Title: Tainted Waters
By: Maggie Thom
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
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.
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“You got hurt.” She turned and gave a fierce look at the man who was silently standing off to the side.
Sam reached out and took DD’s hand, which she let her clasp. She sighed before turning to see who was responsible.
“You!” It was the guy she’d run into in the stairwell of her apartment building.
“What? WHAT ASAAAAMMMMMMMMM?”
Jerking out of her shock, Sam pasted on a smile. “Nothing, DD. This is someone I met earlier.” She glared at him but made sure her niece couldn’t see it. “I was just surprised to meet him here. I’m just wondering what he’s doing here? Or how come I ran into him yesterday and again today?”
“Oh, cool. He’s a friend Aunt Sam. Meet me. Aunt Sam, who is he?”
“Uh, DD, I’d like you to meet...”
“Tim.” He reached out his hand. “It’s nice to meet you, DD. Sorry to frighten you.”
“I’m not scared. You say sorry to Aunt Sam.”
He dropped his hand before turning to look at Sam. The brilliance of his blue eyes jolted her. “It would appear I owe you an apology.” He quirked up his left eyebrow and the left side of his mouth. It took her a few moments to realize that DD was tugging on her shirt.
“Uh. Right. Thanks. We really have to be going.”
“Now we shake.” She thrust out her hand towards him. He took it without hesitation and shook her hand. She beamed. “You’re my friend now. Bye.” With that she turned and started walking back to the cabin.
“I don’t know what you’re doing here and I don’t know if you’re following me but stop. Stay away from me. Stay away from her. Got that?” She spoke in a harsh whisper, not wanting her niece to hear, especially now that she’d crowned him as her friend. She jammed her fists onto her hips, her face contorted with a fierce look.
He held her gaze for several seconds before responding, “I could say the same about you. I’ve never seen you before in my life and three times in one day you mow me over.”
Sam straightened, a twinge of guilt raising its head, although she didn’t let him know that. “Three? You mean two.”
“Yeah. Well I guess at the newspaper building doesn’t really count. And I would never hurt–” he looked past her, “DD.”
Sam looked over her shoulder and realized that she wasn’t walking at her usual snail pace, she was at the clearing.
Samantha gets fired from her latest job as a reporter. She’s not too happy as she was enjoying it and finally felt like she’d found her calling. She’s never been good at holding down a job mainly because she didn’t like the work or those who she had to work with. She’s struggled her whole life with figuring out who she is and what she wants. She’s never been one to back down from a challenge or been someone who takes any guff from others. She’s an in-your-face kind of person and has no problem telling others who she feels or what she thinks of them. As you can imagine this has gotten her into trouble more than once. She`s the middle child of five kids and has a pretty good relationship with her siblings and her mom but since she`s the only one who doesn`t have a profession or a steady job they are a little over the top protective of her and on her case about it. To get away from her consolatory family, Sam decides to move out to the family cabin that hasn’t been used since her dad had committed suicide when she was seven. She never understood how he could do that, how he could leave her. Especially when they were best buds. She’s just starting to realize how much that has colored her life when she discovers someone wants her dead.
Keegan is an author and has moved out to his great grandfather’s cabin at the lake for quiet so he can write his latest book. He grew up in a professional household, both his parents had phd’s and expected him to follow suit. He tried but realized that University wasn’t for him. So he followed his dream and started to write nonfiction books. He`s the youngest of three - an older brother and older sister, who have both run their own professional businesses. He`s never told his family that he had met his great grandfather at the age of twelve and had spent time getting to know him. He had left the cabin to Keegan along with a lot of boxes. When Keegan finally goes through them he learns that his grandfather may not have died of natural causes. He’s always wanted a close knit family so when he meets Sam and her family, he’s more than willing to help her figure out what’s going on.
About The Author
Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket,
she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her
second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured
Lies) available fall of 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
Author is Giving Away
a $15 Gift Card to either Amazon, barnes and noble or kobo - winners choice
- a signed ecopy of her first ebook Captured Lies