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, December 16, 2018

Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is an easy, quick recipe for some delicious vegetarian quesadillas. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
12 corn tortillas (or flour, I just prefer corn)
1 14oz can refried beans
1 14oz can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
2 cups sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese shredded
1 large tomato diced small
1/2 cup cilantro chopped small
1 onion chopped very fine or grated
4 cloves garlic minced or grated
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tbsp sriracha (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients except the tortillas and oil in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Put the oil in a frying pan and heat until sizzling. Put half the tortillas (or as many as there are room for in your pan) into the pan and spoon the mixture from the bowl onto each tortilla in equal portions. Put the other half of the tortillas on top of the mixture and press the tortillas together firmly with a spatula. Cook until the bottom tortillas are browned and then flip over to brown the top tortillas. Remove the quesadillas from the pan and serve piping hot as-is or with salsa and/or sour cream to dip.

Buen provechito!



Saturday, December 15, 2018

#Winter #Wonderland Of #Reading #Christmas #Giveaway! $120 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Christmas!  Please take a moment to check out the Winter Wonderland of Reading Authors & Bloggers Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 160 prizes, and the grand prize is $120 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 14, 2018

#Announcement: The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD By Eleanor Alspaugh!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

My friend Eleanor Alspaugh is here today to tell us all about her new book, The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD. Eleanor, take it away! :-)

Eleanor Alspaugh/The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD:

Author (and photographer) Eleanor Alspaugh has won two book awards for The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD, but she has been shaking things up and broadening her outreach with the hopes that more readers (men love it too!) will check out and enjoy this book! She recently released a new cover to her eBook that captures the essence of the often­­ ­CRaZy life of a Mom! In addition to a new look, the eBook price has also been reduced 25 percent celebrating this new look! Even better, not long ago, this award-winning book, The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD, was added to the many eBooks available free on Kindle Unlimited. The paperback cover will also be updated in the coming months. In the spirit of giving back, Eleanor is also just one of the many talented authors participating in the Winter Wonderland of Reading Author and Blogger 2018 Christmas Giveaway which offers many prizes to readers as well as a grand prize and is free to enter! You can visit her Facebook or web and blog sites listed below for entry information. Eleanor has also partnered with the Whistlestop Bookshop, a supporter of the book located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where she resides with her husband and family. For a limited time only, with each purchase of The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD from the Whistlestop Bookshop, shoppers will receive a Free #MomLife tote celebrating the fun yet often CrAzY life of a mother! This award-winning book with the fun Tote will make a great gift for Moms, Family & Friends, babysitters, co-workers and others. This offer is also available at their online site located at www.whistlestoppers.com (note: shipping charges will apply). With 5 Star Reviews both professionally and by readers like yourself, you will ‘Enjoy Your Ride’ on The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD!!


Visit or follow Eleanor on this crazy ride at the following:
Website: https://www.photosbyel.com/
Blogsite: https://themgr.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheMommyGoRound
https://twitter.com/elalspaugh
https://www.instagram.com/elalspaugh/
https://www.pinterest.com/photosbyel/



Information about The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD:

The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD -- Winner of the 2016 Pacific Book Award for Best Parenting – Family Book and the 2016 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction - Parenting category!

The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD is a heartwarming and humorous book which breaks the Motherhood Code of Silence with A Tell ALL series of essays on Motherhood, Childhood and Everything in between. It brings humor and love together while honestly sharing the often UNSPOKEN yet all too true experiences in raising children and the CrAzY balancing act and understanding heart Motherhood requires! It’s guaranteed to make you laugh and shed a few tears! If a mother, you will definitely realize YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND IT IS ALL NORMAL!! Dads have confessed to loving the book’s family interactions too! The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD leaks secrets from the “Motherhood Code of Silence” that even your own Mother won’t share with you! Prepare to read true confessions from the author’s own childhood and relationship with her Mother as well as the author’s "payback" role as a CrAzY hardworking mother of 3! And just in case you weren’t aware --- be warned of the existence of the Dreaded Parental Curse that may come back to haunt YOU too!! Filled with laughs, heartaches, and the joys of parenthood, you’ll be encouraged to embrace the MOM-Life experience completely with all the phases and craziness you’ll experience from infant to teen and even the fun and help of siblings and extended family! And let’s not forget Dad’s role as there’s plenty of humor when he takes charge!! Don't hesitate a moment longer! Grab a Ring on The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD and prepare for the ride of your life!! Five Star ratings & a 97% Serious Reading rating! Interview with Eleanor Alspaugh available at https://www.SeriousReading.com Book or eBook found on Amazon & on Kindle Unlimited, B&N & select bookshops like the Whistlestop Bookshop!



