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From Author Pam Crooks – Hannah’s Vow
The book opens with the heroine, Hannah Benning, traveling to a notorious prison to do good works to avenge her sins. The following is a brief look into the desperate thoughts of my unjustly accused hero, Quinn Landry, an inmate there:
Her voice reached him through the darkness. The silken sound filtered down from the grate above his cell. Drifted over him. Surrounded him.
He strained to hear more. Words of concern, soft, edged in velvet. And then, from the cell next to him, Sol hurling something at the grate, scaring her away.
The silence returned. He sat very still, waiting, his mind working, always working.
They knew about the graves. That’s why they were here.
Sol began the code, the tap of his chains, one link against another, spreading the news of a woman in the house. Down the line of cells, the inmates picked up the rhythm, and the tapping grew louder.
But he didn’t take part. Not this time.
He would use her, this woman.
His fingers found the weakened link holding his own length of chains, the one he’d been saving for just this moment. The muscles in his arms tightened, and the link inched apart, the chains gave way, and he was free.
The tapping increased in intensity, a smokescreen for what he was about to do. He crawled to the darkest corner of his cell and clawed at the dirt, softened from the rest of the floor. He withdrew the pair of broom handles, tied together with strips of cloth, and tested their strength.
He stood and studied the grate above him, knowing the handles would reach, that the chinks he’d made in the earthen walls provided the toeholds he’d need to climb up.
She was his only chance.