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! :-)

Ingredients:
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!






Sunday, October 14, 2018

#Spicy Peanut Soup In A #Crockpot #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is an easy, delicious, hearty soup, perfect for those cool Autumn nights. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
8 cups vegetable stock
1 cup red wine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp sriracha
2 tbsp harissa
8 cloves garlic minced fine
2 tbsp ginger grated
2 tomatoes chopped
2 onions chopped fine
4 potatoes scrubbed and diced
2 carrots chunked
6 cups collard or mustard greens chopped
1 cup peanuts chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

In a saute pan, add the olive oil and onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, tomatoes, and greens to the pan and cook until the greens wilt. Add the remaining ingredients except for the chopped peanuts, peanut butter, tomato paste, wine, and one cup of stock to the crockpot and turn on high. Add the contents of the saute pan to the crockpot and deglaze the pan with the reserved wine and stock. Simmer the wine and stock in the pan for a couple of minutes to allow the wine to reduce and add them to the crockpot. Cook the soup on high for 4 to 5 hours, or until it simmers.

Put the peanut butter and tomato paste in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a paper towel, and heat in 30-second increments until the paste and peanut butter are soft enough to stir together. Add the paste and peanut butter to the crockpot and stir to combine. Taste the soup and adjust seasoning as necessary. Simmer for an additional 30 minute to an hour, garnish with chopped peanuts, and serve piping hot with a side of crusty bread or over cooked rice or quinoa.

Bon appetit!



Saturday, October 13, 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 12, 2018

#NewRelease #Announcement: Noémie's Journey By Victoria Saccenti!



Hey Everyone! :-)

My friend Karina Kantas is here, today, to let us all know about a new release by her friend Victoria Saccenti. Karina, take it away! :-)

Karina:
Is proud to announce the release of her newest novel

Noémie's Journey

Book Description:

Love is waiting around the next curve…but trouble is never far behind.

Desperate to shake memories that stalk him like feral beasts, Richard Winters points his motorcycle toward the highway and twists the throttle—destination anywhere but New York. By the time he puts his kickstand down, he’s in Summitville, North Carolina, where, with a few annoying exceptions, one being an outlaw MC, he’s left alone.

Except there’s one woman who catches his notice and resurrects the protective instinct that cost him everything once before. A woman with stunning green eyes that haunt his dreams, and facing prejudice that makes him want to rise to her defense. But that would mean doing the last thing he wants to do—lower his guard.

Noémie Bellerose has heard times are changing, but in 1968 North Carolina, she and her younger brother are second-class citizens. The new bartender in town is temptation on two wheels, but in what world could the two of them connect? Not this one.

Despite their best intentions to avoid trouble, trouble finds them both—and so does an attraction that won’t be denied. But can love bloom where it is planted, or will they be forced to resort to desperate measures…before hate cuts them down?


About the Author:
Amazon Bestselling author, Victoria Saccenti picked up pencil and paper the moment her childhood book heroes started conversing with her. Sounds a little crazy, but there's no rhyme or reason for inspiration. Back then, she wrote one-act plays and short fairy tales for simple amusement. Today--many...many moons later--her playful stories have grown into family sagas and retro and contemporary romances with an edge. An avid people watcher, she explores in her novels the twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings.

Victoria lived overseas and traveled the world for thirty years, and she brings that experience and sense of adventure to her stories. She enjoys taking her reader on a private journey from America to Europe to Southeast Asia and back around.

Central Florida is home. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. But if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores.

Facebook - VictoriaSaccentiAuthor
Twitter - @VictoriaSAuthor
Instagram -Victoria Saccenti


INTERVIEW

-What made you want to be a writer?

My writing journey began decades ago. I plunged into the adventure-filled pages of Emilio Salgari’s Tigers of Malaysia and my imagination awakened. I started writing juvenile fantasies, kept a diary, progressed to short stories, then finally took on the big project, full-length novels.

-How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?

Read, read, and read some more. That is the main advice given by every major author. As other works expand the knowledge and style base. We’re exposed to new and different worlds when we read.

-Which character do you identify with most in your novel?

