Monday, April 1, 2013

Dylan's Song Review; interview and giveaway!

p.m. terrell

Dylan 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!”

“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.”

My Interview:

1.    How old was Dylan when he left Ireland?

I love this question! No one has asked me this before. Dylan was 28 years old when he left Ireland. He meets Vicki in Vicki’s Key shortly after arriving in America, so the first four books in the series (through Dylan’s Song) have him at 28 to 29 years old.

2.    Does Dylan have more relatives, other than his grandmother?

Dylan’s father left him and his mother when he was just three years old, and Dylan hasn’t seen him since. His mother had a drinking problem and when he was still a young boy his grandmother (his mother’s mum) began caring for him so Dylan’s relationship with his own mother is strained. He is an only child (unless his father has remarried, which he doesn’t know) so when his grandmother passes away in Dylan’s Song, he feels he is left without any immediate family.

3.    Has Vicki ever been to Ireland before?

Vicki has never traveled outside America before, except in her mind during her CIA psychic missions. She falls in love with Ireland and the village in which Dylan was raised and I am sure they will be returning there in future books.

4.    Have you ever been to Ireland?

My ancestors were from Ireland and I still have cousins there, but I haven’t gotten there yet. But I keep trying. It is Number One on my bucket list!

5.    What would you like my readers to know?

The first book in this series was Exit 22; that book was so popular that it led to the Black Swamp Mysteries series. The second book, Vicki’s Key, introduces Dylan Maguire and Vicki Boyd. That book was one of five finalists in both the 2012 International Book Awards and the 2012 USA Best Book Awards. Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, the third in the series, ties all the characters together from the first two books. What transpires in this book will keep the main characters together throughout the rest of the series, either through blood or circumstance. This book has been nominated for the 2013 IPPY Awards. Dylan’s Song is the fourth in the series and reviewers are saying it’s the best yet.

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p.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.

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  1. I'd love to go to Ireland too. It may rain a lot, but how else could it be so green?


  2. Thanks for following the tour, Mary! Yes, I don't think I'd mind living in Ireland! It does rain alot and it's colder than most people think. It's pretty far north. But it is beautiful and has a "personality" all its own.

  3. I've always loved Ireland, it's beautiful.