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Double trouble, as you've probably figured out, refers to twins. Readers always ask me where I get my ideas, and the idea for SAY YOU NEED ME was born out of my curiosity about twins, especially how one can be so completely different from the other. It didn't take more than a few thoughts before the story started to come to life in a really fun way.
I knew from the start that
the twins in this story would be brothers. What intrigued me most was the classic good-twin/ bad-twin story line, because it gave me so many possibilities. I barely had the first scene outlined in my mind and already I was laughing my head off.
Incorporating a suspense subplot was important for me, as most of my stories have a mystery or suspense element. But I didn't want the twin aspect to be independent of
the suspense, but a part of it. What better way to put my hero (the good twin, of course!) into
danger? When the heroine first meets him he's flirting with her from across a restaurant bar. She's outraged. This man, as
far as she knows, recently split town with her family's priceless heirloomand he has the nerve to be making goo-goo eyes at her? Needless to say,
the hero and heroine's first meeting is one he'll never
forgetespecially since it
lands him in jail!
SAY YOU NEED ME truly was a blast to write, and I hope you enjoy it. I'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail, by
writing to me in care of HarperCollins, 10 East 53rd St., New York, NY 10022-5299.
Excerpt from SAY YOU NEED ME
No doubt about it, Cecil was fine. Even now Serena couldn't help noticing his striking brown eyes, his I'm-gonna-make-you-love-me-smile. And maybe it was the restaurant's lighting, but he actually seemed more attractive tonight than she'd remembered him.
That had been her problem from the beginning. She'd fallen for his pretty boy good looks and charm, and that had gotten her into this mess.
Still, it was hard to reconcile the reality that the attractive man twenty feet away from her could have done something so heinous.
As if reading her thoughts, Kiana commented, "With that look he's giving you, you'd never think he split town with all your money."
"I know." Serena frowned, wondering what his game was. Was he going to flirt with her all night from afar, or was he finally going to approach her and give her some lame excuse for what he'd done? Clearly, since he wasn't ignoring her, he must be planning to give her some line of bull. Otherwise he would have hightailed it out of the restaurant before she'd seen him.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the appearance
of their overly chipper waiter. Smiling from ear-to-
ear, he placed another glass of red wine on the table before her.
"I didn't order this," Serena told him.
"I know," he replied in a singsong voice. "this is
compliments of the gentleman at the bar." The waiter nodded in Cecil's direction.
Startled, Serena whirled around to face Cecil. He flashed her another one of his sexy smiles, the type
that had won her over in the first place.
God, he really did have a lot of nerve.
Well, this time his charm wouldn't work.
Until now, Serena hadn't been sure how to handle
the situation. Approach him? Wait until he approached her? But, as he continued to make goo-goo eyes at her, she knew exactly what she'd do. If he wanted her to go
to him, so be it. She'd play this game his way.
He just wouldn't like it.
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