Always Yours (excerpt)
by: Kimberly Whitmore
Book 3 in the Triumphant Series, where Rebecca and Nick, along with Pam and Steve join with newcomers, Anna and Jim, to help save the world.
Formerly Yours opens as immigration lawyer, Anna Morrow, and two other passengers heroically survive a hijacked plane crash. Then, months later, the two passengers are found murdered.
The government questions why Anna is still alive and assigns Jim Randolph, a former Army Ranger and her ex-fiancé, to covertly confirm or refute her suspected terrorist connections. Meanwhile, the hijacking masterminds hunt Anna and make final preparations to implement their plot to wreak havoc on American soil and the world.
Anna is almost embarrassed to see Jim again. She hadn't ended their engagement well. That was eleven years ago and they'd had no contact since. So why is he here now, saying she's in danger because of something related to the hijacking? Could that be possible?
Flying bullets aimed in Anna’s direction and her fire-bombed home answer that last question.
Jim once loved Anna. Now he didn’t even like her. It wasn’t about forgiveness. That would mean he gave a damn. But it was hard to believe she would be involved with terrorists. Then again, his eight years in covert military operations taught him anything was possible when it came to human nature. So who would want her dead? And why?
As their adventure unfolds, Anna pieces together the terrorists’ devastating plot. This makes Jim seriously question her activities these past several years. How could she know this? Perhaps his superiors’ suspicions are right about her.
Then Jim discovers he’s in trouble. Not only has someone placed a bounty on his head, but he realizes there may be a mole in his government who is part of this terrorist plot. But who is it? Who can he trust now?
As Jim and Anna race to survive and stop the impending violence, he finds his resentment toward her beginning to fade. She may have been right to dump him all those years ago, and he wasn't sure much had really changed, but maybe, if they could stay alive long enough, they could at least become friends. Or even more.
“Where are you?” Julie demanded. “Are you okay?”
Anna Morrow smiled at the typical drama in her younger sister’s voice through the cell phone. “Of course I’m okay. The plane’s due to land in about an hour.”
“Thank you, God. You’re not going to believe what just happened.”
Frowning now, Anna noted Julie's pitch had reached the hysterical level. She turned away from the other passengers and lowered her voice. “What’s going on?”
“Three planes just exploded near airports, right before they landed. The first hit Chicago. Then Philly and Dallas. The media predicts other big cities like Boston are next.”
That's where I’m headed, a tiny voice reminded Anna. Her chest tightened. She gripped the phone tighter as Julie described the devastating scenes portrayed on television. At the same time, she heard the sound of breaking glass. She presumed it came from the galley and ignored it, trying to stay calm. She glanced around at the other first class passengers. Most of the seats were vacant. The few people she saw were either reading or sleeping. No one appeared to know what had happened. And no flight attendants were in sight.
Anna checked her watch. “I’ve got to go. I’ll call you when we land. I love you.” Disconnecting the call, she rose and headed to the galley. A blue curtain separated the kitchen area from the passengers. She listened. Silence. She crinkled her forehead. Could she have been wrong about the broken glass? Tentative, she opened the curtain. “Hello?”
It took a moment for the scene to register. Then Anna gasped and rushed inside. A female flight attendant lay slumped in the corner. Blood oozed from a large gash on her forehead. Anna opened her mouth to call for help but no sound came out.
"Don’t move!” a deep, low voice commanded behind her.
Anna felt something cold and hard press against the base of her neck.
Formerly Yours is expected to be available in February 2016 at Amazon.com
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