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March 2014 Newsletter

Dear Readers... and listeners! 


Seventeen years after being published, MEG: A NOVEL OF DEEP TERROR has been packaged with MEG: ORIGINS as an audio book. This eleven hour CD set debuts in April from Tantor Books, perhaps the best audio pub in the industry. The set can be pre-ordered now at a substantial discount. 


And the MEG MOVIE? 


Major decisions are being finalized and until all is signed off I can't say a word or I will be severely beaten by my producer. 


Here's your update.

--Steve Alten

Steve Alten presents his debut, a jaw-dropping and terrifying novel about a marine paleontologist who faces off against the ocean's most deadly predator. 
Asteroid nearly hits Earth                 

In THE OMEGA PROJECT, the hero is unsure whether he is dreaming, or an asteroid strike has caused him to awaken 12 million years in the future. On February 17, we had a similar visitor pass by. 


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More Alten Faction Coming True?                                                      
Let's hope not! This article shows why we need to do something about the Yellowstone Caldera:

And here's what we don't want to happen:
Phobos: Mayan Fear Trailer - Domain Part 3 - Steve Alten
Phobos: Mayan Fear Trailer - Domain Part 3 - Steve Alten
Was your 2014 goal to be a published author?
As a NY Times & International best-selling author of twelve novels (with two more hitting stores this summer), I know what is necessary to get a book published. Two spots remain 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 into the program. So far, FIVE have already been published and more are getting ready to submit their work to publishers. Cost of the program is $3,950, (REG. $4750). Seventeen years ago I paid $6,000 for a similar service and ended up with my first published title -- MEG). The fee commits me to working with you from start to finish, plus assisting in getting the final manuscript to an agent/publisher.

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.

First come first selected basis, spots open at random.


Recommended reading - The Chronicles of The Revealer by Laura Salesa
London 2014 - There is no electricity, no telecommunication system working, no information about the situation on other cites, countries. There is no escape. The Earth has been hit by solar storms and solar radiation has almost terminated human existence. Dana Suarez is just one more survivor. Or so it seems. An extraordinary gift will lead her to find out exactly what happened on 21/12/2012. Answers that some do not wish her to discover. Contact the author at info@laurasalesa.com .
Living Tips: Start your day with lemon juice to lose weight       

This daily trick can help you detoxify, improve your digestion and boost your metabolism & energy levels. 

Click here to find out more

What love means to a child...

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does love mean?' The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined... 


When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'
Rebecca- age 8


'When someone loves you , the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4 


'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'
Karl - age 5 


'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6 


'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'
Terri - age 4 


'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny - age 7 


'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.'
Emily - age 8 


'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'
Bobby - age 7 


'If you want to learn to love better ,you should start with a friend who you hate. '
Nikka - age 6 


'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'
Noelle - age 7 


'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'
Tommy - age 6 


'During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'
Cindy - age 8 


'My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'
Clare - age 6 


'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'
Elaine-age 5 


The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard , climbed onto his lap , and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor , the little boy said , 'Nothing , I just helped him cry' 



Jokes of the Month
A man received the following text from his neighbor: I am so sorry Bob.  I've been riddled with guilt and I have to confess. I have been tapping your wife, day and night when you're not around. In fact, more than you. I don't get it at home, but that's no excuse. I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apology with my promise that it won't happen again. The man, anguished and betrayed, went into his bedroom, grabbed his gun, and without a word, shot his wife and killed her. A few moments later, a second text came in: Damn auto correct!!!!!  I meant "WiFi", not "WiFe". I hope this doesn't cause a problem.

Thanks to Steve Leifer at New You Credit Repair. 

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: Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn sauce

A simple sauce of piquant green peppercorns, lemon juice and butter top this seared salmon recipe. Green peppercorns come from the same plant as black ones, but are harvested before they mature. Typically packed in vinegar, they have a refreshingly sharp flavor. Look for them near the capers in most supermarkets. Serve with smashed red potatoes and sautéed kale.



1 - 1/4 pounds wild salmon fillet (see Tip) skinned and cut into 4 portions
1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt - divided
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 teaspoons unsalted butter - cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon green peppercorns in vinegar, rinsed and crushed

Sprinkle salmon pieces with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook until just opaque in the center, gently turning halfway, 4 to 7 minutes total. Divide among 4 plates. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add lemon juice, butter, peppercorns and the remaining pinch of salt; swirl the pan carefully to incorporate the butter into the sauce. Top each portion of fish with sauce (about 2 teaspoons each).


Tips: Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a larger, more stable population. Farmed salmon, including Atlantic, should be avoided, as it endangers the wild salmon population. To skin salmon, place fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

*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.