Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: April in the Back of Beyond by p.m. terrell

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for April in the Back of Beyond by p.m. terrell. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as spooky guest post about ghost stories. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more! Enjoy!
Title: April in the Back of Beyond
Author: p.m. terrell
Publisher: Drake Valley Press
Publication Date: July 19th 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Supernatural
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.

When I heard the soft sobs, I realized I had drifted off once more and in my half-awakened state, I thought the cries were connected to my discordant dreams. I lay there with a groan on my lips not quite ready to spill out and wishing I could simply sleep peacefully before it was too late and I would be forced to arise for the long day ahead. I felt the bedcovers slip away from my bare shoulders and I fought to open my eyes.

When they finally did open, I discovered that I was completely uncovered. The bedcovers had been pulled to the foot of the bed and were shivering inches from my feet as they lay heaped into an unkempt triangle about three feet in height. I blinked once and then twice, my mind not grasping what my eyes were witnessing, for surely it must be a trick of the eyes to think the covers were still moving.

It was then that I realized the soft sobs had continued even after I had fully awakened and they were not part and parcel of my overactive dream state but they were real and they were coming from the direction of the blanket.

“You don’t understand,” came the sound of a woman’s voice, wracked with anguished sobs. “They are still here.”

“No, sweet darling,” returned a weary man’s voice that sounded so close I nearly jumped out of my skin. “They are with God now.”

“I’m telling you they are not,” the woman answered, her weeping growing more tormented. “They’ve never left. They’re still here.”

Within the space of a single heartbeat, I saw myself just a few nights ago, convinced the voices came from outside my window. Then I was pulled into the present to fight the horrifying realization that I was sharing my bed with two apparitions.

I slid my feet away from the covers in excruciatingly slow progress, afraid at any moment my movements would alert the phantoms of my presence. I tucked my feet and knees close to my torso as I came to an uneasy seated position, almost fetal in an attempt to occupy as little space as possible.

The room had become an icebox despite the radiators and I found myself shivering almost in tandem with the blanket. I had no idea how long I sat there, curled against the headboard and pillows, watching the foot of the bed and listening to the disembodied voices that filled the air. But then something seemed to snap inside me, fully awakening me to the present time and despite my fear, despite my trepidation, I grew impatient with myself. I reached a trembling hand toward the bedcovers, intent on pulling them over me to fight the chill as well as reassure me that they were not wet.

But at the precise moment I felt the dampness under my fingers, the sobbing stopped, replaced by a gasp that was not my own. I yanked the covers to the side, determined to discover what mechanical device lay beneath. The material jerked away from me as though I was engaged in a tug-of-war and the gasp was replaced with a woman’s blood-curdling scream and a man’s shouts.
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.

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had anything spooky happen to you?
April in the Back of Beyond is a ghost story set in Ireland, but it isn’t my first. My love of ghost stories began with my sister, who loved to spin spooky tales. Growing up, we had a car that was all windows and we frequently traveled to see my aunt. It inevitably took us along spooky, dark, winding roads and while Dad drove, my sister told us ghost stories. She always managed to scare me half out of my wits.

The first time I saw a ghost, I was just a young girl. I was in bed with my mother, two brothers and my older sister while Mom read us a story. She stopped and looked down at the foot of the bed and began calling frantically for my dad. When I looked down, a man was standing there but as soon as my dad walked into the room, he disappeared. Mom found out later a man she had dated for nine years had died that night. He had never married and had always carried a torch for her. I always believed—as did my mother—that he was stopping by to say good-bye to her.

I am often asked if ghosts scare me. I think of ghosts as individual souls—simply without the body—so whether I’m frightened depends on the energy I pick up from them. It’s like walking down a secluded road and seeing someone walking toward you. If they act friendly, you might even be relieved or comforted by their presence. If they act in a menacing manner, you might feel threatened, endangered and frightened.

I was once renting an apartment in upstate New York that had a claw bathtub with a wrap-around shower curtain. In the middle of my shower, I felt like hands were grabbing me and the curtain was ripped off the rod and wrapped around me. I was the only one there—at least physically. Needless to say, I was out of there the next day. I don’t have the bravery displayed by heroine Hayley Hunter in April in the Back of Beyond!
p.m.terrell will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, follow the tour and leave a comment at a different stop each day. Good luck!
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  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

    1. Thank you, James! I appreciate you following the tour!

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    1. What did you thin of the book trailer, Victoria? I've been curious whether book trailers help readers by showing them the mood of the book as well as the story line. Let me know your opinion please.

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    1. Thank you, Rita! I appreciate you following the tour!

  4. Thank you for hosting me here today! I'll be checking in and answering any questions anyone might have for me. And I have one for you: do you believe in ghosts?

  5. Very nice cover! It's calm but a little creepy at the same time. The way cemeteries should be.

  6. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  7. The book sounds like a great read thank you.

  8. P.M. Terrell is a favorite of mine. She never disappoints.

  9. Love a good ghost story... also good cover art..

  10. Sounds like a great ghost story.

  11. I love title! This is my kind of book! I am looking forward to reading the book and have added it to my 'to read list'

  12. sounds like a fun one

  13. This book sounds like a very intriguing read.

  14. Being of Irish heritage, I think this book would be fascinating!
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  15. If you could have a do over, what would you do differently?