Quick Links

Steve Alten's Books


Barnes and Noble
Steve Alten's Books





Like us on Facebook




Join Our Mailing List
May 2013 Newsletter

Dear Readers:

I had hoped to update you on the MEG and LOCH movies this month, but the powers-that-be are still finalizing details and asked me to wait. The DOMAIN movie script is being rewritten to accommodate the post-2012 theme, and there's negotiations under way for doing a TV series based on GOLIATH. None of these deals pays my rent just yet... but fingers crossed. My agent will be taking out SHARKMAN this week, and an amazing new company called Studio-332 is working on an incredible app for The OMEGA PROJECT that will be as addicting as chocolate. Finally, I am debating which sequel novel to write next - either MEG-5 or THE LOCH 2. I'll try to throw an intro chapter in the June newsletter so you'll know what I decided.

Until then .....Enjoy your update!

--Steve Alten

Prelude to MEG-5?
A wild scene with a pod of Orca ensued on a diving trip. Could have been worse - imagine if it took place in MEG 5: NIGHT STALKERS!

The LOCH NESS MONSTER TOOTH - new video surfaces!                             
Before I wrote THE LOCH, I spent two years researching the book, speaking with experts and locals to gain insight on the latest findings. Even though its fiction, the novel details how a giant creature came to be trapped in Loch Ness. My primary researcher (William McDonald) actually documented frozen tracks after a sighting in 2004. Then, in April of 2005, we heard a bizarre report of two American college students locating a 4 inch tooth in a half-eaten deer carcass on Loch Ness's shoreline. We were never sure if the tooth story was real or a hoax, but we had experts analyze the photos and the description match this latest video footage perfectly. Following the tooth story, The LOCH's publisher, Tsunami Books, offered a $10,000 bounty to fishermen in the United Kingdom to find a specimen whose teeth matched the one reported by the students. Steve Newton of Plymouth, England was the winner, landing an 83- pound specimen, but it was Captain Tony Allen of Clearwater, Florida who provided a live animal whose barbed teeth matched the student's photos. Convinced, Tsunami Books then commissioned a museum artist to create a replica skull that would precisely match the 4-inch tooth found by the students. The result: a six-foot, six-inch monstrous head, belonging to a creature that would reach 40-50 feet in length! Two weeks ago one of the student's relatives sent me footage and photos from their trip and we created this video - please post it to your Facebook page:

View Video Here
Loch Ness Monster - New Discovery
Loch Ness Monster - New Discovery



One spot still remains in my WRITING COACH PROGRAM. This is for storytellers who have always dreamed of being published (not self-published -- the real deal). In the last eight years, I've selected only 17 clients in the program in ten years and four have already been published with more to follow very soon. Cost of the program is $4,250 (I paid $6,000 17 years ago just to edit and develop MEG) which commits me to working with you from start to finish, plus assisting in getting the final manuscript to an agent/publisher.  We'll develop your story, edit the chapters, then I'll help you write a query letter to agents and publishers. If you think you have what it takes...


STEP 1: E-MAIL me a synopsis of your story at Meg82159@aol.com   


STEP 2: I will offer feedback (free). If I see potential, I will arrange a phone call where we brainstorm the idea. These calls are always exciting as they flesh out the idea (no charge).

STEP 3: If we both agree to move forward, I send you a commitment letter that commits my services to your project.


An invitation by a MEG fan to visit Jaco Beach                             
The Jaco Laguna Beach Resort is a 26-room, intimate oceanfront property located on the south side of Jacó Beach in Costa Rico -- the only four-star rated resort in all of Jacó. Jacó Laguna is one of the scenically most spectacular Costa Rican beach resorts and the ideal Costa Rican vacation destination whether you are planning a honeymoon, wedding, celebration or simply a Costa Rican hideaway or adventure experience. Room price includes a complimentary breakfast in our open-air beachfront restaurant. Room rates are based on single and double-occupancy. www.jacolagunaresort.com
Living Tips - must watch for Alzheimers & Parkinson's disease!
I've been using it for 3 weeks now with great results.


View Video 

For the next 2 weeks only, anyone ordering a signed MEG: HELL'S AQUARIUM poster will also receive a free ANGEL FEEDING TIME poster, all for $19.99 (includes poster tube, S & H). Any orders outside U.S. will be invoiced an additional $10.00 for foreign postage. To order, go to www.SteveAlten.com
Recommended reading - Diary of a Dinosaur by Mike Esola

Stan is your everyday sixth grader. He goes to school, plays sports, dislikes math, is terrified of girls, and has one pretty cool iPhone. However, there are two challenges he faces that make his life difficult, to say the least. First, he's a little Tyrannosaurus Rex trying to make a name for himself in a world populated by humans. Second, his life is being ruined by a fellow sixth grader named Benny who seems to have it out for him. Will Stan make it through sixth grade or will Benny continue to ruin his life? Read about his adventures in Diary of a Dinosaur: The Attack of Benny.

Video of the Month -- Meet Einstein the bird
This is Einstein!
This is Einstein!
View Video Here
Joke of the Month: 

Joke of the month

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying from copies, not from the original manuscripts. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there were an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all the other copies. The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." So, he goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original. Hours go by and nobody sees him. One of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks the old monk what's wrong, and in a choked voice came the reply......"The word is 'celebrate'."

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: Chef Rick's easy apple pie without sugar

12 packets of Splenda
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tart apples, cored, peeled and cut into quarters then 1/8th inch slices
¼ cup slivered almonds blanched in 3 tablespoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter for a few minutes
½ cup raisins
2 oz. lemon juice from plastic lemon
½ cup sugar free pancake syrup
Frozen deep dish crust from supermarket


Directions: mix everything but the lemon, syrup, and almonds in I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Add the lemon, syrup, and almonds and mix again then cover.


Crust: Thaw it and fork the sides and bottom then put it in a 350 oven for 5 minutes. Remove and let it cool.


Baking: once the crust is cool add the mix, keep stacking and working it into the crust until it's a mound. Place it in the oven at 350-degrees F for 1 hour. Pull it out after 45 minutes and spray the entire top and sides with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and return to oven until the hour is up. Allow to cool a bit before putting it in the fridge to thoroughly cool. Remove cold pie and put slices on plates then top with a layer of Cool Whip.


*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.