Waiting For You Book Blog Tour

Hello all you beauties and Thank You so much to Beautiful SA Blog for hosting me on your blog today.

Today is Day 5 of the Waiting for You Book Blog Tour.

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My name is Melissa and within the next few days I will be releasing my debut novel. Eeeep! So exciting. It’s a dream that I never ever expected to come to fruition and I still pinch myself to bring me back to reality that this is actually happening. To me. A pint sized, small town girl from Durban, sunny South Africa.

So what is my book about?

The blurb reads: Audrey Kelly finds her way back home to Crystal Valley with her bruised pride and a shattered dangerous past mocking her rear view mirror. What she didn’t expect was to be face-to-face with Adam Parker, resident bad boy, sexy Navy SEAL and one of the reasons that Audrey ran all those years ago.

Audrey was the last person Adam had ever expected to see back in Crystal Valley. Over a decade ago, they shared a sizzling night together before he received the worst news of his life and he hasn’t seen her since…until she’d moved back unexpectedly. She was no longer the sweet innocent girl he once remembered, but Adam has his own problems without having to deal with Audrey’s ice princess recital, no matter how tempting the auburn haired seductress may be.

Sparks begin to ignite between them but can they accept Audrey’s past when it threatens to engage them in a dangerous twist? Can they save each other from themselves and stop running once and for all?

Writing is a tough process. Many people thing you just write the words down and that’s your story but there’s so much more to it than that.

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So here are my Top 10 Writing Tips for the Up and Comer!

  1. Just Write

Start by getting the words on the page. Your first draft will never be perfect but that is what the editing process is for.

  1. Set yourself a writing goal

I like to work towards a goal so I always start my writing time by setting myself a minimum word goal. This is usually 5000 words per day and trust me, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

  1. Block out all distractions when you are writing.

Writing your novel is a process. You have to get yourself INTO the characters heads and tell the story. So shut the door to your writing cave, send the hubby and kids away, what ever it takes to get you in the zone. I find my drill sergeant (the hubster) threatening to kill my Wi-Fi to prevent my YouTube browsing, is a surefire way to get me back on track.

  1. Everybody Gets Stuck

Everybody gets stuck. Give yourself a break. Find inspiration in other things – watch a movie, listen to music, weed your garden. Inspiration can (and will) strike again.

  1. Be organized

Plan your writing time. MAKE the time. Success comes from hard work and sacrifice. Plot out your story before you begin. Identify the areas which require research. I always start out with a spider map – first for my plot and then broadly, the important scenes.

  1. Do your research!

You cannot know everything about everything. Plan out what areas need research. My hero is an ex Navy SEAL so I read up about their training, their lingo, anything that will make my story more authentic

  1. Write because you’re passionate about the story

This may sound like a “duh” moment but we take this for granted. I once wrote a novella for the sake of doing it and it translated to a flat manuscript of words just mashed together. Zero heart and zero passion. When you love the story and are passionate about the writing, the characters come alive on the page.

  1. Don’t Tell Anybody What Your Book Is About 

Don’t tell anybody what your book is about and don’t show it until it’s finished. It’s not that anybody will steal your idea but that all the energy that goes into the writing of your story will be dissipated.

  1. Don’t just think about it – write it down!

No book ever gets written by thinking about it or going bowling or playing golf. You have to put your butt down and spend many, many hours in front of a computer and get on with it. Writers block is a real thing but you plod on – just like a donkey! Success isn’t given to you – you work for it.

  1. Don’t Quit

Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit when you constantly receive rejection letters but keep going. Your big break could just be around the corner.

Well that’s all for today!

Thank you so much for your time you beauties!

Next stop on the book blog tour is Inspire You on 23 May 2016. Don’t forget to stop by!

You can also catch me at:

Website: www.melisskatebooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/melissakatebooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/melissakate_1
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/melissakate_1
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/melissakate1

 

What is Strobing?

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Let’s face it… A lot of us are obsessed with contouring , for those of you who have no clue about what I’m talking about, don’t worry I will be posting about it soon…

Recently there has been a lot of hype about a new makeup trend which beauty gurus have dubbed “Strobing” that has basically kicked contouring to the curb. Strobing is basically highlighting your face to the max ! Forget about your bronzers because all you need to achieve this look is a highlighter.

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To achieve this look, here are a few tips:

Make sure to prep your skin by applying a hydrating primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation primer. Strobing is all about glowy skin so you need to make sure your skin is well hydrated and moisturized.

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Next you will need to use a highlighter, make sure to use a highlighter shade that best compliments your skin tone, below is a useful guide of which kind of highlighter will compliment your skin tone perfectly.

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People with dark skin tones should focus on golds to peach and orange shimmers, while those with medium skin tones should focus on bronzed beige to golden hues and those with fair skin tones look best with champagne to pinky-beige hues.

You are now going to highlight areas on your face where the light naturally hits to create an illuminated complexion. These areas include the middle of your forehead, highest point of your cheek bones, tip of your nose, inner corners of your eyes and brow bone as well as your cupids bow.

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The final result : Skin that looks radiant with a dewy yet glowy complexion.

So my beauties are you going to get your strobe on or are you going to stick to contouring? Is Strobing a hit or a fail ? Let me know by commenting below.

The Amazing Benefits Of Honey

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Whether it is used as a natural sweetener in your tea or its spread on your toast, honey is used for many reasons. With its anti-bacterial properties as well as it being rich in anti-oxidants , it is no surprise that honey has some amazing beauty benefits especially when you are a girl on a budget

Acne

Honey’s anti-bacterial properties make it an excellent cleanser. Apply some raw honey to the affected area and rinse off after letting it stay on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Scars

Honey has a bleaching effect so regular use of honey on the affected area can dramatically fade old or new scars.

Moisturizer

Honeys moisturizing and softening properties make it a wonderful hair conditioner, it also gives shine to dull hair. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, massage the mixture into your hair and let it stay on for about 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse off thoroughly.

Hair lightener

Honey has a natural bleaching effect, which makes it an effective hair lightener. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with 6 tablespoons distilled water and apply it your hair. Rinse off thoroughly after an hour. Do this weekly for better results. For dramatic results: add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Anti-aging

Honey is rich in antioxidants so a tablespoon of honey a day keeps free radicals away.

Lip Scrub

Honey makes a wonderful lip scrub, for soft and smooth lips mix one teaspoon raw honey with one teaspoon brown sugar and a few drops of olive oil . Apply to lips and exfoliate gently after five minutes.

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Nail conditioner

Honey strengthens your nails and softens your cuticles. Mix a teaspoon of raw honey with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and apply to your nails and cuticles. Rinse off after ten minutes.

Razor bumps

Honey prevents bumps and boils caused by shaving, apply raw honey immediately after shaving and rinse off after ten minutes.

Have you tried any natural beauty remedies?