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More Beginnings, by Iris Blobel

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Mimicking the old milk commercial…Got Romance?

Author Iris Blobel has romance, and lots of it. Her newest re-release is just one of her books, filled with lovable characters embroiled in the twists and turns of an elusive romance.

She stops in today to share an excerpt from More Beginnings. Thank you for joining us, Iris!

~~ 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?
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AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071F7FPQ9/

AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071F7FPQ9/

AMAZON AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B071F7FPQ9/

♥♦♥ 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.

♥♦♥ 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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Love is in the Air: Jean Joachim, Featured Author

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Love is in the Air

August 27, 2015

Welcome to ‘Love is in the Air’. This week join us as we introduce Jean Joachim, celebrating another new release, Devon Drake – Cornerback. She’s including an excerpt for us from, Griff Montgomery – Quarterback.

Stay tuned for upcoming issues, released every Friday. The following authors are scheduled for the next few weeks: September 4th: Davee Jones, September 18, Vicki Locey, and September 25, Flossie Benton Rogers.

Thanks for joining us, and may your week be filled with love!

Chrys N. Jay

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Hello Jean! Welcome to Love is in the Air! You have so many wonderful books out there, it’s hard to know where to start. I see that you have several different series: Hollywood Hearts, Manhattan Dinner Club, Moonlight Series, Now and Forever and New York Nights. But your latest series, First and Ten, is going strong this year. The fourth book in the series, Devon Drake – Cornerback, just released a few days ago. Can you tell us a little bit about this series?

The series combines football and romance, delving into the off-the-field lives of key players on a pro football team. What I like about it is that you have the sports angle and then you have the human being angle. All pro athletes are people, just like the rest of us with problems, joys and sorrows to deal with.

Of four books in this series, Griff Montgomery – Quarterback, Buddy Carruthers – Wide Receiver, Pete Sebastian – Coach, and now the latest, Devon Drake – Cornerback, which is your favorite and why?

That’s like asking me which child is my favorite! I love them all. Each one is different, so it’s very hard to choose. For sheer sexiness, it would be a tie between Griff Montgomery and Buddy Carruthers. For most real/lovable, it would have to be Pete Sebastian, the coach. And for a walk down memory lane, remembering crushes from your teens it would be Devon Drake.

How were you led to write in the sports romance genre?

I’m not really sure. I love football and kind of fell for a quarterback or two and wondered what their private lives were like. And what’s it like to be head-over-heels for a pro football player? That’s all I needed to do before a story idea landed in my head and I was off and running.

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Many of your books feature an adorable Pug, who I assume is based on your own little sweetheart Homer that we see quite often on your Facebook page. How did you get Homer, and what made you start writing pugs into many of your stories?

I have had a fifteen year love affair with pugs. My family and I first fell in love with pugs when we saw the movie Milo and Otis. After that I got involved in pug rescue and volunteered for five years with a NY based outfit. That’s where we got Homer, our second pug. I’m very big on adopting rescued dogs. I feel they enhance your life tremendously – I guess that’s why I put them in my books.

Of all of your series, which was the most fun to write?

That’s really hard. I think the most fun single book was The Marriage List. The most fun series, maybe the Manhattan Dinner Club because it was so much about both pugs and food –two of my favorite topics. But I’m learning so much doing the research for the football series on the game, injuries and all sorts of things. That’s making it extra interesting to write. Again, I’m hard pressed to have a favorite. I love them all or I couldn’t spend so much time writing them.

Your group, Tuesday Tales, shares story snippets every Tuesday. A lot of fascinating books have already been published from this group of writers – much of it romance, but not all. What led you to form this group, and how has it affected your own writing life? (See Tuesday Tales atwww.tuesdaytales1.blogspot.com)

I adore the Tuesday Tales group. We have so many truly talented writers there. I don’t know why I started it. Maybe to keep writing every week. After umpteen million years in the advertising world, maybe I missed deadlines?? The group has been the perfect place for me to start a new book. I have at least five books that started there. And the Hollywood Hearts series was started there. Now I find it a good place to see how far I can take a story and it keeps me writing every week. I so enjoy the support and camaraderie of the group, too.

