CLOAK AND MIRRORS by p.m. terrell

GENRE:   Suspense

SERIES: Black Swamp Mysteries (Book 6)


The Author Says …

Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

It would have to be Vicki. She has a handsome, fun-loving, exciting Irishman in love with her. Who wouldn’t want that?

Q2: What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

Writing about Vicki losing her baby. She found out she was pregnant in Book #4, Dylan’s Song, and was having a challenging time of it in Book #5, The Pendulum Files. I felt it was important for Vicki and Dylan to experience the ups and downs of life, the tragedies as well as the triumphs, and the experience actually brought them closer together.

Q3: If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

Hands down, Sean Ballogh from Erin Quinn’s Haunting Beauty. Sexy, handsome, daring yet gentle, and another Irishman to boot! I highly recommend the entire Mists of Ireland series.

Q4: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

In the fourth grade when I had to walk across the stage to receive an award for best poetry. I still think the contest was fixed but I knew then that I loved the entire process of writing and even better, knowing that others enjoyed what I wrote.

Q5: If this book is part of a series, how did the series come about? Did you intend a series from the very beginning?

Exit 22 was supposed to be a stand-alone book but so many people asked me about the characters that I knew I needed to start a series. I resisted because I did not want to become a formula writer where readers could easily tell what was going to happen. When I came across some CIA declassified files regarding the psychic spy program from the Cold War, I knew I had the makings of a great series. Psychic spies allow me to take the main character anywhere, including remote locations that would be physically problematic—like an isolated village in Afghanistan or a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean. Vicki’s Key introduced Vicki Boyd, the psychic spy, as well as Dylan Maguire—who has become the most popular character in all my books. Secrets of a Dangerous Woman brought all the characters together from the first two books, and through either blood or circumstances they are tied together for the remainder of the series.

Speed Round:
a. Coffee, tea, or other? Cappuccino
b. Music preference? Easy listening
c. Favorite movie? The Others
d. Dog, cat, or other? All God’s creatures
e. Favorite author? Daphne du Maurier
f. Favorite actor/actress? Meryl Streep
g. Favorite television show (past or present)? Homeland

About the Book

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.

Read an Excerpt

The winds whistled and swirled in the frosty night like a chorus of apparitions dancing and bobbing, leaving soft whispers against Dylan’s ear, enticing, cajoling, flirtatious and deadly. Ah, but they could drive a man insane on a night like this, he thought, pulling his collar tighter about his ears. He wore an Irish tweed cap and still the winds licked at his hair like fingers running through it, soothing, insistent and treacherous.

The horse’s mane was grasped as well by the same invisible force, the long strands stretched as though they were being combed by an otherworldly creature that would not let go. They were nervous tonight and he imagined given their heads, they would turn about and leave the eerie foothills of the Blue Stack Mountains. He kept a firm hold on Dougal’s reigns as the horse snorted, the sound unnaturally shrill.

He could read a horse like he could read a man’s face, and tonight it didn’t bode well. Dougal’s ears were stiff and pitched forward, a sign of unease for sure, and every now and again they twitched and trembled as his haunches dipped low. Dylan peered through the shadows at the other horses, both as spirited as his; and yet their tails were clamped low, their voices constant.

In contrast, the men were hushed as they had been since leaving the manor house, the silence broken only intermittently as Jack announced a change in direction or a distant landmark for which he was aiming. Even then, his statements were terse as if he was reluctant to speak in the eerie terrain.

The ground beneath the horses’ hooves was uneven and unpredictable. As the night sky began to brighten with the first vestiges of the aurora borealis, he began to see why their progress had slowed since entering the mountain range; the horses had to pick their way around craggy rocks, the tall grasses obscuring whether the land was firm or soft until their hooves either landed on solid ground or they felt the disconcerting descent into boggy earth.

He inched the horse forward until it was nearly even with Jack. He rode a silver mare with a jet black mane and tail, a beautiful animal to be sure and under the stars her coat was mesmerizing as if it was aglow.

“Are you certain this is the way to Innisbarracar?” Dylan asked.

Jack glanced in Alexei’s direction before shifting his attention to Dylan. “You said you needed weapons, did you not?”


“Then we’d be taking a bit of a diversion.” He pointed at the mountain’s highest peak.

“Innisbarracar would be on the other side through the pass. We’ll be headin’ in that direction—” he pointed slightly to the left of the mountain “—where we’ll be arming ourselves first.”


They rode for a few minutes in silence before Dylan asked, “And what type of weapons would you be havin’ there?”

Jack looked at him out of the corner of his eye. “Whatever kind you’d be needin’.”

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 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 ( and The Novel Business (

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5 Responses to CLOAK AND MIRRORS by p.m. terrell

  1. Fran Stewart says:

    Thanks for explaining how the series came about. I love the way characters in one book seem to stand up and holler, “I have more to say, so keep writing about me!”

    • p.m.terrell says:

      Fran, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I imagine you have faced that same situation with the characters in your books. I am a big fan of your writing.

  2. p.m.terrell says:

    Thank you for hosting me! I will be checking in later and answering any questions anyone may have for me. And congratulations, Nancy, on your award. I love romance.

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