Bride of Gold and a change of season…

Bride of Gold and a change of season…

Summer is here for my friends on the other side of the globe, and for us down under it’s heavenly winter. No matter what your change of season if you’re looking for the perfect books to escape into, look no further. All my eBooks will fire the flames of desire, provide the perfect escape and bring a smile to your heart.

Give in to your enthusiasms this month with my Follow Your Passion collection, with 40% off all my eBooks you’ll be up all night! Feel the burning desire in your heart with 40% off and buy now.

Navigate to my author page on Amazon,— Choose your favorites, and enjoy straightaway—in less that two hours be on your way to vicariously living a romantic life.

Email me your receipt to go in the drawer to win a signed copy of Flight of Passion.

Be quick! Sale ends 20 July!

My Fabulous Arc Readers

Life can be short and there are so many great books to read. So, I feel especially blessed to have a fabulous group of BETA and ARC readers who so generously give their time and energy – and eagles eyes – to help improve my books. I have also learned that it is so important to check, check again and then again for pesky typos prior to releasing my books.

I would love it if you would consider being an arc reader for future books – I have a romance with a Sheikh and a female architect (working title, Claimed by the Sheikh; a violinist and a stressed-out, over-worked lawyer in Venice (Working title, Love in Venice) a somewhat comedic romance about a woman too afraid to date again who hides out in online forums after her husband’s betrayal (working title, Sex With Strangers) and a suspense in the wings.

In fact, the passion for completing my suspense novel was ‘rudely’ reawakened recently by a violent trespasser who found his way to my door recently. Read more about this, and how romance saved my life, here—

I’m curious…what book-in-progress are you most excited about?
Would you love to read a beautiful love story set in New Zealand—for free, in return for an honest review?

Following feedback from reviewers, and inspired by Nora Roberts commitment to writing the stories she feels most passionate about, this is a re-engineering of The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage. I’ve cut back on the backstory up front and made other changes. I hope you love the improvements.

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 is 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.

If you’d love a FREE copy of Bride of Gold (which was the title I originally chose (and yes, if you are one of the people who posted a review of The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage, the title was, in retrospect, misleading. Now, I proudly want 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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Please message me your email address ( and I’ll send you a copy of Bride of Gold, book one in the Passion Down Under Series. It’s set in stunning Central Otago. Visit my FB page to see more piccies of my recent visit there.

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#Romance #PassionDownUnderSeries #free



Mollie – Your books are a great read for anyone, like me, with a passion for art and a love of mysteries embedded in a painting. Bride of Gold is light, fun, suspenseful and full of romantic longings – everything I love in a book. I also enjoyed the New Zealand setting and learning more about this beautiful country.”

~ Lauri

Thank you all my readers who write to me through email. 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

Happy reading in July!

Much love

This is a photo of the view from my writing room in the glorious Bay of Islands. I feel so blessed to live and work in here—especially now ‘The Intruder” has gone! What beautiful winter light!


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How writing can save your life, boost your resilience and empower your warrior-spirit

A few of you have asked about “the intruder.’  I’ve shared how writing romance saved my life on my non-fiction blog and thought I’d share with you here. We all know how wonderful it is to escape into a good romance, but who would have thought a great love story could save your life?

Here’s the post with a short summary of our terrifying encounter with a trespasser:


Even if you’re not an aspiring writer there are loads of mindset strategies in The Prosperity for Authors Series to help you deal with life, build greater resilience and persevere with your dreams.

In fact, recently I put some of the strategies I share both in book two, Productivity Hacks: Do Less & Make More and the first book in this series, Developing a Millionaire Mindset, to good use after a terrifying encounter with a violent intruder.

Curiously, and thankfully, writing saved me—both before and after the aggressive trespass. I had woken around midnight and decided to check Amazon for one of my romances The Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride.

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I had only been in my writing room for five minutes when I heard a van come up the long drive on our semi-rural property in The Bay of Islands.

Immediately I sensed danger. I knew instinctively it was the stranger who had come to our door the prior evening pretending to be lost.

Now, he returned again. He drove toward the house with his lights off, determined to hide beneath the cover of darkness.

Strangely, the Kiwis, New Zealand’s native, flightless and nocturnal birds that roam our property screeched loudly—as though warning me.

