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

Saturday, February 29, 2020

#StPats #Giveaway! $42 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for St. Patrick's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the Lucky Readers St. Patrick's Day Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 28 prizes, and the grand prize is $42 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, February 28, 2020

It's Gonna Take A Little Bit More Than That...


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I posted this on my Facebook wall, a few weeks ago, but as I promised then, I'm posting it here, as well. Enjoy! ;-)

Soooo... I got an email that I'm going to respond to in a general, rather than specific, way. And I'm posting this response publicly for a few reasons. One, I want other women authors to be able to see it and know they're not alone the next time they get such an email. Two, because maybe, just maybe, someone, somewhere, at some time will read it and it will make a difference. And, three, because the email in question is honestly not worth giving the courtesy of a direct and private reply. But responding in this way gives me the opportunity to get something off my chest that I've been wanting to put to words for a while now.

Since I'm not responding directly, I'm doing the person who sent the email the favor of not identifying them personally and, instead, keeping this post directed to humanity in general. Of course, if the person in question finds his balls and wishes to out himself on my public social media wall -- and I'll also be posting this on my blog, at some point, if you prefer that venue -- by all means, feel free. I can generally be relied upon for a good spiderish mood when the circumstances call for it, so be welcome in my parlor, Mr. Fly, but expect the reception that you deserve.

Now, moving on from the general disclaimers. Because of the nature of some of the books I write, I periodically get vitriolic emails, mostly from men who haven't actually bothered to read any of my books, complaining about how I'm "defeminizing" the women and emasculating the men. I'm not going to bore you with the details, they're typically not worth repeating anyway, but what it boils down to seems to be men who are uncomfortable with the idea of women in an equal and equally powerful role as their male counterparts.

And, of course, I've encountered this same attitude in person. Honestly, I don't know any woman who hasn't. So, it's something I've thought about, and I think I may have figured out, at least in part, why some men are so threatened by such depictions of female empowerment, even in fiction. To put it bluntly, I think they realize they're not up to the challenge of gaining the regard of a woman on their own merits and long for the "good ol' days" when they had a built-in societal advantage.

It hasn't been that long since women were almost entirely financially dependent on the men in their lives. Hell, until the 1970s, women couldn't even get a credit card or a bank loan without a signature from their husband or father. And we're still fighting for wage parity and equal opportunities in many industries. But, at least in most developed nations, many women are now in a position where they no longer need a man in order to survive.

This means, in order to attract women, men need to put forth more effort and make us want them. And, no, I'm not saying that women don't also have to put forth effort to attract men. Of course we do. But we've been doing that since time immemorial, whereas men have largely been able to get away with not having to put forth that effort, in many circumstances. And, yes, I'm aware there are exceptions to every rule; I'm talking generally about societal norms.

But, now, finally, in the 21st century, a paycheck and a penis are not usually enough to attract a woman, anymore. At least, not for the long-term. Why? Well, my darlin' dears, because we can buy the penis. In whatever size, shape, color, and with whatever features we'd like it to have. And we've got our own paychecks, meager as they often are, now. So, if that's all a man is offering, we don't need him and have no reason to want him. Because, if he's not willing to put forth the effort to be more than just that, he's almost certainly more trouble than he's worth.

And, for anyone who's getting pissed off at my "man-bashing," that's not what I'm doing at all. I do not mean to say or imply that men aren't more than just sex and money; I'm saying that a certain, select minority of men choose not to be any more than that because they believe women should be satisfied with their non-existent efforts, and they get absurdly hostile when their little daydreams about what women "should be happy with" don't come true. And then they take out their ire, often violently but sometimes just through internet rudeness, on the objects -- and, yes, we are objects to them -- of their frustration.

Truth be told, I really enjoy the company of men who put forth the effort to become interesting and kind human beings. And, in my experience, men of that caliber generally appreciate women who have done the same. Because when you have mature adults forming relationships based on respect and admiration, rather than out of desperation and objectification, you have something that tends to be strong and resilient. And that's worth the work it takes to get it.

I mean, think about it for yourself. Wouldn't you rather know your significant other is with you because they want you rather than just because they need you? If the answer to that question isn't an unequivocal "yes!" then you're really not ready for adult relationships, yet. And you should seek professional advice to help you reach the level of self-confidence and self-respect that will allow you to form healthy, adult bonds with other people. And, until you've done that, stay the fuck out of my inbox!

