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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#APC #Spotlight: The Pharaoh's Destiny by Markie Madden!

Hey Everyone!! :-)

I've got Markie Madden in my APC spotlight, today! Markie is an active and supportive member of the  Authors-Professional Co-op Facebook group and her Egyptian historical romance novel, The Pharaoh's Destiny, looks great! Here's the description:
The year is 1477 B.C.E. and history is about to change…
Hatshepsut, the Great King’s Wife, is thrust into a world of intrigue and politics when her husband, Pharaoh Thutmose, dies suddenly, leaving Egypt with an heir who is barely two years old. The Queen must step into the role of leader, and there are few whom she can trust.
When Hatshepsut is crowned as Pharaoh, she grooms her daughter, Neferure, to take the place of heir, rather than Thutmose’s infant son from another woman. Neferure, though young, is still older than the boy who should by all rights be king.
The future of Egypt rests in the hands of a single woman, the most powerful woman in the ancient world. Can Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s people accept her unorthodox reign, and her plans to usurp the men’s place as rulers of a Kingdom, decreeing that only women are suitable leaders?
Sound good?  If you think you might enjoy this, go ahead and grab your copy here:

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#October2017 #IndieBooksBeSeen #Indie #Author #Books #Monthly #BookReview!

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

Legend of the Walking Dead byJoy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko:

Time-travelers? Walking dead? Alternate but parallel worlds? Sometimes it's hard to keep track of where the folklore ends and the theoretical physics begins. This novel seems to blend them seamlessly, and in doing so weaves a riveting story about a boy and his mother and their journey through time and space...without ever leaving their small village. I wasn't at all familiar with Nigerian folklore before reading this book, but now I want to know more. Five stars and I hope the author writes more stories like this.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 623

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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 Six-Hundred-Twenty-Three:
I have once again turned my attention to an effort to train my hominid-servant in how to give proper homage to her DPCIL overseer. This time, instead of attempting to fight her natural inclinations towards her electronic devices, I have decided to attempt to incorporate my presence into her usual routine. This tactic has been surprisingly effective.

I have found that if, instead of trying to disrupt her ability to use the devices, I instead insinuate myself next to her while she uses them, it is quite likely that she will divert her attention, at least briefly, to give me the acknowledgement and appreciation I deserve. Though, she quickly returns to her devices, I am hopeful that with persistence I will be able to expand the amount of time she spends focused on me instead of them. Eventually, I believe I will be able to coax her into abandoning the devices entirely.

Towards this end, I reward my hominid-servant for responding to my overtures by liberally engaging the P.U.R.R. and also with the slow-blink code of satisfaction that she seems to at least marginally comprehend. Since efforts to forcefully redirect my hominid-servant's attention proved to be an unmitigated failure, I will report back often on the efficacy of this gentler method of persuasion. Perhaps, this will be the key to allow DPCIL agents everywhere to better control their hominid-servants.

Awww! Maybe hominids are trainable. ;-) 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, October 16, 2017

Something Worth Watching?

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I'm back today with another video I wanted to share. This is a rather disgusting bit of hypocrisy that the mainstream media has largely ignored. So, I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch it and think about it next time you hear a politician claim the US needs to invade a new country because the government there has horrible policies.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lentil Soup In A #Crockpot #Recipe!

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Today, I've got a recipe to help warm you up on those cool Autumn nights. :-)

8 cups water
2 cups dry lentils
2 onions chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 carrots diced
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 cup spinach rinsed and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried basil
1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the olive oil, onions, carrots, and celery in a skillet and saute until the vegetables get soft and the onions start to caramelize. Add the garlic and stir to distribute it, and then transfer the vegetables to a crock-pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or until the lentils are soft. Remove bay leaf and serve the soup hot with crusty bread.

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spooktacular #Author #Giveaway! $150 #Cash #Grand #Prize! #Free To #Enter!

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There's a new giveaway for Halloween!  Please take a moment to check out the Spooktacular Author Giveaway!!  There are lots of awesome books and prizes!! :-)  It's free to enter, there are over 100 prizes, and the grand prize is $150 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 13, 2017

#Animal #Rescuer's #Guide To #Staying ( #Relatively ) #Sane! #Free! :-)

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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! :-)