When Garrett Andrews finds something that catches his eye, he goes after it, letting nothing stand in the way of what he wants to possess. The first woman to arouse his heart could be the one person who helps him to finally open up and feel again.
Laurel Hart was a swimming champion until a frightful event and unknown health issues derailed her career. With a recent degree from MIT in Bio-Medical Engineering and an offer to join one of the leading innovators of medical equipment in the world, she plans on making a new life for herself; letting nightmares from her past stay in the past, or so she thinks.
Neither of them wants to date, but she finds herself drawn to him and Garrett uses every excuse to be near her. Laurel’s afraid to let anyone get close, but finds solace in his arms. Garrett is finally able to be himself around someone. Together, they discover a connection that manages to soothe both their souls and starts opening them up to new possibilities.
Once Garrett finds out about Laurel’s past, all rules in regards to “relationships” are changed, because one false move could drive her away. He attempts to calm her nightmares and gain her trust so he can show her who he really is and the relationship he desires from her.
Will they be able to overcome the damage their hearts have encountered? Can they find happiness? Can they trust their minds or will life throw each of them another curveball? Only time will tell if they can learn to trust.
I got the chance to interview the delightful Cynthia:
Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist?
The only ones I can think of are a lack of sleep, too much coffee to keep you going and people looking at you funny when your running lines for a scene, out loud, to see how it sounds. LOL!
What are the most important activities to remaining sane as a writer?
Easy. Spending time with my family and taking time to enjoy life and remembering that books take time to write.
Do you research your novels?
Absolutely! Learning to Trust required some research into types of machinery used to help increase an athletes performance. Plus, I had to figure out exactly where in Orlando would be the optimal area to have all the buildings mentioned. It just so happens there is one large condo complex with a huge “W” on the top of it, for the Water Tower. However, this book didn’t require near as much research as my other one, a Young Adult Paranormal Romance, where I have the characters remembering a past life and traveling back to see it. I had to be historically accurate with dress, houses, and other items of the era.
What makes you cry?
A well written, emotional scene in a book. A sad memory. However, I do cry at times when I’m overly happy about something that has happened…tears of joy!
What makes you laugh?
My son, when he’s trying to be silly. My four-legged, little doggie boy, when he’s showing off or getting in a strange position. And, of course I couldn’t leave out my hub’s who likes to crack jokes at times. A good comedy or romantic comedy makes me laugh too. (Those are my favorite kinds of movies.)
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Learning to Trust is intended for mature audiences only. There is some explicit sexual scenes and a few foul words in the book. For those who enjoyed reading Fifty Shades by E.L. James and The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, along with indie authors of Kimberly Knight with her B & S Series and Raine Miller’s The Blackstone affair…this book is very similar. I took some of my favorite book boyfriends of Christian, Giddeon, Brandon and Ethan and was inspired to create my own, Garrett Andrews.
I never intended to be considered similar to any specific book, but I’ve had two beta readers and received two reviews citing that it’s either better than or equal to Fifty Shades. I feel honored to be classified in that category. While Christian Grey may be all about pleasure through pain, Garrett Andrews is all about the pleasure. There will be no pain in this series. Although, there will be some pleasurable surprise.
Anyone who enjoys a good alpha male, dominant character, and characters who both have their demons to deal with (a.k.a. character flaws), should enjoy this book. This one focuses on Laurel’s fears and issues. The next one will be more focused on Garrett finally facing his own issues. Both characters will grow over time and an unsuspecting twist will be thrown into the next book and follow throughout the rest of the storyline.
What is your preferred medium and why?
My preferred medium is ebooks, but I do love to hold a good book in my hands from time to time. Electronic copies, (I have a tablet and my computer loaded with Kindle) offer cheaper reads and you don’t have to worry about ruining the pages by crinkling them or highlighting them. Plus, you can buy about three or four books to the price of an actual paper or hard back copy.
However, I do love a good paperback and hardback, especially from my favorite authors. Why? For one, they could become collector’s items over time and if you have the chance to meet the author, you can have them sign the book(s).
About the Author:
Cynthia P. O’Neill grew up in a small town, called Clewiston, in South Florida. She moved to the Central Florida area to attend college and has never left. She met her friend, love, soul mate and married him. Together they have an amazing son, a feisty four-legged little boy, and a happy life together.
During the course of schooling, she read works by great literary artists, from Shakespeare, to Hemingway, and all the authors in between. She had never considered a field in writing until she stumbled across some Young Adult literature and discovered a love for forbidden romances of all genres.
Her background is focused in healthcare, science and business, while her husband’s is engineering. So you may find references to those areas in some of her books.
Several years after she got married, she started dreaming about her first book, I Remember. Eight years later the story was still strong and the urge to write it down developed. It wasn’t until a few friends asked if she had ever considered writing a Young Adult novel, plus having fallen in love with several new authors who wrote in the first person, that the idea took new light. The story played itself out in her dreams, until one day she talked with her family, told them the idea and finally set down to write, with their encouragement.
Cynthia’s first book is geared towards the Young Adult, Historical and Paranormal Romance fans. She does hope to grow as a writer and write in multiple genres.
She tries to make her writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for her books, but her imagination takes them to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist.
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