{Romantic Suspense/Thriller}



The Making of Tainted Waters

By Maggie Thom

The title, Tainted Waters, makes you think of something sinister, doesn’t it? Or at least I hope it does. I have to say when I was coming up with this book, I was having some pretty sinister plot ideas and yet it all started so innocently…

I think the thing about being an author is being open to what is around you and combine and twist things together that may not really be meant to go together.

My family and I went camping at a lake. People do that all the time, so nothing new or big deal there. We arrived at this lake that we’d never been to before and really chose it because we wanted to do some canoeing but didn’t want to have the hassle of motorboats. Motorboats and canoes really do not go well together, at least in close proximity. Anyway, so we arrive at this lake which turned out to be a good two hour drive and we were only expecting it to be about an hour and a half. Okay so we can live with that. It is a sunny warm day, there are a few other campers but ultimately it’s quiet. It’s perfect. We find a nice secluded, treed area, close to the water. We immediately unload and hit the lake. We are taking turns going out in the canoe and just playing in some blow-up boats we’d got for the kids. It was a fun day. We only stopped long enough to eat. At about 9:30 that night we crashed, tired and ready for a good night’s sleep.

Well that wasn’t to be. At about 10:30 p.m. I was awakened by the sound of a large truck rumbling by on the gravel road. I didn’t think much of it, just waited for the truck to go by and then nod off. Only then another one came. And then another. And another. All night long big trucks bounced up and down that road. At some point I became aware that there was also a large plant nearby as I could clearly hear it.

What? How had we missed all this during the day? I have no idea, maybe having too much fun? When we finally crawled out of bed the next morning, almost as exhausted as when we crawled in, my mind of course started coming up with what those trucks were really doing. They weren’t just hauling water to the plant; no, they were hauling something much more ominous. This campground was rather secluded, perfect for something secretive and illegal to happen. To add to this I’ve always been interested in people who flock to cabins at the lake every weekend. So I started combining all these ideas.

What would happen if something bad happened at the lake and people stopped going there for a long time? What if someone wanted to run drugs and the black market from this secluded lake? What if someone came back to live at the lake, what lengths would another go to protect their illegal but lucrative operation?

So the story started pulling together all these facets and the result was Tainted Waters. It became one of those compelling stories that I just had to tell. It was one of those stories that kept playing around in my mind and when several different concepts came together that created an intriguing plot… well it was time to write it.

I look forward to your thoughts about Tainted Waters


Thank you, Maggie for sharing your story and for visiting with us and our readers today! What a fascinating story,indeed!!


A bit about the author…..

Maggie Thom was born and raised in rural Alberta. She made the hard decision to leave her successful, twenty year career in management, to write full time. The leap was easy, the freefall was adventurous and very enlightening. Give her five free minutes and you’ll find her busy scribbling down ideas. She lives in the real world but loves to get lost in the lives of her characters – who live, love and laugh and are all figments of her imagination. She is thrilled to release her first novel – Captured Lies – filled with suspense, murder, mystery and romance – available October 2012. She is busy writing her second novel, Tainted Waters, to be released, spring of 2013.
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He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her…

Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by 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.

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Thanks to Maggie, we are offering 3 lucky commenters a chance to receive a ebook, signed and personalized of TAINTED WATERS. Yes, dear readers, that is 3 winners 1 each to win signed e-copies of this title. Open internationally!! Giveaway will run from September 24 until September 30,2013.





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