Friday, January 17, 2014

Review Tour & Giveaway for Tainted Waters by Maggie Thom

Join author Maggie Thom on her Name Before the Masses Review Tour for Tainted Waters, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, from December 13 – February 7, 2014.  Please leave a comment or question for Maggie to let her know you stopped by.  Maggie will be giving a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC to a random commenter during the tour so please leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of Maggie’s tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Don't forget to check out my review here

Tainted Waters
By Maggie Thom

Publisher: Quadessence Solutions
Release Date: December 9, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length:  324 Pages
ISBN:  978-0-991727-21-6

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About the book: 

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 offense 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.

"This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again." Read Your Writes Book Reviews

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“He looks so happy in those pictures. Why would he kill himself?” A sob tore through Sam.

“I don’t know. Please leave it be.”

She spun around. “You have to know, Mom. You were his wife. We were happy. I see it in your eyes in all the pictures. Why’d he do it?”

“Some things are better left...”

“No, Mom. It’s long overdue. I want some answers. WHY DID HE DO IT?”

Other than the wind howling outside the window and rain slapping at the glass, there was only the sound of the large grandfather clock ticking away.

“Was I such a disappointment to him?”

“No!” Her look of horror was almost enough to make her stop asking.

“Why then?”

“Oh, Sam.” She burst into tears. Sam rushed to her side, wrapping her arms around her, holding her tight just like she had the many times Sam had cried on her shoulder. Sam felt a rush of uncertainty, like the rug had just been yanked out from underneath her feet - she’d never seen her mom cry, ever. Not when she’d had five kids to keep in line, organized, moving forward. Not when she’d had to be the stern disciplinarian and her kids got mad at her and told her how unfair she was and that they wished Dad was still around. Not when others were mean to her or her kids. Not at her dad’s funeral. Not when anyone picked on DD or treated her like she was less than. No one ever made that mistake twice though with her mom.

Sobs shook her slender shoulders, Sam hugged her tight. The tears finally stopped flowing and she gently pulled away from Sam and limply lay back in the chair.

She reached out and cupped Sam’s cheek. Sam lifted her shoulder up to return the affection.

“There’s so much to tell. I should have told all of you a long time ago but I couldn’t. I didn’t want to ruin...” she bowed her head, “your memories of your father. He was a good man.”

Sam bit her tongue, which had to have been the hardest thing she’d ever done, outside of staying still in that crouched position waiting for her mom to continue.

“I don’t know where to start. We were so happy. So in love. When all you kids started coming, we were in heaven. Life was so good. But...” Sam covered her mom’s twisting hands. “I don’t know what happened. One day he just vanished. He was just gone.”

“What do you mean gone?”

“I mean he just up and disappeared. He’d been acting kind of strange for a few months before that. I tried talking to him but he wouldn't tell me anything. He kept saying he didn’t want me hurt. He didn’t want to tarnish what I knew. But he never explained what that meant."

“Is he dead or not?”

“I don’t know.”

“What? Mom! We had a funeral. People said he’d committed suicide. That he took some pills and drowned in the lake.”

“Oh dear, I had hoped you’d never hear those rumors.”

Sam stood up, taking long purposeful strides across the room. “People talk. Please tell me you know more. You have to know something. You were close, right? So what was going on?”


“I’m a big girl. I think it’s time you told me the truth.”

Her mom put her hands in prayer, pressing them gently against her chin as she closed her eyes. A few minutes passed before she shared what she knew.

“Your dad was defrauding the company and he was having an affair.”

“NO!” She thumped her fists against her thighs. “Impossible. I don’t believe it.” She raced over to kneel at her mom’s feet.

“How do you know? What proof did you have?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Maggie Thom, who grew up in rural Alberta, 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, her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013, she is looking forward to publishing her third book, Deceitful Truths, available late 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. 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

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Don't forget to leave a comment or question for Maggie to let her know you stopped by.  Maggie will be giving a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC to a random commenter during the tour so please leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of Maggie’s tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.


  1. That is a great excerpt. Full of feeling.


    1. It is a really tough moment in the story as Sam is really trying to figure out what happened with her father. He committed suicide or so she'd been told but she's finding evidence that would suggest something else might have happened to him. Thank you for stopping by Mary.

  2. thank you for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thank you for stopping by Lisa. Good luck.

  3. Thank you so much Maria for hosting Tainted Waters on your blog. I really appreciate you being a part of my tour. I just learned a week or so ago that Tainted Waters won book of the year in suspense and thriller.

  4. thank you for the chance to win :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by Laurie. :) Good luck.

  5. I enjoy reading suspenseful romance and this sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading this book.
    Thanks :)
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you choose to read it. I'd love to hear what your thoughts about it are. :)

  6. Sounds like a good book! thank you for the giveaway!

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thank you Elena. Glad you think it sounds good, that's always the challenge, in making the short blurb interesting enough to grab your attention. Thank you for stopping by.

  7. Really good book Maggie. Sam was definitely a strong girl.

    readyourwrites(at)gmail(dot) com

  8. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com