I heard the intruder swear. Terrified, I ran to wake my partner—and counted my blessings that he is a very alpha male with a black belt.

A long night involving the police ensued. And for three days this man, who we later discovered had a violent past and mental health problems, continued to harass us —insisting we were hiding his wife and children.

It took some doing, but I refused to let him infect our lives, or impact my productivity any more than he had. Anger is such a destructive force—as is fear. The best coping mechanism I know is to channel potentially toxic emotions into something I love—writing.

So I picked up my pen.

As I write this chapter just days after the event even though I can still feel the fear, the anxiety, the terror—it is less now. This event triggered buried memories of previous traumas involving obsessive, controlling men with a propensity for violence.

However, I have successfully ‘counselled’ myself by writing and journaling my way through my emotions.

As Catherine Jones writes in her aptly named book, Heal Yourself With Writing, creativity is therapy. “Journaling is a creative inner dialogue with one’s Self,” she says. And she is right.

Rather than lose further productive time I wrote my way through my terror and cleared space to create.

Rather than say, “I’m too traumatized, too tired, too uninspired to write,” I wrote anyway.

I focused on my goal for the day—in this case, to finish the edits for the first book in this series, Developing a Millionaire Mindset.

And I bribed myself with the promise of chocolate when I had completed my task.

Writing is my joy. My passion. My great love. And nobody, I vowed, would rob me of that. I would stay drunk on writing, I affirmed so that reality could not destroy me.

In time, I know I will use this experience for scenes in my fiction books and perhaps even pen a self-empowerment book to help others who may have experienced similar trauma. And of course, I have used this truly frightening experience in my life to write this chapter.

The experience also reminded me that I  should complete a half-finished manuscript, Keeper of My Heart—a romantic suspense about a woman running from a violent past and the handsome lawyer who protects her.


Mining for Gold

Is reality sucking the joy from your day? How can you stay drunk on writing?



This is an edited extract from The Prosperous Author: How to Make a Living With Your Writing (Book One: Developing a Millionaire Mindset by Cassandra Gaisford. ORDER THE EBOOK TODAY, SAVE and SEND YOUR ORDER CONFIRMATION AND RECEIVE YOUR FREE BONUS GIFTS—Click the Amazon link here

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1820 people entered – 1 lucky person won.
Congratulations to Amira for winning a signed copy of my book Flight of Passion. I’m so excited that ‘she’ will be winging her way to Amira in Italy. I have ordered the print book and am waiting for it to come from Amazon. Then I will sign it and send it all the way from New Zealand to terzo di aquileia ud Friuli venezzia-Giulia, Italy.
Grab a free preview of Flight of Passion or order your own copy and enjoy today by clicking his link
“”If you like a romance of the Romeo and Juliet ‘star-crossed’ lovers kind, get this book. Mollie spins a lovely tale set in exotic climes and lifts us out of our own reality while we travel a twisting journey with Oliver and Ruby.”

Terzo d'Aquileia

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New Release—Flight of Passion

Flight of passion and a change of season…

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Hello from New Zealand!

Happy May! It’s gorgeous Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere and lucky you if you live on top of the world to be enjoying beautiful spring and heading into summer. I adore these transformational changes of seasons. The old makes way for the new and is always accompanied by a sweeping breath of fresh air.

So it’s not a surprise that with all this invigorating energy writing my new book has been a lot of fun! I flew into Flight of Passion with joy and love—and incredible productivity. And it has paid off! I’ve been blessed by some outstanding help from advanced readers and amazed by the incredible feedback.

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Flight of Passion is a rapturous tale of beauty, obsession and the transformational power of unconditional love. Here’s a little bit more about my new release:

Devastatingly handsome Oliver Hart is used to getting what he wants. Single, thirty-five and a committed bachelor, he plays by his own rules. On a personal quest to catch a rare, elusive and very valuable butterfly, he’s unwittingly distracted by a former flame, Ruby Diaz—a woman who callously abandoned him eight years earlier.

Deciding he wants to reclaim the beauty as his own, in his mind, it’s as good as done.

