Wednesday, August 28, 2019

April in the Back of the Beyond

Romantic Suspense/Ghost Story
This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. p. m. terrell will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Writer Hayley Hunter has arrived in Ireland to complete a book on Irish history. When she discovers the old carriage house she is renting is haunted, she is determined to uncover the truth behind the burned ruins of a nearby manor house and the abandoned British barracks it overlooks. With the assistance of Shay Macgregor, an Irish historian, her quest will take her to 1919 and the Irish War for Independence, exposing the murders of two young men and why their mother, April Crutchley, refuses to leave the back of beyond even in death. With a budding romance and the opportunity to begin life anew, Hayley finds her own life is now in jeopardy as she gets closer to a truth the villagers have long sought to bury.

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My Review...


I felt as if I had been to Ireland after I read this book. I got so engrossed I even went to my computer to read more about some of its history. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a dry history book by any means. It’s story about its wars, its people and its beautiful scenery. It’s one of those tales you just don’t want to put down. The kind you keep looking at the clock thinking “just 15 more minutes” and pretty soon it’s been a couple hours.

This book is classified as a romantic suspense/ghost story. I would tell you that except for the suspense part, none of those are a genre I read too much. However, the romance was everyday life; falling in love, learning to know one another, and caring about one another. No embarrassing erotic stuff here. And the “ghost” part, well I kind of took this as “was there really a ghost or not” which left it a little spooky but not necessarily hard to believe.

I think all of the enthusiasm you can feel in my writing above is due to p.m. terrell’s characters. I liked them and they were interesting. They seemed like real live people. They made me want things to turn out my way and I wasn’t sure whether it would or not. That’s the emotion you should feel throughout an entire book. That’s called suspense.

p.m. terrill has many books published. I couldn’t find one that didn’t have good reviews. Check them out.


read an excerpt...

When I heard the soft sobs, I realized I had drifted off once more and in my half-awakened state, I thought the cries were connected to my discordant dreams. I lay there with a groan on my lips not quite ready to spill out and wishing I could simply sleep peacefully before it was too late and I would be forced to arise for the long day ahead. I felt the bedcovers slip away from my bare shoulders and I fought to open my eyes.

When they finally did open, I discovered that I was completely uncovered. The bedcovers had been pulled to the foot of the bed and were shivering inches from my feet as they lay heaped into an unkempt triangle about three feet in height. I blinked once and then twice, my mind not grasping what my eyes were witnessing, for surely it must be a trick of the eyes to think the covers were still moving.

It was then that I realized the soft sobs had continued even after I had fully awakened and they were not part and parcel of my overactive dream state but they were real and they were coming from the direction of the blanket.

“You don’t understand,” came the sound of a woman’s voice, wracked with anguished sobs. “They are still here.”

“No, sweet darling,” returned a weary man’s voice that sounded so close I nearly jumped out of my skin. “They are with God now.”

“I’m telling you they are not,” the woman answered, her weeping growing more tormented. “They’ve never left. They’re still here.”

Within the space of a single heartbeat, I saw myself just a few nights ago, convinced the voices came from outside my window. Then I was pulled into the present to fight the horrifying realization that I was sharing my bed with two apparitions.

I slid my feet away from the covers in excruciatingly slow progress, afraid at any moment my movements would alert the phantoms of my presence. I tucked my feet and knees close to my torso as I came to an uneasy seated position, almost fetal in an attempt to occupy as little space as possible.

The room had become an icebox despite the radiators and I found myself shivering almost in tandem with the blanket. I had no idea how long I sat there, curled against the headboard and pillows, watching the foot of the bed and listening to the disembodied voices that filled the air. But then something seemed to snap inside me, fully awakening me to the present time and despite my fear, despite my trepidation, I grew impatient with myself. I reached a trembling hand toward the bedcovers, intent on pulling them over me to fight the chill as well as reassure me that they were not wet.

But at the precise moment I felt the dampness under my fingers, the sobbing stopped, replaced by a gasp that was not my own. I yanked the covers to the side, determined to discover what mechanical device lay beneath. The material jerked away from me as though I was engaged in a tug-of-war and the gasp was replaced with a woman’s blood-curdling scream and a man’s shouts.






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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally
acclaimed author of more than 23 books in multiple genres, including contemporary suspense, historical suspense, computer instructional, non-fiction and children’s books.

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 the detection of white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence.

A full-time author since 2002, Black Swamp Mysteries was her first series, inspired by the success of Exit 22, released in 2008. Vicki’s Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Book Awards nominee, and The Pendulum Files was a national finalist for the Best Cover of the Year in 2014. Her second series, Ryan O’Clery Suspense, is also award-winning. The Tempest Murders (Book 1) was one of four finalists in the 2013 International Book Awards, cross-genre category. 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. Songbirds are Free is her bestselling book to date; it is inspired by the true story of Mary Neely, who was captured in 1780 by Shawnee warriors near Fort Nashborough (now Nashville, TN).

She was 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 was the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in the town of Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime and served as its chairperson and organizer for its first four years. She also served on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County (NC) Public Library, the Robeson County (NC) Arts Council, Virginia Crime Stoppers and became the first female president of the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.

For more information, book trailers, excerpts and more, visit the author’s website at www.pmterrell.com.


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11 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Bernie Wallace said...

Which upcoming books are you looking forward to reading?

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good read.

Victoria Alexander said...

Can't wait to check this one out!

p. m. terrell said...

Thank you for hosting me here today! I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and appreciate the review. I'll be checking in to answer any questions anyone might have for me.

p. m. terrell said...

Thanks for the question, Bernie! I'm currently reading "The Tour" by Jean Grainger. I love books by Kathleen McGurl, and she's recently released another one entitled "The Stationmaster's Daughter", which I've been eagerly awaiting. Also on my TBR stack are "What the Wind Knows" by Amy Harmon and "Sleeper's Castle" by Barbara Erskine. What's in your stack?

p. m. terrell said...

Thank you for following the tour, James!

p. m. terrell said...

Thank you, Rita! I hope you enjoy it!

p. m. terrell said...

Thank you, Victoria! I hope you enjoy it!

Kathy said...

Really enjoyed it myself and was glad to be a host.