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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I love you. I’m sorry.

Please forgive me…

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I received a review recently which really shocked me. Thankfully some readers were kind enough to contact me directly instead of posting a review on Amazon.

But then my heart sunk again. Because I had the book professionally edited and proofread I was sure somehow an advance copy of an unedited version of The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage was landing in my readers laps.

So I uploaded my ‘edited’ version to Amazon again to other book sellers again and emailed links to people who had contacted me.

Only it wasn’t edited correctly at all!

The person who did the proof-reading did the best she could at the time—I’ve since learned she had so much going on in her personal life, and I am so grateful for the help she did give me.

But, a few people emailed me directly and were even kind of enough to point out the errors were still there.
Thank you Lesley for sending me a list of errors (twice) so I could begin to correct them. And also for your email (below) letting me know you have posted a review.

Have left review on Amazon UK and US (link to latter: these will show as verified purchase. To the review left on Goodreads, iBooks UK and B&N I have added a sentence to say that I have advised the author of some editing issues. 


Scandalous amazon review Lesley
Despite all my errors, thank you Lorraine for emailing me with the feedback below—(I know it was from your phone so I read between the spelling to your larger message of heart)

i loved reading this book its the most heartwarming book ive read in a llng time. i crked a lot bot im glad you had the great endin you had eith him standing with his newborn son ins his arms and telling alex he loved her thanks for the great read.

Rita, thank you for all your encouraging emails and for offering to be an advance reader of all my books and your offer to post reviews.

And to everyone else who has contacted me to say they would love to read an advance copy of Flight of Passion before it is released. Thank you.

Your incredible support sustains me

It would be easy to give up and succumb to feeling discouraged—especially after emailing you and saying I’d uploaded an error free file. I don’t trust myself to email you again with another version.

I want to make triple sure, and then triple sure again, that all the errors have been picked up I have unpublished “The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage.”

As with all things in life, it’s not the failing that counts, it’s integrating lessons learned, and putting added weight into your dreams. So here’s what I learned:

  • As an independent author responsibility lies with me
  • Don’t outsource responsibility for ensuring my books are edited error free
  • Check. Double check. Triple check—and repeat
  • Read my book out loud
  • When a proof-reader is engaged, have a fresh set of eyes look at the work
  • Edit and proof-read as I write, rather than leave it to the end of the book. 50,000 words (or more) are a lot to take in!
  • Providing readers with FREE books is wonderful—but can be expensive if external people like cover designers, proof-readers, story doctors and editors etc., are employed
  • Pay the experts—but make it as error free as I can first
  • Learn the art of editing, especially grammar—ask my way to success, or consider asking a friend (a retired teacher down the road may be just the help I need. I’d rather learn in person if I can.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Thank you again for not giving up on me.

P.S.  My first book The Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride, set in Milan, and Fiji, went through a far more rigorous editing process—I worked with three editors and a bunch of advance readers before publishing. There’s another lesson there.

P.P.S I’ll get the correct version to you for FREE when I’m 100 % sure it’s perfect. And if you have read the book and enjoyed it I’d be ever so grateful if you’d post a review on Goodreads.

Thank you!

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Love in New Zealand

So many of my readers are based in the US and dream of visiting New Zealand and the exotic Fijian Islands one day—but it’s just so far away.

The first two books of my romantic series were set in my home country against the beautiful backdrop of stunning Aotearoa and the tranquility of Fiji.

 I loved writing these books, and I fed my inspiration by taking  loads of photos and painting scenes as I wrote both The Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride, which is set in Auckland and Fiji, and the The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage, which is set in stunning Queenstown—with a wee dose of Milan, Italy.

To help you visualise the extraordinary beauty of a country I’m lucky enough to call home, and to see some of the things that inspired these love stories, here’s a few piccies—taken by me.

First, here’s a few images from Fiji—so much natural beauty, and only a two hour flight away from New Zealand!



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New Zealand’s Queenstown and Auckland, played a staring  role in The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage. Here’s a couple of shots of some of the stunning scenery around this part of the country.





And a few looking back across Auckland harbour, in New Zealand’s North Island, with The Sky Tower looming in the distance.


