By: Barbara DeLeo
Congratulations to Kris, the winner of Barbara's giveaway of a digital copy of CONTRACT FOR MARRIAGE. Thank you to all who participated!
I have a fascination with twins, not least because I’m mom to two sets. When we found out we were having identical girls at twenty weeks it was an enormous shock. I’d only ever imagined having one baby and it threw me into a complete spin. That wasn’t a patch on the tornado I turned into when I found out I was having non-identical boys when the girls were only two!!
The girls are twelve now and the boys nine, but I’m still fascinated by the special bond twins have, and the whole idea of identity, especially when someone else in the world looks exactly like you.
Many people have warned me that I need to ensure I always treat my kids as individuals and we’ve done things like making sure each has their own cake at birthday parties and let them choose their own clothes. But I also feel quite strongly that twins have a bond that many of us “singleton’s” don’t understand, and that always trying to push our ideal of individuality on someone can be dangerous too.
The twin-brother-of the-hero, or sister-of-the-heroine is a relatively common set-up in contemporary romance. They’re usually there to provide an evil or good reflection for one of the main protagonists, or create tension in the romance. Despite being known county-wide as “the lady with all the twins who writes ‘those’ books” I hadn’t put twins in any of my stories until now, but the time was right.
In my latest book, Dishing up Desire, the hero Blake Matthews is an identical twin. He’s also an ex-international model whose looks have been his ticket to fame and fortune. But Blake has a hidden secret, something that has made his family shun him and it’s his desire to prove he’s more than his looks that drives him to be a success.
Are you a twin? Have you had experiences with twins? Or have you enjoyed contemporary romances with twins”? I have an e-copy of an earlier book, Contract for Marriage to give away to one lucky commenter and at the end of my blog tour we’ll be drawing the name of one commenter from all of the blogs to win a deluxe “Dishing up Desire” chef’s apron and a $50 Amazon gift card!
Thanks so much for having me at Just Contemporary Romance today.
Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over...
Kirin doesn’t need a makeover—her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.
Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.
After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.
She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.