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Deceitful Truths by Maggie Thom Interview & Giveaway

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Title: Deceitful Truths
Series: The Caspian Wine Series # 2   
Author:  Maggie Thom
Published: March 2014
Publisher:  Quadessence Solutions
Word Count: 105,000
Genre:  Suspense Thriller
Content 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.

Maggie, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Absolutely. I love words, saying them, reading them, writing them. They have always fascinated me so much so that I used to cut them out of books, much to my mother’s dismay.
  2. What is your favorite color? Jade or green.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in southern Alberta (Canada). I grew up on a farm in rural Alberta near a small town. I loved it.
  4. What is your favorite football team? Well as I’m a Canadian I have to go with a CFL team – BC Lions.
  5. Who is your favorite author? Okay that’s an impossible question. For me there have been many and who my favorite is has changed over the years. Yes I’m stalling because there are several I want to mention. I think currently I have to say a new author I recently read, Donna Cook – The Gift of the Phoenix – excellent book.
  6. What is your favorite book? Again, tough question. I still have to say, Thomas Covenant The White Gold Wielder. I read it many years   ago but it is one of those stories that has stayed with me through time.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Sleep. I love to do things with my family, go for a walk, play games, be outdoors, kayak, take pictures of nature…
  8. Do you have a day job as well? I do some part-time work for others in the area of communications, websites, etc.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? If you are truly serious about this craft, learn it. Try all aspects of writing and figure out what really appeals to you – write poetry, write short stories, write long stories, write in different genres, write fiction, write nonfiction, write for different ages – you really won’t know until you start to write, what it is that truly appeals to you. Also allow your writing to grow with you. The type of stories you write today may not be the type of   stories you write tomorrow and that’s okay. Writing is a moving, flowing process, so go with it.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? It is the best gift ever. I love it. There are times it can be frustrating but then what in life isn’t? If I’m going to get frustrated I’d rather it be over something like plotting issues, or storyline issues…
  11. Where do you write? Anywhere. Generally I now work on my laptop in my office to write but truly when I have time – we’re driving  somewhere and I’m the passenger (It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do it while I drive ), I have to wait for 30 minutes or so for one of my kids or something else – I’ll write.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? It varies, generally I like to have music playing in the background but there are times when I just like the silence when I write.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Water or peppermint tea.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? I think like every writer it’s believing in yourself, knowing that your writing is good enough to share with the world. There is always the struggle to make writing a priority and to sit down and actually do it.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started Deceitful Truths about one year ago – May 2013 and I published it March 2014. The actual writing of  the book took about 5 months, probably a couple of months of actual writing, a couple of months with  arguing with myself to sit down and finish it and then a couple of months to get the plotting right.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?
    To play Tarin  – Natalie Portman, To play Graham – Ben Foster, To play Bailey – Amanda Seigfried,  To play Guy – Channing Tatum, To play Dorothea Lindell – Betty White
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? Generally we got along but I think at times, she was annoyed with me, ‘really I have to go through that?’ It    took a while to get her to share her story, she really seemed to want to stay in the background, so there was a definite push me, pull me relationship. Once I got her to open up and share her journey, our relationship               shifted and I think she really grew and discovered what she was truly capable of. So I do think she’d want to hang out with me.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I do a lot of different avenues, so I’m not sure which works best. I’m on a number of social medias – facebook, twitter, google +, pinterest, goodreads – I do newspaper and radio interviews, I’ve advertised in a magazine and I’ve made a ton of connections. I do a lot to help other authors – hosting on my website, reading and reviewing their books and tweeting and retweeting their information. I’ve had my books entered  in contest, where I’ve won a few awards. All of these I think have made a positive impact on my marketing.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I think it was that a reader said they had a hard time getting into it. But that’s okay because my books aren’t  for everyone.
  20. What has been the best compliment?  “…The conclusion because it surprised me. More than once, I thought I had it all figured out only to be proven wrong. This is one book that will have you thinking, and changing the ending at  least 3 times before you get to it.”  I love keeping the reader guessing as to who is really guilty and all that is really going on.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Deceitful Truths is purely imagination as far as the storyline goes but I think that most authors do include their emotional journey but through the story of their protagonist or at least I have shared some of mine through Tarin’s story.
  22. How did you come up with the title?  I actually came up with the title of Deceitful Truths while I was writing Captured Lies. As it is a sequel (although a standalone), it just seemed a very fitting title for it. As I was writing the story, the name Deceitful Truths just became a true reflection of the story.
  23. Will there be a sequel? Deceitful Truths is a sequel to Captured Lies (The Caspian Wine Series). I do not have any plans to write  another book in this series but as soon as I finished it, some ideas came to me, so I will never say never but  there are no current plans.
  24. What project are you working on now? I currently have two novels in the works – Deadly Ties and Split Seconds Deadly Ties – What connection could there be between a twenty year-old murder and a thirty year-old murder and a present day attack on Kyara’s mother? Did her grandmother falsely go to jail for twenty-years? 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 and will even kill to ensure that continues.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? Whew! I don’t think any but maybe what kind of wine would I have liked to drink while filling this in, had it not been 5:00 a.m.? Thank you so much for hosting me, this has been fun.
  26. Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and laugh…

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About the Author:
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.
 
Giveaway 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.

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6 Comments

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting me today Kristy. That was a tough interview. :) I had fun with it though. What is your keep calm and ____________?

  4. Love this author and happy to see her new book. I copy edited a book for Maggie and it was a pleasure working with her.
    Keep in touch, Maggie. I wish you much success. Congrats on you award! That is wonderful!

    Another great interview, Kristy!

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