Excerpt from Chapter 18: Christmas in July

Being a parent has truly taught me the meaning of the expression, “Christmas in July.” It is the time of year that some children, especially mine, begin to write their Christmas lists…oh and one other thing…they begin to whine about how far off Christmas actually is!!

I’m fairly certain that when the summer gets a little boring, and a bit too hot, there’s summer reading out there that outlines the rules that children follow when making a COOL Christmas List. The first rule is to make the list I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-Y LONG! In fact, my daughter likes to make it long enough so that she can be truly despondent that she will NEVER EVER TRULY GET WHAT SHE WANTS (this year that is…) In fact, to hear it from them, they never do get what they REALLY want. (Forget the fact that a mere six months ago, they received the majority of another rather endless list of overpriced items, most of which are now cluttering up my living room, bedrooms, and playroom areas.)

Anyway, it was a hot July evening when my daughter decided to “Cool off” by writing this year’s Christmas list. She completed the list then proceeded to begin the sales pitch by gently “walking me” through her winter wonderland wish list. Not being of the Christmas giving spirit myself that Christmas List Eve, I did my best rendition of Scrooge. This response caused the list to be abandoned on my kitchen island with her modifying title, new and in my opinion, improved, as “The Never Christmas List.”

Christmas Confessions…
Now I ask you, where would my child get this rather annoying, yet comical

habit from? There can be only one answer… The Parental Curse… Used only as a last resort, and I’m sure when my own parents reached their breaking point from what else but...MY CHRISTMAS LIST!!!!

Yes, I confess. I did it. Mine was no ordinary Christmas list…My brothers were witness to this. My list was in fact almost the entire Sears Wish book with basically everything under the sun circled as a “MUST HAVE!” In an “honest” effort to save my parents some money, I skipped a few boy items here and there. In retrospect, I should have crossed off the few things I didn’t want rather than waste all that time circling things!!

Anyway, can I help it if my begging, pleading and dare I admit it?? My WHINING was much more “effective” than my brothers trying to kill each other throughout the rest of the year? Looking back, I’m now sure that my whining was the clincher that drove my poor parents to the ultimate punishment I’m still paying for… the dreaded Parental Curse cast upon their beloved daughter during a brief moment of parental insanity!! By the time I was done with poor Mom and Dad, they were probably in a state of (sticker) shock and asking that age-old Jimmy Stewart question spoken in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Why do we have to have all these kids anyway???”

And so it came to pass. I deserved and became a victim of Parental revenge. A
simple curse that could escalate my children’s innocent act of making a “simple, little Christmas list” into a Whine Fest complete with written documentation… This incredibly powerful Parental Curse designed to punish me for years on end. And me asking the same question my parents most likely asked years before... Whatever became of those “visions of sugarplums” dancing ONLY in the heads of sleeping children!! What is it that then compels the darlings to put the visions down on paper, in list format no less? I think the answer will come out when my children write their rebuttal to this book due out in paperback in the year 2025…








