Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Captured Lies" by Maggie Thom

Captured Lies
(Caspian Wine Book 1)
by Maggie Thom

Captured Lies is the first book in Maggie Thom's Caspian Wine series. Also available: Deceitful Truths.

Captured Lies is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by Maggie Thom, check out my blog post on Tainted Waters.

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...

The phone rang.
The incessant thumping continued.
He swung his legs out of bed, ignoring the phone, dragged his hand over his face and stood up.
“Mr. Lund, open this door. It’s me, Bailey Saunders. I need to talk to you. I need to talk to you about my mom. I think she knew stuff. Important stuff. Stuff that could get one killed.” Her voice drifted in, through his open second story window.
He jerked upright, frozen for a moment before sinking weakly to the bed. Realizing his wife wasn’t complaining about the noise, he rose and walked across the hall to her bedroom. He briefly knocked before opening her door. In that moment, it dawned on him that she was at her sister’s for the weekend. Overcome with relief, he walked back to his room and slumped against the door frame.
“Open up. Please! This is important.”
He went into his bathroom, grabbed his robe and tied it around him. Annoyed at not having the opportunity to at least get dressed, he took his time, going down the stairs. He schooled his face into one of concern, before pulling open the door.
“Miss Saunders, please don’t take this wrong but call me in the morning and I’d be more than happy to make an appointment with you, to discuss whatever is causing you so much distress.” His white knuckles clung to the back of the door, while he smiled at her reassuringly.
She tilted her head sideways and stared at him for a full minute before addressing him. “You’ve known my mom a long time.”
His mind quickly reviewed the odds that answering that would backfire on him. “Y-yes.”
She moved a little closer. “A very long time.”
The way she said it, sent shivers up his spine and his bowels to almost empty. He stepped back and started to close the door. “Really. Call me in the morning. We can go down memory—”
She shoved him back and slammed the door behind her. Leaning against it she stared at him. “Let me tell you something about myself, Mr. Lund. I’m a very good judge of character. I know that when a man is sugary sweet to you that he wants something, usually it’s to steal you blind. I know that when a man puts his hand on the thigh of an eight year old…” She stared pointedly at him.
He gulped. How could she know? She had the picture. He should have told Payme to remove the problem, not follow it.

Praise for the Book
"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
"Maggie Thom has a hidden gem with Captured Lies!... Like an onion, each layer of this action-packed tale becomes more involved, more wickedly deceitful and more dangerous..." ~ Tome Tender
"Captured Lies is an outstanding book and it was a book I couldn't put down..." ~ Dee Sauter (Moderator Linda Howard Book Junkies)

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. Her first suspense/thriller book, Captured Lies (October 2012), won Book of the Month through LAS Reviews (February 2014). Her second novel, Tainted Waters (April 2013), went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She published her third novel, Deceitful Truths (The Caspian Wine Series Book 2), 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 a wholehearted 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.

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