Tuesday, 4 December 2012

VBT and giveaway - Secrets of a Dangerous Woman by P.M Terrell

Todays virtual book tour is p.m. terrell's "Secrets of a Dangerous Woman", and on offer to you all is the chance to win a wonderful Black Swamp Mysteries gift basket! This basket is chock full of goodies from the town where this mystery series location was written! Follow the tour, comment, and enter to win!

Secrets of a Dangerous Woman
By P.M. Terrell

Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Drake Valley Press
Release Date: September 2012
Buy: Amazon | Kindle / Amazon UK

Irishman Dylan Maguire is back in Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, reuniting with psychic spy Vicki Boyd. In his first mission with the CIA, he must 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 psychic assistance, Brenda is back in his custody again. And now he must find out why some in the highest branches of government want her dead - and others will risk everything to help her. And when he discovers her true identity, his mission has just become very personal.


 Brenda was taller than her sister. His chest touched her back as he leaned on the door, her hair brushing against his face and flowing downward nearly to the top of his jeans. She smelled of Vicki’s shampoo and Vicki’s perfume.
 “Where the bloody hell do you think you’re goin’?” Dylan said.
She didn’t answer but continued facing the door.
“Put the gun down, Red,” he said calmly.
“Since you remember me,” she said, still with her back against him, “you know I didn’t have a gun.”
“I know that you’ve got me gun in your right hand. And I know as soon as you turn around, that gun is goin’ to be pointed at me chest.”
“Let me go, Irish. Don’t make me shoot you.”
“There are two things I won’t be allowin’ to happen. First, you’re not gonna shoot me with me own gun. And second, they won’t be catchin’ you with me gun on you. They won’t be tracin’ you back to me.”
She remained motionless and he could almost hear her mind racing. “I’m bad news, Irish. You and I both know it. It’s better this way.”
“It’s better that you stay here. You’re safe here.”
“What are you saying?”
“I think I just said it.”
“I’m turning around,” she said after a moment’s hesitation. “And I’m handing you the gun.”
He moved slightly away from the door, dropping his arms from around her head as she turned around. He took the gun from her hand and set it on the kitchen table beside them.
“I wish I’d met you before Vicki did. We would have been good together.”
His eyes followed her jawline, her full lips, a slightly wide, upturned nose, her high cheekbones, and a mountain of copper hair a man could get lost in. Then his eyes moved to her perfect brows, one raised slightly, coquettishly, before stopping to peer into her mesmerizing amber eyes. “We would have been dangerous together.”


p.m. terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books in four genres: paranormal romantic suspense, suspense/thriller, historical adventure/suspense and non-fiction. Vicki's Key, the second book in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, was a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards (one of only five in the mystery/suspense category) and River Passage won the 2010 Best Drama & Fiction Award. She has been a full-time writer for more than ten years. Previously, she founded and operated two computer companies; her clients included the CIA, Secret Service and Department of Defense. Her work in detecting computer white collar crime and computer intelligence inspired many of her books. She is an avid dog lover and advocate for animal rights and founded the New Leash on Life program in Robeson County, NC, which rescues dogs and places them in the prison system for obedience training and adoption. She also co-founded The Book 'Em Foundation, whose slogan is Buy a Book and Stop a Crook; their mission is to raise awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She co-chairs the Book 'Em North Carolina Writers' Conference and Book Fair each year in Lumberton, NC, which raises money for literacy campaigns in our communities.

My Writing Quirks by p.m. Terrell

"My Writing Quirks

I always dream a scene before I write it.

The practice began by accident. I was writing Songbirds are Free, about my ancestor’s capture by Shawnee warriors in 1780. I had followed in her footsteps for much of her journey so I knew where she went and I knew the highlights of her time in captivity. But I needed a lot more to fill in the gaps to make a full-length book.

I often went to bed with her memory still in my mind and I found myself asking her what happened; how she felt, what she did and what life must have been like in 1780 as a slave to an Indian tribe.

I began waking up during the night with the image of Shawnee warriors leaning over me with knives ready to scalp me (her father was killed and scalped in front of her) and also more mundane things, such as what they ate and what they wore. I found when I got to my office and began Internet research that in virtually every case, the dreams had led me in the right direction. I phoned archeologists and historians in the areas in which she traveled, confirmed details of captivities by others during that era (through museums and specialists) and often took to the road again to see these sites in person.

When I finished my two historical books, Songbirds are Free and River Passage, I found the process of dreaming what I wanted to write before I wrote it had become second nature.

I will often dream several chapters ahead of what I am currently writing. In several instances, I’ve dreamed the entire book in minute detail and simply can’t write fast enough.

I believe any writer can train themselves to dream their books: envision one of the characters and put yourself in that character’s situation. Feel their emotions; see yourself in their clothing and go to sleep asking that character what comes next. Then let your subconscious take over. Often technical questions are resolved during dreams.

There is a scientific reason why this works, as well. We are less likely to be interrupted while sleeping; our attention is less likely to be diverted; the walls we might inadvertently erect during the day come down in our sleep. Nothing is standing between us and the next scenes.

As a result, I never have writers block. In 2012, I was contracted to write three books in 12 months. I wrote them all easily because I knew before I ever sat down exactly how the scene would unfold—and how it would lead to the next scene and the one after that."

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Follow The Tour:

November 15 - Introduction at VBT Cafe' Blog
November 19 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
November 21 - Interviewed at MK McClintock's Blog
November 23 - Fun Facts & Fav Recipe at Writing Innovations E-zine
November 26 - Guest Blogging at Waiting On Sunday To Drown
November 28 - Interviewed at Mass Musings
November 30 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
December 4 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Bookalicious Traveladdict
December 6 - Interviewed at Angels & Warriors Radio
December 11 - Review & Guest Blogging at huithiang!
December 13 - Review & Guest Blogging at A Book Lover's Library

Giveaway – Gift Basket of goodies from the town of Lumberton where the Black Swamp Mysteries series is based (picture coming soon), to one lucky commenter from tour