Date: February 26th, 2023, Posted by mollie
Hi my lovelies,
Do you love revisiting your favourite stories or discovering new books to love? Writing fiction and reading fiction is the best, cheapest way to live a totally different life.
Re-reading one of my favourite stories is still total escapism. Setting Flight of Passion in Mexico with joy and love was incredible fun. And, as always, as an artist, I love love stories with art-related themes. I went to Mexico many moons ago and met a lovely couple from New York who I have stayed with and remain firm friends with. I loved my time in Mexico and recall being surrounded by butterflies as I rode my bike in Oaxaca to visit some ancient ruins.
I did a FB live the other day in my FB group, and I’ve loaded it to my Youtube channel. I share insights into my writing process, my new WIP, Stolen by the Sheikh and an excerpt from Chapter 24 Flight of Passion. Can you figure out what the ruthless Carlos has planned for our beloved Ruby? Watch and listen here.
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The incredible feedback has blessed me.
Flight of Passion is a rapturous tale of beauty, obsession, and unconditional love’s transformational power. Here’s a little bit more about one of my favourite love stories:
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 find a rare butterfly with the ability to save his sister’s life, he’s unwillingly distracted by former flame Ruby Diaz — a woman who callously abandoned him eight years earlier. When he decides he wants to reclaim the beauty as his own — in his mind, it’s as good as done.
But Ruby’s 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 gain her freedom, Oliver entangles himself in an emotional net that alters his life forever. As he sacrifices 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 woman you love.
Have you ever wanted to be with someone who sent your heart soaring but threatened 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 True Love series. It contains a guaranteed HEA and a tale of romance that will capture your heart.
Curl up with this beautiful romance and live a different life
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.”
Look how beautiful the cover for the print edition is.
When I first saw it, it took my breath away. Learn more about the cover process on my blog—you’ll see a link from www.molliemathews.com
You can purchase your own beautiful ebook or paperback and hardback from Amazon. Navigate to here
It’s also available from all major retailers
Flight of passion is a beautiful heartwarming, 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.
BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY QUOTES
“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 favourite butterfly quotes? Do let me know—I’m collecting them.
P.S. Please feel free to forward this to 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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“One of the most beautiful signs I’ve ever received came to me while I was sitting with a few buddies in the park discussing relationships—especially the difficulty men have in choosing between a life of prolonged bachelorhood or intimate marriage. My friend had just separated from his girlfriend and was torn over whether or not he should celebrate his new freedom or go out and buy an engagement ring. During a moment of silence, two monarch butterflies flew between us, spiralling up and down in the air like flirting lovers. Nature was showing us a model of how two creatures can be together and not interfere with each other’s flight.”- Andrei Ridgeway
Love and Murder Amongst The Butterflies
Some interesting things you may not know about butterflies
Posted in: Flight of Passion, Mollie's Blog
Date: February 20th, 2023, Posted by mollie
True Love 2 Book-Bundle Box Set: Love in Venice, Claimed By The Sheikh contains two popular books from Mollie Mathew’s romantic series set amongst art, architecture and sensuous passion in captivatingly beautiful locations. If you adore beautifully written stories and truly heartwarming sweet romances, you’ll love travelling along the road to love with these changing and evolving men and women as they open their heart’s again and find true love.
The first two True Love books (over 500 pages) included in this bundle are:
1. Love In Venice
When two hopelessly mismatched people share a love for art, a passion for love and a city like Venice, nothing is truly impossible…or is it?
Maggie, a driven workaholic lawyer, runs a successful international practice and is constantly juggling the demands of generating income to sustain the business and meeting the demanding needs of her staff and clients.
When toxic stress levels force dramatic changes in her life, Maggie travels to Venice to rediscover her true self and immerse herself in situations that will stir her heart.
When Mauro, an Italian architect, comes to her rescue after gypsies steal all her belongings, the miracle of fate forces them together. Maggie leads by her head and Mauro listens to his heart. While the two are completely unlike, and each have compelling reasons to stay apart, the magic of art and beauty of Venice brings them together.
