Nina de Gramont has an alter ego. Check out Christine Woodward’s take on the early years of Rogue, one of X-Men’s most popular characters.
Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time-this time from a bakery. Why can’t she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her head-to-toe black garb, her face the only skin she chooses to reveal. But Anna Marie doesn’t have a choice. Her skin, her touch, is a deadly weapon that must be concealed.
She accidentally put her first boyfriend, Cody, in a coma when they kissed. Horrified, she ran away to Jackson, Mississippi, where she’s been living alone in a cramped apartment and scraping by on food stamps.
Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. He’s just like her-completely alone and also on the run. To elude James’s mysterious and dangerous family, the pair takes to the highway. As they cross the country, their simmering attraction intensifies and they both open up about their secretive pasts. James reveals that his true name is “Touch,” and he christens Anna Marie “Rogue.” But with danger at their heels, they know they can’t run forever. Rogue must decide if she’ll unleash her devastating powers once again, which she swore never to do, in order to save the only person who seems truly to understand and accept her.
Praise for Rogue Touch
“The author delivers a romantic, action-packed plot that is imaginative and emotionally textured.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[An] entertaining and thoroughly original romance.”—Booklist
“An interesting take on Rogue, as her powers take her down a path I never would have imagined.”—Chris Claremont, author of X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Standtie-in novels
“A lost chapter from Rogue’s past, told with elegance and conviction and attention to detail. Really entertaining.”
—Mike Carey, writer of X-Men Legacy for Marvel, Unwritten for Vertigo/DC, and author of the Felix Castor novels including The Naming of the Beast