Kiss of the Royal Blog Tour & Giveaway

What if your kiss could kill? Find out more about Lindsay Duga’s writing style and what compelled her to write her debut YA Fantasy Kiss of the Royal!

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the Kiss of the Royal Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About Kiss of the Royal

Title: Kiss of the Royal 

Author: Lindsey Duga

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance


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.


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1. What gave  you  the  idea  to  use  a  Kiss  as  a  weapon?  It  wasn’t  so  much  coming  up  with  the  idea  of  it  being  a  weapon  as  it  was  expanding  on  the  idea  of  a  “magic  kiss”.  We’ve  all  read  the  fairytales  of  Sleeping  Beauty,  The  Princess  in  the  Frog,  Snow  White–heck,  even  Shrek  has  a  True  Love’s  Kiss  in  it.  It  breaks  evil  curses  and  all  that,  so  it  was  taking  that  basic  fairytale  motif  and  removing  a  very  critical  element–love.    In  my  book,  Royal  Kisses  have  stopped  being  about  love.  It  is  simply  a  way  to  break  curses  and  cast  magic  spells.  As  a  result  you  have  a  society  of  people  who  are  trained  to  use  their  Kiss  as  less  of  a  way  to  convey  your  love,  and  more  as  a  way  to  break  a  drought  curse  plaguing  the  land,  or  cast  a  strength  spell  to  help  you  defeat  a  dragon  or  a  giffin  ravaging  your  village…a  weaponized  kiss  if  you  will.

2. What  is  it  about  YA  fantasy  romance  that  draws  you  in?  I  adore  really  unique  worlds  (pretty  much  anything  that  falls  outside  the  realm  of  reality  is  for  me)  so  that’s  definitely  part  of  the  obsession,  but  fantasy  romance  is  a  very  unique  genre  in  which  the  author  has  to  make  you  believe  in  so  many  things:  the  world,  its  magic  system,  and  the  character’s  relationship.  One  reason  we  love  Harry  Potter  so  much  is  that  we  are  still  expecting  our  Hogwarts  letter  even  when  we’re  way  past  the  eleventh-year  mark.  That  book  made  us  believe  in  a  world  that  was  impossible,  and  that’s  super  important  for  fantasy.  So  too,  is  the  romance  within  that  world.  Our  daily  lives  affect  our  romance,  so  why  shouldn’t  fantastical  ones  as  well?  It’s  taking  that  challenge  and  really  selling  your  world  and  that  relationship  that  makes  me  so  intrigued  and  dying  to  read  more!

3. What is  your  writing  process  like?  Are  you  a  plotter  or  a  pancer?  A  bit  of  both  really.  I’m  more  of  a  constellation/connect-the-dot  kind  of  writer.  (I  heard  Victoria  Schwab  use  this  term  and  I  am  sticking  with  it!)  This  basically  means  that  I  have  important  plot  points  I  have  already  figured  out  for  the  book,  but  how  I  get  to  those  points  is  up  for  grabs.    Though  recently,  I  wrote  an  entire  three-page  synopsis  for  a  new  book  idea  before  I  even  wrote  the  first  word,  so  maybe  I  just  fluctuate  depending  on  how  ideas  come  to  me.

4. Do  you  plan  on  writing  more  fantasy  or  will  you  venture  into  other  genre’s? Oh  absolutely!  I  already  have!  My  first  novel  was  actually  an  MG  magical  realism,  then  my  second  was  an  MG  sci-fi,  then  my  YA  fantasy  (this  one)  is  the  one  that  got  the  book  deal.  I  have  a  YA  paranormal  in  the  works,  a  MG  paranormal,  and  another  MG  sci-fi.  So  like  I  said,  basically  anything  that  falls  outside  the  realm  of  reality.

5. What piece  of  advice  have  you  received  during  your  writing  process  that  really  impacted  you?    We  probably  all  know  the  concept  of  “show  don’t  tell”  but  there  was  one  particular  small  tip  that  I  received  from  my  Pitch  Wars  mentor  back  in  2016  regarding  that  principle.  Essentially  she  said  to  scan  my  manuscript  for  any  “telling”  words–words  like  “I  heard”  or  “I  felt”  or  “I  saw”.  Those  simple  phrases  actually  mean  that  they  are  telling  the  reader  what  the  character  saw,  felt,  or  heard,  rather  than  showing  the  reader  what  the  character  experienced.  It  was  a  tiny  thing,  but  I’ve  looked  out  for  it  ever  since.

6. What advice  would  you  give  to  aspiring  authors?  Try  not  to  take  feedback/advice/rejection  too  personally.  Yes,  these  books  are  our  babies.  They  are  part  of  our  souls.  But  ultimately,  publishing  is  a  business  and  extremely  ssubjective.  Even  if  we’re  selling  experiences  and  entertainment,  rather  than  products  or  services,  we’re  still  selling  something  at  the  end  of  the  day.  Once  you  come  to  terms  with  that,  I  think  it  becomes  easier  to  grow  a  thicker  shell.    Also:  writing  conferences.  They.  Are.  The.  Best.


About the Author

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.


Prize: 1 copy of Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
Start: June 25
Ends: July 10 

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June 28th


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June 29th


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The Reading Corner for All– Review


June 30th


Jill’s Book Blog– Review
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July 1st


The Reading Faery– Creative Option
Donnie Darko Girl– Review

July 2nd


Vicarious Bookworm– Review & Favorite Quotes
The Lovely Books– Review

Book Lady’s Reviews– Review

July 3rd


BookCrushin– Creative Option
Rattle the Stars– Guest Post


July 4th


F A N N A– Review
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July 5th


The Bibliophagist– Review & Favorite Quotes

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