Guest author Mina Khan and A TALE OF TWO DJINNS Back to Blog
Update: Time to announce the winners!! First up, the swag winners… Michelle M & Florence! Congrats, ladies! And the winner of the Kindle digital copy is…Rachel. Congrats!
While attending the Silken Sands Writers’ Conference, I had the pleasure of meeting author Mina Khan in person. Mina and I had chatted online frequently, but that visit was our first in-person meet. I was excited to learn about the release of Mina’s new book–a sexy paranormal romance called A TALE OF TWO DJINNS. Not only does the book promise to be awesome, but Mina is donating 50% of the proceeds from the sales of this novella to UNICEF. Come on, that’s just win-win! So, of course, I had to get her to come by the blog and talk a bit about her release. Welcome, Mina!
(And…psst…there are prizes below! Contest, ahoy!)
Thank you so much for inviting me over Cynthia. I’m thrilled to share some of the inspiration that went into my new paranormal romance novella, A TALE OF TWO DJINNS.
My hero Akshay (Shay for short), prince of the earth djinns and a battle axe of a warrior, was inspired by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar.
He’s so earthy & HAWT…and pairs so well with water J So of course, I had to match him with Maya, the princess of the water djinns, daughter of his enemy. My inspiration for Maya…
(yes, Angelina Jolie)
Here’s what Maya thinks about Shay:
Shay was dangerous. Not dangerous like a soldier armed to the teeth. That she could handle. Dangerous like a man who could seduce a woman with his warm sunshine scent and mischief-filled grin, rock hard abs and love for fairytales. She pulled in a deep, shuddering breath and let it out. Then she placed her hand in his. Warmth sparked at their touch and rolled through her essence as she climbed aboard the carpet. (yes, there is a flying carpet in the story!)
And here’s what Shay has to say about Maya:
“You have beautiful hair.”
“It’s straight and boring.”
The combing stopped. No, please don’t stop. Don’t stop.
“You really don’t see yourself, do you?”
Shagaard had mirrors, and she glanced in them at passing. “What do you see?”
“A beautiful woman.” Akshay wound her hair around one hand, pulled it to the side. He kissed her exposed nape. A soft sigh escaped her. “A woman with silky soft hair that shimmers blue black.”
Another kiss, this time on the side of her neck. Then he let her hair slide free of his grasp. “It’s like running my fingers through night in all her glory.”
What inspired me to bring Shay & Maya together, pit earth djinns against water djinns? Nature.
A TALE OF TWO DJINNS is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun. A special note: 50% of the proceeds from the sale of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS are being donated to UNICEF. If you’re interested in knowing why, please check out my Karma post.
So who are what inspires you? Two lucky commenters will be picked at random to receive fun swag: A signed post card featuring the cover of A Tale of Two Djinns, a shiny genie-lamp key chain & a packet of wildflower seeds. Leave a comment today with your e-mail please!
(And a quick note from Cynthia–I’ll send one commenter a Kindle copy of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS! Random winner.)
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. Her debut novella, THE DJINN’S DILEMMA was published November 2011. A second novella, A TALE OF TWO DJINNS, came out March 2012.