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Katie Lane

Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Dear Reader,

When I first sat down to write a story about twins, I was intrigued by the concept of two people looking so much alike that they could easily step into one another’s lives and no one would be the wiser. The thought of a prince-and-pauper love story really got my creative juices flowing.  

I thought what great fun it would be to have a shy, introverted woman find out that she had a twin sister and suddenly be thrust into that twin sister’s exciting, extroverted life. But for those of you who remember Mark Twain’s tale, the twin-switch doesn’t always work out the same for both people. The pauper suddenly finds himself royalty living in a palace, while the prince finds himself a beggar having to endure daily beatings.

This is also true with my Deep in the Heart of Texas series—beatings and palaces excluded, of course. While Faith Aldridge gets to become the homecoming queen, cheerleader, and sweetheart of Bramble, Texas, Hope Scroggs returns home to discover her high school sweetheart—and only “back-up plan”—has been stolen by a sister she didn’t even know she had.

Of course, I didn’t realize how shocking this would be to a person until I sat down to write Make Mine a Bad Boy. After only three pages, I realized that Hope wasn’t as happy about the twin-switch as Faith and I were (in my first book Going Cowboy Crazy). In fact, Hope was pretty stunned as she watches her mirror-image step into her wedding-day dreams.

And since that produced some pretty intense conflict between Hope and her new sister, I could’ve left well enough alone. But . . . the more conflict the better! So I added a telepathic connection and let Faith start reading all Hope’s thoughts, including the ones about a very naughty bad boy.

And if that wasn’t enough, I threw in a Bobbsey-twin, dress-alike thing where Hope can’t walk out of the house without running into her sister dressed identical to her. And what woman do you know who wants to see herself coming and going? The one time it happened to me, I spent the night in my husband’s suit jacket, mentally cussing out the store owner for allowing a bustier woman to purchase my dress.

So now I had all this great conflict. All I had to do was resolve it. But that’s the funny part about sisters. Just when you’re ready to never speak to her again, she does something that makes you love her. It’s the rollercoaster ride that is sisterhood, and I’ve been a passenger on it more than once with my own two sisters. It turns out that boyfriend-stealing, mindreading, and a little mischievous matchmaking are nothing compared to the deep connection that only sisters have.

And like Twain’s, my twins travel different roads but each learn life lessons and, ultimately, find their happily-ever-afters.

Here’s hoping you find yours.

- Katie Lane

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