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Thursday, June 7, 2012



The hero and heroine (Alina and Alain) in Gemini Rising are identical—male/female—twins, not possible in our genetic makeup. They are a scientific miracle and, at their birth, stump the medical world. The reason why they are so special is that identical twins are formed when one fertilized egg splits. They are the only people in the world with identical DNA. Fraternal twins, formed when two different eggs are fertilized, are no closer than normal siblings, sharing only about 50% of their genes.

Although identical twins have the same genotype, or DNA, they have different phenotypes, i.e., the same DNA is expressed in different ways.

For example, two traits determined by phenotype are fingerprints and physical appearance. A DNA test can't determine the difference between identical twins, but a simple fingerprint can. I researched a lot for this book, but I knew at the beginning that identical male/female twins was an impossibility. But not to a writer, right?

These characters woke me up very early on a Sunday when I lived in Miami. I dragged out of bed and sat down at my desk with a purple pen and a legal pad and began writing. (purple prose, oh no!) The strange thing here is that I NEVER hand write anything. Still, I filled that legal pad then put the story away for years. Finally, last August I finished Alina’s and Alain’s story and submitted it to Double Dragon Publishing. They are now a reality on the pages of a book.

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About the Author: I was born in South Carolina, have lived in England, Canada, Miami, Atlanta and now Houston. I’ve seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for thirteen years.

With Cardinal Desires, a vampire paranormal to be released in 2013 by Double Dragon Publishing, I won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award. I work in the legal field and have two wonderful sons. My passions are Andalusian and Lusitano horses, my snappy little sports car and my parlor grand piano. Visit me at (site designed by Simon Nightingale) for a free read, Vampyre Hunt.

From birth, Alain and Alina Alastair are a scientific miracle—identical male-female twins—a biological impossibility. Destined to tread the farther, forbidden paths, they discover love, lust, and danger lurking in their future. When their parents whisk their miracle children home to an isolated island, their lives reach a turning point.

Alain craves escape from the seclusion.
Alina yearns to express her love with a man who treasures her.

The secrets at Alastair Keep threaten to undermine the very foundations of the world in which these impossible twins live.
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And read an excerpt:

Alain tucked the in-flight magazine into the seat pocket and gazed out the scratched window of the 747. Distance vanished on clouds fleeing beneath the silver wings, carrying him from a dark-eyed beauty to a fair-haired princess locked in an island castle. From one life in the sun to a score of problems.

Someone was going to get hurt.

Already he hurt—a low throbbing like a toothache. If he returned to Portugal, Alina would be devastated. His father would disown him. If he picked up his discarded heritage, a part of him would die and Maritza would grieve. For a time. He wasn’t vain enough to think the black-haired beauty would die without him.

The choice lay in his hands. Damn life got complicated when he tried to declare independence from The Keep. He shifted his long legs cramped beneath the airline seat. He preferred not to think, but fragments of memory plagued the corners of his eyes.

A vivid picture of Alina supplanted images of recent days drenched white-hot by a Portuguese sun. His twin’s presence was more corporeal than the woman sitting to his left. Welcome or not, Alina was there inside him, the mere thought of her a compulsion. He sensed her anticipation mounting as the miles melted. Excitement tingled over him. In self defense, he grasped at a memory of riding the splendid Lusitano stallions. As he pictured Maritza framed in an arbor of roses, his heart dived.
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  1. Wow Loved everything where do you see things going next?

  2. GR really isn't a series. But who knows? Thanks Tina for your comment.

  3. Great concept. I have a fascination with twins too. Good luck with your story. I wish you many sales.

  4. Tina, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I have 2 books to be released next year by Double Dragon Publishing. At some time, I might write a sequel to Gemini Rising, who knows?

  5. Janice, thanks for the well wishes! I join you in that wish!

  6. Janice, please contact me at nitethyme 2003 at yahoo dot com. You won the earrings.