Double the Trouble or Twice as Nice? by Charlene Sands

Charlene-with-BooksI married a twin of the fraternal variety and we were married nearly right out of high school, so it baffles me why it’s taken me this long to write a twins story!  For me, loving a twin has been twice as nice, and not double the trouble.  But that isn’t always the case. And so, I penned a story about a hunky father of twins, who meets up with trouble in the form of a spirited woman whose car has broken down along the side of the road.  Texas Style.  

In doing my research I found out some amazing trivia about twins:

The word twin is probably derived from an ancient German word twine, which means ‘two together.

1 in every 32 children born is a twin (1 in 65 pregnancies results in a twin birth). Twins account for 1.5% of all pregnancies or 3% of the population.The twinning rate has risen 50% in the last 20 years. This is attributed to an increase in maternal age, wider use of IVF and assisted conception and advancement of medical technology.

 Fraternal twins do run in the family but only on the maternal line. If a mother herself is a fraternal twin, the chance of conceiving twins increases four-fold.
 The rate for identical twins, or monozygotic, multiples is random and universal (no influencing factors) and occurs 1 in every 285 births. They are the same sex, have the same blood types, hair and eye color, hand and footprints and chromosomes, yet have different teeth marks and fingerprints.
 Mirror image twins account for about 25% of identical twins. Their hair falls in opposite directions, they have mirror image fingerprints and if one is right handed, the other is left handed.
 Twins and multiples have been known to develop their own ‘language’ that only they understand. This ‘twin talk’ is known as cryptophasia or idioglossia.
 The world’s oldest twins were born on Feb 14 1803 in Virginia and died at the ages of 108 and 113 respectively. The chances of identical twins surpassing the age of 100 is 1 in 700 million.
 The Yoruba tribe of Nigeria have the highest twinning rate in the entire world (3 sets of twins in every 19 births). The Nigerian people attribute it to their population’s consumption of a specific type of yam. China has the lowest twinning rate with only 1 in 300 pregnancies resulting in a twin birth.
 Up to 22 percent of twins are left-handed. In the non-twin population the number is just under 10 percent.
Twin types and genders are oddly symmetrical. 1/3rd of all twins are identical, 1/3rd are the same sex fraternal and 1/3rd are male/female fraternal. Of the identical twins, half are male/male, and half are female/female. Of the same sex fraternal, half are male/male, and half are female/female.
 Australia produced the world”s first test-tube twins in June 1981.

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Here’s what they are saying about Twins for the Texan! 

Their explosive attraction is just the beginning of an unexpected journey full of love, parenthood and second chances.  Expressive characters bring authenticity to the emotional and sometimes chaotic aspects of falling love while raising small children. This Billionaires and Babies romance is sizzling!…Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine 

Wyatt is an amazing hero, a wonderful father and an incredible lover. Brooke cannot help but fall in love but she is not sure Wyatt is ready for more. The path to true love is never easy and this one has more than a few rocks to navigate. The story unfolds magnificently as Brooke helps Wyatt by serving as the nanny for his children. He accepts her help and hopes for some more time in other areas as well. It was also nice to visit with Brooke’s brother and her best friend. Charlene Sands knows how to capture us and keep us reading until the last word.  Debby Guyette, formerly of Cataromance 

Do twins run in your family, like they do in mine?  How would you feel about raising twins?  Any fun twin stories? I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours?  Post a comment and be entered in a drawing for my new western ebook release Bachelor For Hire or one of my print backlist books…




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33 thoughts on “Double the Trouble or Twice as Nice? by Charlene Sands”

  1. I my great aunts were twins, that’s the only ones in my family. I do have friends who are identical twins, Lou & Sue, they used to switch clothes in the bathroom in between classes. One excelled in Math, the other in English, so they both passed classes with flying colors w/ out teachers knowing that the same girl attended their math & English classes twice a day, while the other one never set foot in the class.

  2. I think it would have been fun to have a twin. Maybe then I would be closer to someone in my family. But twins do not run in the family.

    • Hi Janine! Some twins are very close. My son dated a twin, and it seemed those girls did everything together. Sometimes it was like he was dating both of them. Then we found the other girl a boyfriend!

  3. Yes from a very young age me and the siblings were told that someone would have twins as this has been going on for quite some time and it did happen – my younger sister had fraternal twin boys! My daughter was in school with mirror twins and they were cheerleaders – the left handed one had to watch her sister to learn stuff and vice versa!

    • Teresa, I find the mirror twins thing amazing. I never knew! My son dated a cheerleader twin too and I could never tell those girls apart. I would see them and say, “oh, hi there,” because I never knew which one was my son’s girlfriend. Ha!

