Djinn Guest Post and Giveaway With Author Mina Khan Back to Blog
Update: The winners are Diane Sadler & Tina B! Congrats!!
I’ll confess…I have a weakness for magic. When I was a kid, I was hooked on I DREAM OF JEANNIE. I mean, come on, how cool was she? All Jeannie had to do was blink really hard, and *poof* she got anything she wanted. And she had Major Nelson running around with her. Pretty sweet if you ask me. Now that I am, ahem, not a kid, I still find myself loving magical shows and books–and that’s why I am very excited to have Mina Khan as my guest today. Mina has a great new story out about a sexy djinn, and I can’t wait to read this one! Since I just turned in a manuscript, this story will be my reward read.
Mina, thanks so much for joining us today!
Why I write about djinns/genies…
I grew up in house supposedly built at a crossroads of the djinn and human world, nourished on skin-tingling tales about these otherworldly supernatural creatures with awesome scary powers. Stories of djinns falling obsessively in love with human women & stealing them away from their families, stories where humans inadvertently insulted invisible djinns and paid dearly for their mistake, and stories of djinns granting wishes and making impossible dreams come true.
My imagination has always been very active, and after such stories I’d see shadows looming on the walls and catch flitting movement from the corner of my eye. In other words, I’d be deliciously scared silly. And I would beg more stories from my grandmother and aunts.
But for a long time, the stories remained stories. Then one summer I went with my family to my mother’s village in Bangladesh. Only one or two houses in the neighborhood had color television back then. So, though we were invited to dinner at an aunt’s house, my cousins and I (we were about 11 or 12 ) were hanging out at another aunt’s house to watch an episode of MacGyver (yes, I’m dating myself). After the show, we cousins trekked our way to the other aunt’s house. While the village had electricity, there wasn’t a street light at every corner. It was very dark, we had a kerosene lantern to light our way and some of the older cousins gleefully told stories of djinns and ghosts.
Now at one point we had to pass a small family graveyard. As we walked past, two roiling fiery balls hurtled out of the dark and crossed our paths, merely inches from our faces. Absolute silence held for a long moment. Without any discussion, we broke into a run and screamed all the way to my other aunt’s house. To this day, I don’t know what exactly we saw that night…but I can recall the bone-liquefying terror.
Since then I believe there are things we can’t see and can’t explain, but they exist nevertheless. I believe stories can hide a greater truth and words have power. I write to explore the depth of my nightmares and the breadth of my imagination.
But what about you? Have you experienced something paranormal? Leave me a comment, and I’ll be back tomorrow to pick one person to win a digital copy of THE DJINN’S DILEMMA. Thanks!
More about THE DJINN’S DILEMMA…
Rukh O’Shay, half-djinn and assassin, is used to taking out the bad guys. But his latest assignment, Texas Journalist Sarah White, is nothing like he expected. A glimpse of her bright aura reveals her gentle spirit, while her beauty makes him long for only one thing—to taste her.
Sarah shares the raw desire to connect with Rukh. He can turn her on with a glance, and satisfies needs she didn’t even know she had.
But Rukh had been hired to kill her—and the only way to save her is to find out who wants her dead before someone else finishes the job….
More about Mina…
Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as stories. Between stories, she teaches culinary classes and writes for her local newspaper. Other than that, she’s raising a family of two children, two cats, two dogs and a husband.
She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns, ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction.
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Thanks for visiting, Mina!