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, March 31, 2019

A Saucy Sauce #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

Today, I thought I'd share my recipe for tomato sauce with you. It's just one of those good, basic recipes to have in your repertoire and a nice thing to keep on hand for when you're cooking.  There are so many dishes that call for either a lot or a little tomato sauce, and the quality of the sauce can make or break those meals. Hopefully, you'll think this sauce is as good as I do. :-)

Ingredients:
8 large tomatoes or two large cans of tomatoes
1 large onion finely chopped
10 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 cup chopped basil (fresh is best but 3 tbsp dried will do in a pinch)
4 tbsp chopped or 2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp chopped or 4 tsp dried parsley
2 tbsp fennel seeds
4 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1 cup red wine (Burgundy or Merlot work well) or 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
1 chili pepper deseeded and chopped or 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put the olive oil, garlic, onion, fennel seeds, the pepper if you are using it, and any dried herbs you are using in your sauce pot and heat on low until the oil begins to sizzle. Stir the contents of the pot over low heat and allow the seasonings to infuse into the oil a bit, and then add the wine or wine vinegar, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce and continue stirring.

The tomatoes can be added either whole or as a puree, depending on how chunky you like your sauce. If you are using canned tomatoes, you can just add them directly from the can or put them in a blender and puree them and then add them. Canned tomatoes usually need to be cooked a bit longer so that the metallic taste disappears. If you add the tomatoes whole, you can use a potato masher to mush them up in the sauce pot so that they'll cook down into a sauce. If you are using fresh tomatoes, you can add them with or without the skins. If you like the skins, either add them whole or puree them in a blender and add them. If you want the skins removed, place the tomatoes in boiling water for a couple of seconds and then shock them in ice water. The skins should rub right off with a paper towel. Again, mush them up so that they'll cook down if you add them whole.

Slowly stir in the tomatoes or tomato puree and fresh herbs, but reserve half the parsley and half the basil. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring continuously, and then reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for an hour or two, stirring occasionally. If your sauce gets too thick, you can add a little water or a little extra wine. Stir in the grated cheese and the reserved herbs and taste the sauce. Adjust the salt and seasonings to suit your taste and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce is better the second day, so allowing it to sit in the fridge overnight is a good idea.

If you'd like a slightly chunkier sauce, you can also add mushrooms at the beginning when you cook the onions. A teaspoon of harissa paste instead of a chili pepper adds a slightly sweeter spice to the sauce. A cup of milk or half a cup of cream stirred in at the end makes the sauce creamier.

As with other things, I prefer my tomato sauce without meat. But if you want to add meat, you can add Italian sausage or ground beef to the pot before adding the garlic and other ingredients. Just make sure you cook the meat completely before adding anything else because food poisoning sucks. You can also add pre-cooked meat or meatballs to the sauce when you add the olive oil and other ingredients.

Buon Appetito!




Saturday, March 30, 2019

#StPats Authors & Bloggers #Giveaway! $114 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Saint Patrick's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the St. Pat's Authors & Bloggers Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 75 prizes, and the grand prize is $114 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, March 29, 2019

#NewRelease Announcement: The Demon King's Destiny By C. A. Worley!


Hey Everyone!!

My good friend C.A. Worley has a new book out that she'd like to tell you all about. C.A., take it away! :-)

C.A. Worley:

Description: 
When Marrok, the Demon King of Sundari, meets his fated mate in the dreamworld, he ignores the pull of the saatus bond. He has no desire to make a life with the female, not with his past being what it is. Unable to deny the bond for long, Marrok accepts his demon spirit’s need for its mate. He plans to use their connection to prevent him from turning rogue, while keeping his heart safely buried in the past.

Since the age of six, Evelyn has been dreaming of the Demon King. When she starts having visions of his past, old betrayals are brought to light, including an ancient brotherhood who has been working against the pair for decades. Knowing Marrok may never love her in the way she loves him, Evelyn chooses to fight for their future anyway. She’ll protect everyone she loves from the insidious group—or die trying.

