Inside… Maggie Thom’s Caspian Wine series


Jan: Welcome, Maggie! Today, readers, it’s a real pleasure to introduce you to award-winning author, Maggie Thom.

As well as being a prominent and supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club (follow the link for find out more about this remarkable literary community) Maggie is a word wrangler, arranging and rearranging words into a story full of twists and turns and characters that will pull readers into an adventure beyond their fingertips!

Jan: I know you’ve been writing all your life – what made you decide to take the leap into indie publishing?
Maggie: Great question. It was
really that it was time. I actually pulled my first book, Captured Lies from a traditional publisher to Indie Publish. Why? Because they take too darn long to get it into print. 😊

Jan: What got you writing your first book?
Maggie: At age 9? I’m not sure but I was fascinated by words and stories, so I think I wanted to try it. I do know that of the many novels I’ve written and have done nothing with, I think that it was
curiosity if I could do it. As for the first published book I have, Captured Lies, the idea for it came from a plane flying too low over our heads and I wondered if it crashed what would happen. Would anyone survive? If a baby survived and then someone took the baby how would the baby (once grown) figure out who she was?

Jan: Do you have a preferred writing style?
Maggie: I do a mix of
seat of the pants and plotster. When an idea comes I sit down and write. It’s later when I’m away from the writing that I see where the story could go and do some plotting. In the rewrites I am all about plotting and making sure that all the points fit and line up at the end. No loose ends.

Jan: So, is there a reason why you decided to base your serial around a family wine-making business who also make a living from private investigation?
Maggie: No real idea of why. It just seemed like the right setting and the right kind of business that would suit the story. Bailey doesn’t even know until her
mom dies that her identity is a lie. So having Guy be a PI seemed the perfect way to break it to her.

Jan: Is there any part of the books that spring from experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Maggie: No. Not from my experiences or events just from things I heard or saw and of course mixed together with my imagination to create something new and different.

Jan: You’re now on #3 in the series – what’s going on with this one? Are Guy and/or Graham still on the case?
Guy and Graham are in this story, although they aren’t the main characters. They do play a part in solving the mystery of who is trying to kill Tarin’s father, keep Tijan and Tarin safe and to figure out why Tijan and Tarin grew up apart.

Jan: Is there anything you find particularly challenging with writing a book series that isn’t necessarily in sequence?
With Split Seconds, Book 3 in the Caspian Wine Series, it’s about
Tijan who is searching for her twin. So I had to go back to book two, Deceitful Truths, which is Tarin’s story, who happens to be Tijan’s twin. So for some of it and to make sure I got their stories straight I had to go back and forth to ensure I had all the key elements. It was fun to do but was definitely some work.

Jan: Do you have to travel much to research your books?
I’ve done some but no, most of it is research on the internet and conversations with people who have the knowledge that I need. Now I will say doing research on
wineries of course had to be done in person and I learned a lot. And maybe tasted a bit of wine.

Jan: What was the hardest part of writing the latest book?
Because I had never planned on writing a series and I wrote the original version of book one actually about 15 + years ago, I didn’t have the information I needed easily accessible. So all of my notes for it were on paper. Finding all of that, and then finding my notes for book 2 and rereading both stories with the intent of pulling what might be necessary information, was a bit of work. I now use Scrivener for writing so all of my notes, images, outlines, character outlines, etc. are all in one place. That makes it so much easier.

Jan: Now – the Hollywood option! If the Caspian Wine series was going to be made into a movie franchise, who would you like to see playing the lead parts?(Choose as many main characters as you like!)
Funny you should mention this because since I published Captured Lies in 2012 I have felt that it should be a movie.

Captured Lies She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead.


Bailey – Kate Austen

Guy – Jonny Weston



Deceitful Truths – Someone stole a week of her life and now someone is trying to steal the secret she is protecting.


Tarin – Sarah Gadon

           Graham –  Jason Chatwin



Split Seconds – Twins torn apart as toddlers, reunited as adults and now switching places to take on organized crime.


Tijan – Sarah Gadon

          August – Jake Abel



Jan: Who are your own literary heroes, Maggie?
I have many. Two who have influenced my writing are Robert Ludlum and Sandra Brown. But the writers and authors who really inspire me are the indie and
self published authors who have taken that leap.

Jan: Aha! That really does pan out with your romantic thriller style, Maggie! What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Red Flame: Burning Valentine by Pamela Shine – she wrote a series. She was twelve when she wrote and published her first book, the third book she published when she was fourteen. She has such a good imagination and I am thrilled to see her take the leap to write and publish.

Jan: What was the first book you ever fell in love with?
Maggie: Thomas Covenant White Gold Wielder Series by Stephen R. Donaldson. I started reading this series just after I finished
highschool. I was enthralled and wished the author had written faster.

Jan: I loved the White Gold Wielder series too – it finally got me out of my Tolkien fixation in the fantasy genres!
Who’s the one person, past or present, that you would love to spend a summer’s afternoon and evening with?
Maggie: I think Cleopatra would be a fascinating person to sit down with.

