Author spotlight – Cynthia Tereist and “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

Author spotlight – Cynthia Tereist and “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”

Please welcome a great author to the blog – say hello to Cynthia Tereist!

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.

 

 

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Website http://cynthiaterelst.com/

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Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Terelst/e/B07ZCTX8SB/

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Linktree – https://linktr.ee/cynthiaterelst

Cynthia’s new book is LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE

Will one of the treasures they find be each other’s heart?

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist. Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around. Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $3 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that. Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist. Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around. Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $3 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that. Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

Last, but not least, here’s an interview with Cynthia

Who is your favorite author?

It all depends on what genre I am reading. For romance I enjoy Pippa Grant and Jami Albright. Thrillers, I like Michael Connelly. Fantasy, at the moment I am enjoying reading Sabaa Tahir. YA dystopian would be Suzanne Collins and Alexandra Bracken.

How do you describe your writing style?

I would say that my writing is clear, my thoughts flow in a logical manner. It is informal, I use swearing where I feel it is appropriate and I like to incorporate Aussie slang into my novels. Because I write in first person, I feel I am able to immerse myself, and hopefully my readers, into my characters thoughts and feelings.

Why should we read your books?

My motto for my writing is that I like to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. I believe I do this in an entertaining way. My characters actions and thoughts are believable. Reviewers have said how they can relate to my characters and root for them. I have one person say that they wanted to slap a character. That’s when you know you have connected. I like to include difficult, real life topics into my writing such as domestic violence and loss.

Have any of your characters been modelled after yourself?

I guess there’s a little piece of me in all of my characters. But none have been completely modelled off me.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

I think I would choose Evie, from The Cat’s out of the Bag, while she is on the road trip with Jesse. I miss travelling. A lot of the adventures they had were taken directly from my experiences while travelling with my daughter.

What books have most influenced your life?

I can honestly say that none have influenced my life.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

That’s a difficult question. I don’t think I’d like to change any book. I would rather create my own.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Beatles, because I am more familiar with their music.

Who should play you in a film of your life?

Someone whose acting shows a lot of depth, maybe Sandra Bullock.

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