But Ruby is not his for the taking. Promised to the son of a wealthy landowner, she refuses to succumb to his charms. On a quest to save her family’s land, Ruby knows she must put duty first, and silence the passionate stirrings of her heart. But Oliver doesn’t make things easy for her. He’s not taking no for an answer.

Risking everything to help the woman he loves to gain her freedom, Oliver entangles himself in an emotional net that alters his life forever. Sacrificing his own selfish pursuit to help Ruby, he realizes that you may be able to own something, but you can never own someone—especially the women you love.

Have you ever wanted to be with someone who sent your heart soaring but threatens your sense of security? Someone who lifts you clear out of the water, but you’re not sure will be around to catch you when you fall head over heels in love? Or do you know what it’s like to sacrifice your own needs to put others first? Then you’ll love this heart-warming romance. 

This is a standalone clean & wholesome romance novel. It’s also Book One in my new True Love series. It contains a guaranteed HEA and a tale of romance that will capture your heart. As an added gift, it also includes the first chapter of Mollie Mathews’ prior novel The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage and a sneak peek into Claimed by the Sheikh, absolutely FREE!

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Curl up with this beautiful romance. Get your copy now! The ebook is available at a special launch price of $2.99. Here is the universal link to Amazon: 

Here are some more of the 5-star reviews:

“Fast paced, heart-wrenching, completely unexpected twists, excellent storyline, and a hell of a good read.”

“This book is a carefully crafted, truly original story. Mollie’s wonderfully descriptive narrative paints a picture in which it is easy to lose oneself. A touching and heart-warming book, well worth a read.”

“I fell in love with Ruby and Oliver, they are so good for each other, but both are so filled with garbage that their families filled them with, that they can’t see what’s in front of them. And when they finally realize that diamonds don’t have a hold to what they had, they are about to lose it. The butterflies remind me of how ethereal life is and it is up to us to not waste it, but live the fullest and best we can.”

“If you like a romance of the Romeo and Juliet ‘starcrossed’ lovers kind, get this book. Mollie spins a lovely tale set in exotic climes and lifts us out of our own reality while we travel a twisting journey with Oliver and Ruby.”


Here’s some more evidence that in the end love and joy always win!  At the time of writing this newsletter Flight of Passion is #1 in two categories for contemporary romance. No easy feat with so much competition.

The night prior to waking to this beautiful news I promised to give myself a break from the computer. But when I woke up I had a strong hunch….and I was rewarded! I never expected in my wildest dreams to get #1 in both categories! But I didn’t do it alone!  So many people have helped me including the fabulous Beta and Advance readers who loved this book and have written glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Oh my gosh! Look how beautiful the cover for the print edition is. 

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When I first saw it, it took my breath away. 



Follow this link for the Flight of Passion giveaway on Goodreads: Be in with a chance to win 🙂

Or, if you can’t wait for the winners to be announced in June, purchase your own beautiful paperback from Amazon. Navigate to here – 

Flight of passion is a beautiful heart-warming, clean romance—no swearing, no sex…just love, with all the hurdles you have to overcome.

J.K. Rowling is right when she says, “In the end love wins, we know it does.” You’ll learn how Ruby and Oliver, my second chance lovers, win their HEA in the end.



“Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.” ~ Drew Barrymore

“Metamorphosis surely isn’t a pleasant experience for the caterpillar, yet it results in the transcendent beauty of the butterfly.” ~ Anon

Do you have any favorite butterfly quotes? Do let me know—I’m collecting them.


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 it done but, to let us know the beautiful story you have in you.

~ Rita K

Thank you all my readers who write to me through email. 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

Happy reading in May!

Much love


This is a photo of me at the New Zealand Romance Writers conference in 2015 with screenwriting expert MICHAEL HAUGE. Michael Hauge is a top Hollywood story expert, author, and lecturer who consults with writers, filmmakers, marketers, attorneys and public speakers throughout the world. One of the few authentically good teachers out there who I’ve been lucky enough to study with.


Mich and I

P.S. Consider purchasing Flight of Passion as a last-minute or extra gift for Mother’s Day, or for someone who loves beautiful true stories of love and romance

P.P.S. Please feel free to share this with any friends who might enjoy my books.