***The Demon King’s Destiny is the third 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/B07N14HBVR
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/919345
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-demon-kings-destiny-ca-worley/1130339408
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-demon-kings-destiny/id1450380223
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-demon-king-s-destiny





Thursday, March 28, 2019

#APC #Spotlight: The Quest (Illusional Reality Book 2) By Karina Kantas!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Karina Kantas in my APC spotlight, today! Karina is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, action, fantasy, magical, adventure novel, The Quest, looks great! Here's the description:
When Haty notices a Tsinian crystal glowing, she knows she must stick to her word and return to her homeland as Thya. Knowing her kinsmen needed her, there was no hesitation. Even though there was more to lose than just her life.
Once more a prophecy informs the reader of oracles that only Thya could stop the war and save not just her people, but the rest of Enumac from Kovon’s psychotic plans.
Along with three other companions, Thya is sent on a perilous quest to locate a crystal eye which holds an evil known as the Dark Force.
The group is tried and tested throughout their journey by monsters, death and courage.
New friendships will be formed and other lost.
Thya’s power becomes stronger and a second will threatens to take over her mind body and soul.
A terrifying surprise waits for them in the city of Helkon.
Will they survive?
Will Thya return to Tsinia and for the final showdown with Kovon?
Find out by reading the thrilling concluding part of Illusional Reality.
 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, March 27, 2019

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 932


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 Nine-Hundred-Thirty-Two:
My hominid-servant spent a substantial amount of time preparing a gourmet collection of edibles, today, which are apparently intended for the canid, my young companion, and myself.  I observed the preparation of these edibles, as I often record my hominid-servant's food preparation rituals to further inform my research into possible hominid intelligence, and noted that they required even more labor on her part than the edibles she prepares for herself. So it surprised me when, after a short interval to allow the food to moderate its temperature, she proceeded to serve my compatriots and myself.

At first, I was delighted. After all, it isn't often that I'm offered the opportunity to sample the more exotic examples of this planet's consumables. But it occurred to me that there is likely a reason for my hominid-servant's sudden largesse, though what it may be escapes me. I will see how the situation develops and report back on any further anomalies.


Hmmmm, how mysterious! ;-) 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, March 26, 2019

Taking The Easy Road...


Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Excerpt from Answers From Alyce:
"But why would your media organizations want a criminal running your country? Even for large institutions that depend on the status quo being maintained, it seems as though they would want criminals to receive justice," said Yax.

"It's not that they want a criminal in charge as much as they don't really care all that much because the crimes the President is under investigation for either don't affect them or benefit them. On the other hand, they wanted the judge the President nominated to be confirmed because the judge is extremely friendly to large corporations and has almost always ruled against regular people and for big business in his career as a judge."

"And so they minimize or ignore the corruption," murmured Squid-boy.

I shrugged. "To be fair, some print media outlets have done a decent job of covering this issue, but a lot of people only consume television news, and they haven't talked about it much."

"If your print media more reliably covers important news, why would many of your people restrict themselves to less informative television news outlets?" asked Yax.

"Because it's easier. You can watch the news on TV while you're making and eating dinner, or have it on in the background while you're doing laundry, cleaning your house, or doing any other chore that doesn't take your full attention. Some people listen to the news on the radio, instead, because they can listen in the car on the way to and from work."

"Are news reports on the radio more informative than what's on the television?"

"Some are. It depends on what station you listen to. But, as far as mainstream media outlets are concerned, print media is most likely to do investigative reporting on our government and to do in-depth analysis of important news stories. They still aren't great, honestly, and a lot of independent media outlets do a better job. But for the mainstream media, print media is the most likely to provide important information to the public. But people have to take the time and trouble to read it, and a lot of people can't or won't do that."

Monday, March 25, 2019

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. Tulsi Gabbard is one of the more progressive presidential candidates. She's certainly not my first choice--that's Bernie, as you all probably know by now--but her positions on foreign policy are definitely worth considering. And I think it's important that we listen to what she has to say. So, please take a few minutes and do just that, because the constant state of conflict that this country is in is unsustainable. Peace!