This may sound crazy, but I don’t identify with one specific character. I love and identify with all of them. When they speak to me, I listen.

-Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?

I don’t like to tell anyone how or what to think. I only present events, choices, and possibilities. The characters come up to the proverbial crossroad and learn from their mistakes. In the exchange I can only hope the readers take something of value.

-Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.

I hide out in my silent cave. LOL I can’t write with music. If I do, my mind wanders away, gets lost in the notes and I lose the connection to the character(s).

-What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?

My cave is an organized chaos. I have all sorts of necessary goodies. Affectionate notes from my dear hubby, photographs of dear friends, my special notebook, things like that.

-What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.

The biggest challenge was to gather the courage to put your work “out there” exposing your soul to the public.

-When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?

I have a wonderful set of friends.

-How do you market your book?

Social media platforms are a great way to spread the word. I also advertise via Internet publications. Plus, I have a terrific VA.

-Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.

Yes, readers regularly contact me. Their compliments are extremely rewarding.

-Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?

I send the manuscript to two fantastic Beta readers. My editor is also a wonderful barometer/critic.

-Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.

My very first book signing took place in San Antonio, Texas, at the lovely Menger Hotel. I was a nervous wreck and didn’t know what to expect, or how many books to bring. Authors decorated the packed room with colorful pullout and table banners. Logo’s, quotes, and character images where everywhere. My table partner was sweet and funny. She was probably as nervous as I was, since that was her first event as well. The happy cacophony of laughter and conversation and the scent of fresh popcorn are indelibly etched in the memory bank. Who knew that would be offered at the door? I also remember the aroma of chocolate. I had swag Hershey’s bites spread out on my table. I have a feeling the bites had a lot to do with the readers stopping by. They might have sold a book or two. Hershey’s bites rule!

-What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?

Reading is my favorite pastime.

-Tell us your favorite novel?

I’ll take a different tack. My favorite writer is Dorothy Dunnett. I love her series The Lymond Chronicles and House of Niccolò. The best historical fiction books ever written, in my humble opinion.

-What kind of advice can you give to other aspiring authors?

Hire a good editor. Editors are worth their weight in gold.

-Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?

Please stop by. You can find me at:

www.victoriasaccentiwrites.com
www.amazon.com/Victoria-Saccenti
Facebook - VictoriaSaccentiAuthor



PROLOGUE

Mount Vernon, New York. April 1968

Dickey entered his apartment, and before he could flip the light switch, the memories—feral beasts lying in wait—pounced from every direction.

Damn it. Stop. Stop. He stabbed his fingers into his face, but the self-inflicted pain had no effect on the barrage of angry whispers circling him. Taunting him, they grew louder…intensified to a roar of screams and jeers.

He’d done everything to break the pattern, had changed his routine, rearranged the sequence and time of his actions and nothing worked. As soon as he was alone, the scene and participants came to life, clawing at him whether he played music, listened to the radio, or watched TV. No distraction, no entertainment on earth could end the torment or silence the voices. No. They pulled him, yanked him back to the moment…the god-awful moment.

No more.

It was late, close to midnight, and still he reached for the phone—a pathetic jerk, a slave of the past. He loathed the lack of control, the outright weakness the call would reveal.

“Hey, Skip. Sorry to wake you.”

“Hmmm…yeah. Dickey?”

“Got a moment, pal?”

“Shoot. I’m awake now.”

“You once offered to buy my share of the business. Are you still interested in going solo?”

“It was a passing interest. But…why bring it up now?”

“Because I’m getting out of Dodge. I refuse to spend another hour in this state. I’m done. Finito.”

“Hold on, man. Vivian again? It’s been years.”

“I can’t shake it. I see her…them… No more.”

“What about that sweet young thing? She likes you.”

“And she was getting too clingy. I don’t do girlfriends. Mind’s made up.”

“Wait, Dickey—”

“Nah, I’m packing. I’ll head west or maybe south. Not sure. When I stop, wherever I stop, I’ll call. Hopefully, a drastic change will do the trick. And Skip, when you see that girl, please tell her I wish her the best.”

