Sunday, July 28, 2013

Twins and Contemporary Romance.

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.

Book Blurb

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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Hi Barb,
    I've often thought about your family and what it must be like. We have a double set of twins way back in the family. My great-great grandmother had a LOT of children and there were two sets of twins amongst them. No one since seems to have had a multiple birth. You should probably win some sort of award for Mum of the Year! Don't put me in the draw for your book as I've read it (and hugely enjoyed it). But I do like the look of that apron :-)

  2. So lovely to see you here, Louise! At the end of two weeks of school holidays I'm feeling less like "mum of the year" and more like "very frazzled shouting woman of the year" :) Yes, I think there were probably quite a few examples of double doubles back in the day when people had a lot more children. I'll have a wee comp on my website soon with more Dishing up Desire aprons so hope to see you there!

  3. I'm not a twin nor do we have any in our family but I've been fascinating with them since I saw my first set at 7-years old. I followed them home from school one day and had all of the military police in Ft. Knox, Kentucky looking for me. That still wasn't enough to cool my curiosity.

    I'm always drawn to stories involving twins. One of my favorite series, written by Elisabeth Barrett, Star Harbor, includes a set of twin brothers. I'm adding your book to my shelf.

  4. Thanks so much for dropping by, Jonetta, I'm glad to see you're as fascinated by twins as I am. I especially love it when a hero is a twin in a novel. I like to know how he relates to his twin,if they have a strong bond or if there's friction between them. I wonder how the set turned out that you followed home :) Thanks so much for adding Dishing up Desire to your shelf!

    1. It was serendipity that after I wrote the above post I discovered the book I just started, Home to Whiskey Creek, features a twin. Your post is timely)

      FYI, I got in so much trouble for following those twins home it was not in my best interest to focus on them anymore. I do remember that they used to wear tights and the same outfits in different colors. Both were incredibly outgoing, too. I do wonder what happened to them as my family was reassigned a few months later to Italy.

    2. That IS serendipity, Jonetta! Twins seem to be a really common theme in contemporary romances.

  5. Considering that I am a twin, it's really cool to read about twins and see if there is any similarities between my experiences and the ones in the stories. krisrich85 at ymail dot com

  6. Thanks so much for your comment, Kris. I've often wondered how twins feel about the way twins are portrayed in fiction — whether you think they're often stereotyped?

    1. Surprisingly I haven't read much with twins in it.. lol. Just haven't come across them, I guess I'm not looking hard enough. lol. Happily I've never read a book with Twins in it where they get approached and asked the age old question "Are you two twins?" You can't imagine how many times I've been asked that question, when the answer is only slightly obvious (me and my sister are Identical). The worst is when that question is then followed up with "Are you sisters?" after you've already answered yes to the first question...

    2. I can understand how annoying that must be, especially when you're identical, Kris! I have friends who have boy/girl twins and the number of times they've been asked if they're identical....!


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