How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?
I’m Colton Thomas, and I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. I’m a corporate pilot and fly co-pilot with my friend, Marshall. I’m the single guy amid several married couple friends. But that’s okay. I have a motorcycle and a boat that fill my time.
Where were you raised?
Born and bred right here in East Tennessee. In fact, my apartment is just moments from the old home place that my parents still own.
My parents are out of the country, in Africa, on one of those over fifty missionary stents.
What’s your favorite sport to watch?
Well now, most of the folks raised around here are die-hard Tennessee Vol fans. I guess I’m one of those. I do like to watch the football games. Try not to miss one whether watching on TV or in that loud stadium.
Did you always want to be a corporate pilot?
Yes! Since Marshall and I were in school together, we always talked about learning to fly and then somehow doing it together. My mother wasn’t too crazy about it. I learned to fly an airplane before I could legally drive a car.
What do you like most about being a pilot?
What’s not to like? Flying for the doctor we fly for, we get the opportunity to travel many different places. We’ve even flown overseas. I rather like the speed. I detest traveling to any long distances in a car. The scenery is great, and we’ve met so many interesting people.
What attracts you first to a woman?
Now, I’d be lying if I said anything but her physical appearance. But I must say that I would like to meet someone with some depth and independence. I mean, to meet a woman who isn’t so clingy and needy would be a welcomed surprise.
Charlie Jarvis is haunted by loss that fuels her desire to rid the world of drug traffickers. When her next assignment takes her back to her hometown, she has to confront her painful past. She has no interest in a relationship since God seems to kill everyone she loves.
Colton Thomas appreciates material things and the status of being a corporate pilot. When someone approaches him to deliver a package for a large sum of money that could wipe out his debts, temptation knocks loud on his door even as his partner, Marshall, slams it shut. Meeting Charlie challenges his non-committal stance with women. As he considers who he has become and the kind of man he would want to be for Charlie, he confronts his own shallow lifestyle and the fear that he would never be able to help her heal her wounds.
As Charlie pursues the man causing young boys to die of overdoses, she struggles with the secrets she keeps from Colton. With people around them shining the light of God and encouraging their courtship, both Charlie and Colton have to face hard truths about life, death, love, and faith. And maybe find a fresh start for them both.
They stood in the shade of the hangar, yet the summer heat caused beads of sweat on his brow. His shirt stuck to his back. He longed for fall, which was just around the corner.
Suddenly, goosebumps crawled up his arms like an arctic blast had blown through the stuffy hangar. Sensing a presence, he turned around. A man approached, dressed all in black. His face was hard and serious. He sauntered up to Colton. His appearance darkened the atmosphere in the hangar and caused a shiver to travel down Colton’s spine.
Marshall moved to Colton’s side and straightened to his full stature. “Can we help you, sir?”
“Yes, I believe you can. I have a parcel that needs to go to Florida, and I understand that’s where you are headed.” The man kept his voice low yet bold. As he spoke, his gaze darted around the hangar.
Colton started to inquire about the package, but Marshall cut him off. “I’m sorry, we can’t help you.”
“Don’t answer too soon.” His lip curled into a smirk and he whipped a briefcase around, using one arm as a tabletop to perch it on. He flipped the latches, and inched the top up.
Colton’s breath caught and he bit back a gasp. The case overflowed with money. Thick stacks of bills.
“There is twenty-five thousand here. When you arrive in Florida, just leave the plane unlocked. You will find another case with another twenty-five in it. That’s all.”
“No, sir. We can’t do that.” Marshall stood stone-still with his eyes trained on the man.
The man clicked the briefcase shut and walked off as quickly as he had appeared.
Colton stood looking after him with his mouth hanging open. He snapped out of his daze and spun around. Finally he found his voice. “I’ve never seen that kind of money before in my life. To think—fifty thousand dollars!”
“It’s not worth ruining your life.” Marshall turned back to his preparation tasks.
“What do you mean?”
Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015.
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