Steve Alten Newsletter
April 2010
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Happy Pesach (Passover) to my Jewish fans and Happy Easter to my Christian supporters. I'm excited. I've completed the final edit on GRIM REAPER: End of Days and the book is far and away my best novel to date. The thriller will debut on 10-10-10 and we'll have lots of promos and contests for readers to participate in. The cover art is amazing, the interior art is wild, but the story, as a rule I never choose favorites among my books, but THIS IS MY FAVORITE! Beginning in May, I will be offering special sneak peeks to newsletter fans. Later this week you will receive the first official look at the artwork when my new and improved website debuts (see below).

Enjoy the update!


If your name appears below CONGRATS, you are a character in GRIM REAPER: End of Days. If it does not appear but you were told you won a spot, then e-mail me with your name at [email protected] and I will check. It is possible that a few people were left on the editing room floor. If so, I will add you to another book.

Larry Hershman, Bryant Pfeiffer, Steve Willick, Alex Timmer, Brian Roye, Morrie Segal, Tyler Bohlman, Mark Santaromita, Joe Eddy Brown, Geoff Payne, Steve & Veronica Mennella, Sheridan Ernstmeyer, Megan Schmidt, Robery McCoy, Jerrod Duane Mahurin, Summer Steelman, Mindy Murphy, Joey Parker, Roberto Masis, Sandra Kay Shepherd, Rocky Allen Trett, Megan, Dustin, Logan and Mona Trett, Justin Freitas, Ernest Lozano, John Thomas Voyda, Janet Saunders, Jeramie Wright, Tim Burkland, Linda Bohm, Vern and Susan Folley, Marion Grace, Patricia Ross, Rajiv Kaushik, Paul Spatola, Mike McDowell, Steve Downey, Marquis Jackson, Cindy Grace, Rich Goodman, Laurie Goodman, Justin Goodman, Rosemarie Leipply, Christopher Hanley, Brent Froehl, Eric White, Don Hamilton, Andrew Bradosky, Lane Pethel, Logan Bachelot, Sean Cadden, John Chua, Joseph G, Rangel, Rafael Herrera, Ryan Glinka, Marti Evans, Roy Mohan, Matthew Vincent Albert Hawkins, Brent Tripp, Oyvind Herstad, Stephanie Collins, Naomi Guiterrez, Kevin Quercio, Gary Beck, Arnie Kremer, Heath Shelby, Jamie Rumson, Matthew Kushner, Jonathan Clark, David Kantor, Leslie Kantor, Gavi Kantor, Oren Kantor, Daniel Cirilo, Karen Sampson, John Zwawa, Jay Zwawa, Jesse Zwawa, Jeffrey Cook, Gabor Szeifert, Terry Stringer, Leslie Manuel, Lydia Gagnon, Shawn Ray Dalinsky, Bridgett Nelson, Manisha Patel, Pankaj Patel.

May release - MEG: Hell's Aquarium in paperback!

The paperback will debut May 19. Tor/Forge is using BOTH covers of the Megalodon featured in the Tanaka Lagoon viewing tank . If you never read the story, you are in for a treat.

Big changes at SteveAlten website!

We've done a total revamp, including an opening trailer and great new images. Plus you can sneak a peek at the Grim Reaper cover art. The new site should be loaded by Wednesday or Thursday!

To my fans in the United Kingdom

I'm happy to announce (over the moon?) that we've just signed a three book deal with Quercus books to publish the DOMAIN trilogy.

Living Tips: Stressed Out?

Are you dealing with stress at work? Is fear knocking you off balance? Are financial worries causing you to lose sleep? The answer is to feed the positive dog. In The Energy Bus there is a simple story about a man who travels to the village to speak to the wise man. He says to the wise man, "I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is positive, loving, kind and optimistic and then I have this fearful, pessimistic, angry and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don't know who is going to win." The wise man thinks for a moment and responds, "I know who is going to win. The one you feed the most. So feed the positive dog." The fact is we all have a positive and negative dog inside of us. It's part of our human nature. The key is to feed the positive dog and starve the negative dog. The more we feed the positive dog the bigger it gets and the stronger it becomes. The actions are simple. We just need to make them a habit and do them every day. Here are a few ways to feed the positive dog.

