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, December 7, 2019

Stuff Your Stocking Author/Blogger #Giveaway! $72 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Christmas!  Please take a moment to check out the Stuff Your Stocking Author/Blogger Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 42 prizes, and the grand prize is $72 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, December 6, 2019

#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, December 5, 2019

#APC #Spotlight: Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr: A Vampire Rock Star Romance By K. M. McFarland!

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I've got Karen McFarland in my APC spotlight, today! Karen is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her vampire, rockstar, urban fantasy, paranormal romance novel, Sex Blood Rock n' Roll and Vampyr, looks great! Here's the description:
Hiding in the dark shadows of New Orleans, Quinn Forrester is doing a great job of concealing his identity as an ageless vampire. The successful eighties rock star has reinvented himself as his son to explain not aging. When the opening of an art gallery brings his former band member, Jeff West, to town, Quinn fears his secret could be exposed. A beautiful artist with a connection to Jeff and a secret obsession with vampires unknowingly leads Jeff to Quinn the night she wanders into his Bourbon Street nightclub, Vampyr. Chaos results as Jeff inches closer to the truth. Will Jeff put the pieces together and uncover Quinn is their band's long-lost frontman? Will he discover Quinn is hiding something darker than he ever thought possible in this compelling steamy character-driven story? An entertaining and fun read. A rock star romance with a 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, December 4, 2019

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 1045

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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 One-Thousand-Forty-Five:
My hominid-servant often forgets that it is imperative that she refills my food bowl immediately upon rising from her sleeping platform. In fact, I would prefer that she rise earlier so that my bowl could be refilled sooner. However, it is not at all uncommon that she spends quite a bit of time first doing other tasks.

In spite of this, I find it rather difficult to be firm with her on this issue. I am always insistent, but she usually responds to my reminders so charmingly that I cannot be harsh. When I attempt to redirect her by walking in front of her and leaning against her legs, she often seems pleased at my interaction with her and offers compliments about my disposition. It, therefore, seems inappropriate to respond with more strenuous attempts to recapture her attention and focus it on the matter of punctual food delivery.

Adding to my confusion is that I am uncertain whether my hominid-servant’s demeanor towards me in these interactions is born of genuine pleasure at having my attention, or if she is deliberately attempting to manipulate me. I will begin taking a closer note of this behavior from my hominid-servant and report back with any conclusions I am able to reach. However, I must extend the caveat that hominid behavior is often so irrational that I may not be able to reach any definitive determination.

*sigh* Dealing with hominids can be 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, December 3, 2019

Unexpected Visitors...

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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:
“I wonder who…” said Petri, as she looked through the viewer to see who was outside their door. “What the…!” she turned astonished eyes to Chessie as she pushed the button to open the door.

The older woman moved closer, and so was on hand to catch Daji as he fell through the open door and nearly hit the floor. The two women half led, half dragged, the big alien to the living area and laid him on a sofa.

“Go get him some water,” Chessie instructed.

Petri nodded and returned quickly with the water. They lifted his head and tried to get him to drink, but he wouldn’t swallow. “What’s wrong with him?”

The older woman shook her head. “I don’t know.”

Petri leaned over the prostrate male and shook him by the shoulder. When there was no response, she put her hand on his cheek and turned his face towards hers. She reached out with her power and found something she had never encountered before. “There something…” she said, vaguely waving her palm over his forehead.

“You think he hit his head when he fell?”

“No, I don’t know what it is, but not that. Something, though.” She pushed her power deeper, feeling around the anomaly she’d found in Daji’s brain. “It’s almost like an open wound, but not of the tissue. Something else.”

“I don’t understand.”

“I don’t either.” Petri explored the edges of the damage, trying to be careful not to make it worse. As she examined Daji, she realized she recognized the feel of whatever was inside his head. “The Arcanum did this, whatever it is.”

Chessie’s face paled, and she put a hand on Petri’s shoulder. “Can you help him?”

Petri shook her head. “I don’t know. I’ll try.”

Monday, December 2, 2019

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. I just thought all of you should bear witness to this sterling example of inspirational leadership. Truly, there has seldom been a more perfect example of "presidential" behavior. This is certainly the man we should trust with the stewardship of our nation. 🙄 Peace!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Spicy Vegetarian Curry #Recipe!

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I've got another warm-you-up treat for you, today. Enjoy! :-)

2 cups vegetable stock
1 14 oz can coconut milk
1 14 oz can chickpeas
1 6 oz can water chestnuts
2 cups broccoli chopped
1 large onion chopped fine
1 18 oz package sliced button mushrooms
1 12 oz package sliced shiitake mushrooms
3 large carrots peeled and chunked
4 large potatoes chopped and parboiled
1/2 cup basil chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
4 tbsp curry paste (your favorite kind)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 bay leaves
1 tsp chili oil (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the olive oil and onion in a deep-sided frying pan and saute until onion starts to soften. Add the water chestnuts, mushrooms, and garlic and saute until the mushrooms wilt. Add the curry paste and salt and pepper and stir to distribute. Add the carrots, potatoes, and chickpeas and stir to combine. Add the vegetable stock and bay leaves and stir while scraping the pan to deglaze. Simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender. Add the broccoli, basil, chili oil (optional), peanut butter, and coconut milk and stir to combine. Simmer until the broccoli starts to soften. Remove the bay leaves and serve over rice or quinoa.

Bon appetit!