Ten Fingers Touching: A Tale of True Love, Mystery and Adventure by Ellen A Roth

Ellen A. Roth has combined some easily recognizable elements of a fairy tale with a bit of mystery and romance to create this story. Beautifully illustrated by John Blumen, the hardcover title I received is slim and glossy, with a feel of a children’s classic title.

Ten Fingers Touching

In this battle of good versus evil, Roth has tilted the title to female readers who want their tales with a traditional feel: women in need of rescue, men forthright and heroic.  Not a bad thing for a getaway read, with a guaranteed happy ending where good and evil are simply that.  Not overburdened with depth of story or overly wordy, each chapter is short and the illustrations bring the events to life in a perfect collaboration.

A touch darker and racier than a children’s story, this is a book for adults that want a ‘getaway’ read, one that will allow you to escape reality for a while and lose yourself in imagery. Written in a style that is best described as fairy tale form, it does take some getting used to the writing, and the pacing is a touch uneven. Fortunately the illustrations do help to improve the overall experience, and give depth and breadth to the story.

While not perfect, this is a beautifully presented story that will harken back to early childhood reading.

Ten Fingers Touching: A Tale of True Love, Mystery and Adventure by Ellen A Roth

Title: Ten Fingers Touching
Author: Ellen A. Roth
ISBN: 0990726800
Published on: 1 December 2014
Source: Media Muscle/Book Trib
Pages: 104
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil's sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers - Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil's desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they are drawn into the conflict.

Will the soulmates realize their "happily ever after?" Martak must first unravel the curse and destroy evil. In this land where magical forces vie for dominance, could true love be the most powerful weapon of all?

A beautifully illustrated tale for women of all ages, Ten Fingers Touching explores the complex nature of love and fate. It is an enchanting journey of romance, mystery and adventure. Ellen A. Roth's debut novella is an imaginative take on a classic genre-and a treat for the romantic soul.

A copy of this title was provided via Media Muscle/Book Trib for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Ellen A. Roth

The genesis of Ten Fingers Touching has rested within Ellen for some time. As a young child, she was enthralled with fairy tales and spent countless hours reading and dreaming.
She devoted the early years of her professional career to the arts, studying museum curatorship and obtaining an MFA from Syracuse University. After moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1974, she became a registered art therapist and worked with emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled children, while also earning her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Her experience as a mental health professional showed her how the power of imagination unlocks emotions in individuals of all ages.
In 1991, Ellen co-founded Getting to the Point, Inc., a premier relocation consulting firm that specializes in helping corporations attract highly sought executive talent to Pittsburgh by better understanding and addressing the needs of the trailing spouse. She combines her business savvy and communication skills to show individuals and families the quality of life that Pittsburgh offers.
Ellen has published numerous professional papers and articles. She is actively engaged in community service and is a member of the National Speakers Association.
Ellen was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in Pennsylvania and honored as a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, and is a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award in the category of Entrepreneur.
Ellen shares her life with her husband, Dr. Loren Roth. She is immensely proud of her children and grateful to family and friends for their encouragement and support.


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