Books-n-Kisses is pleased to welcome Mina Khan to the blog today..
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.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from her second novella, A Tale of Two Djinns, is donated to UNICEF for education.
Her newest release, DEAD: A Ghost story, is NOT a romance. It’s a multicultural ghost-story that highlights a little known aspect of the immigrant experience.
For more information check out her:
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Mina: Yes. I have written since I was a child and always wanted to be an author.
Are you a plotter or a punster or combo of both?
Mina: I consider myself an organic writer. I get an image or idea stuck in my head and start writing. About four chapters into the book, I’ll stop and write a synopsis, which helps figure out the rest of the story.
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I have to have nuts to snack on when I’m writing.
Mina: A Tale of Two Djinns, which is celebrating its first book birthday, is an exotic Romeo & Juliet tale with warring genies, feminists, kick-ass action and sexy adult fun.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
Lol, I always hated Romeo & Juliet’s ending, and I wanted to give them a happily-ever-after. Of course, first I had to make sure the hero & heroine earned the HEA!
Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
The Djinn in the Mirror, which is scheduled for a late spring release, plays on question: What if Cinderella had to deal with a wicked sexy genie instead of a fairy godmother? Lol, yes writing it has been a lot of fun…now I’m in the middle of edits.
I’m also working on an erotic contemporary about an emotionally damaged artist who falls for his model.
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Mina: Lois McMaster Bujold because I love her Vorkosigan saga. The entire series is awesome. Patricia Briggs because I love her werewolves! Sorry, I just couldn’t limit myself to one.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Believe in yourself, work on your craft and never give up on your stories.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list.
Taking a hot air balloon ride in Africa.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
Stephanie Draven’s “Love Me Or Leave Me.” It’s got history and passion, two things I adore. Also, Laurell K. Hamilton’s next Merry book whenever it’s coming out.
What is one book everyone should read before they die?
The Life of Pi. The movie version is awesome too.
What is your favorite time of year & why?
Fall. I just love the colors, smells, chill in the air, and ingredients in season…um, yes, I love to cook. J
Who is your Celebrity crush? And what would you do if you ever meet them?
Nathan Fillion. I know I’d SQUEE, but then I hope I’d charm him with my wit and grace…a girl can hope!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Mina: Thank you so much for having me over Kelly and for the fun interview. I would love to give away digital copies of my first genie romance, THE DJINN’S DILEMMA, to two of your readers.
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 and lose himself in drink
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.
Fifty percent of the proceeds are being donated to UNICEF.
Also check out :
Mina’ quarterly newsletter with release updates and inside information on the stories, HERE
And see the rest of Mina’ Tour stops here
TALE OF TWO DJINN
Anniversary Blog Tour
3/08 – 3/22
3/11 – Alexx Mom Cats Gateway
3/12 – Scorching Book Reviews
3/13 – I Smell Sheep
3/14 – Books-n-Kisses
3/15 – Wicked Readings by Tawania
3/16 – Book Lovin’ Mamas
3/16 – My Reading Obsession
3/18 – Victoria Danann’s Blog
3/19 – Salacious Reads
3/20 – Riverina Romantics
3/21 – Froggarita’s Bookcase
3/22 – Ramblings From This Chick
Ready for a giveaway??????
Mina has given me a copy of TALE OF TWO DJINN to givaway, winners choice of either paperback or ebook.
So to enter please leave Mina a comment or questions.
Along with your EMAIL (so I can contact the winner)
giveaway will end 3/21.