Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ A Thin Slice of Heaven by p. m. terrell

Please welcome p. m. terrell author of A Think Slice of Heaven.

p.m.terrell will be awarding a Celtic Butterfly Suncatcher similar to the one mentioned in the book, symbolizing both the never-ending cycle of life and the metamorphosis of a butterfly to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Don’t forget to use the rafflecopter code below to leave a comment for a chance to win.

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A Thin Slice of Heaven

by p.m.terrell

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

When I was a young girl, my father was transferred to the Mississippi Delta from New Jersey and I had a difficult time fitting in; the culture was entirely different from what I’d been accustomed to. The school principal suggested that I write and I haven’t stopped since! When I was a few years older, my English teacher really set me on a path where I knew I wanted to be a writer.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

Prior to writing full-time, I owned two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. My specialty was white collar computer crime and computer intelligence, which inspired a number of my plots. I also enjoy going through the CIA’s declassified documents. Many times I will find an interesting mission from the Cold War that I update to something more recent. Other times, I will read a news article or hear something interesting that piques my interest. The challenge is finding the time to write all the stories that come to mind.
3. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have two series – Black Swamp Mysteries, which features CIA operatives and Ryan O’Clery Mysteries, which feature an Irish detective working in the USA – and I am writing the next books in those two series. I am also working on research for another stand-alone book that is inspired by three brothers who left Ireland for America in the 18th century, one of whom was my ancestor.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

That is a tough question because I have main characters in enviable positions: Vicki Boyd, whose love interest is Irishman and CIA operative Dylan Maguire; Cait, whose husband is Irish homicide detective Ryan O’Clery; and Charleigh, who is seduced by Sean Bracken in A Thin Slice of Heaven. Obviously, I am a romantic at heart!

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading role?

Hands down, the role of Sean Bracken would go to Santiago Cabrera. He is currently known for his role as Aramis in BBC’s hit series, The Musketeers, where he lights up the screen in a love affair with the Queen.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

Early in my career, I belonged to a writers’ group but my critique group these days are my editors.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

My first non-fiction was published way back in 1984; the editor pursued me after reading an article I’d written in a national magazine. After writing several non-fiction books, I was unprepared for the rejections in the fiction marketplace, which is a much tougher market. What inspired me were the people who’d read the manuscript and encouraged me not to give up. After receiving enough rejections to put a roof on my house, it was finally accepted and it opened the door to the 15 books published since that time.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice I ever received: this is a marathon, not a sprint.

The worst advice I ever received: give up after three rejections.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I breed freshwater angelfish and when I was contemplating the front that my CIA operatives would need, I decided to make them angelfish breeders. The reason: every time I talked about my fish, people’s eyes would glaze over. I thought this was the perfect front, because everyone would think they were incredibly boring people. And they wouldn’t be working in an office so no one would know if they left to perform a mission.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I’d have to say it’s Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. She made Rebecca’s home come alive so that years after I’ve last read the book, I still can picture the mansion, the path down to the boathouse, the water and the gardens.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Is American Idol a reality show? I love the three judges they have now and I am totally bummed that there will be only one more year. I love the music but I also love seeing people go after their dreams. The backstories and how they arrived at this point in their lives always fascinates me.

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BLURB:

She had arranged to meet her husband in Northern Ireland for a second honeymoon, but when Charleigh arrives at the remote castle, she receives a message that he won’t be coming—and that he’s leaving her for another woman.

Stranded for the weekend by a snowstorm that has blocked all access to the castle, she finds herself three thousand miles from home in a country she knows nothing about.

She is soon joined by Sean Bracken, the great-grandson of Laird Bracken, the original owner of the castle, and she finds herself falling quickly and madly in love with him. There’s just one problem: he’s dead.

As the castle begins to come alive with secrets from centuries past, she finds herself trapped between parallel worlds. Caught up in a mass haunting, she can no longer recognize the line between the living and the dead. Now she’s discovering that her appearance there wasn’t by accident—and her life is about to change forever.

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EXCERPT:

A movement caught her eye and Charleigh started, whirling around. No one was there. She laughed nervously; no doubt, it had been a bird outside the window, its reflection caught in the mirror. Still, she returned to the door. There was a simple doorknob lock which seemed woefully inept, but she quickly recognized a thick piece of wood standing against the wall as an old-fashioned bar, and slipped it into place. It was better than a deadbolt, she reasoned.

She kicked off her shoes and checked her cell phone again. Finding no reception, she returned to the window and held it aloft until a weak bar appeared.

The phone beeped, causing her to jump, as a text message appeared.

She stared at it, not realizing that she’d been holding her breath until it expelled in a whoosh that left her dizzy.

“Charleigh,” it read, “I can’t do this. I’m not in love with you. I’m in love with someone else.”

“The feckin’ arse.”

The sound of the man’s deep, rich voice startled her and she spun around. No one was there. The bar remained across the door. There were no blind spots in the room; it was circular and plainly, though tastefully, furnished. She strode purposefully to the bathroom. A set of candles blazed on the countertop and though the shadows danced in the corners of the room, she could clearly see that she was alone.

Yet she could not have imagined it. The tone had been resonant and almost gravelly, the timber of a man’s voice upon first arising. The brogue had been both commanding and melodious.

But as her heart stilled and her mind allowed the words in the message to sink in, she realized that Ethan was not coming. He perhaps had never intended to join her. And now she was stuck in Ireland as a snowstorm raged outside her windows, three thousand miles from home.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books in five genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, romance, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. 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, themes that have carried forward to her suspense.

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 and chairperson of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in the real town of 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 http://www.bookemnc.org.

Links:

Author’s website: www.pmterrell.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pmterrell

Blog: www.pmterrell.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.p.m.terrell

Book Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7QYLfXSQeo

Paperback on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thin-Slice-Heaven-p-m-terrell/dp/1935970348/

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Thin-Slice-Heaven-p-m-terrell-ebook/dp/B00VGS3ES0/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-thin-slice-of-heaven-pm-terrell/1121480920

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-thin-slice-of-heaven-pm-terrell/1121480920

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/528424

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

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p.m.terrell will be awarding a Celtic Butterfly Suncatcher similar to the one mentioned in the book, symbolizing both the never-ending cycle of life and the metamorphosis of a butterfly to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1080/

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3 comments on “Christine Presents ~ A Thin Slice of Heaven by p. m. terrell

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    July 14, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. achristay
    July 14, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  3. P.m.terrell
    July 14, 2015

    Thank you for hosting me here today!

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