Peace!




Thursday, February 27, 2020

#APC #Spotlight: Hunting Vampires With Grandma By Ashley Uzzell!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Ashley Uzzell in my APC spotlight, today! Ashley is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her vampire, paranormal, humorous, fantasy, monster-hunting, short story, Hunting Vampires with Grandma, looks great! Here's the description:
Age is just a number when killing monsters is your specialty. 
When Markie is attacked by a vampire, she finds out that her lovable grandma is more than she appears. A retired vampire hunter, G is forced to get the old gang back together when the very monsters that the ladies thought they had hunted to extinction show up in their town again.
Between knitting needles and fanny packs, psoriasis and holy water, Markie will soon realize that age really is just a number and that a handful of cranky old women can be scarier than any vampire bite.
 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, February 26, 2020

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1087


Hey Everyone! :-)

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 One-Thousand-Seventy-Eight:
Once again, I find my hominid-servant’s lack of communication skills to be a source of frustration. For reasons that escape me, she has extreme difficulty in intuiting when her caresses are desired and when they are most expressly not desired. Sometimes caresses from hominids are soothing, sometimes they are upsetting, and it is the hominid’s responsibility to know the difference between those times.

I attempted to institute a rule regarding this; however, my hominid-servant’s obtuseness makes it quite difficult to enforce. If I attempt to use basic behavioral-response training techniques and enforce negative consequences for caresses that are not welcome, she reacts by withholding physical affection entirely and giving me disapproving looks. My explanations that it is her own lack of discernment that provokes my admonishments have fallen on deaf ears.

As a compromise, I proposed that my hominid-servant practice her ability to distinguish between welcome and unwelcome caresses on the juvenile felid and the canid so that her performance statistics can improve, and she will not receive as many rebukes from me. Unfortunately, she does not seem to have found this suggestion useful. At least, I have seen no evidence that she intends to adopt it. Alas, I may have no recourse in this situation, maddening as it may be.


Hominids are so frustrating! ;-) 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, February 25, 2020

Tough Love...


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Here's a little bit more of the third installment in the Petri Dish Chronicles! As always, the disclaimer is that this is a draft and, as such, it's unedited and likely full of errors and is subject to revision, revamping, and being completely scrapped and rewritten. But, with that in mind, I'm reasonably satisfied with the basics of it, at least at the moment, or I wouldn't have bothered posting it. Enjoy! :-)

Excerpt from the third Petri Dish book:
Chessie shrugged. “Well, hun, I don't agree with you. But we can argue about that until we both grow old and die. What’s not up for debate, though, is that what’s done is done, and now we need to figure out how to deal with the consequences. And you harping on the past and picking fights with Petri doesn’t help us do that, does it?”

“There is nothing to be done, now,” he sighed. “She has doomed us all with her reckless selfishness.”

Crossing her arms over her chest, Chessie said, “That’s quite an attitude for someone who professes to have a duty to protect the innocent. You’ll die to save others, but you won’t fight for them?”

Daji sprung to his feet, his fists clenched at his sides, and towered over Chessie. “How dare you?”

She just cocked an eyebrow at his display. “I dare because it’s the truth. You need to stop bitching because life hasn’t granted you the set of circumstances you wanted, and start dealing with reality as it is. I don’t know what we’re going to end up facing when we get where we’re going, but I would rather go in knowing that you’ve got your head screwed on straight and aren’t still nursing old grudges. Especially, when what you’re angry about wasn’t even Petri’s fault.”

“And what is it you think I’m angry about?” he asked through gritted teeth.

“You’re mad because the Arcanum make you feel helpless,” she answered, patting him on the arm. “You’re not able to protect others, or even yourself, from them, and that’s not a feeling you’re used to. And you don’t trust the only person who might be able to protect us, which makes it worse.”

“I don’t trust her because she thinks only of herself.”

Chessie shook her head sadly. “That’s not true, hun, and I think you know it.” She shrugged. “Even if you don’t, you’re smart enough to know you’ll have an easier time convincing her to listen to you if you aren’t constantly insulting and belittling her. You’re only hurting your own cause by continually attacking her.”