Maggie has to stay longer than she intended! And the trouble is, love is everywhere. . .
2. Claimed By The Sheikh
The secret she kept from the Sheikh…
A grief-stricken Sheikh Tariq na Hassir, the formidable ruler of the Kingdom of Avana, arrives in Paris to claim his brother’s child after a car crash killed his parents–unaware that the child isn’t their biological son. Salim is Tariq’s son with his former lover, a renowned architect.
Three years ago, after being banished by Tariq from his desert kingdom, Melanie Jones secretly gave her baby to Tariq’s childless brother and his wife, in a swap the world was never supposed to discover.
The tragedy pulls her back to the world that rejected her and the man who abandoned her—the only man capable of turning her carefully controlled world upside down.
Tariq will do whatever it takes to protect his legacy, including claiming Melanie as his bride and his son as heir. But Melanie has other plans for her future—a westernized life where she’s free to operate her own business, control her own life and meet a man who loves her for who she is. Will love win?
Fans of Danielle Steel will enjoy these stories.
I loved this story!
“I loved this story! Love In Venice leans toward the heart. Where love is the main character. Where you cheer for their relationship to flourish.”
~ Jan Z.
a warmly romantic story
“Love In Venice is a warmly romantic story. I loved that their hearts seemed to speak to each other almost from their first meeting. I love that we get to see how their lives unfold and their beautiful love for each other.”
~ JoAnne W.
this magical, mystical, hauntingly beautiful story will stay with me
“Wow, just wow, This author has the gift & the power to make you experience her remarkable craft on a whole other level. This magical, mystical, hauntingly beautiful story will stay with me for the longest time.”
Escape into romance with this beautiful box set. The True Love Box Set is a sensuous read with healthy doses of escapism
If this is the first time you have read a True Love story, you can easily read each book as a standalone.
To enjoy your copy in ebook and audio from Amazon, click here:
Universal Link: https://mybook.to/2Book-BundleLoveinVenice
The audio version is also available from other online retailers and libraries for your listening pleasure.
US: COMING SOON
UK: COMING SOON
AU: COMING SOON
Enjoy other full-length contemporary romances by Mollie Mathews:
Bride of Gold; Married by Christmas; Flight of Passion; Love All of Me
Posted in: Books by Mollie Mathews, Full Length Novels, New and Upcoming Titles
Date: February 10th, 2023, Posted by mollie
As I write, a huge cyclone is storming our way and should arrive on Valentine’s Day! Cyclone Gabrielle, a severe category three storm, is forecast to be one of the most serious storms to hit NZ this century. She may inspire a story or at least a scene in one of my love stories! Weather can be a character all of its own and often forces the lovers together:) Did you read and enjoy Married by Christmas, also released as the Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride? There’s a wonderful storm scene. Here’s a little excerpt from Chapter 18, before the two lovers are forced together:
‘Hit me with another,’ Max set the crystal tumbler down onto the granite bar harder than he should. The bartender turned at the sound and glanced back at his supervisor. The older Fijian nodded slowly, his eyes signaling his understanding, as though sensing the conflict stabbing Max’s heart. No doubt they’d both seen their share of normally sober guests at Max’s resort drowning their conflicting emotions in a heady mix of alcohol.
Fire and ice, Max mused clenching the tumbler as he stared at the rocks of ice submerged like the Titanic below the burnt orange hue of the whiskey. Like a nymph from a Waterhouse painting, Issy’s face shimmered on the surface of the amber liquid—ethereal, desirous, seductive.
If he wasn’t such a rational man he’d think she had cast a spell over him. Why else would a plain Jane make him so reckless? Yet she wasn’t plain. Not in the way ordinary girls were. There was something unique about Issy and it was driving him crazy.
Either that, he decided, or the surgeons that had operated on him meddled with a vital valve in his heart—joining it up with a circuit of feeling he would prefer remained defunct.
