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July 2015 Newsletter
Dear Readers: 

For those of you who missed the unofficial announcements, MEG is moving into production at Warner Brothers. Although an official release date has not been announced, expect a movie in the summer of 2017.

The release date of MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS will be June 2016. I know you wanted to read it this summer, but the time line just didn't work. The good news is that it allows my artist, Tan Ngo, to create more internal masterpieces in 3-D. This book will be very special. 

Will there be a MEG-6? See below!

--Steve Alten
Will MEG: NIGHTSTALKERS be the final MEG book?
Nightstalkers picks up where MEG: Hell's Aquarium left off. Bela and Lizzy, the dominant Megalodon siblings from Angel's brood have escaped the Tanaka Institute to inhabit the Salish Sea in British Columbia. While Jonas Taylor and his friend Mac attempt to either recapture or kill the "sisters," Jonas's son, David embarks on his own adventure, motivated by revenge. Having witnessed his girlfriend's gruesome death, David has joined the Dubai Prince's ocean expedition which is tracking the 120-foot, hundred ton Liopleurodon that escaped from the Panthalassa Sea.

Will there be a MEG-6? At first I thought no, but I'm mulling over something special. We'll see what happens next summer with sales of MEG-5.
Did a real MEG drop by to scare cage-divers?                       
More than 20 foot long Great White was filmed by cage divers in Mexico.
MEG 20th Anniversary Editions: A real collector's item       
With the MEG MOVIE announcements, sales of the MEG 20th anniversary edition hardback jumped. This is the first time MEG has been printed in hardback since 1997 (all 175,000 copies were sold) and the last. In this case, only 5,000 were printed, each book numbered for authenticity. These limited special editions feature both MEG & MEG: ORIGINS. There are less than a thousand remaining and as collector's items make great gifts.

You can order the book at www.RebelPress.com 
 ReadersLegacy.com - Something special for book lovers 
Created by NCP/Rebel Press CEO Ken Dunn, Readers Legacy offers something special for Book Lovers. Take a sneak peek at 
  Living Tips - Consume honey vs other sugars   

Honey  supports your immune system and fights off harmful bacteria. As you know, your body is under constant assault by numerous viruses and bacteria that threaten to tire you out, make you sick, and even kill you. Fighting off this threat is key to staying healthy. One of the vital components in honey is an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This enzyme, when exposed to oxygen, produces hydrogen peroxide -- a strong acid that dissolves the cell walls of bacteria. (Most human cells have thicker cell walls and can resist the low amounts of acid honey produces.) This makes honey a powerful tool for fighting skin infections, healing wounds, and otherwise supporting your immune system. (And its why honey is able to last for so long in your cupboard without going bad.) Second, it supplies the "building blocks" for healthy cells. In addition to giving you sugars, honey equips your body with a complex array of proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. The second these nutrients hit your body, they go to work... Tuning up your heart, lungs, stomach, brain, eyes, and skin... Controlling cancer -causing free-radicals and stopping cell damage in it's tracks  Detoxifying your body of harmful pollutants and other toxins. However, honey still has a very high sugar content (70%-85% depending on the type of honey you get.) And as just about any health official will tell you, sugar is a major cause of obesity, diabetes, and all the other chronic illnesses we see in abundance today. So shouldn't we avoid honey despite its antimicrobial and nutritional properties? Well, that brings me to the third healing effect of honey. It turns out... You've probably experienced just how rapidly most sugar burns in your body -- how it gives you a sudden surge of energy followed shortly by a complete crash. Yet when you eat honey, you don't get that same "flare effect". Instead you get a slow, even burn of energy -- which you can put to use for things like working, playing sports, or spending time with your family. That's because all the extra enzymes and nutrients in honey not only help the body rebuild itself -- they also regulate how the body uses the sugar . It's kind of like the flame on your stove. Contained and controlled by the burner, valves, and the rest of the stove, you can safely use the fire for cooking. But take that flame out of context -- by putting it on your living room floor for example -- it can quickly burn out of control and cause all kinds of damage. In the same way, sugars eaten outside their normal context of whole, complete foods run riot in our bodies -- leaving us exhausted, overweight, and sick.  
Living Tips: How to Avoid Being Eaten by a Shark:
It's only June and there have already been eight shark attacks in the news. So I thought I'd offer a few common sense tips to keep from being eaten.

1. Don't go in the water with an open wound or if you are menstruating.
2. Avoid swimming near fishermen or fishing piers.
3. If you see fish in the water... so do the sharks.
4. Avoid murky shallows - Bull sharks like them.

And if you are bit - fight like hell! Forget punching the snout, go for the eyes and give them the Moe Howard poke. (See video below)
Laugh of the Month
A priest visited a woman and told her she must give up smoking, drinking and sex if she wants to get into heaven. The woman said she would try her best. The priest visited the woman a week later to see how she was getting on. "Not bad" said the woman, "I've given up smoking and drinking but then I bent over to get some stuff out of the freezer and my boyfriend caught sight of my long slender legs. He pulled up my skirt, pulled my panties to one side and made love to me right then and there." "They don't like that in heaven, said the priest. The woman replied: "They're not too happy about it in Costco either!"

Thank to Steve Swisher.
      
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: July 4th Sweet Barbecue Kabobs
Ingredients:
1 lb. skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 red and 1 green pepper, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup barbeque sauce
3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
 
DIRECTIONS

Heat grill to med-high heat. Thread chicken alternatively with peppers and pineapple onto wooden skewers. Mix barbecue sauce with orange juice concentrate and brush onto kabobs. Grill 8-10 minutes or until chicken is done.

 

*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) this one is my son's favorite:

 

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

 

Sincerely,
 -Steve Alten, Ed.D.