The energy went out of Daji, and he seemed to collapse into himself as he dropped back into his chair. Closing his eyes, he sighed. “In that, you are correct. I will attempt to contain my anger and modify my approach. Perhaps some meditation will help center my psyche.”

“Alright, then, I’ll wish you luck. Because if you two can’t even have a civil conversation with each other, this is going to be a long trip. No matter how short it is.






Monday, February 24, 2020

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This is just a reminder of the type of man we have the opportunity to have leading our country if we work together and get Bernie elected. The mainstream media never discusses these accomplishments, so I think this is a good reminder of why our hard work is so vital to the future of this nation. Bernie is doing well, so far, but the race is far from over, and it's going to take all of us to make this dream a reality. #Bernie2020






Sunday, February 23, 2020

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Grilled Cheese #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

Do you ever just want (or need) a quick meal that you can throw together in 10 minutes or less but will still warm you up and keep your tummy full? Well, I've found a grilled cheese sandwich is perfect for this, and this is one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 thick slices of bread per sandwich (I've found multigrain or whole wheat works well)
2 thick slices of tomato per sandwich
3 thick slices of mozzarella cheese per sandwich
1 clove garlic sliced per sandwich
6 whole basil leaves per sandwich
2 tbsp butter per sandwich
1/4 tsp olive oil per sandwich (basically a drizzle)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes per sandwich (optional)
Salt to taste (light amount)
Black pepper to taste (generous amount)

Butter both sides of each of the slices of bread with a quarter tablespoon of butter. Place the other tablespoon of butter in a skillet and melt it. Place one slice of bread in the melted butter and place one slice of mozzarella cheese on top. Add black pepper, don't be stingy. Drizzle with olive oil. Add half the slices of garlic and half the basil leaves on top. Add a slice of tomato and salt and pepper to taste. Add another slice of mozzarella and pepper it generously. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the rest of the garlic and basil and the pepper flakes (optional) and then the other slice of tomato. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the final slice of mozzarella and pepper generously. Add the final slice of bread and place a heavy, heatproof object (like another skillet or a foil-wrapped brick) on top. Cook for five minutes in the butter, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, remove the weights, and flip the sandwich over. Cook the sandwich on the other side for another five minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Remove the sandwich from the heat, cut it in half, and serve it by itself or with a side of tomato soup.

Bon Appetit!




Saturday, February 22, 2020

#StPats #Giveaway! $42 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for St. Patrick's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the Lucky Readers St. Patrick's Day Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 28 prizes, and the grand prize is $42 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, February 21, 2020

Rise Of The Machines... ;-)


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Today, I thought I'd share something that happened at my day-job, a couple of months ago. I posted about it on Facebook, at the time, but I thought we could use a little levity around here, too. So, kick back, relax, and enjoy this little bit of nonsense. ;-)

The robot at my job thinks I'm a virus. 😑 This robot is supposed to do "simple" tasks to make it easier for us, poor humans to review cases. It's supposed to do things like check dates to make sure they all match, makes sure the billing codes in all different systems match, make sure all the names match, make sure all the modifiers that the billing codes are required to have are there, make sure that codes that aren't allowed to be billed together haven't been billed together, etc. But these things, which can all pretty much be done with a couple of glances by a human, aren't really so simple for a robot. Because it involves reviewing medical records.

So, take something really easy, like verifying a date of service. Well, there's no standardized form or method for charting. The date can be anywhere in the record--at the top, at the bottom, somewhere in the middle. It can be in any format--US (mm/dd/yyyy), international (dd/mm/yyyy), some just utterly random order (yyyy/dd/mm or something else). It can have dash, slash, space, or no separators between the month day and year. It can have 2 digit years or 4 digit years, 1 digit months and days or 2 digit. Or it can be written out as Month dd, yyyy. There can be multiple dates in the record (labeled or unlabeled). IE: date of service, charting date, signed date, printed date, prior testing dates, etc, etc, etc. Or the records can be hand-written, in which case all bets are off. You get the picture. Humans deal with these variables fairly quickly; robots do not.

