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Creating lifestyle e-books

Part of what Creating lifestyle is about is best shown on this page highlighting the e-books that we write and publish, some are for information designed to help those who want to forge ahead. Others are for pleasure, after all in creating a lifestyle that is balanced, you need to find enjoyment, and reading is one of the greatest joys. Lastly we recently published a Cook book, not an ordinary cookbook, this one… well look at the description below.

Healthy Meals

Healthy Meals

How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes
This ebook shows how good foods vs bad foods can change your life.
It reveals the value and kinds of foods that will enhance your health and wellbeing. The recipes in this book are made for busy people.
They take only minutes to prepare and cook and are healthy and delicious. They use vegetables, meats, and herbs that are full of vitamins and minerals and packed with flavour, for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are perfect for the busy person who demands speed, ease, and taste in their meals.
Do you want to improve your health? Lose weight? And feel alive?
The recipes and the information are designed to lower blood sugar levels and to help reverse the metabolism disorder of diabetes and aid in weight loss
Buy `How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes’ and watch the habits of a life-time change for the better, you will not only lose weight but be healthier as a result. Do it now. http://amzn.to/YWMKOd

How to Succeed on a Shorestring

How to Succeed on a Shorestring

How to Succeed on a Shoestring
Success need not cost a fortune to achieve. In fact it may not cost much at all in the dollar stakes. Many a tale has been told of hugely successful individuals who started with nothing and rose to the top. The richest men in China and Mexico began their lives in poverty.
This booklet contains some brief profiles of individuals who have made it to the top against the odds and you can too, if that is what you really want. Dream big and you really can achieve Success on a Shoestring. http://amzn.to/XH9W14

How to find a hobby and make money

How to find a hobby and make money

How to Find a Hobby and Make Money
With the recession hurting people worldwide, this booklet has been written to try and ease some of the pain. It will give you tips and ideas for making money from doing something you enjoy.
For those whose retirement isn’t far away there is an excellent source of hobby ideas to keep the days busy and interesting.
There is also lots for the younger person, in fact the information contained in this booklet should suit just about any age.Good luck with your future hobby.http://amzn.to/17Hrnm8

How to create a Shabby chic lifestyle

How to create a Shabby chic lifestyle

How to Live a Shabby Chic Lifestyle
The Shabby Chic décor style that has gained popularity since its emergence as a defined genre in the 1980s has evolved for an increasing number of enthusiasts into a complete lifestyle.
It has become a top international trend in home décor, supported by a huge revival in all things shabby, crafty, romantic, French, and vintage.
Over the past three decades, `Shabby Chic’ has become a catch phrase that incorporates a whole new range of ideas about old and antique furniture items, vintage soft furnishings and clothing, old crockery and curios, and creative art and finishing’s.
With thought, care, patience, and on a small budget, it is possible to revamp a fairly plain home into one resembling an English country cottage or French style maison and, for those keen to incorporate shabby chic into all areas of their lives, their gardens and wardrobe.
Does creating a shabby chic lifestyle simply mean taking greater care of, and spending lots of money on your home and wardrobe?
Of course, you will always want to take care of your greatest asset and your personal presentation, but creating an authentic shabby chic lifestyle does not have to mean more work and more cost. The beauty of shabby chic is that it’s easy to maintain, it need not break the bank, and that it is extremely versatile. It is also warm, inviting, cosy and practical, sweet, and gentle on the eye.
Shabby Chic reflects the simplicity, beauty, and charm of a bygone age, perhaps lost forever if not for us, its loyal and enthusiastic disciples. http://amzn.to/11idIM3

How to Write something interesting

How to Write something interesting

How to Write Something Interesting
The aim of this book is to get you, the reader, writing – now. Learning the finer points of putting together a well-crafted piece of prose can come later, after you have achieved a written piece in a diary, a letter to the editor, a personal blog, or a short story and have decided that yes, you definitely want to write some more.
Call this a practice run if you like.

