Virtual Book Tour: The Tempest Murders by p.m. terrell

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MEDIA KIT Celtic_Knot_BraceletThis post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. p.m. will be awarding a Celtic bracelet (US only) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Our pet was very interested in p.m.’s pets and had some questions— pull up a cushion and get comfortable as we bring you Dog Dish.

So, your human writes books. Does this mean she is home all day and easy to access? Elaborate if necessary.

Oh, is that what she’s doing? I wondered why she sits in her chair all day, every day, and just bangs her fingers around. I thought it was the worst piano playing I’d ever heard.

But I have to say our peep does take good care of us. She installed doggie doors all over the house so we can go outside any time we want. We enjoy rushing outside like a pack of dogs (oh, that’s right, we are a pack of dogs) and barking our heads off at neighborhood cats and the neighborhood in general.

What are your techniques for distracting your human during crucial writing moments, just because it’s fun? Whose primary job is it? What do the rest of you do to support the one doing the main distracting?

This is a tall order, so we take turns. Simone the collie is great at sticking her big, long nose on the keyboard so our peep has to stop and look up. Eddie the Jack Russell likes to roll his adorable eyes as he leans on the chair arm. And Lucy, a Jack Russell – Basset mix, is terrific at whining at our peep’s feet. Once our peep stops the piano playing—uh, typing—we all come over and nudge her and eye the cookie jar.

What indignities and neglect have you suffered because of your human’s writing career?

Oh, the indignities! We’ve tried to phone Oprah a number of times and we don’t know why she won’t take our call. Sometimes our dinner isn’t ready until a whole half hour after we’re ready for it. Sometimes Lucy will pee on the carpet behind Mommy, and she won’t even stop typing! (Though she did rename her Lucy Loo, and that’s not a typo.) Sometimes she’ll pet us and not even look at us, but one hand will continue to type. Now that’s neglect if we ever saw it.

Tell me about the animals in your human’s fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play?

Well, Simone wants to point out that she is in the Black Swamp Mysteries series and she hasn’t received her first paycheck for it. She is the collie who belongs to the neighbors next door (the homicide detective, ooh, scary). In Dylan’s Song, Dylan is reunited with his border collie named Shep in Ireland and brings her back home. And Simone got her agent to write a letter to Mommy asking why a border collie, and why does Simone have to live next door? Then she was reminded that Simone is shy, and besides the border collie gets creepy.

Then another border collie shows up in The Tempest Murders. This one is named Henry. What is it with border collies and Mommy? Is she trying to tell us something?

What movies involving animals does your human enjoy sharing with you? Books with animals?

Well, we finally trained Mommy to turn on The Animal Planet every time she leaves the house. Eddie, in particular, enjoys sitting on the sofa, munching popcorn and watching TV. It’s like one big window, and we all have to take turns making sure nobody pops out of that screen and onto our turf. When we’re really bored, Mommy puts in the Turner and Hooch DVD. There’s lots of barking in it, which we love. And have you seen that handsome mastiff?

If you could make one change to your human, what would it be?

She needs to be more active. Like, take us on motorcycle rides. Bicycle rides, even. Eddie and Lucy could sit in a basket up front and Simone… Well, maybe we could get a red wagon for her. God knows we don’t want the exercise.

Are you happy with your human? If you could tell your human one thing, what would it be?

We’re pretty happy with our peep. If there’s one thing we could tell her, we’d say thanks for taking each of us out of the slammer. Yep. We were all three jailed. Two of us were picked up by some perv in a white jacket and a net and when our other peeps (who were neglectful, let’s get real about it) never showed up to bail us out, we were sent to death row. Can you believe it? Just for checking out the neighborhood? Anyway, our peep rescued us and took us away from that horrible place. Simone was rescued from a back yard breeder who was starving her to death so if she could talk, she would burp and say thanks for the endless supply of food. Great invention, that contraption that holds 30 pounds of food and drops it whenever we want it!

