Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ~ Dylan's Song By P.M. Terrell

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Dylan Maguire returns to his native Ireland with psychic spy Vicki Boyd. Their mission: to locate and extract a missing CIA operative. But when Dylan receives word his grandmother is dying, it plunges him into a past he thought he'd left behind forever. 

Now he must confront his demons before his past derails his mission; his life and Vicki's depend on it. And while Vicki discovers
the real reason Dylan left Ireland for America, she is harboring a secret of her own.


Dylan’s boot slipped on a hold too tenuous and he hugged the wall as pebbles rained below. He made a mental note as though he might forget that this would be his only attempt at rock climbing. There was nothing even remotely fun about it.

The rope rubbed uncomfortably against his torso through the thick wool turtleneck and the leather jacket and he wished he hadn’t tied it so tightly. He’d been concerned it wouldn’t hold but now he felt its heat and coarseness.

“Dylan!” Stephen whispered hoarsely.

Dylan looked upward; he might have been a mere twelve inches from the top but it may as well have been twelve more feet. “Aye?”

“The ledge isn’t going to hold.”


“It’s been shifting as you’ve climbed. I thought it was embedded pretty well into the earth but…” His voice faded as he inspected the ledge.

Dylan forced his body against the wall until his cheek was pressed against the cold stone. It felt good against his skin; he was overheated and fatigued and the iciness helped in some strange way to calm him. “What might you suggest I’d be doin’ at this point?” He called up.

“You can’t untie the rope, I suppose?”

Dylan might have laughed if he’d had any sense of humor left in him. The truth was he was terrified to move; as long as he’d continued upward, concentrating on the next hold and the one after that, he’d been able to keep his fear in check. But now as he continued to press his body against the wall, he felt too large, too heavy and too clumsy. “No,” he managed to say. “I’m thinkin’ untyin’ the rope isn’t an option at the moment.”

“We’ll have to cut it.”

A moment passed. He expected to feel the rope dropping off below him but it never happened.

“You have the knife, Dylan,” Stephen said quietly.

Dylan pressed his cheek against the wall until it hurt. “Ooh,” he groaned.

“Can you toss the bag up to me?”

He forced himself to look upward. Twelve inches. Maybe more. It was too far for him to throw his arms over the edge. He needed just one more finger hold; one more toehold. The rope dangled; there was slack to it.

“Tell me,” he said, “why is the ledge movin’ if there’s slack?”

“When you’re climbing, you’re depending on the rope to hold you.”

“And if I didn’t?”

“You haven’t fallen yet, have you?”

He processed this for a moment. “And if I started to fall now?”

“The ledge would come with you.”

“Christ Almighty.” He took a deep breath, exhaled sharply and inhaled once more. Then with a guttural groan, he forced one hand away from the stone as he sought frantically for another hold. He scrambled up the side of the wall, his boots slipping and sliding against the slick rock, until he had both arms over the side.

There was nothing but peat and the ledge and as he struggled to haul himself onto firm ground, he realized he had no choice but to depend on the ledge.

“It won’t hold, Dylan,” Stephen cautioned.

A wicked clap of thunder shocked the night air. A flash of blue light streaked across the black sky, momentarily lighting the ground beyond him.

He grasped the edge of the ledge and pulled with the entire weight of his body. As his torso cleared the opening, the stone teetered away from him and then toward him. He forced one knee over the edge as it shifted downward suddenly, pinning his remaining leg beneath it.

Author Bio:

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.

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

On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/author.p.m.terrell and https://www.facebook.com/pages/pmterrell/129318810431554.

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P.M. will be giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card to
the top commenter, so be sure to leave a comment at each stop!

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  1. I love the excerpt!!
    Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  2. Enjoyed the excerpt. Can't wait to read more.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. So when you are writing, do you like to have music playing? Drink a special kind of tea? Have any other of those little writing quirks??

    andralynn7 At gmail Dot com

  4. Great excerpt, thank you.


  5. Thank you for hosting and for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  6. Hi p.m.!
    Thanks for the excerpt.
    Are you full up with authors for the next Book 'Em festival? If you ever want to expand and move it to Wilmington, get in touch with me at the CFCC Library.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. This looks so great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Good morning, everyone! Thanks so much for dropping in and leaving a comment.
    Andra Lyn, great question! I MUST have chocolate in order to write. :) And I hear the cost of chocolate is going up due to increased demand around the world, so I am storing it up now!
    Catherine Lee, I hope you join us at Book 'Em on February 22! We opened registration for authors in March, and we were full by the end of May. It's become a very popular event!
    Best of luck, everybody, with the giveaway!

  9. Thanks again, everybody, for leaving a comment and following the tour! The winner of the amazon gift card is Karen H from NC. I'll be contacting you via email this morning, Karen. Congratulations!


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