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June 14, 2014

Reviewers didn’t fudge when they said

by Wendy Webb

by Wendy Webb

Hello lovely reader. I recently had the pleasure of reading a book by author Wendy Webb. Titled THE FATE OF MERCY ALBAN, this book is in turns creepy and chilling.  I tell you, reviewers did not fudge when they said it was gothic, mysterious and spellbinding. It is quite simply put, a good old fashioned thriller.  It is the type of book you’d read on a stormy night.

Then you will want to sleep with the lights on. I’m telling you, I had so much fun reading this. Set on a remote island, with people who seem more ghostly than alive, it reminded me, somewhat, of my novel EXODUS.

I have to tell you, this book had twists and  turns and the heroine sometimes had no idea whether she was going or coming. There is a love interest in the book, and there is another man. He is oh so ill-mannered, the very type of character readers love to hate on. There is a teenager with the proverbial near-rotten attitude and there are twists and turns, literally, that you the reader won’t see coming.

If you want to be just a bit scared, a lot intrigued, and ready for the next book when you finish, pick this up. Then go do yourself another favor, get my EXODUS. Travel to that little island, and let the goings-on give you the creeps again as you wonder ‘What the heck is going on now?’

Well readers, I’ve got to run but until we meet again, two things.

Happy reading.

Be blessed.

April

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July 23, 2013

Bet you didn’t know you could use coconut oil for…

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coconuts

“So,” you might say, “what makes coconut oil so noteworthy?” Well, let us first discuss what it is, and where it comes from. Coconut oil is ingestible, extracted from the edible portion of a mature coconut, from the ‘cocos nucifera’ tree. Believed to have origins in the Indo-Pacific, coconuts are a staple in the daily diets of millions the world over. Yet coconut oil can be used for a zillion things.

Were you aware that this incredible oil is widely used in the making of cosmetics? It is used in creams, lotions, and skin exfoliators. It is even used in organic deodorants! I’ve found it to be an excellent moisturizer. Chasing dryness, it leaves the skin soft to the touch and looking dewy. If it is applied right after a shower while the body is yet damp, one can reap the most benefits.  In the colder months it can be added to a heavier moisturizer as a base. Coconut oil has long been used for other dry skin ailments too, ailments such as Xerosis, which is often caused by diabetes.

Used widely in India and numerous places in the world for hair care, coconut oil’s conditioning properties are legendary, and aids with hair re-growth. Applied topically, coconut oil contains proteins that are essential for nourishing damaged hair. For people of color, for those with dry, curly or kinky hair, it can be applied after washing to seal the cuticle and add a near weightless shine. Massaging the scalp regularly with coconut oil will ward off dryness. It is also a key element in treatments for dandruff and lice.

We all know that coconut oil is used in the manufacture of various hair conditioners. Yet did you know about the benefits of fatty acids like Capric, Caprylic, and Myristic Acids — which are all found in coconut oil.

Although we know it has a plethora of uses, I wanted to point out that coconut oil is used in making soap. The reason that it is often a base ingredient is because soaps using it will retain more water than those made with other oils. Therefore it yields more soap. Coconut oil is soluble, dissolvable, in hard and even salt water, which enables it to easily lather and it doesn’t tend to dry the skin like other non-oil based soaps.

Coconut oil soothes irritations like sunburn and insect bites. cocnut tree This oil with its microbial properties and barely-there non offensive fragrance is even believed to heal wounds.

It has long been used by those who tan. It is a massage oil, and some people use it as it as a lubricant. However, if you’re getting your swerve on, remember will weaken latex — thus, rendering condoms inactive.

So there you have it, just a few of the wonderful benefits of wonderful coconut oil!

June 5, 2013

This phone call was no harmless prank.

Hello friends,

The Call  I’ve been meaning to tell you about a movie I saw recently. Halle Berry stars in it. Morris Chestnut is her love interest and the name of the flick, directed by Brad Anderson is The Call.

Now I’ve got to tell you, when I saw the trailers I didn’t think it would be something I’d really want to see.
Boy was I wrong!
To read more, click here

November 17, 2010

Is DWTS A Dancing Contest or a Popularity Contest?

I am so disappointed, actually I feel betrayed. Sure, it may seem petty, but I have to talk about it. I’ve been watching ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (DWTS) on television, and as a writer, editor and motivational speaker , I don’t have a lot of time to just kick it. So this has been my little gift to myself, the time to sit and absorb the music, the dance, and the beauty. The thing is: now it’s time for the finals… and my favorite is gone. What kind of foolishness is this? I was rooting for Brandy and Jennifer. However, now I have to sit back and see how I feel, now that one of them is gone.

Like Fox t.v.’s ‘American Idol,’ ‘Dancing’ is starting to get on my nerves. Why? Because the audience gets to vote. Hey, I’m all for democracy, but I still think there should be some type of DWTS electoral college. I believe the judges should have the last say, or they should at least be able to rescue someone if the voting public, the viewing audience gets it wrong. And I say the viewers got it wrong last night, because there is no way that Brandy the singer, who has blossomed into a wonderful dancer, should have gone home. The fun of the show was knowing that she and actress Jennifer Grey, a superb dancer in her own right, were going to be in the finals.

The excitement, for me, was that they would face off, against each other, since they happen to be the top two dancers. Both have beautiful moves, they give it their all — granted Jennifer cried a little too much for me, and someone said that Brandy wanted the Mirror Ball Trophy a little too much — but each dancer has to have their quirks right? However, the other people who are left to go into the finals… honestly, I don’t think they should be there, plain and simple. Bristol Palin seems to be a sweet, and she appears to slowly be emerging from her shell, quite possibly stepping out of her famous mother’s shadow. Kyle Massey happens to be a Disney favorite; he is charming and such a showman! But he and Bristol are not the greatest dancers, to put it plainly. Both have repeatedly been in the lower scoring tiers. In my opinion, at least one of them should have to watch from home, or they should have to watch the finals from the sidelines. Yet they are in the finals!

