From fear to passion

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‘I walked in and Raulf was not at the door greeting me as was his routine for three years. My heart startled as I saw him in the open space with Gerald. My one and only thought pulsating strongly in my mind was, have I lost my job?

Raulf looked my way, worried. I walked over to them. Gerald looked over to me, a sense of warmth touched my heart. The assurance that my job was safe by one look, vibrated through my entire being. I walked over and looked at his new collection. Each piece was exquisite in quality workmanship and design.

“I will contact the media of the new collection,” I said. “And I will call on the models who will accentuate these designs and plan for a major event to showcase them.” Gerald touched my arm. I turned to face him, “I know, the sooner we showcase your designs the better.” He touched his hand to my lips. My cheeks heated up then I wondered what Raulf must think.

“This time it’s going to be different,” he said, as he released his soft touch from my lips. He walked around in his brainstorming/creative manner. I pulled out my blackberry ready to take notes. “This piece was done to rebuild confidence in women going through emotional turmoils. I do not want models. I need real women to wear my clothing.” This was going to be difficult. It was rare to find the attributes of a models body in an everyday person. “How you will find those women is up to you,” he said reading my mind.

“The showcase will be in a dark lit space, with down lights to illuminate the gloomy mood. The music will evoke tears in the audience eyes. It has to be emotionally moving. And in two days.”’ ~Excerpt from Free to be with me by Melanie Toye.

About Free to be with me

Free to be with me by Melanie Toye

Free to be with me takes Madison, an assistant to a famous fashion designer, through a self-appreciating journey of fashion, love and design. Free to be with me oozes fun, glamour and most of all hot lustful romance. Will the man Madison falls for, be too risky for her lifestyle? Or will she shy away from it all? Find out in this heart warming, page turner.

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When you plan, remember to play

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I am a perfectionist (in some areas) but I am also a huge scheduler. Similar to a task manager. Sometimes that is how I see myself. But its not me. I am happy, free and adventurous. This is me.

So when I started this year with some pretty massive and incredibly awesome goals, I knew I had to pick up my game and plan my days so I could make progress and do what I love.

Being a creative person means sometimes, I want to bend the rules. I don’t want to sit down at 9 am in a stuffy office and work. Sometimes, I want to get outside, feel the fresh air and breathe. And sometimes, I turn up the music and just feel the vibe, hear the words and close my eyes. The truth is, as a creative person I want to be anywhere and everywhere that spurs on my inner emotions. Because it is with these feelings that empower me to be more of who I am.

Obviously though, ideas do not come to life when one doesn’t work at them. But with all my planning and scheduling over the next few months, I realised a couple of things:

  • I was becoming stressed. I just poured all my thoughts and tasks onto paper and put them against a day and that started to fill the page – very quickly! But I was over-tasking, as in, I was scheduling too much work into my day. Even if I spent twenty hours working solidly on these tasks, what about the rest of my day. Where was the fun?
  • That’s when I realised … I forgot to make time for me and for fun and exploration in these days but how was I going to make time for this?
  • The other issue was, I would look at the days ahead to see what was planned. Bad idea. I would finish the tasks for the day and then start on tasks for the coming days. But I was over-doing it. My life became about fulfilling these tasks rather than having them fit in my life.

It is important to plan and make time to work on your goals. But it is just as important to make time for fun and play. Because without fun and play, the person you are becomes nothing more than a unconscious ghost who has forgotten the real reason for the goals in the first place – not to lose oneself but to find oneself.

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Book Review: The Chocolate Moose Motive

Book Cover First Impressions:

I thought this book based on the title and subtitle “A Chocolate Mystery” would actually be about chocolate and going into mouth watering descriptions of new chocolate recipes and the stories within. However this book barely talked about the delicious subject.

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About this book:

When Lee hires a free-spirited employee with a tie-dyed, troubled past, she discovers that even the counterculture can conceal a killer….

As much as the chocolate concoctions at TenHuis Chocolade can tantalize people’s tongues, Lee’s newest hire is more likely to make them wag. Forsythia “Sissy” Smith is the granddaughter of Warner Pier’s resident hippie, but the fact that Sissy is a third-generation flower child is the least of Lee’s concerns. The previous winter, Sissy’s husband, Buzz, was found dead, and even though her alibi was airtight, the gossips are still pointing their fingers at her.

