Monday, August 12, 2013

Virtual Review Tour & Giveaway for Secrets of a Dangerous Woman by P.M. Terrell

Welcome to my stop on the review tour for Secrets of a Dangerous Woman by P.M. Terrell.  Please leave a comment or question for P.M. to let her know you stopped by.  P.M. will be awarding a $20 Amazon G.C. to a random commenter during the tour, please be sure to leave your email address with your comment in order to enter her giveaway.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning. 

Secrets of a Dangerous Woman
By P.M. Terrell
Black Swamp Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Drake Valley Press
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 350 Pages

ISBN: 978-1935970057

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Book Description:

Dylan Maguire is back and his first assignment with the CIA is to interrogate recently captured Brenda Carnegie. But when she escapes again, it's obvious she's had help from within the CIA's own ranks. With Vicki Boyd's help, she's back in his custody--and now he's on a mission to discover why some in the highest offices of government want her killed and others will risk their own lives to ensure her safety. And when he discovers Brenda's true identity, his mission has just becomevery personal.

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Dylan and Sam stood in the wide, hushed hallway as they observed the interrogation room through the one-way mirror. Inside was a metal table in the center of the room with empty chairs on one side. Against the far wall was a counter that ran the length of the room, comprised of a sink and cabinets above and below the stainless steel countertop.  But it was the single chair on one side of the table, the side closest to Dylan and Sam that riveted their attention. 

The metal chair was arranged so they viewed the occupant from the side.  The ankles were cuffed to the slat at the bottom of the chair while each wrist was cuffed to the chair arms. As the head slumped forward, a young man tapped her chin, preventing the person from falling asleep. Thick copper hair hung in waves that reached to the person’s waist and obscured the face.

“That’s a woman,” Dylan said.

“Very observant,” Sam replied.

They stood for a moment in silence as they watched her.

“Women cry,” Dylan said.

Sam crossed his arms in front of him. “Not this one. She’s been in there for just about thirty-six hours. Almost constant interrogation. She’s not even close to breaking. Now all we’re trying to do is keep her sleep-deprived until the next team gets here.”

“What’s ‘er name?”

“Brenda Carnegie.”

“Ah, a Scottish name.”

“American. Born in the District of Columbia. Raised not too far from here.”

“What is it you want me to do with ‘er?”

“Keep her awake, for starters.” He glanced at him. “It should be good practice for you. Use some of those interrogation techniques they taught you.” He pointed toward the corners of the room. “Everything you do is caught on tape, from every angle. Microphones throughout. Afterward, you can watch the tape while you’re critiqued. Just like last time.”

Dylan nodded as he continued to observe her. “So. You care how I go about it, then?”

Sam shrugged. “She’s all yours.”

They stood for another moment. Then Dylan said, “She’s got blood on ‘er.”


“You got a medical bag, do you?”

“I’m sure we can round one up.”

“What is it you want to know?”

“Who she works for,” Sam said as he picked up a handset beside the one-way mirror.

Less than ten minutes later, Dylan opened the door to the interrogation room and nodded to the operative seated in the room. As he made his way inside, the other man passed him on the way out, handing him the keys to the cuffs.  Dylan set the keys and the medical bag on the table and turned around to look at the woman.

“Shift change?” she said flippantly.

He opened the medical bag and retrieved a pair of surgical gloves. He took his time putting them on, flexing each finger in clear view of her. Her expression never changed. He expected to see smudges of mascara or makeup around her eyes, a sure sign she had held back tears during the interrogation, but they were completely dry.


p.m.terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books. Vicki's Key, one of the first books in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, was one of five finalists in the 2012 International Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense) and 2012 USA Best Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense.) River Passage, an historical work based on her ancestor's migration to Fort Nashborough in 1779-1780, won the 2010 Best Fiction & Drama Award. The Nashville (TN) Metropolitan Government Archives determined it to be so historically accurate that they entered the original manuscript into their Archives for future researchers and historians.

Prior to becoming a full-time author in 2002, terrell founded and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her clients included the United States Secret Service, CIA, Department of Defense and federal and local law enforcement. Her specialty is in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence. Her experience in these areas have greatly influenced her books' plots. 

She is the co-founder of The Book 'Em Foundation, whose slogan is "Buy a Book and Stop a Crook" and whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She founded Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, an annual event to raise money to increase literacy and reduce crime.

