Book Spotlight and Character Interview – New Beginnings by Iris Blobel

“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.


Character Interview with Sophie Levesque from New Beginnings

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?

I’d be glad if I’d make any impression on people. I’m a quiet person and that can be misunderstood sometimes. My childhood and teenage years weren’t the easiest, so it’s hard for me to trust people.


How about after they’ve known you for a while?

I’m very likeable. Or so they tell me. I’m a good listener.


What is your profession?

I’m a photographer. It feels weird to say that, because I’m only new at it, but I’ve sold a few of my exhibitions already in Jeri’s gallery.


Tell me about your best friend.

Zach. OMG. Zach. He’s sexy. He’s witty. He’s a great conversationalist. Well, he’s an escort, you kind of have to be all this, don’t you. It took me a while to get my head around his job, but he explained it to me, and we’re good now. We’re great. He’s a great friend.


What’s the most important thing in your life?

Making sure my sister Mia has a great upbringing and a wonderful future.


You’re thoughts on love?

The motor of life.


Your greatest extravagance?

Buying my camera.


Is there anything you haven’t done that you want to do?

I’d love to travel a little bit around Australia. I’ve seen a few photos and it’d be great to be able to explore this unique country.


Your quirky habits?

*soft laugh* I keep that for myself.


What quality do you like most in a man/woman?

Honesty and generosity.


What trait do you most despise?



What are you most afraid of?

Losing the house Mia and I have inherited from this wonderful person we don’t know.


What do you value the most?

The house we’ve been given and with that a chance to have a good life.


Favorite food

Lots of vegetables, lots of healthy food … actually my favourite food is the dinner someone else cooks for me.


What would you consider your perfect night out?

Tricky one. Possibly a nice dinner, homemade, followed by watching an action movie while slouching on the couch … and a good glass of wine.


What was your first thought or impression when you met the person you fell in love with?

I didn’t think much of him. He was so unprepared for the meeting it was very annoying. But he grew on me. He cares about others.


What would you change about the person you fell in love with?

Nothing. He’s perfect. Oh, well, he does snore a little.


What do you like most about the person you fell in love with?

 He knew from the beginning that I came in a package. Mia’s part of my life, and he understood.


What would you change about yourself?

My insecurities. They have a tendency to hold me back some times.



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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  1. Iris - July 18, 2017 @ 7:37 pm

    Thank you, Valerie, for this interview with Sophie ♥

    • Valerie Ullmer - July 19, 2017 @ 7:06 am

      I’m glad to have you and good luck with your book!

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