ArtistaDonna Nata

ArtistaDonna Nata

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blood Moon Tour!

Shadow of the Blood Moon Book Blurb:

Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster.  Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?

About the Author:
Robin P. Waldrop hails from Miami, but lives in Alabama with best friend, business partner, and husband John. She is a mother of five, grandmother of five, and owner of a variety of different animals.
When she’s not working at her business with her husband she’s found at her computer where she breathes life into all the wonderful characters that are born from her vivid imagination .
She is an award winning author who enjoys writing edgy YA paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and FBI suspense/thriller novels and short stories. Always a voracious reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Robin still searches for the perfect cup of coffee.

Ties to the Blood Moon is free on Amazon right now :

Shadow of the Blood Moon

Friday, August 24, 2012

Neuma Renew Shampoo & Conditioner Review


Product Description
Neuma Renew Shampoo is a sulfate-free, color-extending formula with UV Guard gently cleanses all hair types leaving hair feeling fresh and more manageable. Removes product build-up and any minerals left by hard water. Strengthens hair while it detangles and smoothes flyaways. Neuma Renew Shampoo is best when followed with Neuma Renew Conditioner

Neuma Renew Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner that detangles and nourishes hair. Balances moisture while it helps protects and control frizz and flyaways. Neuma Renew Conditioner's strengthening ingredients enhance hair condition without build-up to deliver healthier, more alive hair. Color-extending formula with UV Guard adds strength and lasting shine. Neuma Renew Conditioner works best when used with Neuma Renew Shampoo.

NEUMA uses only renewable, beneficial plant-based ingredients - leaving you, and your hair, looking and feeling more beautiful. Our collection of professional performance beauty products contain ingredients which above all, do no harm - because like you, we care for earth and hair. 
FREE OF synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, phthalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminum compounds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, carcinogens, environmental pollutants - a truly sustainable brand.

Neuma Hair Care Products contain: 

Renewable, beneficial plant-based ingredients
Certified Organic Extracts
85% post consumer recycled bottles
100% certified wind power
100% recycled fiber containers
Organic raw materials, sustainable business practices and continuing membership as a global corporate citizen will make the difference in the long run. 


Review:  I had the opportunity to test  Neuma Renew Shampoo and Neuma Renew Conditioner and I loved it instantly. My experience was positive. My hair type is medium to coarse and mostly dry. After the first wash I saw a dramatic difference, my hair looked shiny,  and felt soft to the touch. The shampoo felt like washing your scalp with crisp mint leaves and leaves your hair clean from build up.
 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Out and About at the Zoo Guest Post

Date: 12th August

Illustrating a children's book

By Jo Linsdell

Jo Linsdell is the author and illustrator of the rhyming children's picture book OUT AND ABOUT AT THE ZOO. Find out more about her at

A lot of people think that making a children's book is easy. They are wrong. Sure the pages are limited in number (standard children's books have 32 pages in total) and the text is limited to the lowest word count possible (this is in fact a skill in itself). Children's books are made to be read a loud and so extra care needs to be given to make sure the text flows correctly. I could go on about why writing for children is not a simple task but instead I'll move on to the hardest part, the illustrations.

I studied art and design in college and so the idea of doing my own illustrations didn't faze me at all. Out and About at the Zoo is designed with preschool children in mind and so the pictures needed to be colourful and bold. Lots of details weren't called for.

It didn't take me long to sketch some ideas to go with the text and I soon had a draft of the book layout planned on paper. All I needed to do now was make them digital and print quality. This is when things got hard.

I'm not an expert on graphics programmes and so did some research into which programmes other illustrators were using. I decided that Adobe illustrator was my best bet as it seemed quite simple to use and had all the functions required. What I hadn't taken into consideration is that I knew nothing about the technical aspects like which colours can be used for print and dealing with transparencies and layers. Luckily for me, a tech savvy friend was on hand to offer advice and assistance. I would have been lost without him.

When creating a children's picture book you need to make the text embedded on the page and flattened the page so it's just one layer otherwise you'll find that your text might not be in the right place or that your illustrations are missing parts when you upload the finished file for printing.

If you want to illustrate your own book make sure you have the technical skills required or you will find the experience quite frustrating. It's not as easy as it might seem.

After my own experience I have an even greater respect for illustrators. It's not just a case of making sure the pictures match the text and 'balance' the book. Illustrations in children's books help tell the story and making sure they are just right is not easy.

I have really enjoyed my first experience as an illustrator and have already started planning another children's picture book. It's been an amazing experience and a huge learning curve.

Have you ever thought of illustrating your own book? I'd love to hear about other people's experiences.