Melanie Toye in the Courier Mail

Productive: Melanie Toye works from home as a freelance writer and mother. Picture: Angie Simms

Writing Herself Home

Melanie Toye lives with words.

A Brisbane-based freelance writer and mother of one, Toye has embraced online publishing from home and is now spending 20 to 25 hours a week building a freelance business.

“I have limited time to get things done and, while there are so many distractions online, I have so many deadlines with editors and clients that that always pushes me to make it happen,” she says.

Toye contributes to online mortgage, finance, retail and travel websites and has just published her first fictional ebook, Entice Me. She also blogs on how she has built up her freelance career, which is designed to inspire working mothers to follow their dreams.

“My one-year-old son was my motivation to get out there as a freelancer,” she says. “I wanted to stay home with him and teach him life through example.

“When I stopped work to start a family we were living on a lower wage anyway so that helped the transition to working from home.”

She earns $25 to $30 an hour but wants to build her business so it is not so reliant on writing.

She has designed an online, free author promotion Facebook page for local writers.

Visit to follow Toye’s blog.


I was very excited to receive the call that the Courier Mail, the third largest newspaper in Australia wanted to do a piece on me and my writing. I just hope when you read the article that it makes you think about chasing you own dreams.

My dreams have come true

I cannot believe the day has arrived, my very first incredible novel, Entice Me is now available on

This has been a tremendous journey and I want to thank everyone for their support and motivation. When I first began writing Entice Me (originally called, Desired Life, then changed to Secrets Unravelled and the final version now titled Entice Me) I had lost my entire work after my computer crashed. After trying to recover the files and only successfully recovering three chapters I took a break. Four months later someone reminded me to give it another go. So I did. And then I spent a couple of years playing the waiting game to hear a response back from publishers. And then I just took a break and focused on advancing my freelance writing career – which took off mind you. I am not sure what it was, but I re-read it again and I thought, this is a great story and one that must be shared. I speak with so many people who dislike their jobs but are too afraid to find their true passions in life. So I decided, let’s give it another shot. As many writers these days, self-publishing is an option to get our much loved books out to the world. And this is the option I have taken. Anyway enough of the background, I am so excited to share with you the release of Entice Me:

Entice Me, a fiction novel that will make you laugh, cry and inspire.

Entice Me Description

Miranda is the top recruitment consultant for Entice Consultancy, working long hours to achieve great results. From the outside she appears to have her life in order as a successful career woman. Yet a jealous rival is determined to do anything to take her down and soon Miranda’s life turns problematical.

Grace and Louise both met Miranda through work and lead interesting lives of their own. Grace a free spirit, falls in love with a man that appears to be perfect. When her true love goes missing her world soon falls apart. Louise’s eating disorder is pushed to the limit as is her marriage with Mike. Retirement and a new relationship seem like bliss until one night’s event changes everything.

Entice Me is a journey that explores life changing events that forces each woman to rediscover themselves and what they are seeking from life. Meltdowns, break-ups, love and laughter make Entice Me into an entertaining read.

Please support my dream in becoming an International Best Selling Author and buy my book and tell all your friends it is a must read. I greatly appreciate you helping my achieve my dreams.

Thank you, Melanie Toye

Entice Me is available at

I did it!

I did it and I am so overwhelmed with excitement!

Not only did I write an amazing, funny, inspiring novel. I also made it come to life by making it available for everyone to read. I did this. I did all of it (except for the book cover – I can’t take the credit, Nichola Hoelscher from Hoelscher Web/Graphic Design & Marketing did an incredible job on my book cover). I am so proud of myself for not only putting in the hard work but ensuring that it wasn’t for nothing. And Entice Me’s message to really chase your dreams is spread across the world!

And in less than 74hours (hopefully) Entice Me will be available on


Thank you so much to my readers, who without you I would not have the confidence to make this happen.  If I can chase my dreams and make it happen, imagine what you can do.




About my chick lit novel

Seeking all editors and publishers. Below are details regarding my novel Secrets unravelled. Please read and if you are interested or know of a publisher who would be interested, please contact me at

To all my fans thank you for supporting me and my dream in becoming an International Best Selling Author.

Secrets unravelled is a chick lit novel compelled to give a fun, romantic, inspiring read invoking drama throughout.

Below is a small snippet from Secrets unravelled:

“Oh no, you’re getting me back for the other day aren’t you? I told you, it wasn’t my idea.” Miranda looked around. “Ok, where is she?” Miranda asked.

“Where’s who?” Grant asked a tad confused.

Miranda rolled her eyes then giggled, “The naked woman that you want me to paint.”

Grant roared with laughter. “Honey, as much as I am glad you are open to me bringing home another woman. Here is what you are to paint today.” He took off his clothes and stood with hands on his hips, naked.

About Secrets unravelled:

Miranda is the top recruitment consultant for Entice Consultancy, working long hours and weekends to achieve great results. When news comes to light of a major fraud investigation all fingers point to Miranda. How can Miranda prove her innocence
when no one believes her story? Contemplating how she will live in a jail cell, Miranda escapes from the suspected criminal life and travels to Spain. Being followed by an old rival, Miranda’s French lover whisks her away to France treating her to the high life. Miranda soon discovers he has been hiding his family’s high social status and wealth. Reality soon fronts Miranda as she realises her past cannot be outrun. The court verdict is delivered, will Miranda be found guilty or innocent?

This story isn’t just about lies & deceit. Grace & Louise are Miranda’s best friends living interesting lives of their own.

When Grace discovers there is a high chance Miranda is involved in the major fraud, she begins distancing herself. Sally, a secret conspirer against Miranda, persuades Grace to track down Miranda to apologise, creating further chaos. Grace returns
home from Spain and falls in love with a large St. Bernard dog that lures her to Mr Perfect. Grace’s world soon falls apart when
Mr Perfect goes missing.

Louise’s eating disorder is pushed to the limit as is her marriage with Mike. After a short stay in hospital, Louise escapes her home life by returning to work. Ray, her boss, rushes in and confesses his secret love for her. Louise discovers a whole new life with Ray. But what’s his secret? Ray is still working when he is supposed to be retired. Louise discovers an act that portrays her trust and
relocates to France alone. In a desperate time Louise calls the only man she has ever trusted. Will she finally be with the man that she was always meant to be with?

Sally portrays the jealous, career destroying, superficial, work colleague. Not satisfied with her attempts at obliterating Miranda’s career. She has one final master plan – destroy Miranda’s wedding.

Secrets unravelled is a fictional novel exposing real life issues including eating disorders, relationship meltdowns, career downfalls and day to day challenges.

I hope Secrets unravelled sounds like a novel you would be interesting in reading.

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