Today I’ve got my dear friend from down under Iris Blobel here to talk about her newest book.
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight! He had no idea 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, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle.
But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figuring out what to do.
I had a vague idea to write something along this line a few years back when we went to Europe and my husband took my girls back home a week before I returned home. Of course, my husband is a good dad and has no worries about taking over being the fulltime parent, but when listening to my girls I did notice how they mentioned how he had done things “different”. So I wondered how it must be for a man (probably a woman as well) to be thrown into the cold water and be a parent all of a sudden. And that’s how I came up with “Innocent Tears”.
Here a scene when Flynn takes his daughter home for the first time:
With her child-sized suitcase and doll in arm, Nadine looked even smaller and frailer than the previous day. The lines of Flynn’s mouth tightened a fraction more as he spotted the little girl. Good grief, he was nervous. With only a few long steps he walked over to Teresa, William and Nadine. Like the day before, he kneeled down
and looked into his daughter’s eyes. “Hello, Miss Muffin. It seems we’re going to spend some time together.”
He noticed Nadine’s nod only came hesitantly. Her eyes did not reflect the warmth he had seen the previous day when William had held her in his arms.
He pointed to her suitcase. “Is this yours?”
She nodded again and then looked to William. “Grandpa?” she whispered.
William picked her up and gave her a massive hug. “You’ll be fine, love. And remember, Grandma and Grandpa love you very much.”
Nadine hung onto him even tighter, and that nearly broke Flynn’s heart.
Thank you all for stopping by. I appreciate it!
Where you can buy “Innocent Tears”
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocent-Tears-ebook/dp/B009CK7HSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352536352&sr=8-1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/innocent-tears-iris-blobel/1112935696?ean=2940015712766
All Romance Books: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html
Where you can find Iris Blobel online:
Official Blog: http://www.iris-b.blogspot.com
Thank you, Lindsay for having me today 🙂
Great Excerpt Iris! 🙂
Thanks Lisa !
In the movie version, that scene (with the girl leaving that set of grandparents) will have everyone in tears.
I know what you mean about being “thrown into the cold water”. I had to keep our young kids by myself a few times. One of them turned out to be “picture day” at my daughter’s school. we got up extra early and I tried to roll Julie’s hair. Made a pretty good mess of it. The lady next door helped out.
I’ve also — as granddad — had two young kids for a few days in a stretch. It reminds me how old I’m getting. Ha.
Thanks Jeff for stopping by. Well, I hope “picture day” turned out ok for Julie!
PS – Movie would be nice 🙂
LOL. It turned out okay, I guess. But everytime any of us sees that photo, somebody says, “that was the day your Dad fixed your hair”