In This Issue
Doomsday Character Contest - Ends this month
Debut: MEG trailer
Real-life man-made epidemic
Woman nearly swallowed whole!
Support for a fellow author
A special review from a soldier
Meet a Reader: Artist Jack Morefield
Plant flavinoids found to protect DNA from radiation
Just when you thought you heard it all
Joke of the Month

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    As a special holiday gift to my fans, we're giving away MEG: Origins as a FREE download on Amazon. If you do not own a Kindle or e-book reader, no worries. Amazon offers a free app that allows you to read the story on your computer. This free offer won't last too much longer so grab the file while you can. ENJOY and spread the word!
    The contest ends on December 21st - exactly one year until the day the Mayan Calendar ends. It's not too late to enter the contest, and winners can GIFT their character to others. All who enter and receive a minimum number of views will also receive a new hot-off-the-press signed Hell's Aquarium poster. Each Friday, everyone who enters will receive an e-mail showing your ranking. The rules and video download instructions are posted at Winners will be announced in January.
    Appetizer Recipe:

    Blue Cheese & Honey Brushetta
    Ingredients: 1/2 baguette, 3 ounces blue cheese, 2 tablespoons honey.

    Preparation: Thinly slice half a baguette. Place the rounds on a baking sheet and broil them until they're golden brown (about 1 1/2 minutes per side). Divide the blue cheese among the toasted bread slices. Drizzle 2 tablespoons honey evenly over them.
    IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected] Put RECIPE in the subject line.
    December 2011 Newsletter

    The holiday season is upon us. If you are looking for a special, inexpensive gift for someone and want to avoid being tasered at the mall, how about a personally signed copy of one of my books? Each holiday season, I offer this service for my newsletter fans. You buy the book (PHOBOS 1st edition hardbacks are still available) then e-mail me what you'd like the inscription to read and I will send (USA only, sorry) a special holiday bookplate (my cost for postage and handling). E-mail me at [email protected] with YOUR name and street address, along with the info. Be sure to type HOLIDAY BOOKPLATE in the subject line. Have a happy holiday, enjoy the update, and please be safe. --Steve 

    Debut: MEG trailer
    Debut: MEG trailer

    Okay, it's not quite the real movie trailer, but if this doesn't excite you, then I give up. The last scene is a killer.


    View the YouTube Video

    Real-life man-made epidemic pulled from pages of GRIM REAPER: End of Days
    Deadly: The new strain of bird flu could wipe out millions of people at a time
    A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilization. . .just in time for 2012.
    Sent in by Penny Hawkins.
    Woman nearly swallowed whole!

    Scary. Now imagine the whale as a MEG!


    See the video...

    Support for a fellow author 

    The Tales of Averon books, written by Alan Keen, are a series of fantasy adventure novels set in England, where a band of woodland animals unite in an attempt to save their forest from all manner of foes. The first book, 'The Dark Army,' chronicles a red fox who must unite the animals living within the forest of Averon as a vicious pack of fox hounds prepares to launch an attack on the foxes who dwell there, and any animal who assists in protecting them.


    Tales of Averon: The Dark Army is available on

    Click Here...

    A special review from a soldier:

    GRIM REAPER: End of Days: I have to admit, this is my first book of Mr. Alten's that I read. Having said that, after reading this book I have three more of his books coming from Amazon as I write.


    I may not be versed in all things Steve Alten, but I do know one thing; that this book was never written to be about politics or conspiracy theories. Now, I cannot speak for Mr. Alten and what exactly what he wanted this book to be, but I can tell you what this book means to me. As a recently Honorably Discharged Marine, this book hits home. Now, I may not have been a Grunt, I was in fact a POG (personnel other than Grunt), but nonetheless, I took Mr. Alten's words to heart. I recently was stationed in Japan, with only a year left on my contract, and worse yet, I had to leave someone, someone which words cannot measure the depth of my love for. I asked her to marry me before I left, but because of past issues, she became a wreck with me a world away. I strove each and every day to make it home to her, as quickly as possible, all the while, trying to be Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. I came home to find that the world in which I left, was not the same. Even though I was going through my own personal hell, I read Mr. Alten's book, and I am glad that I did. I was reminded (not that I forgot, mind you) of my oath that I took before God and myself. I promised to spend the rest of my life with my soul mate. As Shep went through, literally, the nine circles of Hell, as Dante described it, he kept one thing in mind: his Beatrice. He never gave up, never surrendered, and because of his determination, he found his soul mate. Because of the way Mr. Alten crafted Shep, it renewed my strength and resolve to never let my true love escape me. I too, if need be, will traverse the nine circles of Hell to be with her. In times of uncertainty like now, we would all do best to take a lesson from Mr. Alten and Shep: if there is something that you truly want, and are willing to sacrifice everything for it, just remember to keep His Light with you, and nothing in the world can ever stop you. Thank you for your time.

    Meet a Reader: Artist Jack Morefield
    Artist Jack Morefield
    His work and its unusual style can be found hanging in galleries across the United States and have been featured on television, and yet Jack Morefield lives a quiet life in Massachusetts with his wife and two children, whom he claims are the real artists in the family. Don't be fooled by his humility - his portraits are mind-blowing concepts, one of which inspired the demonic Lilith scene in RESURRECTION. Check out Jack Morefield's work at
    Do you have an unusual craft or skill you'd like to advertise (free to newsletter recipients) in our monthly newsletter? Send a blurb and link to Steve Alten at [email protected].
    Plant flavinoids found to protect DNA from radiation:
    Hill and Rense Video

    Just when you thought you heard it all:
    'Fake doctor boosted woman's bottom with home-made implant containing cement and super glue'
    Have you read a story that borders on the ridiculous? Send it to Steve Alten at [email protected]
    Joke of the Month
    A guy is nearing the end of his senior year in high school. Unfortunately, he still has to share a room with his younger brother, who's only 9 years old.

    One night, he decides to bring his girlfriend home for a little fun. They have bunk beds and the guy notices that his little brother is already asleep on the lower bunk, so he and his girlfriend climb up to the top bunk. As you might expect things started to heat up. The guy remembered that his little brother is sleeping below so he tells his girlfriend to whisper "lettuce" if she wants it harder and "tomato" if she wants a new position. "Lettuce!!! Tomato!!! Lettuce!!! Tomato!!! Lettuce!!! Tomato!!!" she screams. "Lettuce!!! Tomato!!! Whoa!!! PULL IT OUT!!! PULL IT OUT NOW!!! I can't get pregnant!"

    The little brother shouts, "Hey, would you guys stop making sandwiches up there! You're getting mayonnaise all over my face!"

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

    Stay well, stay safe and know this author really appreciates you. And please purchase copies of PHOBOS: Mayan Fear & GRIM REAPER: End of Days -I guarantee you will enjoy them!

    Happy Holidays,

    Steve Alten, Ed.D.