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,” because they’re caught on something, trapping him.
Figuring she was small enough to avoid the depantsing shard, Dusty crawled into the tunnel. She bunched his pants around the sharp metal to pad the tip.
“Removing the lid,” he said.
She squirmed to the end of the tunnel and poked her head into the closet. Harsh shadows from his flashlight moved like snapping wolves as he turned to her. “Are you insane?” he demanded. “Or the saboteur?”
“Yes and no, respectively. Is that the bomb?”
“I think so.”
“You think so? What kind of bomb disposal expert are you?”
Shaking his head, he stared at the box and scowled. “Expert?”
“Oh, God.” Dusty’s eyes went wide. “You don’t know bomb disposal, yet you removed the lid? That could’ve set it off, you stupid idiot.” She’d done the same thing when she opened the lunch-pail lid, but that was different…somehow. “Give it to me.”
He shined the flashlight her way and looked up for the first time. “It is too dangerous.”
“Like I’m so far away it won’t kill me? Since you can’t disarm it, I’ll have to carry it to someone who can. Hurry.”
“Can I trust you?”
“Fine.” Her voice grew sharp from anxiety. “Hold onto it until it explodes.”
Rescuing 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 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.