Can You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Can You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Check out the stunning selection in this free giveaway….I’m so thrilled my book Flight of Passion is amongst the nominees! The cover was designed by the mega-talented Hang Le.

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What I’m working on now…

I’ve been finishing off a few non-fiction, self-empowerment projects in the last few months and very much looking forward to picking up my romance-writing pen again. I’ve set myself an aspirational goal to release the very first love story I ever attempted, Love in Venice.

I started this over ten years ago and was stalled in my tracks by some stinging feedback. As always, I’m still beset by self-doubt. But I’m determined to push through it and write for the pure joy of telling my story—just for fun. If I love it, then I hope you will too. And if you don’t, perhaps you’ll like my next book. Thinking like this helps cure the inner critic.

Last night I re-read some of the notes in my passion journal—a journal I write every year to provide focus and encouragement throughout the year—and I came across the following comment from feedback I had collated:


“Keep up your love stories Mollie, they are heart-warming and beautiful with passion for the still young at heart like me.” ~ Estella van Rhyn


I am so thankful for the comments and help so many of you have given throughout the year. You have generously given up your precious time to thoroughly proof-read my books. Even though I have had them edited by professionals somehow the pesky errors slip through and I know this ruins the story. So thank you!

And thank you to those readers who have been fabulous BETA and ARC readers—I am improving because of you.

If you are curious about my passion journalling process you may enjoy my new non-fiction book, The Passion-Driven Business Planning Journal: The Effortless Path to Manifesting Your Business and Career Goals. Only $2.99 and full of inspiration and practical tips for anyone wanting to live and work with passion.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077SQWDQD

The strategies apply not just to career but also life. I manifested my partner using a passion journal. Find out how in my new non-fiction book! Or you may enjoy my new online course, https://the-coaching-lab.teachable.com/p/follow-your-passion-and-purpose-to-prosperity . I know you’ll love the video tutorials where I share stories and examples. 

As many of you know—I am one author with two names and genres Mollie Mathews for romantic fiction and Cassandra Gaisford for non-fiction self-empowerment), but all my works are dedicated to creating more love in the world.

Cover Reveal—Which Do You Prefer?

Version One: With Castle

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Version Two: With Lavender

 

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Would you enjoy being a BETA reader for Love In Venice?

Simply email me at mollie@molliemathews.com and I’ll add you to my Dream Team. I anticipate having a nearly finished draft completed in the next couple of weeks.

DId you enjoy Twist of Fate?

Many of you offered to be ARC readers for my super short story, Twist of Fate. Sadly, only two reviews have been posted. If you forgot, would it be possible to post your review in the next few days?


Here’s a little bit about the story:

What if a twist of fate could change your life?

Still reeling following his unexpected divorce, billionaire Tech guru Jonathan James has returned from London to New Zealand feeling disillusioned and low in spirits. The last thing he needs when he flies home is complications.

When a baggage mix up leaves him with nothing but a suitcase full of stilettos, lush lashes, and Dolly Parton-like wigs, he goes in search of the owner. He quickly discovers that all is not as it seems as his life takes off in a hilarious and unexpected direction.

As Margaret wrote to me, in her early review, ‘”Twist of Fate” is a short story full of quirky humor and the promise of romance.”

Set in Wellington, New Zealand—the coolest little capital in the world (my old hometown).

If you love clean romance short stories with a twist of humor, you’ll enjoy “Twist of Fate”.

Available for instant download from Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZYNZ64
viewBook.at/TwistofFate

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Featured reader of the month: Rita Kunselman

From the very beginning of my romance writing career, Rita has been an outstanding supporter. I truly am indebted to you Rita for all your constructive criticism and cheerleading.

You’ve been firm when you needed to be regarding where improvements need to be made and generous with kind words when you feel they are warranted.

Comments like the below sustain me:

Mollie –
It’s a beautiful book. You should be very proud of being able to write it. I read a lot of books, lately it’s been about one a day, and, you have a different way of writing. When you read it you can feel the passion. You put your all into it. You’re not writing to get done but, to let us know the beautiful story you have in you.

Rita K

I’m still savoring my holiday in Bali with my mother, affectionally known as “Little Joy.” Mom’s name is Joy and she is just over 5ft tall. But she is overflowing with a large love of life—despite the grief she still feels after losing her beloved Ted to cancer several years ago.

