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Release day: The Formidable King

12 December 2017

Today is the official release of The Formidable King by Alyssa J Montgomery (Royal Affairs, book 3) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

A chance meeting, a misunderstanding, and a second chance for a royal love affair…

Once, King Gabriel was bewitched by a violet-eyed beauty at a masquerade ball, but she left the function without a trace…not even a slipper. Now, Cinderella has a name. Fate has thrown India Hamilton right in Gabriel’s path, and he’s determined to expose her as the gold-digger he knows her to be.

But Gabriel’s attempt at revenge soon loses its appeal as he spends more time with India. Her generous actions and smart control of his sister’s foundation suggest a strong, kind woman, undeserving of his scorn and anger. It soon becomes clear that this is not a Cinderella story at all: India is a beauty and Gabriel has been acting like a beast.

Alyssa dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

The Formidable King is Book 3 in the Royal Affairs series. It’s Gabriel’s story—definitely a stand-alone read but with characters from Books 1, 2 and 4 making an appearance. When Brooke Moody was editing The Irredeemable Prince (Book 2), she reached page 6 and commented, “I love Gabriel. I really hope he’s going to have his own story.” I was delighted she found the serious King of Santaliana so compelling, as I’d always planned to write his story next. Yet, as so often is the case in my writing, my plans for Gabriel went awry. I thought such a serious hero needed someone a bit scatty and alternate to lighten him up and make him laugh and see the funny side of life. I mentioned Matilda in the last story and gave her a reason to be in Santaliana as I intended to match-make her with the king. I dreamed up scenarios where Matilda would exasperate Gabriel because she viewed life so differently, but romance wasn’t going to blossom between them and she ended up fading from existence. I tried to write Matilda, but India introduced herself and very clearly had other ideas. Each time I sat down at my computer India intruded, insisting to be heard—demanding I know her back story and understand her. I loved India and was so excited by her character, I promised I’d write her a HEA of her own as soon as possible. For weeks I insisted she wasn’t the character I had imagined would win Gabriel’s heart, yet my story stalled because India is such a strong woman, she wouldn’t leave me alone. My promise to write her story wasn’t good enough. She showed me that she could be the heroine Gabriel needed. What’s more … she convinced me that he was the hero she needed! So, she triumphed! IMHO it worked. It was a match truly made in heaven and—once I accepted that my characters were going to write their story and that I was simply a scribe of their tale—I enjoyed every moment. It was exciting to be a part of their story unfolding and having their truths revealed to me. I hope you will become just as enmeshed in Gabriel’s and India’s story as I have been and that you thoroughly enjoy The Formidable King. Happy reading!

You can find out more about this book at Alyssa’s website or buy it from Escape.

  1. Lynette Williams permalink
    13 December 2017 8:20 am

    congratulations on the release Alyssa seems like a good follow up to the other books in the series —–LynW

    • 13 December 2017 8:36 am

      Thanks Lyn. I hope you enjoy it. Marco’s story next year will round the series off!
      Have a fabulous Christmas. x

  2. 12 December 2017 8:12 am

    Thank you to ARRA for sharing my release day!

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