Sunday, March 24, 2019

Chickenless #Soup #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is a delicious, easy to make soup that will make you not miss the chicken. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
6 cups chickenless broth (Chickenless Broth Recipe)
4 onions chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 cup broccoli florets chopped
8 cloves garlic minced
2 cups cooked potatoes, rice, quinoa, or uncooked pasta
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
2 cups fresh parsley chopped
1 tbsp paprika (optional)
2 tbsp sriracha (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the olive oil, onions, carrots, and celery in a soup pot and saute until the onions turn translucent and all the vegetables soften. Add the garlic and dried seasonings and continue to saute until the onions start to caramelize. Add the remaining ingredients except for your chosen starch and the broccoli. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes. Add your starch and the broccoli and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve piping hot with a side of crusty bread.

As an alternative, you can use one of those poppable cans of biscuit dough that you find in the refrigerated section of your grocery store to make chickenless dumpling soup. Just cut or tear the dough into 1-inch pieces and add it when you add the broccoli. Once the dough is cooked, stir in 1 cup of heavy cream and remove the soup from the heat.

Bon appetit!



Saturday, March 23, 2019

#StPats Authors & Bloggers #Giveaway! $114 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Saint Patrick's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the St. Pat's Authors & Bloggers Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 75 prizes, and the grand prize is $114 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, March 22, 2019

#Interview With John Searancke!


Hey Everyone!!

John Searancke is here with us, today. John, will you tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

John: My name is John Searancke, and I am aged 75. I am married and I have written three books, all of which have been published by the same publishing house.

Me: Wow! Congratulations! :-) What's the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

John: My latest book, which has only just been published this month, is entitled The Reluctant Hotelkeeper. It is a prequel to my first book, and tells the story of my life as a hotelier from my early twenties onwards, turning an old ruin into a well thought of country house hotel.

Me: Sounds interesting. What are you working on now?

John: Having just finished that book, I am having a breather and fortunately Christmas came along just at the right time. Now that's done, I shall be concentrating on concluding my family tree, now over 300 entries and going back nearly 400 years. After that…

Me: Fun! What authors, or books, have influenced you?

John: I have always been an avid reader of books, so nobody especially has influenced me. My reading covers a very broad spectrum.

Me: That's a great way to learn to appreciate a variety of viewpoints. :-) What are you reading now?

John: I am currently enthralled by Manda Scott and her historical novel about Joan of Arc.

Me: Cool! For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?

John: That rather depends on which book you read! My personal favourite is Prunes for Breakfast, which tells the intimate story of my father during WW2, from his enlistment right through his time in Normandy and later incarceration in a German prisoner of war camp. Parts of it are a bit harrowing, and required significant research, including to the actual battlefields where my father fought. But judge it for yourself.

Me: Sounds like your father lived an eventful life! What is your favorite part of being an author?

John: I really enjoy the actual writing process and seeing a story develop into printed words as I create them. There is something very satisfying about that.

Me: Yes, the act of creating is definitely a rush. :-) Do you have a day job as well?

John: No, too old to employ, and probably too curmudgeonly (says my wife).

Me: Ha! What would you say are the hardest, and easiest, parts about being a writer?

John: Writing is not difficult. The difficult part is turning your writing into something worthwhile. For that you need the best editor that you can get. I was lucky to have the same editor for all three of my books.

Me: Oh, I agree, good editors are definitely worth their weight in gold! What genre do you place your book in?

John: All three books fall into the memoir category.

Me: Nice! Anything else you'd like to tell your readers?

John: Keep reading and keep reviewing! Authors such as myself need you.

Me: Amen! And so these fine folks can do just that, are there any links you'd like me to post?

John: Here they are:

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07LB7WLZM
www.amazon.com/dp/B07LB7WLZM

Website: www.johnsearancke.com
John Searancke Pinterest profile page: https://www.pinterest.com/johnsearancke/author-john-searancke/
John Searancke Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/john.searancke.1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnsearancke

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










Thursday, March 21, 2019

#APC #Spotlight: The Journey Of The Marked (The Miyran Heir Book 1) By Rebecca McCray!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Rebecca McCray in my APC spotlight, today! Rebecca is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, action/adventure, futuristic, alien world, sci-fi novel, The Journey of the Marked, looks great! Here's the description:
Marked at age 16.
Forced to leave home.
You become the hunted.
Could you survive?

