Black Swamp Mysteries Book # 2
Following a flawed CIA mission, Vicki Boyd leaves the CIA to begin a new life in a new town assisting an elderly woman. But when she arrives, she finds Laurel Maguire has suffered a stroke and her nephew has arrived from Ireland to care for her. Vicki quickly falls in love with the charming Dylan Maguire, but all is not what it seems to be at Aunt Laurel’s house. And when the CIA arrive to recruit Vicki for one last mission, she finds her past and her future are about to collide… In murder.
And now an excerpt from 'Vicki's Key' -
Vicki found herself in Dylan’s bedroom as if she was a phantom hovering in the far corner.
She could see her own body sound asleep, curled into a ball under the covers. As her eyes
roamed around the room, she found her pocketbook on the c
offee table, the contents strewn, her
driver’s license and CIA identification in plain view.
Her heart began pounding so hard it left her breathless. She turned back to the bed, where her
body lay still and quiet. Dylan was no longer curled up behind her, keeping her warm. He was
sitting on the floor beside the bed, watching her sleep, dressed in jeans and a cotton shirt. At his
feet, laid across the floor, was the newspaper article of her parents’ plane accident.
And standing just behind him was an elderly woman with tightly curled hair, dressed in
a sheer gown that reached to tiny feet that were so frail, the skin so thin, that they appeared
almost translucent. As Vicki watched, she leaned over Dylan’s shoulder and glowered at Vicki’s
sleeping body with opalescent eyes. Her red hair almost appeared to be exploding in angry
flames as she screamed at the still body.
“Run!” she screamed in a voice so shrill and so loud that the sound sent a wave of terror
through Vicki’s soul. “Run!”
And p.m. terrell was kind enough to put together her soundtrack for 'Vicki's Key' for us!
*Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to Vicki’s Key with us?
Funny you should ask that! As the romance heats up between Vicki Boyd and Irishman Dylan Maguire, she finds that Dylan is quite the romantic. He has even put together a playlist of songs that he enjoys playing when he and Vicki are... in the bedroom.
One song is “Just the Two of Us”, sung by Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers. Both Dylan and Vicki have no family to speak of and are both very much alone when they meet. The song really exemplifies their relationship.
Another is “Holding Out for a Hero” sung by Bonnie Tyler. The words capture Vicki’s feelings toward Dylan - he is the hero she’s been yearning for.
A third is “Superman” sung by John Ondrasik; they both find it isn’t easy being who they are, especially as Vicki’s CIA past catches up with her.
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.
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