Thursday, December 13, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: In Times Of Violence Young Adult Edition By Karina Kantas!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Karina Kantas in my APC spotlight, today! Karina is an active, supportive, and one of the founding members of the Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, coming of age, personal journey, contemporary urban fiction novel, In Times of Violence, looks great! Here's the description:
Jade had been sheltered most of her life. Living in an isolated village with only sex and drugs to entertain. Her mother is an alcoholic and her father doesn't give a damn.
Her only way out is to beg her Aunt to allow her to stay as a guest in their London house.
Jade meets fate head on in the form of Marcus, president of the Tyrants MC. She finally finds a family that loves and respects her and they are not BLOOD. Nothing comes easy to Jade and she is forced to fight to keep her title and status. Then just when life starts to go right, one-night changes 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, December 12, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 880


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-Eighty:
My hominid-servant spent quite a bit of time today playing with her dead tree. First, she replaced the decorations that the juvenile felid destroyed in his effort to evade her retribution for daring to trespass upon her tree. Then, she added to their number quite substantially, to the point where I wasn't certain the weight wouldn't cause some of the smaller branches to break. The dead tree is now a truly dazzling display of blinking, flashing, glittering temptation.

Once my hominid-servant finished adorning the dead tree to her, apparently arbitrary, satisfaction, she then did something that I found truly interesting. She attached the base that the dead tree is set in to keep it upright to a large tray, which she then filled with liquid H2O. I'm uncertain if this new development is meant as an attempt to nourish the dead tree to delay the rate at which it decays, or if it was done in an effort to prevent my young companion's and my own investigations of the dead tree. Or, perhaps, the hope is that it will serve both purposes.

No matter which of those possible motivations my hominid-servant may have had, I fear her efforts will prove to be futile. The tree is dead; there is nothing that can prevent it from succumbing to the inevitability of entropy, now. The time to take action to preserve it would have been before it was severed from its root system. At best, my hominid-servant's actions may slow the rot. But even that much I am dubious of.

And the liquid H2O will certainly not prove to be an effective barrier to exploration. The only thing it will accomplish is to make a careful approach to the branches impossible, as it will now be necessary to leap over the tray. This will likely result in more damage to my hominid-servant's baubles, and of course more outrage from her, but that consideration will certainly not impede necessary research.

Though, I do think the tray will provide an additional convenient source of H2O for the canid, my youthful compatriot, and myself. I doubt such a possibility entered into my hominid-servant's thought process when she undertook to erect the contraption. But, perhaps, she can take some solace in the fact that it will at least serve some useful function.


Hominids can be rather dense, at times, can't they? ;-) 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 11, 2018

History Repeating Itself...


Hey Everyone,

Today's post is something I wrote back in October, back when a crazed Trump fan mailed a dozen bombs to people Trump had named as his political enemies. Unfortunately, not much has changed in the national rhetoric since then, so I thought I'd share the thoughts I recorded at the time.

"Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" A famous quote attributed to King Henry II of England regarding the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The King and Becket had political disagreements regarding the respective rights of the monarch versus the rights of the Catholic Church. Eventually, after quite a bit of political wrangling, the King was said to have uttered the question. Which was interpreted by four of his knights as an order. Those knights set out to capture Becket, and when he resisted they murdered him.

Why am I babbling about something that happened more than 800 years ago? Because human nature doesn't change. The details and the technology might be different, but we've just witnessed a similar tableau. A President who rails against his political opponents and implies that violent action against them would be welcomed by him. And his faithful followers acting accordingly.






Monday, December 10, 2018

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. I agree with the Kyle in that I don't think violence is the best way to achieve political goals, but I still think it's worth considering what regular people in France were able to get their elected leaders to do with this protest. And, as always, since this isn't getting much coverage in the corporately-owned mainstream media, I wanted to do my part in helping to make sure people know what's going on in the world. So, please take a few minutes to watch the video, and then you can draw your own conclusions. Peace!





Sunday, December 9, 2018

Use Up Those #Leftovers #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is a recipe my mom used to make when we had leftover rice and vegetables and she needed an easy, fast, kid-pleasing meal. Truth be told, I still enjoy it, sometimes. ;-)

Ingredients:
2-4 cups leftover cooked rice (your favorite kind)
1-2 cups leftover vegetables (whatever kind you have on hand)
1-2 cups leftover tomato sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
1 tbsp Italian dry seasoning mix
Salt and pepper to taste.

