YASH Team Gold Guest Post-Annie Sullivan (A Touch of Gold)


Welcome to the next stop on the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt (YASH) tour!

I’m K.M. Robinson, your host for this stop on the tour! I’m a best selling retellings, dystopian, mermaid, sci-fi, fantasy author!

The YA Scavenger Hunt is a bi-annual event that was organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers an opportunity to access EXCLUSIVE bonus materials from their favorite authors—and as a cool way to earn some AMAZING prizes! As you can see, this event is huge readers now have a chance to win books from over 73 fantastic authors!

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues from each team and you can enter for our prize. One lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

To find out more about the hunt, visit the YA Scavenger Hunt page for ALL the information about the event. You’ll also be able to access links to all of the authors participating AND see the full list of prizes that you might win!

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD TEAM, and then add them up (calculators approved!)

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 7 at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter them all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM, but there is also a red team, a blue team, a green team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

I have the honor of hosting my dear friend, Annie Sullivan, and we’ve got some awesome playlist love for you today!

Stick around, there’s also SIX FREE BOOKS and some other fun stuff for you to check out!

But first, let’s take a look at Annie’s story, A Touch of Gold (which is a King Mida 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?

From author Annie Sullivan comes A Touch of Gold, the untold story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Wrath and the Dawn.

About Annie Sullivan:

Annie Sullivan grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Butler University. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. Her wanderlust has taken her to every continent, where she’s walked on the Great Wall of China, found four-leaf clovers in Ireland, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, and cage dived with great white sharks in South Africa. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva).

She’s also been on my shows like TWENTY FOUR times or so…okay, not quite that many, but a ton. (Hint, remember that number)



Annie kindly sent over a playlist to go with her incredible story and I’m so excited to be able to share it with you today! Check this out:

A Touch of Gold Music Playlist

A Touch of Gold follows Kora, the seventeen-year-old cursed daughter of King Midas, as she faces pirates, betrayers, and thieves on her quest to retrieve her father’s stolen gold. It’s a high seas adventure full of sweeping landscapes and daring exploits. As such, it needs an epic playlist to go along with it.

Below are some of the songs that pair great with reading A Touch of Gold.

1.) Gold by Britt Nicole

Reason: This would totally be the main theme. This song sums up Princess Kora perfectly. She’s cursed with golden skin and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Yet, through the novel she begins to learn to love herself just as she is—realizing she really is worth more than gold.


2.) I’m Still Here by Johnny Rzeznik

Reason: The song starts out with the lyrics “I am a question to the world,” and that sums up Kora and her golden skin so well. This song is all about wanting to feel like you belong, and for a girl with golden skin, that’s what she wants most. It’s also about how the world views us versus how we view ourselves. It ends with the words “I’m still here,” which speaks to Kora still being herself, even in her golden skin.


3.) How Far I’ll Go the Distance – Moana/Hercules EPIC A Cappella Mashup

Reason: Kora has to set out early on in the novel to retrieve her father’s cursed gold when it gets stolen. This mashup of Disney songs has a great vibe for a sea adventure. It also plays into the themes of having to set out to find your place in the world.


4.) Pirates Montage from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack

Reason: Pirates play a key role in A Touch of Gold, and nothing makes me think of pirates more than the thrumming beats of the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.


5.) Brave by Sara Bareilles

Reason: This song is all about being brave and being yourself, which really speak to Kora’s character. She has to face mythical creatures and dangers she never even imagined on her quest, which she can only do by being brave.


6.) Always Know Where You Are by Johnny Rzeznik

Reason: This song speaks a lot to Kora and her relationship with her father by the end of the book. It shows that broken relationships can be repaired. It also ironically relates to Kora’s connection with her father’s cursed gold, so it’s a great song to represent her relationship with her father.


7.) This Is Me from The Greatest Showman soundtrack

Reason: By the end of the novel, Kora is much more accepting of her golden skin. Others still may fear her or turn away, but she knows who she is. She knows her own worth and her own strength. She’s not afraid to step into the spotlight anymore.


Are you completely excited to read A TOUCH OF GOLD now? As a retellings author, I’m so thrilled by this twisted version of Midas’ daughter!


Speaking of…


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Want more freebies? I give free books, excerpts, and swag away all. the. time. on my weekly newsletter (and I never treat it like a sales pitch…it’s always fun bonus stuff for my books and introductions to my author friends!)



All week long, we’re celebrating the release of the boxset/omnibus for The Siren Wars Saga!

Join me for an entire week of interviews with professional mermaids and mermen, a shell crown crafting broadcast, and the live book launch party with giveaways, games, party gifts, and more!



And, of course, I also want to give you the opportunity to win some more fabulous books, so:

*Win an advanced ebook copy of Blood From A Stone Twisted Villains Anthology

*Win an ebook copy of Virtually Sleeping Beauty

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Okay, friends, our time is wrapping up. Your next stop is over on Emily Skutskie‘s page. Tell her I said hey!

Don’t forget to pop over for Mer Week all week long on Facebook!

Stay inspired,

-K.M. Robinson


28 thoughts on “YASH Team Gold Guest Post-Annie Sullivan (A Touch of Gold)

  1. Retellings are always the best! I’ve had A Touch of Gold on my to-read list for a bit, so it’s exciting to see it here.

    1. I’ve done some awesome live broadcast interviews with Annie about A Touch of Gold that you’ll have to check out! She’ll also be joining me on Sunday for my shell crown craft live broadcast as part of Mer Week for the release of The Siren Wars Saga boxset, so you’ll have to pop by facebook.com/kmrobinsonbooks to chat with her while we’re on air!

  2. Thank you very this most excellent chance!! Thank you for the books. They look and sound fabulous!!

    1. Hey Tashia! Glad to see you stopped by! I’m sure you saw in the post, but there’s lots of free books I’ve written out there for you to take a look at! What’s your favorite type of book to read?

    1. The YASH hunt is so much fun, isn’t it? Have you added a billion new books to your to read list? Do you have one you’re looking forward to most? I’m friends with like half the participating authors so I might just be able to slip it into conversation with them lol

    1. Retellings are the best!! Did you grab my freebie books while you were checking everything out? Lots of retellings in there! Do you have a favorite fairytale?

  3. Thanks for participating in the hunt! It’s really an awesome way to get to know new authors. I love it!

  4. I love your page!! All the mermaids!! all the Books!!! two of my favorite things! Thank you for hosting I am really looking forward to reading your work.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! I hope you enjoy my books! I love books and mermaids too! If you were a mermaid, what color tail would you want?

    1. Retellings are the best, aren’t they? I’m definitely a little obsessed with them! Do you have a favorite fairytale?

    1. I hope you enjoy Golden so much! It actually ended up being #7 on all of Amazon once (and #1 in all of it’s respective categories as well) so there’s lots of love behind the series!

    2. I hope you enjoy Golden so much! It actually ended up being #7 on all of Amazon once (and #1 in all of its respective categories as well) so there’s lots of love behind the series!

    1. Aww, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Hope you’re finding lots of new, fabulous authors to hang out with as part of YASH!

  5. Wonderful page! Also thanks for all the freebies, can’t wait to read them all! Also—retellings. What’s not to love?

  6. Hey, K.M! How’s it going? The box looks amazing! I love the book cover, it’s gorgeous! Hope everything is okay after your car accident. Best wishes!

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