He dropped the phone on the cradle and swept through his place, tossing a few rolled items into the smallest duffel he owned. He didn’t need much. He’d tear into the road, travel light and long with a single purpose in mind: leave good old Dickey behind and forgotten. Hello world, meet Richard Winters.

In a few strides, he closed the door to his last home in New York, mounted his bike, and, with a deep rumble, sped into the night.

Ill or fair, he’d meet the wind head-on.

Where to find Noemie's Journey

http://bit.ly/NJAMKI - Amazon Kindle
http://bit.ly/BNNJEB - Barnes & N
http://bit.ly/iBooksNJ - iBook Apple
http://bit.ly/D2DNJEB - D2D
http://bit.ly/SWNJEB - Smashwords
http://bit.ly/EBKOBONJ - Kobo






Thursday, October 11, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Wicked Cries: Book 1 in the Wicked Cries Series By Michelle Areaux!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Michelle Edrington-Areaux in my APC spotlight, today! Michelle is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her paranormal, occult, urban fantasy, young adult, horror novel, Wicked Cries, looks great! Here's the description:
For 16-year-old Sadie Sanders, dealing with the dead is growing tiresome, especially when they expect her to be their messenger from the afterlife. But when her family moves to Salem, Massachusetts, and she finds the diary of a young girl named Elizabeth who was accused of witchcraft, she may need some help. Soon, Elizabeth begins to haunt Sadie, first in her dreams and then when she’s awake. As Sadie delves into Elizabeth’s journal, she slowly uncovers the secret Elizabeth needs to reveal, and it’s one that could change the course of history. Sadie needs help, and she wonders who, if anyone, she can tell about it. Worried that her friends and family wouldn’t believe her, or worse, prevent her from continuing her journey to find the truth, Sadie has a choice to make...and it’s not going to be an easy one.
 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, October 10, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 842


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-Two:
I have recently had reason to reflect on how inefficiently designed the hominid body is. Due undoubtedly to evolutionary pressures, the details of which I cannot imagine, they have developed a structure that requires them to walk upright on their rear limbs with no tail for counterbalance. As you would expect, this configuration of their anatomy results in excess strain being put on their lower spines. And as a result of this flaw in her construction, my hominid-servant injured herself recently doing routine tasks that should not have resulted in injury.

Unfortunately, because the area in question is a fulcrum in nearly all movements a hominid regularly engages in, the injury in question is quite debilitating when it comes to practical concerns. My hominid-servant did manage to fill the food dishes and clean the waste receptacles. However, due to the pain caused by her injury, she was unwilling to exert herself in any of the other useful, entertaining, or enlightening activities she generally performs.

This has made it difficult to study hominid behavior and has also discomfited the adolescent felid, as he relies on my hominid-servant providing an outlet for his youthful energy. I did note that my hominid servant attempted to alleviate her symptoms through the application of a heat source to the affected area. However, the tiny irritant had used the filament that connects the heat source to the junction that transmits electrical energy as a teething device, so the heat source proved non-functional.

Since my other studies were thwarted through a combination of lack of hominid activity and excess small felid activity, I decided to investigate whether the palliative measure my hominid-servant had attempted would have been effective. I therefore waited until she positioned herself on her sleeping platform in such as way that gave me access to the location on her back that seemed to be giving her the greatest amount of trouble. I then placed myself against the area, using the warmth of my body as a substitute for the artificial heat source she had intended to use, and engaged the P.U.R.R. to help soothe her into remaining still.

My efforts seemed to have made some difference, though it is difficult to quantify the improvement because, after a period of resting this way, my hominid-servant seemed to move more easily and with less pain. She also patted my head and told me I was a "nice kitty," which I found to be exceptionally patronizing but also an indication that my presence had aided in her recovery. From her movements, I believe that my hominid-servant's condition is improved but not resolved. I will monitor her progress to see if further intervention on my part is warranted and report back on any additional data this experiment yields.


Hmm... Always trouble, those hominids. ;-) 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 9, 2018

Killing To Preserve Life...


Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel:
Yax cleared his throat. "The effect those videos had on these clinics that seem to be a vital part of your health system, especially considering the woeful inadequacies of that system as a whole, is horrible, but you said they weren't the worst thing people have done to shut down such facilities?"

