Interview: What was the turning point in your life?

From the book, “How do they do it?” I interview 16 Mums who own their own business to share how they juggle life. Here’s a preview of what to expect:

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What was the turning point in your life where you said, ‘I want to give this business a good shot?’

“I knew from my years in Corporate Australia that I had a good idea. I also knew I had enough money to give it a go, without having to borrow a cent from anywhere. Plus with some leave up my sleeve from my previous role and an amazingly supportive husband, I took a big chance on it, knowing that I had options if it wasn’t as successful as we were hoping it would be,” said Deborah Brodie, Bob Along Buddies in How do they do it?

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Read more from Mums in all various industries about how they juggle running their own business and being a Mum and wife here.

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How to decorate your child’s reading space to create the magic and evoke imagination

Creating a space for children to spend time reading, can be really magical. I always love to think of new and creative ways to create a charming space for kids. Here are some ideas to excite even the most active kids to sit down and read.

Dainty, sparkly and pretty would be the words I would describe for decorating most young girl’s reading spaces.

How about a big lounge chair, large enough for 2 or 3 people. A great comfort setting that will aid when reading to your child.

Or a sweet book shelf, so your child can pick the book they want to read. Gorgeous in style and functional.

To create the right ambiance for a girl’s room or reading space, why not add a touch of exuberance and sweetness to the walls?

To read, one needs excellent lighting and what better way to set the mood, by creating sparkles from the ceiling.

And for those children who like the magic of an undercover space, such as a princess’s castle, then look no further:

And let’s not forget about the boys. Boys may not tend to want to sit down and read, but there are ways to convince them otherwise:

A fire house book holder may be one way to entice a boy to read.

Artwork to fill the space will always excite a child, especially when it’s to do with pirates!

And who better to welcome your child to sit down and read, then Mickey Mouse!

Lighting should never be dull in a child’s reading space, and with this cool train light, watch their imagination begin.

And of course any knight or prince, needs his own space to read, write or play.

If you have the space, other great additions to a reading space, includes:

A set of sturdy table and chairs. Not just for reading, but for arts and craft and play time too.

Blocks to use as foot rests, climbing boards, sitting down to read – so many uses for these blocks!

And finally, a brilliant way to add to your child’s book collection and imagination is by purchasing my children’s eBooks, which are all under $5. Which are all available from Amazon.

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Wow, shopping is fun!

Please share this post and comment below on what product you would purchase for your child’s room, from the selection above.

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How to Entice an Earl

Book Cover First Impressions:

My initial assumptions for this story was, it is one of those hot sappy romance novels, where she looks at the man and they lavishly melt each others hearts … (an assumption based on the book cover alone).

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About this book:

Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…

Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he’s investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he’s ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren’t so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

My review:

What was most exciting was the romance element combined with a murder mystery. along with Maddie’s personality, the star of the novel and how she went beyond her social cliches to investigate a murder that implicated her brother.

And along the way falling in love with an ex-army soldier who was also investigating the murder. A heated romance that will make you blush and hold your book tightly in the danger scenes.

A great read and one I would highly recommend to romance readers who are seeking a bit of an edge. Click to read it.

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On the Hunt for Love

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Izzie nearly melted right there on the corner of the street. Then she realised as she looked around that she knew this street. “Wait, I know where I am now,” she said hurriedly. The green light went and Izzie rushed off while Eric stayed where he was. “I’m sorry but I am very late for work. Thank you for your help,” Izzie yelled as she crossed the street.

After another five minutes walking and as her heart rate slowed, she realised how stupid it was to run away from the man of her dreams. She still had a ten minute walk to work but she was already late. She turned back around and headed back to where she last left Eric.

With her head down, she ran in heels to the street. She pressed the button at the lights. She looked up, breathed and saw Eric across the street. He looked at her bewildered and then a huge smile spread across his face.

The light turned green and this time they both ran to each other and met in the middle of the road. They were both lost for words yet both wanted to speak. After a few car honks, Eric took Izzie’s hand and they crossed the street together.

“Why are you still here?” Izzie asked.

“Why did you come back?” Eric replied as he held her in his arms and looked deep into her blue eyes.

