Ten Things You Might Not Know About p.m. terrell – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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1. I average 20 hours a week on volunteer activities. The largest project I’ve undertaken recently has been founding and chairing the Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, which raises money to increase literacy. We bring together more than 75 authors and publishers from around the world to sell their books, participate in talks and chat with readers.

2. For more than 30 years, I’ve adopted homeless animals, including an Old English Mastiff, an Australian Shepherd, two foxhounds, a collie, two Jack Russells and two black cats.

3. Heat and humidity causes incapacitating inflammation. Living in coastal North Carolina means I spend a lot of time indoors.

4. To research The Tempest Murders and A Thin Slice of Heaven, I underwent past life regression.

5. I am fascinated by the cosmos and enjoy listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson. I believe we are in the Golden Age of science and technology. I believe in parallel worlds, quantum psychics and relativity.

6. I spend hours each week caring for more freshwater fish than I can count (I have 9 aquariums) and when one gets sick, I have an infirmary where I administer medicine. My crowning jewels are my 10-12 inch freshwater angelfish.

7. My favorite television series are Daredevil (Netflix), The Musketeers (BBC) and Grimm (NBC). I miss True Blood and every syndicated episode of Friends still makes me laugh.

8. I hate spiders and creepy-crawly things. While gardening once, I stood up and came face to face with a six foot black snake that was in the hedge with his head sticking out at me. It was the first time my family had ever seen an old white woman do the Michael Jackson moonwalk.

9. I love crepe myrtle; they’re like flowers in the sky. While I wilt in hot weather, they thrive. My favorite is hot pink.

10. I love roller coasters. My record was 19 in one day. I screamed so much that I couldn’t talk for two days.

She had arranged to meet her husband in Northern Ireland for a second honeymoon, but when Charleigh arrives at the remote castle, she receives a message that he won’t be coming—and that he’s leaving her for another woman.

Stranded for the weekend by a snowstorm that has blocked all access to the castle, she finds herself three thousand miles from home in a country she knows nothing about.

She is soon joined by Sean Bracken, the great-grandson of Laird Bracken, the original owner of the castle, and she finds herself falling quickly and madly in love with him. There’s just one problem: he’s dead.

As the castle begins to come alive with secrets from centuries past, she finds herself trapped between parallel worlds. Caught up in a mass haunting, she can no longer recognize the line between the living and the dead. Now she’s discovering that her appearance there wasn’t by accident—and her life is about to change forever.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“What’s happening?” Charleigh whispered. Her throat had grown dry and her voice was hoarse with tension. Though she attempted to keep her tone low so they would remain unobserved, it sounded loud and harsh in the strident atmosphere that seemed suddenly to have gripped the village. She felt anxiety growing deep within her and the urge to get back to the castle burgeoned with ferocity and urgency; but she realized with a sickening sensation in the pit of her soul that the growing inharmonious throngs were between them and the sanctuary of her room.

“Do not be afraid, m’ Leah,” Sean answered. He did not whisper but his voice was deep and taut. After a moment, he said, “They are reenacting an event that occurred… some time ago.”

“Oh,” she breathed. She should have felt relief but her insides continued to roil as if his explanation did not match the scene unfolding before her. Nervously, she said, “Reenactors. We have them in America.”

“You have witnessed them, then?”

“Yes. I find them very interesting…” She forced the words past her dry lips. “They reenact battles from the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, mainly.”

As the churning skies turned to the color of tar, Charleigh could discern the sources of the strange glow: they were torches held aloft by dozens of people. More were joining them, stragglers rushing from the village to catch up, while they began to spread apart in a more orderly column as they converged on the flat land they’d crossed on their way into the village. One man in the forefront stopped and began pointing and directing those that followed.

“These reenactments,” Sean continued, “were the people alive?”

About the Author:

p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books in five genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, romance, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret Service, U.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence, themes that have carried forward to her suspense.

She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, an organization committed to raising public awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She is the organizer and chairperson of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in the real town of Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime. For more information on this event and the literacy campaigns funded by it, visit www.bookemnc.org.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

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