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, April 23, 2017

#Crockpot #Strawberry #Jam #Recipe!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

Since it's springtime and the strawberries are starting to ripen, I thought I'd share my easy, crock-pot strawberry jam recipe. Enjoy! :-)

4 lbs fresh strawberries
3 tbsp fruit pectin
1.5 cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice

Wash the strawberries, remove their stems, and cut them in half. Then place the halved strawberries, sugar, pectin, and lemon juice in your crock-pot, stir together, and cook on high for three hours. Use a potato masher to mash up the strawberries. Transfer the jam into the container, or containers, you want to store it in, and then place it uncovered in the refrigerator to cool. Cover and store in the refrigerator or freezer to avoid spoilage.

Now, go get your jam on! ;-)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

#Spring Into #Reading #Giveaway! $100 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

There's a new giveaway for spring!  Please take a moment to check out the Spring Into Reading Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 60 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, April 21, 2017

#Spotlight: Amstel Girl By Marco Marek

Marco Marek:

Book Title: Amstel Girl
Genre: thriller, romance, suspense

It's a quiet life in the Amsterdam's canals, but Wesley didn't know what to expect, just released from being unfairly locked away at Haan Psychiatric Hospital.
He met Megan right after, a beautiful but quirky girl, with passion for a high-risk life.
Together they will be involved in lots of spy intrigues, adventures, and they begin to flirt with each other, will they fall in love? And will Wes succeed in solving all the troubles these criminals have involved him?

A man, a quirky girl, a stolen drug formula, plus a turbolent love and hate passion between them in the amazing background of the Amsterdam canals

A wicked love and dangerous encounters with criminals of the underworld, that's what Wesley gets just after his exit from the psychiatric hospital...will he be able to get through it and end up on top?

A thriller story mixed with romance, suspense. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and with trips in Monte Carlo and Astana, Kazakhstan. Wesley will face the underworld of international crime and the femme fatale Megan will help him to contrast this powerful organization.

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Marco Marek was born in Italy. He always had a fervid imagination and a passion for fantasy stories, medieval magicians, ancient history, and unexplained mysteries. While he was visiting a castle in Eastern Europe, he had the idea of writing Hyperearth. Apart from writing, Marco is also a painter and photographer, he likes digital artwork on Photoshop. The cover of Hyperearth is his creation. He loves traveling when he has some free time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: Carved Wooden #Heart By Elizabeth Horton-Newton!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Elizabeth Horton-Newton in my APC spotlight, today! Elizabeth is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her contemporary, new adult romance novel, Carved Wooden Heart, is awesome! Here's the description:
A sexy encounter with a talented native artist, a broken heart, and a knight in shining armor are just the beginning in this passionate romance. Dani Stone never expected to fall in love with carver Jesse Wolf Carver. She certainly didn't foresee the results of her intense one night stand with the sexy hunk. From the wealth of New York City to the southern city of Knoxville, Tennessee, follow Dani as she journeys the winding path fate has laid out for her. Will she ever forget Jesse and the passion she felt in his arms? Can any man replace him in her heart? And most importantly, will her secret be revealed? This is a story of passion, love, loss, and courage.
I've read this book, and I can tell you it's fantastic. If you think you'd like to give it a try, go ahead and grab your copy here:

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 533

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 Five-Hundred-Thirty-Three:
As I feared, the infant felid's antics have caused my hominid-servant to reevaluate her lap-sharing policy. After having my rest disturbed for the tenth time in a single planetary rotation, I lost my temper and thrashed the tiny pest. My hominid-servant reacted hysterically, locking me in the small box she uses to express her displeasure with my behavior and showing extreme concern for the well-being of the small beast. Despite the fact that, though I was exceedingly provoked, I was careful not to seriously injure the creature.

Now, my hominid-servant is denying me access to her lap and giving me the hurt, disappointed looks she uses when she believes I have done something egregious. It seems to me that my show of restraint has gone completely unacknowledged. So, perhaps, in the future I will simply express my feelings without moderation. That way, she will have a measure of comparison on which to base her future reactions.

Poor Agent Thoth! He never seems to be able to catch a break when it comes to that pesky infant felid. ;-) 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, April 18, 2017

#April2017 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

Hey Everyone! :-)

It's the 18th again and I'm back on schedule, so here's my monthly #IndieBooksBeSeen indie author book review. Enjoy! :-)

Cro-Magnon by Robert Stimson:

Two scientists on opposite sides of a scientific debate are thrown together and forced to work together to unearth what may be one of the most significant scientific discoveries in human history. As they work, it becomes clear that science isn't the only motivation for the people who are supporting their research and more than just knowledge may be at stake. Will they succeed in preserving their discoveries for the good of humanity, or will greedy corporate interests win out in the end? You'll have to read to find out!
I enjoy this book. It was a complex topic that touched on multiple disciplines and the author clearly did his homework. There were quite a few typos, but that's something that could be solved with a good proofreader, and so isn't a big deal.  Overall, it was an interesting subject that gave a fresh perspective to some of the questions surrounding how much of human behavior is based on genetics and out much on other factors. The characters were well-developed and engaging and the plot moved fast enough to keep things interesting. Five stars and I think I'll be checking out what else the author has published.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share.  Just in case anyone was wondering if the smear campaign against Bernie Sanders and Progressive in general was working, I thought this might help clear things up. ;-)