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, March 18, 2018

#March2018 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

Hey Everyone!! :-) (RRBC)

It's the 18th again, so time for my #IndieBooksBeSeen monthly indie author book review!! Enjoy! :-)

Angel of Death by Jennifer Hinsman:

Two girls from different sides of the track meet in college and find common ground in the fact that they've both dealt with their share of pain. As they move on with their lives, becoming fast friends, finding romance, and then delving into the shadows of the past, the two help to solve a cold murder case.

I enjoyed this book. The sex scenes were steamy, the plot was interesting, and I thought the supernatural twist was clever. The only thing I didn't like was how slowly the story moved at times. So, four stars, but I'd definitely read another book by this author.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

#Lucky #Reads #StPatricksDay #Giveaway! $100 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

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There's a new giveaway for St. Patricks's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the Lucky Reads St. Patrick's Day Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 30 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, March 16, 2018

Versatile Pasta #Salad #Recipe!

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This is one of my favorite pasta salad recipes because it's something you can serve either warm or cold. Enjoy! :-)

1 lb Orecchiette or Farfalle pasta
4 cups asparagus cleaned and chopped
4 cups crimini mushrooms sliced
1 bell pepper chopped
1 onion diced fine
1/2 cup green onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup parsley chopped
1/4 cup basil chopped
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano grated
1/2 cup olive oil
1.5 cups Italian salad dressing (your choice of brand or homemade)
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the pasta in boiling, salted water and cook until just tender. Drain and set pasta aside. In a large skillet, place the olive oil, salt and pepper, onions, pepper, garlic, mushrooms, and asparagus. Saute until vegetables start to soften and add the basil and parsley. Stir to combine and remove from heat. Toss vegetables with the pasta, cheese, and salad dressing. Serve warm or chill and serve cold.

Buon Appetito!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Heshayol (The Blood of Dragons Book 2) by Joshua Robertson & JC Boyd!

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I've got Joshua Robertson in my APC spotlight, today! Joshua is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and his new release, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy novel, Heshayol, looks great! Here's the description:
Over a millennium ago, at their father's command, Tyran and Drast sent the Horned God to the Netherworld in hopes of gaining everlasting life. Instead, they sparked a chain of events that led to the near destruction of the Ash Tree and the liberation of the old gods. Now, with the world waning, the two brothers are freed from Anaerfell to travel to the frozen realm of the dead and resurrect their enemy with hopes of restoring balance. Tyran and Drast journey between time and space with limitless magic at their fingertips to face demon legions, forsaken immortals, and the realization that the malevolence of their father is not yet done.
 If you think this sounds like something you might enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 707

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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 Seven-Hundred-Seven:
The average temperature outside my domicile is once again beginning to rise, as the planetary revolution is causing the portion of this planet on which my domicile is located to once again move closer to the local star due to the planetary tilt. My hominid-servant refers to this phenomenon as the "changing of the seasons," which I find to be a charmingly colloquial, if non-technical, description. The "season" we are entering, she calls "Spring," though I have not observed many springing motions among the local flora or fauna, so I am not certain from where the term originates.

Regardless, as I stated, the temperature is rising and this has resulted in a greater variety, and more importantly an increase in activity, among the local flora and fauna. Unfortunately, due to the fact that my hominid-servant has still not relented in her determination to keep me confined within my domicile, my studies of this change among the local life forms is severely hampered. What's worse, the change in weather patterns seems to have affected the juvenile felid's mental and emotional equilibrium.

The young pest now regularly engages in wild, unrestrained bouts of seemingly random movement, to which he employs a frenetic, almost frantic, energy. I'm not certain if the small irritation is deliberately attempting to disrupt my research for some nefarious purpose of his own, or if the interruptions are simply a natural result of his uncontrolled frenzies. Either way, I find myself frustrated far more often than informed. Naturally, I will report on any progress I may make in overcoming the obstacles I am currently struggling with, as I find it likely that other DPCIL Agents have faced similar challenges and may benefit from any problem-solving strategies I may be able to devise.

Isn't is annoying when others interrupt you when you're working? ;-) 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, March 13, 2018

The Condition Of Their Condition

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I've got a little more of Alyce's adventure to share with you, today! Enjoy! :-)

Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel:
"One thing we heard was quite common in your healthcare system is a 'wallet biopsy', but we couldn't discern enough about what it was to even begin to create an exhibit about it. It certainly didn't seem credible that it could be a literal descriptive term."

I held my stare on Squid-boy for another half a second and then turned to look at the taller alien. With a bitter laugh, I said, "Well, sugar, that's actually almost exactly what it is."

"What do you mean?"

"A 'wallet biopsy' is when a doctor, or more often a hospital, focuses on a patient's financial condition instead of their medical condition. They first find out if a patient has insurance and, if so, what that insurance does and does not cover and how high their deductible and copay are. If the patient doesn't have insurance, they find out if the patient has the cash on hand to pay for their treatment. If they determine that a patient can't pay and doesn't have insurance that will pay, they do the absolute minimum required by law and then send the patient away. Basically, they just make sure the patient isn't going to immediately drop dead and refuse to do anything more." I gestured at where the robot in a paper gown was turning in circles by the bus stop bench. "That might be what happened to her, I don't know."

"How can they do such a thing?" exclaimed Squid-boy.

"What is 'insurance'?" asked Yax.

I rolled my eyes. "They can do it because they're more concerned about money than they are about patients' health. There are reasons for that; it isn't cheap to keep a hospital open or to operate a physician's practice, there are all kinds of expenses involved. And health insurance is something where people pay a company money every month and if they get sick or injured, that company is supposed to pay for their treatment. In theory."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one is actually a little bit of good news. And, on the theory that good behavior should be acknowledged and rewarded in the same way that bad behavior should be punished, if you agree that this is a good idea, you might want to call your Senators and tell them that. If they're already supporting this plan, hearing positive feedback from constituents will help cement their endorsement. And if they haven't signed on, having voters call and praise the plan may convince them to get behind it. Peace!