VBT~ Series Spotlight: A TALE OF TWO DJINN by Mina Khan

by Mina Khan

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.

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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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Why I write about djinns/genies...
I grew up in Bangladesh, in a house supposedly built at a crossroads of the djinn and human world, nourished on skin-tingling tales about these otherworldly supernatural creatures with awesome scary powers. Just as vampires are popular in the Western world, djinns are popular in much of Asia, Africa and Middle East.  Djinn stories are part of my writing psyche. 

Stories of djinns falling obsessively in love with human women & stealing them away from their families, stories where humans inadvertently insulted invisible djinns and paid dearly for their mistake, and stories of djinns granting wishes and making impossible dreams come true.

My imagination has always been very active, and after such stories I’d see shadows looming on the walls and catch flitting movement from the corner of my eye. In other words, I’d be deliciously scared silly. And I would beg more stories from my grandmother and aunts.

But for a long time, the stories remained stories. Then one summer I went with my family to my mother’s village in Bangladesh. Only one or two houses in the neighborhood had color television back then. So, though we were invited to dinner at an aunt’s house, my cousins and I (we were about 11 or 12 ) were hanging out at another house to watch an episode of MacGyver (yes, I’m dating myself).

After the show, we cousins trekked our way to dinner. While the village had electricity, there wasn’t a street light at every corner. It was very dark, we had a kerosene lantern to light our way and some of the older cousins gleefully told stories of djinns and ghosts.

Now at one point we had to pass a small family graveyard. As we walked past, two roiling fiery balls hurtled out of the dark and crossed our paths, merely inches from our faces. Absolute silence held for a long moment. Without any discussion, we broke into a run and screamed all the way to my aunt’s house. To this day, I don’t know what exactly we saw that night…but I can recall the bone-liquefying terror.

Since then I believe there are things we can’t see and can’t explain, but they exist nevertheless. I believe stories can hide a greater truth and words have power. I write to explore the depth of my nightmares and the breadth of my imagination.

Now here’s my question for anyone who’s reading: Have you experienced anything out of the ordinary?

Mina Khan's TALE OF TWO DJINN Anniversary Blog Tour
3/08 - 3/22

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3/14 - Books-n-Kisses
3/15 - Wicked Readings by Tawania
3/16 - Book Lovin' Mamas
3/16 - My Reading Obsession
3/17 - Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction
3/18 - Victoria Danann's Blog
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3/20 - Riverina Romantics
3/21 - Froggarita's Bookcase
3/22 - Ramblings From This Chick

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