Make an honest woman of me #mfrwhooks

Rescuing Prince Charming is an SFR set in the near future. Native Americans from an alternate Earth have ‘hopped’ their kingdom, Kwadra Island, to our Earth. As the world’s most advanced nation, they’ve offered to help us build our first starship.

But before the ship is finished, someone plants a time bomb in the mechanical deck. Dusty (Desdemona) Johnson knows the unfinished prototype better than most, so she charges on board to search. What she finds is a Kwadran stuck in a tunnel. His first words are “Take off my pants.”

She reached his waist, bent her fingers into claws, and pulled. He edged forward. Between the two of them, his slacks edged downward.

“Leave my underpants on, klootch.”

“I’m a respectable woman, not a klootch.” Hysterical laughter threatened to return. “This is an awkward reach, and we haven’t even been introduced.”

Although she knew all three-hundred-and-ten scientists, technicians, and support staff sequestered in this isolated cavern, his voice wasn’t familiar. This confirmed the rumor that the project was changing leaders, and if the new boss belonged to a different clan, he’d bring his own clan’s security people. That was how the aliens’ alternate Earth worked; it didn’t matter how good you were at your job, only what clan you belonged to.

This guy must be a bomb disposal expert. Who else, besides her, would be fool enough to search for a bomb set to go off in a few minutes?

Grunting, she dragged the pants down to his knees. She tried not to notice that he had great muscle tone and that his butt was wow-level firm.

“After this,” she said, panting, “you’ll have to make an honest woman of me.”

“You are dishonest?”

“I didn’t mean—” Despite the sexy body, this jerk typified alien arrogance. Lack of humor, too. “Look, do you want me to free you or not?”

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Rescuing Prince Charming

The ‘travel poster’ for this book

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 dark 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.



  1. henhousepublishing · · Reply

    Once again, it’s not what you know, it’s whom you know. Great excerpt!

    1. Yep, even on alternate Earths.

  2. Does he want rescued?

    1. Well, considering that a time bomb is set to go off, I’d guess he probably does.

  3. Great excerpt, Ed. Love it.

    1. Ed Judi Hoornaert · · Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

  4. Cara Hartley · · Reply

    The humor continues in this scene. His fate is in her hands, but he’s still quite cheeky!
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~

    1. Ed Judi Hoornaert · · Reply

      A lot of my humor isn’t, strictly speaking, intentional.

  5. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Ha ha! This is so funny. I love her humor and his no sense of humor. It plays off each other so well

    1. Ed Judi Hoornaert · · Reply

      It turns out he’s a prince, unused to taking any cheek — especially from Americans

  6. deesknight · · Reply

    I owe you a review. Just finished Rescuing Price Charming and loved it! What fun.

    1. Ed Judi Hoornaert · · Reply

      You are a writing of very fine sensibilities. You get an A in literature, Dee!

  7. I think this was the first book of yours that I read… definitely one of my favorites!

    1. It’s one of my favorites, too

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