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August 2014 Newsletter

Dear Readers,   
 

As we approach Discovery Channel's SHARK WEEK rumors are flying around Hollywood about a MEG MOVIE. We'll know soon. Meanwhile, there's been a change in my publication schedule. SHARKMAN (see the book trailer below) debuts Oct. 7th while VOSTOK has been pushed back until Feb 7th to coincide with the launch of a new reader's website that will potentially change the industry. .. and VOSTOK was chosen to lead the parade.
 

On a personal note, my parkinson's disease has progressed, forcing me to turn to meds. It's a little scary, but I'm hoping for good things.
 

Please spread the SHARKMAN trailer around your social media pages, it means a lot to me.
 

With that, here's your update. 

--Steve Alten

Introducing a new musical talent...                         
Chad Gregory has a unique style that has been drawing crowds in Phoenix and South Florida bars and music venues. Chad has decided to cut his first album, but he needs our help. Check out his kickstarter page and be a part of his career. Oh yeah... Chad is my stepson!
SHARKMAN book trailer
A fictional thriller debuting in hardback in late September/October (Taylor Trade) geared for shark lovers of all ages, and the first in a new series. Watch the trailer (made by the talented James Gelet) and please spread the link on your social media pages.
Sharkman Book Trailer - Steve Alten 
Sharkman Book Trailer - Steve Alten

TRIVIA BONUS - Can you tell me where the music comes from at the 1:40 mark? The first 5 right answers receive a signed MEG poster! 
Living Tips: Dealing with a disease
As we go through life, we learn that we have the right to be angry if something happens we do not like. We also have the right to be frustrated, resentful, worrisome, fearful, stressful, anxious, unforgiving, critical, and self-critical. Today, I ask you to give up these old rights.

Click here to read more.

 

VOSTOK COVER UNVEILING
East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct - and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man. In this sequel to The LOCH & prequel to the upcoming MEG 5: NIGHTSTALKERS, NY. Times best-selling author Steve Alten offers readers a crossover novel that combines characters from two of his most popular series.
Laugh of the Month
Q: What's the difference between a girlfriend and a wife?

A: 45 lbs.

Q: What's the difference between a boyfriend and a husband?

A: 45 minutes.   
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: Best Brownies
Ingredients

Ingredients:     

4 (1-oz.) unsweetened chocolate baking squares
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

 
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

2. Microwave chocolate squares and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in granulated and brown sugars. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Whisk in flour, vanilla, and salt.

3. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 for 40 to 44 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil, and cut brownies into 16 squares. 

 

Prepare the brownie batter as directed.


OPTIONS.


Caramel-Macchiato Brownies: Coffee fiends: Go with 1 Tbsp. espresso powder. Be advised-these are sticky! Avoid them if you wear braces. Stir 1 cup miniature marshmallows, 1/2 cup caramel bits*, and 1 1/2 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. instant espresso into batter. Increase bake time to 44 to 46 minutes.*12 caramels, quartered, may be substituted. Note: Be sure to insert wooden pick into brownie, not marshmallow, when testing for doneness. (Marshmallows will rise to the top when baking.) We tested with Kraft Caramel Bits.
 
White Chocolate-Blueberry Brownies: A taste of chocolate-covered blueberries gave our Food staff this idea. Stir 1 (3.5-oz.) package dried blueberries and 1 (4-oz.) white chocolate bar, coarsely chopped into batter. Increase bake time to 44 to 46 minutes .Note: We tested with Sunsweet Dried Blueberries and Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar.

Toasted Coconut-Cashew Brownies: This spicy, nutty brownie got our top rating. Spread 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring every 2 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Stir toasted coconut; 1/2 cup cashews, chopped; and 2 Tbsp. finely chopped crystallized ginger into batter. Increase bake time to 44 to 46 minutes.

*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.

Finally...
Jon Stewart closes The Daily Show with his moment of Zen, I offer you my moment of Curly...

3 Stooges - Disorder In The Court [Clip]
3 Stooges - Disorder In The Court [Clip]

 

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

 

Sincerely,
 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.