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USA Weekend recently reported that 57% of the
people they surveyed believed in the idea of The One; that very special person
who was meant just for them.
was the concept of a soul mate that led me to write The Tempest Murders, about two lovers who found and then lost one
another in 1839 and two lovers in 2011 that bear striking similarities to them.
It raises the intriguing question of whether there really is That Special
Someone meant for each of us. It also raises the possibility of reincarnation
and whether we are destined to find our soul mate in multiple lifetimes.
book is written from a male point of view. Detective Ryan O’Clery is an Irish
immigrant investigating a serial murder case in North Carolina when he meets
Cathleen Reilly, a television reporter who bears a striking resemblance to a
woman he has dreamed about his entire life. Their relationship unfolds rapidly
but things won’t be easy for them—Cathleen fits the profile of every victim and
Ryan suspects she could be the killer’s next target.
Ryan describes his feelings to his
sister Claire, “I’ve always had this feeling, like I had a twin in the womb
with me. And somehow, coming into the world, that twin was lost. I’ve always
lived with this emptiness, as if someone ought to be there who isn’t.”
“I know you have, Re. I’ve always
known you have.”
“When she was here, when we were
together, it—it was as though I’d found my twin. The other part of myself. She
made me whole somehow.”
“Your twin soul.”
is my twin soul, Claire. I know we’ve been together before. I know we have.”
concept of a twin soul is that when the soul is conceived, there is a male and
a female aspect. These are split apart with each going his or her own way. Each
soul is complete, but when they meet each other, they have an instant
connection. It’s as if each is a powerful magnet that the other can’t
resist—nor would they want to. It happens only once, and only with The One.
soul mate is actually someone from our soul family. The soul family is a group
of souls that remain extremely close, whether it’s in a parent-child, sibling,
or best friends scenario. Soul mates can be two females, two males—or, as the
majority of singles believe—a male and a female destined to be together. The
bond goes deeper and stronger with a soul mate than with someone you’re dating
and don’t feel more than a superficial connection with.
your twin soul or soul mate doesn’t guarantee that everything will be rosy,
just as Ryan and Cathleen find in The
Tempest Murders. But once the bond is established, there is no denying it.
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One World Singles would like to welcome
p.m. Terrell, author of The Tempest
Murders. The author will be
awarding a Celtic bracelet (US only) to a randomly drawn commenter during her
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The Tempest Murders by p.m. Terrell
A provocative story of a love that spans centuries, of soul mates
found, lost and reunited… and the lengths to which one man will go to change
Irish Detective Ryan O’Clery is working a series of homicides in America when he discovers a journal written by an uncle, Constable Rian
Kelly, five generations earlier. The journal detailed the same type of murders
as the worst storm in Ireland’s history slammed into the island in 1839.
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer’s description matches
his cases exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen
Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlin O’Conor,
Rian Kelly’s lover—the woman who was lost to the killer as the storm raged in
Ireland—and if he is the reincarnation of Constable Rian Kelly.
Now he’s in a race to rescue Cathleen before the killer finds
her—or is history destined to repeat itself?
“I know you too well,” Claire said. “You’re wanting
the story of Caitlín O’Conor, aren’t you?”
She smiled. “Her name was Caitlín O’Conor. She was
supposedly the great love of Ríán Kelly’s life. It was a star-crossed love
story. Her father was a prominent man in the village and Ríán was a ‘lowly
county inspector’ and though they were deeply in love, her father would not
permit Ríán to ask for her hand in marriage.”
He felt his chest tighten and he sipped his coffee
to avoid Claire’s piercing eyes.
“The tale is that they sneaked around for years;
everybody knew it. Everybody except Caitlín’s father, that is. They were madly
in love.” She sighed wistfully.
“What happened?” He kept his eyes on his coffee.
“Did she marry someone else?”
“Her father died. Quite unexpectedly. Heart simply
stopped. And without him in the way, they were clear to be married.” She
brushed non-existent crumbs from the countertop before continuing. “He asked
for her hand in marriage on New Year’s Eve. Let’s see, I believe it was 1838.
Yes, that’s right. December 31, 1838.”
“How can you be so certain of the date?”
“Because seven days later, Caitlín was dead.”
His head jerked up and he stared into Claire’s
eyes. They were as green as the fields of Ireland and now she cocked her head and eyed him
“He’d gone to Dublin, so the story goes,” she continued slowly.
“Aye. He’d been called away on business. And as
Fate would have it, the great flood came while he was gone and Caitlín was
swept away. It was January 6, 1839—Epiphany.” Her voice took on a whispered note as
though she was telling a ghost story. “There were those in the faith who had
forecast the end of the world would occur on January 6, 1839—the day of Epiphany. So when the air grew
completely still, so still they could hear the voices of neighbors miles apart,
there were some who thought the end was near.”
He waited for her to continue. His cheeks were
growing flush and he could feel beads of sweat beginning to pop out across his
brow. “What happened then?”
“By nightfall, there were gale force winds. They
moved from the western coast of Ireland all the way to Dublin, where Ríán Kelly had traveled. Some said the
winds were accompanied by an eerie moan, a rumbling of sorts. But not thunder;
it was a sound never heard before nor since. It increased as the winds grew.
And then the northern sky turned a shade of red that had never been seen
“Well, so the myth goes, Ríán Kelly left Dublin immediately. It was a miracle he made it back to
the village at all. He traveled through the night, in the rain and the hail,
with the winds all about him. Bridges had been washed away; the wind had been
so strong—stronger than anything Ireland had experienced in more than three hundred years—so
strong that it whipped the Atlantic
into a fury and pushed it all the way across the island. Streams and creeks
became raging rivers. Whole villages were wiped out. Even some of the castles
were beyond repair.”
He rested his elbows on the counter and put his
head in his hands.
“You’re sure you don’t want to lie down, Re? You
look as if you might faint.”
“I’m fine,” he said. “What happened when Ríán Kelly
reached his village?”
“It was gone. Oh, there were a few buildings still
intact. The church, for one. But Caitlín O’Conor’s home had been washed away.
There was no sign of Caitlín.”
“So that’s where the story ends, does it?”
“Oh, no. I suppose it’s where it just begins.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning,
internationally acclaimed author of more than eighteen books in four genres:
contemporary suspense, historical suspense, computer how-to and non-fiction.
to writing full-time, she founded two computer companies in the Washington, DC
Metropolitan Area: McClelland Enterprises, Inc. and Continental Software
Development Corporation. 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.
Key was a top five finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA
Book Awards nominee and her historical suspense, River Passage, was a 2010 Best
Fiction and Drama Winner. It was determined to be so historically accurate that
a copy of the book resides at the Nashville Government Metropolitan Archives in
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 of Book ‘Em North Carolina, an
annual event held in 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 www.bookemnc.org.
sits on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the
Robeson County Arts Council. She has also served on the boards of Crime
Stoppers and Crime Solvers and became the first female president of the
Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers in Virginia.