In a bowl, mix together the rice, vegetables, sauce, seasonings, and 1 cup of the cheese until they are thoroughly combined. Transfer the contents of the bowl to a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven until the cheese on top is brown and bubbly. Serve piping hot with a side of crusty bread.

Buon appetito!



Saturday, December 8, 2018

#Winter #Wonderland Of #Reading #Christmas #Giveaway! $120 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Christmas!  Please take a moment to check out the Winter Wonderland of Reading Authors & Bloggers Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 160 prizes, and the grand prize is $120 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 7, 2018

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



Hey Everyone!! :-)

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 6, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Time Will Tell By Scarlett Wells!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Scarlett Wells in my APC spotlight, today! Scarlett is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her contemporary romance, personal journey, romantic literary novel, Time Will Tell, looks great! Here's the description:
When Emmett helps Viola on her first day of kindergarten, a friendship is forged. As the years pass, their friendship blossoms. But fate tears them apart just as they are discovering their true feelings for one another.

Can their love survive time, distance, and the challenges life throws at them? Only time will tell.
 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 5, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 878


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-Seventy-Eight:
When my hominid-servant emerged from her nightly hibernation, today, she found the juvenile felid resting among the branches of her dead tree. At first, it seemed she didn't notice because she walked right past him with no reaction. But she soon returned with her H2O spray machine and savagely soaked my young companion without regard for the care he had so obviously taken to keep from disturbing her decorations when he made his ascent.

Naturally, he demonstrated no such concern for her baubles in his expeditious evacuation of the tree branches. Unfortunately, this resulted in several of the trinkets smashing against the floor, which drove my hominid-servant into further hysterics. Only once she had finished chasing the poor creature through every room in my domicile with her dastardly device did my hominid-servant return to clean up the mess she had caused.

But, despite the fact that the damage to her ornaments was clearly the result of her own actions, my hominid-servant maintained a steady stream of invective towards my unfortunate compatriot. Which, once again, is just further proof of the inability of hominids to behave in anything resembling a rational manner.


Hominids are so unreasonable, sometimes. ;-) 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 4, 2018

Corruption And Cruelty, Common Bedfellows...


Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Excerpt from Answers From Alyce:
"What's a concentration camp and how is it different from a prison," asked Squid-boy, apparently deciding to ignore my rude behavior.

"A prison is somewhere that a person who has been convicted of a crime is sent to serve a specific sentence. They know what they have been accused and found guilty of, they know how long their sentence is, there's due process and a right to representation, etc. There are an awful lot of problems with our criminal justice system, and the rights of people accused and convicted of crimes are violated with disturbing regularity, but at least they exist in theory."

I gestured at the exhibit. "These people don't even have that much protection under the law. They're just sent wherever the government wants to send them, for however long the government wants to hold them, and the only way they have a lawyer when they finally do get a day in court is if they pay for it themselves. The places they're sent are just holding facilities to warehouse people the government doesn't like. To concentrate them all in one place."

"Ah, thus the term 'concentration camps'," said Yax.

I nodded. "And they aren't being separated by size. Children are being taken away from their parents. For the adults and the older children, men and women and girls and boys are often separated. For the youngest children, toddlers and infants, they might not be separated by gender."

Squid-boy blinked at me. "I was under the impression that your species conformed to the mammalian norm of adults caring for partially developed offspring until they reach physical maturity. Is this not the case?"

My lips twitched at the way he described human families, but I nodded. "We do. Most parents love their children a lot and would do anything to see them safe and happy."

He made a buzzing sound in the back of his throat and gestured at where the uniformed robots were tearing the small robots away from the larger ones. "Then why separate the offspring from the parents?"

"Because the people running our government don't like these people and want to cause them pain. It's a deliberate act of cruelty. They took those kids away and didn't even keep track of who they took them from; they never intended to return them. They just wanted to hurt people they don't like."

"That's…"

"Barbaric. I know."

"Why separate the older children from the younger children?" interjected Yax.