I can’t wait to finish the short story I wrote while in Bali—about a man who opens his heart to love again after the tragic loss of his wife on their honeymoon. So many books to write—so little time.

Chat soon!

Much love

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Why I wrote “Twist of Fate”

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What if a twist of fate could change your life?

If you love clean romance short stories with a twist of humor you’ll enjoy “Twist of Fate”.

It’s a love story close to my heart and touches on a number of subjects I love and care about with the twists and turns in the plot. I always love celebrating the strength of the human spirit, and how unexpected events can change our lives for the better. 

Love comes in many forms and colors and is an exciting, fascinating and rewarding victory if we listen to the whispers of our soul, and are willing to open our hearts and take a chance on finding ever-lasting happiness again.

In part, this story was inspired by a chance encounter with a wonderful and generous man during a very stressful time when I was stuck in an airport queue. I had just flown from New York to LA and it looked like I would miss my flight. Long story short, Jonathan—a wealthy derivatives dealer from New York, was flying to my hometown, Wellington, New Zealand.

He offered to give up his first-class seat so that I could make my flight. We became great friends and I invited him to have dinner with my family. I found out that night, as he played on my mom’s piano and my daughter accompanied him on vocals, that he was an uber-talented Jazz pianist.

He sent me CD’s of his favorite jazz music from New York, including the one I mention in this story. And later he invited my daughter and to stay with him and his new girlfriend, Danni (with an i)—a former Broadway dancer, in New York. I loved learning about their love story. And this sparked the seeds of this short story.

But there is another reason I decided to write this story. “To keep your joy alive sometimes you need to write something just for the fun of it. This keeps your writing chops sharp and your writer’s soul soaring,” says thriller writer, James Scott Bell.

That’s how it was with my short story Twist of Fate. It’s not my usual romance or beat, but it was a story I wanted to write. It makes me happy that it’s out there— and that readers have found it and enjoyed it.

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Praise for “Twist of Fate”

Twist of Fate is a short story full of quirky humor and the promise of romance. Jonathan has returned home feeling disillusioned and low in spirits. When a baggage mix up leads him to a potential cross-dresser, the story takes off in a hilarious direction.  However, all is not as it seems and Jonathan finds that the future isn’t as dismal as he initially thought. This is a delightful, well-written short story that had me laughing out loud.

~ Margaret

“Fun to read. A suitcase mix-up leads Jonathan to Danny who seems to be just what he needs to forget about his divorce. This is well-written story that’s enjoyable and doesn’t take up much time. It’s one of the rare short stories that despite their short length are really good and don’t lack anything.”

~ E.M.

“A great short story, for anyone, like me, who hopes that one day a twist of fate will end in happily ever after. I do love a good Mollie Mathews book!”

~ Lauri

“An engaging and passionate read. It grabbed my attention and made me wonder what was coming next.”

~ Alli

“I enjoyed this short story.  It was well written with the right amount of humor and just an inkling of the promise of romance. An awesome read. Just love Mollie Mathews style.”

~ Rae

 “Twist of Fate” is a sassy short story for a quick, fun read. To celebrate the release I’ve reduced the price to $0.99.

Available for instant download from Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZYNZ64
viewBook.at/TwistofFate

I hope you enjoy it

With all my love, 

Mollie

p.s. if you have read  “Twist of Fate” and enjoyed it would you consider writing a review and posting it on Amazon within the next two days?

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New Release: Twist of Fate

Copy of Mollie Mathews Twist of Fate

I’m so excited about my new release “Twist of Fate”….a sassy short story for a quick, fun read. To celebrate the release of my first short story in a long while, I’ve reduced the price to $0.99.

Here’s a little bit about the story:

What if a twist of fate could change your life?

Still reeling following his unexpected divorce, billionaire Tech guru Jonathan James has returned from London to New Zealand feeling disillusioned and low in spirits. The last thing he needs when he flies home is complications.

When a baggage mix up leaves him with nothing but a suitcase full of stilettos, lush lashes, and Dolly Parton-like wigs, he goes in search of the owner. He quickly discovers that all is not as it seems as his life takes off in a hilarious and unexpected direction.

