Caspian Winery Series #2
By- Maggie Thom
Publication Date- March 12th, 2014
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...
(Standalone but is a Sequel/Companion Novel to Captured Lies)
And now an Excerpt from 'Deceitful Truths'
She was about to call the next one when Graham took the phone from her and set it down. It seemed to take forever for him to remove his hand and step back. He withdrew, settling back in his chair. She turned her attention back to the screen but the heat from his steady gaze was like a gentle tapping on the base of her skull telling her that someone wanted her attention but would wait her out. Taking a deep breath, she turned to ask what he wanted but the words never came out. His green eyes were studying her intently. There was a new, questioning kind of look in their depths. She had no idea what that meant. But she did realize that he was awfully close. His chair was snug up against hers.
Clearing her throat, she turned away and got up. "I need a drink of water. Do you want one?"
He waited until she had the fridge door open before replying, "yes, please."
The walk back to the desk was the longest ten steps she'd ever taken. She was trying to look anywhere but at him, fully aware that he hadn't taken his eyes off of her. At the far edge of the desk, she tossed a bottle to him. Opening hers, she took a long drink.
"I'm sorry if my making those calls was the wrong thing to do. I know I should have asked first but it just made sense."
"Yeah, too much sense."
She met his gaze. Who did he think he was? "I don't need–"
He put up his hand. "Look, I owe you an apology. I've been a real butthead. I'm sorry. That was brilliant to call up those businesses. I'm embarrassed to say it never dawned on me. I get so into using the internet and tracing and tracking everything electronically that I forget there are other ways to get answers. And Guy does the snooping and following people outside, so it just never dawned on either one of us to do something that simple."
He shook his head but finally chuckled. "So what did you learn?"
Reluctant to close the distance between them, she leaned against the far edge of the desk.
"Well, I learned in the second phone call I should have asked way more questions in the first. But I did learn Cori Genner doesn't and has never worked there. So that’s probably a bogus request. As for the second one, there is no Penny Thornton, which I'm sure means it's crap, too. Now in both cases the companies exist. Hey, wait." She sat down in her chair and clicked open a new browser, typing in a url. Then she went back to the emails and found the one she wanted and clicked on the link. Then she flipped back and forth between the two websites."Okay, so what are you doing?"
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 book Captured
Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 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 taking a book,
hiking to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and reading. 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
Top Ten Inspirations for my Writing by Maggie Thom I find inspiration for my writing in so many things but I'll try to narrow that down. J The key for me is to take one little tidbit of information and then play 'what if'. I take snippets of things from different things I've heard, seen, been involved in and mix them together. Since I write suspense-thrillers laced with romance, I'm always looking for things that can be twisted, turned, taken out of context, something a bit dark that a person has to figure their way out of. Here are some of the things that inspire my writing and my stories. 1. Stories about families - in my books there is a lot about family drama, family dynamics and how families aren't always honest with each other. So I am rather fascinated by true stories that I am often amazed are much worse than I write about. 2. People's mannerisms - it can be something as simple as how a person picks up a pen. 3. The way people interact with each other - how they talk, what they say, etc. I love to people watch. 4. Books, I read a lot and sometimes I'll read a snippet and think what if that happened in a different situation, then what? 5. Shows, movies - sometimes I just need to watch something to trigger ideas. 6. Talking with people about their lives. I don't ever write about someone I know and I don't write about their stories but I will take a snippet of something they've told me, i.e. a flight that was postponed and they ended up in an airport for a day or two. I'll then take that and see if there is some story, what would happen if the person was wanted by the law, what if they were disabled, what if they were needing to get home right away because someone was dying. 7. My own personal experiences. 8. Songs and music. 9. Careers, jobs - I'll look at some jobs I've had, some jobs that are advertised out there and I'll start playing around with it to see if there is some way to use it in a corrupt way in a story. 10. Emotions, feelings - how people react to certain situations. Sometimes I'll take an emotion and put it in a situation that it shouldn't be in and see if I can come up with a story (i.e. someone at a funeral laughing - why would they be laughing and why at a funeral). I am always looking for fresh new ideas and different ways of looking at things, it keeps the ideas flowing.