The mark means honor. The mark invites death.
On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather's noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exist here. But when the mark appears, he's called to fight, which changes his life forever.
Forced to abandon his home, the mark makes him the hunted. He's attacked the night he arrives in the city. A tough, street fighter named Kenrya saves his life. When they join others on the same journey, her cynical attitude drives a wedge between the group.
Given the perils facing them, can they put aside their differences and trust each other long enough to survive?
Discover this epic adventure where an individual's unique abilities can change the course of the future.
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, March 20, 2019

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 929


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 Nine-Hundred-Twenty-Nine:
When the bushy-tailed rodent made its appearance today, my hominid-servant happened to, coincidentally, be in the process of bringing inside some packages that had been left outside the door to my domicile. The juvenile felid, of course, took advantage of the open door and launched himself past my hominid-servant's attempt to grab him. His mad bid for freedom alarmed the subject of his interest, which promptly scurried up into the topmost branches of the nearest tree.

My young protégé, closely pursued by my apoplectic hominid-servant, chased the small creature and began climbing the tree in an effort to attain his dream of capturing the busy-tailed rodent. Though, what he would do with it if he did catch it is something I have no clear understanding of. But before he could climb higher than she could reach, my hominid-servant plucked him off the side of the tree and transported him back inside my domicile.

Naturally, my youthful companion was not at all pleased with this treatment, and he voiced his displeasure at the top of his lungs. My hominid-servant responded by giving him her hardest stare  ̶  something I have to admit is rather intimidating coming from such a large creature, even knowing she would never harm myself or any other occupant of my domicile  ̶  which inevitably resulted in his surrender, albeit a sulky one, and retreat to his lair beneath her sleeping platform.

Argh! Foiled again! ;-) 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, March 19, 2019

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This one is about an issue that I don't think is getting nearly enough attention, certainly not from the mainstream media. But I think the video explains the problem well, so I'll let it speak for itself. Peace!




Monday, March 18, 2019

#March2018 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Birth of a Vixen by Colleen Tews:

Angela Vista is a young vampire who has spent most of her life being manipulated. When she's sent into danger and is rescued by the man who is supposed to be her enemy, she finds herself falling in love with someone with enough charisma to lead a revolution. But when she tries to help her new cause by working against her former family, things get...confusing. And it becomes a question not only of which side should she choose, but who, exactly, does she want to be?

I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting blend of spy novel, romance, and vampire fiction. The genre-blending made it impossible to predict and the characters were interesting and fun to get to know. I definitely recommend this book, five stars!




Sunday, March 17, 2019

Chickenless Broth #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is an easy fake-out broth that I like to keep on hand for use in making soups or just to sip if I start to feel under the weather. Enjoy! :-)

Ingredients:
12 cups water
8 onions
6 carrots scrubbed well or peeled
6 stalks celery washed
1 head kale or broccoli
4 bulbs garlic
1/4 cup ground turmeric
1/4 cup dried oregano
1/4 cup dried basil
1/8 cup dried rosemary
1/4 cup vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 stick butter (optional)
3 inches ginger root (optional)
1/8 cup soy sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste (be generous with both but especially the salt)

Put the olive oil and butter (optional) and the dried seasonings in a large stock pot and heat gently. Add the water and the rest of the ingredients. You don't need to worry about chopping or peeling any of the vegetables, just make sure they're clean and cut them in half. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer the stock for 2-3 hours, stirring periodically. Taste occasionally and adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. Once the liquid has reduced and the vegetables are mush, remove the stock from the heat and cool. Pour the cooled broth through cheesecloth to remove all the solids and the liquid you have left is your chickenless broth. It can be used immediately, though it's best to let it sit overnight in the fridge, or frozen.

Bon appetit!






