25 February 2013

Upgrade Your Skin with Homemade Soap

I thought about my unfaithfulness to this blog lately with the authors' interviews, and I felt I should write about homemade soap for glowing skin.

This homemade soap takes care of all skin trouble. And it may be used also in the control of body odor, stretch marks, bleached and damaged skin, pimples, post pigmentation marks, ring worm, blackheads, oily skin, etc.

Native soap
Coconut oil 
Cocoa Butter
Aloe Vera
Orange juice
Apricot seed
For fair people, add almond milk. It helps the skin remain pink, fair, soft and serves as moisturizer.

The native black soap base, used with all these earth ingredients is made mostly in Nigeria part of Africa, from the shell of cocoa, waste of palm cannel and another thing I couldn't get an elderly person to tell me. After the red palm oil had been extracted and the coconut oil had been taken from the seed inside, the rest is then pounded for this soap. For those that can't lay hands on the native soap, use Beecology handmade soap. It somewhat serves equal purpose.


Now with your covered plain container ready for the homemade soap, mix a little bit of everything from these earthly ingredients that works together to release the natural beauty in your skin. Crush the apricot seed-grand the sulfur and stick them both into the homemade soap, when you've mixed all the ingredients together in the container with your hands.

When you are done mixing, our soap may appear watery, but sure foamy. Wash your hands, leave it covered for two days and you have your homemade soap ready for use!

As a finish off, drink lots of water. Eat well, sleep and exercise to get beautiful from inside to outside.

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22 February 2013

Clemy-Warner Thompson - Published Author Interview - Authors' Curtilage - I AM Darmie Orem Blog


DO: How was the experience transitioning from your formal profession to an author, or you have always been a writer all along?

CWT: From my early teens I always had the urge to be writing. I had read so many fantastic books and played such magical games that I had gained all the inspiration I needed to write, so I did. 8 years later, I’ve now written my very own trilogy!

DO: What is the general setting of your book and time frame?

CWT: When I started writing my fantasy series, I was certain that my book was going to be set on earth in medieval times, when witches were burnt at the stake, but now that I have finished writing the trilogy, I’m not so sure anymore. I think I have made up my own world, with its own cities. I never actually refer to the planet itself, but rather mention that it is set on a specific unnamed continent. The story itself pans over 4-5 years altogether, as there are 3 years between book one and two. The characters have certainly changed throughout that time, which is shown through the skills that they have learnt and their attitude towards their fellow comrades, but the ties of family and friendship are stronger than ever.

DO: Is your book centred on a specific appearance and lifestyle?

CWT: Not particularly, the characters are all from different social backgrounds. Many of the characters are young adults, with the odd exception of a little girl and several parental figures that I introduce throughout the story. There are varying points of view, from the main male protagonist, to the unknown queen that has been hiding for two decades, showing the different types of lives that they have lived.

‘Although human, Eblas was a Goddess due to the power of magic that pulsed through her veins. She had abilities of telepathic qualities and her five senses were heightened as an immortal.’ 

DO: What events lead to these abilities Eblas possessed?

CWT: The reader knows very little about Eblas during the events of Book One. They only find out about her true self in Book Two, ‘Darkest Regrets’. She and her three siblings are created by the spirits of Nature, to help nurture the land and creatures that it has created, including Men. Granted with angelic powers and white wings, the four of them watch over the world for many generations, baring witness to the creation of evil.

Eblas rose from the grassland at the edge of the city where she sat and approached a group of people, sitting in a circle with a fire burning brightly in the centre. As an elderly man finished speaking aloud, Eblas smiled at the prospect of their faith. "The Spirits of Old will always answer your prayers," She worded clearly.

A woman turned to face where she stood. A look of disgust marred her face. "It is not the Spirits we pray to My Lady."

DO: When I read further down, this group disagrees with Eblas when she speaks of the Spirits; they stand to their feet and leave her presence. Does the novel, Purest Light, have religious conflict? May we know exactly what happened here?

CWT: There is no religious conflict as such. My trilogy is based on the point that Nature created all living things, and the essence of its power has materialised over time as spirits. These beings then created Eblas and her siblings to watch over all that had been created, giving up their existence so that the four angels could take their place and protect life.
As time progresses on from that point, the balanced elements of Light and Darkness begin to stray, as the people begin to lose their faith in the spirits, thanking no one but themselves for everything that they have achieved. 

