SECRETS OF A DANGEROUS WOMAN by P.M. Terrell
A suspense novel with a touch of romance and paranormal
Dylan Maguire is back and in his first mission with the CIA he must interrogate a recently captured Brenda Carnegie. But when she escapes again, it’s obvious that she’s had help from within the CIA’s own ranks. With Vicki Boyd’s psychic help, he must locate her again—and find out why some in the highest levels of government want her dead while others will risk everything to help her. And when he finds out her true identity, his mission has just become very personal.
Dylan placed a hand on each knee and pulled her legs apart to reveal a slim, homemade knife holder wrapped around her thigh. Inside the sheath had been a serrated nylon composite knife, but one of the rivets had popped loose, allowing the knife to come through the sheath. Now he could clearly see nearly two inches of the blade embedded just underneath her skin.
He looked back at Brenda’s face. She’d grown pale and was watching him.
“You’re supposed to wear these just below the knee,” he said calmly.
“Pull my pants down a little bit further.”
He complied, revealing two empty knife holders, one at the top of each calf.
“They took the knives,” she said.
He turned his attention back to the knife embedded in her. “I don’t normally see a nylon knife worn like this.”
“It won’t set off metal detectors.”
“How long has it been like this?” he asked.
“And you’ve been sittin’ here like this ever since?”
“Well, not here,” she said. Beads of perspiration had popped out across her arched brow.
He looked at the table and then back at her. He glanced toward the door but it didn’t open and Sam didn’t join him. “I’m goin’ to cuff you to that table there. You’re goin’ to lie there and I’m goin’ to pull this thin’ out o’ you. It’s not goin’ to be pleasin’ and I can’t give you anythin’ for the pain.”
“Think you can handle that?”
“I can handle anything you want to throw my way,” she said.
He retrieved the handcuff keys and when he returned to her chair, he leaned over her so his face was just inches from hers. “You can’t escape this room,” he said. “You and I both know there’s only one way out.” He nodded toward the door. “And we both know we’re bein’ watched. And once I take these cuffs off your legs, if you try to kick me, I can’t help you. And I guarantee the next person through that door won’t be helpin’ you, either. You’ll just make thin’s worse for yourself.”
She looked at him blankly.
“Are you understandin’ me, Woman?”
AN INTERVIEW WITH P.M.
-What book and/or experience made you want to be a writer?
In 1967, my father was transferred from New Jersey to the Mississippi Delta. His job as an FBI Agent was to break up the KKK and help to bring things under control in a volatile region during one of this country’s most unsettling periods. It was obvious that no one wanted us there. My school principal saw that I was ostracized and alone and suggested that I write. She gave me the direction I needed in my life, which led to a lifelong love of writing.
-What genre(s) do you write?
My earliest published work was in non-fiction, writing computer software how-to books. My passion, however, is in writing fiction. Nearly twenty years after my first non-fiction was published, my first suspense/thriller was released. To date, I’ve had four computer books published, one how-to book for authors, eight contemporary suspense and two historical suspense. Two more contemporary works are scheduled for release in the next twelve months.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Write what you love and the passion will be reflected in your words. Then remove your ego from what you’ve written.
-What’s your favorite book/genre to read?
I love time travel and romantic books set in Ireland or Scotland. My ancestors on my father’s side were Scot-Irish and on my mother’s side they were Irish, so when I read books set in those countries I always feel closer to my own roots.
-What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
It’s a tie. Dylan’s Song is set in Ireland when Dylan Maguire must travel to his homeland on a CIA mission. And The Tempest Murders (which hasn’t yet been released) also has an Irish backdrop against one of the worst storms in Irish history. I loved both male leads – Dylan Maguire and Ryan O’Clery – as well as the Irish setting.
P.M. Terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 18 books in 4 genres. A full-time author since 2002, she previously opened and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the Secret Service, CIA and Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement. Computer and spy technology are two themes that recur throughout her books. She is the co-founder of The Book 'Em Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates. And she founded the annual Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair which takes place each February.
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