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Exclusive Excerpt: KISS OF THE ROYAL by Lindsey Duga

Ivy and Zach are ready to team up in a new excerpt from KISS OF THE ROYAL!

In Lindsey Duga‘s upcoming novel Kiss of the Royal, the Forces of Darkness are ravaging the warrior protectors known as Royals despite their keen fighting skills and magic abilities.

Specifically bred to be take-no-prisoners badasses, these Royals are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Princess Ivy possesses a magic that fuels her and can also strengthen other warriors if transferred to them via kiss. Prince Zach has never received a magic kiss and still remains the fiercest warrior out there. Ivy knows that combining their powers might be the key to defeating the Forces of Darkness, but Zach refuses. Is it about proving himself or is it something else?

Well, what we do know is that this novel takes old school medieval fantasy tropes and flips them on their heads!

Check out an exclusive excerpt from Kiss of the Royal, provided by Entangled Teen, in which Ivy and Zach have one of many charming encounters shortly after meeting!

We made our way up the steps to the castle, passing Royals and gaping servants, through the giant double doors toward the dining hall, following the beautiful, sweet-smelling garlands of gardenia. Zach trailed his fingertips across the creamy white petals, as I had, and said, “That was a beautiful sunrise this morning.”

“I heard the West has the most amazing sunsets. Is it true the Kingdom of Saevall looks as if it’s engulfed in the sun’s flames?” I asked.

Zach shrugged. “Like I said, rumors are always a bit exaggerated, but I guess it does, at just the right time.”

“Rumors are not always exaggerated.” Though I wasn’t going so far as to say I believed that he’d defeated a troll’s lair by himself without a Kiss, I could believe that he’d been able to survive without a partner until now.

There was a pause. “Ah, I assume you’re referring to the rumors surrounding me, then?”

“After a fight like that, you can’t possibly deny your skill.”

“Oh, I wasn’t going to.”

At this, I whirled around. He nearly ran into me, my face almost colliding with his collarbone. I took a step back. “I want you as my partner.”

I hadn’t expected to say it in quite this way, or even so soon, but it had been the reason I’d offered to take him to breakfast—to ask him with my own words, not Gelloren’s or the Council’s. With his raw skills and my power, we could take down the Sable Dragon. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind now. Though I was still angry that he’d defeated my Kiss almost effortlessly, my excitement at the prospect of what we could do surpassed everything else.

Zach’s eyebrows flew up into his dark brown hair. Then he recovered, smirking slightly. “I thought that had already been decided.”

Kiss of the Royal hits bookshelves on July 3, 2018. You can preorder a copy now for just $5.99 via…

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In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.


Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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