It’s been awhile since I indulged in a MidWeek Tease, but like a bad penny, here I am. A huge shout out to author Angelica Dawson for hosting our blog hop, where authors share tempting snippets to tide you over till the weekend.
The reaction to the opening of my sci-fic romance, Rescuing Prince Charming, has been gratifyingly positive, so I thought I share a bit of it with you. Here’s the beginning of the book:
Time: Four years from tomorrow.
Place: A top-secret, underground facility on a Pacific Northwest island that doesn’t exist…yet.
Dusty Johnson really didn’t want to do this.
She took a deep breath, trying without success to dispel the dread clogging her belly. Some women daydreamed of rescuing princes from dragons. Not her.
Yet here she was, all alone, creeping through the dark guts of the half-built starship, searching for a time bomb about to explode. If the siren ordering evacuation of the research facility had summoned the expected herd of guards, she would’ve offered advice then fled with the rest of the staff. Having come this far, though, she couldn’t leave without branding herself a coward in her own eyes.
And so Dusty wove her way timidly around machinery that smelled of oil and ozone. Nothing was neat and tidy down here; in a prototype, speed and ingenuity trumped meticulous design. Everything was makeshift, a giant kludge sprawling through three-thousand cubic yards. That meant a lot of places for saboteurs to hide a bomb, but only two where technicians wouldn’t discover it in the course of a workday.
The first hiding place was a niche behind the backup life support nexus. Staring into its shadows, she paused. A heroine wouldn’t hesitate, but an ordinary, everyday woman would think twice about squeezing into a dirty cranny while wearing a cream-colored chambray skirt with filigree trim.
Maybe she should just walk away.
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About that opening
SFR Galaxy is a website devoted to “Recognizing the Standout Books in Science Fiction Romance.” I’m proud to report that they recently gave Rescuing Prince Charming an award for Best Opening Scene. And readers say:
This has one of the best opening scenes every (sic). What a way to meet. (Amazon reviewer, Five stars)
(The) first chapter is like a chase scene in a Bond movie. High action, tension, then a “whew” at the end. (Author Diane Burton)
The opening scene is fantastically written, and proves that just because you’re facing death doesn’t mean you can’t be witty and snarky! The opening scene is action packed. (Amazon reviewer, Five stars)
The novel kicks off with a literal bang. (Beyond Romance)
Rescuing Prince Charming: A Native American sci fi romance
She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.
Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. Although she yearns to return to anonymity, that moment of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her secrets—and thrust her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.
Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she is his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.
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