Saturday, March 16, 2019

#StPats Authors & Bloggers #Giveaway! $114 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Saint Patrick's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the St. Pat's Authors & Bloggers Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 75 prizes, and the grand prize is $114 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, March 15, 2019

The Force Was Weak With This One


Hey Everyone!! :-)

So...I finally got around to watching Rogue One and thought I'd share my review. I don't usually do movie reviews, but I've been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid, and this one got so much social media attention, I thought, why not? So, if this isn't your thing, I understand. And hopefully you'll stop back tomorrow to see what else is new. ;-)

Now, all that being said, the movie was somewhat disappointing, but not to the point it would justify all the death and rape threats. Not that I can envision any movie that would justify death or rape threats. I mean, even an actual snuff film, which obviously this being a Disney production was not that, would only justify threats to bring the perpetrators to justice. Other than that, if you dislike a movie to that extent just...don't watch it. A complicated concept, apparently.

But I digress. It was a bit disappointing because it was way too rushed in several places. It's like they needed another 2 to 3 hours to tell the story. But rather than either making two movies, or one really long movie, they just rushed it along. And it was painfully obvious.

Also, the acting was sub-par, at times. Not by any of the main characters, but by some of the supporting cast. And it had a sad ending, which is just not what one wants from a Star Wars movie. Though, given the timing of the film and the fact that the characters weren't part of subsequent storylines, the argument could certainly be made that there was no other viable choice.

Darth Vader's voice also didn't sound right. I'm not sure if they tried to use recordings and computer manipulations instead of hiring James Earl Jones to read the lines, or if he's just getting older and his voice has lost some of its resonance. Regardless of why, Darth Vader's voice was just...off, somehow.

It was also pretty dark for a Star Wars film, and unlike in the original trilogy, watchers were made to feel the darkness of it. I think the original trilogy had a kind of tongue-in-cheek, campy quality that made even the dark parts less...dark.

And, overall, it lacked the magical quality of the original trilogy that just made those movies work in a way that none of the subsequent Star Wars movies have worked. But, if you're looking for a relatively harmless way to kill a couple of hours and haven't seen it yet, it's okay.







Thursday, March 14, 2019

#APC #Spotlight: Bound To Blackwood: House Blackwood Book One By Sharon Lipman!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Sharon Lipman in my APC spotlight, today! Sharon is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her fantasy, adult fairytale, paranormal, vampire romance novel, Bound to Blackwood, looks great! Here's the description:
Would you surrender your soul for the love of the King? 
Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what's saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.

With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature's call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don't, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls
 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, March 13, 2019

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 927


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 Nine-Hundred-Twenty-Seven:
Today, when the bushy-tailed rodent made its appearance, the juvenile felid settled on attempting to dig his way through the glass in the portal with his paws as the best way to gain access to the hapless creature. Naturally, this proved ineffective. But his frantic movement did attract the rodent's attention, and it hopped up onto the ledge on the other side of the portal to observe my young companion's efforts.

It took the little idiot quite some time to notice the proximity of his quarry. But once he did, he pressed his face against the portal and made chittering sounds that I believe were meant to be enticing. For its part, the rodent soon grew bored and returned to its foraging among the ground-cover vegetation that my hominid-servant maintains in the area outside my domicile. My youthful protégé seemed to find this lack of interest disheartening, and he soon slinked back to his lair beneath my hominid-servant's sleeping platform.


Well, you've got the give the little guy credit for determination! ;-) 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, March 12, 2019

The Rewards Of Corruption...


Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Excerpt from Answers From Alyce:
"If I remember correctly, this particular bit of distracting nonsense," I gestured towards the podium where the cookie elf robot was still yapping away. "came not long after it became clear that our current President would be appointing the judge who will likely be the deciding vote on whether or not the President can be tried for the crimes he has apparently committed, or even if the investigation into them should continue."

Squid-boy made a loud honking noise followed by a buzzing squeal. "Excuse me?"

"Yep. The part of our government you left out of your 'Committee For Assigning Blame' is the judicial branch. The head of the judicial branch of our government is our Supreme Court. It's the highest court in the land and makes rulings on what laws are in line with our Constitution and what laws can't be enforced because they violate our Constitution. It's part of the system of checks and balances the people who set up our government came up with to keep any one branch of government from becoming too powerful. Unfortunately, in spite of their best efforts, we've managed to do a pretty good job of mucking it up."

"Is that why your President was allowed to choose who will judge his crimes?" asked Yax.

