EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
The Tempest Murders
by p. m. terrell
The Tempest Murders is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.
For another book by p.m. terrell, please see my blog post on The Pendulum Files, which also includes an interview with the author.
Detective Ryan O’Clery is working a series of homicides when he discovers a journal kept by an uncle five generations earlier, detailing the same type of murders as the Night of the Big Wind swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland in 1839.
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer’s description matches exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlyn O’Conor, the woman lost to the killer as the storm raged in Ireland - and if he is the reincarnation of Constable Rian Kelly.
Now he’s in a race to rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her - or is history destined to repeat itself?
A provocative story of a love that spans centuries, of soul mates found, lost and reunited… and the lengths to which one man will go to change their destinies.
One of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, cross-genre category and a nominee for the 2014 International Book Awards.
“I know you too well,” Claire said. “You’re wanting the story of Caitlín O’Conor, aren’t you?”
She smiled. “Her name was Caitlín O’Conor. She was supposedly the great love of Ríán Kelly’s life. It was a star-crossed love story. Her father was a prominent man in the village and Ríán was a ‘lowly county inspector’ and though they were deeply in love, her father would not permit Ríán to ask for her hand in marriage.”
He felt his chest tighten and he sipped his coffee to avoid Claire’s piercing eyes.
“The tale is that they sneaked around for years; everybody knew it. Everybody except Caitlín’s father, that is. They were madly in love.” She sighed wistfully.
“What happened?” He kept his eyes on his coffee. “Did she marry someone else?”
“Her father died. Quite unexpectedly. Heart simply stopped. And without him in the way, they were clear to be married.” She brushed non-existent crumbs from the countertop before continuing. “He asked for her hand in marriage on New Year’s Eve. Let’s see, I believe it was 1838. Yes, that’s right.
December 31, 1838.”
“How can you be so certain of the date?”
“Because seven days later, Caitlín was dead.”
His head jerked up and he stared into Claire’s eyes. They were as green as the fields of
and now she cocked her head and eyed him curiously. Ireland
“He’d gone to
so the story goes,” she continued slowly. Dublin
“Aye. He’d been called away on business. And as Fate would have it, the great flood came while he was gone and Caitlín was swept away. It was January 6, 1839 - Epiphany.” Her voice took on a whispered note as though she was telling a ghost story. “There were those in the faith who had forecast the end of the world would occur on
6, 1839 - the day of Epiphany. So when the air grew completely still,
so still they could hear the voices of neighbors miles apart, there were some
who thought the end was near.”
He waited for her to continue. His cheeks were growing flush and he could feel beads of sweat beginning to pop out across his brow. “What happened then?”
“By nightfall, there were gale force winds. They moved from the western coast of
all the way to Ireland ,
where Ríán Kelly had traveled. Some said the winds were accompanied by an eerie
moan, a rumbling of sorts. But not thunder; it was a sound never heard before
nor since. It increased as the winds grew. And then the northern sky turned a
shade of red that had never been seen before. Dublin
“Well, so the myth goes, Ríán Kelly left
immediately. It was a miracle he made
it back to the village at all. He traveled through the night, in the rain and
the hail, with the winds all about him. Bridges had been washed away; the wind
had been so strong - stronger than anything Dublin had experienced in more
than three hundred years - so strong that it whipped the Ireland Atlantic
into a fury and pushed it all the way across the island. Streams and creeks
became raging rivers. Whole villages were wiped out. Even some of the castles
were beyond repair.”
He rested his elbows on the counter and put his head in his hands.
“You’re sure you don’t want to lie down, Re? You look as if you might faint.”
“I’m fine,” he said. “What happened when Ríán Kelly reached his village?”
“It was gone. Oh, there were a few buildings still intact. The church, for one. But Caitlín O’Conor’s home had been washed away. There was no sign of Caitlín.”
“So that’s where the story ends, does it?”
“Oh, no. I suppose it’s where it just begins.”
The Tempest Murders is an excellent read on many levels. It pulls you in immediately, has elements of synchronicity involving time and relationships, plenty of romance, and just enough excitement to make you hesitate to put the book down so you can read "just one more chapter". The book starts out in Ireland in 1839 with a terrible storm and a frightening situation being faced by a desperate man who returns to his storm-ravaged village to find his beloved Cait missing. Nobody knows if the storm somehow swept her away or if the killer who was in their midst had taken her as his next victim. Flash forward to North Carolina in 2011 when the circumstances are eerily familiar and equally intriguing. The Tempest Murders will make you consider the possibility of history repeating itself through time reuniting not only situations but relationships - ones that never really die. Another excellent offering of thriller/romance from author p.m.terrell.
About the Author
p. m. terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 20 books in five genres. A full-time author since 2002, Black Swamp Mysteries is her first series, inspired by the success of Exit 22 in 2008. The books include Exit 22, Vicki's Key, Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, Dylan's Song, and The Pendulum Files. Vicki's Key placed as one of four finalists in the 2012 International Book Awards. Her historical book, River Passage, won the 2010 Best Drama Award, and her romantic suspense, The Tempest Murders, placed as one of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she founded and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the CIA, Secret Service and Department of Defense. Computer technology often weaves its way through her contemporary suspense/thrillers.
She is also the co-founder of The Book 'Em Foundation and the founder of The Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, an annual event to raise money for literacy campaigns. She also serves on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the Robeson County Arts Council, and served as the first female president for the Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers.
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