The joy of reading is heightened when I stumble upon a new writer. The “find” along with the prospect of a unique reading adventure is a high as wonderful as those that daredevil-adrenaline junkies seek.
I am pleased to introduce Mina Khan.
Mina: To me a really good story is like a gift. Opening the book 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.
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.
A Tale of Two Djinns, which is celebrating its book birthday this month, 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) and the heroine (Maya) are from feuding djinn kingdoms. They happen to be fighting over water, which is a precious resource in West Texas where I live. Married to a cotton farmer, I’m always aware of all the worries about water and these poured out into my story.
Growing up in Bangladesh, a Third World country, marginalization of women was a fact I encountered daily. Not just the overt in-your-face marginalization, but also the more dangerous insidious marginalization that comes cloaked in “for her own good.” Women’s issues have always been important to me and they spilled into A Tale of Two Djinns. As I built the two different djinn societies, I explored the role of women in both.
These layers built on each other, and the heart of the story spread like roots through them, binding it all together. In the end, A Tale of Two Djinns is a story that was exhausting to write, but one I’m so very proud to have written.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sales of A Tale of Two Djinns are being donated to UNICEF.
A Tale of Two Djinns Blurb:
Akshay (Shay for short), 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.
Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns (pronounced “gins”), ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as tales of romance and adventure.
Her first published work, The Djinn’s Dilemma, won the novella category of the 2012 Romance Through The Ages (published) contest.
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