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January 2014 Newsletter



Besides bringing you updates on my books and movies and providing some entertainment, recipes, and a few laughs, I've tried to use the collective power of a loyal fan base to spread information that can help others. In next month's issue, we'll debut a special video of hope for individuals like myself who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Then there's Mikee Gomez, a 22 year old who is dying of stomach cancer. Mikee's parents are desperately trying to raise $5,000 to begin a treatment not covered by insurance. If everyone reading this newsletter gave $10 we'd surpass the total. The easiest method to donate is PAYPAL using [email protected] .


As always, I want to thank you for reading my novels and supporting my work. YOU keep ME going. 


Have a healthy, safe, prosperous and joyous 2014.


--Steve Alten

MEG MOVIE UPDATE - An announcement coming... in late January?                      

I have no control over this, but I suspect something official soon. If it happens in mid to late January I'll put out a special email.  




 Yellowstone Caldera bigger than thought                   

If you read PHOBOS: MAYAN FEAR then you know about the potential catastrophe this super volcano can deliver. The newscaster in this clip is either heavily medicated or just stupid - an eruption wouldn't just destroy ten miles of land, it would release an ash cloud so dense and large it would block out the sun's rays, leading to the end of photosynthesis and an ice age. If you want to read what really happens, read PHOBOS. 


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 Piranha attack - X-Mas bites                       
Better buy a wading pool...

SHARK in the Surf

Sharks seem to be closing out the year in pictures. . . is this a sign of something lurking in the not-too-distant future?   


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Living Tips: Dealing with Stress - a new approach        


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YouTube video of the month - Why us men are always screwing up.
It's so clear to me now...
It's Not About The Nail
It's Not About The Nail
Joke of the Month

A newly married man asked his wife, 'Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?'
'Honey,' the woman replied sweetly, 'I'd have married you, NO MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE!' 


A wife asked her husband, 'What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?'
He looked at her from head to toe and replied, 'I like your sense of humor!' 


A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan. 'What was that for?' the man asked. The wife replied, 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket.' The man then said, 'When I was at the races last week, Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on.' The wife apologized and went on with the housework. Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious. Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again. Wife replied, 'Your horse phoned.'

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: Mommom's Brownies - for a sweet New Year



4 squares bakers chocolate (unsweetened)

half cup of butter
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts.

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat and cool slightly. Beat eggs and gradually beat in sugar for 2 to 3 minutes. Blend in chocolate mixture. Stir in flour, then add vanilla and nuts. Spread in a greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 325 for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan. Makes about 2 dozen. 

*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.