Monday, August 4, 2014

Tour Kick Off - The Tempest Murders by @pmterrell #giveaway

Romantic Suspense 
Date Published: September 2013

Detective Ryan O’Clery is working a series of homicides when he discovers a journal kept by an uncle five generations earlier, detailing the same type of murders as the Night of the Big Wind swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland in 1839.

As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer’s description matches exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlyn O’Conor, the woman 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?

A 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 destinies.

One of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, cross-genre category and a nominee for the 2014 International Book Awards

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Yes, I have been a full-time writer since 2002, when I retired from the computer industry. I work at least six days a week on my writing career, between marketing, research and writing. The biggest challenge for me as a full-time writer was learning that to be successful, I also needed to learn how to effectively market and promote my books. This most definitely requires different character traits from the act of writing the book; I think most writers are inherently solitary, preferring to think through things quietly. A marketing professional has to put himself or herself out there repeatedly, and I admit to sometimes feeling like a carnival barker or a gorilla thumping its chest!

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

I believe the most difficult part of writing is in choosing which topics I will write about. I see inspiration everywhere I turn, from character traits that I find intriguing, to plots and ideas that seem to beg to be told. But in order to write a full-length book on a subject (which for me, is anywhere from 80,000 to 120,000 words) I have to know it has plenty of meat to it; that it can survive twists and turns; and that it will be compelling, pulling the reader in from the very first page and not letting them go until they’ve turned that last page.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

In 1967, my family moved to the Mississippi Delta from New Jersey. My father was an FBI Agent, and it was made quite obvious to us all that we were not wanted there. It was a time of violence, of social unrest, of the civil rights movement and draft dodgers. My school principal, Mrs. Alexander, saw that I was isolated and suggested that I write a book. My first “book” was probably all of eight pages, but I was hooked. That year, I won a poetry contest (which I’ll always believe was rigged) and I walked across the stage to accept the reward – a book. I was terrified on stage but I also knew that this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to reach people through the written word.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I am contracted for two books per year. I received so much attention for The Tempest Murders (it was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist and 2014 International Book Awards Nominee) that my next release is the sequel, The White Devil of Dublin. In The Tempest Murders, Ryan O’Clery struggles with an arch nemesis, an albino who bears a striking resemblance to another killer two hundred years earlier and half a world away. In The White Devil of Dublin, Ryan is contacted by a noted historian who claims to have uncovered information about his family’s past. When Ryan arrives for the meeting, he finds the woman murdered and her computer missing. His murder investigation will lead him eight hundred years into the past, to the first albino killer and to a secret his family has harbored for centuries.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

Yes, and I am hopelessly addicted to my iPad! I am currently reading Again by Diana Murdock, and it has me hooked. I love books that combine reincarnation with soul mates.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

An #Irish detective is confronted with #reincarnation, #soulmates, eternal love-but will he lose it before a killer takes it away?

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? MP3

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Hot fudge

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Dramedy

#5 – iPhone or Droid? iPhone

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Summer or Winter? Spring and Fall

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Green tea

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook

p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty 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. The Tempest Murders was one of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, cross-genre category, and a nominee for the 2014 International Book Awards.
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
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, follow her on Twitter at @pmterrell, her blog, and on Facebook under author.p.m.terrell.

Twitter: @pmterrell
Blogs: (based on the series Black Swamp Mysteries and the CIA operatives’ front as angelfish breeders) and (p.m.terrell is the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina)


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  1. Intriguing concept. Sounds like a very exciting book to read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for hosting me here today. And Debby, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I'll be checking back in later and answering any questions anyone might have for me. And I have one for you: where is your favorite place to purchase books? A particular store or Internet site? Print or eBook?

  3. hmmm. sounds interesting. looking forward to checking this out.


  4. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Maidenveil. I hope you'll give the book a try. The sequel, The White Devil of Dublin, will be released in a few weeks.

  5. This looks very intriguing...definitely a book that catches my interest!


  6. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment, Kimberly. I hope you'll give The Tempest Murders a try!