As Margaret wrote to me, in her early review, ‘”Twist of Fate” is a short story full of quirky humor and the promise of romance.”

Set in Wellington, New Zealand—the coolest little capital in the world (my old hometown).

If you love clean romance short stories with a twist of humor, you’ll enjoy “Twist of Fate”.

Available for instant download from Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZYNZ64
viewBook.at/TwistofFate

 

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Why your reviews matter…

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Everything I’d heard about self-publishing is that it was impossible to make a living, reach readers, or produce a quality product. But last year (2010), I heard about how some other authors like Joe Konrath and Karen McQuestion are doing well with ebooks. So I thought that I had nothing to lose. 

~ Amanda Hocking, author & millionaire

Knockbacks and continual rejection can be a major obstacle to prosperous productivity. We all want our work to be valued, and we want to feel wanted. So, when our work is criticized or rejected, it can be very easy to take things personally.

I know this feeling intimately. When I submitted my first romance and received feedback that the characters were dysfunctional it was a punch to my gut. Especially as the story had been influenced by events that had happened to me personally. Looking back, I shouldn’t have let the feedback stop me from writing love stories. But I did. For years.

I’ve since learned to look at criticism more dispassionately—even to welcome it as a tool to help me become a better writer. I’ve also learned to back myself and not take to heart the views of others.

My first critique was from the teachers of a course, and since then I had wondered what a ‘real’ rejection from a traditional publisher looked like. It became an obsession and I asked my writing friends to send me their rejections. In the process, I learned to fear rejection less.

Below is an excerpt from a rejection letter I received from Harlequin one year after attending a romance writers conference in New Zealand. Yes, you read it correctly. It took one year to finally receive a response—it’s pretty poor really, given the reason I attend conferences and go through the agony of pitching my book to a stranger is so that I can ‘fast-track’ my likelihood of success by getting in front of a publisher, agent or editor.

I now know that sometimes the fastest way to fast-track your success is to take control and self-publish—something multi-millionaire indie author Amanda Hocking also discovered.

On 30/06/2017, at 6:04 PM, XXX

<XXX@eharlequin.com.au> wrote:

(I’ve removed the editor’s name for confidentiality)

Hi Cassandra,

Apologies for taking so much longer to get back to you than I’d initially intended. Unfortunately, after looking the pages and discussing its place in the market with my wider team, we feel that Bride of Gold isn’t quite right for our list at this stage.

While this project isn’t quite right for us this time, please keep in mind considering manuscripts for publication is based on highly subjective reactions and another publisher may feel very differently. Thank you for giving us time to consider the project and best of luck for your future writing.

Best wishes,

XXXX

While the editor’s ‘feedback’ is scant (read useless in helpful, constructive criticism) she is right—“considering manuscripts for publication is based on highly subjective reactions and another publisher may feel very differently.”

You only have to look to J.K. Rowling or any of the many, many other ‘rejected’ authors for inspiration to persist and persevere.

When Amanda Hocking, an American writer of paranormal romance, first tried to find a publisher for her books in April 2010, she was knocked back—again and again.

“I tried to be traditionally published for about eight years,” Hocking once said.

Undeterred she began self-publishing her stories as e-books. “I’d written about 12 books when I decided to self-publish, and I thought it would be better than them sitting on my computer. Worst case scenario, nobody would read them, and that’s what was happening anyway.”

Sales were slow initially, but by March 2011, she had sold over a million copies of her nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, previously unheard of for self-published authors. In early 2011, Hocking averaged 9,000 book sales each day.

When asked in interviews if she has a daily routine Hocking said, “I don’t really have one, haha. I haven’t exactly figured out how to get into a writing routine yet. I’ve always kind of wrote when I wanted to. Once I get the idea in my head and get it outlined out, I usually just sit and write until it’s done.”

It didn’t take long for traditional publishers, lured by the scent of profit to sniff Hocking out. In March 2011, she signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million dollars, with St. Martin’s Press.

Hocking’s success strategy? Being prolifically productive (When she was only 26 years old, the Minnesota native she had already written a total of 17 novels), pricing her books low (four of her books are 99 cents each, and the rest are $2.99) and sending her work to bloggers to review.

