Captive Hero (Time-Shift Heroes #1)by Donna Michaels
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Time-Travel Romance
Category(ies): Action, Adventure, Comedy
Publisher: Amazon Digital & CreateSpace
Release Date: November 3, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 349 print pages
BlurbTest flying an invisible plane—unreal. Time-shifting to WWII—unbelievable. Capturing a hero—unavoidable.
When Marine Corps test pilot, Captain Samantha Sheppard accidentally flies back in time and inadvertently saves the life of a WWII VMF Black Sheep pilot, she changes history and makes a crack decision to abduct him back to the present. With the timeline in jeopardy, she hides the handsome pilot at her secluded cabin in the
But convincing her sexy, stubborn captive that he is now in another century proves harder than she anticipated—and soon it becomes difficult to tell who is captor and who is captive when the more he learns about the future, the more Sam discovers about the past, and the soul-deep connection between them.
As their flames of desire burn into overdrive, her flying Ace makes a historical discovery that threatens her family’s very existence. Sam’s fears are taken to new heights when she realizes the only way to fix the time-line is to sacrifice her captive hero...or is it?
Can love truly survive the test of time?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language which may be considered offensive to some readers.
Excerpt #4 (G)“Phantombird VL Zero Three initiating invisibility,” she stated, another warm rush of adrenaline heating her blood.
Okay baby, her thumb hovered over the red toggle switch as she silently implored the craft, Maria and I are allergic to flames so this is no time for fireworks.
With a dry throat and sweaty palms, Sam gazed out at the sparkling blue horizon and flipped the switch.
“Did it work?” Maria asked a moment later.
“I’m not sure.” Outside, the bright blue sky took on a gray, almost smoky sheen. Odd. Sam frowned. “Command, this is Phantombi—”
A sudden intense jarring cut off her attempt to contact base and rattled the aircraft. With a tight grip on the stick, she increased their altitude, her brain seeking a reason for the jerking while she worked to regain control of their shaking craft. Only one explanation came to mind.
“That felt like…we were fired at.”
“Because we were.” Maria’s finger shook as she pointed to the radar.
Multiple green blips glared out a warning. There shouldn’t be any blips, and yet dozens of planes filled the skies seven hundred feet below.
“Who the hell is that?”
A deep male tone barked in Sam’s headset, sending shivers straight to her booted toes.
That was not Command Central.
“Mitch, Mitch, are you okay? You’re smoking,” a slightly familiar male voice blasted over the radio.
Sam’s heart stopped. The urgency in his tone bespoke concern for a comrade in battle.
“That Zero let loose, but only three rounds hit you,” the familiar voice continued.
Zero? Her pulse resumed thumping at a frantic rate. No friggin’ way!
“Are you sure, Shep? Only three? How’s that possible?” The deeper tone asked, reactivating Sam’s shivers.
“Because he hit us,” Maria answered, flipping an internal extinguisher switch to douse the sparks inside their cabin.
“Who the hell said that?” The one called Mitch barked again. “Sounded like a woman.”
Sam shook her head at Maria and, finger to throat, made a slicing motion to silence audio. They mustn’t make contact, at least, not until they figured out what in the world was going on.
“No idea,” Shep replied to Mitch. “But the Zero shot at you and half of his bullets stopped in mid air.”
“Okay, Shep.” Mitch’s voice changed into a calm, take-charge tone. “You need to shake of this dementia. Are you feeling all right? Dizzy? The Zeroes are still out here, buddy. Buck it up before you end up in the drink.”
shep? Dementia? Drink? Sam swallowed the hysterical laughter bubbling up her throat. Okay, Sammie, you can wake up now. Her gaze traveled to her copilot. Maria jabbed a finger at the radio.
“I swear, Sam, if Hanson and Daughtry are playing tricks, I’m going to have their asses for lunch.”
“I—I don’t think it is.” She shook her head, unable to voice her crazy notion one of those men was her dead grandfather.
