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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 945

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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 Nine-Hundred-Forty-Five:
My hominid-servant has placed a dangly item on the interior wall of my domicile. I am uncertain what her reasoning for doing this is, or the purpose of the item in question, but the way it dangles and sways in any passing breeze is enchanting. My young protégé agrees, and we have both spent quite a bit of time attempting to devise a strategy to more closely investigate, and perhaps masticate, this fluttering flight of fancy.

Oh, my, poor Agent Thoth can resist anything but temptation! ;-) 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, April 23, 2019

Resources, Resources, Who's Got The Resources?

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

Excerpt from Answers From Alyce:
"And, of course, we haven't even talked about resources."


"Yep. Resources. Money, support personnel, equipment, these are all things that most independent news outlets have very little of, which means the number of stories they're able to investigate is limited. Mainstream media has lots of resources, but they rarely use them to do the kind of deep investigative journalism that only they are able to do."

"Which further limits the information your people have access to."

I shrugged. "Like I said before, we have lots of information. We're bombarded with information 24/7/365. We have so much information it's overwhelming; we're drowning in it. Unfortunately, very little of the information we have is the information we need. And in order to find even that little bit, we are forced to dig through the piles of nonsense, trivia, misinformation, and hot air that surrounds us constantly."

"That sounds tiring," ventured Yax.

"Oh, sugar, it's exhausting. That's why so many people are so ill-informed. And why most of them don't even realize it."

Want to know what happens next? Be the first to read it, Answers From Alyce is now out! :-)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one is about a threat to our fundamental rights -- the right to free speech and the right to a free press -- and I really don't think it's being covered correctly in the mainstream media. So, please take a few minutes to watch this video, and then consider contacting your elected representatives and telling them what you think. Peace!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Quick Spinach Saute #Recipe!

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This is a meal that's easy to throw together quickly on a weeknight, but is still delicious and will fill you up. Enjoy! :-)

4 cups cooked brown rice or pasta (your favorite kind)
4 cups spinach leaves
1 large onion chopped fine
1 granny smith apple peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup raisins
1 cup toasted walnuts chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup red wine (your favorite kind)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Add the olive oil and onion to a large saute pan and cook until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic, apple, rosemary, raisins, and salt and pepper and continue cooking until the onions start to caramelize. Add the spinach, water, and wine and continue cooking until the spinach wilts. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Remove the pan from the heat and serve the spinach mixture over warm rice or pasta. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

#Spring Into #Reading Authors & Bloggers #Giveaway! $72 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

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There's a new giveaway for Spring!  Please take a moment to check out the Spring Into Reading Authors & Bloggers Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 65 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, April 19, 2019

#APC #Spotlight: Premo (Siberian MC Book 1) By Joy Blood!

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I've got Joy Blood in my APC spotlight, today! Joy is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her contemporary romance, action/adventure, motorcycle club, suspense novel, Premo, looks great! Here's the description:
My life stopped.
Stolen from me before it could begin.
So, I disappeared.
Until he found me.
The first time I found her, I sent her away.
The second time I found her, I decided to keep her.
Now, she's in my care, depending on me like so many others.
My club.
My brothers.
My son.
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! :-)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

#April2018 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

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

Three Rules by Mary Drake:

Hope seems like a normal young woman, but the secrets she hides behind her eyes are tearing her apart. The question she needs to answer, and only she can answer it, is can she find her way through the jumbled of razorwire of self-loathing and oceans of pain her past abuse has left her in and learn to accept other people into her life, again? Or will she succumb to the darkness?

This was an enjoyable read, but there were some extremely heavy undertones. The author is a survivor of abuse, and it shows in her writing. The story is one of healing, but it doesn't shy away from all the hurdles that those on that journey must overcome. The main character, Hope, not only comes to terms with what happened to her within herself; she also finds her voice so that she doesn't have to remain buried beneath all the secrets. But it isn't easy and the effort required takes its toll on her. This is definitely a five-star read, but be prepared because being allowed a glimpse this far inside the mind of someone who has suffered through severe trauma is not at all a comfortable feeling.