I’m off to Chicago this morning for the RT Book Reviews Conference, so my friend and fellow author, Mina Khan, is helping me out by visiting with us today. Look for photos and other updates from the conference over the next few days. But for now, here’s Mina!
Thanks Caridad for hosting me on your blog today! I’m thrilled to share with your readers why Prince Akshay (Shay to his beloved), the hero of my recent paranormal romance novella A Tale of Two Djinns, is worth the read.
1. Shay is a sexy djinn (genie) with awesome powers.
2. He is a complex character. Shay is a battle axe of an earth djinn warrior, but he’s not all brawn.
3. He believes in true love and soul mates…even when he discovers that his beloved, Maya, lied to him and is actually a water djinn, the enemy of his people.
4. Shay is a master of seduction, and uses his skills to convince Maya to change her “I’m never marrying” stance.
5. He is helping out with a good cause – education. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of A Tale of Two Djinns is being donated to UNICEF’s Schools for Asia initiative. If you’d like to know more about why this cause is close to my heart, please check out my Karma blog post.
A TALE OF TWO DJINNS is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun.
Akshay wanted to charge in and claim her, but he hesitated as he remembered the look of horror plastered on Maya’s face just before she’d fled. He didn’t want to frighten her away. So he pulled in calming breaths and tried to tamp down the rage still swirling inside him like a hot desert wind. He needed to be calm, reasonable and persuasive. He needed her to stay.
She lay on her stomach, clutching his pillow in her arms. Wary golden eyes watched him approach the bed. “You look like shit.”
Pulling on all his reserve, Akshay managed to stop a few feet from her. He touched the tenderness around his left eye and winced.
Yeah, Jazz had landed a few good licks as well. Quick as a serpent, that one. “It was a fair fight.”
“One you needn’t have had.”
“I guess I’m not as forgiving as you are.” No one insulted his woman. He wasn’t an idiot. He knew she was hiding something and wished she’d trust him enough to share her secrets. But he loved her, and that meant accepting what she was ready to give.
They stared at each other in silence as he tried to find the words to propose to her, ask her to share his life. Damn, he’d always known he’d marry someday…yet, he never expected to be this nervous. Truth be told, he’d never expected to feel anything other than resigned acceptance.
She sat up in bed and tugged her dress into place. “I’m well enough to travel now,” she said. “I’d appreciate it if you could have someone drop me off at a crossroad.”
Temper and misery flared at her words, ate at him in ravenous bites. He firmed his stance and folded his arms across his chest to keep from grabbing and shaking some sense into her. “Prove it.”
“You look like a tough gal, someone who could handle ruffians on the road,” he said. “You claim to be well enough to travel. Prove it and I will let you go with a clear conscience.” Never.
Maya clambered out of the bed, consternation knitting her brows. “How?”
“Beat me in friendly combat.”
Hope shone in her eyes. “If I win, I can leave?”
He nodded. “If I win, you stay.”
“You want a fight, you’ll get a fight.” A fierce grin lit her face, as she rolled and loosened her shoulders. “Bring it on.”
Heat and adrenaline rushed through Akshay, shot to his groin. Oh yes, he liked this woman. A woman with lean muscles and sexy curves, who wore her scars with pride and relished a good fight. A woman after his own heart. He sauntered toward the door and beckoned her with a wave. “Follow me.”
I hope you give A Tale of Two Djinns a try…and I hope you enjoy Shay & Maya’s story!
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. She had a lot of fun writing her djinn heroes.
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