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, October 21, 2018

Easy "Peasy" And Potato Samosas #Recipe!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is a fun, easy recipe to brighten up an Autumn night. Enjoy! :-)

15-20 large wonton wrappers
2-3 cups vegetable or peanut oil
1 egg
2 tbsp water
1 cup butter melted
4 large potatoes peeled and boiled
2 cups frozen green peas thawed
1 onion chopped very fine or grated
1/2 cup kale or spinach leaves chopped fine
2 cloves garlic minced fine or grated
2 tsp ginger grated
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp mustard seeds or mustard seed powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl and set aside. In a larger bowl, mash and mix the remaining ingredients except for the oil and wonton wrappers. Make sure you mix everything thoroughly. Taste your mixture and adjust seasoning as necessary. Lay the wonton wrappers on a clean, flat surface and brush the edges with the egg wash. Put a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half (depending on the size of your wrappers) of the filling in the center of each wrapper, and then fold the wrappers over to form triangular-shaped dumplings and press the edges together to form a seal. Make sure not to over-fill your wrappers or they'll pop open when you cook them. If you want to, you can crimp the edges of your wontons with a fork, but it probably isn't necessary as long as you press the edges together firmly with the egg wash.

Put the oil in a frying pan and heat it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Put your samosas in the hot oil and fry until they are golden brown. Flip them over halfway through cooking to make sure they get brown on both sides. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Place the cooked samosas on a paper-towel-lined tray to drain the excess oil and lightly sprinkle them with salt. Serve warm by themselves or with your favorite dipping sauce.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hauntingly Good #Reads #Giveaway! $84 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Halloween!  Please take a moment to check out the Hauntingly Good Reads Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 54 prizes, and the grand prize is $84 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, October 19, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: The Reapers (The Hunted series Book 1) By Ali Winters!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Ali Winters in my APC spotlight, today! Ali is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her paranormal romance, mythological, urban fantasy novel, The Reapers, looks great! Here's the description:
Nivian had never failed to Reap a marked soul. That is, until she meets Kain Evers, a Hunter and the only being on earth with the power to destroy her.

When Reapers start to go missing, the Balance is thrown into turmoil, forcing Nivian and Kain to trust each other as they search for answers. Which is no easy task as they fight the feelings growing between them.

As mortal enemies, they were never meant to work together, now they're forced to protect each other if they want any hope of righting the Balance before all is lost.

Unfortunately, to succeed, one of them must die.
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, October 18, 2018

#October2018 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Cold Iron by C. A. Sanders:

About a year after the events in The Watchmage of Old New York, a series of fires sweep through Manhattan. Someone is setting these fires, and it's up to Nathaniel and his police detective son, Jonas, to find out who, how, and to stop them before more people die. Will our two intrepid heroes solve this mystery and save countless lives? You'll have to read to find out!

Honestly, I loved, loved, loved this book. Once again, as a transplanted New Yorker, I enjoyed the peek at a city I haven't seen in person in years. I also really enjoyed the way Mr. Sanders incorporated some of the politics of New York from the mid-1800s into his supernatural world. It makes this story almost like a cross between urban fantasy and steampunk, two of my favorite genres.

The plot was also extremely engaging; fast-paced with enough twists to keep you interested. The characters were well developed enough that I almost feel like I might see them the next time I make it to The City, and the descriptions of the places and people were accurate enough to make me homesick. Overall, a wonderful fantasy mystery/adventure that leaves me longing for the next book. Five stars, and please, sir, can I have some more? ;-)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 847

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 Eight-Hundred-Forty-Seven:
My hominid-servant is still not entirely recovered from her injury. Though she has resumed most of her normal activities, the pace at which she performs them has slowed significantly, and she rests more often between tasks than she did before. When I expressed concern, she just patted my head and informed me that she is "getting old." A statement that I can only assume indicates that this affliction is one that is common among aging hominids.

She did manage to leave my domicile long enough to procure a replacement for the artificial heat source the juvenile felid damaged and, as I suspected, it does seem to have a therapeutic effect on her injury. Unfortunately, that effect seems to be of short duration. I did suggest that she might find more permanent relief if she altered her stance so as to use all four limbs for ambulation. However, my suggestion has thus far fallen on deaf ears. As always, I will continue to report on any further developments.

Hominids sure can be a lot of trouble. ;-) 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, October 16, 2018

#Interview With Dominik Marcel Kirtaime!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

Dominik Marcel Kirtaime is here with us, today. Dominik, will you please tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.?

D: My name is Dominik Marcel Kirtaime and I was raised in Bristol, England. After my military career, I decided to stay and live in Germany with my family. As a child, I wanted to be a writer and enjoyed storytelling. When the opportunity knocked to become an indie author and publisher, I just had to grab the ropes and make my childhood dream come true - pen went to paper and fingers to the computer keyboard.

Me: Sounds like you've had an eventful life, so far. Congratulations on achieving your dream. :-) What's the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

D: The Perennial Migration. The story was inspired by the reptilian conspiracy and being fascinated by trees.

Me: Ha! I have to admit, that's quite an introduction. What are you working on now?

D: A sequel to The Perennial Migration.

Me: Cool! Series are always fun. What authors, or books, have influenced you?

D: James Herbert, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. 

Me: Ah, only the classics, then. ;-) What are you reading now?

D: I am reading Phantoms & Monsters: Unexplained Encounters. On Goodreads I always post what I am currently reading. A rating and review is posted once each book is finished.

Me: I'm sure the authors appreciate that; as I'm sure you know, reviews are our lifeblood, after all. For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?

D: Action, Adventure and Surprises.

Me: Sounds like fun! :-) What is your favorite part of being an author?

D: Talking about my book. Interacting with both other authors and readers. Passionately getting the word out to the world about me and my written work.

Me: Yes, talking to people about your work can be a blast. Do you have a day job as well?

D: No.

Me: Lucky you! :-) What do your think the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer are?

D: The hardest part is once the work has been published because as an indie author and publisher you then need to take care of marketing. The easiest part was for me building the story structure and basic character profiles.

Me: Yep, the old marketing challenge. Every indie author's bane. ;-) What genre do you place your book in?

D: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Me: Two of my favorite genres! :-) Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers?

D: My research took me deep into many conspiracy theories which are still valid today. I was amazed at just how much literature and other media was available to me. With my chosen gentres of Fantasy and Sci-fi, I can take readers into such dystopic realms with characters ready to take on any situation.

Me: And so all these fine people can explore those realms with you, are there any links you'd like me to post?

D: Yes please:

Me: Perfect! Thank you so much for stopping by, today, Dominik. And thank you also to everyone else who joined us. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the latest in Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Something Worth Watching?

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. Actually, there are two videos, and they illustrate how shamelessly the people who have been bought and paid for by the for-profit medical industry, including our Liar in Chief, will lie to the American people to keep us from getting what every other industrialized nation on the planet has, universal healthcare. So, please take a few minutes to watch these videos, and then think about who you want to support with your vote next month. Peace!