Thursday, February 27, 2020

#GuestPost - "The Cat’s out of the Bag" by Cynthia Terelst

Thank you to Amber for inviting me to your blog today.
My name is Cynthia and I am a new author from Australia.  My first novel, The Cat’s out of the Bag, was published two months ago. It is a contemporary romance with some comedy thrown in.  If you know Australians, you know that we like a good joke, and I hope this is portrayed in the book.
I chose to start the novel in a cat shelter for two reasons. The first was because it felt like it fit with the title of the book. The second is because I volunteer for a local rescue, fostering kittens.  Fostering is such a rewarding experience. By taking these unwanted babies in, we give them a second chance at life. We have had a kitten stay with us for less than a day (yes, that is a record adoption time) and others stay for a year.  Fraser Coast Cat Rescue is a no kill rescue, and we will keep the kittens and cats in our care until they find a forever home.
Here is a photo of Gimli, one of our foster kittens from a few years ago. He had a lick of ice-cream and was showing his appreciation.
Don’t worry, if you’re not a cat person, Mindy the pit bull makes an appearance as well. She certainly is a character.
While the animal characters make for good reading the book is ultimately about the love story between Evie and Jesse, and the push and pull as Evie learns how to trust. But Evie isn’t the only one who comes with a past, and we learn how Jesse needs to overcome his own fears.
I’m working on my next novel now, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Yes, there is a theme in the titles that will continue for some time. This book is a second chance romance, with a scavenger hunt the fabric holding the story together.
Hope you all have a fabulous day, with a dash or dollop of reading!


One van. Two hearts. Thousands of kilometres.
Jesse’s a self-made billionaire who yearns to get away from his empty life and the money-hungry parasites who inhabit it. The plan? Go to Australia, tell no one about his money and find himself. Instead of finding just himself, he finds Evie, who is everything anyone should aspire to be. Now, what he aspires to be, is hers. But to be hers, he needs to tell her everything.
Evie has left her past behind. She has rebuilt herself, and her life, into one of happiness. After she meets Jesse, while volunteering at a cat shelter, memories of her past filter back in. She is stronger now and wants to trust him. But after all she has been through, is trust even possible?
The quest to find a cat a forever home leads them to travel across the country together. Can the close quarters drive them to open up to each other? Or will it drive them apart?


The wave petered out, and I paddled back to the line-up. Sitting, watching, waiting. The constant breeze in my ears and the sound of waves breaking relaxed me. Lulled by the gentle rise and fall of the swells, I thought about Evie.
She was one of the most complicated people I’d ever met. Whatever she had been through had made her strong and independent. But underneath, she was all doubt. I could see her trying to be brave, but that could change in an instant as her insecurities took over. I felt like it was a fight between Nick and me, and I didn’t even know the guy. I didn’t know how to beat a ghost. But I would. I would figure it out, and I would gain Evie’s trust, bit by bit.
Her. Me. That’s what I would strive for.

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Author Bio

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored. 

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