‘Quei bastardi. You sad, sorry fuck,’ he cursed, pushing the glass aside unwilling to block out what he knew he must face. He had acted irrationally and irresponsibly, dressing her like a siren and driving her to him, only to find he couldn’t stand the heat. Drinking wouldn’t obliterate his guilt. He’d already lost control once. It was a mistake he didn’t plan to repeat.
Anger slapped inside his stomach as the sky rumbled with the threat of rain. Two sets of parents had repeatedly taught him how easily vows could be broken. “You’re just like your father,” his mother threw at him every time she was displeased. Her relentless attacks were like one giant affirmation. But maybe she was right. He was just like his father.
A heartless philanderer.
People often ask me what inspires my love stories. Very often, it’s something I have read in the news. Italian Billionaire’s Christmas Bride is one example. I share more in the Author’s Note.
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?
Claimed by the Sheikh, is another example of a new item sparking a love story. It was partly inspired by the tragedy in 2015 that took the lives of former New Zealand sporting star, All Black legend Jerry Collins and his Canadian partner Alana Madill in France. The crash happened at 3:10am along the highway near Béziers on the way to the city of Montpellier. They died instantly, and their baby daughter was taken to Montpellier hospital in a critical condition.
I cried such tears thinking of that baby being left an orphan. It really worried me that she would be left in the world with no parents to love and care for her. So I wondered―what if her parents weren’t really dead? What if the two people that died were the baby’s adoptive parents? What if her biological parents were very much alive?
And then, as writers are want to do, I thought, what if the biological father was an extraordinarily wealthy sheikh who was unaware that he had fathered a child?
I absolutely adored the movie, The Road Dance, which I watched on iMovie recently. Hermione Corfield was wonderful in the role of tragic heroine and the story had so many themes relevant today. Her character was strong, resilient and courageous. Isn’t this how we want our heroines to be:) I did love this story so. It is something I would watch again and I am inspired to read the book from which the film is adapted. My ancestors were from Scotland (and Ireland, Wales and England) so the story and setting held special significance.
Here’s the official overview:
Kirsty Macleod (Hermione Corfield) dreams of a better life away from the isolation that suffocates her in a small village on an island in the Outer Scottish Hebrides. Suppressing these aspirations, she sees her lover Murdo (Will Fletcher) conscripted for service in the First World War, soon to set off and fight alongside the other young men from the village. A road dance is held in their honor the evening before they depart, and it’s on this fateful evening that Kirsty’s life takes a dramatic and tragic turn.
The Guardian wrote a nice review you may enjoy:
I had a fun catch-up with friends last night in a local wine bar. “I need to spend more time pampering my husband,” my friend confided. ‘What’s a good Valentine’s Day gift?”
My other friend and I laughed and said, Shorts! He really needs new shorts.” (Her husband’s shorts are so worn and ripped! And then we got giggling and said, “make them edible!”
“What flavour?” she asked.
I suggested she read my book Sex With Strangers. “There’s a great scene about how to seduce a man with food, including edible underwear!” Enjoy a wee excerpt from Chapter 28:
Before I leave for the night Chanel and I meet for a drink and she gives me some final coaching on how to have sex like a man.
“First you need to set the scene. So far you’ve been on a couple of dates and no sex. Guys like to be champions and true champions are the ones who can turn a casual date into a bonk. You must be sending out the wrong vibes or he would have bonked you by now, darling.”
“We’ve just been having so much fun, enjoying each other’s company that it’s never come up,” I say, despondently.
Chanel arches an eyebrow, “It’s never come up? Believe me, with men, it always comes up.” She raises her forefinger in the air to add further affect. “You need to take control and break the physical boundaries.”
“He kissed my cheek. Does that count?”
Chanel rolls her eyes up to the heavens and back.
“Alright point taken. Maybe he’s just not into me.”
“He’s calling you, isn’t he? Showing you attention? Asking you on dates…believe me, he’s into you, darling. He just needs a little encouragement.”
“I don’t want to seem too forward. Shouldn’t guys take the lead?”