Shrugging, I said, "The President always nominates Supreme Court Justices and the Senate always confirms or doesn't confirm those nominations. If the Senate confirms the President's nomination, the judge is appointed to the Supreme Court. Currently, there are nine seats on the Supreme Court, but that's a number that can change. There have been fewer seats on the Supreme Court in the past, and Congress can change the number, if they want to. Our current President is under investigation for multiple criminal offenses, some of which even include treason against our country. But the Senate allowed him to nominate, and then confirmed the nomination, of a judge, who has now been appointed to the Supreme Court, who stated in the past that his opinion is that a President can't be indicted and shouldn't be investigated while in office. And when some Senators attempted to question him about whether he thought a President could pardon himself for a crime he was convicted of or if a President could pardon someone else who had been convicted of a crime to keep that person from testifying against the President or otherwise cooperating with an investigation against the President, the judge refused to answer the questions."

The tall alien's jaw fell open and he stared at me, while his shorter companion went into a buzzing, clicking jig. When he had recovered himself, Squid-boy exclaimed, "This is what your people consider 'checks and balances'?"

I sighed. "No. It's not. And this is why principled journalists are so vital to society and why it's so frustrating that our media isn't doing the job it's supposed to do. If they were, they would talk about this kind of blatant corruption in our government non-stop. But, instead, some of them don't talk about it at all, and those that do just mention it in passing and then move on to other news. There's no real focus on it, no in-depth explanation or analysis of what this means for the country, or what regular citizens can and should do to keep such corruption from being rewarded."



Monday, March 11, 2019

Something Worth Watching?


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This is Bernie's launch speech that he gave at Brooklyn College. It's a great speech and well worth the 40, or so, minutes of your time. But I'll let the man who sums up his vision for a brighter future as "Not me. Us." speak for himself. Peace!







Sunday, March 10, 2019

Garlic Olive Oil Potatoes Side Dish #Recipe!



Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back with one of my favorite side dish recipes for you today.  It takes about five minutes to throw together and is a definite crowd-pleaser. :-)

Ingredients:
3 Large Baking Potatoes
3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Butter
6 Cloves Garlic Grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash the potatoes and cut them in half length-wise. Mix the olive oil with the garlic and pour two tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish. Cut the butter into six pieces and place the pieces in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper into the oil mixture and place potatoes cut-side down into the mixture placing each potato half on top of a piece of butter. Use a fork to puncture the top of each potato half. Brush the remaining olive oil and garlic over the tops of the potatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.

This recipe also works with sweet potatoes if you're trying to cut white potatoes out of your diet. If you'd like, you can add grated parmesan cheese to the olive oil at the bottom of the baking dish. It makes a crunchy, salty crust on the bottom of the potatoes. Or you can add a quarter of a cup of white wine to the olive oil mixture, which adds a bit of tang to the dish. You can also cut the potatoes into chunks, instead of halves, and toss them in the garlic and olive oil and bake them that way. If you do the chunk method, it's easy enough to also add chunks of other vegetables -- mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc. -- to the mix and make it a roasted vegetable dish.

Bon appetit!



Saturday, March 9, 2019

#StPats Authors & Bloggers #Giveaway! $114 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for Saint Patrick's Day!  Please take a moment to check out the St. Pat's Authors & Bloggers Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 75 prizes, and the grand prize is $114 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, March 8, 2019

#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, March 7, 2019

#APC #Spotlight: Playing With Fire By Clare & Cris Meyers!


Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Clare Meyers in my APC spotlight, today! Clare is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her supernatural, psychic, werewolf, suspense, mystery, crime novel, Playing With Fire, looks great! Here's the description:
The rules are simple: Get in. Get out. Get paid.
Loner Renee Devereaux is a thief with a lot to hide, and trust is a risk she rarely takes. Stone Anders is a mercenary and hitman, but being a hired killer isn't fitting like it used to. But while they are criminals, they are anything but common. Renee and Stone are Talents, and their supernatural powers give them an edge in a high stakes business where one wrong move could be their last.
It's always just one job, and everyone scatters. For Renee and Stone, that's business as usual. But things change.
A chance at revenge draws Renee and Stone into a job they know they shouldn't take. The job: Steal a dangerous magical artifact before it can be used. Along with the deadline, they'll have to deal with a loudmouth hacker with problematic connections, a rookie who still believes in 'right' and 'wrong,' and a professional liar with a cat's curiosity.
Worse, something just doesn't feel right.
But this is their job. They have a reputation to maintain, a paycheck to earn, and a score to settle...
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, March 6, 2019

