Rave Reviews Book Club is all about profiling, promoting and propelling its members and sometimes individuals get to step into the limelight for a whole day of star treatment on participating blogs. Today it’s my great delight and privilege to present one of RRBC’s most supportive people Maggie Thom.
ABOUT MAGGIE THOM…
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, 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, 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 to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. 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
and by Maggie herself…
(Maggie Thom is my pen name, my real name is Glenna)
I have wanted to be an author since I was a young child but I didn’t tell anyone that. I hid my writing for many years. I wrote poems, I wrote stories… I wrote. But I didn’t share it for a very long time, I never thought it was good enough. Then when I did finally get the nerve to show it to others, the three people I shared it with, told me it was no good. I had been right, I vowed to quit. But I couldn’t, the ideas, the stories were there to be written, so I just went back to hiding it, only now I was interested in writing novels. The first one I hand wrote and it was about 400 pages. Someone accidentally saw it and read some of it and then asked what I was doing with it. I said nothing, it wasn’t good enough. The person told me that wasn’t true. They thought my writing was good. It really got me to thinking… and to hoping. So I signed up to take a course. They had to be honest with me, right? Only they surprised me when they told me they loved what I wrote. I have to say I was still reluctant to believe it. Not that my writing was perfect, it needed work but they felt I had a good grasp of writing and plotting out stories. So I kept writing. I joined a writing group. Took more courses. Joined a critique group. And I wrote and wrote and wrote. But I still wasn’t to the point where I thought it was good enough. Finally I had to make the decision – now or never. I asked several people to read the latest novel (Captured Lies) I’d written. If they liked it, I’d proceed and get it published, if not I’d just keep doing it for me. Well they all loved it. So it was time to take it seriously. That’s when I asked for help to make that happen. After several edits, revisions and hair pulling, my dream finally came true. It has been a long journey but a worthy one.
(all descriptions are from Maggie’s book pages)
Caspian Wine Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Series Book One
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it….
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
But can she do it in time…
“Questions grow and so does the pace of this excellent story… I highly recommend it.”
“Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge…” InDtale Magazine
“This is a story that when you start to read it you don’t want to put it down until you finish it.” Cindy’s Reviews
“Captured Lies is a very edge of your seat sort of book… I was totally enthralled with this book…” Tammy’s Tea Time
Caspian Wine Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Series
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)
“Maggie Thom’s talent for mixing mystery, intrigue and romance becomes a masterpiece begging to be read…” Tome Tender
“…Maggie Thom has managed to give the reader a tangled web full of lies and deceit to try to figure out… it kept me wanting to read the book…” Read Your Writes Book Reviews
He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her…
Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offence to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families who own the land around the lagoon are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed… including them.
“I LOVED this book! It was fast paced and had me gripped from the start….. And talk about twists! Just when I thought I knew where this story was leading…… Bang!….. Plot twist!…”
Orchard Book Club
“… Exciting story, loved the beginning introduction to Sam. She is a firecracker and had me chuckling… Another wonderful read from Maggie Thom…” Musing from an Addicted Reader
“…the book will truly keep you on the edge of your seat unable to pry yourself from it… Maggie brilliantly creates suspense and the atmosphere of unease…” The Most Happy Reader
SUSPENSE AND THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR
Turning the Pages Magazine
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