August Newsletter
TO: My MEGheads & devoted readers

FR: Steve Alten

RE: A personal message & a special MEG package

Three months ago the bio chemist who makes the Parkinson's extract I take discovered a new formula which not only helps PD patients like me get through the day without the harmful side-effects of the meds but may actually help reverse some symptoms which have made my life more than a bit challenging over this last year.

Unfortunately, things have been tight and I didn’t think I could afford it – until I was cleaning out a file cabinet in my garage and found a storage container of vintage MEG book marks that were produced 22 years ago. These vintage book marks are made of heavy card stock that allows me to sign them – they are so old we no longer even use the website listed. There are just enough to cover the 700+ remaining MEG 20th anniversary edition hardbacks we still have in stock. 

In 1997 Doubleday printed 175,000 MEG hardbacks - they are long gone. The publisher who printed the 20th anniversary editions only printed 4,480. We bought up their remaining 2,200 copies when they went out of business. Only these copies were signed by me (see video for proof)..
There will never be another MEG (#1) hardback ever printed - period. This is it. With these last 700+ that remain, I have put together a special package for my MEGheads that will be worth far more than its purchase price.
MEG VINTAGE PACKAGE (sold only at store)

(1) MEG 20th anniversary collector's edition signed & numbered hardback. 

(2) Two hard cover dust jackets; one the original, the other a movie poster jacket (only 2,000 were made).
(3) One vintage 1997 6 1/4 inch x 3 1/2 inch book mark (signed)

(4) Two fossilized Meg tooth frags.

The package is valued at $60 - $125.00 depending on the frag size (we will ship the largest first). Those of you who trusted me last year by ordering a lot of hardbacks of MEG: Generations KNOW the effects of the movie and are now making serious profits. Bravo! Another MEG movie is nearing production - I hear the script is incredible! I however, will not charge my readers more than the retail price on the book - which is $24.95.

To order, go to the store at 

This was first announced on my facebook page. As of August 1st, there are still approximately 315 packages remaining.

Many thanks
--Steve Alten
Scientists Discover New Species Of Shark That Glows In The Dark
Damn, now where did I read that – oh yeah, I wrote it 24 years ago! A year later the LA Times hired Richard Ellis to do a hatchet-style review of MEG because the book review editor was pissed off at my publisher, Doubleday for quoting their reporter on the back cover (“Jurassic Shark” L.A. Times)

Ellis proceeded to assassinate my novel and intelligence, attacking everything from the title to mistakes made on an unedited advanced reading copy to hydrothermal vents being in the Mariana Trench. Then, in 2012, guess what they discovered in the Mariana Trench of all places?

And now this:
 Another year, another reason for Richard Ellis to KISS MY TOUCHAS!
Do your Christmas/Holiday shopping NOW and give out a holiday gift in December that will only go up in value!
I am hard at work writing The LOCH: Heaven’s Lake. Once I turn in the finished manuscript to the printers no more orders will be accepted and only those readers who purchased books in advance will have them – as well as future fans who desperately want a copy and are willing to pay upwards of five to ten times the retail price to readers who purchase lots of extra copies and sell them on ebay (see MEG: Generations, now selling for $125.00).

Collector edition hardbacks will NOT be sold in stores or on amazon, they must be ordered at the e-store at

Congrats to the winners of the last character contest
These ten names were drawn out of two bowls – if your name appears and you have not sent me your full name, bio, description, and any fun things you’d like woven in the book - please do so ASAP.
Alyssa & Charles Bradfield, Jon-Michael Stone, A.D. Reece, Nicholas Zwald, Richard Wietczak, Travis Powell, Stacey Stephenson, Nathan Reed, Eric Mills and Larson Bjoklund.
There will be at least one more character drawing for The LOCH: Heaven’s Lake.
The LOCH: Heaven’s Lake book trailer!
Another masterpiece created by James “Spielberg” Gelet.
The LOCH: Heaven’s Lake free sneak peek:
I posted this on facebook in July. In case you missed it: 

Click on the Image to download.  
MEG Graphic Novel Comic Update:
The artist (Mike Miller) who took over the project from Dabel Brothers emailed me the following: 

Got the final print files done. Talking to Amazon about getting it listed and getting the Dabel’s version pulled down. Getting final $$ numbers from printer in the next day or two so I can send them to print as soon as that happens. Moving forward! The end is nigh!
Please post this new MEG video to all of your social media sites
I need to connect the millions of people who watched The MEG in theaters and DVD/cable TV with the books in the series to gain a louder voice at the producers’ table.
LIVING TIPS: A must to keep your dogs healthy
Recipe of the Month:
Meaty Vegetable Soup
1-2 cloves garlic - finely chopped 
1/2 onion - chopped 
1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped mixed low-starch veggies (for example, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower) 
1 cup diced stewed tomatoes (seasoned as you like) 
2 meal-sized servings of protein - meat, chicken or seafood 
Broth (beef, chicken, vegetable, or mushroom)

Heat a couple of teaspoons olive oil in a soup pot or large saucepan and saute the garlic and onion until limp. If you're cooking the protein fresh in the soup, add small cubes of meat/poultry/seafood now and cook for several minutes, stirring to ensure cooking on all sides and through to the center. Add the fresh veggies and continue to stir and saute them for a few minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the tomatoes, the broth, and salt and pepper to taste. If you are using leftover meat, poultry or seafood, add it at this point. 
Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for a few minutes (up to about an hour) over low heat. For a taste delight, sprinkle a teaspoon or two of finely chopped fresh basil or cilantro onto each bowl of soup, just prior to serving. Double or triple or even quadruple the basic recipe if you've got a large enough pot to accommodate it, and store the extra servings in the fridge for lunches or dinners on subsequent days.

From Erin Suchoski, Product Consultant 

*IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at  Put RECIPE in the subject line.
Joke Of The Month
It was mailman George's last day on the job after 35 years of delivering the mail through all kinds of weather. When he arrived at the first house on his route, the whole family came out, roundly congratulated him, and sent him on his way with a tidy gift envelope. 

At the second house they presented him with a box of fine cigars. The folks at the third house handed him a selection of terrific fishing lures. 

At the next house, he was met at the door by a strikingly beautiful woman in a revealing negligee. She took him by the hand, and led him up the stairs to the bedroom where she blew his mind with the most passionate love he had ever experienced. 

When he'd had enough, they went downstairs, where she fixed him a giant breakfast: eggs, potatoes, ham, sausage, blueberry waffles and fresh-squeezed orange juice. When he was truly satisfied, she poured him a cup of steaming coffee. As she was pouring, he noticed a dollar bill sticking out from under the cup's bottom edge. 

"All this is just too wonderful for words," he said, "but what's the dollar for?" 

"Well," she said, "last night, I told my husband that today would be your last day, and that I wanted to do something special for you. I asked him what to give you. He said, 'Screw him. Give him a dollar.'"  
"Breakfast was my idea."
IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at  Put JOKE in the subject line.
Jon Stewart used to close The DAILY SHOW with his moment of Zen; I offer you a moment of Curly Howard and the 3 Stooges ... 
Stay safe, and know I appreciate you,
 -Steve Alten
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