  4. Twins do not run in our side of the family, but he had a set of fraternal twins, so obviously it’s on his wife’s side of the family, but I know she is not a twin.. So it’s just one of those anomalies. They had a girl and a boy. They were surprised because they were told they were having two boys, but surprise they got one of each.

  5. Congratulations on another winner, Charlene! I love your heroes and can’t wait to cuddle up with Wyatt! What great twin trivia. I had no idea there were mirror-image twins!

    We have no twins in the family, but one academic year when I was teaching high school English, I had four sets of twins. Congrats again and super-best wishes. ??

    • Hi Tanya,
      I never knew either about mirror Twins. Don is a fraternal twin and doesn’t really look like his brother other than they both have blue eyes. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. My brother has twins, but there are no twins on our side of the family, and I know his wife is not a twin.. They have one of each, a girl and boy. It was surprise because the doctor told them they were having two boys. But we over joyed to get Cory and Cassandra.

    • Hi Shelly and Denise.
      I thought I wanted twins the first time around, but after my son was born, and he was a good baby, I was praying not to have twins. We only wanted two children, and I did have a daughter the next time. But my SIL had twins, boy and girl. Not me!

  7. I said if I ever had kids, I would want twins… my grandmother was a twin, but the twin did not survive birth…

  8. No twins in my family. I enjoy reading your books. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Have a great week.

  9. Interesting facts about twins. My paternal grandmother sister has identical twin boys no one could ever tell them apart. Neither of her twins had twins.

    • Hi Kim,
      It’s weird because in our family, my hubby is the twin and neither of our kids had twins, but his non-twin brother’s child had twins. I guess it’s hard to know.

  10. Thanks for the twin trivia. Now I have a name for the language our twin grandsons speak. They are fraternal but it is still hard to tell them apart.

  11. My mother had a twin brother and she was left handed. Her mother was 37 when she had them and that was the only children she had. My mother didn’t have any twins nor did any of her children have twins. It must have stopped with her.

  12. I enjoyed your post today Charlene! In my previous job as a sonographer I had the fun of figuring out through ultrasound whether a mother had twins or triplets, and once…quadruplets. It was always a fun challenge to assess whether they were likely fraternal or identical. I really enjoyed all the facts on twins. Best wishes on your newest release!

  13. My great grandfather was a twin but no other twins in the family tree since then. I’ve had a couple sets of twins as good friends through the years and after the trouble they gave their parents, I’m happy I didn’t have twins.

  14. Love this post! Would you believe that my brother and I both married twins! I wonder what the odds are of that happening?! My husband is a fraternal twin (twins skip a generation in their family), and my brother’s wife is an identical twin.

  15. What a great post! My daughter’s husband is a twin and my son’s wife is a twin. I am always amazed when I think about that!

  16. Interesting twin information. I didn’t realize the rate of twin births was as it is. I also didn’t realize there was such a thing as mirror image twins. There are no twins in either my or my husband’s family. As large as my mother’s side of the family is, I am surprised none showed up. She was one of nine children and all the siblings had 3 to 6 children. Some had multiple families. At one point I had over 65 cousins, then lost count.

    Our daughters are 15 months apart. Once the youngest was out of the infant stage, it was a lot like having twins. I met a lady at the playground one day with two little boys about the same age as our girls (2 to 3 years old). When I asked if they were twins, she laughed and said they were 9 months apart. They had adopted a newborn and she got pregnant almost immediately.

    One of our neighbors on base had twin girls. She was a tiny woman, just over 5 ft and 100 pounds. She carried her girls to term and the babies both weighed about 8 pounds. Ouch. She delivered them normally, no c-section, but she was really sore and having trouble getting around. The two grandmothers were going to take turns staying with her and helping out. I was nursing our daughter one night about 2 AM and saw the ambulance pull up to her house. In our housing, the bathroom is at the top of the stairs on the second floor. Her mother-in-law had gotten up to go to the bathroom, misjudged when she turned on the light, and fell down the stairs. Now she had 2 week old babies, could barely walk she was so sore, and had a m-i-l with a broken leg. Needless to say, her mother came up right away to help out. I can’t remember for sure, but I think her husband was in Vietnam at the time. I that point, I think I would have been afraid to ask what else could go wrong.

  17. Hi! my younger brothers are twins and they are indentical twins and they were always playing jokes on their friends, especially on girls. One time Marty wanted to date this girl that Mike was seeing but not crazy about so they switched dates, the whole the 2 girls didn’t know it until the end of the date, it worked out for my brother Mike married the girl who was suppose to be with Marty! Of course that night the girls were pissed off but are still friends with them both!

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