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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mina Khan's A Tale of Two Djinns 1 Year Anniversary Blog Tour

    1. Tell us 5 things about yourself that readers may not be able find out about you on the web.

I dress up & perform renaissance dances in public.
I love word games, especially against the DH
I dabble in visual arts to relax
I love saris, but hesitate to wear them because once one came apart on me at a wedding.
I spent a large chunk of my childhood on a ship traveling the seas.

2. What does a typical writing day look for you? 

Mina: Lol. I wake up around 5:30 a.m. & my DH is sweet enough to deliver coffee at the computer. Then I work on writing and writing related issues until it’s time to pick up the kids. Try to sneak in some more computer time during homework.  The evenings are for family or community.

3. Could you give us a little sneak peek of how your research process happens with a new book or series? 

Mina: Usually, a new story starts with an idea or image that gets stuck in my head. I’ll do quick internet searches and keep a file with notes. I’ll plan a library trip around the topic and get some reading material. Being a journalist by trade, I often interview experts on the topic or field.

4. When you’re not writing, what are your hobbies/interests?

Mina: Dancing, cooking, reading, traveling, movies, art projects, knitting.

5. Who are some of your favorite authors? 

Mina: Marjorie M. Liu, Laurell K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, Lois McMaster Bujold, Carol Berg.

6. When you are deep into writing what is your biggest pet peeve?

Mina: Interrupting the writing for daily chores and life. I know, not very reasonable…but it is what it is.

7. Do you ever base your characters on people you know in real life? 

Mina: Sometimes a real life person might inspire me, usually some interesting physical aspect. For example, my heroes are almost always inspired by drool-worthy actors. :D

8. Who is your favorite character in the series so far?  

Mina: Um, I like all my characters…for different reasons. Rukh because he’s just so sexy. Shay because he’s so honorable. Sarah because she’s a journalist and thinks like one. Maya because she can kick ass. I even like my villains because they make the books fun.

9. If you could be any one of your characters, from any book you’ve written, which one would you be and why?

Mina: I’d be Maya because she can wield both djinn and human magic.

10. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers, maybe about what’s coming in the future from you or anything else?

Mina: I should have a new djinn story by late spring: The Djinn in the Mirror. What if Cinderella ended up with a wicked sexy djinn instead of a fairy godmother and Prince Charming?

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Fun quick questions:
11.  Coffee or Hot Teacoffee with caramel flavoring!
12.  Beach or Mountainsboth.
13.  Sunrise or Sunset -- Sunset
14.  Summer or WinterWinter (because we get triple digit temperatures in summer!)
15. Country Music or Rock N' RollRock N’ Roll!

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.

Fifty percent of the proceeds are being donated to UNICEF.

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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.

Mina Khan started writing at an early age and in the third grade published a thought-provoking poem:
                 In the Temple of Pong
                 There is a gong
                           That rings
                  in the middle of the night
                 Is it right
                 for it to ring in the middle of the night?

Hard as it is to believe, she went on to win a few awards for her poetry and then decided to tackle serious writing – short stories, screen plays and books. After concerns expressed by her parents about her livelihood, Mina pursued a career in journalism – print and television.
She retired from full-time media work in 2007 to focus on her family and personal writing. Currently, she teaches cooking classes and writes about food for her day job.
 Mina considers writing her greatest vice and her only salvation ~it drives her bat-shit crazy and keeps her sane.
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3/08 - 3/22

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Mina, your husband sounds like a sweetie (making you coffee every morning)The blurb sounds heavenly... Love nothing gets your biological clock ticking and the elders talking... Congratulations on your success and thanks for letting us learn more about you!

I have Tale of 2 Djinns on my TBR pile - gotta get to it soon!

Thanks for visiting Donnell! And yes, he's a keeper :)

Good to see you here Pamela! I hope you enjoy Shay & Maya's story :D

Congratulations on the one year anniversary! Next time I see you (May), you need to tell be about the chunk of childhood on the seas part. :-)

@Carla: Definitely. So looking forward to seeing you! :)

bec260205 said...

I love this series :D

Aww, thanks Bec! You made my day :)

Unknown said...

Sounds and looks like a very interesting read.

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