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Friday, January 18, 2013

Maggie Thom, her bucket list, and new release, Captured Lies

Hi, Maggie and welcome!

I love the idea of a bucket list but it's really not just about creating one it's about doing it too, right? There are a number of things that I want to accomplish in my life, several I've already done and some I truly hope to one day. 

Here are three things that I'd like to do in my lifetime:
1. Go on a Safari. I think Africa is an amazing country and I would love to see the place up close and personal - the animals in their natural habitat, the landscape, all the different types of nature, the people... love it. What an adventure it would be. It has been a fascination of mine for a long time, so hopefully... 

2. Fly in a Helicopter. To be honest almost anywhere would do but there are a few places I'd really love to fly over - the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and as close to Mount Everest as I could get. I know that flying up Mount Everest sounds like cheating for all those brave enough and determined enough to climb it, I love hiking but that's out of my range, but I sure would love to see it. I've done a lot of flying in an airplane and love it but never in a helicopter. 

3. Bungi jumping. This one freaks me out the most but it is something that intrigues me. Lots of people seem to be doing it these days, at all ages, so it's almost not a big deal anymore. I think I'd like to do it outdoors off of a bridge where you free fall over a river. I first have to find someone who would go with me to do this. They don't have to jump, although that would be good too. Sky diving used to be ahead of this but as someone once said to me, why jump out of a perfectly good plane? :) I still think I want to try it though.

What's on your bucket list?

Maggie will be awarding winner's choice of a $20 Amazon or BN gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so make sure you comment!

BLURB:

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.....

Excerpt:

The voice came over the speaker. “We’re experiencing some turbulence. Everyone please return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts.”

Mary looked out the window. Gray clouds, low-hanging and heavily laden, filled her view. Lightning streaked by, followed by a loud rumble. The plane jerked and shuddered.

Passengers screamed and shouted. The stewardesses flung out instructions as they raced down the aisle, checking on everyone. “Please remain calm. We’re going through some rough weather. Stay seated and ensure your seatbelts are secure. Put your tray tables in the upright position.” The instructions were thrown out so fast they were almost incomprehensible.

More booming and cracking shook the plane like it was having a grand mal seizure. The aircraft dropped, nose down. They were descending. Rapidly…too rapidly. The stewardesses swayed and scrabbled, grabbing seats, staggering as they pulled themselves down the aisle heading to strap themselves in. The plane bucked. People screamed.

Mary slammed forward, smacking her head on the seat in front of her. The baby shrieked terror. Mary forced herself back, glancing at the infant in her arms. “Shh, baby. Shhh. We’ll be all right.”

Papers flew around like frantic birds despite her seatmate’s attempt to catch and hold them. Ignoring him, she looked out the window. The sky was a blur of ominous black lit up to a gun-metal grey every now and then by a flash of lightning. She wasn’t sure what dropping out of the sky looked like but she figured this was it. 



Maggie Thom 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. When she’s not running her children around or spending time with her best friend, her husband, she’s writing - anywhere, anytime. 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 to be released, spring of 2013.  

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20 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today

Mary Preston said...

Hi,

I don't have a bucket list, but being less adventurous it would be very different to yours.

I hope your dreams come true.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

maggiethom said...

Good morning Isabel. Thank you for hosting me today.

maggiethom said...

Good morning Mary. You should come up with a bucket list. It's fun. Who knows if it will ever come true but it's good to dream. I hope I get the chance to fulfill mine one day. Thank you for stopping by.

Gala said...

You are a lot more adventurous then me, bungi jumping, well just looking at them makes me blach, since I'm afraid of hights.

Do you have a list with places you'd like to visit in this lifetime?

galaschick78 at gmail dot com

maggiethom said...

Hi Gala. There are several places I'd love to visit. The Victoria Falls in South Africa. To return to Japan (was there many years ago - amazing country). To go to Australia. To go to New Zealand, especially to see all the places they filmed Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. My preference is to go anywhere there is nature. How about you, where would you like to travel? Thank you for stopping by.

Ingeborg said...

I don't have a bucket list but if I did bungi jumping would not be on it, I'm chicken. lol

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

maggiethom said...

Hi Ingeborg. Too funny. Do you have any places you'd like to travel to or things you'd like to try? Thank you for stopping by.

Sandra Novelly said...

I have posted my bucket list on Facebook in answer to your question. I wish nothing but the very best for you, Maggie. Many thanks to Isabel for hosting you today.

maggiethom said...

Hi Sandra. Thank you for sharing your bucket list with me and for stopping by. I truly hope that you get a chance to fill all of your list.

Anonymous said...

I want to go visit Europe & England. There is so much to see over there.

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maggiethom said...

Hi Anonymous. I hear you. I would love to go to Europe and England as well. Very beautiful and a lot of history. Thank you for stopping by.

maggiethom said...

Hi just to let everyone know, Captured Lies is available at all ebook retailers - Amazon, iTunes, Sony, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo....

Catherine Lee said...

I would be terrified to bungee jump! I'm a big girl and I'd be worried about the cord holding me. On my bucket list--I'd like to visit some sites in Europe, go to the Vatican.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

maggiethom said...

Hi Catherine. Bungi jumping kind of scares me too but it would be amazing to do I think. So we'll see. Travelling to Europe would be so cool. So much to see. Thank you for stopping by.

Helen Dougherty said...

first on my bucket list is hiking to Macchu Picchu, next is hiking the Camino. If you talk really nicely, you might get me to go bungee jumping with you :)

Isabel Roman said...

Thanks for stopping by, Maggie! And thanks for the excerpt, it's great. I love your bucket list, it's amazing. I'd love to go on a safari, I adore nature.

maggiethom said...

Hi Helen. The hikes you mention sound great. I would love company to go bungi jumping. I'll hold you to it. Thank you for stopping by.

maggiethom said...

Hi Isabel. Thank you so much for hosting me today. I'm a big fan of nature as well.

Emiliana25 said...

I would like to visit Japan and New Zealand, but I don't fly well :(
Good thing there are a lot of things I can visit in Europe, which are closer by. I loved England and London in particular, where I went for my semester abroad, I think I'd like to go back there sometime.

emiliana25(At)web(Dot)de

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