I sighed. "Because older children and younger children require different types and levels of care, and because older children who don't know how to care for younger children might accidentally hurt them. Plus, separating them means that the private corporations that are running the places where the kids are being kept can charge more. And the people who own those corporations are friends with and donors to the people running our government. They put the youngest kids into what they call 'tender age facilities' and they can charge a premium for them, but really they're just concentration camps for babies."

"Corruption and cruelty working in tandem."

I nodded. "Those two things often go hand-in-hand in our society."



Monday, December 3, 2018

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. I wanted to share this story because it's a good example of where mainstream, corporate media fails to properly inform The People. It's also really good news for people who want the government to represent regular, working Americans and not the oligarchs. It's something that everyone should know about so that we can put pressure on our own elected representatives to support it. So, please take a few minutes to watch the video, and then consider writing or calling your Congresspeople and Senators and letting them know you know about this piece of legislation and what you think about it. Peace!




Sunday, December 2, 2018

Quick And Easy Stuffed Peppers #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is an easy, and delicious, way to use up leftovers and make a quick dinner when you're short on time. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
6 large bell peppers (your choice of color)
2 cups cheddar or mozzarella or pepper jack cheese shredded
2 cups cooked rice, quinoa, or couscous
1 15oz can kidney or black beans drained
1 15 oz can corn drained
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup leftover vegetables (any kind)
4 cloves garlic minced fine
1 onion chopped fine
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp harissa paste
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the ribs and seeds. Put the cleaned pepper shells in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes, remove them from the boiling water, and set them aside in a buttered baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together the grain, beans, corn, tomatoes, 1 cup of the cheese, and the seasonings. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter until the butter melts. Add the onions and saute until they soften and become translucent. Add the garlic and continue to saute until the onions start to caramelize. Add the contents of the bowl and stir to thoroughly mix. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Remove the pan from the heat and scoop the contents of the pan into the pepper shells in equal portions. Top each pepper with an equal amount of the remaining cup of cheese. Place the baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake until the outsides of the peppers start to blacken and the cheese browns, approximately 25 minutes. Serve piping hot.

Bon appetit!



Saturday, December 1, 2018

#Winter #Wonderland Of #Reading #Christmas #Giveaway! $120 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Christmas!  Please take a moment to check out the Winter Wonderland of Reading Authors & Bloggers Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 160 prizes, and the grand prize is $120 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, November 30, 2018

Asked And Answered... ;-)


Hey Everyone!! :-)

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I'd give everyone a tiny reminder of how the Winter Fae celebrate to help get your weekend started off right! Enjoy! ;-)

Excerpt from Captivated by the Winter King:
"Are you interested?"

Barking a laugh, he rose and extended a hand towards her. When she gave him her hand, he pulled her to her feet and against his body. He used one hand to hold her hard against himself while he threaded the fingers of the other hand through her short, red hair. Capturing her head, he held it angled to the side and skimmed his lips up the milky-white column of her throat.

When he reached her lips he hovered above them with his own and looked into her eyes. She wore a soft, dazed expression, and her body was pliant in his arms. Lowering his mouth, he claimed her with a deep, passionate kiss. She opened to him, denying him nothing as he explored every inch of her mouth with his tongue and lips. Her surrender brought him to the edge of forgetting himself, and it was only with great difficulty that he broke their kiss.

Looking at her, he saw her eyes were closed and her skin was flushed. Her lips were swollen and, when she cracked her eyelids to look at him, they curved into a satisfied smile. He smiled back. "It would be my pleasure," he answered.



