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Deceitful Truths, What was I thinking?

Maggie Thom, Multi – Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

I had never planned on writing a series. Captured Lies was meant to be a stand alone story. It was a story that took on a life of its own. I loved 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, complete, all sewn up.


It was a reader’s idea that sparked Deceitful Truths.


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?

Oooh. The seed had been planted. My mind 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!

A new character?

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 between the stories. 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.

This became Tarin’s story. But how to make it compelling? and different? and unique? and fit with the concept of story one?

Fact and Fiction

With each of my stories I try to bring to light something that is truly happening in the world. I write about 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 for her, and cried a few times as I went through her journey with her. She came up against some tough situations. It made me wonder what I would do in her shoes?

“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’s Story

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 and turns. Some you might see coming but some you won’t. But they are all resolved by the end of the story.

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)

 If you haven’t read Captured Lies, check it out here: Captured Lies – Where did the idea come from. 

Maggie Thom’s talent for mixing mystery, intrigue and romance becomes a masterpiece begging to be read.” Tome Tender

My Research

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 have to mention this but it is soemthing that happens too often.

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

Multi-Award winning author, Maggie Thom. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies (Book of the Month - LAS Reviews and Reader's Favorite Finalist), Deceitful Truths and Split Seconds (Award Winning) – and her other published novels, Tainted Waters (Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine),  Deadly Ties, Fractured Lines and her new series - The Twisted Deception Series. Click here to learn more.

And her Free eBook - Blurred Lines.

Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…

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