For more information on Book 'Em North Carolina, visit

p.m.terrell's website is and her blog is

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My Review

Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, the third book in the Black Swamp Mystery series by P.M. Terrell, picks up the action right after the events which took place in Vicki’s Key.  While keeping her primary characters Vicki Boyd and Dylan Maguire center stage, Ms. Terrell introduces us to a new set of characters and continues the psychic and physical action this romantic suspense series is becoming known for.  Drawn back into Ms. Terrell’s world, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.

Never really separated from the C.I.A., psychic Vicki Boyd finds herself working for her “Uncle” Sam and living in Laurel Maguire’s house.  Still working with the angel fish as a cover, Vicki’s new “remote” viewing job is to locate a woman known as “Brenda Carnegie” for the CIA.  A woman accused of stealing information from the U.S. Senator keeping Vicki’s division of the C.I.A. funded.

Now working for the C.I.A., Dylan Maguire is assigned to “Uncle Sam’s” unit and returns to “Aunt Laurel’s” home.  Hoping he’ll be able to talk Vicki into forgiving him for his lies, he’s pleased to discover she’s missed him and wants to give their relationship another try.  Then he’s assigned to interrogate Brenda Carnegie when she’s brought back to the United States and suddenly he and Vicki are back in danger.

As their investigation into Brenda, what she knows and what she’s been involved in, heats up Dylan and Vicki prove they’re a great team.  Full of plot twists, many which I didn’t see coming, Ms. Terrell continues to develop their characters and their relationship as the action takes place. Her attention to detail and story progression is top notch.

Will Vicki and Dylan solve the mystery of what Brenda Carnegie is hiding from and why she keeps trying to run away?  Will Vicki and Dylan’s relationship turn into something more permanent?  You’ll have to read Secrets of a Dangerous Woman to find out.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what happens with these characters next.  I do recommend reading Vicki’s Key first to get to know the characters and their history together.  

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars 

FTC Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I received no additional compensation for my opinion of the reading material provided.

Don't forget to leave a comment or question for P.M. to let her know you stopped by.  P.M. will be awarding a $20 Amazon G.C. to a random commenter during the tour, please be sure to leave your email address with your comment in order to enter her giveaway.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning. 


  1. Thank you for hosting me here today! I appreciate the review of Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, and I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I have to admit, it was a whole lot of fun putting Brenda, Vicki and Dylan together!

    I'll be checking back in later today and answering any questions anyone might have for me.

  2. Congratulations P.M. Terrell. I am a big fan of Dylan's Song. I need to go back and start at the beginning of this series. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Maggie! So glad you enjoyed Dylan's Song. I love your books, especially Tainted Waters!

  3. I'm dumb! You wrote Vicky's Key!!! I knew you sounded familiar :P Lol Good to see ya again!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. I'll be contacting you via email shortly, Andra Lyn! Congratulations - you won the giveaway this week!

  4. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments, Maggie and Andra Lyn!

    Maggie, I'm so glad you enjoyed Dylan's Song. Yes, I bet you would enjoy Vicki's Key and Secrets of a Dangerous Woman - they'd fill in the "gaps" about Dylan and Vicki coming together in the first place. :)

    And Andra Lyn, yep, that's me. Glad to see you again, too. Thank you so much for following my tours!

  5. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and your review Sound like a very good book and I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for stopping in, Eva, and leaving a comment. I hope you enjoy the book. Best of luck on the giveaway!

  6. 5 stars! What a great review for you, P.M.
    Are the author sign-ups open for the next Book "Em Conference? I want to let a couple of Wilmington authors know about the 2014 Conference.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi, Catherine! Thanks for dropping in! We are completely full for featured authors at the next Book 'Em North Carolina, but I encourage you and your author friends to come by as attendees. Lots of networking and it's all free. :) has all the details.

  7. Very nice review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Thank you for sharing an excerpt with us! I am very glad to hear you enjoyed the novel :-)


  9. congrats to PM on the new release! Looks awesome :) Thanks for sharing!


  10. Thanks for sharing the fabulous excerpt!


  11. Great review, thank you. I'm looking forward to reading the book.


  12. Thank you, everybody, for stopping in and leaving comments! Thanks for following the tour, and best of luck on the giveaway!

  13. An excellent giveaway! Thank you very much :)

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  14. Sounds interesting, thanks. Deb P

  15. Thank you for your review. I'm sure I will enjoy it too.


  16. Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and reading the review and leaving comments! The winner of this week's amazon gift card is Andra Lyn. Congratulations, Andra Lyn!

  17. Thanks for the review, Good luck .Deb P