Kitchen Soap for Chefs: 4 Easy Melt & Pour Soap Recipes ~ New eBook Serves Cooks & ‘The Walking Dead’ Fans

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2016

It’s almost a month until The Walking Dead returns for a seventh season. There are six seasons where no one’s seen Daryl bathe or shower. Of course, when we left him back in April in the episode “Last Day on Earth”, he wasn’t thinking about cleaning up. In fact, with the introduction of Neagan and Lucille, Daryl wasn’t looking too good. 

While I’m looking forward to the return of the show on October 23, there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to know who Lucille’s going to meet up close and personal. Yes, I’ve read the rumors and have visited some sites that have leaked photos and other news. However, I’ve been too busy making soap [and French macarons] to do more than glance at the information. I’ll find out for sure next month. I’ve waited this long, what’s another four weeks?

I received a wonderful gift from a friend who’s also a fan of the show and of the Daryl Dixon character. I was so pleased with how appropriate it was that I used it in this photo:

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As many chefs know, coffee removes strong odors such as onions, garlic, fish, and meat. It’d probably be great for a guy like Daryl after some run-ins with zombies…and maybe a few of Neagan’s unpleasant companions. People who probably don’t have access to hot and cold running water and soap. If they did, I have a hunch they’d all like some Espresso Coffee Kitchen Soap.

So, I’d like to introduce my latest soap crafting eBook. Naturally, I made all the soaps and took photos of them. I was running low on soap. Now, my soap dishes and soap cabinet are full again.

Kitchen Soap for Chefs: 4 Easy Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

It’s easy to create chef’s soap in your kitchen. Quickly cook up a batch of soap that will wash away strong kitchen odors. Now you can make excellent smelling and deodorizing soaps with four classic and carefully tested recipes.

For less than the price of a cup of coffee you’ll get:

  • Original, kitchen-tested recipes
  • Photographs of all recipes and soap bases
  • Fragrance and essential oil information
  • Types of soap molds
  • Where to buy links
  • FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Kindle link: Kitchen Soap for Chefs: 4 Easy Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

Kindle UK link: Kitchen Soap for Chefs: 4 Easy Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

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I WANT YOU: Seduction Emails from a Narcissist ~ New Cover & Excerpt

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2016

iwantyou (1)Before I became a fan of THE WALKING DEAD, I wrote about a character named Arlen J. Stevenson who was the author of zombie fiction. I chose that genre because it seemed a little different—edgier—than thrillers or science fiction.

Originally, this manuscript got some interest from an editor at a small literary press. “It sounds serious and worthy, and I appreciated the description and know exactly what you’re talking about from hard experience. I do wish you luck with it though because…it has to be said!”

When I first uploaded I WANT YOU: Seduction Emails from a Narcissist, along with my companion title, Love Me, Need Me: A Narcissist’s Tale, I designed my own cover. I’ve since stopped doing this as I prefer not fussing around with fonts. I finally got around to having the cover redesigned after combing through some stock photos and finding one of a man who resembled the Arlen I’d imagined. Art and reality merged.

Since publishing this book, I’ve learned a lot about formatting. While awaiting the cover to be designed, I had a look at the sample, noting some the spacing issues. I went through line by line and fixed the problems. By doing this, I reread the story and was struck by the online psychological game playing that abounded within the book. 

This is unlike any other book I’ve written. It took years of research before I wrote my first draft. I did encounter several versions of Arlen online and in real life. At the time, it was very difficult to be around those types of uncaring and self-centered people. But what I learned filled more than one book. 

EXCERPT:

Here’s Arlen’s email to LeeAnn [Southern Pecan is her MySpace name] after “meeting” her on September 28.

Date: September 30

LeeAnn,

You’re wise, insightful, and loving. On top of that, you radiate both a wonderful sexuality combined with a heaping dose of loyalty. All mixed together, it’s potent.

Why do I want you with all these other people around? Frankly, there’s not even a choice involved, you are simply on a different level.

I’ll make this short and sweet. I want to get to know you more, the sooner the better. If all you want is an internet friendship, fine, just tell me. But if you want the chance for more, tell me that, because that’s exactly what I want. The reason you and I both are doing this is because we both sense we’ve gotten ahold of what potentially could be the real thing for us both.

Let me know, darlin,
AJS

P.S. My marriage is not what it should be, dear, and has been for awhile. This doesn’t flatter me in the least, but even if it wasn’t, I don’t know that I could resist you.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The author of three zombie books uses his literary accomplishments to entice his online victims. Arlen J. Stevenson flirts heavily with several women via raw and steamy emails in order to lure them to his lake house. His MySpace site has amassed thousands of potential victims. “I WANT YOU: Seduction Emails from a Narcissist” shows Arlen’s arc of seduction with eighteen different women. You’ll meet poetic Southern Pecan, desperate Betsy, flirty Debra, and lonely Ginger.

The love and long-term relationships he proposes to the women lasts long enough to satisfy his ego and sexual cravings.

This unique volume can be read as either a sequel or a prequel to “Love Me Need Me: A Narcissist’s Tale.”

