I just don’t understand, why me?

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I looked at him in amazement. That this master of fashion could be so into me. “I just don’t understand, why me?”

He looked at me confused. Our eyes never left each other’s, as if nothing else was even important. “What do you mean?” he asked.

I shrugged. “I just do not understand. You could date anyone in your life. I bet you go to celebrity parties all the time. Surely you would rather …”

I suddenly stopped talking as I watched his confused expression turn into anger and then he actually laughed. “Do you think those fake, materialistic, fame hungry celebrities – just like me I might add – that I would want to be with them?”

“You are not fake. But in a way you do live in a completely different world to me. You practically live in a mansion, your cheapest car would be worth more than my apartment.”

Gerald cupped his hands against my face. “None of it means anything to me. I am an artist. Flamboyant, creative and don’t judge me for my way of life.”

I stared back at his intent longing gaze. “I am not judging you. I am just not sure if I am the one you really want.”

~An excerpt from Free to be with me by Melanie Toye.

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Free to be with me by Melanie Toye

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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Book Week

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When people talk about book week, their enthusiasm to show-off their favourite characters in books, is catching.

One of my friends, is a primary school teacher. “All teachers, dress up as a book character for book week,” she told me.

Okay. I never remember this happening in my school, growing up. Perhaps, it wasn’t such a big thing back then, as it is now.

“Yes, we dress up too,” her friend, another teacher perked up.

Cool. So a bit like the Comic-Con convention in the States.

I think that is exciting for young kids to get excited about books, especially when they see adults getting into it as well.  And let’s face it, who doesn’t love to dress up?

The question would be however, who would I want to dress up as?

Alice Cullen from Twilight? White make-up, brown short-haired pixie wig? Something sassy and stlyish. And of course those fake vampire teeth (simply to scare the kids).

Or what about the fallen star from Stardust? That could get complicated. Dressed as a big gold star, trying to walk in doors and not get stuck. But at least I would be glowing.

Perhaps Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. That might be okay, until I need to go to the bathroom. With a leotard, wings and stockings. It may take some time, to you know … undress.

Are you dressing up for book week? I would love to hear who you are going to dress up as.

What I would love to host one day, is my own dress-up book party. You know, the type. If you read my books, from which character would you dress up as and what would you wear?

For example, I always found Grace from Entice Me, to have interesting style. Combined with her carefree attitude alongside self-assurance. I always pictured flowy dresses, long skirts, yet not too hippy and quite stylish.

And for the guys, Gerald from Free to be with me. Who is a falmboyant fashion designer. That could be fun, especially when you read about the cars and house he lives in!

If you are celebrating book week, this week. Be sure to let me know what you are getting dressed up as (comment below). Or simply, what are you reading.

 

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A snippet from Free to be with me

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I walked in and saw Raulf first. “Oh my dear,” he said in shock. “You look.” He could not put a word to it.
“I know,” I said.
“I know it is late but did you check a mirror before you came?” I shrugged and then burst into tears. It was not my finest moment.
Raulf passed me his handkerchief and patted me on the shoulder. “There, there,” he said. “Clean yourself up before seeing Gerald. He is having a hard time finding inspiration for his collection for the runway next week.” I nodded and pulled out my pocket mirror to try and touch up my blotchy face as best I could.
Obviously though, it was not enough for when I walked near Gerald his mouth opened wide yet no sound escaped. “I came here as fast as I could,” I said as I tried to hide the humiliation of this moment.
Gerald walked closer to me. His eyes never left mine. “You will be my muse,” he said.
“I am sorry,” I said, a little lost at his comment.
“The new collection will draw upon your darkness. The raw emotion we shield ourselves from will be on display in what we wear. No longer a fashion statement, now it will be an emotional statement.”

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Chicklit versus romance competition

I am so thrilled to be announcing a new competition.

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It is very simple. Below are two amazing eBooks I have written and published. Tell me in the comments section what your choice of eBook would be. The first 500 people to respond, will receive a free copy of their chosen eBook.

Book Choice 1: Entice Me.