”I didn’t really have a strategy for marketing and publicising my books,“ says Hocking. “I think one of the advantages I have is that stuff considered marketing is stuff that I do a lot anyway. I’ve been active on social networks and blogs for years.

“I also send ARCs [advance review copies] out to book bloggers. Book bloggers are a really amazing community, and they’ve been tremendously supportive. They’ve definitely been a major force that got my books on the map.

“When I first published, I did do a bit of promoting on the Amazon forums, but they’re not really open to that, so I haven’t really interacted there much at all in months. I hang out Goodreads, Kindleboards, Facebook, Twitter, and I blog. And that’s about it.”

 

If you are an inspiring author the takeaway productivity hack is don’t let your work languish or die in the vaults of your PC. Take control of your writing empire and send it out again or consider self-publishing your work.

I did just that and here is the wonderfully encouraging feedback I received:

“What a wonderful book Bride of Gold was. I just couldn’t put it down. How wonderful you have written this love story with so much passion and fighting for love and acknowledgment one can give. Full of passion, love, and tenderness. Words can’t describe the real way I found this book. Fantastic.”~Istella

“I loved, loved, loved this book. It had me laughing, crying and gasping following the back and forth between Alexandra and Vitali!! I now want to go to New Zealand even more than I did before.” ~ Glenda.

“What an absolute treat to read a book without skipping over explicit scenes and This foul language. This is a very well-written story that you can use your own imagination at certain scenes. Mollie really hit a winner with this one. I read it in two sittings because I could not put it down. The back and forth between Alexandra and Vitali had me chuckling and intrigued as to what the results were going to be. I will be reading more written my Mollie Mathews!”

 

If you are an avid reading of romance be assured your feedback and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads encourages and inspires authors to keep writing.

Blank white book w/pathBride of Gold– available from Amazon here—getBook.atBrideofGold or here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFCFG1V

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Audaciously Obsessed: How Passionate Obsessions Empower Heroes and Heroines

 

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When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be

~ Patanjali, Yogi and Mystic

I love passionate people, and there’s no clearer route to passion than tuning into a person’s deepest obsession.

“People pride themselves upon their willpower, their indomitable courage, upon the fact that nothing frightens them,” writes T. Lobsang Rampa, in his classic book You Forever. “They assured bored listeners that with their willpower they can do anything at all.” But the truth is there is no greater power than imagination, passion, and the incredible power of love.

“The Last Supper soon became my obsession,” writes Spanish author Javier Sierra in his book The Secret Supper, a dazzling historical thriller.

His novels all have a ‘secret’ common purpose: to solve historical musketries based on real documentation and extensive field research. Javier’s passion and his obsession have made him a bestseller author throughout the world.

Similarly, Joe Medeiros, a writer, and producer, known for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, developed an obsession for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic portrait of the Mona Lisa after reading about its theft from the Louvre.

Medeiros’ obsession had a singular focus—discovering the truth. He first learned that the Mona Lisa was stolen when he was 25 and spent the next 30 years trying to discover the thief’s motivation—a simple Italian immigrant named Vincenzo Peruggia who worked as a house painter in Paris.

When asked why he was so fascinated by the story, and why he devoted over 35-years to his quest Medeiros said, “The fact that that I couldn’t solve the mystery. I wasn’t able to write it as a [fictional] screenplay] but once we started to make the documentary, everything started to fall into place. And I always wanted to know, was he crazy? Did he do it for patriotism, did he do it for money, did someone commission him? I had all these questions and that’s what kept me at it until I found the answers.”

Because of my own obsession with The Mona Lisa, and also with discovering the truth, I came across Medeiros’ wonderful documentary and have since reached out to him to help me with my research for my novel of historical art-related fiction set in Renaissance and modern-day Florence. (formerly known with the working title of Mona Lisa’s Secret).

Learn more about Joe Medeiros’s 35-year obsession here—http://www.monalisamissing.com/single-post/2015/07/19/The-Story-of-the-Film-A-35YearLong-Obsession.