Want to find out what happens next? Grab your copy at the link below. Happy reading and enjoy your holiday! :-)






Thursday, November 29, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Sharliss: A Word From A Doormat By Chrissy Moon!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Chrissy Moon in my APC spotlight, today! Chrissy is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her humorous, reflective, personal journey, contemporary women's fiction short story, Sharliss: A Word From A Doormat, looks great! Here's the description:
Tonight's the night.
Sharliss—an accountant who's been a pushover for pretty much all of her thirty-eight years—has had it.
She doesn't want her date to paw at her. She doesn't want people to talk rudely to her or for her bossy cousin to control her personal life.
Will she have the courage to speak up and finally put a stop to it 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, November 28, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 873


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-Seventy-Three:
Today, my hominid-servant decorated her dead tree. At least, she partially decorated it. I couldn't help but note when she had finished that there were substantially fewer decorations dangling from the tree than there have been in previous iterations of this ritual. I'm uncertain if she has decided to reduce the number of decorations this time for some ill-defined reason, or if she intends to hang more decorations at a later time. And, if it's the latter possibility, I'm uncertain why she decided to complete this task in two or more separate installments.

Regardless of her reasoning or motivations, my hominid-servant has suspended a number of intriguing baubles from the limbs of the tree. She prefaced this act by spending several minutes hurling severe imprecations at myself and the adolescent felid regarding the consequences she intends to visit upon us if we disturb the dancing trinkets she has tempted us with. Again, I'm unclear on her intentions with this warning, as she has to know by now that there is no chance at all that we will heed it. I can only surmise it makes her feel better by giving her a delusory sense of control over our behavior. Once again, I must conclude that hominids are simply not terribly bright.


*sigh* Hominids, what can you do with them? ;-) 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, November 27, 2018

#NewRelease #Announcement:The Vampire King's Mate By C.A. Worley!



Hey Everyone! :-)

My friend, C.A. Worley, wants to tell you about her new book, The Vampire King's Mate. C.A., take it away! :-)

C.A.Worley:

The Vampire King's Mate Description:
For five long years, Viktor, The Heartless King of Prajna, has ignored the cicatrice on his palm. The birthmark, which awakens only when a vampire’s fated mate is soon to cross his path, is a complication he does not need. A chance encounter with his true mate unexpectedly rocks him to the core. Unwilling to deny the pull of her soul to his, he bonds with the female, believing he can handle the one major obstacle standing in his way of happiness.

When Eden’s betrothal to the Wolf King of the North falls through, she rejoices. For the first time in her life, she believes her fate is her own. She later finds out how very wrong she was, and runs headfirst into the arms of a vampire. Soon, nefarious forces work against the pair. While Viktor tries to protect his mate, Eden learns the consequences of falling for a king who has no heart.

***The Vampire King's Mate is the second book in the Fate of Imperium Series. Each book is the story of a different king and his fated mate. While the three books do not have to be read in order, it is highly recommended.




Links:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HGNC9PS
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/896441
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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-vampire-king-s-mate-1






Monday, November 26, 2018

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one talks a little bit about how the inner machinations of the upcoming Speaker of the House vote will go and how the ultimate decisions will be arrived at. The reality is frustrating, but I think it's important to understand how everything is working so that we'll better be able to judge whether the people we all worked so hard to get there are keeping true to their promises to us. Anyway, please take a few minutes to watch the video, and then you can reach your own conclusions. Peace!






Sunday, November 25, 2018

Easy Mashed Potato #Casserole #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is an easy casserole you can usually throw together with leftovers. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
4-6 cups leftover mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1 carrot shredded or chopped small
1 cup frozen or leftover peas
1 cup frozen or leftover broccoli
1 cup mushrooms chopped
2 onions chopped fine
4 cloves garlic minced fine
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp turmeric
2 tsp chili pepper flakes
1 cup white wine (your choice)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup mozzarella or cheddar cheese shredded
Salt and pepper to taste (you'll want to use a fair amount of pepper)

Put the potatoes, carrots, peas, broccoli, dry seasonings, and eggs in a large bowl and mix together. In a skillet, add the butter and onions and cook until the onions start to caramelize. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and wine and cook until the wine reduces. Remove the pan from the heat and add the contents to the bowl. Mix until everything is combined evenly. Transfer the contents of the bowl to a buttered baking dish. Put the dish into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until the top starts to brown. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and return the dish to the oven. Finish cooking until the cheese melts and browns. Serve piping hot.

Bon appetit!



