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

Date: July 30th, 2017, Posted by mollie

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

Date: July 29th, 2017, Posted by mollie

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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Bride of Gold and a change of season…

Date: July 13th, 2017, Posted by mollie

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,—Author.to/MollieMathews. 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—http://www.cassandragaisford.com/how-writing-can-save-your-life-boost-your-resilience-and-empower-your-warrior-spirit/

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

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.

central otago
Please message me your email address (Mollie@molliemathews.com) 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. www.facebook.com/molliemathewsnz

#iamwriting #writerslife
#Romance #PassionDownUnderSeries #free

 

FEATURED READER OF THE MONTH

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 Mollie@molliemathews.com

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

Date: July 7th, 2017, Posted by mollie

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:

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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 getBook.at/TheProsperousAuthor

Develop A Millionaire Mindset Today!

 

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