Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.
Here is what critics are saying about STAR TOUCHED
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and emotionally complex
Star-Touched is the fast-paced and emotional journey of a teen-age girl and those surrounding her in a post apocalyptic world. Tatiana is a sensitive, likable young woman who is left “star-touched” with various powers after a cosmic event transforms the Earth. The planet becomes a place where simple survival is a full time shore, and Kaplan draws this new version of her characters’ home expertly. Tatiana’s world is a reflection of what might be left, or what might emerge, as people reconstruct civilization. It’s complete with dangers, hunger and power struggle. As a heroine, Tatiana is complex, kind and deeply damaged. You can’t help rooting for her as she and her canine companion Fifi try to start a new life – again – with a variety of fresh and original characters such as Gareth, Brother William and Bobby Sue. As the story unfolds, Tatiana is forced to confront both her own past and her deepest fears, which leave will leave young readers on the edge of their seat. Quick read with a roller coaster of emotions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Captivating
Tatiana wants more than anything to be normal. Instead, she has to deal with the loss of family, home, and belonging. Worse, her new abilities after the cataclysm frighten her more so than anyone she encounters. It will take a whole community to help Tatiana confront her fears, powers, and anger. It’s a story about accepting who you are and learning the importance of forgiving yourself.
My name is Josh and I was the guy at Behnkie’s last week who helped load stuff into your car. You gave me your bookmark and told me about an upcoming Con in Baltimore. The synopsis of your book sounds interesting and I’m curious to know about your writing techniques. I’m a writer as well. I was a journalist in the Army for eight years, three of which were in Iraq, and I’ve written for many publications as a civilian as well. My current blog, that I’ve been doing for 12 years, is at https://eighty-fourglyde.blogspot.com/. It’s mostly a humor column in the vein of Dave Barry.
I look forward to hopefully hearing back from you and talking more about writing and sci-fi and fantasy. Take care!
P.S. bet you didn’t expect that from a guy loading fertilizer into people’s cars!
Hi Josh. Glad to hear from you. I meet authors in all sorts of places and environments. BTW, the fertilizer is great. I have grabbed another bag. Here is the link for Baltcon 52. https://balticon.org/wp52/ It’s a lot of fun. Thank you for your service, and I hope you can come.