Saturday, November 24, 2018

#Winter #Wonderland Of #Reading #Christmas #Giveaway! $120 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Christmas!  Please take a moment to check out the Winter Wonderland of Reading Authors & Bloggers Christmas Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 160 prizes, and the grand prize is $120 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, November 23, 2018

Cover And Title #Reveal #Announcement! :-)



Hey Everyone!! :-)

Happy day after Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. And since this is a holiday weekend, I've decided to give you all some exciting news!! I've finished the first draft of Alyce's story and, as you can see, the cover is ready too! :-) Right now, I'm working on editing and I hope, but can't promise, that I'll be able to release it before the end of the year. But, never fear, I'll definitely make sure to let you all know the release date just as soon as I have won. ;-)  In the meantime, here's a peek at the revised beginning. Happy reading! :-)

Excerpt from Answers From Alyce:

Prologue

"You want to do what, now?"

The short guy with the clipboard looked up from what he was writing. "I need to inspect your genitals."

"Are you out of your ever-lovin' mind?"

The guy cocked his head at me, quite a feat since he didn't have much of a neck to speak of. "You know, these are your species' rules. If you want to use a public lavatory, you must submit to having your genitals inspected first. How else can we be sure that you are entering the correct facility for your gender?"

"You're delusional; there's no way this side of eternity that you are gonna go 'inspectin' my genitals'. I'd rather pee my pants."

The guy made a notation on his clipboard. Actually, it wasn't a clipboard, it was some kind of high-tech tablet kind of thing. But it looked like a clipboard, so that's what I called it.

"Interesting. We didn't think you'd object. Based on the vociferosity of those promoting such regulations, we thought they must have near universal support."

I gaped at him. "Lookyhere, sugar, almost no one likes those rules. It's basically just a handful of religious, nutjob zealots who have taken control of our government by doing the biddin' of the wealthy who think that those rules are a good idea."

"You truly have an odd form of leadership. Very well, if you have need of the facilities, please use them. We have much to cover today."

I rolled my eyes. "Thank you. I'm pleased as punch we've managed to move past your desire to see me in my altogether."

As I walked past him towards the door to the bathroom, I heard him mumble, "As if I actually had any wish to view the vulva of an over-evolved ape."

I think he might even have shuddered, but it was hard to tell since he lacked any kind of skeleton. It might have just been a breeze moving through the room. I rolled my eyes again anyway. Apparently, no one had ever told him that the proper place for squid is dusted in seasoned flour, deep fried, and served over spaghetti.

But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Hi. My name is Alyce, and boy did I ever end up on the other side of the looking glass. It's quite a story, so let me start at the beginning.



Coming Soon...



Thursday, November 22, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Working With It (The Persimmon Series Book 3) By Cass Alexander!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the good ol' US of A. Today, I've got Cass Alexander in my APC spotlight! Cass is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her contemporary romance, new adult, college romance, romantic comedy, Working With It, looks great! Here's the description:
Morgan Pottinger is counting the days until graduation. Her plans are to leave small town Kentucky and never look back. As she starts her senior year at Persimmon College, she finds herself the object of Nate Stevenson’s affections. Despite her spaz-like tendencies, Nate makes it clear he wants her. Morgan cannot resist the sexy, intelligent guy that keeps her on her toes and ties her up in knots.
There’s just one problem. Morgan needs to break up with her hometown boyfriend before pursuing anything with Nate. A series of catastrophes back home continuously interfere with her attempts to end the relationship. At this rate, she’ll be married to the loser by March and Nate will be just another casualty in the disaster that is her life. Lucky for Morgan, Nate’s much smarter than she is.
Working With It is Book 3 of The Persimmon Series. Each book can be read as a standalone.
 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, November 21, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 668


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-Sixty-Eight:
My hominid-servant has once again brought a dead tree into my domicile. She has yet to hang her decorations from it, however the juvenile felid has already drawn her ire several times through his forays into the branches. Though, why his actions should come as a surprise to her is beyond me. It never ceases to amaze me how easily hominids seem to forget the consequences of their actions.