This was an earlier version of the cover—I thought you may like a sneak peek 🙂 I love the final version I chose, don’t you:)

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Some interesting things you may not know about butterflies

I love butterflies—who doesn’t? I love them so much I created a love story, suitably named Flight of Passion, in which they play a starring role. Here’s a sneak peek at the super gorgeous cover for the print version, designed by the mega talented designer Hang-Le.

Business owner and artist Hang Le creates dynamic images, cover designs, and branding for a diverse group of clients. With more than 10 years’ experience in film, theatre, and interior design, Hang Le makes every project personal and every book come alive. She certainly made the cover for Flight of Passion soar with dazzling vitality.

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Flight of Passion is a rapturous tale of beauty, obsession and the transformational power of unconditional love. You can learn more about this book here, or check out a sample and purchase a copy on Amazon here
I’m so thankful to fellow romance writer Anna Campbell for recommending Hang Le to me. Anna writes historical romance and I have always loved Anna’s sizzlingly sensuous stories and her beautiful covers. Passion inspires passion.
One reviewer on Goodreads shared how she was intrigued by the fact the book could easily transfer to a historical era and how she loved learning about butterflies—as well as enjoying the love story.
I have written a Regency version of this romance—which I adore. I’ll have to finish that book. But for now…

Here are some interesting things you may not know about butterflies

Some can travel all the way from Canada to NZ.
Many live for only two days, others for several months, and some hibernate over winter to again reappear in the spring.
Male butterflies are more colorful than female butterflies.
They don’t just feed on flowers. Some prefer rotting and smelly things.
Butterflies don’t grow. Once they are born their size stays the same.
Many have warning colors and patterns to deter potential predators from wanting to eat them.
The wing patterns are made up of hundreds and thousands of tiny scales which under a powerful microscope look like roof tiles.
“I absolutely love, love butterflies and Mollie’s descriptive language made me see them as brilliantly colored as I imagined them to be!”
~ Goodreads 5-star review
I’m excited to be offering readers a chance to WIN A FREE AUTOGRAPHED copy via my Goodreads giveaway which starts on the 13th of May and runs for a month. To enter and be in with a chance to win click here 
Read the first three chapters for FREE
Much love

P.S. Curl up with Flight of Passion today—available for immediate download and enjoyment on Amazon Kindle, navigate to here

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A new excerpt from Flight of Passion—just for you


Book One of the True Love duet.

What happens when you come face-to-face with the person you always loved but can never have? Read to find out!

This is the first book in Mollie Mathews True Love series. Sign up to Mollie’s newsletter, receive the first three chapters of Flight of Passion for FREE, and be the first to know when this heart-wrenching love story can be yours—release date May 2017

We hope you enjoy this short excerpt from Flight of Passion—it’s just for you


Oliver wasn’t sure what prompted him. He wasn’t foolish enough to dance with danger. He hadn’t intended to take things this far. Normally his emotions were tightly controlled. But as he gazed into Ruby’s face instinct took over. He touched his tongue to his lips, narrowed his eyes, moved toward her, one thing in mind.

Her eyes widened and her soft, sensuous lips parted, staring at his mouth with uncertainty. A soft salmon blush settled upon her cheeks. Ruby’s body moved toward him involuntarily. Desirous, yearning, needy.

“I must go,” she said thickly, as though forcing herself to fight the physical magnetism he was exerting.

He leaned toward her. “You can’t help what you feel,” Oliver murmured in his low, seductive voice. “You want to taste me as much as I want to taste you.”

His face came closer, his eyes commanding hers with relentless purpose.

“Oliver…I…I can’t,” she stammered, pushing him gently as he approached.

His eyes narrowed sensuously as his gaze lingered on her throat, on her heaving breasts, on her trembling body, filled with passion—and with promise.

Ruby shrunk back, hard against the wall. He lifted an arm, placing his palm firmly on the wall near her ear.

“I’ve missed you,” he whispered, bringing his lips to within centimeters of hers.

He could feel the electrical charge that unified and ignited their bodies. He could hear the quickening gasps of breath.

He inhaled her familiar scent, savoring memories of the steamy sex they’d once enjoyed. Eight years later he could still smell her sweet musky essence after that night of lovemaking. He could still hear her moans of pleasure. He could still feel her body tense as ecstasy sent ripples through her body.

