Iris Blobel’s ‘New Beginnings’…


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The story is set in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the most southern state in Australia. A most beautiful place. I went there a few years back and imagined how it would be to live in this city, how to adapt as a “non-local”, and bit by bit I wrote the story of two sisters moving there.

Obviously, I added a little romance into the story as well – so I added Mark and Zach.

This is the second edition of NEW BEGINNINGS.

The story is now a bit sexier and has also received another edit.

Literary Chanteuse’s review: “This author has a way of endearing her characters and it is easy to fall in love with them. An intriguing story with emotion, love and hope.”

Sharon’s review: “This was a very enjoyable read and it left me wanting just a little bit more. I highly recommend it.”

“Other people have to fight battles in their life as well.”

~~  New Beginnings ~~

(2nd Edition)

by Iris Blobel

♥♦♥  SYNOPSIS ♥♦♥

The chance to start life all over with the help of a stranger. 

Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to her eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago, and it hasn’t been easy. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know and have never heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator. Settling into their new life, Sophie is still afraid it’s all a mistake.

Mark O’Connor, attorney in Hobart and the bearer of the good news for Sophie and Mia, curses himself for the lack of information about the testator. However, researching the questions gives him an opportunity to see Sophie again, and the more time he spends with the two, the more he realises that his life is missing something. And it’s not his casual lover Linda.

But then there’s Zach, Sophie’s sexy neighbour from across the road… and a very good friend of Clara’s.

Will unravelling the mystery unravel Sophie and Mark’s promise of a future?


♥♦♥  EXCERPT ♥♦♥


Sophie Levesque stared at the attorney in front of her, waiting for some answers. She and her little sister, Mia, had been quietly sitting in Mr. O’Connor’s office for more than half an hour, learning about the details of their inheritance.

Once he was finished, silence hung in the air before she asked with raised eyebrows. “Who?”

“Clara Catherine Bellinger.”

Mia leaned closer to her elder sister and gave a soft tug on Sophie’s shirt. “Who is she?”

Sophie shrugged. “I wouldn’t have a clue.” Then turned her attention back on Mr. O’Connor and asked the same thing. “Who is she?”

The handsome attorney on the other side of the massive desk leaned forward and rested his elbows on it before he started to repeat his earlier speech. Although hearing his words, Sophie still found it all very hard to comprehend. Here she was in this old office, furnished with heavy antique oak furniture, the curtains in a pretty shade of aubergine, and the carpet beneath her shoes thick and warm in a matching shade, hearing about an inheritance from someone she’d never even heard of.

Startled by the subtle sound of the clock chiming across the road, Sophie’s gaze turned to the window, where she saw the post office building across the road. It looked impressive and old. It’d been only a few hours since they’d arrived in Hobart, the most southern capital in Australia, but she already liked it. A lot more than Sydney, the place she’d lived all her life.

Hauled back from her thoughts, she heard Mr. O’Connor say, “I believe she was a distant relative of yours. I’m afraid I don’t have any further details.”

Sophie arched an eyebrow in disbelief, doubting the accuracy of it all. Not only did she try not to question his competence as a lawyer, but she also hoped it wasn’t a dreadful misunderstanding.

With a slight shrug of her shoulder, she asked, “Why not?”

He met her gaze steadily. “Pardon me?”

Sitting up straight, she repeated, “Why not? Why aren’t there any further details?”

He rubbed his chin with his fingers, his unease now obvious, and although she almost felt sorry for him, she tried not to care. She needed to know more. And not just the what, but why and who as well.

Only a week earlier, Sophie had received the call from Mr. O’Connor telling her about an inheritance. Initially, she’d thought it had been a horrible joke when he’d given her details on where to pick up airplane tickets to Hobart. It was important for her to come, he’d explained. Some legality she hadn’t understood. Something about her having to sign documents for the transfer of ownership of some assets. It’d sounded too farfetched at the start, but after some research on the firm with the help of a friend, it sounded valid, and she’d hoped her life was finally turning around for the better.

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Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters. Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Author Limelight and Giveaway: YA Fiction writer, Vanessa Garden…

Today’s guest is my very good friend, Vanessa Garden. We met at the RWA conference in 2012 and, along with Susan Roberts, formed a trio with a promise that we would all be collecting our ‘First Sale’ ribbon at the 2013 conference. And guess what…we did! All three of were successful in being published in the same year. So, it’s with a huge smile that I welcome my friend and totally awesome YA author, Vanessa Garden to the Author’s Limelight today!

Hello Vanessa and congratulations on the January 1st release of ‘Captivate’. I have to say that it the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen!

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Thank you for having me, Sarah!

What was the first story you ever wrote?

It was a poem called ‘Shell’ – about… a shell!  I wrote it when I was six and it was published in our school newsletter. I was so excited. I think my mum still has it somewhere.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?

My favourite character is Marko, my sexy young king from Captivate. He is so flawed and has so many layers that I just find him so intriguing.


Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?

It hasn’t really changed me much as a person (apart from the huge smile that never seems to leave my face). However, one thing it has done is instil a little more confidence in my writing. I think sometimes we can all get stuck and doubt ourselves. All we need is a little belief and validation. I’ve also become a lot stricter with my writing schedule.

What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?

Anything and everything – especially books with romance. My bookshelves are double stacked with every genre you can imagine and I have books all over the house on coffee tables and couch arms. But Young Adult novels are what I read most. I love the Infernal Devices series, The Elementals, and also good contemporary writers like John Green and Sarah Dessen.

What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?

A slice of cold pig fat that I thought was cheesecake!

Oh my god! That’s so funny, Vanessa!

If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?

a) Scarlett O’Hara
from Gone with the Wind.

b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.

Thelma or Louise – who doesn’t want to just hop in a convertible and see where life takes them?

c) Princess Leia from Starwars.

d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.


Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why?

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men – it’s a beautiful book with so much heart it makes me cry every time I read it.

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

To not need sleep. That way I could write all night and still feel refreshed in the morning.

Ooooh, yes! Good one.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?

I’d go back to when my mum and dad were little kids to see what their childhoods were like and to just get to know them as children. I’d take my own kids so that we could all hang out.

Can you tell us about your works in progress?

I’ve just completed book two, to follow Captivate, and I’m also awaiting edits on a YA sci-fi, Carrier, which will be released with Escape Publishing March 2014.   

Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from ‘Captivate’ please?

Here’s a piece of dialogue from one of my favourite scenes:

I kept my arms folded and raised my head. ‘Yes, and I’m not pretending.’

‘So you want me to believe that you’ve suddenly fallen hopelessly in love with me,’ he said.

I ignored the smirk on his lips and said, ‘Yes.’

He folded his arms across his chest and stared down at me. Amusement sparkled in his eyes.

‘Say it, then. Declare your love for me.’ 





Vanessa is giving away a signed copy of Captivate to one lucky reader! All you have to do to be in the draw is leave a comment.

This competition is open to Australian postal addresses only. It will be drawn on Monday Dec 23, 2013 but will not be received by the winner until January when Captivate is officially released.