Chanel’s hands fly to her hips. “What have I been telling you all along?”
“Guys need to be given the nod,” I reply.
“Exactly! So while you’re out tonight accidentally brush his leg with your hand. Smile a lot. Show him you’re having a good time.”
“That shouldn’t be hard. We’re going to a comedy club!” I tell her.
“Good. Smile, even if the jokes aren’t funny and make sure you make eye contact, all the time. Don’t break it. That’s fatal. Toward the end of the evening give him your best bedroom eyes. Eyeball him with ‘I want your body’ emblazoned in your eyes. This is crucial, but I recognise that it doesn’t come naturally to most people. It definitely doesn’t come naturally to you, “Chanel says. “Only a small number of people have their bedroom eyes on all the time. These people can be digging in the garden, singing in the choir, cutting their own hair, or filing their income tax, but their bedroom eyes are always on.”
“That sounds hazardous to your health.”
“Yes, in the best way possible,” Chanel laughs.
“They must be getting propositioned all the time! How’s this?” I say trying to put on my best bedroom eyes.
“Fine if you’re trying to say, ‘can you pass me the remote’, but crap otherwise. Geeze, Ruby, you can write the sex stuff but when it comes to getting hot and saucy you look like you’ve got stage fright. It’s more like this.”
Chanel tosses back her hair and then lets it fall forward. She lowers her head then looks up slowly with her best ‘come hither you sexy beast, take me, take me into your cave and make me your women’ look.
She would win an Oscar for her outstanding performance.
“When you finally get him into the sack,” she continues, “and believe me that shouldn’t take long once you give him the nudge, I guarantee he’ll take over. Oh, that reminds me, whatever you do don’t apologise for your body.”
“But my breasts sag, I have stretch marks. . . and. . .”
“Stop! What have I told you about that negative self-talk? Five self-esteem press-ups on the spot!”
“I’m loving, I’m loyal, I’m fun to be with, I’m . . . I’m generous . . . I’m. . .”
“You’re sexy, Ruby. Sexy. Think like a man. Men are attracted to women because they have all the bits and pieces they don’t have. They couldn’t give a monkey’s what state your bits and pieces are in as long as you have the opposite bits to them. Variety is the spice of life— especially for Aquarians like Fergus. Strut your stuff in the bedroom and he’ll go wild for you.”
“Okay! Okay! Strut my stuff. Maybe I should play some music to get us in the mood.”
“Sure why not. Leave it with me. I’ll load some up in the iPod — just leave it to me. All you’ll have to do is push play. I’ll cobble together a few appetisers for you too. Just to help get things in the mood. The way to a man’s hot spot is through his stomach.”
“Ohh, you mean to serve him food like asparagus and other aphrodisiacs.”
“I was thinking more along the lines of edible underwear and chocolate tattoos with erotic words etched in tantalising places!” Chanel says.
“Gosh, there really is a lot to do, isn’t there. When Jon and I had sex we’d just roll into bed, wham bam three minutes it would be over, thank you, mam.”
“Bad sex is easy to whip up—like instant noodles that still leave you unsatisfied. If you want great sex, that takes planning. You need to create an atmosphere, you need to create some mystery, some excitement, some sense of longing and lingering—not plunging in like some kid diving in a pool.”
“Gotcha. But where am I going to get the edible underwear?”
“Don’t worry. I’ll handle that. We can go together if you like. There’s a great sex shop on Columbus Street.”
“I don’t know, Chanel.”
“Put it down to research for your blog. You may even find a naughty nurse’s uniform. Didn’t you say that you thought Fergus was coming down with a cold?”
“Look, I’ll try the edible underwear, Chanel, but only because I’m curious, but there’s no way you’re going to get me to dress up as a nurse,” I say half-seriously as I gather up my things. “I have to fly. I’ve got an important press conference for work.”
