by Maggie Thom
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...
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Fingers bit into Bailey’s arm as she was pulled backwards and slammed up against a hard body. She tried to turn her head but he squeezed her elbow hard. “Don’t waste your time trying to figure out who I am, you won’t be around long enough for it to matter. Keep your mouth shut and move.” He held her tight to his body, walking right on her heels. She tried to break his strong hold but every time she moved or made a sound, he threatened to slice her throat. Biding her time, she tried to attract attention - she opened her eyes wide, flipped them to the side. She frowned. She glared. She made faces.
No one even gave her a second glance.
Bailey was sure there had to be a mistake. “Who are you?”
“Your worst nightmare. And you’re mine. Shut your mouth. Or I’ll use this gun to solve my problem right here and right now.” His gravelly, acid filled voice sent shivers down her spine. He peeked past her. “Go.” They moved forward going against the mass of people that were heading out.
Taking a deep breath, she stuck out her left foot. It was quick but sufficient. A tall man stumbled, kicking her, sending shooting pain and then numbness up her leg. Thrown off center, she took advantage of it and threw herself sideways, pulling her assailant with her. At the same time she kicked out, connecting with her captor’s shin.
“Ouch. What the hell?” Already off balance, he threw out his arm to block his fall, loosening his hold on Bailey. She shot off in the other direction causing more people to go down.
A man pushing an overfull cart couldn’t avoid hitting a teenager oblivious to what was going on due to being plugged into a loud MP3 player and who walked right into the man’s path. The teen tumbled, taking several people with him. Luggage scattered. People started dog piling, even though they hadn’t asked to play. Swearing and shoving became the immediate response.
Others screamed. Some wiggled and squirmed, trying to get untangled from the mess, only to cause more to topple. Or fail at getting up. Including Bailey. Using one of the victims on the floor, she braced her feet against his backside and shoved. Her captor, who was trying to hold onto her and keep himself from getting trampled, couldn’t maintain his steady grip.
She yanked her arm out of his grasp, not caring anymore who the nut was, she just wanted to get away. She dove over the pack, climbing over the sprawled bodies. She didn’t apologize, knowing no one would hear her over their own swearing anyway. She slapped at hands that reached out to either dislodge her or grab at her. Bruised and battered, she finally reached the edge of the heap. She jumped to her feet and plunged through the crowd.
There was utter chaos. People were pushing and shoving, tripping over each other, swearing at each other. Bailey went through the crowd like a person with a macheté going through the jungle. Never having been in that airport before she raced down the long open space lined with conveyors and masses of people, all waiting to grab their suitcases from the black belt. Using the confusion, the yelling and swearing in at least five languages, she now used the people to hide amongst. Glancing over her shoulder, commuters and visitors were moving in all directions but she didn’t see anyone who seemed to be following her. She shuddered at the fleeting thought that if what she’d been told was true, that might just have been the second time in her life someone had attempted to kidnap her. Well, third actually, if she counted the guy on the street earlier that day who had wanted to turn her into one of his junky whores. If she’d been any slower he might have succeeded.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Maggie Thom made the hard decision to freefall, leaving her successful, twenty year career in management, to follow her dream and passion to write full time. The leap has been adventurous and very enlightening. A long-time reader and writer, she was thrilled with the release of her first novel, Captured Lies in the fall of 2012 and her second novel, Tainted Waters released April 30th, 2013. She is busy writing her third novel, Deceitful Truths to be published late 2013 or early 2014. Having married her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience, help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years.
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