Iris is a great friend and fellow author from Australia! I must say I love her accent and her book is definitely on my TBR Pile! So without further ado…Here’s Iris!
It’s an absolute delight to be a guest on Lisa’s blog. Not only is my daughter a big fan of Lisa’s Spy series, but I like her motivational posts on how to get children to read.
I’m Iris Blobel, a fellow Astraea Press author, and I’m here to talk a little bit about my new book “New Beginnings”, the first in the trilogy of the Beginnings books.
The story is set in Hobart, Tasmania. It’s a small island just south of Australia. The more mature generation might remember Errol Flynn, the younger generation might know “The Mentalist” Simon Baker – well both of these talented actors were born in Tasmania!
When I took my mum to Tassie a few years back I was ready to move there, I loved it so much. The scenery, the vast wilderness, the beauty, and the wonderful people. My husband said no. The meanie!
And then I visited the island again last year and spent a weekend in Hobart. I wondered how it would be like to move there and adjust. The idea of inheriting a house came to mind. And because I love adding a little child to my stories, I did that as well. And considering that Hobart has a ghostly past, I added a tiny little bit of a mystery in it, too. Voila – the story was born. Of course I needed a bit of romance, and the hunk from across the road was just perfect.
I hope you all have a chance to one day come and visit this wonderful place! And thanks, Lisa, for hosting me today.
Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know or have even heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator, and Sophie is afraid it’s all been a mistake.
As Mia settles well into her new school and life in general, Sophie is not only occupied by her search of what connected her to Clara, but also her new studies and the two men, who suddenly have become part of her daily life – Mark O’Connor, the lawyer representing Clara’s estate, and Zach, the hunk from across the road.
To believe in new beginnings is to trust in tomorrow
Astraea Press: http://astraeapress.com/#!/~/product/category=662245&id=27261175
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-beginings-iris-blobel/1116794762?ean=2940148572381
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 actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her two dogs. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.
Tracing the face of her mother with her finger on one of the photos, a tear escaped from her eye, and she silently prayed that after all they had gone through, nobody would take this house away from them. And silently blessed Ms. Bellinger.
“Tell me another story about Mum.” Mia’s hand on her shoulder startled her, and she turned.
“Hey, sweetie. You’re supposed to be asleep.” Sophie placed the camera next to their mother’s photo and took Mia in her arms.
“I couldn’t sleep.”
“It’s been a long day. You should be falling asleep just like that.” And with that, she snapped her fingers.
Mia smiled and took the photo of her mother. “She looks beautiful.”
“She was beautiful. Just like you are.”
“Why did she die, Sophie? Why did she leave us?”
Sophie hugged her even closer and placed a kiss on her forehead. “She didn’t want to leave us, sweetie.” She felt the tears sting behind her eyes and closed them for a moment. It wasn’t always easy to be the older sister.
“You know what I always say. God needed another angel and took Mum.”
“I don’t like God,” Mia replied with more than a touch of wistfulness.
Sophie followed her sister’s eyes to the photo. Even though her heart agreed, she knew it wasn’t the right thing to agree to.
“Remember Father Tim Mahoney? I think he once told you that God’s got a plan. A plan for everyone and everything. Yet this plan is like the wind, and just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. You need to have faith and patience.”
Mia leaned closer and cradled her head into Sophie’s chest. Sophie felt the tiredness in the small body. “Remember what else he always said?”
“When life keeps you in the dark, you need to start looking for the stars.”
They both stood and walked over to the window and moved back the heavy curtains. They were lucky, and the stars were out in all their glory after the storm in the early afternoon. They even thought they saw the Southern Cross.
Thanks Iris for sharing your new release with us today! It’s definitely on my TBR pile!
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Shared and tweeted, Iris! Sounds like you’ve got a winner of a story! Cheers, Lisa!
Thank you for your kind words Sharon. Much appreciated.
Hey there Sharon! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Thank you, Lisa for having me as a guest today 🙂
You’re welcome Iris! Thanks for being a guest! 🙂
Sounds like a great story!
Thanks for stopping by Holly! I agree with you, it does sound like a great story!
Thank you Holly !
Hi Iris and Lisa. Love that phrase “When life keeps you in the dark, you need to start looking for the stars.” 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Karen! I agree with you, that is an awesome phrase. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by karen !
Sounds like a terrific premise, Iris.
And, though I forgot to mention this the other day, my brother wrote me after seeing your cover at the AP site and remarked about how EXCELLENT it was.
Thanks for stopping by Jeff! I love the cover too! It is awesome! 🙂
Thanks Jeff. It took a long time until Elaina and I agreed on a cover, but the hassle was worth it! I love it, too, and it reflects the relationship of the two sisters to the dot!
Thanks for coming over 🙂
yes — the result is spot on!
if I can relocate my brother’s exact comment, I’ll send it to you.
Thanks Jeff! And thanks to your brother! (Is it Charles ?)
yes … Charles A. Salter
Sounds like a great story. Love the cover.
Thanks for stopping by Rita! 🙂
Thank you Rita. Yes, I’m very happy with the Cover 🙂
I have always wanted to go to Australia! The book does sound great and impressive bio for this author too.
Thanks for stopping by Christy! Australia is on my list too! That’s one thing I love about social media, you get to meet people you probably wouldn’t have ever met. Iris is a warm-hearted gal and I enjoy chatting with her! 🙂
Aww, thank you Lisa for your kind words. Makes my day 🙂
And thank you, too, Christy, for stopping by. As for the bio … I wouldn’t say impressive, it just took me a long time for me to find the “right” place to settle 😉
Hope you will make it to Australia one day. It certainly is worth a visit or two!
That last quote from “Fr.Tom” and the Southern Cross line is just wonderful<Iris.I am so looking forward to reading this.
Tell me;I am intrigued…never having heard your voice, Iris. How would you describe your accent? I am usually pretty good with pinpointing people's origins by their accents, but when people move around I usually love to hear them more!(I am an accent aficionada!) Maybe I should ask Lisa…is there German under the Australian…did England/Ireland, etc, wipe out the Greman? (As Iris's English is better than most people I have ever known.) Is England lingering in there?
Iris,you may get a phone call!
Thanks for stopping by Tonette! You ask a very good question and I’m interested too! I can’t wait to read what Iris has to say! 🙂
LOL Tonette ….”They” (as in everyone around me) say the accent is more Aussie than anything else. There’s not much of a German accent left …. usually people think i’m from any of the Scandinavian countries 🙂
Daughter #1 and I will be presenting an English program soon on the radio …. you might like to tune in to “listen” to accents. D#1 is Australian and many say she’s got that very wee bit of an accent in her language as well.
That’s interesting Iris! 🙂 Is your radio program something we can call into?
As in listen to? Yes, you can via http://www.voicefm.com.au …. online streaming 🙂
By all means! I will be there! Is there a show name we should be looking up?
I only see your German show,and I trust your accent THERE is impeccably German!