Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz: Day 18

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

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1768, Philippines

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.

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Q & A:

1.       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

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

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

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

5.       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.

6.       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.

7.       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.

8.       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.

9.       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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