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 22, 2018

Roasted Veggies And Pasta #Recipe!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

This dish is a really easy, and delicious, way to incorporate more veggies into your diet. Enjoy! :-)

3 cups pasta (your choice of shape)
2 cups broccoli chunked
2 cups cauliflower chunked
2 cups sweet potatoes chunked
2 cups zucchini or yellow summer squash chunked
2 cups carrots chunked
1 large onion chopped
2 cups kale chopped
1 12 oz package button mushrooms sliced
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup olive oil
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp harissa paste
8 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp ginger minced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp flour
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all the chunked vegetables, half the chopped onion, and the kale into a large zip-lock bag. Add half the olive oil, half the wine, the harissa paste, the soy sauce, the ginger half the minced garlic, the oregano, and salt and pepper to taste to the bag and seal it. Squish the bag around to coat all the vegetables with the seasoning and put in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

Dump the contents of the bag into a buttered baking dish and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft and starting to brown. Add the pasta to salted boiling water and cook until nearly soft. Drain the pasta and mix the roasted vegetables with the pasta and set aside.

In a large skillet, add the rest of the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of butter, and the rest of the onion. Saute until the onion softens and starts to brown. Add the mushrooms and the rest of the garlic and continue sauteing until the mushrooms soften. Add the rest of the butter and the flour and cook until the flour starts to brown. Deglaze the pan with the rest of the wine and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato paste and the vegetable stock and whisk continuously until the sauce combines and starts to thicken. Add the roasted vegetables and the pasta to the pan and stir until everything is coated with the sauce. Serve warm with a side of crusty bread.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

#Spring Into #Reading #Giveaway! $120 #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 40 prizes, and the grand prize is $120 cash payable through PayPal!! :-)  Now isn't that worth taking a few minutes to check out? ;-)   Here are all the details:

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!  And don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next installment of Mistral Dawn's Musings! :-)

Friday, April 20, 2018

An #Invisible Woman?

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Today, I thought I'd help you start your Friday off with a little mystery. Enjoy! ;-)

Excerpt from Rainbow Dreams:
A train pulled up to the station, but two low-level enforcers who Petri recognized from Abracadabra were on the platform. Fortunately, they didn't see her in the shadows. She stayed where she was as they boarded the train, deciding that it was safer to wait for the next train.

Her wait wasn't long, and she found a seat at the back of another empty car. She hugged the wall as close as she could, not wanting to be seen through a window. The trains ran directly to and from the transfer station. The only reason they were maintained so well and ran so often was to facilitate the movement of Upworld citizens through Under City.

But something told her that getting to the transfer station wouldn't be as simple as staying on the train long enough for it to get there. She wished her face wasn't so distinctive. Half-breeds weren't common, and even her cover of a Paka/Human hybrid was unusual. To her knowledge, she was unique in the Southern sector.

The next three stations were deserted. But when the train pulled up to the fourth station, a crowd was waiting. Petri's heart sank as she slid lower in her seat. She was trapped.

If she got off the train, she would be spotted immediately. If she stayed where she was, they would see her as soon as they boarded the train. There was no way someone wouldn't recognize her.

Not knowing what to do, she froze. She turned her face toward the wall as the sound of feet tramping across the metal floor filled the car. Closing her eyes, she whispered to herself, "They can't see me. No one can see me. I'm small and still, and no one will notice."

As the train set off for the next station, Petri had yet to be confronted. She didn't dare open her eyes or move a muscle. The sound of conversation from her fellow passengers swirled around her, and she listened as they talked about her. But none of them came near her or spoke to her.

Their words were hate-filled and fierce. If this crowd laid hands on her, she would never see a house rep. They would tear her apart. And the houses would be just as happy with that result as they would if they killed her themselves.

They planned to meet up with another group searching for her and make their way back toward the central part of Southern sector. None of them thought it likely she had made it this far toward the outer areas yet. As she listened to them talk about what they wanted to do with her before they killed her, Petri's gorge rose. It would almost be more merciful if they turned her over to a snuff house. At least then she'd probably only be tortured by one or two people before she died.