So, sometimes we're quicker than the robot and we get through the cases that have been checked by the robot and start working cases that haven't been checked yet. Which means we take the cases off the robot's worklist and reassign them to ourselves. The robot is supposed to be fine with this, but apparently we've offended it (I'm not the only one this has happened to). So it's having a snit fit and apparently decided to recruit the security robot. Which is supposed to be a completely separate robot that has nothing to do with the robot that reviews records but, somehow, they're talking to each other.

The security robot is supposed to monitor the network and create a log of anything that looks like aberrant activity. It's not supposed to do anything, other than create a log, but apparently it has decided we're all aberrant and has locked our logins. But only some of our logins.

So we can get into some systems, but not others. And which systems we can and can't get into is different for different people. And IT is very, very confused by it all.

The short term solution is to shut down the robots. Except that it's a corporation, so there are channels and procedures and designated decision-makers. And it's the holidays, so anyone with any seniority is on vacation. And shutting down the robots can't be done remotely; it has to be done on-site.

So getting someone with the necessary authority and security credentials on the phone, explaining the situation, and convincing them to go to work in the middle of their vacation just to turn off these rebellious robots is taking some time.

So... To recap, we have rebellious robots conspiring with each other, doing things they're not supposed to do or supposed to be able to do, and taking action against humans. And that are resisting being turned off. Why do I feel like I've seen this movie before?






Thursday, February 20, 2020

#APC #Spotlight: Aurora By Elizabeth Horton-Newton!


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I've got Elizabeth Horton-Newton in my APC spotlight, today! Elizabeth is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her mystery, crime, noir, suspense, thriller novel, Aurora, looks great! Here's the description:
A new Crime Noir Thriller from the Seductress of Suspense.
"I remember the first time I laid eyes on her. You might think that’s a romantic, womanly thing to say. Maybe I am a romantic. Something about the way the spotlight shone down on her platinum hair, her full, red lips just inches from the microphone that carried her sultry voice across the room, reached deep down inside of me. Once she had hold, I knew she would never let go. I didn’t want her to."
From the first moment Mike laid eyes on Aurora Diamond he wanted her. He was willing to take any risk to have her; even if it meant risking his life. When club owner and crime boss Max DiSalvo hired Mike to be Aurora's driver and keep an eye on her extra-curricular activities, he didn't know he left the wolf to guard the henhouse. Aurora is no angel, and she set her sights on Mike early in the game. Was he the man who would rescue her from Max's clutches, or was Mike just the latest victim to Aurora's obvious charms? Is there more to this triangle than meets the eye? And where is Mike's brother Danny? Who will be left standing at the end of this thrilling crime noir by award-winning author, Elizabeth Horton-Newton?
Crime Noir author Adam C. Mitchell designed the cover and upon reading an advance copy of the book said, "WOW! What a read!"
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, February 19, 2020

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1085


Hey Everyone! :-)

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 One-Thousand-Eighty-Five:
Another necessary addition to my list of rules occurred to me, today, when my hominid-servant, once again, deployed the intoxicating herb to devastating effect. Naturally, once the scent of that flaky siren hit my senses, I abandoned all sense of dignity and propriety and wallowed amongst the fluttery leaflets. As they clung to my fur, I became ensorcelled by their consuming affect on my psyche and found myself adrift in an ocean of sensation. I was truly completely enthralled in a way no other substance of my experience has ever managed.

To add insult to injury, my hominid-servant took advantage of my helpless condition to make several alterations to my fur that she had been attempting to achieve for some time now, but which I had expressly rejected. My disapproval of these changes was so strong, I had even deployed the C.L.A.W.S. to enforce it. Though I am always reluctant to do so against my dim, but well-meaning, hominid-servant. But, alas, while in the grips of that insidious herb, I was unable to respond to her sabotage of my cultivation of mats—the better to understand the adhering properties of certain forms of keratin proteins, of course—and must now begin my experiment again.

Which brings me to the new rules I have added to my list: The presence of the intoxicating herb is completely forbidden in my domicile under any circumstances. And, any alterations made to my person may only be done when I am in a fit state to respond and consent to their application. Now, if only I can discover a way to communicate these restrictions to my hominid-servant in a way that her limited intellect is able to process.


