Cynthia Terelst, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.
The Cat’s Out of the Bag by Cynthia Terelst
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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?
Meet Mike from The Cat’s Out of the Bag
Full name: Mike
Physical description: Domestic Shorthair, ginger, light green eyes
Relationship to main character: Lives at the cat shelter where the Evie volunteers
Where this furbaby came from: he was lost, a family found him in their backyard and surrendered him to the cat shelter. His was not microchipped, which meant his owners could not be contacted. His owners never came to find him.
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What inspired you to create this character?
I volunteer as a foster carer for a local cat rescue. There are a few cats which are difficult to adopt – black cats and older cats. I wanted to write about an older cat to show people how sweet and intuitive they are.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Evie and Jesse both adore Mike. Jesse is drawn to Mike as soon as he meets him, showing how kind Jesse is.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
Both Evie and Jesse enjoy spending time with Mike. When Evie introduces Jesse to Mike, she does it with affection. Mike is old, partly deaf and very wise. Evie and Jesse go to him at separate times to talk over their feelings. He might be partly deaf but he is a good listener and knows what’s going on.
What does this furbaby eat?
The cats at the shelter eat good quality dry food and fresh meat. The chewing action required for the cats to eat fresh meat helps keep their teeth clean and healthy.
What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?
Mike has lived at the cat shelter for a year, waiting patiently for his forever home. He lives in a large enclosure with several other cats. They have cat scratch posts, toys to play with and hammocks to sleep in.
What does this furbaby add to the story?
Even though Mike can’t talk he offers the best advice. He helps bring Evie and Jesse together. Not to mention, he has an awesome personality.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
He is gentle and intuitive.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
If Mike had the ability to roll his eyes he definitely would.
About Kimmy and Possum
I have two cats, Kimmy and Possum. I have had up to five foster kittens in my home at one time. That was a lot of hard work, I prefer two to three.
Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
Mike reminds me of Kimmy who is also old. She waits patiently for her food. She sits and waits until it is served. Possum, on the other hand, demands her food and is in your face until she gets it.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Sleep, usually. When I have foster kittens, they like to be close, sometimes walking over the keyboard or using it as a pillow.
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
Probably hermit crabs. Once we left our dog inside with them while we said goodbye to guests. When we came back in, she had one of them in her mouth. She let it go, but it died a few days after.
Where did you find your pet?
Kimmy came from a local refuge and Possum was a foster fail through a local rescue.
What do you feed your pet?
Good quality dry food and fresh meat. It can get quite expensive when foster kittens are in the house. They eat like teenage boys.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Kimmy loves soft toys; she carries them around the house. Possum is not into toys; she is more food and pat orientated.
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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.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Terelst/e/B07ZCTX8SB/
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist
Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Fraser Coast Cat Rescue
To set up a successful fostering unit in Hervey Bay and Maryborough eventually extending to cover the Fraser Coast Region. Our dream is to also set up a regular desexing system to make it an affordable option for all Cat owners. Ultimately we would also like to set up a feral cat catch, desex, release and monitor programme to reduce the feral colonies around our towns.