My very first novel. A chick lit that offers a light yet inspiring read. 

Entice Me by Melanie Toye

Entice Me synopsis: 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 who 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.

Book Choice 2: The Eric and Izzie Series

Originally published in My Town Magazine. This collection of short stories boasts romance, relationships and good times.

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The Eric and Izzie Series synopsis: Fall in love with Eric and Izzie, as they fall for each other in the most romantic way. Go on their adventures together and meet their hilarious friends. Based in North Lakes, Australia. Discover the natural beauty and community spirit of the area.

The story grows from the romantic getaways and adventures together as a couple, to the involvement of Izzie and Eric’s friends and how their bundling personalities fit into their story. Eric is a stunningly handsome man who is a successful project manager. Izzie works at a jewellery store and is glamorous yet sweet.

Lust, romance and love. The three ingredients to being married. And marriage is on the cards. Although when Eric’s close friend, Ashton has a car accident with Veronica. Life’s challenge’s become difficult to handle. Yet this tale of ups and downs does end on a happy note for now. Just like any fairy tale ending should.

 

THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ENTERED, THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

 

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Link by link, chain by chain.

Thank you Yvonne, who is an author friend of mine who asked me to be involved in this blog hop. I find blog hopping to be a great way to share great blogs and discover new authors, through our favourite writers.

In this chain, authors will reveal a bit about themselves and their writing process through answering four questions. Then they pass the link to others. I have passed the link to Jo Robinson. First I will tell you a little about myself and answer the questions. Then I will tell you a little bit about Yvonne McEvaddy and Jo Robinson.

About Me:

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 1) What am I working on?

I am always working on a range of eBooks. It depends on the stages. During my down-time I am making the final read through of my novel, Destiny Lane before publishing. Destiny Lane, is amazing. It is about a woman who lives two lives, one when she is awake and one when she is dreaming.

During train rides, I am writing an eBook on dancing. You will love it. I am loving writing it.

And then I also have various other eBooks at different stages of formatting for Smashwords.com and publishing onto Smashwords and Amazon.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Destiny Lane differs from others in the fantasy genre, by adding different elements of imagination, romance, positive outlooks and easy to relate to characters that aren’t too far-fetched, which will have you wanting to read more.

3) Why do I write what I do? 

I write a variety of genre’s because I do not want to get stuck in one genre for the rest of my life. As an artist, I do not want to feel stuck in a box. I want to embrace the creative story that is within me. That is why my readers will always find something new to read and love. Take a look at the A-List Celebrities, they are the ones jumping from a different role with each movie. The others take on a similar type character and the same genre’s over and over, soon turn – boring to watch. I let my creative mind take me where it wants to.

4) How does my writing process work?

Most likely to an outsider it looks chaotic. But to me, it is very organised. I have computer access for roughly two to five hours a day. During this time, I write, research, type and edit. When I do not have a computer, I will write with pen to paper, read, and when it is time for a first edit, print and write. There is nothing more magical, than a pen writing on paper. I personally love it.

I also do not hold back. I am very focussed. I know how much time a day I have to dedicate to writing and therefore, when pen goes to paper, I write. I try not to edit as I go along, as my mind is just moving too fast for my hands to write.

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Entice Me

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 problematic.

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 who 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.

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Free to be with me

 

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.
This novella, is a great holiday read for those times when you need to escape. Free to be with me, will leave you with butterfly feelings and a big smile on your face.
Tell all your friends and family about this awesome read.

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About Yvonne McEvaddy

(Who chose me as the next blog hopper) 

Yvonne McEvaddy is a writer living and working in Headford, co. Galway. She is the author of two novels, Passion Killer and Shadows of the Dead. She is currently working on her third novel, Thief of Hearts. Passion Killer is currently available on smashwords.com and also on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk in the kindle bookstores. It is also  available to order in print on amazon.

