Designer Fashion at the lake

The sun is setting and I was get a little bit giddy when this happens, so I thought, ‘why not get glammed up and take some photo’s by the lake, as the sun is setting?’ I am glad I did. I love the end result!

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There were a few moments where joggers and cyclists went passed, looking at me … I shyly smiled and looked away. Then sneaked a look to see if they were out of sight and photo time re-begins!

For me there is always a spark within when I glam up. I love to feel beautiful and feminine and wearing this black blouse by Cue and this layered white skirt, which was made in Italy, added with my Elizabeth Arden dark brown/red lipstick and matching black and white heels, I felt I achieved what I set out too. To feel like a woman within nature’s natural beauty.

How awesome is this lake and sunset?!



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Be the light


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I want to share with you something. You know when you have to do something, but not sure what?

After watching the news about the Paris terror, I felt anxious, nervous, and a word that is worse than sad … speechless, shocked, numb. Tragedy and right before Christmas … so many thoughts running through my head.

Over the next few days, I have avoided watching the news channels and even to some degree spending time roaming on social media. Because I didn’t want to see the bad news. I didn’t want the fear and anxiousness to rise and win.

What I didn’t expect was to hear something from deep within. You could call it my inner voice. It came from nowhere, but it was loud. “Be the light to the world.”

It felt so strong, this urge to be the light. For when fear reigns, disaster strikes, it can be so easy to get swept up in the sea of emotions. But what if through the pain and devastation you found something that for a fleeting moment made you feel less pain and more at peace. What if, something as simple as a smile could touch your heart so deep that it could bring tears to your eyes?

Instantly I thought, “come on, how can I spread light to the world?” The answer came back pretty quickly, “through your biggest following on your blog. That is where you need to start.”

So world, what I want you to know right at this moment is, it’s okay to feel the heavy weight of emotions from the turmoil that is occurring right around the world. But it’s also okay to feel inner peace, because if we all start to feel an inner peace within ourselves then may be the world won’t be so bad tomorrow? #bethelight


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Count Valieri’s Prisoner

About this book:

Kidnapped and held for ransom

Things like this just don’t happen to Maddie Lang! She grew up in a sleepy little English village, so never expected a research trip to Italy would end in her being held captive by the infamous Count Valieri.

His price? Her innocence!

Holding her under lock and key in his luxurious casa, the count is ready to strike a deal—one with an unconventional method of payment! As much as Maddie wills her traitorous body not to respond, his practiced touch sparks the first flickers of what could become dangerously addictive flames….

My review:

A very intriguing and interesting story that had me wondering who the count was and what was happening throughout.

Real surprises for the reader and great imagery throughout.

I enjoyed the heated romance brewing and was delighted with her final decision.

Entertaining and Intrigue.

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New program dates

New program dates for my mentoring starters program for want-to-be *paid* freelance writers.

For more information on the program click here:

Program dates:

16th November 2015 – 11th  December 2015 – Enrolments have closed.

23rd November 2015 – 18th December 2015 – Enrolments are now open.

30th November 2015 – 30th December 2015 – Enrolments are now open.

7th December 2015 – 8th January 2016 – Enrolments are now open.

4th January 2016 – 29th January 2016 – Enrolments are now open.

18th January 2016 – 12th February 2016 – Enrolments are now open.

Course length 4 weeks.

^To ensure enrolment, please complete the ‘How to Enrol section’ at least four days before the program start date.

How to enrol

To enrol in Melanie Toye’s mentoring starter’s program, simply pay the fee via paypal to: at least four days before the program start date. In addition to, please copy and paste the below questions and answer them via email and send to:

Instead of wondering if you are heading in the right direction with your freelance writing, discover how to find more clients and in turn build your income by enrolling today:


A mentoring starters program for want-to-be *paid* freelance writers

Click here on how you can get involved: A mentoring starters program for want-to-be *paid* freelance writers

Hi there,

I have an excellent opportunity to help you get started in your freelance writing career, with the aid of my mentoring starters program for want-to-be *paid* freelance writers.

Working as a freelance writer, I have found certain techniques and patterns that help me gain new business and maintain business to be able to make my writing a business. I am giving you my successful used plan and techniques to not only get you started in your freelance writing career but also to have you earning an income!


  • How to get new clients.
  • How to maintain current business, especially when clients will and do drop off.
  • Language to use that will sky rocket your writing business.
  • How to have social media work for you.

What you will also get

  • A ready-to-use Writing Tracking Spreadsheet which gives you a visual tool of how many hours you are actually applying to your freelance writing success.
  • Website links to websites that pay handsomely!
  • A weekly check-in process, where you can email me with all your questions from the weekly program. Not only will I give you the emotional support you may need to keep focussed and keep pushing forward, I will try and answer all your questions. When it comes to freelance writing, there is no one way approach, in turn I will give you multiple options on how to achieve your goals.
  • A five year plan spreadsheet to help you work out your financial goals, which will help you focus on building your goals and keep you motivated to keep writing.
  • A financial income and expenses sheet for tax time.
  • Tools on setting up social media to link your writing content and building your fan base.
  • A simple contact spreadsheet for you to update with who you contacted and when, plus follow-up notes.
  • Plus daily tasks with detailed instructions to get you started in the right direction!


