Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the A Touch of Gold blog tour!! I’m so excited to be on this tour, and I’m even more excited for you to read about what piece of magic didn’t make it into the final book! Read on to find out more about the book, author, and tour, plus enter a HUGE Blink YA giveaway!!!A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Published by Blink on August 14, 2018
Genres: Retellings, Mythology
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?
What was your favorite bit of research that you ended up not using?
Okay, it’s not so much research as something I made up, but I still wish it had made it in the book. There was actually an enchanted object that I did use, but it got cut out in revisions. In the original version of A Touch of Gold, there was a balcony called The Balcony of Truth that was attached to the palace walls. It was said that if anyone stood on the balcony and told a lie, the balcony would crumble beneath their feet. It actually played a key role in several scenes. However, my editor didn’t feel like the enchantment lined up well with the other magic in the book, so we ended up cutting it out.
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).