Posted April 29, 2012 by davincikittie in Informational

Giveaway: Mina Khan gives back with a Tale of Two Djinns

Please help me welcome author Mina Khan, visiting GT today with a very special message…

To me a really good story is like a special gift that’s beautifully and creatively packaged. Opening to the first page is like pulling one end of the ribbon so the bow collapses and the more I read, the more layers are unwrapped, the more surprises revealed. My favorite authors include Isabelle Allende and her complex stories like The House of the Spirits and Lois McMaster Bujold and her wonderful Vorkosigan saga. When I write, my goal is to write the best, many-layered story that I can. Easier said than done, but that’s what I strive for…and when I get notes from readers saying twists and turns kept them reading, or that they were totally surprised by a plot turn…I love it!

So my debut novella, The Djinn’s Dilemma, is about a genie assassin falling for his human target…but it’s also about acceptance. Accepting others for who they are and accepting yourself for who you are.

My recent release, A Tale of Two Djinns is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun. It started out as a novella with a simple premise – a one-night stand with complications and a HEA ending. Then things got complicated.

The hero, Akshay (or Shay for short) surprised me. 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.

While I was working on the story, I went through a hard, hard time. My dad died. The writing stalled. When I managed to start writing again, the story twisted and changed. I poured in everything I had ever wanted to share with my father. So now the story is about life and death, expectations and duties placed on an individual, the role of women in society, and, of course, true love…the kind my parents had.

In the end, A Tale of Two Djinns became a gift to my parents.

And, since education has always been important to them and to me, I’m donating fifty percent of the proceeds to UNICEF’s Schools for Asia initiative. It’s a gift within a gift, and I couldn’t do it without my readers.

A Tale of Two Djinns

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.

Buy on: Amazon (Kindle), Amazon (Paperback), Barnes&Noble (Nook), Smashwords (ebook)

About the author

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.

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Read the GraveTells review of The Djinn’s Dilemma here!


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