Shadows of the Dead is also available in the kindle bookstores, and also in paperback.Yvonne has been dabbling in the written word since early childhood, having decided at the age of 5, when she read her first Enid Blyton book,that she wanted to be a writer. Her summer  holidays were often spent writing adventures in the remaining pages of her school copybooks.
When not writing she was daydreaming about her books being available in her local bookstore. She was first published under her maiden name, Yvonne Gaughan, at the age of 17 when she won a Western Health Board competition to have her essay published in 100 Natural Highs.Also as Yvonne Gaughan, in college she was a member of the Mystic Poets Society and had two poems published in their collaboration, Mystic Spirits.Yvonne McEvaddy is a member of the Java Writers group.

Yvonne McEvaddy’s Books:

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If your ex lover and best friend was accused of killing your boyfriend would you stand up for him? Would your friends stand by you?

Passion Killer is a story of how unrequited love, jealousy and obsession become dangerous, turning passion to murder. It revolves around a group of friends in a small town in Ireland.  Sylvia arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend, Rick, in a pool of blood. In the course of their investigation, Detectives Barbara Molloy and Mick Naughton question the group of friends and uncover a web of deception. A party the night before the murder left many fingerprints at the scene of the crime. In the tangle of love triangles there are plenty of motives to choose from and few alibis, casting the net of suspicion wide.

As the story unfolds, the friends discover secrets and lies that test their relationships to the point of breaking. In order to cast suspicion away from one of their best friends, Alex, the group start to suspect a myriad of acquaintances. Will they succeed in finding out who killed Rick before Alex is put away for something he didn’t do? Or will they find out that Alex isn’t who they thought he was?

Available At:

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What would you do if you found your dream house and it was rumored to be haunted? Would you buy it anyway? Would every noise in the still of the dark night have you paralyzed with fear?

Shadows of the Dead is about Alice and Mark O’Brien who don’t believe in ghosts. They fall in love with Hawthorn Grange on their first viewing. Amused by the rumors, they buy and move into The Grange.  With Mark working the graveyard shift, Alice is alone at night. Alone with the sounds from an old house, with the words of the neighbors whispering around her, the stories of the shadows arising from the graves next door and making their way into the house.

Will her imagination succumb to the rumors? Is that a door creaking open? Who is that standing at the foot of her bed? Is it just a dream? A nightmare of real or imagined proportions follows Alice around as she tries to remember that ghosts don’t exist. Or do they?

Available At:

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Java Writers are a Galway group who met through Over the Edge literary events and creative writing classes. We meet regularly in Java’s Cafe  to write and share artistic musings.  Infusions is a collection of our Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Illustrations, a percolation of diverse themes – love and loss, mystery and nostalgia, family and friends, sea and fire, wind and rain –  set variously in Italy, England, America and Ireland, reflecting the group’s eclectic mix.

Available At:

Amazon            Barnes & Noble

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A wedding, an 8 tiered cake, 8 short stories, 8 writers from all over the world. Each writer has chosen a different cake for our characters attending the wedding. Each story has its own cake recipe. We are comparing this book to the movie “Love Actually.” We all write in our own unique style. 8 Slices of Cake is a fun read about marriage, divorce, romance, dating, failed relationships, and finding love.

Available At:

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Follow Yvonne’s blog at: http://yvonnemcevaddy.wordpress.com/

About Jo Robinson

Check out the Jo Robinson’s blog, who I have nominated as the next author to join this blog hopping affair. 

Jo Robinson has very recently returned to her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for eighteen years.  Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing.  She is the author of the short stories Fly Birdie and The Visitation, the novel African Me & Satellite TV, and the science-fiction/fantasy series Shadow People.

Support a writer and follow Jo’s links to Amazon, Goodreads, Google Plus, Twitter, Blog and Facebook below:

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-C-Robinson/405248799532723?ref=hl

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come one, come all

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Welcome to Melanie Toye’s mindset of an engaging, creative, story teller.

She casts her net wide and pulls in an array of mixed imaginative tales to tell. Below Melanie share’s with you, some of her wonderful moments of her books.

Free to be with me

“Late again,” Raulf eye-rolled me as I entered the fashion department doors.

