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August 2017 Newsletter
To My Readers:

August is a big month. My new release, UNDISCLOSED is in stores, along with the companion book, UNACKNOWLEDGED, written by Dr. Steven M. Greer and your favorite giant shark author. As my MEGheads know, my novels are woven with FACTS which keeps the reader guessing and turning pages.

UNDISCLOSED is different... it is FACT woven into a story and actual REAL incidents. It deals with downed UFOs and 70 years of cover-ups intended to keep the energy technologies gleaned from these interstellar craft from the masses and replacing fossil fuels. The details come from thousands of hours of testimonials provided by military and intelligence personnel, astronauts, FAA officials, and civilians who worked in black ops programs known as USAPs - Unacknowledged Secret Access Projects. Some of these witnesses risked their lives in coming forward to provide their information to Dr. Greer while others, fearing retribution, provided the info but insisted that Dr. Greer wait until after they had passed away to make the details public. When I read through some of these transcripts, I was shocked and appalled... and mesmerized. Naturally, all of the most jaw-dropping accounts went into writing UNDISCLOSED. .. a novel of FACTion; the reviews of which rank among the HIGHEST EVER POSTED for an Alten thriller in the last 20 years!

Even so, I would still have reserved some doubt had the events of December 14, 2013 not have happened. On this Saturday night... 3 nights BEFORE my wife and I were schedule to meet Dr. Greer and his wife for dinner (our very first meeting) 8 to 12 very real interstellar craft glided silently about a thousand feet over our neighborhood before disappearing into a higher dimension!

This incredible two minutes COMMITTED me (yeah yeah...insert joke) to Dr. Greer's work. Three years, two books, and a documentary later, and here we are.

NOW I NEED YOUR HELP.

If you already purchased a hardback - thank you. If you have family & friends (or a boss you want to impress) first edition hardbacks make great gifts, and I'll help make it even more special. Email me the recipient's name and the receipt, along with what to say and I'll send a SIGNED & PERSONALIZED bookplate - free!

AND...
If you send me the AUGUST receipt at Meg82159@aol.com . I will email you the first 50 pages of MEG: Generations!

AND AND...
For each and every hardback you purchase in August, I will enter your name for a drawing on October 15th to be a character in the novel I am writing AFTER Meg: Generations (see details below).

OH, YEAH...:
A percentage of the proceeds from the AUGUST sales of UNDISCLOSED hardback will be donated toward a new promising protocol for Parkinson's Disease - which (fingers crossed) could be a cure! (I was diagnosed eleven years ago at the age of 47... I'll be 58 on August 21).

TO RECAP: Purchase HARDBACK copies of Undisclosed in August and you'll receive:

* The first 50 pages of MEG: Generations, the 6th and final (?) MEG book.
* A personalized bookplate for each copy given away to friends, family, and anyone you want to impress.
* A chance at mortality (Character contest) on my next book, winners & the title announced on October 15.
* The GINTSU knives... and the warm fuzzy that comes from contributing to the potential cure of a nasty disease.

With love and appreciation,

Steve Alten
New CHARACTER CONTEST:
UNDISCLOSED featured 65 readers who won a character contest.
MEG: GENERATIONS will feature 70+ readers who won a character contest.

Announcing a NEW character contest that will determine WHO will be immortalized on a new Alten thriller that will be announced on OCTOBER 15, 2017.

3 EASY STEPS TO ENTER

A. Watch this new youtube video:


B. Please post the link to your social media sites.
C. Email me your AUGUST purchase receipt, along with a short bio at meg82159@aol.com and your info will be placed in the OCTOBER 15, 2017 DRAWING.

This will be a big one! The winners will not only be in the book... but possibly a TV SERIES!
New CHARACTER CONTEST - FOR V.I.P.s ONLY:
There will be a SECOND DRAWING for those of you who signed up for my V.I.P. program and purchased either a GOLD or SILVER signed copy of UNDISCLOSED.

3 EASY STEPS TO ENTER:

A. Send me an email at Meg82159@aol.com with the subject VIP ENTRY. I'll send you out a link to download the new 4 minute video to your computer.
B. Next, go to your your youtube file. Hit the UP ARROW on the upper right of the screen and upload the video. You'll be prompted to add key words and a subject... be CREATIVE!
C. Once the video is posted, copy the new link and email it to Meg82159@aol.com  with MY LINK as the subject. For every 100 views, you'll receive 1 CONTESTANT ENTRY.
But it's only fiction!
On July 17, I did a late night interview on WGN radio in Chicago. The link to the show is below; I come in at the 40 minute mark. We started getting into some of the scary details of the book... the murder of former CIA Director Bill Colby (former MJ-12 who wanted to turn over a zero-point energy device to Dr. Greer when his body was found in the Potomac)....when I heard a click on the line and the call was disconnected. When the producer called me back they told me the studio had been struck by an electrical surge! Listen to it at the 53:09 mark - it's huge. Then it happened again!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Dr. Greer experiences these interruptions all the time. A 2 hour interview with a reporter at Breitbart would have given his book a huge boost... only the article was mysteriously cancelled. While doing an interview with Art Bell, a voice came on the line and threatened him.
It's safer to write about big sharks...
Steve Alten Book Signings
Sunday, August 6 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
4801 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 478-9688

Monday, August 7 at 6:30 PM
Bethany Beach Books
99 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
(302) 539-2522

As always, I'll sign every book you bring.
Upcoming Events 
ONE YEAR FROM NOW the MEG MOVIE  attacks theaters!
Start the countdown on August 10th, 2017... 365 DAYS and counting...  

August 15: Winners announced in the UNDISCLOSED trailer contest!
Living Tips - All Disease begins in the Gut
An important article

It's common to overlook the health of our gastrointestinal system, even though it contains 10 times more health-determining bacteria than the rest of our body. Protecting us from infection, supporting our metabolism, and promoting healthy digestion and elimination.

Joke of the Month (Warning PG-17): 
The husband emerged from the bathroom naked and was climbing into bed when his wife complained, as usual, "I have a headache."

"Honey, that's perfect," her husband said. "I was just in the bathroom powdering my penis with aspirin. You can take it orally or as a suppository, it's up to you!"

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: World's Best Chocolate Cake
A one bowl chocolate cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Updated with gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free options!

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup milk, buttermilk, almond, or coconut milk
½ cup vegetable, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.

For the chocolate cake:

1. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
2. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter until well combined.
3. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate cake comes out clean.
4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
5. Frost cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Notes
The cake batter will be very thin after adding the boiling water. This is correct and results in the most delicious and moist chocolate cake I've ever tasted! Xo Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

*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.
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Finally...  
Jon Stewart closes The Daily Show with his moment of Zen, I offer you my moment of woob woob woob -- Curly...  (This one is only 11 seconds - still I defy you to watch this and not smile ).



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

PS: THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PURCHASING COPIES OF UNDISCLOSED!