Even better, visit his website and follow the links to view his fascinating documentary >>http://www.monalisamissing.com/ 

 

Passionate Obsessions Empower an Author’s Writing

A healthy obsession can lead you to many things, including:

• A state of divine flow—enabling you to write with mind-blowing productivity

• Your point of excellence—unleashing dormant talents and natural gifts

• Rocket-fuel tenacity to persevere and succeed

• Mentors, helpful allies and similarly obsessed people who will cheerlead and elevate your success

• A legion of devoted fans who are drawn to your impassioned writing

• Your passion and life purpose—spreading seeds of joy and inspiration and benefiting others

• Your life niche—creating a breath of fresh air and giving you a competitive edge

• True bliss—leading you to your vocation where being paid is the icing on the cake

New Zealand motorcycling legend Burt Munro proved that passionate obsession is the key to success. “All my life I’ve wanted to do something big,” he said. In 1967 Burt achieved something huge.

At the age of 68, against all the odds, he set a world record of 183.586 mph with his highly modified Indian Scout motorcycle. To qualify he made a one-way run of 190.07 mph, the fastest ever officially recorded speed on an Indian.

Like so many inspiring people the road to success was not an easy one—it involved much personal hardship and numerous setbacks, but armed with his passion and a compelling desire to “go out with a bang,” Burt Munro mortgaged his house and set out on the greatest adventure of his life.

His truly awesome achievements were brought to life in an inspiring and uplifting film, The World’s Fastest Indian.

The World’s Fastest Indian not only gives movie-goers an inside look at Munro’s passion, but it also gives them an idea of New Zealand filmmaker Roger Donaldson’s overwhelming desire to tell the story.

“This project has been a passion of mine since I completed a documentary about Burt Munro back in 1972,” Donaldson said. “I have been intrigued by Burt’s story for many, many years; some would say my obsession with this film matches Burt’s obsession with his bike.”

Donaldson’s passion for his subject has won him international acclaim from Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins. “I thought it was a terrific movie. It is a unique script…it is just so well-written, very well-written, beautifully written, and so refreshing. I’ve worked with a lot of great directors, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, and Roger Donaldson is there with that lot, you know. He really is,” Hopkins said.

I’m passionate about the power of creativity to heal. Which is why so many of my heroes and heroines are passionate about the arts—either to learn more about its mysteries or because they are artists themselves.  

In Bride of Gold, a true-romance set amongst the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island my heroine is driven by a passionate obsession to discover the truth. When Alex inherits a painting she discovers her whole life was a lie. Desperate for the truth, she goes in search of her true identity. The painting is her only clue. But everyone is determined to keep its secret past repressed, including Vitaliano Rossi, an embittered multimillionaire Italian gold tycoon who is obsessive about accumulating wealth and protecting the shocking secret that could see him ruined. Unnaturally suspicious of her motives, he wants the painting- and Alex- vanquished. This is his new obsession—and one that creates great conflict.

Flight of Passion, on the other hand is a rapturous tale of beauty, obsession and the transformational power of unconditional love. The hero is passionate about exotic butterflies—and recapturing the love of the only woman he has only loved. Except, Ruby is not for this taking.

Issy Riley, the heroine of Married by Christmas is an art therapist with an obsession to thaw the hero’s heart, one crayon at a time! The previous Christmas, she was jilted by her fiancé. This Christmas she’s running away. A week with a client on his private Fijian island promises to save her from cheating men and the London festive season. But when the client turns out to be a gorgeous and magnetic Italian billionaire, he threatens her resolve to never again trust her heart to the wrong man.

Milan fashion house leader, obsessive art collector, and avowed bachelor Massimiliano Balforni has no intention of taking a vacation, despite his sister’s insistence that he subject himself to an art therapy retreat following a minor heart attack. With an important collection due, he intends to fire his therapist and work, instead. But the determined and striking Issy gives his heart palpitations of a far more dangerous kind.

The one thing Max and Issy agree on: they are as wrong for each other as wrong gets. He’s a workaholic playboy who believes emotion is a weakness. She’s a romantic who yearns for a happily ever after.

As the tropical heat soars, they discover that in this battle between work and play, resistance only fuels attraction—and sometimes two wrongs make a very passionate right.

Set in two beautiful paradises—Milano, Italy and the tropical Pacific islands of Fiji—these passionate people’s obsessions run in different directions. Until love unites.

 

What Do Your Characters Collect?

