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.
She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.
Let’s learn a little about one of the characters in her book
Beverley: What’s your name?
Jesse: Jesse Morgan
Beverley: Where did you grow up?
Jesse: I grew up in California. Even though I’ve lived there all my life I don’t really feel connected to it. I didn’t have a fun, carefree childhood.
Beverley: During what time period does your story take place?
Jesse: Current time period.
Beverley: What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?
Jesse: Being a billionaire makes me interesting to a lot of people. But it is often for the wrong reasons. Money is not always as good as it is made out to be.
Beverley: What’s your goal in this story?
Jesse: My initial goal was to get away from all the negative in my life, and to find myself and what makes me happy. When I met Evie, I found someone unique, strong and kind. My goal changed. I wanted to become hers.
Beverley: What conflicts are you facing?
Jesse: Evie is my biggest conflict. I don’t mean in a negative way. She is complicated and guarded. It is a challenge trying to break those walls down.
Beverley: Do you have a plan for resolving them?
Jesse: Be myself. Go slow. Don’t tell her about my money.
Beverley: Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Jesse: I’m not going to give up.
Blurb for The Cat's Out of the Bag
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?
Excerpt for The Cat's Out of the Bag
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.
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