“You should fly to Torokina while you’re still capable, Captain.” Concern deepened Shep’s tone. “You’re really starting to smoke now.”
As if on cue, dark gray plumes billowed up from below. Trepidation pinched Sam’s shoulders. Not good. She tipped the Phantombird to obtain a better view, and promptly stopped breathing.
“This can’t be…”
Maria’s sharp intake confirmed otherwise. “Holy friggin’ shit.”
Sam’s mind worked feverishly to rationalize the battle-ravaged scene below. Corsairs, bullets, smoke, and Mitsubishi Reisens with unmistakable red circles painted on the sides and wings filled the sky.
The fear vibrating in Shep’s voice startled Sam from her shock.
“Quit being such a stubborn ass. You’d better land before December 28th, 1943 turns into your last day on this earth.”
Cool air funneled into Sam’s lungs until it backed up and lodged in her throat. She coughed. “Oh my God!” Reality hit hard and squeezed her chest. “What have we done?”
One of the smoking Corsairs broke away and took a northeast heading. She consulted the radar and noted several points of land in that area.
“What, Sam?” Maria asked, alarm lifting her tone. “What’s wrong?”
Sam expelled her breath and slowly turned to face her copilot. A pair of dark rounded eyes stared back. Through her grandfather’s tales, Sam knew who survived the war and who didn’t…
“We just changed history.”
Night Owl Reviews-Reviewer Top Pick!
“Ms. Michaels has outdone herself yet again by writing another story in which her readers can't help but fall in love with her characters. I loved that Marine Pilot Captain Samantha Sheppard was a tough, no-nonsense kind of woman who was smart and could kick anyone's butt if need be. I loved seeing that she was a dominant female when the situation called for it, but Sam also had a deep, tender side to her as well. This is another great story by Ms. Michaels that I enjoyed from cover to cover and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book to be released in this Time-shift Heroes series. Well done!”--Diana Coyle, Book Reviewer
5 Star Amazon Reader Review
“Loved this book! ‘Captive Hero’ is my first e-read...I'm hooked, both on the format and the concept. Sam makes a wonderful heroine, and I loved the romantic story line, the time-travel aspect, and the wicked plot twists. Donna Michaels had me turning e-pages as quickly as possible to find out what happened next...I couldn't put it down. Michaels has it ALL. Take a strong, creative plot, add in terrific characterization in the form of smart, sexy and determined heroines and a to-die-for hero, toss in great dialogue and use of World War II-era slang, along with insight into the psychology of a 20th century hero with an incredible sense of duty and honor who is forcibly transported into the 21st century...it all adds up to a can't-miss read. Looking forward with anticipation to the next book in the series!”--Kitty
5 Star Amazon Reader Review
“What a fantastic story!!! Hot, strong hero and a just as strong female. The beginning of the book when Sam and Mitch first interact is a hoot and I love Sam's thoughts in response to Mitch's strong-arm tactics and it is great when he learns how powerful a female Marine can be. The romance is great and stirring. I was expecting one twist and was shocked when the twist occurred and it was an unexpected one; I actually cried along with Sam (and I don't do that with most books). Even the end kept me guessing. I am now anxiously waiting for Maria's story to be published; she was one of the great characters in the book whose banter with Sam was quite funny.”--Texasrn
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As for my writing, I am multi-published in eBook and print. I write from sweet to hot, short to epic and anything in between. You can find the ratings and length next to the book on my website. I have fourteen titles and one Free read through The Wild Rose Press, one title with Whimsical Publications, and just recently, I released my very first self-publication-Captive Hero.
I love to write a damaged hero where something happened in his past to mark him. They’re my favorite kind to read, too. A mixture of vulnerability and a strong backbone are a must for my heroines. She usually has a decent wit, too. My books contain humor, some more than others, and most have a protagonist with a military background. Thanks to my husband, my real-life hero.
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