn characters, fast-paced wit, and merging cinematic storylines that triumph as a novel, but would feel equally right on a London stage, as a Netflix original, or in a theater near you. Dog Training is a new look at age-old male-female quandaries, but also a book for mature readers that will find more than one male looking at himself--and suddenly realizing why he's so eager to help with the dishes. (The Mountain Times)

Laugh out loud funny! What really makes this book connect with everyone is that men and women have been trying to change, or at least understand, each other for centuries, and this book takes a different approach to that issue. . . .Both sexes will enjoy this quirky take.(

A spirited romp through a peculiar carnival of fascinatingly fresh and ultimately irresistible characters. (The Examiner)
About the Author:
Many know L.A. Knight as the first pup born to a litter of four, who managed to escape from several disobedient schools in Philadelphia and then relocated to South Florida where he went into heat over a gorgeous poodle. In reality, L.A. Knight is the pseudonym for NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten, who penned 16 thrillers—one of which, Meg, is being made into a Warner Bros. movie to be released in 2018. Knight penned Dog Training the American Male as a means of dealing with the sorrow of his father’s passing. The initials L.A. are his Dad’s initials, the KNIGHT signifying his father’s role in their family—a “knight in shining armor.” A portion of the proceeds from Dog Training the American Male will be donated to Paws4Liberty.
Dog Training the American Male is available via Amazon and bookstores nationwide. 
Find L.A. Knight at www.LAKnightentertainment.c om.

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