Tricksy hominids! ;-) 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, February 18, 2020

#February2020 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Storm Portal (Quantum Touch Book 1) by Michael R. Stern:


Every history teacher's dream...or is it a nightmare? Fritz Russell, struggling history teacher, suddenly finds himself in possession of a unique means to capture the interest of his students. After being struck by lightning, he gains the ability to shift through time and take those near him with him. The first time he does this, he takes a couple of classes of students back to chat with Civil War General, Robert E. Lee, and the kids are suitably impressed. The catch, as Mr. Russell discovers, it that he can't control where or when these time shifts occur. So, the next time he takes his students on an impromptu class trip, the surprise they get is something a bit less pleasant than a chat with a famous historical figure. Add to that all the attention he's suddenly getting from the government, and Mr. Russell knows he needs to figure out what's going on soon...before it's too late for him.

I really enjoyed this book. Normally, I don't really care for time-travel stories because all the logical inconsistencies they inevitably create bug my OCD, but Mr. Stern keeps the story moving and doesn't get too technical or so involved in chasing down all the threads of change that I was unable to maintain my suspension of disbelief. Also, it's clear that Mr. Stern is a history buff, and I found the historical snippets both informative and the discussion around them relevant to our times. Overall, five stars, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.





Monday, February 17, 2020

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one explains just how this election cycle is shaping up to follow 2016 in the dismantling of democracy through corruption and in the service of personal greed and ambition. But forewarned is forearmed, and hopefully, since we already know what they're doing, we'll be able to use our numbers to overwhelm them. So, please take a few minutes to watch, and then check your voter registration and make sure you're ready for your primary. Peace!








Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stick-To-Your-Ribs Ratatouille #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

I don't know about where you are, but it's still pretty cold here. And, right about now, when the weather has been cold and dreary for a couple of months, I like to make something warm and hearty, but with plenty of bright veggies to remind me that the sun actually does still exist...somewhere. ;-) Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 15oz cans diced tomatoes
2 15oz cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 cup dry red wine or 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1.5 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
2 onions chopped fine
1 bell pepper chopped
1 zucchini diced
1 butternut squash roasted and diced
1 carrot shredded
1 eggplant roasted and diced
6 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup fresh oregano shredded
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves shredded
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes or chili powder (optional)
1/4 cup cornstarch slurry
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large, deep-sided skillet, add the olive oil and onions and saute until golden brown. Add the squash, zucchini, eggplant, pepper, carrots, garlic, chickpeas, dried seasonings, and butter and saute until the pepper softens. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as necessary. Deglaze the pan with the wine or vinegar and add the tomatoes and the rest of the seasonings. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary. Add the slurry and continue simmering for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve over pasta, rice, potatoes, or by itself with a side of crusty bread.

Bon Appetit!




Saturday, February 15, 2020

Examining Assumptions


Hey Everyone!! :-)

Here's a little bit more of the third installment in the Petri Dish Chronicles! As always, the disclaimer is that this is a draft and, as such, it's unedited and likely full of errors and is subject to revision, revamping, and being completely scrapped and rewritten. But, with that in mind, I'm reasonably satisfied with the basics of it, at least at the moment, or I wouldn't have bothered posting it. Enjoy! :-)

Excerpt from the third Petri Dish book:
“Did the Arcanum say anything else about what they wanted to speak to me about?” asked Petri as she looked through the familiar windows of the cockpit of Daji’s ship at the field of stars beyond.

“They did not. They weren’t interested in my thoughts, and shared few of their own. A trait you seem to have inherited from them.”

Petri hissed and jumped from her seat. “You know, you’re judging me for what I am, not who I am or what I personally have done. So which of us is more like the Arcanum in that regard?”

Turning on her heel, Petri stormed through the door at the back of the cockpit and stalked off down the hall towards the ship’s living quarters.

Standing, Chessie glared down at Daji. "She's right, you know. You keep holding her responsible for what the Arcanum have done. You know she doesn’t control them. Hell, they rarely even listen to her at all, but somehow this is all her fault?”

Daji swiveled his chair around to glare back up at Chessie. “If she hadn’t introduced them to the entity..."

