The Golden City Book 1
Your Journey to The Golden City begins here…
A tale of mystery, social morality and second chances during America’s Gilded Age, The Art of Love will take you on an unforgettable journey from the last frontier of the Yukon Territory to the new Sodom and Gomorrah of its time – the boomtown of San Francisco.
After digging a fortune from the frozen fields of the Klondike, August Wolff heads south to the “Golden City,” hoping to put the unsolved disappearance of his wife and daughter behind him. The turn of the twentieth century brings him even more success, but the distractions of a hedonistic mecca can’t fill the gaping hole in his life.
Amelia Starling is a wildly talented artist caught in the straightjacket of Old New York society. Making a heart-breaking decision, she moves to San Francisco to further her career, all the while living with the pain of a sacrifice no woman should ever have to make.
Brought together by the city’s flourishing art scene, Gus and Lia forge a rare connection. But the past, shrouded in mystery, prevents the two of them from moving forward as one. Unwilling to face society’s scorn, Lia leaves the city and vows to begin again in Europe.
The Golden City offers everything a man could wish for except the answers Gus is desperate to find. But find them he must, or he and Lia have no chance at all.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I am so envious of my writer friends who think nothing of parking themselves in a coffee shop and tapping away, or who love to attend “write in’s” where several writers get together, write for twenty minutes, and then chat for a bit before hitting the keys again. No way can I do that!
I have what I call my “woman cave.” It’s the only upstairs room in our house and is large enough to fit not only my computer and books, but all my quilting paraphernalia, too. I have no set writing schedule, I’m sorry to say, but when I am deep into a first draft or an edit, I will spend hour upon hour up there, often well into the night.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
Absolutely. Unlike many of my colleagues who love and even require background music, I get so distracted that I can’t have anything else going on—even my dogs’ snores get me off track! I think I must have undiagnosed ADD, but somehow, I keep at it (I’m pretty goal-oriented, which helps).
If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?
I’d say the British writer Anne Perry (William Monk and Thomas Pitt series) because I love her work and I could learn so much from her.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one”?
Great question! My given name is old fashioned and is often used for dorky characters, so I suppose it would be nice to have a dashing heroine with that name for a change. However, it’s always cool to be a villain, but one with depth. If I’m gonna be bad, then at least give me a reason for being bad!
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
That’s a hard one—there so many interesting people to choose from! If I had only one, probably Abraham Lincoln. He seems like he was a tortured soul—kind and intelligent but knowing how high the stakes were and therefore willing to do just about anything to save the Union.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Always just before dropping off to sleep at night—it’s my “sleeping pill.” But when I treat myself to a daytime read, I have a comfortable La-Z Boy recliner (why don’t they just spell it “Lazy”?!) in my woman’s cave.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I am bound and determined to get in 10,000 steps per day, so I’m either walking our two dogs (a long-haired dachshund named Teddy and a rat terrier named Ziggy) or walking with friends, or even getting on my treadmill.
I’m also a lousy, but enthusiastic golfer, and now that I have an electric bike, I’m biking a lot more than I used to. But one of my big loves is travel; in May my hubs and I took two weeks to visit many of our national and state parks—those in the area known as the “Canyonlands.” What a gorgeous country we live in!
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s a wonderful feeling. I think, “This came from my mind and it now exists; it’s a great story that many readers will enjoy and learn something from, and it’s here to stay—even after I’m gone.” Now I have nine books in my body of work—how cool is that?!
How do you come up with a title for your book?
That’s so important, but it’s tricky. In most cases I brainstorm to “audition” several options in my head until one wins out. Sometimes, however, it comes to me right away. My latest novel, “The Madness of Mrs. Whittaker,” (Book Six in “The Golden City” series), popped into my head even before I started writing the first draft! Either way, once I have come up with the title, it becomes my guiding light for the entire project.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
I am blessed to know and work with a very talented graphic designer named Tara Mayberry. We use a set layout for each book in the series, but the image and the color scheme changes. So, I’ll tell her what I’m looking for (“a woman in jeopardy,” “a man caught in a natural disaster,” etc.) We’ll both search for the right images and when we find something promising, she’ll create a rough version of it. I can’t tell you how many times we have gone back and forth about the covers—she is the most patient person ever! I am one of those who “knows it when I see it,” so eventually we hit upon a cover design that works
Thank you, A.B. Michaels and The Coffee Pot Book Club
About the Author
A native of California, A.B. Michaels holds masters’ degrees in history (UCLA) and broadcasting (San Francisco State University). After working for many years as a promotional writer and editor, she turned to writing fiction, which is the hardest thing she’s ever done besides raise two boys. She lives with her husband and two spoiled dogs in Boise, Idaho, where she is often distracted by playing darts and bocce and trying to hit a golf ball more than fifty yards. Reading, quilt-making and travel figure into the mix as well, leading her to hope that sometime soon, someone invents a 25+ hour day.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/A.-B.-Michaels/e/B00KFLJ2QW
Other books in the series
The Depth of Beauty
The Price of Compassion
The Madness of Mrs Whittaker