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Deceitful Truths, What was I thinking?
I had never planned on writing a series after writing and publishing, Captured Lies. I loved the concept of the story and thought it was a good and all the twists and turns and loopholes were all nicely tied up by the end. So in my mind it was finished, it was complete, it was all sewn up.
A reader who’d read Captured Lies, said she loved the story so much that she wanted to know when was I coming out with book 2. She loved the characters, especially Geoff, the main bad guy. He was too real for her and she had questions about him. Now I don’t want to do a spoiler alert but he was ‘taken care of’ in book 1.
So did I really want to do another book in the series and where would I go with book 2?
Now that the seed had been planted, my mind really started to fly with ideas. The big question was, do I try to continue Bailey’s story? or do I come up with something new but that could incorporate some of the characters?
The ideas wouldn’t stop!
I decided to go with creating a new character and make it her story but I would incorporate some of the characters and have Caspian Wine as the key connection, again. My problem wasn’t in coming up with the idea but in lassoing one of the many that were flitting through my mind and turning it into a compelling story.
I finally decided on Tarin. This was her story. But how to make it compelling? and different? and unique? and fit with the concept of story one?
With each of my stories I try to bring to light something that is truly happening in the world. I want to show women who go through the same things as women in real life but I also wanted to show the strength and resiliency of women. Tarin’s story actually was one of the hardest ones I wrote. In fact, I was scared and cried a few times as I went with her through her journey with her. She went through a lot.
“She hadn’t made it two steps when she felt something sharp touch her neck, at the same time an arm slid around her waist.”
Tarin has lost a week of her life. She knows she was drugged and believes it to be the result of a date rape drug. Horrified, she doesn’t tell anyone, she just accepts it and moves on with her life. But then she gets into a worse situation, she marries a man because she discovers she is pregnant. But two years of abuse are enough for her, she takes her son and escapes, vowing to discover who stole that week of her life. Unfortunately, someone is now trying to kidnap her son. Not only does she have all of that to deal with but she has a very wealthy, overbearing father, who has planned her future for her and just needs to get her in line with it.
There are a lot of twists, some you might see coming but some you won’t.
A week of her life is missing… And now someone is trying to steal the secret, she is desperate to protect.
Doing whatever it takes to protect her family, Tarin abandons her abusive marriage, rescues her son and flees across country. Lost and unsure who to trust, she hopes her new job with a Private Investigator, Knight’s Associates, will give her the connections and resources she needs to find answers. Seven days of her life are missing and she doesn’t know why but the consequences of it are undeniable.
Graham’s company, Knight’s Associates, has been hacked, they are being inundated with false leads. The past is coming back to haunt them but how does the new assistant they hired, play into it? Is she truly helping them solve cyber-crimes or is she selling off their high-security information? Is that why someone is trying 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.” Tome Tender
When I was writing this, the number of women who were finding themselves drugged by assholes who used Rohypnol on them, was staggering. And that doesn’t include the many women who don’t report it. I, in no way wanted to trivialize this but wanted to show the strength of women even when they go through such tough, ugly situations. I wanted to shed some light on this type of situation and hopefully help women to see they aren’t alone. Women are amazing and strong but when we are looking from the inside we don’t always see it. It can feel like such a lonely path but women should never feel embarrassed or ashamed. It is something they need to be aware of and to be careful. It makes me sad to even mention this but it is true.
I do not go into depth about this problem but I do tell Tarin’s story about her reaction and what really got her back on her feet and fighting for what is important.
Maggie Thom is a multi-award-winning author of suspense/thrillers. She has written everything from technical writing, to nonfiction, to fiction for children, youth and adults, along with poems and short stories. She finally settled on her love of puzzles, mysteries and roller coasters and now writes suspense/thrillers that will entwine you in a tangled web of secrets, lies and deceit.