I gave Raulf an apologetic smile and rushed passed over to my working space. “Floral, darling.  This is what I want for the collection.” Gerald, the ultimate fashion designer in Australia and renowned for his elegance and class around the world, shares with me his creative mind. I took my blackberry out from my purse and noted his thoughts down.

“Low, elegant yet a soft flowy dress. A long diamond opening at the front to highlight the woman’s cleavage. A high back with a gathering on either side of the hips, with the length coming to mid-calf and little ruffles at the hem and at the end of the sleeves.”

Gerald walked around the space. “Brilliant,” he said at his own creation.

I smiled. I loved working under Gerald’s artistic influence. “Fabric colour needs to be warm, such as rosy pink … hmm, wait.” I watched as he let his creative vision take over. “A light green, not lime,” he added pointedly. “With pale pink and purple flower petals. Pick up a metre of white satin ribbon as well, which I might include.” I waited a moment to see if he wanted anything else. Then he walked out of the building to do whatever a creative god does during the day.

Melanie Toye’s commentary – I loved writing this unique story of an assistant to a famous fashion designer. The magic of an artist’s take on the world was interesting to uncover.

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Entice Me 

“Miranda, thanks for coming in at such short notice.” Jim said.

“Sure, what’s the problem?”

“We are hosting an event and I want you in charge. I know you will do a fantastic job. The event will be held this Friday for 1000 people.”

Panic started to take hold of Miranda. “This Friday, that is very soon to organise such a large event. Invitations are normally sent out a month in advance.” Miranda replied trying not to sound too apprehensive.

“I know and I am sorry for this. The Board of Directors are coming down soon and want to see how the budget is going. Besides all the business you bring in for this company, everyone else has gone stale. This event is in need to boost our client database and in turn increase our pay packets.”

“Thank you Jim for giving me this opportunity.” Miranda replied on autopilot.

“Miranda, thank you, you are a life saver. Sally will be reporting to you for the event so get her working. If you need any more staff involved, let me know.” He said soundly.

Including today Miranda had seven days to prepare for the event. She was feeling low. Jim said she was the only one still bringing in business. So why was she being punished for everyone else’s slackness? Miranda knew she should not feel angry or upset. Obviously Jim had chosen her, because he could rely on her.

Reality soon fronted Miranda the reason why Jim had brought her to the office. Jim expected her to begin organising the event today, on her weekend.

Melanie Toye’s commentary: Entice Me was my very first novel and it was the beginning of a journey that I followed it seemed with the characters storylines in Entice Me. Minus the fraud, rivals and trips to Spain and France (oh that would have been nice!) Entice Me was the beginning of my dream chasing career as a writer and author. And from the moment I published Entice Me, I have never looked back. If you need a motivational read (that is fun and girly too) then you find Entice Me an inspiring read.

8 Slices of Cake  

Is it possible to find love at a wedding?

“Oh hi, I am Derek.”

“Olivia. It is nice to meet you.” I said and offered my hand.

Derek took my hand and seemed like he was examining my ring finger. He looked into my eyes, “I think I know you.” He said.

“Really? Hmm, I don’t think so. I would remember someone that looked like he just left a magazine shoot.”

“Ha” he laughed out loud. I smiled too.

“Seriously, where did you go to college?” Derek asked.

“McCain College” I said while at the same time trying to remember a guy named Derek in one of my classes, but was pulling out blanks.

“Hmm, I went to Sinca Lee College.”

“Where do you think you remember me from?”

“The angel in my dreams.” He said.

I could not help but laugh, then my laughter turned to a more hysterical laugh and then I could not stop laughing. Somehow I thought this was hilarious. I had walked straight into that pick-up line. I think the wine was getting to me as I tried to stop laughing but a small shriek would burst out every time I thought about it.

Melanie Toye’s Commentary – I had a ball working with a wonderful team of writers who all contribued a part of the story to 8 Slices of Cake, plus a delicious cake receipe. It was very interesting to see a scene created and then people’s different characters and plots take place. Not one writer had a similar outlook on the wedding guest viewpoint, which was refreshing.

To read more of Melanie Toye’s eBooks mentioned above and her other titles, simply click the below links. Happy reading.

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