At the last RT Booklover's Convention in Las Vegas the crew of Linnea Sinclair's Intergalactic Bar and Grille gave away an anthology of science fiction stories. The stories were set in any of our worlds, but there had to be a casino on a space station in the story.
Of course I set my story in my Gaian world and invented the space station Paradise (which is anything but a paradise) and its slightly sleezy casino complete with a card dealer named Calli Lisole. Which is the main attraction for Captain Stanus Rendon, who always sits at her table when he's on station making a delivery. The trader is an unmarried Gaian man with no intention of attaching to the pretty little Calli, but playing cards with her feeds a desire he's having trouble ignoring.
Calli likes to think of Stanus as Mr. ’tall, dark, and totally-unattainable’ and the petite blonde has no use for a man who seems to have no use for her but to deal cards, so the next time he shows up she banishes him from her table.
However when a pirate crew known as The Horde attacks the station and Stanus actually returns to the casino to rescue her, she's given something else to think about.