Born together, wed together…
The ancient law is a curse to Brianna, whose twin sister has fallen in love with a man she can’t bring herself to marry. Instead she fakes her death and runs away to the big city.
Just when she is beginning to regret her decision, she meets Lyall, a handsome mage. Their instant bond grows deeper, and despite knowing she can never marry him, Brianna accepts Lyall’s offer to journey to the exciting Isla de Magi, where she discovers that she possesses magic as well.
However, when a chilling dream warns of an impending threat to her village, Brianna rushes home to help her sister. Lyall follows, chasing after the same threat and longing to reunite with Brianna.
Can the two work together to stop the danger? Or will Brianna be forced to choose between her love for Lyall and the safety and happiness of her sister?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Twin Curse was inspired by a dream I had, and I woke up just knowing I had to do something with the scene. So I started thinking what had lead to it, and what the ‘characters’ backgrounds were. Ultimately, the scene I had dreamed ended up being more than half way through the book, and changed a little, but I like to think that the feeling that inspired me to write, about two lovers who had to hide their love, still has the same feel as that dream.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters grew from the scene I imagined, and as usual, changed and developed as I went. For example, I hadn’t initially planned on Lyall being a prince, and in fact didn’t even realise he was one until he went home and talked to the king, his father. I love it when characters take on a life of their own. It’s one of the reasons I write.
Lyall stamped the mud off his boots and slipped back the hood of his cloak as he walked into the inn. The warmth inside was a welcome change from the rain splattered streets, and for a moment, he allowed himself to let his guard down. He had stayed in this inn each time he visited the city. He felt as safe here as he could anywhere this far from home.
Little had changed since his last visit, nearly twelve months ago. It was a Tuesday night, and the common room was relatively quiet, only a few patrons enjoying a late dinner, and one lone bard playing a ballad half-heartedly on the dais.
A kitchen maid came over to him, looking bored and tired, and asked, “Can I help you?”
“Yes, dinner and an ale please,” Lyall asked, ever polite.
The woman nodded, and headed back towards the kitchen doors.
Lyall’s attention was arrested by a sudden scent, so unexpected here that it took him a moment to process it. The scent of power.
He looked around the room, taking more notice of the people he had all but ignored before. That would teach him to be complacent. But what was a mage doing here, so far from home? And was it a friend, or foe?
Was it the bard? The couple necking at the next table? No. where could he find that elusive scent? He was just about to convince himself that he had imagined it, when it teased his senses again. The serving maid slapped his meal wordlessly down in front of him, and there was no mistaking it.
His eyes glanced up at her. She was younger than he had first imagined her, barely into her twenties, and behind the bored expression he sensed something lurking. Something other than the magical power he sensed clearly in her.
Involuntarily, his hand snaked out and grasped her wrist. She glanced down at him and he was surprised to see no fear in her eyes, only annoyance. “I’m not on the menu,” she said stiffly.
If you read a Rinelle Grey story, you can trust in a happy ending. Love will always triumph, even if it seems impossible… Rinelle Grey writes feel-good romance usually in science fiction or fantasy settings. Her heroines are independent and headstrong, and her stories are hard to put down.
She grew up in a remote area of Australia, without power, hot water, or a phone, but now lives with all of those and her (happily ever after) husband, daughter, chooks, ducks and veggie garden.
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