Monday, April 27, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: A Struggle for Independence by P.M. Terrell

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for A Struggle for Independence by P.M. Terrell. The book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotion. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you and a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: A Struggle for Independence
Author: P.M. Terrell
Publisher: Drake Valley Press
Publication Date: March 17th 2020
Print Length: 332 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Sometimes a woman comes to the realization that she has built the perfect life but with the wrong man.

It is 1916 Ireland, and Independence Mather has settled into a tedious routine in an arranged marriage when she meets an architect hired to add a wing onto her husband’s vast estate. She soon falls in love with the charming, attentive Nicky Bowers, but he has secrets to hide. When she discovers he is an Irish rebel, events propel her into the middle of the Easter Rising. Now she must decide whether to remain the wife of a British loyalist or risk everything to join the rebellion and be with the man she loves.

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EXCERPT:
As the raindrops fell upon the gatehouse roof, they created a musical melody that was enough to lull me into blissful complacency. The outside world could not reach me here, and I could no longer remember what life had been like before Nicky.

He laid beside me now, his arm pulling me close. His eyes were closed, his breathing regular, the cool air from fresh rain wafting through the open windows to brush away perspiration that had formed on us both. Only his fingers lightly rubbing my shoulder told me he was not asleep but only resting, a brief respite before we made love all over again.

My existence had been permanently altered. I knew that now, and I also knew I was barreling toward a reckoning of which the details were hidden from me, and I could only have faith that this was where I needed to be… and who I was meant to be with.

I did not see Stratford in the mornings as he departed each day at the break of dawn. When he arrived home, I was no more than the candlesticks on the table, a tiny ray of light he would never acknowledge but expected to remain in a given place. One evening I simply did not stand in the hallway when he arrived home, having given Johanna the excuse that I was under the weather should he inquire. But when she reported back to me later, she said he did not ask for me, and from the reports of the others, he went about his dinner as he always did, as though I was seated at the far end of the table.

It was not a relationship; I understood that now. It was a business arrangement; it had always been a business arrangement and nothing more. I had been naïve to believe it might ever turn into something else. Nor did I want anything else with him, I realized. The mere thought of him touching me was enough to turn my stomach. I was thankful for his inability to consummate the marriage.

Nicky squeezed my shoulder and pulled me ever closer to him. My days were completely different from my evenings; I lived for the hours between dawn and sunset. I still took the path along the meadow each morning but an hour or so earlier than I had in the past, and it was not long before Nicky arrived to whisk me away. Sometimes we strolled along the water at the rear of the estate, far from prying eyes. Other times we picnicked beneath the ancient oak, discussing all manner of things. Sometimes we rode our horses to the far corners of Matherscourt. And always, always, we ended up at the old gatehouse. It had become our haven.

The gatehouse was diminutive, but I was serenely comfortable here. The rushing waters under the structure sounded like a constant lullaby, and on days like this with a steady rain tapping against the roof, I felt wrapped in its cocoon. The makeshift bed had been made plumper over time thanks to Nicky overstuffing it, and my contribution had been some bed linens from the house, enough to cushion the top so we could no longer feel pricks from the straw. Someday I planned to stuff it with eiderdown; I simply hadn’t figured out the logistics of that as yet.

Meals, wine, and ale were all brought in a basket, and Léana never once gave me any indication that she was puzzled by my sudden voracious appetite, though she must suspect I was not eating it all by myself. Still, I had grown a bit plumper. I had even managed to move in some old chairs and a table with Nicky’s help, and a few peat bricks kept the fire going.

Yes, we had set up our own little home here, and while I knew we could not expect to live out our lives in a gatehouse on Stratford’s estate, I was content to let the days slip by.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 24 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.

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GUEST POST:
- Which character in your book did you enjoy writing about the most, and why?
I enjoyed writing about Lady Independence Mather, better known as Penny. The story unfolds through her eyes. We begin with her rushing through Matherscourt, the vast estate her husband owns, to stand in position with the servants as he enters the door. She is in an arranged, loveless marriage, but she has struggled to find the beauty in her surroundings nonetheless. She spends her days wandering past the meadows to a tiny cottage that she has turned into her art studio, where she lives her life in her head and through her brushstrokes.

All of that is about to change when she meets Nicky Bowers, an architect and Irish rebel. I enjoyed watching her come alive as their love blossomed. I used many locations I have been in my travels for their rendezvous, and while writing those scenes, I could once again smell the flowers and grasses after an Irish rain or hear the gurgling brook while the birds sang overhead.

When Penny finds herself in the midst of the rebellion, I brought forth my memories of the General Post Office in downtown Dublin, Saint Stephen’s Green, and other locations where the rising took place. I felt the same sadness I had when I stood in Kilmainham Gaol and peered into the cells where the Easter Rising leaders were taken, and remembered my horror at the bullet holes still embedded in the courtyard walls where they were executed.

As Penny rises from the ashes, I could feel her optimism returning, and with it, a strength she had not known she possessed. I enjoyed seeing her surmount obstacles and dodge challenging circumstances to come out on top. I could feel her internal struggles as she weighed her loveless but financially comfortable life with a British loyalist, versus a new and uncertain future with the man she loves but who is now a wanted man.

Seeing the 1916 Easter Rising unfolding through her eyes, I realized that every generation experiences uncertainty. We can look back at World Wars I and II, and with perfect hindsight, we can trace the paths to victory. But the reality was far different, and there were many times in which individuals did not know who would win or lose the war. It gave me more admiration for what people have experienced in times past, the uncertainty they faced, and the challenges they overcame.
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GIVEAWAY:
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, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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31 comments:

  1. I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

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  2. What is the name of the castle on the book cover?

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    1. It is Killua Castle in County Westmeath, Ireland. In the book, it is referred to as Matherscourt, the estate on which Lord and Lady Mather reside. Thanks for the question!

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  3. This sounds really interesting and the cover looks great.

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  4. Sounds like a very good book.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! I hope you'll give it a try.

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  5. Thank you for hosting me here today!

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  6. I married into Irish and into everything Irish.. I would love to read this!!

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  7. Gorgeous cover! Sounds like a must read!

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  8. The description and excerpt have caught my attention. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This sounds like a wonderful book to read, looking forward to reading it.
    @tisonlyme143

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  10. Sounds like a great new historical genre book.

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  11. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. A question for the author: When you were a child and adolescent, what were your favorite authors, book series, and genres?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  14. The excerpt sounds really great.

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  15. This historical fiction book about the struggles of a woman’s choices sounds interesting. Thank you for introducing me to it.

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  16. Sounds interesting! Hope you are doing well! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  17. Nice cover. I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Great blog post- love hearing about new (to me authors)

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  19. I would love to read about this time period and event within a story and this one sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

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  20. This sounds like a excellent read.

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