The hero and heroine in Gemini Rising are identical—male/female—twins, not biologically possible. They are a scientific miracle and, at their birth, stump the medical world. Their parents whisk them to Alastair Keep, their secluded castle on an island off the coast of England.
Identical twins occur when one fertilized egg splits. Identical twins share identical DNA. Fraternal twins, formed when two different eggs are fertilized, are no closer than normal siblings, sharing only about 50% of their genes.
Though identical twins have the same genotype, or DNA, their phenotypes are not identical. The DNA is expressed in different ways. Fingerprints, for one thing, are determined by phenotype. A DNA test can't determine the difference between identical twins, but a simple fingerprint can.
Alain and Alina woke me up very early on a Sunday when I lived in Miami after a night on South Beach. I dragged myself from bed, sat at my desk with a purple pen and a legal pad and began writing. (purple prose, oh no!) The strange thing is that I NEVER write anything by hand, especially not a book. 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, at the suggestion of a very talented author Toni V. Sweeney, submitted the manuscript to Double Dragon Publishing. The twins are now a reality on the pages of a book.
Tagline: Forbidden love…one man…one woman…one heart and one mind—only together are they complete.
The first chapter of Gemini Rising is available from Double Dragon Publishing if you’d like a sample. http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-978-4 or on sale at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Rising-ebook/dp/B0088E2MJ2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1339238588&sr=8-3
by Linda Nightingale
From birth, Alain and Alina Alastair are a scientific phenomenon—identical male-female twins—a biological impossibility. Destined to tread 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.
~~ Excerpt ~~
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.
~~ About the Author ~~
Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Atlanta and Houston. She’s 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, Linda won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award. She works in the legal field and has two wonderful sons. She loves Andalusian and Lusitano horses, her snappy little sports car and her parlor grand piano.
Visit her at http://www.lindanightingale.com for a free vampire story starring her favorite hero Morgan D’Arcy.
Also, check out Black Swan, a spicy vampire story, available from The Wild Rose Press.: