Countdown to Prince Charming: Day -4

It’s now just four days until the release of Rescuing Prince Charming. Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret about the book. It has to do with religious experiences — non-denominational moments of spiritual transcendence that seem to open you up to the whole world.

I had a spiritual, or religious, experience that remains incredibly vivid in my memory. No, I didn’t talk to God. My experience derived more from science that any gospel.

One day, while hiking, I stepped over a rotting log and the ground shook slightly underfoot. Not an earthquake — a quaking bog.

I knew what quaking bogs were and how they were formed over thousands of years when peat moss slowly spreads over the surface of a pond until it forms a lid over the pond. Plants take root on the lid — grasses and shrubs — until the bog looks like terra firma.

But it isn’t. It’s several feet of dead peat covering stagnant water.

When I stepped onto that squirmy ground, the understanding of what had caused it flooded me with an awareness of nature’s patient workings. It wasn’t a ‘logical’ understanding, but an emotional connection to time itself. To nature. It was a feeling of awe, and no words can do it justice.

All because of a stupid little quaking bog.

The hero and the heroine in Rescuing Prince Charming have each had a religious experience, and in one scene they discuss these intensely personal moments. In yesterday’s post, Reese explained his experience, involving an ancestor’s skull. Today it’s Dusty’s turn.

“A few years ago, I hiked in the Tucson Mountains to see the sunrise—and nearly stepped into a rattlesnake den. Twenty-one snakes were sprawled across the rock. Like a stupid idiot, I froze and counted them.”

“Yet you survived.”

“They didn’t move. Desert nights are cool, so they lay motionless, awaiting the warmth of the sun. It’s funny, but I felt at one with nature, with all of creation, past, present, and future. I felt God’s presence in that tangle of rattlesnakes.” She covered her mouth, trying to suppress a self-conscious giggle. “Your religious experience was a lot saner than mine.”

After a moment, her giggle escaped.

He frowned and tilted his head to one side. “If I made a joke, I don’t know what it was.”

“I’m picturing you holding Yorick’s skull. You know, like Hamlet.”

Rescuing Prince Charming will be available next Monday, December 4, so you have only four more days to pre-order. Not much longer than that to save money, either. The special release price of $1.99 will last only until my father’s birthday, December 15. So order Rescuing Prince Charming now!

“I haven’t read a romance I enjoyed so much in a long time.”

— Lisabet Sarai, Beyond Romance

And be sure sure to snag your free copy of Alien Contact for Idiots during the First Contact science fiction group giveaway!







  1. I really liked that passage of the book. It revealed a great deal about both the characters.

    Are quaking bogs dangerous, btw? I mean, can you fall through, or get caught in them, as you can with quicksand?

    1. Current writing theory says to focus on the characters’ wounds — i.e. the experiences they need to overcome — and elsewhere in this scene, Dusty and Reese do just that: her feeling of not belonging because of being smart and his feeling he’d always live in his brother’s shadow. But I also wanted to point out a quirky, intensely personal high point in their lives. Hence the skull and rattlers.

      Yes, quaking bogs can be killers, though I didn’t know it at the time. My bog wasn’t nearly as ‘quakey’ as the one in the Youtube video. From the way the hiker approaches that one, he’s afraid of breaking through the peaty surface. Mine shook a little, but was pretty firm.

  2. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I can’t wait to read this, Ed. I’ve enjoyed the snippets on WeWriWa. Best wishes.

    1. I can’t wait for you to read it, either. The downside of making a big effort to garner pre-sales is that it takes forever to get real sales and reviews.

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