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December 2012 Newsletter

Happy Holidays... and get ready for the Mayan Doomsday on December 21st. Thankfully, Chanukah arrives early this year. If you want a taste of what could happen, read PHOBOS: MAYAN FEAR. As a special holiday gift, I've included a free sneak preview link to the Prologue and first chapter from my next novel, THE OMEGA PROJECT. Those who have read the novel think it is my best. Hopefully we'll all be around to see it in stores in June.


On a more serious note, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for being so supportive this last year. I've been through a tough time, but my medical challenges were nothing compared to what some of you have gone through.  And so my prayers are that we all have a safe holiday and a healthy New Year... screw the damn Mayans!

--Steve Alten

Special Sneak Preview  - THE OMEGA PROJECT


The novel is my wildest story yet. The book will hit stores in May/June. Enjoy the Prologue and Chapter One (note: This excerpt was cut and pasted from my original manuscript, it has not been copyedited but it is copywritten!)


Read it here:


 Tracking a Great White Shark in Cape Fear
Sent in by Jeannine Pepper
Read the article...
Living Tips - Miracle treatment for burns

This treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner fireman. First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread egg whites onto the affected area.

One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.
Egg white is a natural collagen. Continue to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.
Sad news...
It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of independent filmmaker and Steve Alten reader Greg Stechman. Greg and I had bounced around a few projects together over the years. We had spoken a lot recently and Greg told me how sick and depressed he has been since nearly dying from blood clots. Imagine working in the back yard and waking up in the ICU. Ironically, he seemed like his old self when either meds or another clot took his life two weeks ago. Greg was only 33. He is survived by a 3 year old daughter. May his soul rest in peace.
Winners! If your name is posted, e-mail me your full name and mailing address to receive a signed poster e-mail me at Meg82159@aol.com
Also, the top 3 winners will be a character in MEG 5  or SHARMAN - YOUR CHOICE - e-mail me. In fact, all of you can send me character descriptions just in case I want to use you in SHARKMAN. 
In order of youtube hits -    
  1. Mike Tvrdik
  2. Nicholas Byron
  3. Erin Smith
  4. Annie Moir
  5. Gary Blackwell
  6. Cameron Reeves,
  7. Kopitarrules
  8. Mikhail Kopilevich
  9. Nadja Kamrowski
  10. Craig M?
  11. John Roig
  12. Tracy Shane
  13. Liam Naysmith
  14. David Watkins
  15. Jeff Elrod
  16. Trish Shaffer
  17. G Borchers
  18. Chris Coriasco
  19. Levi Godwin.
Just when you thought you've seen it all...

To cheer you up.

Joke of the Month: 


Joke of the monthFather O'Malley answers the phone. 'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?' 'It is!' 'This is the IRS. Can you help us?' 'I can!' 'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?' 'I do!' 'Is he a member of your congregation?' 'He is!' 'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?' 'He will.'
An elderly man walks into a confessional. The following conversation ensues:

Man: 'I am 92 years old, have a wonderful wife of 70 years, many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Yesterday, I picked up two college girls, hitch-hiking. We went to a motel, where I had sex with each of them three times.'

Priest: 'Are you sorry for your sins?'

Man: 'What sins?'

Priest: 'What kind of a Catholic are you?'

Man: 'I'm Jewish.'

Priest: 'Why are you telling me all this?'

Man: 'I'm 92 years old... I'm telling everybody!'  



IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com Put JOKE in the subject line.
Recipe of the Month: Portobello Burgers with Pesto, Provolone, and Roasted Peppers


1/2 cup purchased pesto, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 4 sourdough, whole grain, or ciabatta rolls, split horizontally, 4 portobello mushrooms, stemmed, dark gills scraped out, Olive oil, Roasted red peppers from jar, drained, 4 cups arugula (about 2 ounces), 4 slices provolone cheese 



Stir pesto and mayonnaise in small bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill rolls, cut side down, until lightly toasted. Transfer to plates. Spread grilled side of rolls with pesto mayonnaise. Brush mushrooms on both sides with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Grill, rounded side up, 4 minutes. Turn mushrooms over. Cover and grill until mushrooms are tender, about 4 minutes. Place 1 mushroom on each roll bottom. Top each with enough red pepper pieces to cover, then with arugula and cheese. Press roll tops over and serve.


* IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com Put RECIPE in the subject line.
Stay well, stay safe... and know this author really appreciates you. 


 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.