1.  Want to have the lustrous shinny hair of Jade in Jessica Andersen’s upcoming book Demonkeepers


Most romance heroines have bouncin' and behavin' hair.  A trait I've been envious of.  So I had to find an all natural, inexpensive way to get 'that look'.  I found that apple cider vinegar will help you achieve the locks you've always dreamed of. Yeah, it’s also used as a homeopathic remedy to remove warts – but don’t let that frighten you.  It’s a great way to give your tresses a little shine.  Mix one part warm water with one part apple cider vinegar.  Apply to hair and let sit for at least five minutes.  Rinse hair with warm water, then a final rinsing with cold to close the follicles allowing for easy styling.



Who doesn't want younger, healthier looking skin?  Most heroines have youth on their side.  Me, I got a secret ingredient.  You’re probably using this ingredient in your tea or to pour over your breakfast cereal.  What is it?  Honey.  It's more than just a sweetener, it happens to be a wonderful ingredient for the perfect facial.  Mix 1 tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil and one egg yolk in a small bowl until you’ve created a creamy paste.  Using a warm wash cloth, moisten your face to open the pores then apply the mask.  Leave on for 20 minutes then wash with warm water, with a finishing rinse of cold water.  Your pores will be tighter and your skin will be smooth with a healthy looking glow.

3.  Want the silky smooth skin of Lilly Belle in Lora Leigh’s Black Jack


Heroines can wear the skimpiest of nothings with no fear that ashy elbows or knees will offend the hero.  Many of us don't come from the pages of a book, so we need a little help.  And that's where oatmeal comes in; it's not just for breakfast anymore.  It’s a terrific exfoliant and can be used to shed the dry flaky skin that’s built up over the long winter.  Mix one cup of oatmeal with olive oil and place in a bathtub with warm water.  Rub the oatmeal mixture over your body, sit back, relax and enjoy.  Twenty minutes later rinse, and voila you’ve got smooth, silky, touchable skin again.

So pamper yourself and after your done sit down, relax and read a good book.  Might I suggest the above? I loved them.

Do you have any homemade spa treatments to share with us?  

Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎03-25-2010 09:33 AM

Do you know at the ripe old age of 55 I've never had a facial, a massage, or a pedicure. My boss one time did buy me a manicure for Christmas so I've had one. I've been blessed with good genes though and still don't have wrinkles or lines, but I'm sure they're coming. I'm a Dove soap girl and use Almay cosmetics. But I'm sorry to say I don't have any spa secrets to share, but what I do want to share is that I love all the series you've mentioned above Maria thank you.


by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎03-25-2010 04:07 PM

Hi dhaupt - 


If you've never had a facial, and you've got no lines and wrinkles, I say - don't change a thing.  Keep doing what you're doing - and where can I get some of that?


I will say if you've read the other books in Jessica Andersen's Final Prophecy series - you're really going to love Demonkeepers - it starts off faced paced and gets right into the story. 

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎03-26-2010 11:07 AM

Maria, I have read Jessica's series. I was fortunate enough to win an autographed copy of the first one and have bought the subsequent ones and am (im)patiently waiting for the next one.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎03-29-2010 04:06 PM

I don't care about their looks, I want the special powers some of the heroines have! I think being one of Kresley Cole's Valkyries would rock!

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎03-29-2010 04:19 PM

Well when you think about it Becke, if you had the powers, you could get the looks too.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎03-29-2010 05:55 PM

ROFL! Good point, Deb!!

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎03-30-2010 08:28 AM

Becke - I have always fantasized about having a special power.  And if I had to choose, it would be the ability to be in any place at any time.

by RosemaryScarlett on ‎03-31-2010 01:45 PM

I love all the books you mentioned above, Maria. The heros...my goodness...don't get me started! Anyway, I am 22 years old and some say that I should be at the prime of beauty. Nah, thats all blah. I live in NorCal with all the changing seasons and I sometimes wish I lived on the beach to hopefully spot a dashing pirate...personal fantasy and all that :smileyhappy:. But I have some secrets that I use that make me feel beautiful all the time:

1) Cucumbers - perfect for puffy eyes. Slice a few of them cucumbers (eating is optional but completely satisfying)

2) Cold Water - great for making the ladies perky. Cold Showers on the chest area tightens the skin and allows the ladies to say hello to the sun.

3) Warm Honey = soft lips. Warm just a teaspoon of honey and apply to lips. Let sit for a minute or two and then either lick off or dab off with a towel :smileyhappy:


My last one is similar to the oatmeal. If the oatmeal doesn't work (which it does work) but just it case, try the Greek Sugar Body Scrub. Its amazing and whats scary is it works and you can make it from home:

All you will need is sugar (best is CH Sugar) and olive oil.

Take 1/4 cup of sugar and 3-4 tablespoons (give or take) of Olive oil and mix together to form a thick paste. Apply liberally in the shower and massage in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water. And the rest you know. Smooth and tasty skin for hugging and kissing. :smileywink:


I love all of these little secrets. My mom used them and my grandma used them. So I'm passing them all to you.


Much love from a comphy chair with tea and a book :smileyhappy:



by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎03-31-2010 02:25 PM

Hey Sasha -


Love your salt scrub.  I've also found salt and olive oil are great for my dry hands in the winter.

I've never tried the honey on the lips - but sounds like a great way to handle my cracked lips after all this cold weather.  Thanks for the tips.

by RosemaryScarlett on ‎04-01-2010 11:21 PM

Your Welcome, Maria!


Anytime :smileyhappy:

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎04-02-2010 05:10 PM

Interesting, Maria. Someone asked this question before - "what special power would you choose if you were given the choice?" I don't remember what I answered, and the more I think about it, the harder it is to choose. I guess I'll just leave the special powers to those heroines.

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎04-05-2010 01:02 PM

Ahh, come on Becke - how about  X-ray vision?  It seems like an interesting power.  In my mind it would mean no more surprises. 

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎04-05-2010 04:11 PM

Hmm - yeah. I could have some fun with that!


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