“One last piece of advice before you go . . . Enjoy yourself! ” Chanel passes me a bottle of oil. “This will help the passion flow and anxiety go. It’s my special seduction blend. Ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine and cedar wood. It will help loosen you up and turn him on. But be warned—a little goes a long way,” she says.
I kiss her and head out the door.
“Don’t forget to make some noise!“ she yells. “Men like to know a woman is having a good time. Grunt, groan—do the lot. Tell him how good it feels. And be sure to enjoy those orgasms.”
Well you could have heard a pin prick a balloon. The whole bar came to a stop as people turn and stare at me. I stand as still as a startled deer in headlights, too mortified to move.
“She’s having sex for the first time since her divorce,” Chanel crows proudly as she hands out her business cards. “This will be the second man she’s ever done it with. I’ve been helping her master how to have sex with strangers.”
So much for discretion and the confidentiality of the coaching relationship, I think as a round of applause cracks through the air.
I throw Chanel my best I’ll get you for this look and run from the bar.
I arrive at work thirty minutes later to finish a few last minute things, followed by creepy Matt Loews.
“I was at Deliciao…I couldn’t help but overhear—hell they may as well have used a loud hailer. So, you’re going to score? Who’s the lucky man. Anyone I know?” he moves towards me. “I’ve always had a thing for you Ruby, I’d be happy to give you some first hand coaching, if you get my drift,” he says, pinching me on the bum.
I spring back and slap him. “Thanks but no thanks, Matthew, my husband has taught me very well. Now, if you don’t want to end up with a harassment suit, I’d suggest you keep your hands to yourself.”
“Word on the street is your ex-husband was the three minute noodle—laziest shag on the block,” Matt says dropping his hand casually. “I feel sorry for you.”
“You know what they say, longer’s not always better, Matt. You of all people should know that.”
Matt scowls briefly then snickers. “If I were you I wouldn’t make an enemy out of me, Evans.” He places a short stubby finger on my chin and slowly traces it down my neck, then dips it under my collar and brushes his hand close to the cup of my lacy bra.
“Before you get any ideas, Evans, this never happened,” he says pinching my nipple before withdrawing his hand.“Nobody believes a jilted woman, especially a single mom. We all know you’re horny for it. My advice is don’t fight it. I know you want me.” He steps away and stops in the doorway, smiling lecherously, “and I know you want to do well in your career.”
That slime ball is proving to be a real problem. The worst thing is he’s already sprung me surfing a porn site I’d been referencing for my blog. At a drop of a needle he could call in computer forensic people and I’d be kicked out of here so fast my feet wouldn’t touch the asphalt. I’m not sure what is worse. Being jilted by Jonathon or the lecherous advances of my boss.
My mind wanders to Fergus. Handsome, funny, unpredictable Fergus. I can’t wait for the end of the day. He makes me feel like a princess and I can’t wait to sample more of what life with him tastes like.
Actually, if I’m honest I can’t wait to taste him.
I rush home and scoot up the stairs. Only one hour before Fergus picks me up. Finally, he is going to tell me what he does for a job. I can’t wait.
The official description reads:
44-year-old Ruby Evans doesn’t want to be a ‘leftover girl.’ But finding a ‘forever’ man is proving impossible.
Suddenly single after 20 years of marriage, her husband is the only man she has ever slept with. But the one bit of security she always thought she’d hold onto for the rest of her life is brutally ripped from her.
Humiliatingly and cruelly ex-ed when her husband trades her for a younger model, Chanel Zest, a long-time friend and motivational life coach, comes to her rescue. Together they embark on a quest to reclaim and rebuild Ruby’s shattered life and begin the gruelling process of dating again.
Once in a pink moon, Ruby has to play dirty…
If you loved Brigette Jones’s Diary and enjoy romantic comedy, you’ll love Sex With Strangers.
Full of quirky humour and the promise of a happily ever after.
Sex with Strangers is a clean romantic comedy with a few spicy bits.
I hope wherever you are, whoever you are with, the sun is shining in your heart and all your wishes come true. And if they don’t – you can always escape into a great love story with a guaranteed happy ending:)
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