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The wait is finally over, the highly anticipated cast of the film adaptation of the BDSM erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey is done!
Check out sexy actor/model Jamie Dornan as the kinky Christian Grey. Do you see it? The smouldering gaze, the possessive way he's holding her? I do!
And actress Dakota Johnson, a cute young thing, perfect as the virginal Anastasia Steele.
CAN'T FREAKING WAIT!
In The Eve Genome, the hero and anti-hero are brothers, twins, to be exact. Once again, I've always been fascinated by twins, so much so, that I recall my attempts at convincing a friend to dress up as albino twins on Halloween in third grade (that would have been a little difficult!).
For this book, my imagination expanded outside of the realm of possibility. I imagined twin boys, genetically engineered, one with all the pigment, the other, with none. Marcus and Kalan. Above is the model who was my muse during the three years of writing The Eve Genome, a gorgeous man by the name of AJ Abualrub. Isn't he perfect with both dark and light hair?
As I started thinking about writing this post, I wondered if there ever has been something like this that has happened in the natural world. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that yes, there have been twins born with very different coloruing. Not as extreme as my example, and also not identical, but still, it's so cool. Check it out:
As I'm sure you can well imagine, The Eve Genome is full of genetic anomalies. I have to admit, of all of the books I have written so far, doing the research for Eve has been by far the most fascinating. I kept most of my science as close to fact as possible, so that it all made sense (sort of).
My heroine, Adriana Sinclair, is an evolutionary mystery. One of her most prominent genetic peculiarity is her vestigial rib. Adriana has what is known in the medical community as the false ribs. Some believe they are an "atavism" or a modern remnant of an earlier stage in human evolution. I find this genetic throwback to be super interesting because of the biblical connection (Adam's rib).
I really wanted to find a celebrity with a vestigial rib, but alas, I couldn't. I suppose if a celebrity did have such a oddity, they wouldn't likely be broadcasting it to the world, now would they?
Another obsession that is rooted in my childhood is my fascination with Albinism. I recall reading a super scary adult fiction book at the age of eight (couldn't sleep after, AT ALL) where there was a town of albino people. I wish I could remember the name of the book, because I'd love to read it with adult eyes.
If you have read The Eve Genome, you know that the hero of the story is Kalan Kane, has albinism. Albinism is a genetic condition that is characterized by partial or total lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.
Kalan in real life would probably look a lot like Stephen Thompson, the model above. But in my book, he looked like this model, AJ Abualrub, dressed to look like an albino in the Calvin Klein Spring 2009 campaign:
In The Eve Genome, Kalan's eyes are silver, rather than the typical colors of pink or violet. He is ethereally gorgeous, a person almost to perfect to be real. Like an angel. This is how I see albinos. Perfectly imperfect.
I think many of you know how much I adore genetic quirks. It is at the point of fetishism how much I love this subject (one just has to read The Eve Genome to know this!). The commentary on genetic peculiarity begins in chapter one, with Derek, who has sectoral heterochromia, the genetic condition where part of the iris is a different color than the rest. I became fascinated with heterochromia in childhood, when one of my acquaintances had one blue eye and one brown. She was an older girl, four years, my senior. I always felt scared around her, mostly because of the way she treated her younger sister, but also because I thought she looked kinda freaky!
Henry Cavill is my favorite example of heterochromia. He is an absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous man, no? Henry is one of my muses, and is one of the "stars" in my current erotica story WIP. The fact that he has heterochromia only intensifies his appeal, because for a guy who's so completely perfect, he has this condition that results in a slight imperfection, creating asymmetry in an unfairly attractive face, which makes him all the more appealing.
There are other celebrities with Heterochromia Iridum. Let's check out a few of the most interesting ones:
How about a few more pictures of Henry, just so we can get a better look:
I'm not sure why I find this condition so interesting. Perhaps it is the idea that there can be a tiny dose of imperfection that is almost imperceptible, especially when it is in someone who is so iconically beautiful? Perhaps because it is a little um... creepy? What do you think?
What do you think of the cover art for Compel, a collection of deleted scenes between Marcus and Tait (The Eve Genome)?
This is a special gift to readers who enjoyed The Eve Genome and signed up for my mailing list.
I used a free image from Morguefile, a statue, to be exact, and then fixed it up with Picmonkey (also free).
I just love the way the male back curves, and I cut it off at just the right spot, to leave room to the imagination...
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