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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

Interview with Amelie Rose, romance author.

I have with me Amelie Rose, author of romance stories such as Love Child, Mirror Image, The Duchess’ Diary and numerous short stories
Welcome Amelie, to CreatingLifeStyle.com.

Q:  Tell us, when did you first become interested in writing?

A:   Hello Mike and thank you for this opportunity to chat. I have been writing fairly seriously since my early teens. My first publication was in my college year book. Actually it was a poem and I have never continued with poetry but I got the bug for writing short stories when I won a school essay competition. Later I changed the essay into a short story after reading an article in one of my mother’s writing magazines.  I still have that magazine.

Q:  You recently had a novel published on lulu.com. Was this your first novel?

A:  Yes, Love Child was my first attempt at full-length fiction – well, no actually, that’s not quite true. I did write one years ago on my first ever computer – it was a DOS and we used those funny floppy discs.  Well, I lost the manuscript when the computer crashed – and the floppy I’d saved it on vanished. I still live in hope that one day it will turn up in a box somewhere. It’s probably nowhere near publishable but it’s still my first attempt.

Q:  I have read all three of your books and enjoyed each of them. You have published them all as ebooks and also self-published them on lulu.com . Can you tell us why you chose these methods rather than traditional publishing?

A:  I’m glad you liked my books. Traditional publishing is not that easy to break into, at least judging from the  experience of people I have spoken to and some I have read about. Until the morning I woke up wondering what on earth I was doing with a job, when all I really wanted to do was write, I’d been happily writing short stories in my spare time. I knew from all I had read that the traditional route was fraught with rejection and I wasn’t sure I wanted to wait maybe years, if ever, to get recognized so I investigated other means and much of the advice and information that is coming through these days leans towards the internet and self-publishing.  There is a problem there too, of course, in that every other writer is doing the same and your stories can quickly get swallowed up in the avalanche of words flooding the internet.

Q:  I see you have recently launched Love Child as a paperback in New Zealand.  Where can these be purchased from?

A:  I keep a number in stock and these can be purchased by sending an email to me at amelierose@hush.com . Or direct from this link at LuLu . I am hoping to have them in the libraries; I just haven’t had time to complete the paperwork.  Also I shall be in Europe from March to September this year.

Q:  Tell us a little of your background. I gather that before you began writing full time you were in the Real Estate industry? How did you manage to write during those years?

A:  Yes, I started selling real estate when we lived in the Bay of Plenty then a few years later my husband sold his business and we moved to Auckland. I worked for the Challenge Weekly newspaper for three years before I decided to return to real estate. My job at Challenge took me around the country a fair bit and I don’t really like traveling on my own. As for writing, apart from the personality profiles and book reviews I wrote for Challenge, my evenings and weekends often saw me at the keyboard, writing my own stories. Then, when I re-joined real estate I continued writing but was able to do less on the weekends because it was our busiest time. In the end, I had to face why I was actually doing one thing when I really wanted to do another. I’d enjoyed the lifestyle real estate offered, but I knew that at some stage I had to pluck up the courage to leave  and follow my true passion. So here I am today.

Q:  I see you have two short stories on smashwords.com that you have made available as free downloads.  What is the reasoning behind this giveaway?

A:  It’s encouraged. The philosophy behind it is that readers can read something you have written without having to spend. If they like what you have written then maybe they will take the step to buy your novels. It’s true that the free stories go like hot cakes. So many people have e-readers today and a short story fills in a bit of traveling time. I’m told these are especially popular with commuters who might have an hour or more each day on a train or bus. I’m not personally convinced about the value of it as a promotional tool though.

Q:  Your latest book, The Duchess’ Diary, is a kind of ghostly mystery and makes an exciting read and Mirror Image is a fun tale of a pair of look-alike beauties. Both entirely different but fun to read. Do you have another in the pipeline?

A:  Yes, I have two partial manuscripts that are, again, completely different from one another. One is about a group of middle-aged women, who meet on a coach tour of NZ’s upper north island, and the mystery they become involved in and the other, the one I am spending most of my time on, is set in the UK and France. I’m hoping to complete that while I am in Europe this year and I’ll be looking for an agent this time.

Q:  I gather this is a big year for you. Tell us about it.

A:  Well, I’m visiting family in the UK – my husband and I are both originally from there. Then we have some research to complete that will take us to France. But I think the real highlight will be our trip to Israel. It’s a place I have long wanted to visit and I’m really looking forward to it. The Edinburgh book fair in August is a definite must; it actually ends on my birthday so I’m excited about spending it at such an event and , in July, I’ll be at a lit fest in London. There are some speaking engagements but times and dates have yet to be confirmed.

Thank you Amelie, it sounds like you’re going to have a busy time and we wish you all the best.
Perhaps when you return home you’ll come back and tell us a little about the trip and where you are at with your books.

Barnes & Noble: Love Child download
Barnes & Noble: Mirror Image download
Amazon: Mirror Image download
Barnes & Noble:  The Duchess’ Diary

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