Steve Alten July Newsletter
MEGheads, Cove Dwellers, and the rest of my wonderful readers:

Have you ever held a large MEG tooth in your hand? I mean the real deal—a serrated fossilized weapon that a few million years ago was actually INSIDE A PREHISTORIC SHARK’S MOUTH! A large 4–5-inch tooth = a 40-50 foot shark… you measure from the tip to the longest root. A Meg’s lower teeth are narrower and used for skewering its prey (think fork), holding it for the upper teeth which are much wider and designed for chomping bone. I own three or four teeth, the nicest being a 6½ inch lower tooth—a serious weapon. I mention this because in July, I am giving away a really nice Meg tooth as first prize for this month’s top score on RUN LAYLA RUN, the first of many video games we commissioned and in the process of adding to the new VIDEO GAME room at (see the details below). There are also signed books and posters and a signed MEG comic book. In late July or early August we should finish beta testing WHERE SEA MONSTERS ROAM, a far more complex video game where you get to pilot a sub and hunt for sea creatures—or control one of the sea creatures and stalk humans.

Lots more in the July newsletter—including the new PROLOGUE I just finished writing for The LOCH: Heaven’s Lake. The original chapter will be revised slightly but YES, it will still be used. Targeted pub date: December-January.
If you haven’t visited Sea Monster Cove in the last month, we’ve added a lot – beginning with the aforementioned RUN LAYLA RUN, our first of many original video games to come. It’s simple but addictive; the objective – you are Layla, the 60 foot prehistoric Black Demon Mako and you need to escape the 380 million year old Primordial Aquifer located 2.1 miles beneath the sea floor via the Maug Island lava tube. Trying to stop you will be black smokers, rock formations. . .and sea monsters like Dunkleosteus. The Top Ten runs are listed – and a new on competition begins NOW: (see below to win a real MEG tooth!)

We’re now 50% into Phase II of our content. Still to come is WHERE SEA MONSTERS ROAM, our next video game, now being beta tested. But the best of the best is coming in PHASE III, now in the planning stages and it will blow you away, starting with…

1) An all-new opening HOME PAGE (available to everyone) which tells the Sea Monster Cove story, how it came to be, and where it's going, It also details the FACTS in the FACTion that will amaze you, and how my team designed everything on Mug to actually work. 
Check out the new HOME PAGE.

2) A sneak peek at PHASE III and FEEDING TIME: Our first ever R-Rated Virtual Aquarium Experiences! These bloody as-real-as-it-gets VAEs will take place in the Maug Lagoon. It begins around midnight when we use bio-luminescent krill to coax up a few 90 foot, 100 ton Leeds Fish from the Maug Aquifer. Opening the gate will allow these behemoths to access an ancient magma tube into the lagoon. We’ll let ‘em graze on the krill before we release one of our APs (Apex Predators) from their own habitat…

First up: SNOWFLAKE…

FEEDING TIME can be viewed from ABOVE (in a hot air balloon) or BELOW (in a cage). Phase III & FEEDING TIME will be released either in Winter 2022 (after I get paid my advance on MEG 2: The TRENCH) or sometime in Fall 2021… it really depends on YOU.
Not a member? JOIN NOW!

We’ve dropped the price of our memberships in half! That’s right… for a limited time only CLUB MAKO memberships are only $4.95 a month FOR THE ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD! Sign up in July and you’re locked in at our lowest price for as long as you are a member. And CLUB MAKO memberships include EVERYTHING! Think of it this way – if you simply join in order to read ONE of my enhanced novels a year (each pdf includes 60 to 150+ color images – there’s no other reading experience around like it -- the estimated cost if printed is $74.99 each novel) it's like getting everything else for FREE.


There is simply nothing like out there, and the more people that join, the more we can deliver. And YES, there will be a PG-13 version of FEEDING TIME that is more appropriate for our younger audiences.

Many thanks – our goal is to BLOW YOU AWAY!

--Steve Alten
MEGhead Tedhi Badaut finds a more accurate way to estimate a Meg’s size
The irony here is that for the last 20+ years Tedhi lectured me via email how the Megs and other sea creatures in my MEG books were too large. So… after having the first MEG at 60 feet and Angel a little over 70 feet it was Tedhi who actually proved to the world that (wait for it) I was right? Merci beacoup mon ami.

Something happened 19 million years ago that almost wiped out all sharks
Did Megs go on a rampage? This event happened during their rule.

MEG -2: The TRENCH—Breaking News…
Jessica McNamee has expressed her excitement for the sequel and her desire to get started working with Jason Statham and the rest of the team.

Director Ben Wheatley has given an update on where things stand with his new film The Meg 2.

