The Pendulum Files
Black Swamp Mysteries # 5 (Can be read out of order)
By P.M. Terrell
Genre- Romantic Suspense
Publication Date- March 17th, 2014
Irishman and CIA operative Dylan Maguire joins psychic spy Vicki Boyd for another harrowing adventure, this time on the high seas. Merchant ships en route from China to the United States are being bombed, plunging America into critical shortages. It's Dylan's and Vicki's jobs to find out who is bombing them and why. Their mission takes them into Black Sites, covert activities and international politics. And while the romantic side of Dylan ramps up his relationship with Vicki, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a hired assassin, which not only places their lives in danger but also that of their unborn child.
They lay entwined in each other’s arms, Brenda’s leg draped provocatively over Chris’ thighs, her head resting on his chest. The radiator in Sam’s office eagerly cranked out heat as the lamp cast a yellow glow on their skin, moist from their lovemaking.
Chris’ eyes were closed as he lay on his back, one hand cupping a palm full of Brenda’s hair while the other absent-mindedly ventured up and down her arm. Sleep was just a moment away; a deep, satisfying slumber that he knew would be too brief. But as he began to drift off, an insistent voice in the back of his mind reminded him that they were nude on Sam’s couch in Sam’s office; the door was open to the hallway; and their clothes still left a trail along the floor. He tried to ignore it, tried vainly to grab the few minutes of sleep he so desperately needed, but the voice grew until it forced him to open his eyes and stare in frustration at the mottled, aged ceiling.
He thought perhaps Brenda had slipped into a slumber more urgently needed than his own; her fingers lay still against his chest and her breathing was rhythmic. Her hair was still slightly damp and he breathed in the soft floral fragrance as he instinctively tightened his hold around her.
She murmured at his movement, shifting her face to peer up at him.
“Did I wake you?” he asked, his voice deep.
“No,” she said lazily. “I couldn’t sleep.”
“We can’t stay here, you know.”
“No?” She rose slightly as she arched one brow. “Wouldn’t it be fun to see the expression on Sam’s face when he comes to work?”
“No,” he said firmly. “And how’s your leg?”
She grew serious. “It’ll heal. Anyway, I have a plan.”
“Why did I know you would?”
She rolled atop of him. “I’m sick and tired of this guy trying to kill me. We’re turning the tables, Chris. We’re going after him.”
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The top ten favorite things about being an author:
I can’t imagine doing anything other than writing. It’s been a lifelong dream for me to write full-time, and since 2002, I’ve been able to fulfill that dream. My favorite things about being an author are:
1. I love to create things out of nothing, from the characters to the plots to the backdrops;
2. Writing suspense, whether it’s international intrigue, political thrillers or detective crime, keeps me learning. My research involves 3-4 hours for each hour of writing, and I believe that constant learning keeps a mind young.
3. I love the commute, especially when it’s raining or snowing. I simply walk from my house to my office, and when I enter my office and see my computer waiting for me, I can’t wait to sit down and start typing.
4. I love creating drama in my characters’ lives. I dislike drama in my own life and live a “safe” existence, but my characters are completely the opposite.
5. I love hearing from fans who tell me my book touched their lives in some way. It’s the pleasure it gives them, the thought-provoking ideas or concepts that touches them, or the inspiration it provides, that keeps me writing.
6. Life often throws curve balls and it’s anyone’s guess how things will end up in the long run. But within the pages of a book, I can create whatever trials I’d like and resolve them in any manner I choose. There is something very powerful about that.
7. I enjoy the freedom that writing provides me. I have no boss micromanaging my work. Though deadlines are always there and production staff is waiting in the wings for me to finish my part so they can do theirs, I can write at any time of the day or week.
8. I can work surrounded by my favorite things: my dogs and my angelfish. I am never concerned that my dogs are in a house all day by themselves, because they follow me to my office and hang out while I type.
9. I love the emotions words evoke; the places they can take you; the hearts they touch; and the minds they challenge.
10. There is something about finishing that last page or that final edit that is deeply rewarding. Knowing the book is out of my hands while the editor and production staff do their magic is a feeling like no other - except, of course, holding the book in my hands when it’s hot off the presses.
About the Author-
p.m.terrell is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than 18 books, including Vicki's Key, a 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Best Book Awards finalist and River Passage, winner of the 2010 Best Drama Award. A full-time writer since 2002, p.m. previously founded and operated two computer companies with a specialty in computer crime and computer intelligence. Her clients included the CIA, United States Secret Service and the Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement agencies. Her expertise in computers and intelligence often finds its way into her books. She is also the co-founder of The Book 'Em Foundation and founder and chair of The Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, which raises money to increase literacy rates. As a hobby, she raises freshwater angelfish - the same thing her characters do as their front for the CIA.
For more information about p.m.terrell, visit www.pmterrell.com and for more information on the upcoming Writers Conference, visit www.bookemnc.org.