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If you’ve read The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage you’ll remember that scene where Alex finds out that man in the art gallery who’d taken her breath away the night before, is the mysterious buyer who holds the key to unraveling the secrets of her past. The ‘reveal’ takes place at the top of the Sky Tower. Here’s an excerpt from this scene, as Alex, who’s afraid of heights rides in the lift:


A bolt of awareness streaked down Alex’s backbone as sexual tension echoed in the silence around them. Excruciatingly aware of his amused stare, she locked her gaze on the elevator panel forcing herself to find it infinitely fascinating as every fiber of her body orbited in his direction.

No gaping. Didn’t the brute know that was elevator etiquette, she thought shocked at his directness and irritated by her humiliation?

She inhaled sharply and in an uncharacteristic move of boldness slowly, purposely, turned her head and surveyed him with one calm, detached glance.

At least that was what it was meant to be. Maddeningly, sage green eyes trapped hers, forcing her gaze to sensuous lips curved into a sardonic smile, as he leaned against the wall. Strong arms folded against his powerful chest as he faced her with the arrogant confidence of a non-conformist who found her mortal embarrassment amusing and cared nothing for rules. Clear and confident and incisive, his piercing gaze stirred an instant protective instinct, hammering home her acute vulnerability.

Damn, she thought helplessly, he is totally gorgeous. Alex’s heartbeat kicked up a gear even as her senses hummed, every cell detonating into life. Up close he was even taller and more warrior like than he’d appeared at the gallery. Long-legged, with shoulders that would be a credit to any Greek god he was 110% pure man. 1001% pure danger.

Gosh, what if he was the mysterious buyer, she thought for a reckless second? No impossible. He looked to be in his early-thirties, not old enough to be a man who had known her father and what had happened with his life over 20 years ago. This man would only have been a child then. He was far too young and far too casually dressed to be in possession of such a fortune. Heart contracting in her chest Alex ran a swift glance over his clothes. A rich chocolate hip-length leather jacket covered a V-neck navy cashmere jersey and white shirt hanging informally over ink colored designer jeans. Casual they may appear, but they were tailor made for brute strength, impeccably proportioned for his lean body and long, strong, muscled legs..

Her pulse hammered as the lift began to climb toward the restaurant 192 meters above the city. Don’t look down, a voice warned as the lift climbed higher.  She fixed her gaze on a spot on the horizon, trying to block out the stranger’s unrelenting stare, made worse by his amused silence.

Allora, is your invisible friend afraid of heights?’ His unsmiling, icy calmness was in direct contrast to her uneasy emotions. The brute obviously had no empathy.

‘Afraid of heights? Nope,’ she lied, hoping he wouldn’t detect the fear sucking life from her voice. She hadn’t thought about the height thing when she’d impulsively picked the meeting venue. She wasn’t a planner. She was impetuous, impulsive. Stupid.

Why the hell hadn’t she thought it through? Whether it was a fierce determination to prove him wrong, or the mortification of already having made a fool of herself, she plastered on her most fearless, warrior-woman face and stepped over to the viewing glass inserted in the middle of the floor. Feel the fear and do it anyway, isn’t that what the self-help gurus advocated? Heck, it wasn’t as if she’d die.

I can do this she told herself, fixing the stranger with a defiant stare. Whether it was fear or the thrill of the crazed energy that sparked between them like wild-fire she didn’t know, but her head began to spin as she peered down into the abyss of the lift shaft. Her body tilted as the whole lift seemed to sway, pulling her in one lethal direction.

Gasping, she fought to control her legs. She squealed as she lost her balance. For one stark second she felt the undulating contour of every muscle in his hard torso on her back, and the strength of his arm across her breasts. Sparks like flints on graphite ignited between them as she clung to the man of steel and their bodies momentarily fused.

Although the heat storming her chest robbed her of breath, strength and wits, instinct kicked in. “Move back!” it snapped.

‘I’m so sorry,’ she mumbled mortified, her voice barely audible, as she sprung away from him as though his touch burned her.


I hope you enjoyed this wee peek into some of the inspiration for my books





The Gemstone Billionaires Boxed Set contains the first two books of AMAZON TODAY BEST-SELLING author Mollie Mathew’s romantic series set against the beautiful backdrop of stunning Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women longing to find their special soul with heart.

The first two Gemstone Billionaire books (over 500 pages) included in this bundle are:

The Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride

What if the person who is so, so, so wrong for you is really so, so, so right, but you’re too afraid to give love a chance?

