I'm excited to welcome guest author
to the blog today!
Welcome, Mina! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.See below for her giveaway!
Thanks so much for having me over Laura! Hi, I’m Mina Khan, author of sexy paranormal romance and adventure stories starring djinns (better known as genies). I’m also Rashda Khan, a food columnist for a newspaper, mommy-cake-baker to the kids and @SpiceBites on twitter.
Great! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My latest release, A Tale of Two Djinns, is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun. Fifty percent of the proceeds are being donated to UNICEF.
Wow, what a wonderful cause! Which character is your favorite and why?
I love my hero Akshay (Shay for short) from A Tale of Two Djinns because he’s a surprising and complex character. He’s a battle axe of a warrior, but not all brawn. He wields swords as easily as breathing, yet he’s into plants & agriculture because it means food for his people, and he believes in true love and soul mates.
Sounds like a great character! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
The villain :)
Oh, evil author! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
While A Tale of Two Djinns isn’t exactly part of a series, it is the second story with djinns and set in my djinn world (my first novella, The Djinn’s Dilemma, is about a djinn assassin who falls for his human target). And I’m working on the next djinn story and have plans for more. Heh, just can’t give up those sexy djinns!
Love it! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
My father died while I was working on the second draft of the story. Of course, I stalled. When I started writing again, the story totally twisted and changed on me, ended up deeper and more complex…more thoughtful. In the end, I wrote a story to true to my heart, and one my parents would be proud to read.
What a wonderful tribute to them, Mina! What are you working on right now?
My third djinn story featuring a fire djinn who loves to cook…and yes, I’m having a lot of fun with him.
That’s cool! Or, maybe, that’s hot! *winks* What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
It’s waiting for yet another revision before being sent back out into the world. I don’t believe in giving up on my stories.
I love that attitude! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Lol, most of my heroes are inspired & based on my Bollywood & Hollywood crushes. For ex. Akshay was inspired by Bollywood mancandy Akshay Kumar.
Ooh, very nice! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
In A Tale of Two Djinns, I ended up writing about my thoughts on life and death, expectations and duties placed on an individual & the role of women in society. I told you the story turned complex!
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Um, I am part of the Santa Angela Renaissance Guild and we perform old English country dances for the public. In gorgeous, historically correct outfits.
Fun! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Love it!
Good pick! Okay now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark Chocolate!
Salty or sweet? Salty!
Bed or kitchen table? Both or neither…:P
Beach or mountains? Mountains.
Give or receive? Both.
Akshay, warrior prince of the earth djinns, earns the title of Crown Prince at a high cost when he loses his best friend in a battle against ancient enemies, the water djinns. Heartsick, he escapes to Earth to mourn.Nothing gets the biological clock ticking (and elders lecturing) like almost dying in battle, so Maya, princess of the water djinns, travels to Earth for some no-strings-attached sex to fulfill her duty and produce an heir. But the beautiful and tough warrior gets more than she bargained for when she meets Shay.Their not-so-simple one-night stand is interrupted by assassins and the world, as they know it, is changed forever. As Maya and Shay pull together to survive, both are determined to have their happily-ever-after and bring peace to their worlds — warring families, shadow assassins, and nosy busybodies be damned.
Thanks for coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?
If you’re interested to know why I chose to donate to UNICEF, please check out my Karma post. Thanks!
Patthar had died protecting him, now the water djinns would pay.
Akshay threw back his head and released his anger into the wind. A raw, primal roar ripped out from deep inside, charged from his throat. He called the molewyrms with vengeance.
Thunder roared back in answer. Rain spattered his skin like tears. The ground beneath his feet shook. What started as a faint tremble broke into bone-shuddering quakes. The earth split its seams and spat out mud balls and stone.
The rhaksha lurched in place, eyes wide with fear. Akshay leapt forward, slicing down with his sword.
With an ear-piercing howl, the mountain of ugly fell backward, landed with a wet splat. The air around the creature wavered and reality hiccupped. Instead of an ungainly rhaksha, a most uncommon woman lay in the mud.
A female in the battlefield? What the hell? Breath rushed out of Akshay. He twisted his descending blade at the last second so that it sliced through the fleshy part of her right arm instead of her throat. A muted cry of pain escaped from between her full lips.
Silver armor, like glittering fish scales, covered her head and slim body and, damn, she had legs that just kept going. Double damn, he’d always been a leg man. His gaze jerked back up and met terrified whiskey-colored eyes set in an elfin face of the most delicate blue of a robin’s egg.
Tremors wracked the battlefield as more molewyrms tore out of the ground. One appeared so near that a shower of mud covered Akshay from head to toe. When he’d wiped the grime of his face, the woman had vanished.
Giveaway!One commenter who leaves their email address will win The Djinn’s Dilemma (kindle or Nook format) with some fun swag – shiny genie lamp key chain, signed postcard of A Tale of Two Djinns & a packet of wildflower seeds! U.S. only. Contest open through midnight EST Thursday 4/26. Winner to be chosen by random.org. Good luck!
Thanks so much for reading!