“Because of you,” Izzie replied.

~ Excerpt from The Eric & Izzie Series, as seen in My Town Magazine. ~

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Kate Christie shares how it feels to run a business and be a Mum

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Tell us about how you feel being a Mum and running a business?

“I love running my own business while being a great mum. I love that my kids have access to an entrepreneurial female role model – have a great idea, make that idea real and chase your dreams. My kids know all about my business. We celebrate the wins together, and they commiserate with me on the losses. They constantly give me advice! I think having a business you are passionate about creates such a great, energetic and positive vibe for the whole family,” said Kate Christie, a Time Management Expert in How do they do it?

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Thursdays in the park

Book Cover First Impressions:

To be honest, I picked this book off the shelf (as I generally do, without reading the synopsis). This seemed like a romance novel by the book cover, but I was grateful not to see one of those romance book cover that has the woman and man all over each other, with half their clothing on. (Let’s face it, its embarrassing to be seen walking around with those books!!).

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About this book:

Jeanie has been a loving wife to George for over thirty years, a devoted mother to their daughter and, recently, an adoring grandmother – all this despite the fact that several years ago, George withdrew from their marital bed with no reason given. At first Jeanie was determined to confront him, but days rolled into weeks, then years, and still she has no idea why it happened. Did she do something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? George won’t talk about it. Every Thursday, Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park, and there she meets Ray, who performs the same weekly duty for his grandson. Ray seems to be everything George isn’t – a listener, easy to talk to, open-minded – and sexy. Suddenly Jeanie feels attractive again and, against her will, finds herself falling in love with him. She knows all too well that her new passion threatens everything she holds dear. She must make a choice. Family ties, dramas, secrets and lies all weave their way though this beautiful and insightful first novel written by an author who has the perfect experience to write it.

My review:

I really enjoyed this book. It provided great insight into how women may perceive themselves when they turn 60. And especially as a younger person, how they may dislike it when a person says, “You look great for your age.” The genre would be romance/drama. Although not the nicest challenges to be presented with in life, it showed the turmoil and thought processes the main character goes through to keep everyone in her life happy, except for herself. When she meets Ray, her inner self jumps in joy, until her nasty son in-law does one of the most cruelest acts possible to destroy their relationship. A great story and if you are looking for something different to love-making romance novels, try this novel.

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Style a space to read

Let’s face it, as a writer a part of my role is to day dream… oh yes and day dream I do.

I am sure there are readers out there, who like me, day dream about creating their reading nook.

So I thought, what better way then to day dream about what space I would want to create for my reading corner.

Ready to come imaginary shopping with me? (Another thing I love – shopping!)

First I would start with a Kindle Paperwhite, yes, yes, I would still have hard copy books, but one needs a  good e-reader as well. And as Amazon’s best seller why wouldn’t I opt for the best?

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Best 4 features that I like about this e-reader device is:

  1. there is no glare, so I could sit outdoors in the sunshine and read.
  2. A single charge can last up to 8 weeks. What! That is awesome. My phone currently has to be on charge 24/7 for me to be able to receive any calls or texts.
  3. Add margin notes. I would love this feature, as I love to give book reviews and it is nice to remember a special sentence that resonated with me, or an interesting event that I can add to the book review.
  4. There is a Vocabulary Builder, what I love about reading is unearthing new words, but instead of writing them down to look-up later and forget how it even related to a sentence, I can do this as I am reading through the e-reader.

Now to set-up the space. To place my Kindle on, I would like something like this:

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A charming end table that you can place your kindle on and may be a glass of wine or a candle to create the mood.

For a good reading session, I need something stylish and comfort to sit on, especially one that comes with a foot stool. And my taste is Italian leather, which makes this ArtisDecor Plywood Lounge Chair and Ottoman perfect for my room.

 

Let us not forget about a fluffy, rug. 

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Lighting is important and I would always love to choose a chandelier for my special place of rest.

And finally a splash of decorative art would sit nicely against my wall:

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And of course to start your eBook collection. Why not add my awesome novel, Destiny Lane.

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What product is your favourite from the list above? How would you set-up your space?