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Why Susan Grant Wrote Warleader

"I've always been fascinated by the chaotic periods after wars end."

Warleader cover

Pauline, thanks for having me on your blog. I’ll say up front that of all the books I’ve written, Warleader is my favorite (shush, don’t tell my other books that!). Sometimes characters and their situations come into my mind before their story is ready. They can be so vivid that they seem real. Admiral Brit Bandar was one of those characters. I carried her and her awful pain and bravery around in my imagination for years before the rest of the story evolved. Then Finn appeared, and he was everything good a man should be—kindhearted, protective, great sense of humor, optimistic.

I wrote the Borderlands books because I’m a history buff and have always been fascinated by the chaotic periods after wars end. Former enemies now have to play nicely, forced to do so by peace treaties and politics, rules on paper attempting to govern people’s hearts. What if you’re not ready to forgive?

The Coalition and Drakken have fought each other for centuries, but now they have to make peace work if trillions of lives are to be saved. Brit’s issues with the enemy are deeply personal. When she receives the news that she’s to command a ship crewed by Coalition (her side), Drakken (her former enemy), and newcomers from Earth (pains in the patooey), she’s horrified. She still has trouble accepting that the war is over. She thinks diplomacy is the foolish choice of naïve politicians. To make matters worse, she’s forced to accept a Drakken and a former space pirate as her second in command! As if that isn’t bad enough, she’s attracted to him. Heh. Let the games begin!

As a reviewer once said: “This is not ‘Bambi and Faline in Space.’” Yes, there will be tears, but also laughter—I can’t write a book without humor—because even in the darkest times, we need to laugh. And, especially, in stressful times, we need an entertaining escape and a happy ending. It’s why I love books. It’s why I wrote Warleader. If you give it a try, please let me know what you think!


Galactic Rules of Engagement:

#1: Enemies must not become lovers.

Welcome to the Borderlands, where rules are meant to be broken…

Warleader coverAdmiral Brit Bandar is the Coalition’s greatest starship commander. The outlaw known as the Scourge of the Borderlands taunted her in a galactic game of cat and mouse for years, but she never caught him. Now they’re supposed to make peace and serve together on the same starship? Not so easy to do when your sworn enemy turns out to be the hottest piece you’ve ever seen.

 Warleader Finn Rorkken doesn’t care how many medals “Stone-Heart” Bandar has. He’s going to show her what it’s like to be pursued and caught by a master. Intergalactic peace is on the line, and if she wants his obedience, she’ll have to pay his price. Challenge accepted, Admiral.






Susan’s childhood dreams of becoming a space explorer fizzled when she found out calculus was involved. Luckily, she didn’t need math skills to fly jets—or to create space stories in her head, first for herself, then for friends, and now for readers everywhere.  

A New York Times/USA Today bestselling author and a military veteran, Susan won the prestigious RITA® Award for her book Contact, a sci-fi aviation-thriller romance.




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Thank so much for stopping by, Susan! I can see why this is your favorite story! (And no, I won’t tell! hahaha) Exciting times for your fans!

Perilously yours,


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