I see on your web site, (www.jeanjoachimbooks.com) ‘Adora Smutz’ in “Love Talk” has interviewed a few of your earlier characters. Is Adora Smutz still around? How did she end up entering your life?

Adora Smutz is me being a silly ten-year-old, but maybe with a little more salacious attitude! Lol. I have a goofy side I give in to from time to time. And I was looking for something different, something everyone else wasn’t doing. So I came up with this randy, older woman (no similarity to yours truly) who interviews the guys and grills them about their sex lives. It’s fun. It’s silly and it does grab a bit of attention.

 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to Love is in the Air and share some of your writing experiences. Is there anything you’d like to add that I didn’t think to ask?

Great interview. I wouldn’t add a thing. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to strut my stuff.

Where can we find your books?

On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes/Apple.

Check my website for the links. Here’s my Amazon author page, which will have all my books: Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jean-C.-Joachim/e/B001ITRQKY/

Where can readers find you?

http://www.jeanjoachimbooks.com and my blog http://jeanjoachim.blogspot.com

LIA_Jean footballIs there an excerpt you’d like to share with us?

Sure. How about this one from Griff Montgomery, Quarterback, the first book in the First & Ten series?

“Don’t, Carla. Please don’t. I’m begging you.” Griff reached for her arm, but she shook him off.

Buddy faced the quarterback. “What the hell did you do?”

“You don’t wanna know.”

“Oh no. You didn’t?” His eyebrows rose.

Griff nodded. “Guilty.”

“Whoa, stand back, Tony. There’s gonna be some fireworks in a minute.” Buddy pushed Hastings to the wall.

“You wouldn’t be lying, now, would ya?” Carla asked, directing her stare at Buddy.

“See for yourself.” He gestured to the brunette at the corner table.

“Lauren!” Carla cupped her hands and yelled.

Lauren stood up, turning to face them.

“You Lauren?”

“Please, please, Carla. I’m sorry, so sorry,” Griff whispered. “Don’t do this.

hands in heartWISE WORDS ABOUT LOVE

For a few wise words about love and relationships, here’s a snippet from TRUE LOVE: How to Make Your Relationship Sweeter, Deeper and More Passionate, by Dapne Rose Kingma.

PLAY WITH ONE ANOTHER:

When we play we feel the carefree joyfulness of our spirits. We are delivered from the bonds of obligation and responsibility to a sense of delight about ourselves. Playing allows us to rekindle the sense of the child in us, to go back to a time when life was new and full of possibility. Because inside we are all still young, we need to play as much as we can.

Playing alone or with others – ar round of golf, an aerobics class, a soccer game, a tennis match – isn’t just frivolous nonsense. Play creates balance. It’s the safety net under the tightrope of modern life; it keeps us sane and functioning.

Playing alone is good. Playing together is better. Playing with the person you love is the premier form of play. Playing combines both the intrinsic joys of plan with the opportunity to have a totally carefree experience (and sometimes mind-altering view) of the person you love. Seeing and being with him at his most spontaneous, at her most innocent and unguarded, can only deepen your appreciation of him, your sense of specialness of her.

For when we do what we love, we are most precisely ourselves.

Shared foolishness deepens bonds.

“Remember when we climbed the 500 steps up the sand dune and then when we got to the water tower it was all fenced in? We climbed up anyway and I ripped my shorts on the barbed wire fence. Wasn’t that view incredible?”

“Remember when we held the croquet tournament over Labor Day and you won?” “Remember when we went to the Macintoshes’ Halloween party and I was a ballerina and you were a cat?” “Remember the summer we played badminton on the back lawn every single night after summer?”

Playing together – whether you play house, play yard, play sports, play dress-up-and-go-out – always doubles the fun because you feel not only the pleasure of your sweetheart’s company, but also the pleasure of the thing you love to do.

Therefore, PLAY PLAY PLAY. Play well. Play hard. Plan on. Play often. Play for keeps.