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Writers take their story ideas from a lot of places.  At times, they don’t even know where the ideas originated.  For my upcoming release, Lexie, I went back to a topic that’s fascinated me for a long time.  Twins.

In school, my class was packed with multiples.  I can recall five pairs of twins and one set of triplets, most of them fraternal.  Then there were the identical ones.  Since I grew up with them, I could always tell them apart, but what must it be like to go through life with someone so like you?  Someone who is always at your side?  And has your face?  Is it comforting or frustrating?

The University of Minnesota is a forerunner in research into twins.  In 1979, TJ Bouchard started conducting research into twins reared apart.  It’s led to some really interesting findings that not only address the subject of nature versus nurture, but have also been useful in the study of medicine.  See more about the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research here, particularly the study of twins reared apart.  I went to a presentation once by a researcher in this department and absolutely loved it.  Identical twins were similar in odd ways.  For example, when pictures of them were analyzed, twins often chose the same hairstyles and body types.  What was most interesting to me, though, was the similarity in their poses — and they seemed to be doing it subconsciously.

So that’s where the idea for Lexie started.  It’s the story of long-lost identical sisters reuniting.  I loved doing the research for this book, so I’ll probably share a few more interesting links in subsequent posts. I hope you find the topic as intriguing as I do.

So what about you?  Have you known any sets of twins?  What similarities did you notice between them, besides just their looks?  Or are they totally different, despite their shared genes?

Lexie – available for pre-order

I just discovered that LEXIE is available for pre-order on both Amazon and Kindle, so I’ve posted an excerpt so you can go see what it’s all about.

LEXIE
Triple X
, Book 1

Desire is a double-edged dance.

Lexie Underhill works her tail off in hopes of winning her adoptive father’s approval. It’s never enough. The stinging proof? He’s brought in a reorganization expert. As if the prospect of losing her job in the family business isn’t enough, Cameron Rowe’s sexy, intimidating presence makes her palms sweat.

When Lexie’s face appears on a scandalous freeway billboard, her protestations of innocence go unheard. With orders to save the family name—or else—she marches into the bar the billboard was advertising and comes face-to-face with an identical twin sister. Roxie is wild and free, everything Lexie isn’t. Before the night is out, she welcomes the chance to explore her own sensuality.

As she dances wantonly on the bar, suddenly Cam is there, kissing her as if he has the right. The sizzle between them breaks out in four-alarm desire, but Lexie has recalibrated her life plan. And the equation doesn’t factor in Cam—until she’s sure where his loyalties lie. With her…or her father’s company.

Go read it here:  LEXIE excerpt

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Lexie

I have some exciting news that I’ve been wanting to share for a while.  I’m happy to announce that Samhain will be publishing another story of mine, a full-length novel called Lexie.  Release is schedule for sometime in the fall.  Here’s a sneak peek.

 

Desire is a double-edged dance.

Lexie Underhill works her tail off in hopes of winning her adoptive father’s approval. It’s never enough. The stinging proof? He’s brought in a reorganization expert. As if the prospect of losing her job in the family business isn’t enough, Cameron Rowe’s sexy, intimidating presence makes her palms sweat.

When Lexie’s face appears on a scandalous freeway billboard, her protestations of innocence go unheard. With orders to save the family name—or else—she marches into the bar the billboard was advertising and comes face-to-face with an identical twin sister. Roxie is wild and free, everything Lexie isn’t. Before the night is out, she welcomes the chance to explore her own sensuality.

As she dances wantonly on the bar, suddenly Cam is there, kissing her as if he has the right. The sizzle between them breaks out in four-alarm desire, but Lexie has recalibrated her life plan. And the equation doesn’t factor in Cam—until she’s sure where his loyalties lie. With her…or her father’s company.