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Kassie has felt adrift ever since her dad died when she was in college. Now 24 and living in Seattle, she gets interested in learning sign language through her roommate, a sign language interpreter. One day at a Deaf community event, she sees a young man sitting off by himself. Kassie feels compelled to try signing to him–the fact that he’s strikingly handsome doesn’t hurt.

Jake has been deaf and blind since birth. His disability has cut him off from the world, but beneath his isolated exterior, is a smart, sweet guy with a dry sense of humor. Despite the odds, he’s highly educated, but at 26, he’s gotten stuck in a rut, with few friends and no clear career plans. Until a sweet-smelling girl introduces herself to him unexpectedly, and opens up a whole new world to him.

Jake is more intelligent, more genuine than anyone she has met before, and for the first time Kassie starts to feel like her life has some direction. But as their friendship deepens into something more, the difficulty in communicating with each other only grows, and it seems like everyone they know thinks their relationship won’t work. How can they come to a deeper understanding of each other, and find a future together?

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Book Excerpt

The Guest Post

Why I Wanted to Be a Writer

So when I was a kid, I always wanted to be a writer. I loved to read, but even more, I loved to tell myself stories. When books or TV shows were unsatisfying, I rewrote them in my head to make them better. Mostly I revised my favorite shows to give the female characters more to do than stand around looking pretty. 

This was before the internet, so I had no idea there was this thing called fan fiction, and that rewriting other people's work was a legit hobby. It's just as well, or my crappy teenage rambling would have been permanently archived online. Anyway, over the years I wrote original stories and a little fan fiction, but nothing serious. As I got older, I just wasn't that inspired to write like I had been when I was a kid.

Then about 5 or 6 years ago, I stumbled across a YA novel called The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan, about a deaf boy in a medieval village. Everyone thinks he's possessed by demons, but one girl figures it out and teaches him to communicate with sign language. It's a fantastic book; I highly recommend reading it. But it ends with the two of them starting a new life together, which to me seemed like only the beginning, not the ending. How would this former wild boy settle down to an adult, married life? What would it be like when they had children of their own? I couldn't stop thinking about it, so eventually I wrote my own fan fiction sequel, purely for my own enjoyment.

Doing that seemed to shake something loose in my creative mind--suddenly all these ideas started coming to me. Having the freedom to write without pressure, merely for my own enjoyment, and practicing with borrowed tools gave me the confidence to write my own novel-length fiction. As soon as I finished the fan fic, I started writing original stories, and I haven't stopped.

The Book Review

Love in Touch is a well-written, uniquely powerful love story.

Jake and Kassie both live in bubbles of isolation. Jake is 26, deaf and blind, still lives with his parents, doesn't have a job and only leaves his house to attend deaf/blind events with his interpreter. 

Kassie is stuck in a boring job and she continues to grieve for her father who died when she was still in college. She begins to learn sign language as a way to feel something of a purpose in her life.

When Kassie attends a deaf/blind event and sees Jake standing by himself (his interpreter is late), she decides to approach him and say hello. As she gets to know Jake she discovers that, behind his isolated and aloof demeanor, he's an amazingly smart, sweet and funny guy. 

As the story unfolds, both Jake and Kassie find ways to work through the difficulties of communicating their feelings for each other, and there were several times I laughed out loud at some of Jake's comments. 

Love in Touch is an amazing story full of emotion, humor, romance, courage, determination and unforgettable characters. I highly recommend this book as an awesome read and give it a 5 Star Review!

About Lucy May Lennox

Lucy May Lennox is a lifelong resident of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her first ambition in life was to become a child actor, but when she grew too old to be an adorable prodigy, she turned to writing instead. A connoisseur of novels featuring men with physical disabilities, she grew frustrated with all the cliches, ignorance and stereotypes and decided to write her own positive take on disability. In addition to writing, Lucy also enjoys cooking and gardening, and is an amateur opera singer.

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