Jan: Well, Maggie! It’s been a real pleasure chatting with you, and finding out a little about your Caspian Wine books and getting a few glimpses into your private world.
Maggie: Thank you so much for the interview Jan. It was a lot of fun to do.

But before we go, of course, we’d like to leave our audience with a way to get to know you a little better, sooo…


 Here’s where you can find out a lot more about Maggie Thom and her other work

Want to take an adventure beyond your fingertips?
Award winning author, Maggie Thom loves the challenge of creating a web of secrets, lies and deceit. She doesn’t want you to figure it out until the end. Author of The Caspian Wine Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Series – Captured Lies and Deceitful Truths with Split Seconds about to be published – and her other individual novels Tainted Waters (2013 Suspense/Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine) and Deadly Ties. Take the roller coaster ride. It’s worth it. Get your free copy of Captured Lies.

Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…

Maggie Thom… proves her strength as a master of words, plots and finely chiseled characters… she weaves a brilliant cloth of the many colors of deceit.”  Dii – TomeTender


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Split Seconds


Twins… separated as toddlers, reunited as adults… and now they’re switching places in a dangerous game to take on organized crime.

Her sister is alive! Excited to discover her twin didn’t die as a toddler, Tijan can’t wait to meet her other half. But why hasn’t her only sibling reached out in almost thirty years?

 Although the reunion is joyous, not everyone is excited to discover there are two of them. Using it to her advantage, Tijan is determined to take down the one man responsible for it all… her father. The secrets and lies that have kept the two apart, soon unravel but with deadly consequences.

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‘Author Showcase’ Featured Genre for June ‘Children’s Books’ Featured author Maretha Botha.

Great interview on Sooz Burke’s blog with guest, children’s author, and African wildlife guru, Maretha Botha ❤

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Hello and welcome to Author Showcase! I will be featuring different authors & genres each month. I interview each author, and showcase their featured work.

WHY? Simply because I enjoy supporting other Indie Authors every chance I get.

This Month, “Children’s Books” are being featured.

Please welcome my guest, Maretha Botha.


Maretha Botha 2013AUTHOR BIO

Proud grandmother, happily married for 37 years, retired librarian who writes and illustrates children’s books most suited to readers between 9-13 years; confirmed bookworm, chocoholic and unapologetic coffee drinker, keen gardener and bird watcher, who occasionally walks on the moors, joints permitting.


1.     What motivated you to write books for children?

This is a difficult question with no quick answer, but I like to see children happy. When I read to them, their imagination often takes flight.  The why’s, how’s and what happens next, make for lively discussions, building…

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I Won The ABBA Funniest Blog Award So Here’s A Very Long, Odd Joke To Celebrate

Ah, Tara… 😀 Many congos on a well-deserved and for making me laugh on days when the God of Malls, surely hates me! 😛

Tara Sparling writes


I WON A PRIZE! In London!! Which feels somehow better than a domestic one!! (Please see 800 years of confused and conflicted Irish history for details).

The Annual Bloggers’ Bash and Awards (ABBA) 2017 took place on Saturday 11th June in London, when the folks there announced I had won first place in the Funniest Blogger competition. I know it’s terribly clichéd, but I truly was gobsmacked. I did not expect this at all at all. So to celebrate, I would like now to perplex you.

You see, I wrote something which doesn’t fit anywhere other than on this blog. Sometimes things pour out of my head that have no discernible home ANYWHERE. And what is the point of having a blog, unless I can inflict them upon nice unsuspecting people like you?

Last week I got personal with the essay, in which I tackled my fears. This week I don’t know what I’ve written. It might be an essay. Or perhaps…

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It was a blast last year – looks like this’ll be even better! ❤

Watch Nonnie Write!

Authors, how much time do you spend trying to market your books while scouring the web for any and all information you can find on writing?  Well, if you’re like many of the authors I know,  you spend more time than you’d like anyone to know about.

This is not an easy business we’re in, but, it is one that our souls call us to be apart of.  Yes, for those of us who are born with the gift of the talent of writing, and for those of us who spend the time trying to hone our skills in the craft, we HAVE to do this…our spirit will not allow us to rest unless we are writing.  I penned the quote below to describe my own urgency to write:

 “How I know I’m a writer:  When I sleep, I wake to write;  when I dream, I rouse to write;  when…

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White Bear, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Another winner Lisa and what a very special and cuddly guest White Bear is! I’m glad his BFF Angel winked at him! 😀

Entertaining Stories

Welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio, I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my guest today has a very important job. In America we would say he’s a stuffed animal, in other places they would refer to him as a plush toy. “Welcome to the show, White Bear.”

“Hi, Lisa. It’s a pleasure to be here. Thanks so much for choosing me to be your first stuffed animal interview!”

“Pleasure to have you. You’re best friends with someone named Angel. How did you two come to meet?”

“As far as I know, before meeting Angel, I lived always lived in a doctor’s office at Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. I spent most of my time at the computer doing research or hanging out on a bookshelf. Lots of kids came in and out of that office, but they never paid any attention to me. One day, a…

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