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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You can purchase ‘New Beginnings’ here:

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK

AMAZON AU

 

♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥

IRIS BLOBEL

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: Romance author – Iris Blobel…

Hello Iris and welcome to Author’s Limelight! Congratulations on the recent release of New Beginnings.

Thank you for having me.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

My first story was also my first book “Sweet Dreams, Miss England”. I’d never been a story writer, but a person with an immense love for numbers (hence my day job in finance!). I could say I wish I’d listened to the “voices in my head” earlier, but I never really saw myself as a writer.

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

Tricky! I love Daniel, my Irish charmer in “Sweet Dreams, Miss England” and I hope one day I can write a continuation of the story. But I suppose currently I love Sophie and Mia Levesque, the sisters in “New Beginnings” who inherited a house. Especially Mia who, at eight years old, is so full of life and wit.

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

I’d lie if I’d say no. It’s a great feeling to know that other people are reading your story, and most of the time liking it as well. Very humbling experience.

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

A lot of books by Jill Shalvis & Lee Child!!

I love romance, mystery and crime. At the moment I’m trying to read more Australian romance stories. I feel I missed out on quite a few really good books the last few years 😉

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

When I lived in Montreal, I had a few international friends and we met once a week to eat a dish from that person’s country. The Mexican dish knocked me out … There was no way I was able to eat more than that mouthful. Honestly, I can’t tell you what it was, but it was horrible! Don’t get me wrong, nothing against Mexican food. I love Fajitas!

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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.

c) Princess Leia from Starwars.

d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.

Was it Thelma or Louise who got to go to bed with Brad?

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

I wouldn’t have a clue, to be honest. I have to admit I wish I could write mystery novels and would’ve created a character like Jack Reacher. I think that’s what I go with. Lee Child is doing a great job with those stories!

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

Be the Supermum !

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

If I could go back in time I’d go back to visit my teenage Self. Wouldn’t it be neat to sit down with yourself and reassure yourself that the future is going to turn out not that bad as it might seem at that time. Tell yourself to not make certain mistakes (the really bad ones, otherwise you don’t learn anything) and to turn left sometimes instead of right.

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Can you tell us about your works in progress?

I’ve just finished edits for “More Beginnings”, the sequel to my recently released book “New Beginnings”. Currently I’m writing on “Fresh Beginnings”, the third book in the Beginnings series.

I’m also writing a trilogy about Australian Sports Stars. It’s about an AFL football, a baseball and soccer player. I love this series, the sexy hunks, the naughtiness and the pretty girls. A bit of a challenge, but I’m getting there.

Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from New Beginnings, please?

She stared down at her shopping bags, the contents of one of them now all over the ground. Then she stopped for a moment. There were a set of feet right in front of her. Sophie closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Would there be more humiliation coming her way? She opened her eyes and was determined to… but she lost her thoughts. She stared at the eyes of a man, kneeling in front of her. He was holding her lettuce.

“Are you all right?” he asked.

Not quite sure whether she could trust herself to speak, she just nodded. As unnoticeable as possible, she wiped away the tear that had made its way across her cheek. Then she felt his thumb on her face, wiping the other tear away. She looked up and met his gaze. Beautiful green eyes that just about caused havoc in her inside and a shiver down her spine. Green eyes that belonged to one delicious voice. He wore jeans that fit tight around his muscular legs and an old worn-out grey T-shirt. The blond hair was unkempt with little locks falling over his forehead.

“Just ignore her.”

“I do. It’s her who needs to please ignore me,” she replied quietly.

 

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