Story Behind the Story: Iris Blobel

50703039_2015973481784787_1566545534024417280_nI’m super delighted to introduce you to Iris Blobel, who was born and raised in Germany and immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent some time living in Scotland, London, as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper only emerged a few years back, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as their dog. Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

Take it away, Iris, tell us your story behind the story!

Thanks, Alli, for having me on your beautiful blog today to introduce your readers to my latest release INNOCENT TEARS.

I have to admit, I would’ve never expected to write books. First, writing was never my thing, I’m more into numbers, and second, English is not my native language. But, hey, I like to give most things a try.

My first book was born out of boredom and I have to admit the response from readers was overwhelming to say the least. The feedback was great. Yet, all of a sudden I had all these voices in my head wanting their own story. LOL. So I did. And, wow, my second book was picked up by a publisher. I was suddenly obsessed with writing.

INNOCENT TEARS was my third book. The story is set in Melbourne and I was pleased when the rights were returned to me early last year. Even though I loved the previous cover, I love the current one just that little bit more.

Anyway, INNOCENT TEARS grew out of many different ideas. The main idea, though, came to me when we went to Europe a few years back. My husband and my girls returned to Australia a week earlier while I went to Dublin to visit a friend as well as doing some research for my book JOURNEY TO HER DREAMS. My husband did a great job, being house husbandfor a week, but in between the lines I did hear from my daughters that the routinewas out of whack. My thoughts and ideas went into overdrive: how would it be for a man to suddenly have to take on a parent role, and vice versa, how would a child feel after losing a parent.

And this is how I came up with INNOCENT TEARS.

I have since published my BEGINNINGS series which is set in Hobart and ECHOES OF THE PAST, a standalone book set at the Victorian coast. All my books (except one) are available free for KU subscribers.

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Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn McCormack, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it pulls the feet right out from underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight. He didn’t know about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.

With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’ ideas, and Emma is voicing her opinion, too, leaving Nadine right in the middle of it all, still grieving the loss of her mother. There’s no doubt she’s afraid about where and with whom she will settle.

Will a letter Flynn receives help him decide what to do?

Available on Amazon for only 99cents or FREE for KU subscribers

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Behind the Story: Dave Sinclair

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Dave at MI6, London, with his own spy, Eva Destruction

Today I’m happy to introduce you to a writer who I’ve known for a very long time – forty-six years, in fact. I could give you an introduction from a sisterly point of view (annoying younger brother and always getting me in trouble with the parents when we were growing up), but truth be told, he’s grown in to an excellent human who is also a talented writer. His latest novel is released today, and it’s a quirky, action-packed ride that will take you into the world of spies and feisty heroines.

Dave is a USA Today bestselling author, screenwriter and a really excellent parallel parker. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his partner and two crazy daughters. Dave’s overflowing bookshelves include many works by Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse, Dashiel Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Janet Evanovich, Ian Flemming, Zadie Smith and John le Carré (editor note: and his sister, Alli Sinclair’s brilliantly fantastic books!).

So, Dave, what’s the story behind the Eva Destruction novels?

The old writing cliché says write what you know, but I think that’s bollocks. If that was true I’d be writing books about an IT manager that knows how to sing along to Disney movies with a six and eight year old. Far better advice would be write what you want to read. That’swhere the Eva Destruction books came from – I wanted to read about a sassy funny heroine, from a perspective in spy thrillers you never see – the Bond girl.

The name Eva Destruction evokes exactly that, Bond girls of long ago, where did it come from?

Oddly enough, from a blog, remember blogs? A friend wrote a post years ago asking for Bond girl name suggestions, I replied:


After that it kind of rattled around in my brain for a while, but I didn’t think much of it. A few years later I was reading a funny article on the io9 website by Charlie Jane Anders lamented that we never see Evil Overlord Romance (here). In the article she mentions that most genres are played out, so why not create a romance between a sexy and mysterious overlord who plans to take over the world and the feisty heroine who falls in love with him. Plus lots of cool black uniforms. In a moment of madness I thought, sure, I can do that. In a month I had 30,000 words of a book I was tentatively calling, Not Tonight Dear, I’m Destroying Tokyo. But once I hit the dreaded 30k mark I realised the folly of my ways. There just wasn’t enough story to hold up and it crumbled in on itself.

And there I left it for a couple of years.

One day I was reminded of the name Eva Destruction which soon morphed into “a spy story from the Bond girl’s perspective” idea. Then I realised I already had a large chunk of the story already down and didn’t know it.

The Tokyo story was panel beaten into a completely different beast. Once I had sorted out the new book was from the perspective of a feisty feminist Bond girl everything else fell into place. Thus The Barista’s Guide to Espionage was born.

So the Eva Destruction series may not have occurred if it wasn’t for that one blog reply and a tongue in cheek article?

Probably not. It’s always fraught to ask an author where they get their ideas from, but with this one I can give you exact dates and times. Ha!

