By Rick Mofina
Some of the most heartbreaking moments I’ve ever faced were during the years I worked as a news reporter.
I was often parachuted into the lives of people at the most difficult times in their lives. I’ll never forget a grieving mother showing the press a postage-stamp-sized school photo of her son taken the day before he was killed in a hit-and-run accident. And I’ll always remember interviewing a mother hours after she’d watched her toddler daughter get run over by a car. She told me her faith would help her, that her little girl had chased a butterfly onto the road, that God was calling her.
Tragic loss, which most everyone has endured, has haunted my fiction.
As I reflected on it, I began thinking of all the natural disasters I’d covered: forest fires, floods, storms and avalanches. I’d talked to many people who’d suffered horrible losses. As I considered the enormous emotional toll, a fictional story began to take shape. I imagined a young wife and mother of two small children, already facing hard times. I saw her at the moment she accepted a kind stranger’s help to protect her baby boy as a killer tornado ripped through a Texas flea market. But in the aftermath, that mother can’t find her son or the woman who’d been holding him.
Then I imagined a reporter, a single mom herself, discovering this tragedy at a time when she’s fighting for her job and trying to hold her life together. I envisioned her vowing to find the truth behind the baby boy’s disappearance, no matter where it led, no matter the cost.
I saw their stories, and those of others involved, coming together in a whirlwind of forces so powerful that they surpassed all of their fears and changed them all forever.
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About the WHIRLWIND:
An anguished mother loses her baby in a deadly storm…
A kind stranger helps Jenna Cooper protect her baby boy when a killer tornado rips through a Dallas flea market. But in the aftermath, Jenna can’t find her son or the woman who’d been holding him.
Upon discovering the tragedy, reporter and single mom Kate Page, battling for her career and trying to hold her life together, vows to determine what happened to tiny Caleb Cooper.
A vortex of life-and-death forces
As the FBI launches an investigation amid the devastation, Kate uncovers troubling clues to the trail of the woman last seen with the baby—clues that reveal a plot more sinister than anybody had imagined. Against mounting odds, Kate risks everything in the race to find the truth…before it’s too late.