As fate would have it, a poor man became a king and fulfilled a foretold prophecy.
With the crown, the king's ambitions left an insatiable hunger that led him to strike a bargain with the god known as Dionysus.
Dionysus granted the king's wish of turning all that he touched into gold with a trickster''s smile, for nothing amuses the timeless gods more than the folly of humans.
While the king amounted his golden treasures, there came a day when, at a mere touch, his daughter succumbed to his golden touch and he stopped her beating heart.
After beseeching Dionysus, the god gave the king one last appearance and told him all that he needed to know to bring his daughter back with a particular warning: the king needed to complete all the steps Dionysus had told him.
It is through such happenings that a gift turns into a dreaded curse.
King Midas has created his legend.
It is now time for his daughter to tell us hers.
Annie Sullivan's A Touch of Gold is a shining debut that demonstrates a vivid imagination and gift for storytelling. Kora, the main protagonist, has a true heart of gold which puts the love of her father and kingdom above her own trepidations. She's a girl who has lived adventures through the books she has read and now, readers are able to experience Kora's journey alongside her. This adventurous tale set on the high seas contains all the elements of a great YA novel where readers are sure to discover that Sullivan's work is a true touch of gold.
About the Book
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction -- Mythology, Retelling
King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.
Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?
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About the Author
Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva).
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