Book Review-Part 2: Simple Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Scrubs and Body Exfoliants

Written By: carolmoye - Sep• 05•15

The author of Simple Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Scrubs and Body Exfoliants (All Natural Cosmetics Book 3) (Vesela Tabakova) has granted me permission to share a few of her recipes.

This is one I made a couple of days ago and LOVED it!

Lemon Body Scrub:

1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp almond oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1-2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients and apply the mixture to damp skin. Gently exfoliate in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Since I have been using her scrubs, and only natural ingredients on my face, my skin looks much softer and I have a natural glow. I even have less blemishes. Each morning, I am excited to try a new one. Today I will try this one because I have a banana that needs to be used right away:

Banana Sensitive Skin Scrub:

1/2 banana, mashed
1 tbsp oatmeal

Mash half banana with a fork and mix it with the oatmeal. Gently massage onto skin for a minute, then rinse off.

And the one I intend to make for tomorrow morning’s shower:

Simple Coconut Body Scrub:


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix half a cup of coconut oil with one cup of brown sugar. Add a tsp of vanilla extract. Apply the mixture to damp skin. Gently exfoliate in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water.


That’s all you get for free. If you like these, please purchase the book. It’s only $2.99, and worth every penny.

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Book Review: Unexpected Gifts

Written By: carolmoye - Sep• 04•15

I was gifted a copy of Unexpected Giftsby the author after I read and loved Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads. She thought I would love it because I love historical fiction. She was totally right. I LOVED it! I was totally amazed with how much history she managed to fit into the lives of her characters and their ancestors. This should be required reading for a US History class, or at least an extra credit assignment. She covers the Vietnam War, Woodstock, The Great Depression, and SO much more. If you love historical fiction, this is one you should definitely add to your list.

Here are the purchase links for both books:





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Written By: carolmoye - Sep• 02•15

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Book Review: Simple Recipes for Homemade Facial Scrubs and Body Exfoliants

Written By: carolmoye - Sep• 02•15

Okay, not my usual book review, but an attempt to make your lives more wonderful too.

In my attempts to pamper myself during a retreat week I gave myself, I pledged to make my own healthy skin products. One of the books I purchased was Simple Recipes for Easy Homemade Face Scrubs and Body Exfoliants (All Natural Cosmetics Book 3) I made the Peppermint Foot Scrub. It was a wonderful treat for my crusty feet. :)

Here’s the recipe:
1/3 cup sea salt
1/3 cup baking soda
4-5 T olive oil
15 drops peppermint oil
5 drops tea tree oil

Mix salt and baking soda, gradually add olive oil and stir until you have a slightly wet, but grainy consistency. Add the Peppermint Essential Oil and Tea Tree Oil.
Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet. Rinse and dry feet.

I soaked my feet in a foot bath I purchased years ago, but hadn’t been using. Afterwards, my feet were soft and I felt like a princess.

I will try to contact the author and get permission to share a few other recipes. I love this book because most of the ingredients are even more common than the ones in the foot bath. Many use ingredients that most of us keep in our kitchens, and yet the products they produce are luxurious.

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Becoming a Real Vendor

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 28•15

I’ll have a table at my church’s block party tomorrow with books and photographs. I registered my business with the state, and have my square register account set up. Will that be cash, check or charge? I’m pretty hyped!! Oakland Block Party invitation


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Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 26•15

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Meet Hannah Mullen

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 25•15

Cover for Experimentals by Hanna MullenI’m so excited to introduce you to a new author that my author friend, JoAnn Meaker, sent my way. Her name is Hannah Mullen and she is twelve years old. She is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, titled “Experimentals”.  While I haven’t met her in person yet, we have exchanged several emails, and I have read a pre-release copy of her novel. I must admit that I am quite impressed.  “Experimentals” is a science-fiction novel about children who are “adopted” by the government and raised in a lab where they are basically treated like lab animals.  It is an impressive debut novel, especially when you consider her age. I asked Hannah several questions, her responses are below. You will, no doubt, be impressed by her maturity.

1. How old were you when you began writing?

Well, my first book attempt was when I was eleven, but really I think I’ve been writing my whole life. I just didn’t realize I wanted to write a book until the sixth grade.

2. Is this your first novel?

Yes, it is. I worked on it for about six months for the initial first draft, starting in June and ending in November.

3. Where did you get the idea for Experimentals?

Well, it was kind of a combination of things. I noticed that, in science fiction novels, there is usually some kind of lab, but they never really go into it very much. I have always liked writing emotional pieces and I love science, so I just put all that together, and now here I am.

4. Where do you go to school?  What’s your favorite subject?

I go to Stonewall Jackson Middle School. I’m not really a big fan of school because I want to be writing. My favorite class would probably be language arts, though, because I get to write and I like the teacher because she makes the class very interactive.

5. Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite book?

I like a lot of the books that I read, but I would have to say my favorite currently (I have a new one about every week) is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. My favorite author is John Green because he’s very good at every book he writes and he’s a funny guy.

