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Happy Chanukah, Merry X-Mas, good Kwanza, and to SEINFELD fans, a happy Festivus to the rest of us. To my American readers, a belated Happy Thanksgiving. Examine the word and you define the true spirit of the holiday season: a time for THANKS and GIVING. This newsletter offers opportunities for both.

If you are reading this newsletter between December 1st and 5th, I'm in Mexico at the Guadalajara Book Festival promoting the launch of PHOBOS, called APOCALIPSIS MAYA in Spanish. Eight years after its U.S. release, the DOMAIN series has become a top bestseller in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and a dozen other countries so my foreign publishers switched GRIM REAPER with PHOBOS as their next Steve Alten release. In the U.S. , PHOBOS debuts in Fall 2011, on the heels of the GRIM REAPER mass market paperback.

Each December, I try to offer my readers an opportunity to cross items off their shopping lists with a unique inexpensive gift: A PERSONALIZED SIGNED COPY of my latest release. The storyline in GRIM REAPER: End of Days is actually a better read this month as it takes place in December of 2012 - 666 years after the last near-end of days event. It was in 1346 that the Black Plague raced through Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa, wiping out more than half the world's population. Eyewitnesses reported sightings of a dark cloaked Angel of Death - the Grim Reaper - dancing around the mass graves. In my book, a manmade version of the Bubonic Plague is unleashed in Manhattan . Is the event influenced by God, man, or both? Are our negative actions bringing the Reaper? Read the book and find out. Give a personalized signed copy to a friend or relative and you've given a real keepsake. See below for details of a special MONEY BACK GUARANTEE on the book!

As I say each newsletter, I am so very thankful to you for all your kindness and support. Without you, I have no writing career.

GRIM REAPER holiday bookplates

Over the last 60 days, I have e-mailed at your request nearly 1,000 signed commemorative bookplates for GRIM REAPER. Each one is personally sent by me. The holiday bookplates ARE DIFFERENT SIGNED IMAGES. Each will be sequentially numbered based on a first-come, first-serve basis. When you receive the e-mailed bookplate, simply cut and adhere to the desired page in GRIM REAPER.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: When you request a HOLIDAY BOOKPLATE, tell me the name(s) of the person receiving the gift and any personal message you want delivered by me. That's right! I will type the message above my signature. THERE IS NO CHARGE. Simply send me an e-mail at - SUBJECT: HOLIDAY BOOKPLATE REQUEST. You may request as many as you like, but this is on the honor system, so if you tell me the request is for future copies or gifts for friends, please follow thru. Only newsletter recipients can order a bookplate.


If you purchase a GRIM REAPER hardback between December 1st thru December 15th and DON'T LIKE THE BOOK, I will buy it back from you! That's how certain I am you will love this read. Simply e-mail me the receipt and I will forward an office address to mail it. Upon receipt, I will reimburse the purchase price. And yes, this is a real offer. Let's see Grisham or King do that!

New character contest!

If you ever wanted to see your name and bio written into a story, THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY ! The competition, announce last month, has barely drawn a dozen entries compared to hundreds for the last contest. The ones who are doing really well followed the simple secret: Alter the name of the video before posting. To enter the character contest go to the link below.

Immortality is just a few clicks away.

Living Tips: How to stop cell phone telemarketers

At the end of this month cell phone numbers go public for the telemarketer's and we will be charged for their calls. Dial 888-382-1222 on your cell phone - it is a call that cancels the telemarketers from accessing your cell phone.

Living Tips: Improve your life by reaching out to another.

It was five years ago that MEGfan Doug Dvorak came upon a terrible car accident on an Interstate in Wisconsin . Ignoring his own safety, this husband and father ran across multiple lanes in the early morning darkness to reach injured passengers. On his return to his car, he was struck by another automobile! Put your own problems in perspective by clicking the link below. Then do something for both Doug and yourself - send him an e-mail at . A simple act of kindness to another human being will go farther than any gift you can purchase with money. And irt is you, the giver, who will receive the most from this simple act!

Jokes of the Month

An elderly couple were on a cruise. They were standing on the back of the boat when a wave came up and washed the old man overboard. They searched for days and couldn't find him, so the captain sent the old woman back to shore with the promise that he would notify her as soon as they found something. Three weeks went by and finally the old woman got a fax from the boat. It read: 'Ma'am, sorry to inform you, we found your husband dead at the bottom of the ocean. We hauled him up to the deck and attached to his butt was an oyster and in it was a pearl worth $50,000. Please advise.' The old woman faxed back: 'Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap.'

A funeral service is being held for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers are carrying the casket out when they accidentally bump into a wall, jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive! She lives for ten more years, and then dies. Once again, a ceremony is held, and at the end of it, the pallbearers are again carrying out the casket. As they carry the casket towards the door, the husband cries out, 'Watch that wall!'

*IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at Put JOKE in the subject line.

RECIPE of the Month: Chocolate Concrete

RECIPE of the Month: Chocolate Concrete Ingredients: 8oz flour (self rising), 6oz Sugar (not caster sugar), 6oz butter \ margarine, 1oz cocoa powder (not drinking chocolate), 1 egg.

Directions: Melt butter and add sugar, flour, cocoa and mix well. Beat egg and add to mix. Grease baking tray \ tin and add mixture (this will be VERY sticky) wet hand with cold water and spread mixture to edge's of the baking tray. Sprinkle with sugar. Add to pre heated oven at 375 for 20 - 30mins. Serve with custard and yogurt. --from Kev

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

Stay well, stay safe and know this author really appreciates you.


Steve Alten, Ed.D.
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