WARNING! “I WANT YOU: Seduction Emails from a Narcissist” may be offensive to those who dislike graphic language and sexual content.

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Please Don’t Bite Actor Norman Reedus!

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2015

I’ve written two posts about Norman Reedus, the actor who plays Daryl Dixon in the AMC series THE WALKING DEAD. Daryl totes a crossbow and fights zombies and bad guys in the popular Sunday night show, currently on hiatus. I’ve seen every episode more than once and look forward to the Season 6 midseason premiere on February 14, 2016.

While I like the show, I’ve not read the comic books, attended a convention or written to anyone affiliated with the show asking for an autograph, etc. I know that Norman Reedus plays a crossbow-carrying fellow, but doubt if he goes squirrel hunting in real life. I’ve read that he loves his son Mingus, photography, and cats. The man is owned by a lovely black cat, Eye In The Dark. Here’re some photos of them: http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/these-photos-of-norman-reedus-with-his-black-cat-are-badass#.ydvy4Mwlb

He’s opposed to animal testing as evidenced in a Cruelty-Free International ad campaign. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-walking-dead-star-norman-reedus-joins-cruelty-free-international-call-for-us-and-global-ban-on-animal-tests-for-cosmetics-218344111.html

Many would agree that Mr. Reedus comes across as an animal loving nice guy.

norman reedus as daryl dixon in the walking deadHe portrays a disheveled and rugged sort of character. Someone who’s apparently allergic to bathing. In this EW cover photo, taken by Dylan Coulter, he’s wearing a customized “Bite Me” t-shirt. Was it his idea to wear it? Nope, but he agreed to it. EW photo editor, Michele Romero, suggested the concept and wrote the words on the shirt with a black marker. The costume designer added the heavily worn look.  The actor graced the magazine’s cover wearing it and the picture appeared on countless websites across the ‘net.

The headline to the article reads:

 This week’s cover: Walking Dead star Norman Reedus says ‘Bite me’

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/03/this-weeks-cover-norman-reedus-walking-dead

All was bite-free until Saturday, December 6, 2015 at the Walker Stalker Convention NY/NJ. Ten months after the magazine showed Norman modeling that soiled shirt, a fan took those two words far too literally. Here’s what happened:

https://undeadwalking.com/2015/12/06/norman-reedus-bitten-by-fan-at-walker-stalker-con

What’s a fan to do? Especially a very fond of the series fan that’s almost the same age as Norman. Someone that feels a kinship with him, especially as she also loves Harley Davidson motorcycles. A woman who publicly posts: “Finally meet the love of my life, and get banned from the rest of CON and lose two more $100 photo ops with him because I lost my mind…”

Later in her post the woman admits to biting him, and expresses some degree of remorse. It doesn’t change what happened. 

However, the problem here is the overwhelming sense of delusion that the fan – short for fanatic? – acted upon. For years, she’s watched her favorite actor on TV. Now the chance to meet him has become a reality, for a price. Apparently, she spent $300 to meet and be photographed with him. Fueled by images seen on magazine covers, read about in articles and blog posts and seen on that TV show, the saturation of Norman Reedus crystallized into something memorable and surrealistic. She admits to loving the man, and that can comprise a spectrum of actions. How to show your love? Get his attention. Don’t just pose for a photo. Don’t just shake his hand and say howdy! Don’t just stand there with a dazed expression and do nothing. Nope, the woman imitated one of the many grunting cast members on the show: she bit him.

The actor posted the following photo on his Face Book page:

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Was it worth it?

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Does That Dirty Dawg Daryl Dixon Ever Shower?

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2015 – 2016

I’ve written about Norman Reedus’s character Daryl Dixon in a previous post That Dirty Dawg, Norman Reedus [Daryl Dixon].

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Daryl [Norman Reedus] cleaning crossbow [click to enlarge]
Not long after posting the above blog, Season 5, episode 12, Remember aired. Rick’s group arrives at Alexandria and they all have to get acclimated to civilized living in big houses with electricity and running water. Carol dresses up in a homemaker-type outfit of a sweater and slacks in order to let her “people person” persona shine. In the following scene, about halfway into the episode, we see Daryl in his standard vest and dirty jeans sitting on the porch railing as he cleans his crossbow. 

Carol: Have you taken a shower yet?

Daryl: [Nods] Um hum.

Carol: Take a shower. I’m gonna wash that vest. We need to keep up appearances – even you.

Daryl: Why start now?

Carol: I’m gonna hose you down in your sleep.

Daryl: You look ridiculous. [He’s scoffing at her clean white blouse and blue sweater.]

In the Season 6, episode 6 Always Accountable, Daryl’s fans finally got to see him. He’s been absent from the series since episode 3, Thank You. He only had a few lines in that episode, so to say we’re Daryl-deprived isn’t an understatement! Plus, we still don’t know if Glenn’s dead or alive.

Anyway, even after being injured, Daryl has the courtesy to remove his leather jacket and show us his arms. Sexy! Daryl also shows his compassionate side and helps a diabetic woman. But does he bathe? Nope. Has he bathed since arriving in Alexandria? What do you think?

