Deceitful Truths (Caspian Wine Series Book 2)
by Maggie Thom
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
The birth certificate was a bust. Not only had the site kicked her out but she didn't have her mom's name, never mind her maiden name. How was she supposed to get that?
Most people would already know that.
She bet even Bill knew who his parents were. Maybe it really was time for her to contact her father... to get some answers... to stand up to him. Her hands trembled as she ran them through her hair. Her fingers slid through the short strands so fast, it caught her off guard. As a child she used to spend hours laying on her bed and playing with her hair. It had been one of the things that she could do without having to ask for permission. It had just become one of those habits that was her go to when she needed to think or to de-stress.
The little body beside her snuggled into her side and his little hand came up to tickle her under her chin. She giggled and then he pounced on her.
"Got you, Mommy."
"Help me. Help me." She poked her fingers into his sides. He exploded into laughter while he squirmed. A day of quiet had done him wonders. There was still a bit of pink to his cheeks but the tooth that had been causing him so much grief seemed to have poked through the skin and wasn't hurting as much.
They play wrestled for a good twenty minutes until they were both pooped out.
"Honey, I have an errand to run this morning. So we'll go to the zoo this afternoon. Okay?"
"Zoo, Mommy, zoo."
"Yeah, sweety. Soon."
After she put him in Kim's care, she got ready to go meet the woman, who'd responded she'd be willing to meet. The reality of what she was hoping would happen made her hands shake so bad that she could barely do up the buttons on her blouse. Once dressed, she opened her sock drawer and pulled out the sheet of paper she was sure would lead her to some answers. Could the police have gotten any fingerprints off of it? Had she made a big mistake by not going to them?
Interview with Maggie Thom
1. Plotter or pantster?
I do both. I usually find that for me a story starts with a scene. So then I play with it as to where it would happen in the story, why, who are the key characters, etc. I do a bit of plotting and outlining at least the basics for the story but when I get writing I find that often the characters and the story will take on a life of their own. I tend to just let it flow. Sometimes I'll then go back and see if I like where the story has gone and sometimes I'll just keep writing. For sure when I have the first draft done, that's where I go back through and really ensure the plot makes sense, it is enticing, it follows a logical pattern, that all the clues and hints are there throughout and that everything is tied up by the end. Once I'm even at the point that I think I'm at my final draft, I'll go through again and review the plot and all the elements just to ensure it's grabbing, has several twists and turns but not too many. I'm always looking to make sure there is a good balance. Then I send to my beta readers to get their feedback as to what works and what doesn't for them.
2. What books have influenced your writing style?
Two authors that have very much influenced my writing style are Robert Ludlum and Sandra Brown. Robert Ludlum writes or I should say wrote incredible espionage stories. He was one of the first that showed me how to weave a misleading story and how to introduce a number of characters that would lead the reader astray. Sandra Brown writes the type of genre that I like to write - suspense, thriller with some romance. She also is very good at writing a suspense that keeps you glued to the book until you're finished reading it. I learned a lot from both of them and include elements - the twists, the misleading, the types of characters, the tieing it all up by the end - that I learned from both, in my writing.
3. Classics or something else?
There are some classics that I have really enjoyed but I also love genre books - suspense/thrillers, fantasy, women's fiction, etc.
4. Favorite ice cream flavor?
Butter Pecan, although I have to say there are so many kinds out there I'm not sure I've made my way through them all. J
5. Favorite type of character to write about?
I love writing about strong, independent women who believe they have to do everything themselves but also have to learn to trust others and to be able to ask for help.
6. Tell us one thing about you that no one knows.
Well I really don't have any secrets like I tell in my books. J Hmmm, what does no one know about me?
I'm a country girl at heart, I love living in the country, I love wandering around out in nature. If I had to choose between city and country I'd always choose country. J
7. Name three things on your desk right now.
A frog statue (it makes me smile), an angel (it gives me hope) and a wolf (I love their majestic beauty). Interesting combination, isn't it?
8. What is next on your writing timetable?
I am actually writing two novels right now - Deadly Ties and Split Seconds.
Deadly Ties - Kyara needs to discover the truth, did her grandmother falsely spend 20 years in prison for murdering Kyara's grandfather or was she framed? How was it tied to the recent attack on her mom?
Split Seconds - Twins sisters meet for the first time as adults and soon discover that someone has gone to great lengths to keep them apart.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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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