He wanted to turn back the hands of destiny, to reclaim the time lost to them. One minute he was leaning toward her, and the next he was lost in a tropical utopian dream. Soft, sensual, vibrant, surrounded by fragrant breezes and the feel of the warm earth beneath his bare feet.

Ruby let out a breathy sigh just before his lips touched hers. So softly, so gently, he wasn’t sure if it was real. He felt her body stiffen, then tremble as she folded into him.

He moaned as Ruby’s slender arms draped around his neck. His mouth sought hers with a slow deliberation that eased the throb of need deep within him. Gently he took her top lip in his mouth and softly sucked it, slowly savoring her taste. He opened his mouth to drink more of her intoxicating elixir. She opened for him, tasting of honey and paradise.

With a touch like a butterfly, he kissed her eyelids, then softly brushed her cheeks with his lips. He held her neck gently in his hands, caressed the tips of her earlobes with his lips, blew soft kisses in her ear.

Ruby’s whole being vibrated in wild response to his. He sensed she was utterly helpless to stop him doing anything he wanted with her.

His hands slid under her silky dress, stroking the smooth skin of her back. He pressed her closer until he felt the pounding beat of her heart against his chest.

The sounds of the music rising, rhythmic humming and people chattering as they partied below could barely be heard over the roar of longing in his heart.

They remained close as though frozen in a moment. He closed his eyes and marveled at how wonderful it was to be with her again. Her kisses quenched his thirst, watered the dry, barren, parched wasteland of his life.

Her sensual touch provided a welcome tonic for the boring monotony of soulless encounters.

He felt the flutter of the cool air on his face, streaming through the vents, heard the faint sound of a musician, acoustic guitar in hand, strumming songs of love. And lost himself in mindless enchantment. Then, he felt a shove to his chest.

“Stealing a kiss may not be immoral in your mind, but you and I both know you don’t give a damn about who you hurt, or whose life you ruin,” she said, projecting the guilt and anger she felt at her own weakness onto him, as she opened the door and fled.

“You can’t lie to yourself, not for long,” he said, his voice a dark prophecy, chasing after her as she fled.

“Forget it. Forget me. Forget us,” she cried.


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What I’m working on…excerpt Flight of Passion


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Her whole body tingled with an electric awareness as he took his place beside her. Ruby wanted to look at his face, wanted to see if the desire was still in his eyes; but she no longer dared.

He was too close, too dangerously near if she was to keep some semblance of control. She had been insanely mad to come to him. Sanity insisted that she give him no more encouragement.

His richly tanned hands gently slid back the doors of one of the cabinets. Strong hands, with long, supple fingers curled around the edges of an ebony rimmed tray, topped with protective glass and eased it free.

With the delicateness of a parent placing his baby in its crib, Oliver placed the tray on a highly polished antique Chinese desk. A heady scent of beeswax and Camphor crystals filled the room as he lifted the glass.

Ruby stood absolutely still, her gaze inescapably fixed on the most dazzlingly beautiful kaleidoscope of butterflies she had ever seen.

Shots of lipstick pink, morphed into purples and trailed out to rich raw umber browns. Lustrous blues, tinged with effervescent orange-reds jostled for attention with dazzling emerald greens, splashed with electric violets, charming her eyes with their captivating colors.

Ruby felt short of breath, her heart rate quickening as her hungry eyes devoured the pulsating chocolate box of colors.

“You’re looking at some of the most exotic, tropical butterflies in the world, “ Oliver told her with pride.

‘They’re beautiful!’ she cried. Her face flushed with excitement, her mouth felt dry with a thirst that could not be quenched.

‘Flying flowers,’ he said, clearly relishing in her visceral reaction.



This is an excerpt from my new book Flight of Passion.

Have you ever wanted to be with someone who sent your heart soaring but threatens your sense of security? Someone who lifts you clear out of the water, but you’re not sure will be around to catch you when you fall head over heels in love? Flight of Passion is a rapturous tale of beauty, obsession and the transformational power of unconditional love.


Coming soon! If you loved this brief excerpt and would love to read more you can download the first few chapters of Flight of Passion for FREE here –

I hope you love it as much an I’m enjoying writing it for you

Love Mollie




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