First Line Friday — Airborne

2 Oct

Happy Friday! This week’s first line comes from a book I finished a few days ago — Airborne by DiAnn Mills. This fast-paced suspense features a deadly virus that threatens the US! Too soon? I have to admit that with our current state of pandemic it was a bit hard to read, but this book really is unputdownable! It is also amazing that it was written way before Covid 19 was a thing. I’ll post my review next week. In the meantime, here is the first line:


Vacations offered a distraction for those who longed to relax and rejuvenate, but FBI Special Agent Heather Lawrence wrestled with the decision to take an overseas trip alone. 


Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living ― but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.

While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.

As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is Director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — Airborne”

  1. sassybookishmama October 2, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    Ooh this one looks interesting!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from Miss Tavistock’s Mistake by Linore Rose Burkhard. “Mrs. Filbert! Only guess what I have learned from my uncle!” Miss Tavistock, the nineteen year old orphaned ward of the Duke of Trent, rushed across the great library of Toadingham to where her companion, Mrs. Filbert, lay settled upon a settee amongst layers of pillows near the fire, sniffling and sneezing.”

    Have lovely weekend!!

  2. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) October 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from Until I Met You by Tari Faris: “Today was a new start, and this time running back home wasn’t an option.”

  3. bellesmoma16 October 2, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m sharing the first line from Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano on my blog. I’m currently on chapter 22, so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Before Norman could fully process the idea of a giggling Theo, Stanley was escorting Theo into the room, beaming a bright smile at her, one she was certainly returning.”
    I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂❤📚

  4. Becky October 2, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Valley of Shadows” by Candace West:

    “The torrent swept away Lorena’s well-devised surprise into the muck.”

  5. Paula Shreckhise October 4, 2020 at 10:03 am #

    I won Airborne! Can’t wait to read it.

    My first line is from POINT OF DANGER by Irene Hannon.
    “The package was ticking.”
    Happy reading!

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