Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 18

Allen is an award-winning journalist and author of the historical series
Islands of the Crown.

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Spanish Captain Raúl Calderón has accepted a daring mission in the Philippine
colonies – to negotiate docking rights in hostile waters for the Manila Galleon.
If successful, he can return from exile to be with those he loves. But when he
is captured by slave raiders and delivered to the Last Princess, a woman known
for killing those who cross her, he is thrust into the center of royal
intrigue. The Last Princess is not what she seems, however, and Raúl must stay
alive long enough to warn her of the danger in trusting those close to her.

Juliza Alimuddin, The Last Princess, hides behind a cutthroat reputation to
protect her beloved islands. But when a mysterious Spaniard, Raúl Calderón,
falls into her hands, she decides to go against her allies’ wishes and nurse
him back to health. Her heart has been bruised in the past, yet Raúl brings out
feelings she never thought she’d have again. Just when Juliza starts to believe
in the possibility of love, however, she is betrayed and her family and
sultanate put in a deadly situation. Will The Last Princess live up to her
reputation when forced to choose between her people and the man she loves?

This is book 2 of a series, but can be read as a standalone.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Q & A:
  If you had 3 wishes, what
would they be? 
1) a long, guilt-free nap in a hammock on a tropical beach,
2) to sell a million books, and 3) to find a cure to cancer

  Where do you write? 
In my
office. Sometimes the kitchen counter.

  How long does it normally
take you to write a novel? 
Anywhere between two months and a year.

  What are your inspirations? 
Real events in history, and real stories of my ancestors

  How did you come to write
this particular book or series? 
I had written a novel about a Spanish captain
who gets exiled to the Philippines and while researching that time period
(1760s), I stumbled upon the story of a Philippine princess who had to
negotiate the release of prisoners or her sultan father would be executed for
treason. I wondered what would happen if the Spanish captain and the Philippine
princess were to meet.

  What was the hardest part
of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? 
The research took some time.
And the revision was a killer. I wanted to quit several times, but I holed up
in my office and powered through. I’m glad I did. A pre-order deadline
also helped motivate me to finish this book.

  What is your writing drive?
The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult? 
I take a break
from my current project and work on something else. I keep writing, even if
it’s just a blog post, then I go back to my book.

  How did you come up with
the title?
 I envisioned my main character as a princess from one of the last
sultanates to defy the colonization of the Spaniards. Plus, I liked the idea of
a princess book.

  Name one entity that you
feel supported you outside of family member? 
I really owe so much to my beta
readers, but especially my friend Alauna, who has been reading my material for
a decade now. She loves reading my books and gives me great feedback.

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