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September 2016 Newsletter
To My Readers:

As you read this, the MEG MOVIE is being filmed in New Zealand! Twenty long years... And what a cast! Jason Statham, Li Bing Bing (replacing Fan Bing Bing, who had scheduling conflicts, Jessica McNamee, Ruby Rose, and the amazing Rainn Wilson! I'll send you updates when I can, but here's the first insider scoop - the set designer is an Academy Award Winner and the MEG SET is said to be mind-boggling.

Enjoy the rest of the update.

Steve
Launching September 13 from A&M Publishers...
The mass market paperback of DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE. The story centers around Dr. Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor and radio talk show host whose relationships and ratings are failing. She meets Jacob Cope, a Lehman Brothers casualty and walking thesaurus of phobias who yearns to be a ventriloquist and the two eventually move in together. When the squabbling begins, Nancy's sister convinces Jacob to buy Nancy a little white foofie dog - a pet she enjoyed as an insecure child. Instead, Jacob returns from the dog pound with Sam - a 120 pound German Shepherd. Chaos ensues, but after hiring a dog trainer Nancy has an epiphany - what if the dog trainer's techniques can be used to housebreak Jacob? That begins a wild, hilarious social experiment that every couple and dog owner can identify with. 

Please help us by calling your local bookstore and reserving a copy.

Check out the new trailer!


Character Contest - MEG: GENERATIONS  (1 spot) UNACKNOWLEDGED (6 spots)
Who do you have to kill? No one.
Just email me at Meg82159@aol.com (Subject DOG) and I'll send you a link to upload the DOG TRAINING TRAILER (above). The top six contestants who post the trailer that receives the most views win the character spots.

Check out L.A. Knight's new website featuring a RELATIONSHIP BLOG with Dr. Nancy Beach:  LA. Knight.com
MEG: Nightstalkers- 1st editions gone?
Almost. I heard from Tor/Forge (the publisher) that only a few thousand first editions remain available. If you haven't purchased a copy yet,   GRAB ONE FAST!

MEG: Nightstalkers Audio was released last week!
Blackstone audio does fantastic work, and the narrator is top notch!

The tentative schedule:
MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS - 8/22
THE OMEGA PROJECT - 10/18
MEG: PRIMAL WATERS - 10/25
THE SHELL GAME - 10/25
GOLIATH - 11/15 ...and more to follow!
Living Tips - Lower Back Pain
I've been suffering from horrible back and sciatic nerve pain of late, so I thought these tips might help us both. 

Video clip of the Month: 
If you grew up in the 1960s -70s, you know all about GET SMART, a satirical look at 007. In this clip, Max is with Hymie the Robot. 


IF YOU HAVE A JOKE OR VIDEO YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com Put JOKE in the subject line.
Recipe of the Month: Homemade Granola
Ingredients:
3 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups unsweetened coconut chips
1 cup chopped dried apricots (6 ounces)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped raw pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Kosher salt
Quick-Fix Honey Yogurt
Fresh blueberries for serving
Sliced fresh strawberries for serving

Quick-Fix Honey Yogurt Recipe:
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
Arrange the racks in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Toss the oats, coconut chips, apricots and pecans in a large bowl. Whisk together the brown sugar, canola oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a second bowl and drizzle over the oat mixture. Stir well so everything is evenly coated. Use your hands to toss and make sure every piece of oat is covered. Spread the mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and brown, 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet tray halfway through baking and stirring the granola with a spoon so it will cook evenly. Remove from the oven and add to a large bowl so it will stop cooking. Let cool before serving. Serve over a bowl of Quick Fix Honey Yogurt and top with berries.

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...  (I defy you to watch this and not smile). In honor of the start of school.


Stay well, stay safe... and know this author really appreciates you. 
 
Sincerely,
 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.