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November 2013 Newsletter

Dear Readers:  

 

As an author, it's important to me to always be accessible to my readers. If you send me an email, you'll receive a personal reply. I've never broken that pact since MEG debuted in hardback in July of 1997. And the question I have been asked the most over the last 16 years is WHEN WILL WE SEE A MEG MOVIE? I hope to be able to answer that question very soon, along with the name of our amazing director and cast. Until everything is signed it's just hype, and you deserve better. But my predictions, as you'll see in the second item below have a tendency to come true. . . remember, if you hear about a Megalodon sighting in the near future - I TOLD YA THEY WENT DEEP!

 

Another prediction is that The OMEGA PROJECT will entertain you and first edition hardbacks will be worth a lot someday. OMEGA PROJECT first editions are nearly sold out and Tor has no plans to reprint until the paperback is released next July. BARNES & NOBLE named THE OMEGA PROJECT as one of their TOP 4 summer fiction releases and the holidays are coming...

 

Thank you for your continued support. . .have a great Thanksgiving /Chanukah.

--Steve Alten

Great Whites are snowbirds?                            

A Great White tagged in Florida shows up in Canada. Wild video, many thanks to David Maye.

 

Tagging A 2,000-Pound Great White Shark | Video
Tagging A 2,000-Pound Great White Shark | Video

 

Prehistoric Sharks Escaped Extinction by going DEEP!                             

 

Now there's proof MEG may still be out there - told ya!
Thanks to David Shiffman for sending this amazing article.

 Click here to read article

The OMEGA PROJECT - Suspense Magazine weighs in                           
Anytime a story starts out with a super computer running the show or a trip to outer space, I get nervous, so imagine my total paranoia when I began reading Steve Alten's newest sci-fi thriller, "The Omega Project." It has BOTH a super computer and a planned trip to a far, distant world. But then the story starts moving along and the 'scary' really begins. 'Ike' Eisenbraun is asked to join a team of would-be space travelers, before the start of their trip, to ferret out a psychopath in the group. Little does he know that the psychopath he is seeking is the super computer that he, himself invented. Slapped into a cryo tube against his will, Ike is taken back in time...or is it forward in time, to a place so unrecognizable, he is shocked to find he is actually still on earth, but millions of years into the future. Ike must figure out how to save himself as well as what's left of the human race. For this reader, Alten's newest novel is reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Rice Burroughs, with strange creatures, inhospitable terrain, and danger at every turn. The evolutionary representations of future creatures are both far out, and at the same time, logical. The writing is fabulously descriptive and imaginative...two qualities that shine through all of Alten's works. "The Omega Project" is a pure adrenaline rush that made me hold my breath and hold on tighter as Alten lays it all out for the reader. No sci-fi lover will want to miss this one. I may have to dust off my copy of "Meg" and re-read it, just to keep the magic going. Right on the mark and well worth the time, "The Omega Project" is right on the money. Alten has another winner.

Reviewed by DJ Weaver (WebbWeaver Reviews) co-author of "Collecting Innocents" for Suspense Magazine
Hey, Steve -- Where the heck is THE TRENCH eBook?

The eBook IS NOW AVAILABLE for the first time since it was released in 1999. Here's the Amazon link, but you can find it on every ebook format.
Amazon eBook Link

What about Alten audio books?
We are negotiating audio rights as I type this newsletter! 
Character Contest results for LOCH-2: VOSTOK                         
I'm still writing the novel and adding characters, so I must delay the results for another newsletter.
Congrats!

To Diane Tanner for the publication of her first novel - CURSE & REDEMPTION. Take A Look!

For our soldiers - THE FINAL INSPECTION                         

As you know from my novels, I am anti-war but respect our Vets immensely. Someone sent me this; I thought I'd share it.
 
The Soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. 'Step forward now, Soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, 'no, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep. Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears. If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand. There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the Soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God. 'Step forward now, you Soldier, You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell.'


~Author Unknown~

Living Tips: Are your kids getting enough sleep?                              

Does your child get enough sleep? If not, it could affect more than sleepiness at school. Studies suggest there may be a link between skimping on sleep and being overweight. Sleep shortfalls may increase hunger hormones -- so kids eat more. Also, kids are less likely to get exercise (and burn off calories) when they're tired. To help kids and teens get a good night's sleep: Remove TVs, computers, and gadgets from kids' bedrooms. Avoid large meals before bedtime. Develop a regular bedtime routine. Set firm bedtimes and wake times. Make sure the bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing -- and not too hot or cold. Help kids quiet down a few hours before bedtime. Heavy studying, text messaging, or video games should end in early evening.


How much sleep do school kids need? It depends on the child. But here are some general guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation: Ages 3-5: 11-13 hours. Ages 5-12: 10-11 hours. Ages 11-17: 9.5-9.25 hours.     

YouTube video of the month - Three Wise Men playing poker                           
PT 2 The Three Stooges In Goofs And Saddles
PT 2 The Three Stooges In Goofs And Saddles
A classic scene
Joke of the Month
A young blonde woman is distraught because she fears her husband is having an affair, so she goes to a gun shop and buys a handgun. The next day she comes home to find her husband in bed with a beautiful redhead. She grabs the gun and holds it to her own head. The husband jumps out of bed, begging and pleading with her not to shoot herself. Hysterically the blonde responds to the husband, ''Shut up...you're next!''

Doc, I can't stop singing the 'Green Green Grass of Home'. He said: 'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome'. 'Is it common? I asked.  'It's not unusual' he replied.


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: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:  

 

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.

 

Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, cream cheese, sugar, light brown sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture, beating to combine, then stir in the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 3 days. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop 2- to 3-tablespoon mounds of dough onto the baking sheets, spacing the mounds at least 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Notes: Measure 1/4 cup cream cheese by spooning/scraping it into a dry measuring cup and leveling it off. 


*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.

New Plant-based product line - and an opportunity to be a distributor.                             

The wife swears by this stuff. Contact her at Alten10@aol.com 

 

Product Video Part 1 - Nathan Dempsey
Product Video Part 1 - Nathan Dempsey

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

 

Sincerely,
 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.