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That Dirty Dawg, Norman Reedus [Daryl Dixon]

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2015

Good advice, Daryl

I’m a fan of the AMC series THE WALKING DEAD. I’ve seen all the episodes at least twice. I think that Norman Reedus’s character, Daryl Dixon, has adapted well to being around various types of people. Last season, he was adamant about Beth not drinking peach schnapps, and rightly so! He’s also efficient when it comes to taking care of zombies. He’s bonded well with fellow survivor Carol, and she’s toughened up ever since we met the abused housewife in episode 3, Tell It to the Frogs. Of course, a zombie apocalypse will change a person significantly.

In Georgia and other parts of the country that are zombie-infested, being able to access hot running water is probably difficult, especially as the years go by. But don’t they have hot springs in Georgia? Well, the internet’s not working so they can’t go to http://www.soak.net and find out that there are seven listed hot springs with water temperatures ranging from 68 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Which is a shame, because soaking in hot springs is good for more than bathing and most zombies aren’t able to swim, so it’d be a safe place.

Watching Norman Reedus strip off his sweaty shirt and jeans and jump into some bubbling hot water would be great for viewers and increase the already astronomically high ratings.

Snorman reedus as daryl dixon in the walking deadee Norman on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Stay calm, people!

Other than watching Norman splashing around in the springs, my next thought was what kind of soap would he use? Something exfoliating and natural. Moisturizing, too. A soap with the ability to clean dirt and zombie residue. And something that smelled clean and fresh…

I used to make and sell a soap I called La Brea Tar Pits Glycerin Soap as it removes tar. It’s named after those great big fenced in pits of tar located in Los Angeles, California. The soap weighs 6.5 ounces and is filled with oatmeal, pure Bulgarian Lavender and Australian Tea Tree essential oils, cornmeal and extra shea butter. It’s gently exfoliating due to the addition of whole rolled oats and cornmeal. This soap is for those rugged outdoor types who stab or shoot arrows at zombies and are in dire need of a really super cleansing soap. la brea tar pits glycerin soap everything shea lisa maliga

 La Brea Tar Pits soap would probably help remove any kind of zombie goo that Daryl gets on him after he yanks those arrows out of zombie skulls or during those close contact encounters. The lavender and tea tree essential oils are antibacterial and while they aren’t strong enough to disinfect a bite, any user of this soap would smell a lot nicer afterwards. They wouldn’t look or smell quite so ripe…

Looking forward to watching more of Norman Reedus as that dirty dawg Daryl Dixon on Sunday night. And I hope you are too!

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The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln as Alexander Thorpe?

Copyright 2014

By Lisa Maliga

I’ve seen this on other blogs, the author citing who inspired their main characters or else who they’d like to see play him or her if their book was ever turned into a feature film. During the final read through of my novel Out of the Blue…my overactive imagination kicked in. A lead actor for the movie version of my book appeared to me. Yeah, like my book would ever be turned into a movie. But, I was amused by the thought of the picture that popped into my mind – that of Andrew Lincoln, a fine British actor who’s probably best known in America for playing the character of the sheriff Rick Grimes in the AMC TV series, The Walking Dead.

That evening, I was rewatching season 3 on Netflix and my computer froze [hey, I was taking a break from redesigning my website and inputting my novel’s changes] right on Rick’s face. Like this:

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Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead

Coincidence?

Probably.

Yeah, definitely. But then I got to thinking that my character and the actor share a few traits. The obvious one is that Alexander Thorpe is English and so is Andrew Lincoln.

They both went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art [RADA].

They have blue eyes and light brown hair. Are of similar age and build. Their first names begin with the letter A. My character’s a bit of a drinker, well, don’t know if Andrew’s one or not.

Still, I was amused as I read my manuscript one last time and saw him as Alexander and not my character. It was during the reading of this part that I envisioned Andrew as Alexander…

 

Alexander finished his drink and left the pub. As he went up the walkway to his house, he glanced over at the hotel. A light in one of the upstairs rooms had just switched on. He saw a figure approach the window and open it. Alexander wondered if that was the young visitor. A glance at the car park revealed no strange cars. Probably too young and insipid, he reasoned. Perhaps she had no idea who he was. Maybe she was escaping from a jealous boyfriend or husband. Her family. Or the law. He opened his door, rarely locked when he went to the pub or hotel. Alexander entered his dark and empty house.

****

Had she known Alexander knew she even existed, Sylvia would’ve been elated. But she was far from that elusive feeling. She sat on the bed and turned on the telly, watching one of the three available channels, paying little attention to an inane show entitled Game for a Laugh.

Sylvia got up and turned away from the TV, once more questioning her reasons for leaving her comfortable life back in Richport, Illinois. She had a car, a job, and lived in a nice little suburban townhouse. Abandoning them, she had done, for her day and night dreams were no longer enough. Most people dwindled away their existence by imagining ‘what if…?’ but not acting upon that notion. How many had come close to realizing their imagination but found a reason not to enact it? She had boarded her first international flight and located the village where the man she was infatuated with lived. Until she actually met him, she was a failure. What if she didn’t meet him before her two weeks expired?

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