Inspirational Woman of the week – Community of We

I was honoured to do an interview with Fiona from Community of We for Inspirational Woman of the Week. Read the full interview here:



Mums who want to start their own business, now have a how to guide

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A new resource is available to Mums who want to start their own business but are unsure if or how to start and if the time is right, while raising a young family.

Melanie Toye’s online course, “Use your maternity leave to start your own business,” is a do it yourself start-up course that gives Mums the confidence to start their own biz and a go-to guide on how to begin.

“Women want it all, time at home with their children, supporting their family by earning an income and working in a business they love, which is their own,” said Melanie Toye, mother of two, author of 11 books and her own boss in building her writing career.

Women have three options when their maternity leave comes to an end:

  1. Return to their old job and negotiate a flexible working arrangement, such as part-time.
  2. Find a new job that is flexible and possibly closer to home.
  3. Extend their maternity leave and earn their own income.

Maternity leave gives women a time to really think about their life and career and wanting a change in career and the ability to work from home to be with their children is a huge tick on many Mum’s wish lists.

The important lesson for all women and Mums in particular to know is, they can chase their dreams and bring up their children too. Now is the time to do it.

To register to Melanie Toye’s online course that can be done at your own pace, visit her website: for more information or book your tickets directly from her online store at:

Next course date begins: 15 August 2016.

My press release for my novel, Entice Me in The Messenger magazine. Titled Job Cuts Change Lives. See it here:

Job cuts change lives

Time to search for your dream career

With thousands of jobs already lost around the State, Melanie Toye, author of Entice Me, urges everyone to start thinking about their dream careers and where their passion for life really lies. Ask questions such as, ‘do I want to spend the next ten years in an office environment, working 9-5’, is a good place to start when thinking about what you do want in your dream career.

With limited jobs offering ‘security’ what risk is there for you to apply for a role that you would ultimately love to do? Your career should be your passion in life and when you spend hours working in a field that you love, time flies by. You realise when people ask you questions about your dream career that you cannot stop talking about it. These are just some of the signs that you have found your true calling.

There will never be a good time to go chase your dreams, reasons such as you’re children are too young or you don’t have the financial capital to back it up will always be there. Be creative, look outside of the box and just imagine what it would be like to live the dream. When you focus all of your attention on your dream and you really want to achieve it, then you will find a way to make it happen.

Melanie, an author, Mum, wife and part-time office worker reminds you that you can do anything with your life, you choose to do what you do each day, you choose to work in that unsatisfying, demanding, negative environment by going there every day. Until you start realising that you have so much more to offer in life and to your self then you can really start setting your goals.

With the recent release of Entice Me, a chick lit fiction novel available on, Melanie recognises the roller coaster ride she had to go on to get to where she is today. “If I did not have the passion for writing and the absolute dedication to achieve my goals, there is no way I would have been able to finish my book let only submit it for the world to see,” said Melanie.  Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will bring you to greater heights and you will realise how much you can achieve and then set your sight on higher goals that you thought were never possible.

Melanie’s aim of Entice Me is to inspire all those who read it to really think about how they want to live their life and then find a way to turn it into a reality. “In most cases your dream job will not be advertised, you will have to find a way to make it happen,” said Melanie.

To read more about Melanie’s journey you can follow her blog at:

Entice Me is available on for $2.99.

As seen In The Messenger, September 2012 Issue.

How Do Business Mums Juggle Life?


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I was very excited to see My Town Magazine showcase an article on my latest eBook – ‘How do they do it? 16 Business Mums Share How They Juggle Life’. A big thanks to Dan and Dannii, editors of My Town Magazine, who support local businesses. Read the article here:

How Do Business Mums Juggle Life?

Ever wondered how mums who own their own businesses have the time to do it?

Melanie Toye author or “How do they do it?” interviews 16 mums who own their own business and finds out how they juggle life.

“Family time is sacred on the weekends and if I have to work to meet a deadline, I will work at night only. The kids are only young for such a short space of time, so I relish the time I have with them,” said Merryn Padgett, Owner of Earth & Sea Creative in How do they do it.

How do they do it really provides a great insight into that world of wanting to be at home with the kids and draw an income from working in an industry they are passionate about.

With tips and advice given to those mothers seeking to start their own business to sharing challenges, which will resonate with mothers who have their own business, How do they do it shares it all.

Read the first chapter for free here:

To download a free e-reader app to your mobile, PC or iPad click here:

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.

Watch Destiny Lane’s Book Trailer here:

Read – the first chapter of DL for free here

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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Holding the magic in my hand

Today, I not only have 10 eBooks to my name but now I also have in my hands – my very first paperback novel – Destiny Lane.

To say I am excited, over joyed, thrilled … is not enough.


To see the magic of my pen to paper come alive in print, is truly magical.

I hope you get a chance to read my latest novel, Destiny Lane. A fictional fantasy romance that entails the mystical realms of different worlds, the tangle of past life experiences and what awaits in the present. Not to mention love!

As an author, I would love for you to share this post with everyone and let me know what you think of my book once you read it.


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Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye

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