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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

April in the Back of Beyond by p.m. terrell - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host p.m. terrell and her new book, “April in the Back of the Beyond”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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April in the Back of Beyond
by p.m. terrell


GENRE: Romantic Suspense/Ghost Story



Writer Hayley Hunter has arrived in Ireland to complete a book on Irish history. When she discovers the old carriage house she is renting is haunted, she is determined to uncover the truth behind the burned ruins of a nearby manor house and the abandoned British barracks it overlooks. With the assistance of Shay Macgregor, an Irish historian, her quest will take her to 1919 and the Irish War for Independence, exposing the murders of two young men and why their mother, April Crutchley, refuses to leave the back of beyond even in death. With a budding romance and the opportunity to begin life anew, Hayley finds her own life is now in jeopardy as she gets closer to a truth the villagers have long sought to bury.



He held onto the basket a bit awkwardly and I found myself reaching for it. I closed my fingers around his for the briefest of moments before taking the basket from him and setting it just inside the door.

“It may require refrigeration,” he said quietly.

“If it lasts that long,” I said.

“Oh, it can last as long as you’d like it to.”

“Are we still talking about the picnic basket?”

The most subtle of smiles crept across his lips.

“How did you say I should turn on the heater for hot water again?” I asked.

“I’ll show you, if I may.”

“Please do.”

As he entered the cottage, I closed the door behind him. Despite his assurances, I quietly locked it. When I turned around, he’d already entered the bath and was reaching upward to point to the water heater. “It’s this switch right here,” he said as I joined him.

I moved up behind him and slipped my arms around him. He smelled of the fresh ocean air at Carrickabraghy. I closed my eyes and rested my head against his back. After a moment, I felt his hands upon mine, gently moving them away from him as he turned to face me before placing them back around his waist. I found myself now with my head resting against his chest. I could smell the salty air upon him and could feel the grains of ocean salt on my skin. My clothing felt oddly clammy now that we were inside with the warmth of the fire, and my hair weighted down from the Irish mists.

“Would you like me to show you how quickly the water heats?” he whispered.

I turned my face upward, my eyes meeting his. “I’d love that.”

Without taking his eyes off me, he switched the heater on. “By the time you’re undressed, the water will be hot,” he said, his voice husky.

“Prove it.”

He smiled again and his eyes took on a mischievous glint as he unbuttoned the top button on my blouse. I watched his face as he moved downward, my cheeks becoming warm as his grew flushed. Before the last one was unbuttoned, I’d begun to return the favor, revealing a strong chest lightly covered in light brown hair. As he unsnapped my bra and it fell away, I pressed against him, allowing the soft chest hair to tickle my skin.

His lips found mine as his fingers moved to my jeans and mine moved to his. Stepping out of our shoes and socks, we found the bathroom beginning to fog as he turned on the shower and beckoned me inside, leaving our clothing in a combined heap on the bathroom floor.

The warmth of the water cascaded around us as he joined me. We moved under the water and I closed my eyes, envisioning us beneath a pristine waterfall as our kisses grew more passionate and the seconds turned into minutes. When he eventually pulled away, it was to sit in a molded shower seat in the corner while he tore open a packet of soap.

I adjusted the showerhead so the water would spray directly on us and then I straddled him on the seat.





My Writing Space:

Thank you so much for having me here today! I’m thrilled to be here.

I’m often asked where I write. I’m fortunate to have an office that is dedicated to my writing; it has 360 degree views and allows me the quiet and solitude to escape into the world of my characters, often taking me back centuries or halfway around the world.

I recently set up a 10-gallon aquarium beside my desk. I have a 70 gallon and a 55 gallon in my house, filled with angelfish that have made their appearance in my Black Swamp Mysteries Series. But for the 10-gallon, I wanted male bettas. Males will fight one another and must be kept separate, so I created dividers and ‘apartments’ for each betta, including a place where each could go to get privacy from the others. Having them together, however, has surprised me. They actually appear to enjoy one another’s company and no one has shown any aggressive tendencies. They are very peaceful to watch while I’m working, and bring some life into the space.

Beside the tank, I have two quotes that I love. The first is “Create things you wish existed”, which is perfect for an author facing a blank screen and who must create characters, settings, timelines and plots out of nothing.

The second is more esoteric: “The first half of the journey is internal. Then the wheel of fortune spins and the second half of the journey is in applying what we have learned.”

Two of my monitors have screen displays of Ireland, and I have photographs of Ireland throughout my office.

I also have an under desk bicycle. I was recently hospitalized for life-threatening blood clots, and it turned out that sitting full-time at a desk was a major risk factor. Even exercising twice a day wasn’t enough. So I purchased a Fit Desk, which fits under my desk; I ride while I am writing. I average 20-25 miles per day, depending on the setting I have it on. It’s been a life changer for me—literally.

Above my desk is a Celtic butterfly sun-catcher; I incorporated the metamorphosis of the butterfly into an earlier book, A Thin Slice of Heaven.

And beside my desk is my favorite candy dish given to me by my best friend. It has the metamorphosis of the dragonfly depicted around it. You can see the dish is almost empty. I have to refill it regularly!

Those are just some of my favorite things which I’ve surrounded myself with while I am writing.



p.m. terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 23 books in multiple genres, including contemporary suspense, historical suspense, computer instructional, non-fiction and children’s books.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area: McClelland Enterprises, Inc. and Continental Software Development Corporation. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret Service, U.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in the detection of white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence.

A full-time author since 2002, Black Swamp Mysteries was her first series, inspired by the success of Exit 22, released in 2008. Vicki’s Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Book Awards nominee, and The Pendulum Files was a national finalist for the Best Cover of the Year in 2014. Her second series, Ryan O’Clery Suspense, is also award-winning. The Tempest Murders (Book 1) was one of four finalists in the 2013 International Book Awards, cross-genre category. Her historical suspense, River Passage, was a 2010 Best Fiction and Drama Winner. It was determined to be so historically accurate that a copy of the book resides at the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. Songbirds are Free is her bestselling book to date; it is inspired by the true story of Mary Neely, who was captured in 1780 by Shawnee warriors near Fort Nashborough (now Nashville, TN).

She was 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 was the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in the town of Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime and served as its chairperson and organizer for its first four years. She also served on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County (NC) Public Library, the Robeson County (NC) Arts Council, Virginia Crime Stoppers and became the first female president of the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.

For more information, book trailers, excerpts and more, visit the author’s website at www.pmterrell.com – and at the links below.











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  1. Thank you for hosting me here today! I'll be checking in later and answering any questions anyone might have for me. This blog is the first time I've ever revealed my private writing space!

  2. Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to hear about it.

  3. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing the trailer!

    1. Thank you, Victoria! I think the trailer for this book is my favorite of all the books I've written. Ireland is so beautiful, isn't it?

  4. The excerpt sounds good. I love stories about hauntings.
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