Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Cloak and Mirrors by p. m. terrell

Please welcome p. m. terrell author of Cloak and Mirrors

P.M. Terrell will be awarding Celtic necklace containing the Tree of Life. USA only to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Cloak and Mirrors

by P.M. Terrell


GENRE:   Suspense



  • What or who inspired you to start writing?My father was with the FBI and in 1967 he was transferred from New Jersey to the Mississippi Delta. The principal at the school I attended saw how lonely I was—I had no friends because the people in the Deep South wanted us Yankees to go home—and she suggested that I write. It opened up whole new worlds for me, and I have been writing ever since.
  • How did you come up with ideas for your books?I have so many ideas flooding my head that it’s more difficult to decide which ones to write. I often will get ideas from reading newspapers and the CIA’s declassified files are a treasure trove. I enjoy taking real missions from decades ago and bringing them up to date, and often I will use two or three plots that intertwine.

What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Before I began writing full-time, I founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. My personal specialty was computer crime and I worked with agencies such as the CIA, Department of Defense and the Secret Service in detecting computer fraud. I bring that technical expertise into my books, particularly with the character of Brenda Carnegie in the Black Swamp Mysteries series.

  • What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?I am passionate about making this world a better place, particularly in the area of animal rescue and animal welfare. I am fascinated with how quickly things have evolved just over my lifetime in science, medicine and technology and I have high hopes for the future of this planet and all God’s creatures.
  • As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?With the current state of affairs being what it is, I believe that readers want a break from politics and the problems we face. So I am currently working on a series that takes the reader back to the year 1608 and then moves forward. It has been fascinating for me; my ancestor left Scotland in 1608 to live in Ireland and there was so much intrigue, double-crossing and romances that the more I research, the more I find (and research on-site in Ireland is a blast!) The series will be creative nonfiction—all the facts are true but with some embellishment since my ancestors didn’t leave journals with their thoughts or emotions.
  • If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?Vicki Boyd, of course. Who wouldn’t want a handsome, fun-loving Irishman loving her with all his heart?
  • If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?Amy Adams would be perfect as Vicki Boyd and I would love to see Eduardo Verastegui play Dylan Maguire. Lindsay Lohan would do a great job with bad girl Brenda Carnegie and I have always pictured Robert De Niro as their CIA section chief, Sam.
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  • When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?I wrote nonfiction prior to writing suspense, and the experiences were vastly different. A publisher approached me to write a series of nonfiction after reading magazines articles I had written. Breaking into suspense was much more difficult. After taking several creative writing classes and rewriting my first suspense about nine times, I began looking for a publisher—which took another two years. Now most of my books are automatically picked up—Cloak and Mirrors is my 19th book and 13th contemporary suspense.
  • What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)Worst advice (from a New York Times bestselling author): give up trying to find a publisher after three tries because it means the book is no good.Best advice (from another New York Times bestselling author): Never give up. Sometimes staying in the game is all it takes.
  • Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.I love writing a series because the characters become old friends. It’s like a group of people coming to live in my house and staying. Readers also care what happens to them so it allows me to give my characters the same types of challenges we face in real life, some of which can carry over from book to book.
  1. Anything else you might want to add?Cloak and Mirrors is the 6th book in the Black Swamp Mystery Series, but it isn’t necessary to read all the books in order. There is enough of a backstory for each character to be able to pick this one up and start reading. If you’d like to read them in order, here they are: (1) Exit 22, (2) Vicki’s Key, (3) Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, (4) Dylan’s Song, (5) The Pendulum Files and (6) Cloak and Mirrors.Thank you for having me! I enjoyed the interview.








Dylan set the kettle on to boil and made his way to the kitchen door. He opened it quietly, lest he awaken Vicki, and stepped outside onto the small stoop. It was half past seven but the skies were still dark; it would be another hour before the sun had fully risen. It had rained during the night, leaving behind a heady perfume of wet sod and sweet winter jasmine.


