Vicki Matthews Takes Top Prize in Romance at New York Book Festival for The Goddess Lett

The Goddess Letters, a debut romantic mystery novel by naturopathic physician and author, Vicki Matthews, N.D., has been announced as the Winner of the Romance category at the 2013 New York Book Festival.
SAN DIEGO - June 13, 2013 - PRLog -- New York, NY - The Goddess Letters (ISBN 9780988-262669), a debut romantic mystery novel by naturopathic physician and author, Vicki Matthews, N.D., has been announced as the Winner of the Romance category at the 2013 New York Book Festival. The Goddess Letters will be honored in New York at a private evening award ceremony at the Grolier Club on June 21 and at a public day festival at the Radisson Martinique Hotel on June 22.

A romantic tale of love and cultural crisis, The Goddess Letters features Chicago economics professor, Rob Harris, and his college lover, the mysterious Selena Wilmington, a famous Hollywood actress whose nightmare visions of cries for help from women of the past become a dangerous reality.  

Chicago professor, Rob Harris, knows he has it good: a dream job, a devoted wife, and an adorable daughter. But he risks it all when his first love, the exquisitely beautiful Selena Wilmington, writes to tell him that she needs his help – her terrifying dreams have come to life. Despite his doubts, Rob is drawn into Selena’s haunting world of forgotten knowledge, ancient ritual, and relinquished rights. Eventually, he finds himself face-to-face with Jacobi, a preserver of the male order, who will kill to keep hidden a truth that could change the world. As Rob’s own concepts of reality crumble, so do his once-rigid views on nature, divinity, women’s roles, and even love. To his amazement, he comes to accept that the greatest hope for us all may actually rest with the forgotten wisdom from our past.  

Written with eloquence and an authentic voice, this romantic mystery is a must-read for those who crave compelling drama and adventures imbued with magical realism. Thematically similar to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, The Goddess Letters also explores how modern society exploits nature as a commodity while simply accepting the patriarchal structure that has become dysfunctional in today's world. Matthews blends historical fact into her fictional tale, using Selena’s visions as a clarion call to modern readers to recognize the need for balance between the masculine and feminine energies within each of us.

“I wrote The Goddess Letters because I realized that, like most people, I accepted it was normal for men to have the greatest access to political and financial power, and for God to be male. We are, after all, a patriarchal culture,” said Matthews. "As I read a great number of books on femininity and society, I realized that there was a whole other way to live, a whole other side to history, and I knew very little about any of it. I decided it was time to join the growing number of voices raised to ask why things are the way they are and how could they be different.”  

Vicki Matthews, Naturopathic Physician and Director of Education for Innersource, is passionate about re-establishing balance in the world. She has been an outspoken advocate for alternative healing and spiritual pursuits most of her adult life, and has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice to share aspects of this message. Matthews grew up in Santa Monica, California, and has a degree in psychology. Her graduate work includes an MBA from the University of Chicago and an N.D. in Naturopathy. Matthews lives on a lake just north of Chicago with her husband, Mark.  

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