DO: What is the central controversy of this book?

CWT: Whether Light and Darkness can truly exist together; one cannot exist without the other, but if they were to remain unbalanced, life would begin to suffer.

DO: What are the spellbinding butt-end circumstances of it?

CWT: My characters are chosen by Eblas to restore the elemental imbalance, hoping that Light and Darkness can once again stabilise. What they don’t realise though, is that if Light and Darkness cannot be balanced, they must both be destroyed, with fatal consequences. 

DO: For a writer who has published three books, what have been the challenges and the success stories for you in the publishing field?

CWT: Marketing and promotions is the hardest challenge you will face. You have to keep going or else your book could fade into nothing! I have struggled with ‘spreading the word’ about my books but in time, I will get better. I have had several book signings alongside other authors and also featured in three separate news articles. There’s always success if you keep going!

DO: What route would you advice to up-coming writers on how to present their visions to the public?

CWT: Make sure you’re happy with it, before sending it anywhere. I never fully edited my first manuscript as I was a teenager at the time; I have always regretted it and am now finally re-editing the book! Do your research before taking any direct steps, and always remember, whether you’re self published or published by a company, as long as you have the effort and will to get your book out there, you’ll succeed!

About Author: I am a fantasy author who has been writing for 8 years. In that time I have started and finished my first trilogy known as The Sacred Prophecies, and I am now working on my next book(title to be confirmed) which is the first of a second trilogy. 

Book Title: Purest Light, Darkest Regrets and New Beginnings make the Sacred Prophecies Series.

Genre: YA Fantasy, but is suitable for older readers

Book Blurbs: Purest Light-
The story of a brother and sister who are called upon by the people to save them from the Darkness. Given the name of the Lu-Sy, they travel the land in the company of angels, searching for hidden powers to resurrect the creator of the land Eblas, before the evil reaches them.

Formats Available: Paper back and E-book (when final edit is completed, it will also be available in hardback)

eBook Cost: £2.99

Paperback: £6.78

Coming Soon: New fantasy novel, based on the journey of a teenage girl who has everything taken from her when her best friend is killed. Realising that she has powers, she runs, with the Shadows following her every move.

Author Links: 

15 February 2013

Published Author Interview: Writer | Nurse | Singer | Performer Tina Frisco


Welcome on the blogs Tina Frisco, author, singer and performer.

TF: Thank you Darmie, it’s a pleasure to be on the blogs.

DO: What cultural struggles, commitment and loyalty did you speak of in the novel Plateau?

TF: The protagonist, a 15-year-old tribal female named W'Hyani, must overcome her fears in order to realize her destiny, and she must do this in keeping with her tribal customs and while honoring her elders.  Also, her people adhere to their customs and beliefs throughout the novel.  They are peace-loving, forthright, compassionate, and tolerant of diversity.

DO: Plateau, what does that mean?

TF: W'Hyani's people live on a high plateau, sequestered from the outside world.  This is analogous to the plateau we humans often reach in our spiritual growth, and we must persevere in order to reach enlightenment.

DO: What distinct voice did you bring to the world through this book?

TF: I began a shaman apprenticeship many years ago.  All that I've learned and achieved is embodied in the characters in Plateau.  The path of the shaman requires tenacity and focused intention, portrayed by W'Hyani's utter refusal to give up the search for her destiny, and by JoJiah's intense commitment to her apprenticeship.

DO: How did your interest for writing originate?

TF:  I've been a writer all of my life.  As a child, I wrote little poems and songs.  I received my first guitar when I was 14, and song-writing became a passion.  I've performed in many local venues over the years.  I'm also an R.N. and have written and published a few articles in the field of medicine.  I've written many essays of all types, but Plateau is my first novel.

DO: You studied nursing in New York, so you ventured into writing in hopes of what?

TF: My reason for writing Plateau was to put forth a message in the world.  After watching one too many "doomsday" documentaries regarding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, I felt both disheartened and determined.  I don't embrace apocalyptic theories and was compelled to write a novel of hope.

DO: W'Hyani became an orphan at an early age. Were there challenges on her way to adulthood that contributed effectively to the success conflict of the novel Plateau?

TF: Yes, many challenges.  In each one, she must square off against her fear, confront varying degrees of adversity, and recognize and rise above her limiting beliefs. The conflict arises with her not understanding what her most harrowing challenge signified.  Her spirit begins to fade, which is in direct conflict with her true nature.  Limiting beliefs are what preclude our manifesting our destiny, and W'Hyani exemplifies the warrior spirit that refuses to forsake itself. 