Hey Steve—Amazon cancelled my pre-order of MEG: Purgatory!
Many of you who pre-ordered the book recently received an email from Amazon that said MEG: Purgatory is no longer available from them and therefore it has been cancelled. NO WORRIES. The publisher (Tor/Forge) had created an arbitrary publishing date without asking me. My intent is to have the hardback in bookstores the Summer of 2023 when the MEG-2: The TRENCH hits theaters. COVID pushed that debut back a full year, ergo the novel got pushed back as well, and so Amazon (as is their standard operating procedure) cancelled all pre-orders when that pubdate wasn’t going to happen. As I have told many readers, it is not necessary to pre-order MEG: Purgatory as stores will order plenty of inventory. The LOCH: Heaven’s Lake is a completely different publisher (A & M Publishing—my company) and books can only be pre-ordered as these first edition signed hardbacks won’t be in stores—only the e-store.

Speaking of which…
Lake Vostok, Antarctica
Post Mid-Miocene Warming 
14.6 million years ago

It was easily the largest body of fresh water on the continent, its polygon-shaped valley stretching 160 miles from east to west, its north-south shoreline set 37 to 50 miles apart. The lake was also quite deep, its basin – shaped like an oblong doughnut – plunging 1,100 feet around a central rise which broke the surface to form two small islands linked by a shallow everglade which ran parallel to the lake’s two forest-covered shorelines for nearly sixteen miles.

A great new novel from my Writing Coach protégé, E.S. Brown
It was just another routine mission for CIA Officer Maris Correa, this time on the hunt for blood diamond dealers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When her intended target turns out to be a Gorgon, one of a race of supernatural beings who look human but harness the power to turn people to stone, Maris’ world gets turned upside-down. Plucked out of Africa by a secret government organization and given the codename Scarlett, Maris says goodbye to the CIA to help lead the fight against mythical beings she never knew existed. But with Gorgons and humans looking alike, Maris is unsure who she can trust. Danger lurks around every corner, and the fate of all humanity lies in the balance.

Speaking of the Writing Coach Program: One slot open for Summer 2021
If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a published author but just needed coaching and guidance, AND you have an unfinished novel or an acorn of an idea that you’re ready to grow and commit to (as well as the tuition) then you are welcome to apply.

Step 1: Email me a one paragraph synopsis of your story to Meg82159@aol.comSUBJECT Writing Coach. If I like the idea and see potential…

Step 2: I’ll schedule a one on one brainstorming session to discuss it. There is no charge for this session which often fleshes out ideas you never considered.

Step 3: If you like what you hear and I feel you are coachable I will send you a contract that covers all you will receive for $4,495—there is no time limit, my job is over when your manuscript is done.

Former students with at least one novel published:

Marie Sutro … E.S. Brown … Josh Viola … David McCaffrey …Terry Zavecz (Philip Nolan) … Brian Ullman … Rick Chesler
SEA MONSTER COVE: Coming in July
July 5-31: RUN LAYLA RUN contest for members of

The top 5 runs on July 31 at 11:59 pm est will receive:

Fifth highest top scorer: A personalized signed copy of The MEG

Fourth highest top scorer: A personalized signed copy of any Steve Alten novel.

Third highest top scorer: A personalized signed MEG comic book.

Second highest top scorer: A personalized signed READ poster.

Highest top scorer: A real 4-5 inch MEG tooth!
July 18 at 3pm EDT: ZOOM call with Steve Alten. All members are welcome. To receive an invite, email Kelly at

Much more to be announced!
Music Video of the Month: ELO: Don’t Bring Me Down
Good tune… but who’s Bruce?
Baking Soda & Lemon to fight cancer
The liminoids in lemons exhibit strong antioxidant properties, preventing oxidation damage to cells. On top of that, lemons possess strong anti-fungal properties as well. By preventing oxidation damage and the growth of fungus, lemons are a substantial weapon for preventing the conditions that lead to cancers in the body. Lemons also stimulate another important facet of the immune system—the lymph system. By encouraging the flow of lymphatic fluids, lemons help the body remove cancer-causing chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals from the body.

By combining lemons with baking soda, one is providing real health insurance for life, helping the body cleanse, while correcting underlying problems of cellular acidosis. This food science duo combined with a lifestyle high in other alkaline-forming and naturally detoxifying foods, is sure to keep cancer from taking hold of the body and the mind.

Recipe: Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce
Watch the video and learn how to make this tasty dish!
*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
A guy stuck his head into a barbershop and asked, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looked around the shop full of customers and said, “About 2 hours.” The guy left. A few days later, the same guy stuck his head in the door and asked, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looked around at the shop and said, “About 3 hours.” The guy left. A week later, the same guy stuck his head in the shop and asked, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looked around the shop and said, “About an hour and a half.” The guy left. The barber turned to his friend and said, “Hey, Bob, do me a favor, follow him and see where he goes. He keeps asking how long he has to wait for a haircut, but he never comes back.” A little while later, Bob returned to the shop. The barber asked, “So, where does he go when he leaves?”

“Your house!”
IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at Put JOKE in the subject line.
Your monthly dose of the three wise men… this one is impossible to watch without cringing and laughing.…
Stay safe… and please get vaccinated… of the 10,000+ deaths from COVID last month in the U.S., less than 1% had been vaccinated … 99%+ of those we lost chose NOT to vaccinate … and these new strains are far more dangerous.

Steve Alten
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