Today I’m honored to pay it forward by spotlighting author Maggie Thom,
a colleague & fellow member of the Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC).
As a blogger, reviewer, and former publicist to indie authors – and an assistant and promoter for traditionally published authors – I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to get to experience the dynamics of the author world ‘up close and personal.’ I’ve seen it at its best — a supportive, encouraging, uplifting network of authors and would-be authors with a passion for the written word; writers who recognize that a rising tide lifts all boats; and those who have a sincere desire to help pave the way for anyone who wants to launch a writing career. I’ve also seen it at its worst – a darker, highly competitive, petty, political, dog-eat-dog corner of the larger world, where relentless self-promotion is the norm, and where marketing strategy often includes disparaging peers in a misguided effort to crawl to the top of the heap. As a result of these experiences – the joyful and the agonizing – I’m committed to promoting fellow authors, readers and bloggers by “paying it forward” whenever I have an opportunity to do so. As part of that commitment, I will be featuring author colleagues on this website, as well as my author website, Paula Radell, Author, as often as possible.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from working on the fringes of the literary community – and from writing my debut novel – it’s that no one writes, promotes and sells their work in a vacuum. As the saying goes, ‘It takes a village.” Just take a look at the acknowledgements in the front or back matter of any book, and you usually see several references to people who contributed to the final product in some way — family, friends, editors, cover designers, publicists, agents, and street teams/fan groups among them.Yes, as an author, the final product is all on you – sink or swim, the quality of the product and the promotion of your work is yours to own. But if you think you can succeed as an author without the support of others, including author colleagues – you are sadly mistaken. Relationships matter in every aspect of our lives and careers, and those who are truly successful recognize, respect and appreciate every single person who helps along the way.
Paying it forward is an honor and a privilege. Offering another author support is one small way to thank them for the joy they bring to the world through their writing. Authors have shaped my values and my views – all my life. They have sparked my imagination, inspired my own creativity, and deepened my passion for writing. The best ones have instilled in me a desire to walk this path, whatever it takes and wherever it leads.
Please read on and discover a #RRBC author that is an award winner in the mystery-suspense-thriller genre.
About Maggie Thom
Award winning author, Maggie Thom, grew up in a house full of books and often made weekly trips to the library to get more. Reading was her go to, when it was too cold outside to play. She started experimenting with writing at a young age letting her imagination take her away on many adventures. Maggie has written everything from technical writing, to nonfiction, to fiction for children, youth and adults, along with poems and short stories. She finally settled on her love of puzzles, mysteries and roller coasters and now writes suspense/thrillers that will take you on one heck of a ride. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies and Deceitful Truths with Split Seconds to be out late 2016 – and her other published novel, Tainted Waters (2013 Suspense/Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine). Her latest novel, Deadly Ties, to be released early 2016.
Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read… 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 (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.
Maggie writes in the suspense/thriller genre. Take a look at her books and see what’s coming soon!
Tainted Waters (A Standalone Novel)
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
The Caspian Wine Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Series
Bailey knew her upbringing hadn’t been normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. She finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then her mom suddenly 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 was a lie. Growing up on the run has prepared Bailey for once again, fleeing to stay alive. Using the skills she learned on the street, 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 uncover 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? To discover the truth, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets dating back over thirty years.
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 than 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)
Buy the series on all platforms on Maggie’s Website
Coming in May — Deadly Ties …
Release Date: May 17th
To get advance information and sneak peeks, click here: http://www.maggiethom.com/books/deadly-ties/ – Cover reveal coming soon!
She went to jail for the right reason but the wrong murder…
With her mom in the hospital from a recent attack, Kyara has to wonder if her grandmother’s recent release from jail isn’t behind it. Pulled from her quiet, content life, Kyara finds herself on a mission, not only to find out who put her mom in a coma but who just might have a lifetime of secrets to hide.
Snooping into what’s going on, seems harmless until Kyara runs into Ryan, and discovers who he really is. Unknowingly, they have stirred up a long forgotten past, one that some will go to any lengths to keep hidden.
Secrets spanning thirty years may never come to light unless they can solve the deadly secret, now buried beneath the golf course and stay ahead of those trying to kill them.
How many more people will die before the lies are unraveled and those who are guilty, decide that killing an entire town, isn’t too far to go to hide their dirty past?
There’s much more to learn from Maggie — her blog is fun and informative and she has a newsletter to keep you up to date on the latest news from her corner of the world.
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