Thursday, July 9, 2015

Virtual Tour: A Thin Slice of Heaven by p.m.terrell @pmterrell @GoddessFish #Giveaway

A Thin Slice of Heaven
by p.m.terrell


She had arranged to meet her husband in Northern Ireland for a second honeymoon, but when Charleigh arrives at the remote castle, she receives a message that he won’t be coming—and that he’s leaving her for another woman.

Stranded for the weekend by a snowstorm that has blocked all access to the castle, she finds herself three thousand miles from home in a country she knows nothing about.

She is soon joined by Sean Bracken, the great-grandson of Laird Bracken, the original owner of the castle, and she finds herself falling quickly and madly in love with him. There’s just one problem: he’s dead.

As the castle begins to come alive with secrets from centuries past, she finds herself trapped between parallel worlds. Caught up in a mass haunting, she can no longer recognize the line between the living and the dead. Now she’s discovering that her appearance there wasn’t by accident—and her life is about to change forever.

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“What’s happening?” Charleigh whispered. Her throat had grown dry and her voice was hoarse with tension. Though she attempted to keep her tone low so they would remain unobserved, it sounded loud and harsh in the strident atmosphere that seemed suddenly to have gripped the village. She felt anxiety growing deep within her and the urge to get back to the castle burgeoned with ferocity and urgency; but she realized with a sickening sensation in the pit of her soul that the growing inharmonious throngs were between them and the sanctuary of her room.

“Do not be afraid, m’ Leah,” Sean answered. He did not whisper but his voice was deep and taut. After a moment, he said, “They are reenacting an event that occurred… some time ago.”

“Oh,” she breathed. She should have felt relief but her insides continued to roil as if his explanation did not match the scene unfolding before her. Nervously, she said, “Reenactors. We have them in America.”

“You have witnessed them, then?”

“Yes. I find them very interesting…” She forced the words past her dry lips. “They reenact battles from the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, mainly.”

As the churning skies turned to the color of tar, Charleigh could discern the sources of the strange glow: they were torches held aloft by dozens of people. More were joining them, stragglers rushing from the village to catch up, while they began to spread apart in a more orderly column as they converged on the flat land they’d crossed on their way into the village. One man in the forefront stopped and began pointing and directing those that followed.

“These reenactments,” Sean continued, “were the people alive?”



Pick a favorite event in time that you would like to visit. Example: Salem Witch Trials, Civil War, The shooting of Abraham Lincoln ect….. Tell us why you would like to visit them and/or would you like to visit them just to see and know what really happened or would you like to visit as a participate in the event?

What an intriguing topic! I would have to say that I would not want to live in any other era. I would consider the Age of Enlightenment (from 1650 to 1780 in Western Europe) because it was such an exciting time in the areas of philosophy, literacy and science. I think discoveries are often exciting, especially when they change the concept of how we view the world and the cosmos.

Violence has always disturbed me, so I would want to visit a peaceful time in history in which peoples of various cultures and nationalities lived in harmony with one another. Unfortunately, non-violence has existed only in pockets around our world, while violence has often enveloped the entire world (such as the two World Wars).

I think the age in which we live now is the most exciting one in recorded history. When we consider what our parents might have been accustomed to—mine remembered working the farms with horses and plows, no telephone, reading by candlelight, and fifty miles was an impossibly far distance to travel. Compare that with today when we can send a message around the world in a millisecond, telephones travel with us, airplanes, buses, rail systems and automobiles transport us anywhere we want to go, and electricity is not a luxury but a necessity.

Science has been growing by leaps and bounds with telescopes, unmanned space flight and exploration opening the cosmos like never before. We have a potential that we have never experienced in the past through the introduction of electronics, inventions, lasers and technology. Medicine has advanced to the point where many diseases that were once a death sentence are now completely treatable. In fact, my own eyesight is possible through modern medicine; I was going blind, as generations in my family had previously, and only through implants have I been able to see again.

So while I enjoy reading about the past and past cultures, I believe we are all extremely fortunate to be alive in this day and age.


p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books in five genres: contemporary suspense, historical suspense, romance, computer how-to and non-fiction.

Prior to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Among her clients were the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Secret Service, U.S. Information Agency, and Department of Defense. Her specialties were in white collar computer crimes and computer intelligence, themes that have carried forward to her suspense.

She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, an organization committed to raising public awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She is the organizer and chairperson of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an annual event held in the real town of Lumberton, North Carolina, to raise funds to increase literacy and reduce crime. For more information on this event and the literacy campaigns funded by it, visit



A Celtic Butterfly Suncatcher similar to the one mentioned in the book, symbolizing both the never-ending cycle of life and the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

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Mai T. said...

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

p.m.terrell said...

Good morning! Thanks for hosting me here today. Mai, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I do read some of the reviews, but I don't respond to them. My favorite bad review actually came from a newspaper in Missouri about my book Songbirds are Free, chronicling the true story of my ancestor who had been captured by Shawnee warriors in 1780. The reviewer wrote that the story could not have been true because how would I have known about it - "after all, in 1780, people were not able to write." The first thing that popped into my head was "when was the Bible written?" I believe that bad reviews will be overtaken by good ones in the long run. That one certainly was. Songbirds are Free became my bestselling book and still is to this day.

Mary Preston said...

Such a gorgeous cover.

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you, Mary! It was taken from an actual photograph.

p.m.terrell said...

Congratulations to Jeanne Rousseau for winning the beautiful Celtic Butterfly Sun Catcher!