6. What is the most difficult part about writing a novel?

There are a lot of difficult parts, but the first big issue for me is believing that it’ll be good enough. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re writing something to know if you’ll look back at it when you’re editing and think, wow, this is awful. I think you just have to write it out and see. Usually, it’s a lot better than you think, but it can be stressful when you don’t think it will be.

What advice do you have for other young authors?

Don’t give up. Don’t give in to what everyone else says, because if you put your mind to it, you can do it. I know that sounds like a poster that would be hanging in your classroom, but it’s true. Also, don’t feel like you have to take ideas from everyone.  It’s your writing, not theirs, even if they are your friends.


Visit Hannah’s Facebook page for updates.

Store Links:

Paperback (Createspace Store)

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Meet Suzanne Williams

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 24•15

Author Suzanne Williams

Suzanne D. Williams is an indie writer I “met”  through a Facebook group. She was looking for people to read and review her books. She  allowed me to choose which of her books I wanted to read and review. I chose Take Me Away. It was a delightful short romance. I then visited her author page and noticed what a prolific writer she is. Since I love helping other indie writers, (especially Christian writers) I offered to interview her on my blog.  If you love clean romances, check our Suzanne’s books. Although I have only read one, I’m off to purchase and read another. Like me, Suzanne is also a photographer, so I encourage you to visit her blog and check out her photographs as well.

Meet Suzanne

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up surrounded by family with strong southern roots and have learned to appreciate my heritage and view it as an advantage. It frequently pops up in my stories both in dialect and a certain small-town feel. Frankly, I can’t help but write what I know. This has made for amusing moments with my more northern editors, who didn’t understand phrases like “dipping your plate” or sitting “in” the floor. But I wouldn’t change a thing about who I am.

When did you first start writing?

I wrote devotionals and nonfiction articles before I ever considered writing fiction. My first book was my own personal testimony entitled, “Fearless”. I like the more orderly side of nonfiction, but have learned, since moving into fiction, specifically romance, how to apply what I learned from that side of myself to my characters, plotlines, and stories.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

My latest release is a young adult novella entitled, “Take My Breath Away”. Nineteen-year-old Hannah Giselle grew up in a single-parent household, after her parents’ rocky divorce. Having graduated from high school, she saves up for a trip to visit her dad, but once she arrives finds the things she thought she knew about what happened are far different from the truth. She seeks solace in handsome local Troy Lansing’s arms, who has his own story to contribute. It’s a clean romantic suspense geared for teens.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I argue with myself over the characters’ thoughts a lot. I always want to make sure what he or she thinks fits in with what has happened or will happen, and I don’t want to repeat myself. This requires a lot of brain power and rereading along the way.

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?

My primary message, especially for young adults, is to provide clean books that parents don’t have to worry about. They can see my name and say to themselves, “Oh, that’ll be safe.” There is so much out there marked for teens that I wouldn’t let a teen read if it were left up to me. My heroes and heroines have flaws, sometimes they make wrong choices, but the ending is always happy and God always presented as the answer to problems (whether this is openly or more covert). Christian principles are always a foundation of my stories.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

I don’t like having to go through other people for what I want to do. I am a graphic designer by trade, so I can do everything from start to finish on a book and make all the choices without having to wait on anyone else. The very idea of the “independent” author defines me.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

The writing itself. I love sentences, love words, love characters and plots. I am happiest when I’m in the middle of the book and no one has seen it but me. I’m even disappointed at the end when it’s over.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring writers?

Keep writing because books sell books. The more books you turn out, the more people will hear your name, the more other books that you’ve written they’ll buy. But as you write, learn HOW to write. Read articles and tips. Seek to write better. Never think you know enough and have it all down pat. Seek to write WELL, no matter what speed that is for you individually. I am a fast writer. Some of my friends are not. That is okay. We are all unique and all have something to offer readers.

What do your fans mean to you?

I love hearing from people who like my work, but I joke that I don’t hear from them enough. I see writers with a huge fan base that can post the word “hi” and get thirty responses. My fans are more subtle. They email me privately, and I treasure that contact. Authors have to keep themselves built up, myself included. Every positive contact with my readers is such a blessing to me.

What are you working on next?

This makes me laugh because I have a lot of books going at once. This is how I typically write, but if I were to narrow it down, I have a series, “The Billionaire Boys Club”, where I’m working on book 4. I also have several YA on tap.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are not big named authors. My dearest friends, Dana Pratola and Laura J. Marshall, inspire me with their individual styles of writing. I also have numerous favorite books by both secular and Christian authors that I have learned from, simply by studying the style and pacing of those particular stories.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

Writing. I am a morning person and am usually at my best to write first thing. Later in the day, I’m too tired to think.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I like gardening and nature photography. Those two go together in my brain. I also spend time a great deal of time with my daughter. We go shopping or to lunch a lot. In the evenings, I have favorite TV programs I’ll watch to unwind and relax. I’m pretty much a homebody though. I don’t really like “get togethers”, parties, or day trips.

Suzanne’s Latest Books:

Take My Breath Away


Racin’ Hearts

Connect with Suzanne:

Blog: Suzanne D. Williams: Feel-Good Romance

Visit Suzanne’s Facebook Page

Tweet with Suzanne

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Wordless Wednesday

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Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 12•15

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