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Raising the Crown

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
With a twist or two in the classic Romeo & Juliet story, Luca Palladino is a young, intelligent prince who represents the forbidden love between famous musician and actor Vince Palladino and Princess Camila Juric, both of whom are from two entirely different neighboring cultures that have been at war with each other over land for many a century. In the wake of Camila’s death only ten years after their split, Vince learns not only how important Camila was in her culture, but he also learns of the ten-year-old son he never knew he had with her. Vince struggles with his Hollywood fame and already being a father of two younger boys while another child is on the way with his wife, Gloria. While he also deals with the loss of his first true love all over again, Vince learns of the fact that Prince Luca was secretly abused by his stepfather in more ways than one. Upon revelation of this devastating news, Vince decides to eventually give up his own personal fame in order to raise Luca into a kind, respectful young king that will break down the barriers of racism and hatred of two warring nations while bringing two beautiful cultures together in peace at last.

Table of Contents


Submitted: June 14, 2019

Oh, my God! I can’t believe he’s chasing me! That son of a gun is actually chasing me down a highway at ninety miles an hou... Read Chapter

The Past Comes Calling With Some Royal Discoveries.

Submitted: June 15, 2019

It was a hot summer night in the town of Malone, New York. I had just come off a bar stage after a very well enjoyed performance I put on... Read Chapter

A Princess's Final Words.

Submitted: June 18, 2019

“The people of Xudia would riot, and the dukes would fight to step up for the crown. My bloodline has ruled Xudia since the fourteenth ... Read Chapter

A Boy's Joy and a Mother's Pain.

Submitted: June 19, 2019

When I was finally alone at night with Luca, who now climbed into his bed, I sat down next to him with a relaxed sigh. This kid look... Read Chapter

An Interesting Turn of Events.

Submitted: June 21, 2019

I was used to sleeping in strange places, but it was hard for me to sleep in this house. In fact, I got no sleep whatsoever. All I could ... Read Chapter

A New Day Dawning.

Submitted: June 29, 2019

When the sun rose, Luca went upstairs to change, and I just got ready down here in the den, since there was a small bathroom already avai... Read Chapter

Just the Beginning.

Submitted: July 06, 2019

Since we could not enter through Italy’s air space, we had to go around it and stop in Warsaw, Poland, as well as Ljubljana, Slovenia, ... Read Chapter

Welcome Home.

Submitted: July 29, 2019

Once we landed, it was clear to see that there were no cars here in Moscjen. Most people either had bicycles or horse-drawn carriages in ... Read Chapter


Submitted: August 09, 2019

“Have you lost your tongue?” the king asked in English. I hardly knew what to expect in this situation, and did not know how to speak... Read Chapter

Truth Behind the Bitterness.

Submitted: August 16, 2019

When I was taken to the gardens, I could see the king already waited for me, but this time he had a pipe in his left hand while his cane ... Read Chapter

A New Truth.

Submitted: August 24, 2019

When I left the foyer room and entered the main hallway, I noticed that Xir Charles and my quarter guard were both there, as well as Luca... Read Chapter

To Be or Not to Be Legitimized.

Submitted: August 29, 2019

When Luca and I reached the Children’s Hospital of Moscjen, I had immediately noticed it was four stories in height, but huge in length... Read Chapter

Anger, Comfort, and Exhaustion, but Who is Gino?

Submitted: August 30, 2019

When I had retired to my quarters after dinner, I could not help but want to spend the remainder of my night standing at one of the huge ... Read Chapter

Love at First Song.

Submitted: September 06, 2019

“Hello? Can you hear me? Hello!” My eyes opened and when I looked up, I could see a raven-haired girl around my age in a bikini a... Read Chapter

A Cold, Hard, and Bitter Reality.

Submitted: September 13, 2019

When I awoke from my dream I was immediately filled with a sorrow, which was deeper than I had previously felt before. I enjoyed the drea... Read Chapter

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