DECEITFUL TRUTHS by Maggie Thom
A suspense/thriller with romantic elements
He created a legacy that no one could imagine…
Tarin has lost a week of her life. She doesn't know what happened but not long after she returns to work she is suspended from her job. Confused and pregnant, she quits and agrees to marry Stephen, only to be thrown into a whole new nightmare. Desperate, she grabs her son and moves across the country to get away from her abusive husband and to avoid her unforgiving father. Thrilled at getting the job at Knights Associates, where she'll help them solve cyber crimes but also be able to use their connections and resources to find her own answers. Who stole a week of her life? And will they return to steal the secret she is now protecting?
Graham and his partner Guy, can't keep up with the demand. They are being flooded with requests at Knights Associates, where they offer a combined service of private investigator and that of solving cyber crimes. It appears that someone wants to get their attention as not only have they been hacked but Guy's family business, Caspian Winery, seems to be under attack as well. Hiring an assistant seems to be the answer but when Graham discovers she's been accessing their high-security accounts, he realizes the cause of their predicament might be closer then he thought. Is there new assistant behind the problems they're having? If she's so innocent why does someone want to abduct her?
Tarin and Graham discover that although they don't trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin's nightmare plays out? An eighty year old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget…
(Caspian Wine Series, Book Two - Standalone but is a Sequel/Companion Novel to Captured Lies)
Maggie Thom’s talent for mixing mystery, intrigue and romance becomes a masterpiece begging to be read. Dii at Tome Tender
She opened her eyes. Or at least she thought she had. That was her intention. But everything was black. Maybe it was still dark out. She tried again, this time there was a fuzzy blur... a shadow... a stray bit of light... and a voice. But as quick as it all came, it left.
Sometime later she became aware of sounds and sensations. Everything was still dark. She had no sense of who she was or where she was. There was a feeling of being but not of knowing anything else. It was just blank. Something brushed over her body, it was light, delicate really. She recoiled inside, pulling back, trying to shrink more into the deep, dark hole that seemed to be her companion. Fear wrapped her in its cloak, like a living, breathing monster, capturing her in a net she felt unable to get out of.
A very distant part of her brain screamed at her, to get the hell away... to move... to do something... but it was so far away, so faint. She could feel the desperation but could barely grasp what it was telling her to do... or why. She tried to wade through the enveloping darkness to reach it. But she couldn't move. She was trapped in a tiny black cave with nowhere to go... nowhere to hide... with nothing to see. The panic which had been so remote a moment ago was suddenly all there was. The harder she fought it, the more she fell down the dark well. She had no sensation of self, no meaning of who she was. There was heaviness but she didn't know anything beyond the little gloomy hole that she seemed to inhabit.
She made a sound. Or at least she thought it came from her but when she couldn't repeat it, she wasn't sure. Something moved, maybe even touched her. She couldn't be certain. There was a tiny sense of pain but then it receded, taking the anxiousness with it... then there was nothing.
Sounds filtered into her little world.
"Now... do it.”
Only snippets of their words drifted into her consciousness. She wanted to ask what the two men were talking about. Who they were talking about? And where was she? Who she was?
She wanted to call out but remembered that the last time she'd made a sound or tried to, everything had disappeared. She kept quiet. She waited. Slowly more things started to come to her.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MAGGIE
-What made you want to write?
Great question. I really have no idea but I do know that even as a young child I was always fascinated with books with words, so much so that I used to cut words out of books. Don’t tell my mother as she still doesn't know who cut a chunk out of the book she was reading. I think growing up as an adventurous child, who loved being out in nature exploring was what helped me to be curious. I really think that I started writing on those days where it was too cold or too miserable to be outside, so I started to scribble down thoughts or ideas I had, so that I could still feel that freedom and feed my curiosity of what was possible.
-What draws you to suspense and thrillers?
I love to read suspense/thrillers. I love the mystery, the intrigue and never quite being sure where the story is going. I like to be taken on an adventure that will have me holding my breath, giving me clues so I feel like I'm the one solving the crime. I think that's why I love to write suspense/thrillers, although I do include some romance (I mean who can resist some romance) but it definitely doesn't drive the story.
-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.
Well the cool thing about this series, The Caspian Wine Series, is that it is set in and around that of a winery in Ontario. Now I know what wines I like and don't like but beyond that I really don't have a clue or know much about wine or the wine industry. So really the whole process of growing the grapes, bottling it and then the process of distributing it - how they get it from their winery to the restaurants or to your table, was quite interesting. I was quite surprised by the rules that they have to follow and really the lack of control that many wineries have in that regards. The Liquor Control Board really controls a lot. And of course I had to try some new wines, you know just to see what kind of wines they should be making.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Graham for sure. Not only is he good-looking and smart, he's down to earth and has a quirky sense of humor. He likes to see the funny in almost everything. I love a guy with a sense of humor. I think Graham would be a riot to have a drink with.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Write what you love. Do it because you love it. Get feedback from readers and writers on your work. Listen to what others are telling you. It doesn't mean you have to follow everything they say or even like what they tell you but you can often learn something that will help strengthen your writing. Join a writing group, join a critique group. And write… write… write… and read… read… read… Reading the types of stories or books that you like to write will also help you figure out what works and what doesn't. Don't be scared to ask another writer or author for some suggestions on what you should do or how to do it - don't expect them to do it for you though. It takes dedication, so be prepared to sit and write and sit and write and oh yeah, sit and write. Sometimes it might even include getting really good at housecleaning or other chores you dislike. Procrastination will become your best friend, learn how to ditch it. And again, write because you love it, that's what will keep you going on those days you wonder what the heck you're doing.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I don't write fantasy but I absolutely love to read it. Sometimes I have ideas but it seems to be one of those genres that I don't really want to dabble in. I think because I like to read something that I don't always compare what I write to.
Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine
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Lol, I used to take all my mom’s books off the shelves and build forts out of them. Thanks for the great interview, Maggie!
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