DO: Like W'Hyani, I wondered, too, how the tiny shard gifted her by her late mother would manifest the realization of her destiny. Please, hint us on this.

TF: The shard is part of a bigger picture.  It's the requisite key to the Great Mosaic of Life, something that she must search for and find in order to fulfill her birthright.

DO: What is a medicine womon? I didn't grasp that part of the book. Was that some sort of a course Jojihah, W'Hyani's bosom friend, studied?

TF: A medicine womon (woman), or shaman, is an intermediary between the human world and the world of spirit.  She heals afflictions by mending the spirit, which in turn heals the physical body and brings the person into balance.  She often enters the spirit realm in order to obtain the answers she needs to perform her healing.  She essentially lives with a foot in two worlds.  Indigenous peoples apprentice younger members of the tribe and pass on their knowledge in this way.  An apprenticeship usually lasts many years, as is the case with JoJihah.

How is Jojihah important to the story Plateau?

TF: Aside from being W'Hyani's best friend and confidant, JoJihah often functions as W'Hyani's conscience and touchstone.  At times, she even plays the "devil's advocate," injecting a bit of conflict and challenging W'Hyani to clarify her intentions and beliefs.

DO: Why did W'Hyani's mother tell her to keep the shard away from people, so that she wouldn't even allow her close friend see it?

TF: When we make a focused intention to achieve a goal, it's often best initially to keep it close to our heart and not speak of it.  In this way, our intention builds in power and our focus remains undiluted.  If we speak of it before it has ripened, we may sabotage our inner power by listening to the opinions of others and likely begin doubting ourselves.

DO: How would you describe Plateau to someone who hasn't read it?

TF: Plateau is a tale of adventure and mystery. W'Hyani, a 15-year-old tribal female, discovers her strengths and destiny by overcoming myriad adversities, all while honoring the wisdom of her elders.  Her will, fortitude, and ingenuity are tested unrelentingly.  She must learn to trust blindly and overcome fear exhaustively, without fully knowing why she was born the Keeper of the Crystal Heart, the requisite key to the Great Mosaic of Life.  Will love prevail over fear?  Plateau proffers a dash of insight and a bounty of hope.

DO: How much of this book is personal and how much a work of fiction?

TF: The story itself is fiction.  The characters are imbued with qualities I've both achieved and admire in others, as well as qualities I've both discarded and disdain in others.  I think this is probably true of most works of fiction.  The author can't help but inject a little of herself into the story!

DO: What message is there in this book that you want to influence your potential readers positively with?

TF: The underlying message in Plateau is that we must keep our hearts open, act from love instead of react from fear, and practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath.  In so doing, we'll help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating both personal and global peace. And above all, we must harm none and walk in beauty.

DO: What are the titles of current books you are working on?

TF:  I've begun writing the first book in a series of children's books I plan to write.  I don't want to announce the title just yet, because that alone would give away too much!

DO: It's been great talking with you Tina Frisco. Give my love to the family. Thanks for stopping by.

TF: *Smiles*, sure. I also thank you.

About Author: 
I am an author, singer-songwriter-performer, RN, shaman apprentice, animal/human rights and environmental/social change activist.  I was born in (USA) Pennsylvania, studied nursing in New York, and am currently living in California.  I love writing, reading, music, movies, and nature, among many other things. I'm 5 times an aunt and 9 times a great-aunt!

Book Title: 
Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012


Book Blurb:  W’Hyani was born strong, willful, and the predestined Keeper of the Crystal Heart, the requisite key to unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life.  Unaware of the shard’s significance, her fortitude begins being tested by the cosmic forces that sculpted her destiny.  She ultimately comes face-to-face with herself in a battle that would shrink the will of the most intrepid warrior, unaware that the realization of her destiny will irrevocably impact all beings on earth and beyond.  The Great Mosaic of Life holds a message of hope that would allow us to see and live beyond the year 2012, into the Golden Age of Enlightenment.

Available Formats:  Paperback, eBook, hardback.

eBook Cost:  Kindle - $1.99, Smashwords - $0.99

Paperback:  $13.25

Books Coming Soon:  A series of children's books

Buy Links:  Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY, Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/plateau-tina-frisco/1112187541, Chapters.Indi
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