Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Guest Post : What Will Murder Be Like in 100 Years? by Maggie Thom

Maggie will be awarding a $15 GC to Amazon or B&N to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a ecopy of Captured Lies (Caspian Wine Series Book One) to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour.


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 then 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...

(Caspian Wine Series, Book Two - Standalone but is a Sequel/Companion Novel to Captured Lies)

Maggie Thom’s talent for mixing mystery, intrigue and romance becomes a masterpiece begging to be read. Dii at Tome Tender

Excerpt :
She opened her eyes. Or at least she thought she had. That was her intention. But everything was black. Maybe it was still dark out. She tried again, this time there was a fuzzy blur... a shadow... a stray bit of light... and a voice. But as quick as it all came, it left.

Sometime later she became aware of sounds and sensations. Everything was still dark. She had no sense of who she was or where she was. There was a feeling of being but not of knowing anything else. It was just blank. Something brushed over her body, it was light, delicate really. She recoiled inside, pulling back, trying to shrink more into the deep, dark hole that seemed to be her companion. Fear wrapped her in its cloak, like a living, breathing monster, capturing her in a net she felt unable to get out of.

A very distant part of her brain screamed at her, to get the hell away... to move... to do something... but it was so far away, so faint. She could feel the desperation but could barely grasp what it was telling her to do... or why. She tried to wade through the enveloping darkness to reach it. But she couldn't move. She was trapped in a tiny black cave with nowhere to go... nowhere to hide... with nothing to see. The panic which had been so remote a moment ago was suddenly all there was. The harder she fought it, the more she fell down the dark well. She had no sensation of self, no meaning of who she was. There was heaviness but she didn't know anything beyond the little gloomy hole that she seemed to inhabit.

She made a sound. Or at least she thought it came from her but when she couldn't repeat it, she wasn't sure. Something moved, maybe even touched her. She couldn't be certain. There was a tiny sense of pain but then it receded, taking the anxiousness with it... then there was nothing.

Sounds filtered into her little world.

"Now... do it."


Only snippets of their words drifted into her consciousness. She wanted to ask what the two men were talking about. Who they were talking about? And where was she? Who she was?

She wanted to call out but remembered that the last time she'd made a sound or tried to, everything had disappeared. She kept quiet. She waited. Slowly more things started to come to her.



What Will Murder Be Like in 100 Years?
by Maggie Thom

Only someone who's an author or reader would want to know something like this. Great question.

I really think that most ideas for murder have been thought of in some way, shape or form. Currently if you're going to kill someone off in your story, there's the realistic and sadly true-to-life way of killing - shooting, stabbing, drowning, poisoning, drugging, thrown onto, into or over something, burning, beating, vehicular accident, etc. Not very nice ways to die for sure but very effective for the purpose of a story. And then there are the not-so-real-but-believable-in-a-story way of dying - bitten by a vampire (although depending on the book you just get turned into something else), having your essence sucked out of you, magic and power destroying you, laser guns zapping you, being forced out into an environment without air, robots killing, aliens attacking or inhabiting your body, etc.

I think murders in the future will be quite varied: being able to download an app to zap someone through their wrist band or implant, which will replace the phone or tablet; tossing someone out of your personal flying saucer; having death rays embedded in your eyes, so you can kill with just a look; having a canon-type machine to shoot people out into orbit where they free float forever; banishing people to the desert (which there will be a lot of) or to another planet; since food will be in capsule form - poisoning or removing any nutrient value from it; radiation poisoning; hitting a button and having people evaporated on the spot; there will be a lot more murders by robots; since drinking water will be a rare commodity - destroying water supplies; and I still think you'll have the occasional, stabbing, shooting, beating, type deaths.

What do you think what will murders by like 100 years from now?

About Author

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. 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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  1. I can't even begin to think about murders in the future. There are so many ways now, and it can only get worse. Fascinating excerpt.

    1. Isn't that true MomJane. My hope is that we truly see a lot less in the future. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

  2. Thank you so much for hosting Deceitful Truths and for the interesting topic to write about. What do you think murder will look like in 100 years?

  3. Great excerpt, thank you.


  4. I don't think it's too far fetched to think that murder will become very dystopian like where it will be government sanctoned in order to maintain rigid control over an ever out of control populace. People will be too busy tryfing to avoid all out genocide of certain demographics to be involved in murdering each other. Sounds like a book hmm?

    Thanks for sharing!

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    1. It does sound like a book and a little too realistic for me.:) We could very well be headed for that dystopian type future couldn't we? Thank you for stopping by.

  5. I think we will be killing with our minds.


    1. Yes I think that may be what happens in the future as well Mary. Kind of scary, hey?


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