A Touch of Gold
Author: Annie Sullivan
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre: YA 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?
You’re not the first person I’ve met who’s had to suffer because of someone else’s curse.
Your legacy rests with you.
I don’t ever want to think about the gold, to let it in, to let it overtake me
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).
Review of A Touch of Gold
Review (4.5 Stars): A Touch of Gold was an enchanting tale about how every action may come at a horrible price. Kora’s father wanted everything he touched to turn to gold but it backfired when he turned to young Kora to a gold statue. By reversing this curse, it has left Kora with gold skin and the ability to sense gold in her presence. This story made my heart break for Kora because she was left by herself because people thought that she looked hideous. Kora was a beautiful charming young lady that just wanted companionship and this story shows that everything comes with a price. Great story.