Passionate obsessions, as you have begun to discover, go in all directions, and many times they are revealed in your collections. These could be as tangible as exotic butterflies, books, spoons, antiques, paintings, or as intangible as a dream or an idea.

I collect positivity and articles and stories related to people’s extraordinary passions. My collections have inspired many of my characters and books.

As I mentioned, I also have a passionate obsession with all things related to Leonardo da Vinci, but particularly his portrait of The Mona Lisa, and I have a burning desire to reveal the truth being the mysterious life of the woman in the painting, Lisa del Giocondo. I am sure I own every single book ever written about both Lisa and Leonardo. My partner once laughed, “There are three of us in this relationship—you, me and The Mona Lisa.”

It’s true, I am obsessed and enthralled with my research for my historical novel Mona Lisa’s Secret and with telling her story. 

But then, I’m also obsessive about every story that ever find its way into my heart.

 

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New Zealand Romance and Bride of Gold—The Inspiration Behind the Story

Bride of Gold a New Zealand Romance

The idea for this story was sparked when I read about a very successful Italian fashion-tycoon who said, ‘My biggest regret is that I gave my life to my job.’ It struck me as very, very sad.

I wondered why he had chosen to live his life this way. Despite all his wealth, all his mansions around the world, and all the ‘fans’ who adored him for the identity he had carefully cultivated, he loved no one and no one loved him back for who he truly was.

Although he never said it outright, he’d thrown himself into his work following the death of his life partner. His work was pure escapism—protecting him from feeling the pain of loss again.

He’d originally trained as a medic but after experiencing the horrors of war, he sought refuge in a fantasy world.

As a child, he’d loved the glitz and glamor Hollywood offered. After a brief stint in the war where he witnessed the deaths of friends, he found an escape from the harshness of reality returning to the fantasy of Hollywood

I wondered what sort of woman would be able to touch this frozen man at the deepest level. Everything in his life was controlled measured, predictably precise. I wondered what if the darkness of the past, his unhealed wounds began to impact his work, stifling his creativity and threatening to destroy everything he had fought so hard to achieve.

I wondered what if, as part of his recovery, he was forced to spend time with a woman so opposite in every way to the order he imposed in his life. And what if this woman was a children’s art-therapist. A woman unimpressed by the fame and fortune he’d amassed, but who believed strongly in the power of play, fun, and spontaneity—things he considered reckless

What if this woman had the power to transform his life, and he hers—but they were both afraid. Hearts have been broken, love lost, trust betrayed. What if this woman had her own wounds? Don’t we all?

What would it take to make all the masks fall? To be vulnerable? To risk it all? What would it take, in spite of the fear, to believe you deserve, you want, you need to give love a second chance?

You’ll discover the answers in Bride of Gold. I hope you love this story as much as I loved writing it. Here’s a brief overview:

 

What if everything you believed was a lie?

When a lonely young American woman inherits a painting she discovers her whole life was a lie. Desperate for the truth, she goes in search of her true identity. The painting is her only clue. But everyone is determined to keep its secret past repressed, including Vitaliano Rossi, the Italian gold tycoon. Unnaturally suspicious of her motives, he wants the painting—and Alex—vanquished. How can she discover who she really is and convince him that his love means more to her than gold?

Three women. Three lives. And the lies that bind them. Why is everyone afraid of the truth?

Set amongst the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island.

If you love stories set in New Zealand, against a sensuous backdrop of art you’ll love Bride of Gold.

 

Praise for Bride of Gold!

“The attraction between Vitali and Alex is electric and although the book is relatively clean, there is enough passion between them to boil water. As truths emerge and they come to an understanding of each other’s motives, the love that has been simmering between them comes out in full force. I loved both Vitali and Alex and even though Vitali was arrogant and seemed to be self-serving, he is nevertheless an exciting hero, whilst Alex is the kind of woman we can all identify with. This is an excellent and somewhat suspenseful read.”

~ Margaret Watkins

“I loved, loved, loved reading this book. What an absolute treat to read a book without skipping over scenes that are explicit and foul language! This is a very well-written story. Mollie really hit a winner with this one. I read it in two sittings because I could not put it down. The back and forth between Alexandra and Vitali had me chuckling and intrigued as to what the results were going to be. I will be reading more written by Mollie Mathews! I am drawn to anything New Zealand as it is on my bucket list.”

