Seventeen year-old Frankie Keilman doesn’t see the world quite like everyone else in his community.
Gifted with uncanny artistic ability, Frankie has heard stories of a boy who was once “sent off” because he saw what no one else could see, because he was “touched.”
Fearing that he is also touched, Frankie seeks to hide his gifts and is successful in doing so until he encounters Ellie McThacker, the determined daughter of a notorious bootlegger.
A forbidden relationship with Ellie places him in the midst of a deadly game of extortion and deceit that could cost him everything.
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Darlene Franklin Campbell (M.A.) is a Kentucky author, artist, and educator. Her other works include I Listened, Momma, Looking for Pork Chop McQuade, and When I was a Kid in Kentucky. She is a member of the Sheltowee Artisans’ Guild.
In addition to writing, painting and teaching, Darlene loves gardening, genealogy and cultural studies. She is currently working with a small group to preserve a Native American language of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina.
Touched, Darlene’s Literary/Young Adult Novel was released January 2013 by Martin Sisters Publishing. She currently has other works in progress.