To the show producers I have something to say. If the judges have given a dancing couple the lowest scores, and this is consistently the case, eject that couple. Applaud them for effort, but eliminate them, let them go home. Or other viewers may begin to feel like I feel. They may even ask the question, does popularity matter more than achievement? Or perhaps viewers may ask: is the show more about who (or whose family) can best manipulate the media? Producers, you hired the judges because they are professionals; they know dance, and theory. They know what true dance aficionados are looking for, whereas the viewing audience may simply see the show — not as a dance contest, but as a popularity contest.

November 3, 2010

Sowing — What Makes This Story Relevant

Hi all,

I want to share a story with you. It is one that I co-authored with Jessica Janna, renowned New York evangelist and song stylist. The name of her book is Sowing. It is the second install in her Relinquish and Reap Series, a collection of her memories.

Jessica, who is now seventy-something, recounts her years as an adolescent in the purse-sized book Sowing. She shares with readers some experiences of hers that became her secrets to carry… until now.

To read more about this remarkable woman of faith, take a peek at the review written by BellaOnline.com’s Christian Literature Editor, Lyn Sedmina.

It is my hope that after reading the review and the book, you will see what makes Jessica and her story — told in seven volumes — one for each decade of her life — relevant.

Available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Books-a-Million.com

September 2, 2010

Not to worry

Some of you have said you missed my interview. Not to worry…

It will rebroadcast today, this afternoon.  4 p.m. is ‘A Woman’s Spirit’ the re-broadcast — with me! Just click here on ‘Radio Show.’ 

Hit ‘Listen Online,’ then ‘Live Streaming Radio.’ 

 If you miss the re-broadcst, not to worry. It will go in the ‘Archives.’  Again, just click on the link below, click on ‘Radio Show.’  Then once at the America’s Web Radio site, scroll down untill you see my name in blue. Then click ‘Listen.’ Anytime! Podcast should be up by the weekend.

Thank you all for your interest! And at my website, sign up for the contest. Answer one question and become a winner!  Hopefully!

August 31, 2010

Gentle Reminder…

Listen for the Giveaway!!

A deliciously frustrating and exhilarating love story.

Don’t forget to listen to my upcoming interview on
‘A Woman’s Spirit’ the lovely radio show for women. I’ll discuss many things, including my latest novel Turnabout. Then I will ask a question on my personal site: http://www.aprilalisamarquette.com on my Check This Out page. There will be room for you to answer.

Remember, there’s no pressure… The question asked will refer to something discussed in the interview. Afterward, two winners will be randomly chosen! Within days you’ll know if perhaps YOU have won…so don’t forget to tune in!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 for one hour,
from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can also listen anytime afterward, because the broadcast will become a podcast!

Click on ‘A Woman’s Spirit’ to listen on the web at anytime! Or use the following web address:

http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/womansspirit.php

Under the word ‘ARCHIVES’ look for the date September 1, 2010 and Guest: April Alisa Marquette.  Then click on the ‘listen’ link.

Even if you don’t participate in the giveaway, then perhaps you’ll just listen.  Whatever you do, it’s up to you, but do enjoy!

August 24, 2010

Book Giveaway and Radio Appearance

Hi there, 

I wanted to let you know about something I’m doing soon… 

I am going to appear on ‘A WOMAN’S SPIRIT’ — the radio show, click on ‘Listen Online, Live Streaming Radio.’  It is an empowering, enriching 1-hour program, for women. Men are welcome too. Briefly, let me describe the show. It is a laid back, quiet space, located smack dab in the middle of a week that sometimes consists of chaos. You get the picture…this show is something you need, an experience you can use to re-charge. I must tell you, the show’s host, Ms. Vanecia Wills-Leufroy has the most lovely cadence to her voice. I often listen to her while I write. Her rich deep vocal tones  remind me of cacao and cream, or of the jazz diva Sarah Vaughn’s extraordinary singing voice, and this host connects with her audience. She feels them, and they her! I like that. Check out the show and you just might agree. Oh, and trust me to liken anything — even a person’s voice — to food! 

However, to get back on track, on ‘A WOMAN’S SPIRIT’ we will host a two-book giveaway for my latest novel. 

A deliciously frustrating and exhilarating love story.

 

It is called Turnabout

For those of you who don’t know, Turnabout is a love story, but it is not just about the lovers. Their family, friends, and even those whom only a mama can love, are all entwined in this must-read. 

The date of my appearance is   

Wednesday, September 1, 2010  

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

The lovely thing about this show is you may listen from your laptop or computer! 

Click here to go to the Radio Show. 

Or you may tune in online:  www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/womansspirit.php 

Don’t forget, it’s next week: Wednesday September 1, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

As I said, I will discuss my latest novel. I will also explain to listeners how I found ‘my voice’ — my reason for writing.  Then two lucky winners will win their own signed copy of my book! 

This particular episode of ‘A WOMAN’S SPIRIT’ is also slated to be re-broadcast, and will be available for you to listen to in the radio show’s archives.  www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/womansspirit.php 

I want you to listen. I’d like that. I also want you to enter the contest — not because I’ll get anything out of it … but wouldn’t it be great if you won?! 

Don’t forget, join us for a bit of cacao, cream, and meaningful chit-chat. You’re gonna love it!

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