Series: The Caspian Wine Series # 2
Author: Maggie ThomPublished: March 2014Publisher: Quadessence SolutionsWord Count: 105,000Genre: Suspense ThrillerContent Warning: Non-graphic sex and abuse
Synopsis: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)
Excerpt:"I could get my dad to help if money is an issue?""God, no!" The words were spit out at her almost before she was done saying anything."Okay. I just–""I know. You want to fix it like you do everything. Just leave it alone Tarin. Okay?"Tarin nodded but was taken aback by Bobbie's forceful, hard tone. Just then Bobbie's phone rang."Dammit. It's Mom. I'll be a while.""No worries. I'll figure out something for this afternoon." She watched as her friend walked out of her room, already talking away. She hated to see her so upset. Her mom was something else though. Tarin had always thought she was a very selfish woman. Everything was always about her and what she needed. She'd rarely come to visit Bobbie and when she had she'd done nothing but complain about her life and gossiped about everyone else.Tarin gasped. If Mrs. Benson told her dad, he'd know. If she asked for help for Bobbie, he'd know.
How did my life become such a mess?She had to get answers before her dad discovered anything about what was happening in her life. There was no way he was aware of the mess she was in and there was no way he knew he had a grandson. If he had, he would have taken control of everything but more importantly he'd have taken Chance and raised him like the son he'd always wanted.She jumped out of bed almost in a panic. Her dad couldn't find out about her and what she was up to. Not yet. If Bobbie's Mom talked...Chance's squeal of delight from the other room, where he was being entertained by Kim, was like a beacon pulling her back from the edge.She had to do something. The pamphlet for a wine tour she'd seen on Bobbie's table, came to mind. There was no reason she couldn't go and take a look around at Caspian Winery. She might as well do something. She'd moved across the country to get answers. Maybe she'd get lucky. She rolled her eyes at that thought, as she really had no idea what she was looking for or what she hoped to gain by going there. If she could get near a computer maybe she could get some information.She fell back against the wall, surprised by what she was thinking. She, who had never stolen a thing in her life, although she'd been falsely accused once, which had ended disastrously, was thinking of actually going and stealing something... something that really could land her in jail.
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 and Captured Lies won book of the Month through LAS Reviews (February 2014). She published her third novel, Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series – Book 2), 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 a wholehearted nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married toher 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.
What's It Take To Be a Writer?
By Maggie ThomI often get asked, 'What does it take to be a writer?' 'How do I get started?' 'What do I need to know?' 'What do I need to do?' And then I hear things like, 'Anyone can be a writer.' 'It's so easy.'
The truth - anyone can be a writer. I do believe that everyone has it within them to be a writer... a painter... a dancer... a singer... but it's whether you're willing to put in the time to learn it and get good at it is the question. Writing may seem simple and may seem like you just string some words together and there you go you have your story, which may be true but is it any good?
Writing is really a process where not only do you need to put words together but you need to put the right words together in the right order to convey the right meaning. So what does that mean? Words have power. They not only have the meaning we give them but then there is the connotation of the word, the flow of the words put together, the sound of the word by itself and then along with those it is with, the emotions, the action, the sense of seeing the setting, the sense of being there... You can use the same word in different sentences and convey a very different essence and feeling.
I jumped into the fast flowing river.Laughing along with the guys there was no way I was going to let them toss me in, so I jumped into the frigid river.
On shaky legs, I stood on the bank fearing the fast flowing river but I knew if I didn't do something I'd soon be dead anyway... so I jumped.Writing isn't just about crafting words and stringing them together. It is about being able to use them to take people on a journey, to keep people reading and devouring what you're writing and wanting more. It takes people on the highs and lows of life, it feeds their curiosity, gives them an experience they'd never get in real life, it connects them to things in their lives, it gives them hope, it opens their eyes, it picks them up on a wave pulling them along and then suddenly drops them into the depths only to pull them back out and having them riding high again.
It swoops in and grabs them when they least expect it and then rushes them away to the next adventure. It'll make them laugh, it'll make them cry, it'll make them say unimaginable things like 'ew', 'whoa' or 'wow' J. It'll make them pause and think, it'll have them re-read what they've read, it'll give them food for thought, it'll be a feast and sometimes a famine, it'll show the beauty of man, it'll show the ugliness of man... Whatever it does for that person, it will become a part of their world, their thoughts, their experience.
So what's it take to be a writer... love of the written word, the desire to not only write it once but again and again and again, the patience to string the words together that bring new meaning and new feeling in such a way that it is telling a believable, compelling story. If you truly want to be a writer, sit down and write... and write... and write... and scribble out most or all that you just wrote and start over... You're now on your way. JGiveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- A $15 Amazon Gift Card.
- 2 ecopies of Captured Lies by Maggie Thom.
Giveaway is International.