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November 2012 Newsletter

For all of you affected by Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. For all of you who still doubt Climate Change, continue the debate if you wish, but consider purchasing a generator. . .or a boat. Meanwhile, according to the www.SteveAlten.com reader poll, it looks like most readers want me to write MEG 5: Night Stalkers next. That will probably be my next big novel, however I also have a few treats in mind for you...including a Young Adult story called...SHARKMAN. I will tell you more in December, with a holiday gift as well. 


Happy early Thanksgiving to my fans in the U.S. - stay safe.

Many thanks,

--Steve Alten

So you think Hurricane Sandy was bad. Imagine the Yellowstone caldera erupting on December 21st, followed by a 3,000-foot-high MEGA-TSUNAMI that strikes the east coast. What causes these ticking time bombs of nature to go off in December? 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 post it to your FACEBOOK page. 
2012 Doomsday Prophecy - GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
Special Preview coming in December - THE OMEGA PROJECT


The novel is my wildest story yet. The book will hit stores in May/June.

 Shark found swimming in flooded front yard
No, it's not a scene out of MEG-5... or is it?
Hurricane Sandy has already delivered on some truly incredible images -- including a fake image -- that made the rounds. 

Dietary Advice - eat more PINEAPPLE!

Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, Arthritis or sinusitis. The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age. Bromelain, a roteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple's value. Proteolytic means "breaks down protein", which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces mild pain relief.  In Germany, Bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling. Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain ,it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat.  If you have a cold with a productive cough , add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations. Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies. Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development.  This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots. An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference. It's also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.
Do dogs age 7 years for each human year?
Pet misinformationPet misinformation debunked.Living Tips - Pet misinformation. 


Watch the video here...

MEG Mexico 
Random House Mondadori will be publishing MEG for the first time in Spanish, with the paperback set to be released on November 20. This is the same publisher that took the Domain series to #1, as El Testamento Maya.

Just when you thought you've seen it all...

Eugene "Butch" Flenough, Jr., was arrested in Austin, Texas for robbery of a pizza restaurant after employees identified him. To hide his face during the robbery, Flenough wore a motorcycle helmet, which had "Butch" and "Eugene Flenough, Jr." written on it.

 When the Army tested a new air defense gun called the Sergeant York, which was designed to home in on the whirling blades of helicopters and propeller-driven aircraft, it ignored the chopper targets. Instead, the weapon demolished a ventilating fan on a nearby latrine.

In Oslo, Norway, Jermund Skogstad, fifty, was moving into his new apartment when he took a break to get something to eat. He went to a nearby cafe but forgot to take his wallet, which contained his new address. He was unable to find his way home. "This is embarrassing," he told a newspaper a month later, hoping word of his plight would reach his new landlady, whom he had paid a month's rent in advance.

The New York State Lottery had to suspend play on the number 3569 before noon on December 27, 1989, because it had been played by too many people. This was the number of the license plate (VR3569) on the truck New York Yankees manager Billy Martin was killed in days earlier.  

Nail Accident In Duluth Minnesota, carpenter Lanace Grangruth accidentally shot a nail an inch and a half into his head from his nail gun, tacking his cap to his head. Said Grangruth, "I didn't actually feel it go in. I tried to take my had off, and it wouldn't come off." The nail penetrataed relatively harmlessly at a crevasse between the two lobes.

Shirley Koota, 62, of Miami, accompanied her husband Bert, 65, to a pistol range to learn how to use ther new .22 automatic. During the lesson, she squeezed off a round, and the hot cartridge, ejected by the pistol, flew down the front of her dress. It startled her so badly that she whirled around and shot Bert in the leg.  

Joke of the Month: 


Joke of the monthWhile walking down the street one day a corrupt Senator (that may be redundant) was tragically hit by a car and died. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. "Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator. "Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity." "Really? I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator. "I'm sorry, but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven here St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven." So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity." The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell." So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell... Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders. "I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. Vote today What happened?" The devil smiles at him and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted."
Vote wisely on November 6, 2012  Thanks, Ed Hendricks


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: Best Challah bread
Makes two 5lb loaves.


Bread1 cup water (lukewarm) - I heat a little water(abt cup) on the stove and add it to the room temp water 

1 cup orange juice (lukewarm), Then add 2 pkts yeast, a little sugar or agave nectar, let that sit for 15 minutes. Add 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar or agave nectar, 1 tbsp salt, 1 stick soy margarine melted or cup coconut oil. Mix with an electric mixer. Then start adding flour about 1 cup at a time, you can use whole wheat flour. Let rise for 2 hrs. Braid into loaves and let rise another hour. Mix an egg in a glass and brush on top. Add sesame seeds. Bake at 350 about 35 - 40 minutes. 


* 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.