Last Christmas, art therapist Issy Riley 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 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.

The Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage

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, who wants the painting 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?

Praise for The Gemstone Billionaires series!

“What a blinking good read—more please. I was hooked from page one.”

“Mollie is just such a good writer with enormous appeal in her story – an excellent read on a rainy day.”

“An enthralling read. Keeps me captivated from start to finish and leaves me wanting more.”

Escape into romance with this beautiful box set. The Gemstone Billionaires Box Set is a fun read with healthy doses of escapism.


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Authentic Happiness: Love Is Where The Magic Is


Love is where the magic is. When you love what you do with such a passion, you’d do it for free. This is your path with heart. You’ve heard the saying, ‘when you do what you love, you’ll never work again.’ It’s true. Work doesn’t feel like a slog, it feels energizing.

From Teacher to Romance Writer

As my friend and fellow author Annie Featherston, writing as Sophia James, shares below, when you combine your favorite skills with doing something you completely and utterly love, you come home to your true Self and find your place of bliss. The result? Contentment—and more often than not, producing something highly marketable.

“I’d taught for fifteen years and loved it. And then I didn’t.

It wasn’t the students or the workload. It wasn’t the noise or the constant worry of, ‘was I doing enough’ that pushed me out either.

I was a good teacher but underneath was a passion that I couldn’t ignore any longer. I wanted to be writer, a historical romance writer, and I was beginning to get offered some wonderful opportunities that did not meld with the structured teaching year and the constant pressure of it.

I felt like a juggler with a hundred balls in the air. I was teaching half time, taking tours to Europe with my husband to help him, running mentorship programs…. and writing.

Writing was my complete and utter love and yet it was always taking a secondary place. I wrote at night. I wrote in the weekends. I wrote when the kids were asleep. When I wrote I didn’t think of the time or the problems, all I saw was the joy and passion of it. I loved forming characters and thinking of stories. I lay in bed at night asking my protagonists questions and spent many hours trawling over history books to place them into a context.

I have a degree in history so it was as if all the things I had enjoyed were coming together at last. History and writing. I knew that at 54 I couldn’t be patient any longer.

I needed to be in a field that I felt fully aware in, that I loved beyond the weekly pay check and that filled my spirit with lightness.

I’d just won a New Zealand based competition for a completed romance and it was validation, I suppose. If I didn’t make the jump and do it now perhaps I never would. And if I never gave myself a chance I would feel bereft.

I penned my resignation letter and left to Australia to be a mentor on a five-day intensive scheme the Romance Writers of Australia were running. It was scary and hard but when I finished it successfully I remember standing alone in front of the mirror, a cold sore from exhaustion and worry on my lip, but my clenched fist punching the air in triumph.

To feel like that is to know you live.

When I got picked up by Harlequin Historical and published it felt like all the dreams I had hoped for so long were finally happening. I had visualized this. I had walked the lonely windy beaches of Gisborne and shouted my hopes for it into the wind. I had sat in the mall with three crying children in the car and written scenarios on the back of the supermarket docket because the story just wouldn’t wait until I got home.

If I had not been paid one cent for my writing I would still have done it somehow. But the strange thing is that money does follow passion, and suddenly I was making as much as I ever did in part time teaching.

Writing is hard work. A book does not come fully formed from thin air or dreams for me. But I’ve persevered and sat and written. I’ve made deadlines. I’ve written blogs. I have delved into social media and stood there with a smile on my face when the reviews have not been what I wanted.

But I have always believed in myself and my stories. I’ve kept going. I have never given up.

And I have loved my writing life, my freedom, the creativity, the possibilities.

If I had my time over I would have left my teaching career earlier. I would have been braver and less worried by all the sensible advice others were giving me. I should have listened to my heart and taken the jump into a lifestyle that is my perfect fit and even if I had never succeeded I would have known that at least I tried.”

I love Annie’s story of reinvention. So-called sensible advice is no replacement for the wisdom of your heart, your soul, your intuitive knowledge that certain choices are right for you. Her story inspired  me to stop putting my dream of writing romance novels on hold. I read and listened to her regret that she hadn’t been braver and started earlier.

Yes, it’s true—love is where the magic is! Thanks to following my passion for love my stories are now in print.

After trying out a few fascinating careers I now live my dream job as a writer, combining business with wild pleasure, sending love letters out into the world.

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