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To my readers:

Last month I announced that A & M Publishing is moving to a smaller (less costly) warehouse. To do that, we need to reduce our inventory by 60%... thus the APRIL BLOW-OUT SALE - which will END on MAY 20. As we still have about 130 MEG tooth shards and every discounted order will include one as a free gift!

These real MEG tooth fragments are 2 million to 30 million years old and were once lodged in the jaws of a real Megalodon! The gift alone is worth 3 Xs whatever you are purchasing BEFORE the discount.

Adopt-an-Author signed posters: Were $24.99, reduced to $19.99

*One shard per item will be included in the first 400-500 orders (except on pre-sale orders of The LOCH: Heaven's Lake). Largest shards will be given away first.

With heartfelt thanks,

--Steve Alten
The LOCH: Heaven's Lake free sneak peek:
I really love the story and characters... check out the new sneak peek chapter posted on Facebook May1st, 2019. Remember these first edition hardbacks must be preordered at the e-store at as they will NOT be sold in stores or at
TOR/Forge Books Options Pub Rights to MEG 6 & 7:
We've been working on this deal for a while for all those fans who felt left behind when the MEG: Generations hardback came out last year as a collector's edition hardback. Tor has published most of my MEG novels and my other thrillers, so they were the logical #1 choice. Publication schedules will not be announced until Warner Bros. announces the MEG 2: The TRENCH movie release. I plan to start writing the last MEG book (Purgatory) after I complete The LOCH: Heaven's Lake in early fall.
Attention: Middle & High School Teachers
Register for the Adopt-an-Author Teen Reading Program (it's free) and receive a free copy of The MEG ($16.00 retail value) as our gift. Over the last 20 years we've provided educators free curriculum materials, study guides, posters, tests, quizzes, book trailers and some wild lesson plans... plus direct contact with our offers - and now books too!

To register visit
Living Tips: Gum Disease and How to Avoid it
Who wants to be bothered with flossing, right? But gum disease took Wilt Chamberlain's life (or was it the 20,000 women he bedded?

Recipe of the Month: PIZZA MARGHERITA
Ingredients for dough:
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoon)
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting
3/4 cup warm water, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Ingredients for topping:
1 (14-to 15-ounces) can whole tomatoes in juice
2 large garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 basil leaves plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon sugar
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Make dough - stir yeast together, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1/4 cup of warm water in a large bowl. Let stand until surface appears creamy, about 5 minutes. Add 1 1/4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of water, salt and oil, stir until smooth. Add flour until dough pulls away from sides.Knead on a floured surface, lightly reflouring when dough becomes too sticky, until smooth, soft, and elastic, about 8 minutes. Form into a ball, put in a bowl, and dust with flour. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, about 1 1/4 hours.

Make tomato sauce while dough rises: Pulse tomatoes with juice in a blender briefly to make a chunky purée. Cook garlic in oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until fragrant and pale golden, about 2 minutes. Add tomato purée, basil, sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 40 minutes. Season with salt and cool.

Heat pizza stone while dough rises: At least 45 minutes before baking pizza, put stone on oven rack in lower third of electric oven (or on floor of gas oven) and preheat oven to 500°F.

*IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at   Put RECIPE in the subject line.
Laugh of the month: 
A newlywed couple moves into their new house. One day the husband comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, you know, in the upstairs bathroom one of the pipes is leaking, could you fix it?" The husband says, "What do I look like, Mr. Plumber?" A few days go by, and he comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, the car won't start. I think it needs a new battery. Could you change it for me?" He says: "What do I look like, Mr. Goodwrench?" Another few days go by, and it's raining pretty hard. The wife finds a leak in the roof. She says, "Honey, there's a leak on the roof! Can you please fix it?" He says, "What do I look like, Bob Vila?" The next day the husband comes home, and the roof is fixed. So is the plumbing. So is the car. He asks his wife what happened. "Oh, I had a handyman come in and fix them," she says. "Great! How much is that going to cost me?" he snarls. Wife says: "Nothing. He said he'd do it for free if I either baked him a cake or slept with him." "Uh, well, what kind of cake did you make?" asks the husband. "What do I look like," she says, "Betty Crocker?"

IF YOU HAVE A JOKE OR VIDEO 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 this sample of the funniest human to ever grace us with his antics.

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