Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Newbie Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Newbie by Jo Noelle!


The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile.

At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching.

Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty.


Jo Noelle

Author Jo Noelle

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—

Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation.

Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family.

Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.


Sophie graduated with a degree in education, but as her real estate business was taking off she went that route. Things were looking great until the economy started to take a bit of a turn. Sophie is now finding herself in trouble financially, so it's time to return back to her original career plan. This finds Sophie in a room full of 6 year olds looking forward to a year of being responsible for their education and well being. She feels vastly unprepared for this new life. However, with the help of some friendly teachers and a handsome school worker, Sophie begins to get a new perspective on life. 

I loved Sophie! She managed to walk a line between being impractical and practical at the same time. When she sits down and really looks at things, she realizes that real estate is not going to hold her in good stead. So she goes out to get a job in her original planned field, teaching. Of course, having been out of school for a few years, Sophie is just a tad bit rusty. This is not helped by the cranky teacher over the department. Thankfully some of the other teachers in the grade are much more helpful. I found this to be a fairly realistic representation of a work environment. Some people will love you, some will hate you, and yet you have to work with all of them. Sophie did a good job of trying to just do her best with everyone.

Of course, what's a career change without a little romance? Sophie finds this by way of the super handsome and somewhat mysterious Liam. I found the initial part of their relationship felt a tiny bit rushed, but things evened out at the story went on. They were a fun pair, and you couldn't help but cheer them on. Overall I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. Sophie really had to ask herself some important questions in the end about what was really important to her with regards to her life and her future. Sophie discovered that sometimes the most unexpected parts of life are the things that help us to truly find out who we are.

Book provided for review.


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Jo Noelle said...

Thank you for sharing NEWBIE! Our goal in writing Sophie's story was just to make the readers laugh and forget about their own troubles. I hope you and your followers enjoy it. :)

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