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What happens when you fall asleep to dream? Does it ever feel real? Maybe because it is…

“The ‘why am I here’ question pops into my head and just as swiftly disappears. I feel no fear, no pain and no sadness. What world could portray this? I am flying now. All movement is effortless. I feel like I have been flying every day of my life. I do not have to think about how to fly, I just fly. Another magical trait this world offers.” ~ Excerpt from Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye

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Imagine a world where having what you want is readily and immediately available. A pure and innocent world that is only accessible by very few, through their dreams.

Destiny Lane is an imaginative and captivating world, filled with friendships, new experiences, out of this world abilities and love interests. When Sara falls asleep, she realises Destiny Lane – her dream world – is real.

Sara has to wrap her mind around new concepts that she has never had to consider before. A world with no money, using the mind to create what one wants and the default emotion of peace. In the meantime, Sara’s life on Earth is below par. Sara is a head-hunter for a modelling agency, Mode Appeal. She seems to have lost her zest for the direction of her career. When Sara starts to explore other avenues, she discovers her real talent is in architecture.

To assist Sara in her current challenges, Sara’s past lives are revealed to her. Life as a princess and an army leader aid in uncovering the answers. Will she choose the same man she loved in a past life that had her killed? And will she use her leadership skills to try and save Destiny Lane from corruption?

Sara is faced with several hard decisions. A love life which only fits into one world. One world she must leave forever. And to be a leader and fight for the survival of Destiny Lane.

Enter this fantasy world through Sara’s dreams and see the magnificence of such a place that is heaven-like. Witness the power of angels, the in-between – a place between one world and the next, plus an array of other fantasy elements that will blow your mind.

By Sara’s life experience in Destiny Lane, she learns to have the confidence to live the life she has always dreamed of, on Earth.

This explosive read is light, moving and thought-provoking. It takes fantasy fiction to a new level.

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Using Pinterest to map out a story idea

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I love browsing through Pinterest. I can use it for a range of day dreaming, from renovating ideas to the home, or adding to my Live your dreams board, which reminds me of all the cool and fun things I want to experience in life. Recently, I wanted to start writing another fiction novel. To be honest though, I just couldn’t get started. I was too jittery. I write all the time, yet, writing another book, starting from scratch seemed a little, I don’t know … ?

So I went on Pinterest. For no particular reason. I typed in red haired woman and that is where my story brainstorming ideas began. I then created a board called, writing story idea. I started with the red head character and decided she would be a cool main character. Someone different. I then started thinking about other characters and as a romance writer, I didn’t want to jump straight to the leading man, because I am not sure (still not sure) if this will be a straight romance novel. (Although, I assure you, romance will be entwined).

So I did some more research on Pinterest. I love those women, who have the bouncy curly hair. So I typed it in, I found my main character’s overzealous best friend. Wonderful. I also found that by searching for multiple array of images for each character, I was able to get into what they look like. (Even though all the images for the specific character is different on my board, I needed to find the diversity from the way they looked, to their hair, their fashion and get a taste of what they look like, from a combination of photos).

It is very fun and interesting to create a story and creating a story board via Pinterest, where you have instant access to a range of images to get your creative juices going is a fun and important process. I even looked up possible scene locations, to help think about where they would be. I am a very visual person and to find images of places and surroundings that inspire me, helps!

Once I thought of some of the characters I would like to include, I also thought about what they enjoyed doing, what were their interests and hobbies.

Of course imagery is one thing, it is up to the author to try to brainstorm who is the lead and then how they are connected and form relationships with the other characters. In addition to, what is the story.

After my first character plotting, I was like, ‘this is fantastic, I am so thrilled to start this process.’ Then I realised, ‘oh no, I have no story. I have no idea what these characters will do?’

I did another session on Pinterest and while searching for more images to get my creative juices going, I discovered how I was going to get all these different characters together and the basis of the story.

I didn’t spend too much time either. Just two separate occassions on Pinterest. Possibly thirty minutes or less each time and in return I have the basis of my story created.

Have you ever tried this for story brainstorming? I would love to see your board!

Ideas for the look of my main character:

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Someone to Love

Book Cover First Impressions:

The title sounds like it is a romance novel, not much of an image to really understand what the book is about until you read the synopsis. I chose it purely because of the romantic style of text for the title and the title heading. Yes, I love a good romance novel!

About this book:

It’s been three years since his fiancée’s mysterious suicide, and Jace Montgomery still hungers for answers. Stacy was kind, funny, and in love — why, on a trip to England, would she end her life in a room above a village pub? Then Jace stumbles upon a photo of a rambling estate tucked inside one of Stacy’s books — and a cryptic note dated one day before her death: “Ours again. Together forever. See you there….”

Drawing on his family’s vast wealth, Jace returns to England to purchase the unsightly Priory House — and soon discovers it is haunted by the headstrong ghost of Ann Stuart. Unraveling the ties between past and present with the help of a beautiful local journalist, Jace must at last reconcile his heartwrenching loss and his own hopeful future.

My review:

Not an ordinary romance novel, where she sees him and falls madly in love at first sight and then drama happens and then by the end they can finally be together. This interesting tale, involves a murder mystery, going undercover and dealing with small town gossip. The romance does come and I wasn’t sure who that romance would be between, but it did come and I was more than satisified with the result. Plus the elements of ghosts and investigating into a past lover’s murder makes the story a fantastic one.

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“How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life”

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“How do they do it? 16 Business Mums share how they juggle life” is an exciting book that provides an insight into the lives of 16 Mums who run their own business and manager their household. From advice on starting your own business to if their house is a mess, plus ways to they stay motivated during the hard times and more is discussed in this informative book. “It is great to read a book filled with ways business Mums are managing their lives and families and how the same questions are answered different from Mum to Mum.” If you are looking at starting your own business and wondering how to manage family life and learning, the benefits and the challenges along the way, then you will want to read this book. When you pre-order this eBook before 1 April 2015, you will receive 50% off! Go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/523711 Click CheckOut. Enter Coupon Code: ST46E to receive 50% off.

^As it is a pre-order, you will not receive the eBook until the 1 April 2015, when the eBook goes live. However when you pre-order, you receive a discount of 50%. The funds will also not be deducted from your account until the 1 April 2015.

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:

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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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The best gift is one that pushes your thinking

Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye in My Town Magazine

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The best gift is one that pushes your thinking

(This article was published in My Town Magazine http://www.joomag.com/magazine/my-town-magazine-digital-26th-november-2014/0389934001417052251?short).

Christmas is a great time to hunt for the perfect gift. That perfect gift might be right under your nose. With physical and online shelves filled with books. Books always make a great gift, because they last in the minds of the reader long after being read.

And books which push the boundaries of thinking and create a space for one’s imagination, to be filled with new and interesting content, is a book that every reader will want to get their hands on.

Twilight and Harry Potter books are an excellent example of what readers want from fantasy novels. They want creative scenes, interesting characters, action, entertainment and a touch of romance. Reader’s want it all.

Melanie Toye, author of 9 eBooks believes, Destiny Lane offers the above and more. Destiny Lane is a fantasy fiction novel that captures the essence of living in multiple worlds at once, through one’s dreams.

Through the world hopping experience, Sara is continually being pushed mentally by dealing with a world that has no greed, no war and where peace reigns. A world, where what one wants, it is immediately provided. Can you imagine such a world?

With Sara experiencing two love interests in one world, to being a princess in a past life and an army leader in another, she needs to find out what this life experience will entail.

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