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October 2012 Newsletter

As of today, according to the www.SteveAlten.com reader poll, it looks like most readers want me to write MEG 5: Night Stalkers next. The poll runs until October 21st, so anything can happen. But I'm going to add to the fun by offering a reader contest - and one of the prizes will be that ALL PARTICIPANTS (not winners, EVERYONE who enters) will receive a link to the first chapters of MEG-5. How do you enter? See below under READER CONTEST. And check out the new PHOBOS BOOK TRAILER. The mass market paperback debuts TODAY! You can get the book at Amazon.com - Click here

Many thanks,

--Steve Alten

A super-volcano under Yellowstone National Park erupts, killing tens of thousands. A thousand-foot-high MEGA-TSUNAMI strikes the east coast, wiping out major cities. What will happen on December 21st, 2012 to unleash these ticking time bombs of nature" Read PHOBOS: MAYAN FEAR ($9.99 TOR/FORGE) and find out. And for a real treat, watch this brand-new movie trailer by film maker JAMES GELET (The Shark Is Still Working) and pass it on!
2012 Doomsday Prophecy - GRAPHIC FOOTAGE


OBJECTIVE: Help me make the PHOBOS TRAILER go viral by posting it on YOUTUBE, then linking that post to your Facebook page and Twitter. Once you post the trailer, simply e-mail the YOUTUBE link to [email protected].



ONE RULE: Because YOUTUBE guards against similar posts under the same title, you must name the video posting using something creative.You can add key words like 2012, Doomsday, Tsunami, Mayan Prophecy, Apocalypse, etc in the post for best results.

TOP VIEWS: The top 20 views tallied will receive a signed MEG poster.

 The top 3 will be characters in MEG-5.

To upload the trailer click on the zip file below and it will prompt you to download it.


 Video Zip File: http://www.stevealten.com/videos/PhobosPaperback_G.zip 

If you have trouble with the zip file, you can download the .mov file directly from the link below. Windows users - right click on the link below and chose "save target as"

Video File: http://www.stevealten.com/videos/PhobosPaperback_G.mov  

 Mars or bust!
Very cool video, submitted by NASA via Trish Stevens.

To writing coach client JOSH VIOLA, whose book/video game THE BANE OF YOTO has already won two awards so far (NY Book Festival and Hollywood Book Festival). Check out the app on Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneofyoto and the website: www.baneofyoto.com . Josh is the 4th writing coach client of the 13 selected for the program to receive a pub deal (6 clients are still working on their novels and beat sheets.) YOTO is a fun read, reads like STAR WARS meets THE HULK. You can purchase the book through all major online retailers and through the FiXT store: www.fixtstore.com/baneofyoto You can download the app for free here: http://bit.ly/zstjnZ

Living Tips - Mobile phone - an emergency tool for Survival
Your mobile phone can do many things you may not know.
 IN AN EMERGENCY: The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

HIDDEN BATTERY: Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time. DISABLE A

STOLEN PHONE: To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone:  *. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. FREE

DIRECTORY SERVICE: Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE411   or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all.  Program this into your cell phone now.

Thanks to Rick Magers for the info.
Just when you thought you've seen it all...

Authorities and doctors are warning parents who want to avoid chicken pox vaccines for their children that a new mail-order scheme to share lollipops licked by children infected with the disease as a way to create immunity in their kids is not only unsafe but illegal. "Can you imagine getting a package in the mail from this complete stranger that you know from Facebook because you joined a group, and say here, drink this purported spit from some other kid?" U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin told The Associated Press. Concerns about the vaccine range from worries about whether some of the ingredients are harmful to children, to fears that the vaccine itself is ineffective and would only be creating only short-term immunity to the disease. Facebook groups such as "Find a Pox Party in Your Area" have popped up,  offering ways for people to connect and share the virus through infected items, according to the TV news reports. Doctors warn that the practice is not only impractical, but it's dangerous.


Read the article...



Joke of the Month: 


Joke of the monthThere were two church-going women gossiping in front of the store when a dusty old cowboy rode up. He tied up in front of the saloon, walked around behind his horse, lifted its tail and kissed the horse full on its rectum.
Repulsed, one of the women asked, "That's disgusting, why did you do THAT?" To which the cowboy replied, "I've got chapped lips." Confused, the women continued, "Does that make them feel better?" "No, but it stops me from licking them!"


IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected] Put JOKE in the subject line.
Recipe of the Month: White Chocolate-Rasberry Cheesecake

Ingredients: 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs, 3 tablespoons white sugar, 1/4 cup butter, melted, 1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1/2 cup water, 2 cups white chocolate chips, 1/2 cup half-and-half cream, 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup white sugar, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


1. In a medium bowl, mix together cookie crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.


2. In a saucepan, combine raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to boil, and continue boiling 5 minutes, or until sauce is thick. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.


3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt white chocolate chips with half-and-half, stirring occasionally until smooth.


4. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in vanilla and melted white chocolate. Pour half of batter over crust. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over batter. Pour remaining cheesecake batter into pan, and again spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry sauce over the top. Swirl batter with the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.


5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours before removing from pan. Serve with remaining raspberry sauce. 

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

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


 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.