Poised on the knife’s edge #mfrwhooks

Time for another hook from Rescuing Prince Charming, a near-future sci fi romance. Dusty Johnson, a mild-mannered tech writer and an alien Kwadran guard have discovered a ticking time bomb hidden in an unfinished starship prototype. They plan to throw the bomb from a terrace into the ocean..

“Open it,” Dusty shouted.

The Kwadran pulled the door again. It remained closed.

She started to give the bomb to him but he was already grabbing it from her. If the door was locked, she was dead, because she didn’t have a key. But if it was only latched and he wasn’t familiar with this Earth’s sliding glass doors —

Dusty lifted the latch and pulled. The door opened, blasting her with brisk November air smelling of ocean and evergreens. She stepped back to let him pass, and though it would’ve been safer to get as far away as possible, she followed him outside.

“Toss it over the –”

But their minds were in perfect sync; he was already charging toward the railing. He hurled the bomb over the side with the grace and power of a javelin thrower.

Huffing, Dusty grabbed the cold, metal railing and looked down. Three long steel posts reached forty yards down to the steep and rocky forest below. If the bomb landed near a post, the blast would bring down the terrace with her on it. But did she run? Nope.

She leaned over the railing and put an arm on the back of her amazing companion. Although she didn’t know his name, there was no one she’d rather stand shoulder-to-shoulder with, facing oblivion, panting in unison, poised on the knife’s edge separating death from life.

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Rescuing Prince Charming

She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.
Not exactly the pair you’d choose to defend Earth’s first starship.

Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. She wants to return to anonymity, but that burst of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her dark past — 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 may be his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.

* * 4.5 stars on Amazon * *

Rescuing Prince Charming is available free for a limited time on Prolific Works.

10 comments

  1. A relationship forged in crisis!

    Great scene.

    1. Indeed. They get to know each other better in their first hour together than most people do in a month.

  2. It’s great how they work together!
    Great snippet!

    1. Glad you picked up on that. They start out bickering over everything, but by this point they’re working like a well oiled machine. I never pointed out the improvement, though, so it’s up to the reader to notice.

  3. janwal · · Reply

    very interesting bit here. Off to buy

    1. This is the *perfect* comment. Thanks!

  4. Nice to stand next to someone when facing possible obliteration.
    Tweeted.

    1. Dusty clearly agrees with you.

  5. Wow, that was a close call!

    1. The first couple chapters of this book have a lot at stake and a tight and lethal deadline.

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