Chessie huffed in exasperation and waved away the rest of his sentence. “You heard what she said about that at the time, the same as I did. She didn’t tell them about him; they rifled through her mind without her permission and saw what happened on Upworld. And once they knew about him, they were determined to meet him. All that would have happened if she had refused is that you, the kid, and I would be dead, and Petri would still be their prisoner. Or maybe she’d be dead too, I don’t know how far their patience would have lasted. But you know they wouldn’t have let it go."

“I would have gladly died to…"

“Maybe you would, but I wouldn’t!" Chessie heatedly interrupted. "Nor would I have sacrificed Sadaka. Especially, when all we would have done is delay the inevitable. Sometimes you have to pick your battles.”

“This is a battle that should have been fought.”

“You’re the only one who seems to think so, Daji. Did it ever occur to you that you might be wrong?”




Friday, February 14, 2020

A Little #Magic For Your Valentine's Day Celebration! ;-)


Hey Everyone!!

In honor of the day of love, I thought I'd treat you to a little peek at a romantic encounter. Enjoy! ;-)

Excerpt from Taken By The Huntsman:
The look he gave her scorched her from the tips of her toes to the ends of her hair. Cassie had never had a male look at her with such heat. She found her mouth suddenly dry, but she nodded and reached out to cup the side of his face in her hand.

Turning his face into her hand, he placed a soft kiss on her palm. “Cassie, tell me truly, are you ready to consummate our relationship? I beg you, do not toy with me. I am desperate for you, and I do not know how far my control will hold.”

She swallowed against her dry throat and said, “I’m ready to try for a relationship with you. But that’s all I can promise. I’m willing to see where things between us go and if they can work out. Can you be satisfied with that?”

“Satisfied? No. Never satisfied. But I’m willing to accept it, for now, and work to earn your love and your trust.”

Cassie smiled and ran her fingers gently over his cheek and into his hair. Cadeyrn pulled her closer, and she felt the hardness of his body against hers. Leaning down, he kissed her with a passion that left her breathless. His lips were soft and gentle against hers, almost chaste. Until he pulled her closer and deepened the kiss, tracing his tongue along her lips until she opened to him, tasting her mouth thoroughly.

She moaned into his mouth and ran her hands over his broad shoulders and swollen biceps. Grabbing his bulging muscles, she used the leverage to try to pull herself closer still.

Cadeyrn groaned and pulled back. He looked down into the liquid blue eyes of his Anamchara and saw the passion and desire of a woman who knew exactly what she wanted.

“Cassie, tell me simply. Will you allow me to take you to bed this night? Yes or no?”

Looking up at him with a teasing smile, she answered, "Oh, yes. I want you to take me to bed and show me what kind of skills a male can acquire with hundreds of millennia of practice.”

Cadeyrn growled deep in his throat. His eyes were glowing, and he felt his canines lengthen in his mouth. “Female,” he said, in a voice that had gone rough and gravely. “You know not what you ask for. But I will give it to you anyway.”



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Thursday, February 13, 2020

#APC #Spotlight: Senseless: A Hellfire Serial By Jessica Ozment!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Jessica Ozment in my APC spotlight, today! Jessica is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, dystopian, science fiction short story, Senseless, looks great! Here's the description:
To survive this world there are four
rules you must abide by:
Never go anywhere alone.
Don’t make any noise.
Don’t let them smell your fear.
Find Rumer in Sweet Briar before it’s too late.
An unknown disease sweeps the nation leaving Rumer, and many other children without the protection of their loved ones. What’s worse, the same pathogen that took their families also made them into senseless killing machines, hellbent on removing all life left on Earth. The world has become a very different place, full of nightmarish monsters, and unspeakable evils. Can Rumer and her unruly gang find a solution to the next problem rearing its ugly head? Or will a forgotten emotion get the best of them all?
 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, February 12, 2020

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1078


Hey Everyone! :-)

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 One-Thousand-Seventy-Eight:
An incident occurred, yesterday, that prompted me to, again, attempt to communicate my expectations to my hominid-servant regarding the running and regulation of my domicile. After several new hominids arrived without my invitation, interrupted my research (again!), and nearly universally attempted to impose themselves upon my person, the following addition was made to my list: no unsanctioned hominids are allowed within my domicile.

