Regina left home hurriedly one afternoon.She ran straight ahead and then turned
left.She ran again and turned left once
more.She continued to run and turned
left once more, this time running even harder.Then she saw a masked boy waiting for her.Who was he?
This is a good one. I missed it too. sigh. Did you figure it out?
A man is driving a car with his son in the car beside
him.The car goes off the road killing
the father and seriously injuring the son.The boy is rushed to the hospital where he is wheeled in to an operating
room.The surgeon looks at the boy and
says (truthfully), I can’t operate on him.He’s my son.”
Who's the surgeon?
Did you figure it out. I blush to admit, I didn't.
It's Spring break and we're heading for Metropolis. Seriously. I've mentioned Metropolis on this blog before, but in case you're a newbie and/or not familiar with the city, there really is a Metropolis and the town-folk take Superman quite seriously. Metropolis is located in Southern Illinois on the Ohio River. The population is 5,550. Hmm, not quite the thriving populace of the comic books and movies but still you can find things to do. If you're an outdoor girl or guy, like bud Julia Barrett, Fort Massac sits on the Ohio River in a 1450 acre park. It was originally built by the French in 1757 during the French and Indian War and called Fort
De L’Ascension. Rebuilt in 1759 it was renamed Massiac. The name was anglicized to Massac. In 1794 President George Washington had the Fort Rebuilt. Today, besides touring the fort you can also picnic, camp, hike, boat and fish.
And for those looking for less strenuous occupations, there's also Harrah's. I believe the entertainment there is pretty self-explanatory. And don't forget you can always go shopping for Superman paraphernalia and visit the Superman museum. We'll also be in Decatur, St.Louis and Riverton, IL. Ever heard of it? Behave yourself while I'm gone. And if you can't behave, have fun. I intend to:) I'm pre-posting blogs, may not have internet access while I'm gone.
"All of us are subjected to somebody else's power at some point. So once in awhile you kiss ass. So what? Either you make your peace with that early, or you end up living your life as a crank and a misfit."
~*~H Is For Homicide, Sue Grafton
Our nineteen and a half year-old cat passed on last week while I was holding her. I've got to believe that whatever cycle of life she's on its a new beginning.
Whether its a relative, friend or pet, death is never easy. Not for the recipient or those left behind.
Vicki’s Key was first released, some of my fans questioned the leap from my
normal realistic heroines to one who is a CIA psychic spy. One fan asked me if
I intended to continue my “science fiction” series. But the role of a psychic
spy was based in hard facts—and on real declassified documents straight from
our own government.
the Cold War, our Intelligence agencies intercepted information regarding a
psychic program that the Soviet Union was putting into place. The concept was
to use psychics to sit in, completely undetected, on our highest level cabinet
meetings; to tour our nuclear facilities in their minds; and to view documents
such as those detailing our weaponry capabilities. Our Intelligence passed the
information to the highest levels of government with a simple request: to fund
a similar psychic program here.
that time, they didn’t know if the Soviet Union would determine that all their
psychic missions would turn out to be hocus pocus. But they didn’t want to
learn twenty years down the road that it was possible—and that our enemies had
mastered it while we hadn’t even begun to explore the possibilities or uses.
that time, declassified documents have shown that Jimmy Carter was aware that
psychic spies were being used during the Iran Hostage Crisis. The psychic spies
were able to pass information to our Intelligence agencies regarding the
approximate locations of the hostages, when they were all held together, and
when they were separated. The information was passed to ground operatives, who
verified its accuracy.
most recent declassified mission was in the use of psychic spies to find Saddam
Hussein. The best psychic spies can locate a person or facility right down to
the longitude and latitude. They can draw the surrounding terrain, which is
passed to ground operatives who then match the terrain with their knowledge of
the area. They can draw diagrams or blueprints of facilities, which have proven
to be remarkably accurate.
psychic spies are used within government agencies, the approach is very
scientific. There are steps used to train the spies, which eliminate those who
think they’re psychic but simply have overactive imaginations. The steps become
increasingly more difficult until only the best of the best remain.
their missions are undertaken, there is always a leader who monitors via audio
or video and takes notes as well. There is always a team of analysts who take
the information obtained—whether it’s orally presented or diagrams are drawn by
the psychic spy—and they process it to determine its accuracy. Every piece of
information presented is taken through a verification process.
we learn more about the capabilities of the human mind, the missions can
expand. It is mind-boggling to consider the possibilities of astral travel in
order to obtain classified information from our enemies, particularly in times
the Black Swamp Mystery series, Vicki
Boyd travels in her mind under the direction of her handler and boss, Sam, to
places where a ground operative couldn’t go undetected. In Vicki’s Key, she traveled to a remote Afghanistan village on the
border of Pakistan, for example. In the most recent release, Dylan’s Song, she finds a missing CIA
operative and coordinates with Dylan Maguire, the CIA ground operative, to
extract him and get him to safety.
concept of a psychic spy not only lends itself to limitless possibilities in
the real world but in a fictional series as well.
Maguire returns to his native Ireland with psychic spy Vicki Boyd. Their
mission: to locate and extract a CIA Agent who disappeared in Dublin while on
the trail of a known terrorist. But when Dylan receives word that his
grandmother is dying, he is plunged into a past he thought he’d left behind
forever. His mission and the dark secrets he’d sought to keep hidden begin to
merge into an underworld that could cost him his life. He must now confront his
past demons and the real reason he left Ireland—while Vicki harbors a secret of
Magazine says, “p.m.terrell’s writing is powerfully written and masterfully
suspenseful; you have to hang on for the ride of your life.” Midwest Book
Review says the Black Swamp Mysteries series is “page-turning action,
unforgettable characters, breathtaking descriptions and unexpected plot
twists.” And syndicated reviewer Marcia Freespirit says the series is
“riveting, spell-binding, sexy and intense!”
The bogs were no place to be during the
Dylan had grown up with stories of the
bogs at night. The ground percolated; it lived and it breathed. There had been
many a time when he was harvesting peat in broad daylight that he’d heard a
whisper at his ear or felt hot breath on his neck, only to find there was no
one near. Now as he rode his horse in silence, he felt that presence tenfold;
there were eyes watching them. The intermittent tuffs of heather swayed in the
growing storm and he found himself watching them with narrowed eyes, waiting
for the plants to morph into sinister creatures that claimed this land after
the sun went down.
He knew there was a simple reason why
animals were required in lieu of an all-terrain vehicle and he was glad Sam had
taken this unique land into consideration when planning the mission. He could
feel the hooves beneath him sinking into the spongy earth; a wheeled vehicle
wouldn’t have stood a chance, especially as they ventured from the area farmed
for its peat to one far less stable.
A mist began; a slow, fine spray that he
knew well. One moment the air was still and dry and the next, as though they’d
passed through a curtain, the air swirled around them, the moist haze further
inhibiting their ability to see. It was said many a man lost his internal
compass in the Irish mist; it taunted as it grew into monstrous shapes, turning
the landscape into something foreign and active.
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