~ Glenda

“I have a soft spot for New Zealand; it is one of the most spectacular countries I have visited. Alex and Vitali have a connection on their first meeting, but not positive. They come to negotiate over a painting by Alex’s dad. Their relationship continues with the ups and downs of incomplete communication of many couples. Still, their love grows despite all that is thrown their way. I really had trouble putting this book down to do stuff around the house that I needed to do. This is the first book I have read by this author and hope to read more.”

~ Alethia

“Hard to set down! I very much enjoyed reading this book. The author had beautifully descriptive writing. I could easily picture the scenery she described from Gold Ridge Station and I would love to see if any areas in New Zealand match up to the picture in my head.”

~ Amazon Review

“What a wonderful book Bride of Gold was.I just couldn’t put it down, but had to read it at nights.

How wonderful you have written this love story with so much passion and fighting for love and acknowledgment to get one to can give. Such wonderful loved-filled clean romantic books. Full of passion, love, and tenderness. Words can’t describe the real way I found this book.Fantastic.”

~ Istella van Rhyn

 

Bride of Gold– available from Amazon here—getBook.atBrideofGold or here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFCFG1V

 

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New Release—Bride of Gold

Bride of Gold

If you love a good romance, stories with art-inspired themes and New Zealand is a place you’d love to visit, you’ll love Bride of Gold– available from Amazon here getBook.atBrideofGold.

I’m so thrilled with the wonderful reviews I’ve received for Bride of Gold, book one in the Passion Down Under Series.

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The photo above is of me with some of the beautiful souls who inspired the last chapters of the book.

What Sparked This Story Idea?

The idea for this story was sparked when I inherited a painting from my aunt—the sister that my father never knew existed. My father was abandoned by his mother into the care of a private boarding school when he was only four-years-old.

Needless to say, he grew into a very self-reliant man. When he was in his 70’s he received a letter from a woman in her 80’s telling him she was his half-sister, and requesting that they meet. They shared the same dad, but different mothers.They got along famously—but sadly she passed away a few years later, and soon afterward my father did too.

It struck me as incredibly sad that they had not met earlier. I wondered why my dad’s mother had never told him about his sister. I wondered why his father never told him either. Later, I began to notice and read similar stories of people, some famous, other’s not, who found out as adults, that the people they thought were their fathers or mothers, weren’t.

I began to think about all the secrets many families have. The lies they tell each other. And all the lost loves.

And I wondered, what if two people were attracted to each other but trust issues kept them apart? What if a painting had the power to bring them together, to shed healing light on the secrets of the past? And what if a painting had the power to rekindle lost love?

And I wondered, what would it take, in spite of fear, anger, and distrust, for a man and a woman drawn together by tragedy, to open their hearts to love. You’ll discover the answers in Bride of Gold. I hope you love this story as much as I loved writing it.


Change ahead…

I’ve asked my cover designer to refresh the image—feel free to send me piccies or suggestions of covers you think would work.

I’m so proud to claim this book as an authentically New Zealand romance. I know so many of you love New Zealand authors and our beautiful country.

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FEATURED READER OF THE MONTH

Dear Mollie,
What a wonderful book Bride of Gold was. I just couldn’t put it down, but glad to read it in the nights. How wonderful you have written this love story with so much passion and fighting for love and acknowledgment one can give. Thanks once again to have been able to download it and enjoy it with so much eagerness to just keep on reading. Keep up your good work in writing. Such wonderful loved filled clean romantic books. Full of passion, love, and tenderness. Words can’t describe the real way I found this book. Fantastic.
~Istella

 
Thank you all my advance readers and to those of you who write to me through email, or post messages on my Facebook page  I treasure these messages and I read every letter that comes in. If you would like to send me a letter and possibly be my next featured reader you can email my guestbook at Mollie@molliemathews.com

 

Happy reading in August!

Much love

P.S. Bride of Gold– available from Amazon here—getBook.atBrideofGold or here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFCFG1V

This is a photo of the view from my writing room in the glorious Bay of Islands. We were so blessed to be surrogate give-givers for this brood mare and to watch her give birth to the most gorgeous foals during her time here. What beautiful golden light!

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