The seconds ticked by and the beating of her heart sounded loud in her own ears. When the train reached the next station, the lynch mob disembarked. But Petri was too scared to open her eyes or sit up. It was only after the train had arrived at and left five more stations, and silence continued to fill the car, that Petri dared to look around. She was alone.

Somehow, in spite of all probability, they had missed the fact that the woman they hunted sat right behind them. It defied logic. If it hadn't happened to her, Petri would never have believed it. How the hell had they missed her?

Want to find out how Petri became the invisible woman for a few minutes? Go ahead and grab your copy of Rainbow Dreams here:

Happy reading!! :-)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

#APC #Spotlight: Distant Time: An Electric Eclectic Book By Karen Mossman!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Karen J Mossman in my APC spotlight, today! Karen is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her young adult, time travel, adventure sci-fi short story, Distant Time, looks great! Here's the description:
Imagine visiting a village that has just been invaded by German WW2 soldiers. Now imagine you are no longer invisible.
What would you do if you woke to find yourself in a strange place not knowing who you were? Running outside, you find yourself caught up in a war. Not only that - you run for your life and come face to face with yourself.
Julie is time travelling and something has gone drastically wrong. Read this thrilling adventure where the future needs evidence from the past
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, April 18, 2018

#April2018 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

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

Dragon Lightening by JS Burke:

After the events of Dragon Dreamer, Arak and Scree travel north in search of the fabled ice dragons. On their journey, they meet Drakor, a young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. After finding Drakor and hearing his tale, Scree dives into the abyss to check on their new friend's volcano. What she finds there may change the course of history in three realms. Will these three unlikely comrades be able to ward off disaster? You'll have to read to find out!

Once again, Ms. Burke has created a wonderfully vivid story full of adventure, danger, and lessons for her characters. I loved how skillfully she wove so much of the natural sciences into her fantasy tale, and I also loved how, like in the first book, the characters grew during the course of the novel. As enlightening as the look at the world under the sea was, I think I liked the fact that readers are taken on a journey of personal growth just as much. The messages in this book -- those of friendship, loyalty, kindness, determination, cooperation, and learning to consider other people's perspectives -- are perfect for anyone from 9 to 99. And the delightful descriptions and entertaining dialog are sure to hold your attention. Five stars, and I very much hope there's a third installment in this series.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 728

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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 Seven-Hundred-Twenty-Eight:
My hominid-servant routinely uses a spray container filled with H2O as a means of forcing me from the pursuit of my studies in venues of which she disapproves. I have endeavored to explain to her the necessity of my accessing the locations she has deemed off-limits, but my attempts at reason have fallen on deaf ears. Despite my pleas, my hominid-servant continues to loose streams of H2O in my direction at seemingly random moments, which saturates my fur and destroys my concentration. To be fair to her, she did try verbal dissuasion methods first, which I naturally ignored, but it didn't take her long to resort to the underhanded tactics she is using now.

I believe my hominid-servant's main motivation for employing the H2O strategy is that she does not wish to rise from her seat in order to physically remove me from the target I am pursuing. On the theory that I can use her inherent laziness against her, I have decided to test the range of her H2O deployment device. If I can determine exactly how far away I need to be to evade the spray, I may be able to concentrate my research efforts in those areas.

This does, of course, mean that I must repeatedly allow myself to be doused with H2O as I systematically record the places where the dreadful substance does and does not land. It's quite a sacrifice on my part, as wearing H2O isn't nearly as agreeable an experience as drinking it. Especially, since the means by which my hominid-servant delivers her deterrent is engineered to penetrate through all my layers of fur, which causes unsettling trickles of the liquid to course along my skin.

However, once I have successfully mapped my hominid-servant's range with her squirting apparatus, I believe the resulting peace in which I will be able to continue my work will prove my efforts worthwhile. I must admit, it does give me some satisfaction to think that I have come to understand my hominid-servant well enough that I am able to use her own natural inclinations against her. I will report back once I have completed this experiment to inform you of the results.

Ugh! Hominids can be so unreasonable! ;-) 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!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Something Worth Watching?

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. John Oliver is world-famous, so there's a decent chance you've already seen this. But I think it's important so I'm sharing it anyway.  Peace!