About the Author: MEDIA KIT Author Photop.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than eighteen books in four genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area: McClelland Enterprises, Inc. and Continental Software Development Corporation. 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.

Vicki’s Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Book Awards nominee and her historical suspense, River Passage, was a 2010 Best Fiction and Drama Winner. It was determined to be so historically accurate that a copy of the book resides at the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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 of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in 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.

She sits on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the Robeson County Arts Council. She has also served on the boards of Crime Stoppers and Crime Solvers and became the first female president of the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.

For more information visit the author’s website at www.pmterrell.com, follow her on Twitter at @pmterrell, her blog at www.pmterrell.blogspot.com, and on Facebook under author.p.m.terrell.

MEDIA KIT Book CoverA provocative story of a love that spans centuries, of soul mates found, lost and reunited… and the lengths to which one man will go to change their destiny.

Irish Detective Ryan O’Clery is working a series of homicides in America when he discovers a journal written by an uncle, Constable Rian Kelly, five generations earlier. The journal detailed the same type of murders as the worst storm in Ireland’s history slammed into the island in 1839.

As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer’s description matches his cases exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlin O’Conor, Rian Kelly’s lover—the woman who was lost to the killer as the storm raged in Ireland—and if he is the reincarnation of Constable Rian Kelly.

Now he’s in a race to rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her—or is history destined to repeat itself?

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SUPER BOOK BLAST: DYLAN’S SONG by p.m. terrell

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3_15 SBB PRIZE Celtic_Key_Necklace (2)This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. p.m. will be awarding a Celtic Key Necklace identical to the one Dylan gives to Vicki in Dylan’s Song to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

3_15 Media Kit Book CoverDylan Maguire returns to his native Ireland with psychic spy Vicki Boyd. Their mission: to locate and extract a CIA Agent who disappeared in Dublin while on the trail of a known terrorist. But when Dylan receives word that his grandmother is dying, he is plunged into a past he thought he’d left behind forever. His mission and the dark secrets he’d sought to keep hidden begin to merge into an underworld that could cost him his life. He must now confront his past demons and the real reason he left Ireland—while Vicki harbors a secret of her own.

Suspense Magazine says, “p.m.terrell’s writing is powerfully written and masterfully suspenseful; you have to hang on for the ride of your life.” Midwest Book Review says the Black Swamp Mysteries series is “page-turning action, unforgettable characters, breathtaking descriptions and unexpected plot twists.” And syndicated reviewer Marcia Freespirit says the series is “riveting, spell-binding, sexy and intense!”

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“Why are you so adamant about not going back?” Vicki said. “I don’t understand.”

He strode to the back door. With his hand almost on the knob, he stopped abruptly and turned around to face them. “The flight is a hundred hours long.”

“It’s six hours,” Sam said.

“I’ll have jet lag for weeks!”

“Two days, tops.” Sam’s voice was becoming quizzical.

“Are you afraid of flying?” Vicki asked.

No!” he bellowed. He opened the kitchen door. “The weather there is atrocious!”

“I can’t believe you’re acting like this is such an inconvenience for you!” Vicki shouted.

“In me whole life,” he said as if he hadn’t heard her, “it’s rained once.” He held up his finger. “One time!”

“Really?” Vicki said. “Once?”

And it’s lasted for thirty years!” With that, he marched outside and slammed the door behind him.

Vicki and Sam stared at the door for a long moment without speaking. Then she turned to him. “I’m at a loss here.”

He continued staring at the kitchen door as if he hadn’t heard her.

“Do you know why he doesn’t want to see Ireland again?” Vicki asked.

“He can’t refuse a mission,” Sam said quietly. “You can’t pick and choose your missions in this line of work.”

Vicki turned to stand directly in front of him.

“Do you know,” she said in a stronger voice, “why he doesn’t want to see Ireland again?”

He looked at her as if seeing her for the first time.

“You know, don’t you?”

