Romance Author Embraces Life & Living

Daily, romance author Iris Blobel embraces love and happily-ever-after endings. This past year she had a major health challenge with cancer that many of us cannot imagine. After many difficult days (read weeks and months), she came through the roughest part of her journey to her own happily-ever-after ending.

To celebrate the positive spirits that helped her survive, I wanted to help share the news of one of her romances that is being re-released. She shares some of her journey with us today, along with an excerpt from her book, More Beginnings.


Thank you, Trisha, for having me on your wonderful blog today. I really appreciate your support, but more importantly your ongoing friendship.

When I asked Trisha whether she’d give my new book a little shout out, I also asked whether she’d like me to add something about my recent bout of ill health. She liked the idea. So I sat down to prepare this post … and had a blank. No idea how to start or where to start. I went back to her blog to have a little browse to get a little feel of how certain subjects were approached. And I came along this headline: We fail to appreciate what we DO have. We stop living with a sense of gratitude.  

How true!

We read the memes in Facebook and Twitter every day, don’t we? Appreciate life. Appreciate what you have. Be grateful for this and be grateful for that.

But are we? Are these simple lines we just like to post onto the screen – Well, I know Trisha doesn’t, because from the bottom of my heart I believe she’s grateful for everything in her life.

Yes, in all honesty, I’ve been grateful for the life I have. I have a wonderful family and live in a wonderful country. A wonderful job. Wonderful friends. Wonderful opportunities.

Where am I going with this? I have to scale back even further. I am grateful to be here.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year. I had the whole caboodle, the chemo thing, the surgeries, and am currently receiving radiation. With the help of my family, friends, colleagues, and internet friends I got through it – every day a challenge, but none bigger then Mother’s Day. On a day when I was hardly able to walk from my bed to the bathroom, I signed up for the Mother’s Day Classic 6km around the lake walk. Easy I thought. I did it every week after my girls were born. Yet, on the day, after every kilometre I wanted to give up … but my husband and my two daughters got me through to the end, the last kilometre with my eldest daughter singing every song she was able to remember. And I did it. I walked 6 km around the lake. And I was grateful. For everything I have in my life.

Here’s a little bit about More Beginnings, along with an excerpt for your reading pleasure. Thank you for stopping in to say hello.

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~~ More Beginnings ~~
(2nd Edition)
by Iris Blobel

♥♦♥ BLURB ♥♦♥

Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?

New Beginnings have given the Levesque girls a new start in life, will More Beginnings be another chance for them?




♥♦♥ EXCERPT ♥♦♥

Zach Taylor’s young neighbour, Mia, let out a long sigh as she joined him on his front porch and sat next to him on the swing. Enjoying a cool lemonade, he invited her to grab a soft drink from the fridge as well. It was a warm summer day, and the air showed no sign of cooling down. A lot of people in Hobart were weary of the unusual hot spell for the very southern Australian city.

With another hefty sigh, Mia raked through her long, blond hair and stared into the distance. “Honestly, Zach, she’s a dragon. I’m sure she does it on purpose. She doesn’t like me. She thinks I’m spoilt.”

The dragon in question was Miss Peterson, Mia’s high school English teacher. There was no doubt that Mia liked school, and she enjoyed her classes. And even though English wasn’t her worst subject, it certainly was the toughest one, with Miss Peterson piling on homework one after the other.

Zach took a sip of his drink before he replied, “Hey, pumpkin, settle down. What’s that supposed to mean you’re ‘spoilt’?”

She lifted her shoulder in a slight shrug. “You know!”

Raising his brows, he replied, “Actually I don’t know! Isn’t she Sophie’s good friend?”

Another shrug. “Kind of, I suppose. They used to do the boxing stuff together, and since Soph’s carrying a baby, they go and enjoy coffee and cake instead every once in a while.”

Ignoring his chuckle, she went inside and helped herself to cold lemonade. She opened the can with a simple click as she returned outside and took a long sip.


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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9 Responses to Romance Author Embraces Life & Living

  1. Iris B says:

    Thank you, Trisha, for having me on your wonderful blog today.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Suzi Love says:

    Wonderful story here, Iris. You are amazing.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Lily Malone says:

    You’re inspiring, Iris. Thank you for sharing this little bit of what I know has been a tough story.

    Liked by 2 people

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