Cloak and Mirrors
by P.M. Terrell
CIA operatives Vicki Boyd and Dylan Maguire are back in the 6th book of the award-winning Black Swamp Mysteries Series. Vicki and Dylan journey to Ireland for their honeymoon and while they are there, they agree to pick up a package from a Russian spy containing plans for Russia’s latest stealth technology. But when the Russian decides to defect, they find themselves trying to get him safely out of the country. They also discover the Kremlin has uncovered their identities and now Vicki and Dylan flee across the island. With breathtaking descriptions of Ireland’s rugged coast and the Northern Lights, romance and suspense come together again.
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.
Interview with the Author:
1. How long have you been writing?
I began writing in 1967, which tells you how crazy old I am!
2. How long have you been a published author?
My first book was published in 1984. Though I always wanted to be a novelist, my first four books were nonfiction. It wasn’t until 2002 that my first novel was published and I have been a full-time writer ever since.
3.What titles do you have available?
Black Swamp Mysteries Series:
Exit 22 (Book 1)
Vicki’s Key (Book 2) (award winner)
Secrets of a Dangerous Woman (Book 3)
Dylan’s Song (Book 4)
The Pendulum Files (Book 5) (award winner)
Cloak and Mirrors (Book 6)
Ryan O’Clery Mysteries:
The Tempest Murders (Book 1) (award winner)
The White Devil of Dublin (Book 2)
Mary Neely Series (creative nonfiction):
River Passage (Book 1) (award winner)
Songbirds are Free (Book 2) (bestselling book)
The China Conspiracy
The Banker’s Greed
Take the Mystery out of Promoting your Book
4.What made you choose the subject of this book?
I knew that Vicki and Dylan would be getting married in the next book of the Black Swamp Mysteries Series and there is no better place for a wedding and a honeymoon than beautiful, mystical Ireland. While watching a documentary about stealth technology and the ways in which planes and now ships can avoid radar detection and even utilize materials that make it almost invisible to the naked eye, I knew it would make a fascinating thriller.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
I am currently working on another suspense series but this time I have gone back in time to 1608 Ireland. It was the year that my ancestor, William Neely, left Wigtownshire, Scotland for Donegal. The intrigue, the politics, the crosses and double-crosses are fascinating to me. The series will take the reader through the colonization of Ireland by England, the Plantation era of Ireland, the potato famines, the clan rivalries and into the present day. I feel as though I am writing Game of Thrones.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
I love romantic suspense, especially when it takes place in Scotland or Ireland in the distant past. There is something that has always called to me from far Western Europe with its castles and clans. I love a great romance and suspense keeps me turning the pages.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
It has to be once the first draft is underway and I find the rhythm for the rest of the book. The scenes come to me so rapidly that I can’t put it down fast enough; the characters are like guests that have arrived in my home; and the landscape feels as if I have been transported to another place and another time. I will often forget birthdays or anniversaries—or even what day it is—but I can tell you exactly what my characters are doing!
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I would want to work with the screenwriters of Vikings because they have delved so deeply into the details of the past: the clothing, the customs, the religions, the politics of the day with kings and queens and lords. It is an intriguing period.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
My website is www.pmterrell.com. From there, readers can find links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest as well as two blogs. I love to hear from readers and I always personally respond.
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 (http://bookemnc.org) and The Novel Business (http://thenovelbusiness.com).
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/terrellpm
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