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September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Readers,   

When asked what kind of books I write, I use the term FACTION -fiction mixed with fact so that the lines are blurred. It takes me eight months to a year-and-a-half to write a thriller because I sweat the details and especially the science. You deserve that. But there's an interesting phenomenon that occurs. Over the last seventeen years and soon-to-be fifteen published novels I've had at least a dozen theories or events that I've woven into my storylines come true. From the 2004 discovery of hydrothermal vents in the Mariana Trench (MEG 1997) to the revolutionary force in The Shell Game (2008) that has parallels with ISIS, to a manmade plague spreading in GRIM REAPER (let's keep an eye on the Ebola virus) the facts continue to follow the fiction.

Last week, the entire premise of VOSTOK (in stores 2/15) hit the wire:



Now if they could have only waited until Feb. to announce this.

Here's one more prediction - before September is over you'll be getting an intriguing MEG MOVIE update.

With that, here's your update.

--Steve Alten

Great Whites attack camera                       
Just wait until big cousin MEG shows up.
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SHARKMAN debuts in 30 days
SHARKMAN will be a favorite, sort of a Spiderman thriller for shark lovers of all ages. Watch the trailer (made by the talented James Gelet) and please spread the link on your social media pages.
SharkMan - A new must-read thriller by Steve Alten
SharkMan - A new must-read thriller by Steve Alten

Can you tell me where the music comes from at the 1:40 mark? Seven fans got it right - the music comes from the 1967 original Spiderman cartoon, which features some incredible jazz composers.

Here's a sampler.

Spider-Man 60's Cartoon Music: Arch Enemies & Lethal Foes - Buy on iTunes!
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Written under my comedy pen name L.A. Knight, Dog Training the American Male is a laugh-out-loud Shades of Gray meets The Dog Whisperer as the radio host of a women's talk show uses dog training techniques to domesticate her live-in boyfriend, empower her listeners, and raise ratings. The trade paperback debuts October 8, 2014.

Watch the new trailer:
DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE - hilarious new novel!
Order SHARKMAN or DOG TRAINING now and receive a free sneak peek of MEG 5: Nightstalkers                             
Just email me proof of purchase at MEG82159@aol.com  and I'll send the pdf file.

Living Tips - protecting your home from burglary                             
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Living Tips -- Artichoke--untapped potential of herbal medicine in the treatment of atherosclerosis and liver diseases.                             
Substances of natural origin are the subject of growing interest on the part of both researchers and doctors. One of the well known herbal medicines extensively examined in terms of clinical and pharmacological is artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.), which was used in European medicine from the 18th century. His multidirectional treatment is a documented fact and it is associated with treatment of dyspepsia, influence of active substances contained in artichoke on plasma lipid levels and with a strong antioxidant effect of the artichoke extract--due to this properties, artichoke compounds have a protective effect on liver cells.
Laugh of the Month

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgery. As she lay the duck on the examination table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, but Cuddles has passed away."


The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead." the vet replied.

"How can you be so sure?" the woman protested. "I mean, you haven't done any tests on him. He might just be in a coma, or something like that." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few moments later with a Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood up on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and slowly sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog and took it out.

He returned a little later with a beautiful Persian Cat. The cat jumped up on the examination table and also sniffed delicately at the bird. The cat then sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed quietly and then jumped off the table and strolled slowly out of the room.

The vet turned to the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said before, this is most definitely, one hundred percent certifiably, a dead duck." Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill and looked at it. "$950!", she cried. "$950 just to tell me that my duck is dead?"

The vet shrugged his shoulders. "I'm sorry, madam, but if you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been just "$20." "It was the Lab Report and the Cat Scan which made it so much more expensive."

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: Secret Fuddruker burgers for Football Season


2 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons of paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Combine ingredients in a bowl, makes 8 patties. Grill and enjoy.

*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.


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

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


 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.