About the Book


RITA-winner Susan Grant is back with an all-new, stand-alone tale of two improbable lovers, their daring secret, and the gamble destined to alter the course of their worlds forever!

She was playing with fire…

Jemm Aves battles to keep her dreams alive on a dead-end world. Working for the mines by day, she’s a successful bajha player at night, disguised as a male to be allowed to compete in the colony’s dangerous underworld where club owners will go to extremes to retain the best players. Every win puts her one small step closer to her goal: saving enough to escape Barésh with her family. When a nobleman from one of the galaxy’s elite families recruits her to be a star player for his team, it’s because he doesn’t know her secret. Her ruse proves to be her most perilous game yet when it puts both their lives—and her heart—at risk.

Prince Charming he was not…

Prince Klark is eager to reverse his reputation as the black sheep of the Vedla clan, a family as famous for its wealth and power as it is for being a bastion of male-dominated tradition. If his bajha team can win the galactic title it would go a long way toward restoring the family honor that his misdeeds tarnished. He travels to Barésh to track down an amateur who’s risen to the top of the seedy world of street bajha, offering the commoner a chance of a lifetime: a way off that reeking space rock for good. But his new player comes with a scandalous secret that turns his plans and his beliefs upside down. He sets out to win a very different prize—his champion’s reluctant heart.

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We were lucky enough to score an interview with Susan Grant during the release of her latest book  Check out below as we got all our favorite questions answered.

When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

I always loved creative writing, but it wasn’t until I was in my late 30s that I thought about writing a book. It’s a huge leap, mentally, like deciding to run a marathon would be physically.


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I write my first draft and final draft simultaneously.


What do you think makes a good book?

Smart, likable characters I really care about in a fully fleshed out world.


Which authors inspire you and how?

I have many go-to authors, but to narrow it down from recent reads—Kristin Hannah, because she writes so well, and Hugh Howey, because he can really tell a great story.


What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The utterly immersive experience of being in their world, and the reforming of a hero who was the bad guy in previous books. It took a while to warm to Prince Klark, then bang, I fell hard.


How do you feel about ebooks vs print books?

I used to be all about paper books, the feel, the smell, but I love reading on my Kindle now. I like being able to finish one book then go right to a new one.


What projects are you working on at the present?

Now that I’m indie, I’m having the time of my life writing. I’m working on a short for a project with some of the other authors of the Sci-Fi Romance Brigade. The collection is called Pets in Space, and that pretty much sums up the stories. Mine will take place in the Star Series/Star World Frontier world, a royal alien, a commoner Earthling, and the pet who brings them together. I’m also working on the next Star World Frontier book, and also the first installment in an alien abduction trilogy. Very exciting.


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