He looked away from her. His eyes roamed the kitchen as though he was searching for something. Vicki stood her ground until he said, “No. I have my suspicions; that’s all.”

About the Author:3_15 Media Kit pmterrell_closeupp.m.terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books. Vicki’s Key, one of the first books in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, was one of five finalists in the 2012 International Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense) and 2012 USA Best Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense.) River Passage, an historical work based on her ancestor’s migration to Fort Nashborough in 1779-1780, won the 2010 Best Fiction & Drama Award. The Nashville (TN) Metropolitan Government Archives determined it to be so historically accurate that they entered the original manuscript into their Archives for future researchers and historians.

Prior to becoming a full-time author in 2002, terrell founded and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her clients included the United States Secret Service, CIA, Department of Defense and federal and local law enforcement. Her specialty is in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence. Her experience in these areas have greatly influenced her books’ plots.

She is the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, whose slogan is “Buy a Book and Stop a Crook” and whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She founded Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, an annual event to raise money to increase literacy and reduce crime.

For more information on Book ‘Em North Carolina, visit www.bookemnc.org and www.bookemnc.blogspot.com.

p.m.terrell’s website is www.pmterrell.com and her blog is www.pmterrell.blogspot.com.

She can be found on Twitter @pmterrell

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My Favorite Vacation Destination
I write my books while sitting at my office desk or in my living room and most of the time I am fine with that. The world seems to fade around me as the scenes I am writing become more vivid. Yet when I watched Love, Actually and I saw Colin Firth writing at the edge of a beautiful lake, something within me stirred.

My favorite vacation destination would be a simple cottage in a rural area of Ireland where I could write to my heart’s content. From the cottage windows or lawn, I could see the gently rolling green hills and the purple heads of lavender swaying to one side with the soft breeze. As I turn to face the other direction, the natural beauty of a pond greets me, the breeze skipping over the surface of the water like faeries dancing. The water reflects the blue skies above me as the clouds clear away from the mist that greets me each morning.

The mist is welcomed each morning like nature’s way of refreshing the endless variety of green grasses and trees; of watering the bounty of flowers that nod and greet me as I pass by. The mists clear the dust from the door and the cobwebs from my brain as I awaken to the wonder around me.

A meandering path barely wide enough for a car stretches off into the distance; a road that takes me to the nearest village when solitude is no longer needed. And on a lazy afternoon, I might wander into that village with its quaint shops, the pubs that smell of sweetbreads and rye, the sidewalk cafes that beckon me to sit and watch the leisurely pace of the residents.

This isn’t a tourist destination but a village tucked far away from the fast pace of ordinary life. It is a step back in time when life felt unhurried, when tasks at hand need not be rushed by the hands of the clock, where beauty is there to be admired and loved.

I return home for dinner; a dinner for two, of course, with sweet wine and sweeter lips… Candlelight, the warmth of a fireplace on a cool evening; and as a restful rain sets in, it’s the perfect time to curl up beneath scented sheets and to while away the evening in another’s arms.

Then tomorrow and each day of my vacation, I will perform exactly the same routine.

About the Author:

p.m.terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books, including Vicki’s Key, a 2012 International Book Awards finalist, and River Passage, 2010 Best Fiction & Drama winner. She is the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation whose slogan is “Buy a Book and Stop a Crook” and the co-chair of Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference & Book Fair. For more information, visit www.pmterrell.com.

Other places online to find the author:

www.pmterrell.blogspot.com
Twitter: @pmterrell
Facebook: Patricia M. Terrell

In Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, Dylan Maguire is back in his first assignment with the CIA: to interrogate recently captured Brenda Carnegie. But when she escapes again, it’s obvious she’s had help from within the CIA’s own ranks. With Vicki Boyd’s assistance, Brenda is back in Dylan’s custody. And now he must find out why some in the highest levels of our government want her dead while others are willing to risk everything to help her. And when he discovers Brenda’s real identity, his mission has just become very personal.