And the story has continued in different novels?

Absolutely. I had such a ball writing Barista’s that I didn’t want to stop. The characters where so fun, I know there was more to come. The first novel ends with Eva being offered a role at MI6. How could she refuse? From there, the series has delivered three novels and a novella (which hit the USA Today Best Seller list). The characters have grown and faced far more challenges since the first book. The latest novel, The Dead Spy’s Guide to Espionage kind of brings certain strands to a close that were raised in the first novel.

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Eva Destruction Returns!

Forget James Bond.

Forget Jason Bourne.

When the world’s on the brink of a second Cold War, the only person to call is Eva Destruction.

After a bombing in a Russian embassy, the murder of a CIA agent in Budapest, and an attack on MI6 itself, Eva assembles a team of Cold War veterans and puts the pedal to the metal in a race to prevent chaos on a global scale.

With twists at every turn, she’ll do almost anything to bring down those responsible—except drink instant coffee.

The Dead Spy’s Guide to Espionageis a globetrotting, fast-paced thriller that will keep you turning pages well into the night.

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The first book in the series, The Barista’s Guide to Espionage is available at all good (and some not so good) retailers. Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, Barnes & Noble

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Behind the Story: Joanne Dannon

profileToday we welcome the delight Joanne Dannon to tell us about her story behind the story of Falling for Mr Wrong. Joanne writes to give her readers the experience she still loves to savor—indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Welcome Joanne and please, tell us your story!

The Story behind the Story is perfect for my book, “Falling for Mr Wrong” which was published in 2015.

I started this book a few years back and got stuck around the 30K word mark. After much soul searching, I put the manuscript aside and wrote The Alex Jackson series. The first two books are now available – click here to find them.

In July 2014 I was selected to attend a dynamic women’s conference in Israel. I arrived early and spent 3 days exploring Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Although the conference was based in Jerusalem time was spent in of Tiberias and Tsfat.

I heard inspirational talks, met interesting people and had the opportunity to immerse myself in the country’s history and culture.

After 12 incredible days, I returned to Melbourne, opened my laptop and rewrote “Falling for Mr Wrong”. The words flowed as I poured all the amazing experiences I had just enjoyed into Tilly and Nate’s story.


The Dead Sea – opening scene in Falling for Mr Wrong

Rather than just basing the story in Jerusalum, I took Nate and Tilly to beautiful northern Israel. Whether you’re religious or not, you can’t help but feel inspired by the places and events that occurred there.

Tsfat, the home to Jewish mysticism has amazing artists living there and you can immerse yourself in art and visit galleries.

In Galilee, Christians visit the places where Jesus performed his miracles, Jews visit the tombs of the Rambam and other great sages. And for the not so religious visitors, there are stunning walking tracks and hot springs to indulge in. 

The country is steeped in history and everywhere you go, there are monuments and remnants of the past that have been meticulously preserved.

I’ve loved the feedback I’ve received where readers have not only enjoyed the romance, but also the setting.

I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go on the conference. There was a long waiting list of women, however I’d mentioned to one of the leaders that I had a valid passport and could travel last minute. Barely four weeks before the group were to leave someone had to cancel and I got their place. How lucky am I?

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Joanne in Jerusalem


The very lovely Joanne has kindly offered to send each of the commenters a copy of her e-book, Falling for Mr Wrong. Congratulations everyone and thank you so much, Joanne, for your generosity. 

Joanne is giving away an e-book of “Falling for Mr Wrong” to one reader. To enter, simply tell Joanne something wonderful that has happened to you lately. It could be seeing a burst of spring flowers or hearing positive news from a friend. Joanne will randomly give the prize to one person who comments. Give away closes Sunday, 10 April, 11.59 pm (AEST).

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As a nanny, Tilly Walker is more comfortable with her young charges than dodging the English press. But that’s exactly what she has to do when unwittingly caught up in a marriage scandal with a highly regarded Minister of Parliament.

Fleeing to the safety of her great-aunt in Jerusalem, the last person she imagines becoming involved with is an undercover reporter who follows her all the way from England.

Lone wolf Nathaniel Morgan-Young is a political journalist who must break Tilly’s story to vindicate past injustices, deceiving her to get the information he needs. But when Nate unexpectedly falls for the very real woman behind the Naughty Nanny scandal, he desperately wants her to know the truth.

Will he be able to convince her to trust him again, once he has his story? Can he find the right words to make her come back, mend his wounds from the past and make him whole again?

Praise for Joanne Dannon – “A handsome, mysterious Englishman; a feisty nanny and an exotic setting – what more could you ask for? Joanne Dannon delivers a sexy, emotional story with a relatable heroine and a hero worth falling for.” – Leah Ashton, RITA Award winning author.


Joanne Dannon is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family.  She can be found on Facebook and her website chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.  She loves to hear from readers.