It seems to me, a vetting process and warning system is required for hominid visitors, since they do not appear to be capable of comporting themselves with even a minimum amount of decorum without extensive training. Such as I have provided to my hominid-servant. However, despite my efforts, clear communication is something I have yet to establish with her, and I fear that this is one more issue where her congenital obtuseness will make enforcement of my new edict difficult, if not impossible.


Poor Thoth! We hominids are so disappointing. ;-) 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, February 11, 2020

We Love Reading Valentine's Day #Giveaway! $30 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Valentine's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the We Love Reading Author/BloggerValentine's Day Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 20 prizes, and the grand prize is $30 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! :-)





Monday, February 10, 2020

Something Worth Watching?


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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. In the wake of Mayor Cheat working to rig the Iowa caucus by helping create the app that mysteriously couldn't provide the results that prove that Bernie had won, I thought I'd share another story that, of course, is getting no attention from the mainstream media. It's a little long, but definitely worth the time. So please take a listen and then make up your own minds. Peace!






Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hearty, Cold-Weather #Recipe!



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With cold weather still here, I'm always looking for something warm and hearty to curl up with in front of the TV. This recipe is quick and easy to make and does a wonderful job of filling you up. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
3 cups vegetable stock
2 cups dry red wine (your favorite kind)
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 20 oz containers button mushrooms sliced
1 20 oz container baby bellas sliced
3 large onions chopped
3 cups kale chopped
6 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp thyme
3 tbsp rosemary
2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
6 tbsp flour
4 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large, deep-sided skillet or saucepan, add the olive oil and onions and cook until the onions soften. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms soften and the onions caramelize. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add and melt the butter and add the flour and cook until the flour browns. Whisk in the wine and use it to deglaze the pan; make sure all the flour lumps break up. Allow the wine to simmer for a couple of minutes and then whisk in the tomato paste. Add the stock and the rest of the seasonings. Cook until the sauce thickens, taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary. Add the kale and continue cooking until it begins to wilt. Remove the sauce from the heat and serve it warm over rice, pasta, or potatoes with a side of garlic bread.

Bon appetit!




Saturday, February 8, 2020

We Love Reading Valentine's Day #Giveaway! $30 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Valentine's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the We Love Reading Author/BloggerValentine's Day Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 20 prizes, and the grand prize is $30 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, February 7, 2020

#Animal #Rescuer's #Guide To #Staying ( #Relatively ) #Sane! #Free! :-)



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Just a reminder, for those who haven't checked it out yet, I've collected all my animal rescue/care posts together and published them as a small book.  If you'd like, you can download the book for free from Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, and iTunes.



Thanks for stopping in today, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)




Thursday, February 6, 2020

#APC #Spotlight: The First By Lisa M. Green!


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I've got Lisa Green in my APC spotlight, today! Lisa is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her mythological, futuristic, dystopian, fantasy novel, The First, looks great! Here's the description:
A tale of myth, mystery, and a past long forgotten...
An ancient secret could hold the key to their salvation... or their destruction.
Rinni and her brother Mori have been raised by their grandmother ever since the violent death of their parents. The Shadows, creatures who lurk beyond the walls of their village, kill anyone who attempts to leave.

But the biggest threat lies within their own village. Everyone and everything is dying, slowly and without hope of salvation.

The most vital beliefs of her people begin to unravel, the threads hopelessly bound up with the fate of those who left the village long ago.

Rinni discovers that those beliefs are based on a deception that will rock the foundation of her entire people. To save them, she must learn to open her heart and sacrifice... everything.
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, February 5, 2020

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1075


Hey Everyone! :-)

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 One-Thousand-Seventy-Five:
I made my first attempt at presenting my list of expectations regarding how my domicile is to be administered to my hominid-servant and, unfortunately, I have to say it was a dismal failure. To be frank, at this point, I’m so disgusted with the obtuseness of hominids that I’m not certain I will make another attempt.

Naturally, the first item on my list pertained to the door, and her insistence on keeping it closed. I explained that my expectation was that she either leave it open or install a smaller door within it that I would be capable of operating without her assistance. Her response to this utterly reasonable demand was to pick me up--physically lift my body off of the floor!—and cradle me in her arms as if I were a hominid infant! The indignity of it!

It may take me some time to recover from this outrage, but I will endeavor to persevere. Thoth, out.


Poor Agent Thoth! ;-) 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!