His eyes traveled the length of the tree-lined winding drive, watching the branches dip as though bowing to an invisible monarch. He wasn’t able to see beyond the far lawn; a person could be standing just on the edge of the grass and the mists would obscure him completely. But that’s the way it was here in Ireland, he thought. The mists and the fogs could morph in front of one’s eyes and if he allowed himself to go there, they would take his mind into places better left alone.


A sudden gust rounded the corner of the house and struck him fully and for the briefest moment, his weight was shifted to his toes as he fought to keep his balance. Ah, the wind, he thought as he settled again. She was as much a part of Ireland as the rain. Never referred to as it, it was always she: She’s a blustery one today or She must be sleepin’, she’s so slow. She because the winds were just like a mistress: they could wrap their cool arms around you and calm your nerves; they could give you that extra push up the hill or propel you down one; or they could change in an instant from cajoling to wicked, catching you when you were least prepared. And then there were the lazy winds; the winds that rolled in from the Atlantic or the North Sea on a bitter winter day; lazy because they wouldn’t take the time to go around you, they’d go straight through you instead.


He looked up, registering the gray clouds against the dark skies. She’s comin’ in from the Atlantic, he thought as he watched them roil and tumble toward the east. But there was no more rain in her, at least not now; perhaps later in the day, there would be a mist or two. Now, she was simply playing; skittering across the fields, rippling the grasses, awakening the sheep and the cows as they were set out to pasture half-groggy with sleep.


The teakettle began to whistle and reluctantly, he moved back inside and removed the kettle from the massive stove. He would keep the stove on for awhile, at least; it helped to chase away the chill that inevitably found its way into every nook and cranny. Besides, there was breakfast to be made.


While his tea steeped in a china cup, he placed another peat brick in the fire. The fireplace was along the wall between the kitchen and the living area and visible from both rooms. His eyes dropped to the bearskin rug that lay rumpled in the living area.


He could still see Vicki lying there as she had last night, the fur soft against her skin, the glow from the fire illuminating her curves, her long hair tumbling over her breasts. He had kissed and licked her nipples until she was writhing under him; he had followed those curves with kisses, spreading her legs to find her filled with desire. She had pulled him down to her, her moans filling the air, her fingers threading through his hair, kneading his back, feeling his want. The world around them ceased to exist, his vision filled only with her: amber eyes radiant, silky skin glistening, legs that wrapped him in a cocoon of love.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 20 books in several genres, including suspense, historical and non-fiction. Prior to becoming a writer, she owned two computer companies in the Washington, DC with a specialty in combatting computer crime. Her clients included the CIA, Secret Service and Department of Defense. Technology is often woven through her suspense thrillers. Terrell is of Irish descent, and Ireland often figures prominently in her books as well. She has been a full-time author since 2002 and currently travels between her home in North Carolina and Northern Ireland, the home of her ancestors. She is also the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina’s Writers Conference and Book Fair ( and The Novel Business (






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P.M. Terrell will be awarding Celtic necklace containing the Tree of Life. USA only to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



9 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Cloak and Mirrors by p. m. terrell

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. p.m.terrell
    March 20, 2017

    Thank you for hosting me here today. I’ll be checking in later and answering any questions anyone might have for me. I’d love to know how readers fell in love with books and how other authors gained a love of writing.

  3. achristay
    March 20, 2017

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

  4. Gwendolyn Jordan
    March 20, 2017

    Do you have a favorite writing area at home

    • p.m.terrell
      March 21, 2017

      Gwendolyn, thank you for taking the time to read this post and leave a comment. Yes, I prefer writing in my home office. I have a 360 degree view of the grounds outside my home. It’s very quiet and serene, and I can slip into the characters’ situations very easily here.

  5. Victoria
    March 20, 2017

    Great post – I love your dream cast!

    • p.m.terrell
      March 21, 2017

      Thank you, Victoria. I’m glad you like the dream cast! Thanks for taking the time to read my post and respond.

  6. franstewart
    March 21, 2017

    I love that paragraph about the wind — you turn wind into a “character,” even if just for one brief paragraph. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy your books – you bring the setting to life.

    • p.m.terrell
      March 23, 2017

      Fran, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you like that paragraph. Describing the wind and the rains are something I love about the Irish; they seem to be so much more connected to nature.

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