And now, if you are ready, it’s time to get started. http://amzn.to/15nAiKg

Lazy Weekend

Lazy Weekend

Series of short stories
1. Child Genius
Some came back because of the great cuisine and overall good company but others left, never to be seen again at number 64 Dolly Crescent, after the humiliation of debating with a six year old over the state of the economy – and losing.
2. Blue Susan
Then we reached our gate and I knew the problem wasn’t back at number 48. The silence was almost tangible. Something was seriously wrong. I felt it in my gut, my skin, and even my hair felt like it had risen an inch on my scalp. (Based on a true story).
3. Blue Nose Café
That short fierce summation of her life had really got to her. Suddenly, she wanted to be here in a year’s time; in 10, 20; 50 if she were lucky. So she did the only thing that made any sense to her at the time, although those who knew thought she was completely mad and had found ways of telling her so.
4. A Cuppa a Day
`I asked him what nurse was he talking about and he said the one who’s been coming every day for the last month. I certainly don’t recall any nurse but I won’t say so; he’s been saying a few odd things lately.’
5. A Lifetime of Firsts
“This is all wrong. It shouldn’t be happening. I can’t do it.”
My best friend stood before me in the beautiful dress she was so excited about wearing, her face white with shock.
“You can’t back out now,” she hissed, probably envisaging her own big day as chief bridesmaid slipping away.
6. Book of Days
She was trying to make sense of the scene when the woman shook her head and turned to speak to the man, gesturing to another ring display. She saw his face plainly as he nodded to the assistant. There was no mistake. It was Michael and he and that woman were choosing a ring.
7. Ed’s Ghost
Thanks to her mother’s reminiscing she was thoroughly familiar with almost every photograph in the room. How had this one escaped its walk down memory lane?
8. House of Memories
Below stood her stepmother, white-faced and trembling as she stared up through round frightened eyes http://amzn.to/13ksHf7

Lazy Weekend No 2

Lazy Weekend No 2

Eight short stories by Amelie Rose
1. Friday Flowers
Stephanie turned the envelope over, in case there was a name on the back, a small twitch jumping beneath her right eye. Her hand shook as she fingered open the flap and pulled out the card, her eyes widening in amazement as she saw that this time there was a message.
2. Harry’s Haunting
I decided a good old-fashioned scare was in order but something about the intruder looked familiar and I held back. Where had I seen him before? And what was he doing with that gun?
3. Mum’s on Strike
No one else’s mother, according to her 13 year-old ancient, checked with parents first before allowing a sleep-over. That above all was the absolute uncoolest thing; it made her feel like a child.
4. The Little Black Dress
What she would swap, however, was the cheating rat of a husband who was having what he thought was a `secret’ affair with his ridiculously well-endowed blonde bombshell of a secretary.
5. Five Gnomes and a Funeral
Her eyes glittered angrily. Never again would she have to tolerate their smug pity. Everything was going to plan and there was just one gnome to go. She would have to be particularly careful when she disposed of that one. There seemed to be a strange air of watchfulness in the garden, which made her uneasy.
6. The Real Thing
A couple of weeks after that first meeting with Susie he tells me he’s got an out of town conference to attend. Well, I’m not stupid; I knew what that meant. What was the bet a certain female from his office would be attending the same conference? I was right, of course. She even had the nerve to mention it in front of me when she came round for a barbecue with some others from his workplace.
7. The Christmas Panto
Looking down to avoid eye contact, she willed the curtain call. Up until now her love had been her own very private secret. She couldn’t have made her feelings clearer if she’d stood on stage and announced it to the audience.
8. The Reading
`Squaring my shoulders I marched verbally on. As `Love’s Sweet Desire’ began to take shape my confidence swelled; but by the time Jarrad had thrown a panting Emily onto his revolving circular king-sized waterbed and stripped her down to her non-existent bra and miniscule lace knickers, I became vaguely aware of a certain tension in the room. http://amzn.to/13koBUt‘

The Duchess Diary

The Duchess Diary

The Duchess’ Diary – Novella
Melissa Holt is finding her dream job a tad unusual. Alongside ghosts and strange events and a handsome enigmatic boss whose very presence gives her heart palpitations, she finds herself enmeshed in a mystery that only the ghost of a woman, dead more than 100 years, can resolve. Should she reveal the truth and risk ruining the man she loves? Or will the hand of fate take a most unexpected turn?Melissa Holt is finding her dream job a tad unusual. Alongside ghosts and strange events and a handsome enigmatic boss whose very presence gives her heart palpitations, she finds herself enmeshed in a mystery that only the ghost of a woman, dead more than 100 years, can resolve. Should she reveal the truth and risk ruining the man she loves? Or will the hand of fate take a most unexpected turn?
http://amzn.to/ZyRcc

Love Child by Amelie Rose

Love Child by Amelie Rose

Love Child
Amber Pascoe’s ordered life is rocked when Dom Brodie, who she had never expected to see again, arrives and wants to see her. She fears that he will use his wealth to try and take her son but when the truth comes out, she must fight against a hatred and deception that had once almost ruined her life and now threatens harm on a much deadlier scale. http://amzn.to/13jVsFa

 

The Duchess Diary

The Duchess Diary

Mirror Image
Indi Falcone, owner of the popular book store, Romantic Hours, is writing her own romance. But there is a problem. She is having trouble creating a believable hero. She sees Max Avery as vividly masculine and heroic but on paper he is anything but. So she has joined her friend, Diana, on a tropical island holiday, thinking a change of scenery might fix the problem.
A second encounter with the same stranger, who is not in a good mood (again), and appears to think she is someone else, does nothing for her previously calm and happy disposition.