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 926


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 Nine-Hundred-Twenty-Six:
Today, the juvenile felid altered his strategy in his quest to make closer acquaintance with the bushy-tailed rodent…or to eat it. Instead of trying, and failing, to teleport himself through glass, he apparently decided to charm the small creature into coming to him. Though, how he thought the animal would manage to get through the portal when he could not escapes me.

Unfortunately for him, the method he settled on to accomplish this feat was to serenade the small mammal at the top volume his vocal cords were capable of achieving. Naturally, the noise drew the attention of my hominid-servant, who did not seem to find the racket charming at all. She resorted to utilizing her liquid H2O dispenser to dissuade the little idiot, which startled him to the point where he retreated to beneath her sleeping platform in terror. Which, at this point, is where he remains.


Well, there's no accounting for taste. ;-) 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, March 5, 2019

#Interview With R. Read!




Hey Everyone!! :-)

R. Read is here with us, today. R., can you please tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

R: Twenty-five years of writing copy for other folks’ marketing plans & strategy I finally took a class in Dec 2016 called Write or Die. Opened the floodgates and have been self-publishing so far. She Too. 2017. Describing Water in 2018. And most recent Energy Fix late 2018. All are on free library app Overdrive and available through Kindle and Amazon. 

Me: Sounds like you had a calling! :-) What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

R: Energy Fix was inspired by a job I had ten years ago. I was the recipient of a piece of hate mail, recognized the corruption at levels that were dangerous and wrote a fiction novel based on the actual words in the letter, warning me to get out!

Me: Wow, sounds like a job best left behind. Glad you found some good in the experience by taking that inspiration to write a novel. What are you working on now?

R: I am writing another “based on real life” story of a third-year student killed randomly in his dorm...my hubby was a polygraph examiner on the case. Its ending or resolution is so crazy (stranger than fiction) so I am using much of what I learned about how they found the killer(s)

Me: Sounds interesting! :-) What authors, or books, have influenced you?

R: Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins got me thinking about fiction based loosely on IRL. Love Diana Gabaldon but newly addicted to thrillers by Linwood Barclay. I too am Canadian. His stuff is SO Good! 

Me: Cool! What are you reading now?

R: I am reading all of Linwood Barclay and just started All the Light We Cannot See...but my favorite of late was On Writing by Stephen King. 

Me: I agree, Stephen King has a lot of great work out there. For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?

R: She Too is dark and choppy, but VERY BENEFICIAL to anyone headed to college/their families. One detective who read it said “it should be required reading,” which I totally agree with. Hazing and assault on campus are at epidemic proportions of late - I wish I had known before my daughters were off. Also, Energy Fix will get people talking about how PGE should be held responsible for their actions IMHO. 

Me: Awesome! Thought-provoking books are always a good thing. :-) What's your favorite part of being an author?

R: Getting messages off my chest. Gifting books to willing readers. Hearing back “their stories” once they have read mine. EVERYONE has a story in them!

Me: True! And sometimes they write them down for the rest of us to enjoy. ;-) Do you have a day job as well?

R: Yes, I still create marketing strategies, logos, book covers now :)

Me: Busy, busy, busy. What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?

R: Its hard knowing who to trust. Got duped by a supposed editor :(

Me: That's true, unfortunately. You might want to try joining a supportive author group, like the Authors-Professionals Co-op Facebook group, so that you can ask around and get recommendations for things like that. What genre do you place your book in?

R: My books so far are fiction based on true crimes. The mini-memoir mainly helped me to know what from my past I wanted to write about. 

Me: Great! Is there anything else you'd like to tell your readers?

R: Please hit me up for free books!! I love hearing feedback 

Me: And so these fine folks can do just that, are there any links you'd like me to post?

R: I have good reads page, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18090861.R_Read, FB, https://www.facebook.com/rkcmktg/, and Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/author/rread. Or email me at shetoobook@gmail.com

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