DEADLY DESIGN Blog Tour: ‘The Fabulous World of Twins’ Guest Post by Debra Dockter


I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the DEADLY DESIGN Blog Tour and have Author Debra Dockter on the blog to share a guest post about twins – her fascination with them, what she learned researching, what life is like for her characters. DEADLY DESIGN, which releases next week, is an incredible read and an amazing debut and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to discover it.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about DEADLY DESIGN be sure to check out the book’s description immediately below. And if you want to know a bit more than that, visit each of the stops on the tour to read a few interviews, guest posts and reviews.

Some of the stops also include giveaways, so if you’d like the chance to win a copy of DEADLY DESIGN take a peek at the tour schedule and visit any – or all – of the giveaway stops.

But before all that, you definitely don’t want to miss Debra Dockter’s “Welcome to the Fabulous World of Twins” post in which she talks about the awesomeness that is Connor and just how that must be for Kyle.


Deadly Design

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Author: Debra Dockter
Release date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an impossibly perfect path for Kyle to follow in. He was the best at everything, whether it was claiming the title of valedictorian, or leading his high school’s football team to victory as their quarterback. Kyle doesn’t ever think he’ll be able to live up, and so he doesn’t even try.

But when Connor suddenly dies from a heart attack, Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also started to die on their eighteenth birthdays and he’s suddenly motivated—to save his own life. Like Connor and all the rest, Kyle was conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory, where the mysterious Dr. Mueller conducted his experiments on them. The clock’s ticking as Kyle searches for answers: who was Dr. Mueller really, and what did he do to them at the lab that’s causing their hearts to stop at eighteen? He must unravel the clues quickly, before he becomes another perfect, blue-eyed corpse. When the clues lead him to even more danger, an experimental heart transplant may be the only way to survive the death trap in his DNA.


The Guest Post

Welcome to the fabulous world of twins!

by Debra Dockter

I guess my fascination with twins started in fifth grade. That’s when a certain pair of twin boys began attending the same elementary school I went to. They were gorgeous, and even though nature was nice enough to create two of them, I knew my chances of ‘going steady’ with either were slim to none.

My fascination grew once I started doing research for Deadly Design. I got the idea of having identical twins born two years apart, but first, I had to see if it was possible. In doing research, I found out that it was possible to create an egg using in vitro, having the egg split, and then having the parents decide to give birth to one while freezing the other. (Not only is it possible, it’s actually happened.)

Who wouldn’t want a twin? Sure, sharing birthdays and the Christmas budget with an identical sibling might be tough, but then again, you’d always have a playmate, always have an extra brain to come up with schemes and plots and ways to combat childhood boredom.

In doing research, I even learned of a jewel thief who had an identical twin. Both brothers said the other was responsible for the crime and since investigators couldn’t prove which twin the DNA belonged to, no charges were ever filed.

If I’d had a twin, I don’t think I’d rob a bank or a jewelry store, but it would have been nice to have someone to blame when a cookie went missing. Of course, another interesting fact I learned is that while twins have 99.99% identical DNA, they don’t have identical fingerprints. Originally, their prints form the same, but as they touch each other and the amniotic sack they live in, their finger prints change. I guess it was a good thing for the jewel thief that he wore gloves!

For Kyle, the twin thing isn’t exactly typical. Having an identical twin brother two years older than you would have to be somewhat…creepy. To know what you’re going to look like in the future, know exactly when puberty is going to hit – yikes! To see yourself always slightly out of your own reach. And then there’s the fact that, unknown to you, you and your brother have been genetically enhanced.

Not only is Connor older than Kyle, he’s magnificent. Good looking, athletic, intelligent – Connor is like a demi god visiting from Mount Olympus, and Kyle knows he can never step out from beneath his brother’s shadow. Sure, they share the same DNA, but they’re not the same people. They don’t have the same drives, the same ambitions. What if Connor is only amazing because he works for it? Genetics may help a person build six pack abs, but they aren’t going to form themselves. Sit-ups will have to play into the equation and only trips to the gym can build those massive round biceps and only studying and doing your homework will get you a perfect score on your ACT’s.

Kyle’s good at video games, but compared to gymnasiums and football stadiums, there’s little glory to be had in his basement bedroom.

Deadly Design is about twins, but more than that, it’s about brothers who just want to relate to each other. It’s also about romance, evil scientists, high school, marines and trying to save yourself from the tiny bombs in your DNA.

It’s about living and loving to the fullest extent that we can because nobody knows how much time they really have. Not even demi-gods.

About Debra Dockter

Debra Dockter

Debra Dockter currently teaches behavioral science at Cowley College and resides in Haysville, Kansas with her husband and three children. Deadly Design is her debut novel.


The Tour Schedule

Week One

Monday, May 25th – Once Upon a Twilight – Interview + Giveaway

Tuesday, May 26th – Fangirlish – Interview

Wednesday, May 27th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

Thursday, May 28th – Nick’s Book Blog – Review

Friday, May 29th – Reading Lark – Review

Week Two

Monday, June 1st – The Compulsive Reader – Guest Post

Tuesday, June 2nd – Mundie Moms – Review + Giveaway

Wednesday, June 3rd – Page Turners – Guest Post

Thursday, June 4th – Addicted 2 Novels – Review + Giveaway

Friday, June 5th – Reading with ABC – Interview

Week Three

Monday, June 8th – WinterHaven Books – Interview + Giveaway

Tuesday, June 9th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review + Giveaway

Wednesday, June 10th – JennRenee Reads – Review

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