Then she is presented with a striking look-alike of herself. How can this be? Ginni Hunter is a model on assignment for a swimwear company and her photographer is the same grumpy stranger Indi keeps having encounters with. http://amzn.to/ZB2MrY

Angels with Attitude

My guest this week is Mimi Barbour

Mimi Barbour Author

 

 

Author of The Vicarage Bench Series, Angels with Attitude Series, and a hot, new romantic suspense series called Vegas. Mimi Barbour lives on the east coast of Vancouver Island and writes her romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”

Do you have a favorite Christmas book?

I know what I like to read.

It’s all about families. I’m a sucker for animals, and old folks and an even bigger sucker for kids. When you join those features into one story and add in a heroine you can’t help but love, then the book is my idea of perfect entertainment.

Some of my friends tell me I’m a softie and tend to write naive tales about people who just aren’t that way anymore…kind and thoughtful, loving and giving. I beg to differ!! There is a world full of ‘nice’ people out there. Folks who live every day being helpful to others and generous with their families.

There’s one story in particular I’d like to share. My mother-in-law, a tiny, cranky, eighty-eight-year-old woman has insisted on staying in her little house because she ….well she can. And the reason this is possible is because of her neighbour. A young man, maybe in his forties, has taken her under his wing (no pun intended) and goes there every day, looks after all her yard work, takes her grocery shopping and even to church. When she forces money on him, he’s terribly uncomfortable and has tried to tell her he doesn’t expect payment. See what I mean by angels in our midst???

My angel in this Christmas story is an old man called Pi. I created him as close to a real person as possible because I truly believe that we are surrounded by angels in our everyday lives. Ordinary people who behave in extraordinary and loving ways. In many cases, persons of both genres who come to ones aid without needing to be asked. I have friends like that and I’m sure most of you do also. In fact, you’re probably like that yourself. We all have stories to tell of the time that we…!

So this Christmas tale is my present to those of you who are suckers for kids and animals and seniors. For your holiday pleasure, I’ve wrapped up all these elements up in a lovely parcel called “Lovable Christmas Angel”.

Christmas Angel By Mimi Barbara

Hint: This would make a perfect gift for someone special on your list who you know is a sucker for those warm, uplifting stories that make the season just that little bit brighter.

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Thanks Mike, for letting me visit your blog today!

My Contacts: Seriously, I do like making new friends and following others 

My website: http://www.mimibarbour.com/

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To Believe the Unlbelieveable- Quantum Physics

On the 5th April I arrived back in England from New Zealand. It was my first visit since Spring 2007, just before the worldwide recession set in. Often when I travel, I pick up a bug or two and this trip was no exception. I had barely tuched down when I caught a cold. A bad one. On the Sunday night I had worried everyone so much they sent for a doctor. What an amazing service. The doctor not only prescribed a treatment of steroids and antibiotics but he provided them on the spot. On a Sunday night!
Now, back to the reason for this post. When I’m ill my mind tends to think differently.
Let me explain: When I’m ill a single word can breed a story in my mind and within minutes I can tell you a story that could go to print if I ever had the time to write it down. No kidding. Strangely, these stories nearly always involve war and treason.
Why is that? I have no idea but I do know that certain illnesses seem to have the power to open my mind to things, creatures, colours, foreign to anything I am normally familiar with.
In this most recent sick period I saw colours emerge from the mouths of creatures I could never have imagined and, although the creatures were ferocious to behold, the colours were of unimaginable beauty.
My very best half-awake dream while ill was flying like a seagull, swooping and gliding through the valleys and over beautiful hills and landscapes with not a care in the world. That dream is a few years old now but the memory of it stays with me, was that maybe astro-travel? I like to think it might have been.
This leads me to the training I’m currently doing with Mark Ling of www.affilorama.com on developing affiliate marketing. It’s really about getting your web site to work well. On his forum he was giving instances of web sites. One in particular caught my attention. You’ll find it at www.quantumjumping.com  Now let me say I know very little about this guy Burt Goldman who is now about 84 years old, or about his lifestyle program. But I did Google him for this lifestyle blog and researched him by other means and I have signed up for the free information videos to find out more. Why, you may ask? Well, how often do you come across an 84 year old who can turn his mind to do practically anything he wishes and does an excellent job of it. Plus quantum physics interest me.
The question is, do you believe quantum jumping is possible? And what about astro travel?

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