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

by davincikittieApril 29, 2012

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!

Giveaway

Mina is giving away a copy of The Djinn’s Dilemma (Kindle or Nook edition) and a signed print edition of A Tale of Two Djinns. To enter, scroll to the very bottom of this post and leave a comment telling us what stories surprised and touched you, then fill out the Rafflecopter directly below this text.
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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
22 Comments
  • April 29, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Hi Mina, thank you for sharing this personal background story about your novel. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Stories that touch me and amaze me? Those stories which tell how heroic ordinary people can be, or the sacrifices some people make to do things that we take for granted, how for example in Africa little girls walk hours to go to school/get water for their family, etc. where we can read anbout how people are good and help out each other, those really are an inspiration.

    Thank you!

    • April 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Hi Stella,
      Thank you for your kind words. I love stories that highlight ordinary, everyday heroes. Because it reminds me that you don’t have have super powers to make a difference, just a good heart.

  • Mary Preston
    April 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I recently read a story about a young woman who had such a hard life growing up, through the intervention of a Good Samaritan she turned her life around completely. It just reminded me that we can all make a difference. We can all do something t help.

  • April 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for having me over davincikittie! I’m traveling, so will be popping in and out as internet access allows…but will definitely look through all the comments once home…so keep the comments coming & feel free to ask questions!

  • April 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Recently i read “To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell”,which is kind of like “P.S.:I Love You”.It’s really heart touching and i can’t stop my self from crying!!Stories like these will make you realize how short the life is and embrace it while you can because we don’t know how long it lasts.

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name – Rosemarie D

  • bn100
    April 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dad. How nice of you to donate part of your proceeds. Stories with unexpected twists surprise me.

  • Elizabeth (BookAttict)
    April 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline and the Elantra Chronicles by Michelle Sagara!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  • April 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    One book that really broke my heart and then took it’s time getting out of my head was Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

    Also, I’m very sorry for your loss.

    • April 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you VanillaOrchids, appreciate your kind words. Adding Forbidden to my teetering TBR pile 🙂 (I love stories like that).

      • April 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        Oh, you’re welcome.

        I do hope you like the book when you get a chance to read it. It is considered somewhat controversial because of the subject matter, but it is still very much worth a read.

  • Sophia Rose
    April 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    That is very generous to donate some of your proceeds and sharing about how your dad changed your story- inspired your muse.

    Books that move me are usually those in which the character overcomes great adversity whether it is from their living environment or an internal adversity. I cannot think of any specific ones at the moment to add to your wish list.

    Thanks for the post!

    • April 30, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Hi Sophia Rose (Love your name btw!),

      Thank you for your kind words & your support. I’m grateful that I’m able to do something to make a difference…and that there are many wonderful people who generously share their support. Paying forward is so much larger than one person.

  • June
    April 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a loved one is very difficult. Honoring your father by donating part of your proceeds is a great thing to do.
    I can’t really think of any book right now to add to your list. But I do love stories that have twists that you don’t see coming.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  • Patti P
    April 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Having lost my dad it is something personal and unique to everyone. So nothing can compare. Your gift will definately be appreciated. I think the books that really get me are undefinable but for some reason touch my heart and soul. Something in the character just resonates in me and either has me hoping for their redemption or pulling for the person they want to love them to see the beauty in them and open their heart. That probably isn’t the answer you were looking for.
    musicalfrog at comcast.net

    • April 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Thank you Patti and your words are so very true. Loss of a parent is a universal experience, yet each person lives through it in their own way. So while nothing can compare, I sincerely wish you the comfort of many wonderful memories.

      And I totally agree with you about characters. The character is the heart of a story.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing.

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