"Oh, certainly not. There have been people who have blown clinics up, taken a gun into clinics and shot random people who were working or waiting there, stalked and murdered doctors who worked in clinics, posted the private information of clinic doctors, staff, and patients on the internet and encouraged other people to use the information to hunt them down and hurt them, and other acts of violence aimed at controlling and terrorizing women. And, then there's the other side of the coin."

"Coin?" asked Squid-boy, turning his head to look behind himself.

I rolled my eyes. "Not a literal coin. The other side of the issue of government and religion assuming control over women's bodies."

"You mean, there have been instances where people have forced females of your species to do things other than give birth when they didn't want to?" asked Yax.

I nodded. "Quite often, actually. Until fairly recently in our history, women were considered property in many societies. First of their fathers; then of their husbands. Husbands could rape and beat their wives without penalty. In some societies, women could be sold or traded to settle debts. In a few societies, husbands and fathers could even murder the women who belonged to them and not have committed any crime. For much of human history, it was pretty commonplace for people other than women to control women's bodies. Most people didn't even consider that to be wrong. Many still don't. It's still extremely common for rape to be used as a weapon of war."

"Rape! You can't be serious," exclaimed Squid-boy.

"Oh, sugar, I wish I weren't. But there are still a lot of people on my world, and in my country, who still don't see women as equal to men. Many people see denying women rights and agency as the natural order of things. It's as if some people think that to acknowledge that women as equals, entitled to equal rights, would somehow take away something from themselves. And I haven't even told you, yet, about some of the worst systematic abuses of women."



Monday, October 8, 2018

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. Honestly, I had a hard time deciding which story to share because there are so many important stories that have largely gotten lost in the -- justifiable -- noise surrounding the Republican efforts to put a rapist on the Supreme Court. But I decided we all probably need a little good news, at this point, so I decided to share two related videos. I think they're worth the little bit of extra time, and I hope they give all of your hope reservoirs a boost the way they did mine. Peace!









Sunday, October 7, 2018

#PumpkinSpice French Toast #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

In the unlikely event you have leftovers from last week's recipe, here's an idea for what to do with them. Enjoy! ;-)

Ingredients:
Leftover Pumpkin Spice Bread Cut Into 1" Wide Slices (Recipe Here)
1 cup milk
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp brandy (optional)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp lemon zest (optional)
1/4 tsp salt

In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the bread. Submerge each slice of bread in the egg mixture and allow them to sit for several minutes to absorb the flavors. Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt a pat of butter in the bottom. Lay each slice of bread in the skillet, being careful not to crowd them, and cook until golden brown. Flip the bread over and cook on the other side until golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup or sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

Bon appetit!



Saturday, October 6, 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:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 5, 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.



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Thursday, October 4, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Blood & Iron: (A Havenwood Falls High Novella) By Amy Hale!


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I've got Amy Hale in my APC spotlight, today! Amy is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her new release, young adult, paranormal, fantasy, vampire, urban fantasy novella, Blood & Iron, looks great! Here's the description:
Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…
Miranda Saunders has spent her 16 years playing by the rules. She’s known for her impeccable style, good grades, and overall positive influence in Havenwood Falls. But in the vampire community, she’s an oddity. Born a vampire, from a situation deemed impossible, Miranda’s origins are an enigma to everyone. When a photo surfaces that brings up questions about her long lost father, she is determined to find the answers. That search lands her directly in the path of trouble—fellow vampire Kai Reynolds.
Recently graduated from Havenwood Falls High, Kai is tired of being told how to behave. Ready to break out of the mold he’s been cast in by his parents and the town’s supernatural leaders, he becomes a prospect for the SIN motorcycle club—something his parents loathe.
But when he catches Miranda snooping around the clubhouse, he has to choose: turn her in and prove his loyalty to the club or help her find the answers she’s looking for. If they work together, they’re both taking risks far more dangerous than they understand. And the mystery surrounding Miranda’s father is only the beginning.
This is a Young Adult paranormal tale in the Havenwood Falls High series of Young Adult fantasy stories featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read.
If you think this sounds like something you might enjoy, go ahead and grab your copy here:


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 836


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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 Eight-Hundred-Thirty-Six:
I have recently taken an interest in my hominid-servant's food preparation rituals. They had previously gone largely unremarked on by me because I had failed to notice just how intricate and involved they are. This was mostly due to the fact that my hominid-servant insists on performing these rituals on a horizontal platform that is located at a height far greater than that at which I am able to comfortably make recordings, and that there are no other conveniently located horizontal platforms from which I might observe.