For my part, I have determined that the best way to conduct my investigation of the tree without interruption is to wait until my hominid-servant retires to her sleeping platform. As long as my investigations do not make enough noise to rouse her, I am able to work in peace. And if, by chance, she does awaken, it is not difficult to maneuver the canid into a position close enough to the tree that he will take the blame for the disturbance.


Has Thoth finally mastered the secret to evading hominid interference? ;-) 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, November 20, 2018

Terrifying Shades Of Past Sins...


Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel:
We moved off down the hallway and the exhibit changed. What looked like color-coded boxes were lined up in rows of green, purple, blue, yellow, and red. Some of the boxes had robots in them but others were empty. It appeared as if the tallest robots were in the green and purple boxes and the smallest robots were in the blue boxes, with the red and yellow boxes containing robots of intermediate sizes. As I watched, two uniformed robots carried a child-sized robot over to a large ruler that was set into the floor. After comparing the small robot's height to the ruler, they put it in one of the blue boxes.

"What in the pink and purple heck…?"

"It was unclear to us the criteria that was being used to separate these people," said Squid-boy. "The only thing we were able to determine for certain is that size and gender seemed to be factors. Therefore, what we're showing here is people being categorized by height and then by gender, though perhaps the order of those should be reversed?"

As he talked, I felt my jaw falling open, but I couldn't seem to pick it back up again. If I'd have been home, I'd have caught a dozen flies. Finally, his question registered in my brain and I nearly choked to keep from laughing. The subject we were discussing wasn't funny at all, and even in my shock I knew how inappropriate it would be to start giggling, but the way these aliens' minds worked sometimes, well, it just tickled my funny bone.

I must have made some strange noises because Yax came over and peered down at me with a serious look of concern on his face, and that about did me in. One look at the frown on that devil's face and I'm sure I turned near purple trying not to bust a gut. I had to excuse myself and walk away before I started hee-hawing at a time and place where it would have been in the poorest taste and made my mamma roll over in her grave.

When I finally had control of myself, I went back, but the confusion on both their faces nearly set me off again. Squid-boy opened his beak to speak, but I held up my hand and said, "Don't. Just don't say anything." They looked at each other and then back at me, and I had to look away from them before I lost it. Closing my eyes, I took a deep breath. "Let me see if I've got this right, you think that the people here," I waved at the exhibit, "were separated based on their height and their gender?" My voice squealed at bit at the end, and I had to clear my throat to maintain control.

"Yes. Why does this disturb you?"

I shook my head and squeezed my eyes shut, breathing deeply. "Okay, you got part of what was going on here, but you mixed up the details, a bit." A strangled chuckle snuck out before I could stop it.

"And the way we've misinterpreted these events upsets you?" asked Yax.

A glance at the worry on his face and a half-formed snicker got past my lips. I had to look away and wipe the tears that were leaking from the corners of my eyes. Taking another deep breath, I looked up at the ceiling. "Umm… No. Not exactly."

My hosts looked at each other, again, and Yax moved closer to his colleague. "Do you think this is a manifestation of emotional shock?" asked the taller alien.

That was it; I couldn't take it anymore. A whoop of laughter escaped and echoed through the halls before I could stop it. Squid-boy narrowed his eyes at me and clicked his beak. "No. I do not believe it is distress that has resulted in this reaction."

Seeing the irritation on the faces of my hosts when they realized I was trying not to laugh at them nearly sent me completely over the edge. But then I looked back at the robots who were being "arrested" and the tears on the faces of the smaller robots, and thinking about how that was happening for real, to actual children, was enough to sober me instantly. Turning back towards the part of the exhibit where the sorting was being done, I remembered that while the criteria being used was different, people were actually being separated from their families and sent to different places.

When I thought about it a little more, I realized that words like "infestation," "diseased," and "animals" were already being used by elected officials at the highest levels of our government. How long would it be until terms like "liquidation," "final solution," and "special treatment" entered the conversation? With that in mind, all feelings of frivolity fled my thoughts.