  • Practice Gratitude - You can't be stressed and thankful at the same time. Gratitude is like muscle the more you do it the stronger it gets. Take 10 minutes each day and make a list of what you are thankful for. You will fill your body and brain with costless and priceless anti-depressants.
  • Take a Walk of Gratitude - I do this each morning and it feeds me all day long.
  • Turn off the News - Starve the negative dog.
  • Smile More - It enhances your serotonin levels and uplifts you.
  • Focus on Get to vs Have to.
  • Read Uplifting Books
  • Get together with a positive, uplifting person.
  • Call or visit someone who has made a difference in your life and thank them. (research shows this is a huge happiness booster)
  • Write a Few Thank You Notes Today - When you thank others you feed them and yourself.
  • Watch a funny movie that makes you belly laugh.
  • Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
  • Start a Success Journal - Write down the one great thing about your day. The more you look for success, the more you will find it.
  • Decide to Make a Difference - When you help other people with their problems you forget about your own.

  • Living Tips: Trading Up (inspirational)

    Click the link below to see the inspirational video.

    *IF YOU HAVE A LIVING TIP YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e- mail to me at [email protected] Put LIVING TIP in the subject line.

    Joke of the Month

    What's the difference between driving in fog and checking for prostate cancer? At least when you're checking for prostate cancer you can see the a**hole in front of you. (I told that one to my internist just before he did my colonoscopy.) *IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG[email protected] Put JOKE in the subject line.

    RECIPE of the Month: Crepes Suzette

    I cook crepes at least once a month --- usually as a main course. If you like, you can leave the fruit out, and roll the crepes like a burrito with a can of white chicken (for a quick recipe, instead of cooking the chicken from scratch) and shredded Swiss cheese, and salt and pepper. Place them in a casserole pan, with some vodka and butter (for your sauce), and cook them in the oven until the cheese is melted.

    -- Elizabeth Powell

    Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:45

    INGREDIENTS: 3 eggs
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 tablespoon heavy cream
    2 tablespoons milk
    1 pinch salt
    1 orange
    1 lemon
    1 cup powdered sugar - sifted
    2 tablespoons butter
    2 ponies kirsch
    2 ponies white curacao
    2 ponies maraschino

    Beat together eggs, flour, cream, milk, and salt until mixture is the consistency of cream. Melt a teaspoon of butter in a six-inch skillet. When butter foams, pour a tablespoon of batter into skillet. Cook over moderately high heat, swirling skillet so that batter coats the bottom of the pan. Cook one minute, check to be sure bottom is browned, then flip crepe and brown other side (about 1/2 minute). Continue making crepes this way until all of batter is used. Fold crepes into quarters and stack on a plate covered with a tea towel. Grate rind of orange and lemon. Squeeze the orange and lemon juice into a saucepan. Combine with rind and powdered sugar and heat, stirring, until mixture is smooth. Pour into a pitcher.

    Have ready a chafing dish, crepes, pitcher of orange/lemon sauce, and liquors. Melt butter in chafing dish. When it bubbles, add half of the liquors and ignite. When flame dies down, add sauce to chafing dish and stir. Add crepes to dish, dipping and turning them to coat with sauce, then arranging in an overlapping layer. Add remaining liquor and ignite. Serve as soon as flame dies down.

    IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82[email protected] Put RECIPE in the subject line.

    Are you a member of a BOOK CLUB?

    If YES, an established public relations firm is putting together a list of qualified book clubs that they will make their authors available to for LIVE Q & As via Skype or speakerphone calls FREE OF CHARGE! This is an amazing opportunity and I've agreed to participate as well. To register, contact Trish Stevens at [email protected] . Write BOOK CLUB REGISTRATION in the subject line. Then tell her YOUR CLUB NAME, NUMBER OF MEMBERS, CITY & STATE, FAVORITE GENRE, and CONTACT NAME and E-MAIL. She'll let you know if you qualify, then in the coming months your club will be e-mailed a list of available authors and their available booking times.

    That's all for now. Stay well, stay safe and know this author appreciates you very much.


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