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, July 22, 2017

Better Than The #Beach #Summer #Giveaway! $130 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for spring!  Please take a moment to check out the Better Than The Beach Summer Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 100 prizes, and the grand prize is $130 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, July 21, 2017

Living With A Muffin

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I figured it was time for a little more nonsense. Enjoy! ;-)

Incidentally, The Muffin is the cutie-pie pictured above. He's not that size anymore, but he was when he acquired me. About that time, there was a meme going around that defined a kitten as a homicidal muffin with legs. The description still fits, even though he's a larger-sized muffin now.

Me: *pushes Muffin paw away from carrot sticks* You don't like carrot sticks.

Muffin: *reaches for carrot sticks again* I might.

Me: *pushes paw away again* Stop that! You don't like carrot sticks!

Muffin: *reaches again* You never know! I might!

Me: *pushes paw away again* What is wrong with you? Cats don't like carrot sticks!

Muffin: *reaches again* Let's test that hypothesis.

Me: *gets distracted and looks away for a minute*

Muffin: *snags carrot stick and takes off with it*

Me: Seriously? *chases after carrot-stick wielding Muffin*

Muffin: *spits out carrot stick and walks away in disgust*

Me: *Picks up the carrot stick and holds it out* Well, it's yours now. Eat it.

Muffin: I don't like carrot sticks.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: Nite #Fire By C.L. Schneider!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Cindy L. Schneider in my APC spotlight, today!  Cindy is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her supernatural suspense thriller, Nite Fire, looks great! Here's the description:
Slated for execution, shapeshifting assassin, Dahlia Nite, flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race; burying the truth that could destroy them all.

But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. And when Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.

Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again. Home.
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, July 19, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 585

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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-Eighty-Five:
When I woke up today, the juvenile felid had disappeared. I have searched the entire domicile for him, but I've been unable to locate him. His scent lingers and his toys and food bowl are still here. But the tiny beast himself is missing.

I attempted to speak with my hominid-servant about the obvious absence of the small pest, but she seems unable to understand my concern. In fact, she does not even seem to have noticed that he is gone! Every time I approach her about the subject, she coos nonsense at me and acts as though nothing is amiss.

At this point, I cannot discount the possibility that whatever force absconded with the juvenile felid also managed to somehow affect the mind of my hominid-servant. I will remain vigilant and report back with any new information.

Oh, no! Mysterious disappearances! Maybe the juvenile felid was abducted by aliens, ;-) 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, July 18, 2017

#July2017 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

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It's the 18th again, so you know what that means! Time for my monthly #IndieBooksBeSeen indie author book review. Enjoy! :-)

Alien Revolt by Tracy St. John:

Clan Piras, thought to be traitors to the Kalquorian Empire, are actually deep covert operatives working to bring down the self-destructive, xenophobic rebellion led by the Basma. Their lives are in constant jeopardy. To their government, they are the worst kind of criminals who would be subject to an extended, painful execution if caught. But if those they are working against discover their true allegiance, their fate would be even grimmer. But to them, it's all worth it for the sake of honor and Empire. It's in this atmosphere of selfless patriotism and ever-present danger that they meet Hope Nath.

Hope is the daughter of General Nath, one of the top leaders of the rebellion against Browning Copeland, the human equivalent of the Basma. Copeland is a religious fanatic who is determined to see that humans don't mix with Kalquorians and that women remain virtual slaves in their society. Hope and her father have been working for years to bring an end to Copeland's reign of terror, and they are thrilled to find unexpected allies in Clan Piras and their crew.

Piras, Lokmi, and Kila have had a difficult struggle in integrating their individual needs into a cohesive relationship and preventing the wounds of their past from interfering in their current bond. With three such strong personalities in play, it seems unlikely they will be able to find a compatible woman to complete their clan. Especially, considering the death sentence they are all living under. But from the very beginning, Hope seemed to be a perfect fit for them. She offers something to each of them, and each them fulfills a different need for her. As unexpected as it is, love starts to grow between them. But can their budding romance survive all the perils of war?

I really enjoyed this installment in the Kalquorian series. It was a bit of a slow build in the beginning because there is so much going on at the same time. But once all the players and the plays are laid out, the plot moves forward at lightning speed. The relationship between Hope and Clan Piras is a sweet counterpoint to the fear and desperation surrounding them. And I really enjoyed the fact that the fight against the Basma was just as important as the romance in this story. Five stars, and I can't wait to see what happens next in Kalquor's war for survival.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. If you want to see some fancy footwork, you should definitely check out this Young Turks interview with West Virginia's Corporate Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin. Frankly, I wish Cenk had pushed a lot harder on some of the questions, but even so, Senator Manchin did some serious tap dancing here. The Senator should go on Dancing With The Stars; he'd win easily with this kind of performance.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Easy, Quick Pasta Salad #Dinner #Recipe!

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Today, I thought I'd share one of my favorite pasta salad recipes with you. Enjoy! :-)

4 cups cooked and cooled bow-tie (or your favorite shape) pasta
2-3 tomatoes chopped
1 zucchini chopped
1 20oz can sliced black olives drained
1-2 bell peppers (any color) seeded and chopped
1 chili pepper seeded and chopped (optional)
1 cucumber chopped
1 cup chopped spinach or kale
1 cup shredded carrots
1 20oz can kidney beans drained
1/2 cup chopped or shredded fresh basil
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
5 cloves minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the pasta, vegetables, and beans in a large bowl and toss to distribute evenly. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, dried herbs, salt and pepper, and garlic. Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables and toss until evenly coated. Serve chilled.

If you're in a hurry, you can use bottled Italian dressing instead of making your own, but it tends to be a bit salty. Also, obviously, you can eliminate or substitute any of the vegetables with whichever vegetables you prefer.

Bon Appetit!