Naturally, given her general stinginess with her edibles and lack of interest in cooperating with or aiding in my research, she is insistent that I not locate myself on the platform that she prepares the food on. This has led to some, if I may say so myself, rather creative efforts on my part to gather data, many of which have involved stealthy attempts to position myself on her food-preparation platform without her noticing. Unfortunately, more often than not, these forays are terminated prematurely when she sees where I am and responds with the expected verbal abuse and flailing of her limbs.

Therefore, thus far, my observations have been limited. However, I have managed to record the deliberateness with which she chops the food into small pieces, the variety of the ingredients that she uses, and the careful way she prepares her heating instruments to receive the food once it has been reduced to the desired size. I'm not certain what effect, if any, her preparations have on the final product or if there is a reason beyond palatability that she goes to such trouble, but I have noticed that the pieces of the different foods she adds to her meals all tend to have roughly the same dimensions before she adds them to her heating instruments.

To be honest, even the little I have managed to observe of the trouble she goes to in order to prepare her own meals and the meals of the other hominids she sometimes feeds makes me feel a bit resentful over the fact that she makes so little effort with the edibles she offers to me. Granted, given my lack of opposable thumbs, opening the bags that the food pellets come in is beyond my abilities. That's the main reason I require a hominid-servant to begin with, though she does have other functions that I find useful and pleasant to have available to me, as well. And, admittedly, the pellets are palatable if a bit dull and uniform. But, considering the amount of effort she devotes to the edibles she consumes, I would have hoped it would have occurred to her to work a little harder to please my palate, too.

Unfortunately, as with many things, my hominid-servant doesn't seem to have considered the importance of diversity of experience when it comes to my meals. Alas, my research seems to mean nothing to her, and the fact that the quality of my results may suffer due to a lack of opportunity to access a representative sample of what's available does not seem to concern her at all. I will continue to endeavor to, at least, record and sample the edibles she includes in her own meals and, as always, will report back on any additional findings.


Those darn stingy hominids! ;-) 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 2, 2018

Are They Really Not Smarter Than A 5th Grader?


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A few weeks ago, I heard several prominent TV personalities talking about "demographic shifts that none of us voted for," and it occurred to me to wonder, am I the only person to find that concept to be surrealistically bizarre? I mean -- practical considerations aside; what are they suggesting, a controlled reproduction program like communist China? -- where did people get the idea that anyone has the right to "vote" on other people's right to exist? Perhaps a review of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence is in order? "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

By definition, you don't get to vote on inalienable rights because they are rights that are intrinsic to a person's status as a human being. This is something that should have been covered repeatedly in elementary, middle, and high school social studies, government, and civics classes. Which is why it was so strange to me that, ostensibly well-educated, adults went on national television and said things that indicate that they are apparently unfamiliar with this most basic of tenets that our country was founded on. Charitably, I can only surmise that they really aren't smarter than a fifth grader. Because, frankly, the only alternative possibility I can think of makes me shudder.

Peace!



Monday, October 1, 2018

Something Worth Watching?


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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This video brings up an interesting question. Not whether Dr. Ford or Kavanaugh are telling the truth, I think anyone who watched the hearing last week and saw a strong woman doing her best to explain an extremely painful event in her past and an entitled, petulant man-child throwing a public temper tantrum knows that Dr. Ford is the honest one.  But the larger question of whether the type of public shaming that was used against Cruz, here, is still open. I tend to agree with the conclusions Kyle Kulinski reached in this video, but I still think there's room for debate. Honestly, I'd like more data about whether or not these tactics work, but I guess we'll all have to wait and see for that. Anyway, please take a few minutes to watch this video and, if you'd like, let me know what you think in the comments. Peace!