It is recommended that you have dabbled in writing and that you actually enjoy writing and want to learn how to earn money from it. Also, I think it’s necessary that you want your freelance writing career to work. Most of what I am going to tell you, comes with putting in time to achieve your goals. If you cannot give yourself 2-3 hours every day, 5 days a week towards this program, then this program is not for you. 2-3 hours may seem like a lot, however you can break it up by spending an hour in the morning, during the day and in the evening. Once you start the above process, you will be on the way to building your income as a freelance writer.

What you need to be prepared for

This is an intensive program. You need to allow 2-3 hours every day to work on it for four weeks.

The result

If you are seeking a quick way to make cash, don’t do this program. This program is designed to continually build up the amount you are earning as a freelance writer and the more time you spend writing the more you get paid. You have to put in the effort to get the result. What you will receive is a strong foundation through resources and information. Plus, by doing daily activities, you will get into a habit that offers you steps on how to start your freelance writing career.


During this program I will be sharing with you all my secrets that I have learned over the years that work in gathering new business and having work each week to bring in an income. In addition to all the tools and resources I am giving you as part of the program, plus your chance to start writing immediately and earning an income. How much would you expect to pay?

When you confirm that you want to enter this program and you are 100% committed to this intensive program. Payment will be AUD $499, payable before the program start date. Now if you can earn this money back through your freelance writing by using my tools and your hard work to make it happen, plus make an actual income from it, if you stick to it over twelve months, then this payment will seem like a small investment that helped you grow your career. Plus, you can add this as an expense when you do your end of year tax.

What you will get

Once enrolled, from the start date of your program, you will receive a weekly email with your weekly plan. Your weekly plan will include:

  1. A source that obtains information on how to build your freelance writing
  2. Your daily tasks for the week with instructions on how to complete it
  3. Your writing tracking spreadsheet
  4. Your communication form which can be completed as you go to send at the end of the week

Program dates:

16th November – 11th  December.

Course length 4 weeks.

^To ensure enrolment in this period, please complete the ‘How to Enrol section’ by 6th November 2015.

How to enrol

To enrol in Melanie Toye’s mentoring starter’s program, simply pay the above fee via paypal by 6th November 2015. In addition to, please copy and paste the below questions and answer them via email and send to:

Your Full Name:

Why do you want to be a freelance writer?:

Please add in any links to your social media sites (if you have any):

What would you like to get out of this program?:

Have you been paid to write before and what was it?:

Don’t miss out on this awesome mentoring program! 

Goddess of Love

First Impressions:

With a title of Goddess of Love, one would assume a romance novel. It was an easy, likeable read from the beginning, which had me keep turning the pages just as quick.


About this book:

The mythical Venus comes to life to help a nerdy woman find her inner goddess. Pea Chamberlain needs a makeover if she wants to attract über-sexy fireman Griffin DeAngelo at the firemen’s masked ball. And who could better coax Pea out of her pod than the Goddess of Love, whom she invokes in a moment of desperation? Venus works her magic on Pea, but who will help Venus when she falls for that same sexy fireman? Could Venus need a love makeover for herself? Check out the fireworks when the Goddess of Love unexpectedly loses her heart.

My review:

An interesting take on the Goddess of Love, a woman of seemingly super confidence to her sexuality and yet when it comes to dating and falling in love, she is just like every mortal woman. Innocent and completely terrified, especially when the risk of rejection is great.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and having Pea set as the main character (a mere mortal, who is struggling to find love) and calls on Venus the Goddess of Love to help her. Venus is a little eccentric, yet someone who is considered to be absolutely stunning, is no snob or mean cow, you can’t help but not love her. Pea, will have you fall in love and in laughter with her at the hilarious and completely awkward moments that she gets herself into. And the men, oh the good looking man candy, are set to have you voting for who will end up with who.

A laugh out loud romance that you will leave you wanting more.

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When an opportunity comes

In my latest eBook, How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life, I sought Mums who owned their own business to find out the truth on how they juggle it all.

Here is a sneak peak into one of Business Mums, Tennille, who was interviewed about her business:

Elena (62 of 114)How long were you in business before you had a family or did you start your business after you had children?

“I started my photography business when my son Cooper was born. I just kind of fell into it. I took some photos of him wearing a cloth nappy and a business owner saw them and asked if I could do some more. That is when I realised I had an opportunity.” ~ Tennille Flanagan, Tulip Flare Photography in How do they do it?

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Are you a business Mum? How do you feel trying to juggle it all? I would love to hear from you through supportive comments below, for other Mums to read.

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

How do they do it? 14 Business Mums share how they juggle life