Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Snag That #Snack! ;-)

Hey Everyone!

Today, I thought I'd share a quick and easy snack/on-the-fly lunch idea. It's doubly useful because it's easy to adjust the number of roll-ups you make whether you're feeding just yourself or a team of hungry kids after a game. Enjoy! :-)

1/2 banana per roll-up
2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter per roll-up
1 tbsp toasted rolled oats per roll-up
1 tsp honey per roll-up
1 slice whole wheat bread per roll-up

Put the bread on a flat surface and roll it out with a rolling pin to flatten it. Remove the crusts (optional). Spread the peanut butter over the bread in an even layer. Sprinkle the oats over the peanut butter. Drizzle the honey over the oats. Place the banana half at the edge of the bread and roll it all up into an easy to hold and eat treat.

Obviously, you can replace the whole wheat bread with any kind of bread you'd like. You can also use whatever kind of peanut butter you'd like if you don't want to use crunchy peanut butter. Adding a layer of jelly or chocolate hazelnut spread can also be a tasty option.

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

#Spring Into #Reading #Giveaway! $100 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for spring!  Please take a moment to check out the Spring Into Reading Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 60 prizes, and the grand prize is $100 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details:

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oh, Those #Summer #Nights!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I thought I'd give you all a little inspiration to start the weekend off right. Enjoy! ;-)

Excerpt from Bound By The Summer Prince:
Turning her head, she barely caught a glimpse of a blur as he moved faster than her eyes could track. Suddenly, he was behind her, one hand gripped firmly in her hair at the base of her skull and the other arm wrapped around her arms and waist pinning her to his body. Gasping at how abruptly she had been yanked off of her feet, she struggled against his hold.

His grip was like an iron band around her middle, she could feel the restrained strength in his body and it made her hot. Moaning, she relaxed against him and allowed her curves to melt into the firmness of his chest.

Leaning down, Uaine licked her ear and whispered, “You don’t listen very well, do you?”

Nearly panting with need, she writhed in his grasp. She could feel how hard his cock was against her ass, and how it jumped when she moved. “You wouldn’t really want me to, would you?”

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Happy Reading! :-)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: Ulterior Motives By Amy Hale!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Amy Hale in my APC spotlight, today!  Amy is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her romantic suspense novel, Ulterior Motives, looks great! Here's the description:
Despite being wealthy, Ellie Manchester has had a rough life. She witnessed her mothers murder at age seven, but did not see the man responsible. Plagued by nightmares, and a drunken father, Ellie has grown up to believe that she can only rely on herself. When her father dies in an accident, she becomes an heiress of sorts... and a target.
Tanner Paxton was a tough and tumble kid who turned his penchant for getting into fights into a successful security business. He loves his work but does not have time for much else, especially relationships. When he is hired to protect Ellie, against her will, he not only finds himself embroiled in dangerous chaos, but falling in love with the most stubborn and beautiful woman he has ever met. But love may be a weakness that can get them both killed.
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Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 559

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Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's Journal

Department for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)
Agent Thoth's Personal Log

Day Five-Hundred-Fifty-Nine:
There is one particular taxonomic class of arthropod that I find most intriguing. Morphologically, they differ from the majority of the other local arthropods in that they only have two body segments, as opposed to the more common three-body-segmented variety, and they possess eight legs instead of the more commonly observed six.

There seem to be representatives of several orders within this class within the local biosphere; however, the one I find most interesting is a web-weaving order. I have observed multiple genera within this order, locally. So many that I haven't even begun trying to classify them into individual species.

Unfortunately, this order of arthropod seems to be singled out by my hominid-servant for particular censure. For some reason, she seems to locate and eradicate the very few representatives of this order that make their way into my domicile with even greater efficiency than she directs towards the extermination of other arthropods. It is frustrating in the extreme.

I have tried to identify a reason for such extreme behavior, and I believe I may have come up with a working hypothesis. The majority of the representatives of this order of arthropod produce venom that results in a painful bite for any animals that threaten or harass the creatures. I know this because I have been the recipient of several such bites.

The quantity and type of venom produced varies, as does the size of the delivery mechanism -- fangs -- that the creatures can boast. Thus far, the worst effect I have suffered from such a bite has been a small, painful lump that healed within a few days. However, it is certainly possible that there are species of these arthropods that I have yet to encounter that possess a more potent venom that they are able to deliver in doses large enough to present a danger, even to an animal as large as my hominid-servant.

If my hominid-servant's ancestors evolved in an environment where these dangerously venomous arthropods were common, it makes sense that a heightened awareness and instinctive response to the shape of the creatures may have developed over time. At least, that is the only explanation I have been able to devise for why she is not only so unreasonable about allowing my study of these arthropods, but also why she is so adept at enforcing her interdiction against them.

Gah! Is there no justice? Does she have no respect for science? ;-) You may have noticed that Agent Thoth has a new look. I hope you like his new picture as much as I do, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, either way. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. ;-) Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#Strange Goings On...

Hey Everyone! :-)

I thought I'd give you another little peek at what I've been working on. I hope you like it!:-)

Excerpt from WIP:
Just as I started to head back to the house, the underbrush around me lit up with a strange white glow. And, boy, let me tell ya, I didn't know what the heck to think about that. At first, I wondered if it had anything to do with those fracking boys who'd come around asking about running a pipeline under my property. They'd told me they'd get the government to take my land if I didn't agree.

Boy, let me tell ya, I sent them boys packing right quick with a couple blasts from my twelve-gauge. No one threatens me on my property. Eminent domain, my sweet fanny. My people've been defending this land from all comers for near on 200 years, ain't no one gonna tell me what will or won't be dug up under the ground now; no matter how many fancy lawyers they've got. They can take my home over my cold, dead body.

But I have to say, when I saw that strange glowing, I thought maybe they'd somehow gone and put their pipeline in without me noticing. Couldn't figure out how the heck they'd do something like that, though. Then, I thought maybe they had set up some kind of movie special-effects stuff to try to scare me off. Thing is, Alyce Walker don't scare easy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share.  Other than the fact that Bernie Sanders has a podcast, which is awesome, there isn't much in this video that I didn't already know. But I still think the reminder is important. We need to remember why we're fighting so hard and what we hope achieve.