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November 2014 Newsletter

Dear Readers,
 

A few big announcements in this newsletter regarding MEG & MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS!
 

MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS
 

It's been five years since MEG 4: Hell's Aquarium was released and I know my loyal MEG fans have been champing at the bit for MEG 5: NIGHTSTALKERS. The book is finally finished and I guarantee you'll love it... in fact, it may end up being your favorite in the series. The storyline picks up exactly where Hell's Aquarium left off...and I'm excited to announce the book has been optioned!
 

The publisher is REBEL PRESS, a division of Next Century Publishing out of Las Vegas. NCP was established originally just for self-published authors, but the CEO, Ken Dunn wanted a division for established best-selling authors. His first title will be VOSTOK, the sequel to THE LOCH, set to be published in February. Rebel will be following VOSTOK with MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS in the summer 2015, possibly as early as mid-May.
 

The deal makes sense on several levels. First, VOSTOK is a crossover novel into the MEG series and actually serves as a sort of prequel to MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS. Next Century Publishing is also debuting a potentially huge new venture in February called READERS LEGACY which you'll be hearing about soon. And both VOSTOK and MEG: NIGHTSALKERS will be involved in this amazing venture.


 

Finally, as part of the deal, REBEL PRESS and ALTEN ENTERTAINMENT will be releasing a special twentieth anniversary hardback of the original MEG: A NOVEL OF DEEP TERROR, combined with MEG: ORIGINS! (the MEG prequel has only been an ebook).
 

But we're not just combining the two books, I am rewriting/re-editing the original MEG novel so that it is quite different and much better. You see, when I first started putting the two books together, I realized that I am not the same writer I was twenty years ago when I first sat down at my word processesor back in the summer of 1995 - I am a far better, more seasoned author. And so I've taken the last month to not only rewrite the entire book so that it meshes seamlessly with MEG; ORIGINS, I've actually combined it with aspects of the MEG screenplay, introducing Mac's character far earlier in the story while adding new scenes. In addition, I've added original artwork by the amazing Erik Hollander. The result is a completely different reading experience, one I promise will whet your appetite for MEG: Nightstalkers (one of the characters in MEG: ORIGINS has a major role in MEG 5).
 

This hardback will only be sold on my website, which is being redesigned as you read this newsletter. Only 5,000 copies are being printed, each book numbered in sequential order. Part of the proceeds will be used in my fight to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease, which I was diagnosed with eight years ago. Once the books are sold out, that is it.
 

How can you be guaranteed a copy? 

Purchase a copy of either of my new releases,

SHARKMAN & DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE (a comedy written under my pen name, L.A. Knight) and post a review on Amazon.com. Email me the review at Meg82159@aol.com with the subject heading RESERVE MY MEG HARDBACK. (if you've already posted a review as part of last month's character contest, just resend it. )
 

 

A few days prior to the MEG/MEG: ORIGINS hardback going on sale at www.SteveAlten.com I will email the people on this early bird list and give them the first shot at ordering copies.  Again, each hardback will be numbered, so the first orders received will be the first books (and lowest numbers) sent out from the publisher. I anticipate the hardbacks will be available in December, making them a great holiday gift.  
 

Whew...
 

With that, here's your update.

--Steve Alten

SHARKMAN - Now in stores!

Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident left him  paralyzed. After the accident his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida. Kwan's new principa tells him about an internship at a genetics lab in Miami that's testing shark stem cells on rats in an effort to cure cancer and repair spinal injuries. Kwan declines-until he learns the beautiful Anya Patel is an intern at the lab. The good news is that the stem cells are curing their rat subjects; the bad news is it alters their DNA so much it kills them. When a promising breakthrough is made, Kwan risks his life and injects himself with the experimental stem cells-altering his destiny and the lives of millions in the process.

 

Click here to purchase your copy of Sharkman 

DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE - Now in stores!
Meet Dr. Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor who hosts a local radio show called "Love's a Beach." One problem: The relationship guru can't seem to make her own relationships work, sending her credibility and ratings into the toilet. Meet Jacob Cope-a walking thesaurus of phobias-a Lehman Brothers casualty who's lost his job and swagger and now yearns to be a ventriloquist. When Nancy and Jacob are set up on a blind date and hit it off, their siblings, desperate to be rid of them, encourage the young couple to move in together. When the honeymoon stage abruptly ends, Jacob attempts to mend the fence by adopting a dog-a big dog-and Nancy flips out . . . until she realizes the dog trainer's techniques can be used to housebreak Jacob and possibly save her radio career.

SHARKMAN CHARACTERS: Did you make it into the book?

Bill Raby, Anthony Lockhart, Rachel Solomon, Jesse Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Matthew Cubit, Tom Cubit, Roy Katzin, Beverly Chertok, Bradford Flaig, Joe Borchin, John Roig, Barbara Becker, Nadja Margareta Kamrowski, Cameron Reeves, David Watkins, Clark Newsom, Nicholas Byron, Xavier Prettelt, Annie Moir, Mike Tvrdik, Rusty Allen, Mark Maller, Tracy Shane, Erin Smith, Liam Naysmith, Levi Godwin, Chris Coriasco, Jim Miller, Jeff Elrod, Mark Coney, Shaina Coney, Ryan Davis, Mark Edward Burton, Presley O'Bannon Gibbons, Claudia Kukowitsch, Kurt Roberts, Christopher & Kelly Stump, Allen Foster, Terri & Jim Browning, Zachary Restivo, Dave Phillips, Lou Foster, Sara Jernigan, Ronnie Edward Rahn. 

Living Tips - Best anti-inflammation foods

8 Anti-Inflammation Foods for Multiple Sclerosis 

 

Certain foods can influence multiple sclerosis symptoms. Put these anti-inflammatory choices on the menu.  

 

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LIVING TIPS - Celery for treating prostate cancer                          
If you need another reason to add more celery into your diet, researchers have now identified a compound in the vegetable that demonstrates anti-tumor activity.
Laugh of the Month

An older woman is pulled over speeding.


Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Traffic Cop: Yes ma'am, I'm afraid you were speeding. Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: Well, I would give it to you but I don't have one. I lost it 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Traffic Cop: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Older Woman: I can't do that. You see, I stole this car.
Traffic Cop: Stole it?
Older  Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner. His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.
The traffic cop looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car while calling for back up. Within minutes a second police car arrives. A senior officer slowly approaches the older woman, his gun drawn.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle  please! The  woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older Woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer 2: My colleague here tells me that you have stolen this car and  murdered the owner.
Older Woman: Murdered the owner? Are you serious?!
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please. The  woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty  trunk.
Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?
Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers. The traffic cop is quite stunned. 
Officer 2: My colleague claims that you do not have a driving license. The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch  purse and hands it to the officer. The officer examines the license quizzically.
Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, but I am puzzled, as I was told by my officer here that you didn't have a  license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner!
Older Woman: Bet the lying bastard told you I was speeding, too.

  
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: Banana-Oat Smoothie

Ingredients:     

2 scoops vanilla protein
2 tablespoons rolled oats
2 bananas
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
cup cold water
1 teaspoon honey
teaspoon cinnamon
4 ice cubes

 

*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...
 

Curly
Curly


 

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

 

Sincerely,
 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.