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

Monday, September 26, 2016

For Those Who Didn't Catch It... ;-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

For those of you who don't know, I was interviewed on a radio show a couple of weeks ago.  If you didn't catch it live and you'd like to hear what we found to chat about, you can listen to the interview here:

During the interview, listeners were able to submit questions via Twitter. You can still tweet at me, if you'd like, but if you have any questions also feel free to leave them in the comments of this post and I'll try to answer them ASAP.  Thanks for stopping by today!!! :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

#Interview With Amie Irene Winters

Hey Everyone!!

Amie Irene Winters is joining us today to talk about her new book, The Nightmare Birds! Amie, can you tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

Amie: I’m a writer by day, kickboxer by night. I’m a sucker for spooky things, geeky movies, and super cute animals. I’m also the author of the Strange Luck series.

Me:  Sounds like you're busy!  What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Amie:  The Nightmare Birds is the newest YA Horror story in the Strange Luck series. It's about Daisy Darling's quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious Theater of Secrets - long thought a dark legend by many, but known as a frightening reality to those who truly know its powers. Only the invited may find it and once they do, they cannot go back. What Daisy doesn’t know is that this mystery will forever change her life and her future.  I’ve always loved the concept of the supernatural creeping into the real world, especially stories with dark magic and unseen monsters (I’m a big H.P. Lovecraft fan). A mythic circus operating beneath a bustling city seemed like the perfect setting to invite strange and peculiar things.

Me: It does sound like a great setting! :-) What are you working on now?

Amie: Book III in the series. There will be lots more dark magic and strange things creeping into the light (*insert evil laugh here). Stay tuned for details.

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

Amie:  H.P Lovecraft is my favorite author of all time. Not only was he an amazing writer, he seemed like a really neat, and peculiar, person. Simone de Beauvoir is my favorite philosopher. She was an exceptional feminist, thinker, and author. Last but not least, Neil Gaiman. He’s been a major influence on my writing and I would love to pick the brain of someone so imaginative.

Me: Some great authors there. If you haven't already, you might also want to check out Kurt Vonnegut. It sounds like he'd be right up your alley. ;-)  What are you reading now?

Amie:  I just finished reading A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and started reading Gulliver’s Travels.

Me: Two of my favorites! :-)  For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?

Amie: Suspense, magic, mystery, and limitless possibilities.

Me: Cool!  What is your favorite part of being an author?

Amie: The freedom to be creative.

Me. Yeah, that is really fun. :-)  Do you have a day job as well?

Amie: For the past year I’ve been writing books full-time. Prior, I worked in various industries like corporate communications, grant writing, and sustainability initiatives for governmental agencies.

Me: That's wonderful! Congratulations! :-) What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?

Amie:  Writer’s block is definitely the most difficult thing about being an author. Neil Gaiman put it perfectly when he said, "This is how you do it: You sit at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." These are certainly some words to live by and I am constantly fine-tuning my process and figuring out what works best for me. As far as the easiest thing, probably the freedom of the job. I can literally sit and work in my PJ’s and eat ice cream.

Me: I think I'd have to agree with both of those. :-)  What genre do you place your book in?

Amie: YA, Fantasy, Horror.

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

Amie: If you’ve read my book(s), I’d love to hear what you think! Please visit amieirenewinters.com and shoot me an email or post a review and send me the link.

Me: Amen! And so these fine folks can find your books, are there any links you'd like me to post?

Website: http://www.amieirenewinters.com

Blog: http://golden-cricket.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/aiwinters

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AmieIWinters

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/amieiwinters

Buy Links:
Amazon: The Nightmare Birds (Strange Luck Book 2)

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Amie%20Irene%20Winters%22;jsessionid=719141F1DD6FFC42D8BFA5927C70220A.prodny_store02-atgap05?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall

Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/search?id=6695440343344&type=author&query=Amie%20Irene%20Winters

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/author/Amie-Irene-Winters

Me: Perfect! Thank you so much for stopping by today, Amie! And thank you to everyone else for joining us. And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

#Spooktacular #Giveaway! $100 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

This is a reminder to take a moment and look through the the Fall Spooktacular Author Giveaway!!  You can enter to win lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 100 prizes, and the grand prize is $100 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, September 23, 2016

#IndieBooksBeSeen #IndieClue #Game!

Hey Everyone!!

Mark Shaw, the founder of the #IndieBooksBeSeen hashtag and group, has a some information about a new game with awesome prizes that he's promoting. Mark, take it away! :-)


Thursday, September 22, 2016

#APC #Spotlight: The Running Game By L.E. Fitzpatrick!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got L.E. Fitzpatrick in my APC spotlight, today!  L.E. is an active and supportive member of  the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group, and her cyberpunk science fiction novel, The Running Game, sounds like a fun read! Here's the description:
In war-torn London, a deadly game is about to begin.
Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.
On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers. Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat.
In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless gang lord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind. James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled in the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.
But even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?
I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty exciting to me! If you're interested, you can grab your copy here:

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 319

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 Three-Hundred-Nineteen:
I looked out one of the glass portals today and noticed that the ground outside the domicile had been completely covered in a mysterious white substance. After checking all of the other portals and confirming that the ground was similarly covered outside all of them, I knew I needed to arrange another escape to investigate this strange phenomenon. All that I needed to do was decide on how best to evade the well-meaning attempts of my hominid-servant to prevent my leaving the domicile.

I once again used the expedient method of rushing out of the door when she opened it. Though, this had proved effective in the past, I was thwarted on this occasion by my own reaction to the shocking sensation of the white substance. It's cold! And wet!

After only a couple of steps, I found myself completely surrounded and engulfed by the cold, wet material. On first observation, it appears to be a solid surface, but it is treacherous and one sinks into it when one tries to walk on it. It covered me up to my shoulders and the cold wetness penetrated my fur. My paws felt frozen after just a few seconds and it was with great relief that I saw my hominid-servant coming to rescue me from my terrible predicament.

Shocking! ;-)  Now that you've all gotten to know Agent Thoth a bit, I was wondering what your opinions might be as to how he looks?  Is he long-haired? Short-haired? Somewhere in the middle?  Is he a particular breed of kitty or is he a moggy?  What color is he?  I'll be putting up polls on the side of this blog to pick various aspects of his appearance and I hope you'll all weigh in. Once we've got the particulars settled, I look for a picture to match. :-)

To vote in a poll, either vote directly or comment with your vote on any Agent Thoth post with your choice of the trait being voted on at that time. :-)  Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Is This The End? ;-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another short peek at what Petri Dish is getting up to. Enjoy! :-)

Excerpt from book two in the Petri Dish Chronicles:
Once again, the weight of the aliens' minds pressed against her. But this time, it wasn't a single finger of thought trying to worm its way past the outer barriers of her mind. Instead, it was an enveloping pressure that seemed to be trying to compress her brain into a space half its size.

Gripping her head in her hands, Petri shrieked, "Stop!"

"Can you not defend yourself, child?" asked the third voice.

Petri fell to her knees, trying to evade the vice-grip on her head. But it followed her. She felt a wet sensation on her cheeks and reached up to touched it. Her fingers came away red with the blood that was leaking from her eyes. The metallic scent of it filled her nose and mouth making her gag. Moaning, Petri collapsed onto her side and shuddered with the pain. She knew then she was going to die.

Wow! Sounds like Petri is in trouble again! Do you think she's right?  Is this the end? Or will she find a way to save herself?  I can't wait until this book is done so we can all find out! ;-)