Then the chief gossip is found dead, with Sissy on the scene. Was she lured there? Or is she the killer? Lee has a sneaking suspicion that someone is out to keep a dark secret from coming to light. And they would have no problem killing a certain clever chocolatier who might uncover the truth….

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My review:

Although this book front cover claimed to be a story about chocolate, I believe the real story was with the chocolate store’s owner Lee and her investigative skills to solve a murder mystery based around the husband of Sissy Smith. A murder that was being blamed on Sissy.

The murder mystery was very interesting and cunning. And I tried to guess who the killer was, if it was in fact Sissy – who plays with innocence, but I could never have made a solid guess until the end when Lee started putting the pieces together.

This mystery will have you on edge. A thrilling read.

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“How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life”

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“How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life” is an exciting book that provides an insight into the lives of 16 Mums who run their own business and manager their household. From advice on starting your own business to if their house is a mess, plus ways to they stay motivated during the hard times and more is discussed in this informative book. “It is great to read a book filled with ways business Mums are managing their lives and families and how the same questions are answered different from Mum to Mum.” If you are looking at starting your own business and wondering how to manage family life and learning, the benefits and the challenges along the way, then you will want to read this book. When you pre-order this eBook before 1 April 2015, you will receive 50% off! Go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/523711 Click CheckOut. Enter Coupon Code: ST46E to receive 50% off.

^As it is a pre-order, you will not receive the eBook until the 1 April 2015, when the eBook goes live. However when you pre-order, you receive a discount of 50%. The funds will also not be deducted from your account until the 1 April 2015.

Have you ever experienced a dream that felt too real?

I wake up drenched in sweat. I look around my surroundings. I am in my apartment, in my five year old bed. Although I know what I had just experienced was not a dream. It is the only word I can use to get my head around what just happened, without totally losing it. This ‘dream’ was unlike any other, so real, so terrifying and yet so wonderful. ~ Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye

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Destiny Lane Book Trailer Goes Live

Author of Destiny Lane, Melanie Toye said she would love to see the following actors take on the main character roles in her latest novel, Destiny Lane.

Destiny Lane is about a young woman who discovers that when she dreams, she enters another world.

 “In ancient times, it was believed when a person went to sleep their soul left their body. They then lived in another world, while their body on Earth rested. The person lived two lives, one in the physical body and one in the mind.

This is my story, except this is not the dark ages, this is now.”

~ Excerpt from Destiny Lane.

The tale is a fantasy romance of which Melanie would love to see Emma Watson play Sara in Destiny Lane, the leading role. Sara is a well reputable model agent who is single and wants to find love but also wants something more from her career. Sara is independent, yet still a tad innocent and adventurous.

For the two male leads, Melanie would select Ryan Gosling to play Demetrois for a softer, more romantic male lead and Henry Cavill to play Theo. Theo is a charming man who surrounds himself with luxury. He is very persuasive and knows what he wants when he sets his eyes on it.

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Melanie Toye is an author of 10 books, ranging from fantasy to romance to non-fiction and children’s, which are all available from online retailers such as Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

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Book Review: No place for a dame

Book Cover First Impressions:

I did reflect back during the course of the novel (especially in the first couple of chapters) to see if the woman on the front depicted Avery or the recently engaged woman that was to marry Giles.

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About this book:

Historical Romance – Genre

Beautiful, bold, and brilliant Avery dreams of becoming a member of the Royal Astronomical Society—and the only way she can join the all-male society is to disguise herself as a boy. After helping Giles, Lord Strand, escape a disastrous engagement, she is certain he will assist in her daring masquerade. No lady would ever come up with such a preposterous scheme, and no gentleman would accept…but fortunately for Avery, Giles is no gentleman.

A bargain is struck between the stargazing adventuress and society’s most sophisticated lord. He will sponsor her as his prodigy and she will cover for him as he hunts London’s darkest warrens for a missing colleague from his shadowy past. But time and again, Giles finds his quest compromised by his fierce and unwise attraction to the lovely girl who, though no lady, may well be the one dame to finally unlock the secrets of his heart.

My review:

From the get go I was intrigued of Giles Dalton, the Marquess of Strand and his high society world, where power, riches and wit are at the forefront of his life. Even more interesting was the character Avery. A woman who seemed out spoken, fiery and untamed. Her charisma for learning in a time where women were not allowed to become members of intelligent clubs, it was most interesting to watch her transform into pretending to be a man to have her mind recognised for its brilliance.

I found this story to be filled with romance, wit and mystery.

I enjoyed the plot, the setting and the build-up between the characters.

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