Guest author Mina Khan and A TALE OF TWO DJINNS Back to Blog

Update:  Time to announce the winners!! First up, the swag winners… Michelle M & Florence!  Congrats, ladies! And the winner of the Kindle digital copy is…Rachel.  Congrats!

While attending the Silken Sands Writers’ Conference, I had the pleasure of meeting author Mina Khan in person. Mina and I had chatted online frequently, but that visit was our first in-person meet.  😉  I was excited to learn about the release of Mina’s new book–a sexy paranormal romance called A TALE OF TWO DJINNS.  Not only does the book promise to be awesome, but Mina is donating 50% of the proceeds from the sales of this novella to UNICEF.  Come on, that’s just win-win! So, of course, I had to get her to come by the blog and talk a bit about her release.  Welcome, Mina!

(And…psst…there are prizes below! Contest, ahoy!)




Thank you so much for inviting me over Cynthia. I’m thrilled to share some of the inspiration that went into my new paranormal romance novella, A TALE OF TWO DJINNS.

My hero Akshay (Shay for short), prince of the earth djinns and a battle axe of a warrior, was inspired by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar.


He’s so earthy & HAWT…and pairs so well with water J So of course, I had to match him with Maya, the princess of the water djinns, daughter of his enemy. My inspiration for Maya…

(yes, Angelina Jolie)

Here’s what Maya thinks about Shay:

Shay was dangerous. Not dangerous like a soldier armed to the teeth. That she could handle. Dangerous like a man who could seduce a woman with his warm sunshine scent and mischief-filled grin, rock hard abs and love for fairytales. She pulled in a deep, shuddering breath and let it out. Then she placed her hand in his. Warmth sparked at their touch and rolled through her essence as she climbed aboard the carpet. (yes, there is a flying carpet in the story!)


And here’s what Shay has to say about Maya:

“You have beautiful hair.”

“It’s straight and boring.”

The combing stopped. No, please don’t stop. Don’t stop.

“You really don’t see yourself, do you?”

Shagaard had mirrors, and she glanced in them at passing. “What do you see?”

“A beautiful woman.” Akshay wound her hair around one hand, pulled it to the side. He kissed her exposed nape. A soft sigh escaped her. “A woman with silky soft hair that shimmers blue black.”

Another kiss, this time on the side of her neck. Then he let her hair slide free of his grasp. “It’s like running my fingers through night in all her glory.”


What inspired me to bring Shay & Maya together, pit earth djinns against water djinns? Nature.



A TALE OF TWO DJINNS is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun. A special note: 50% of the proceeds from the sale of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS are being donated to UNICEF. If you’re interested in knowing why, please check out my Karma post.

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So who are what inspires you? Two lucky commenters will be picked at random to receive fun swag: A signed post card featuring the cover of A Tale of Two Djinns, a shiny genie-lamp key chain & a packet of wildflower seeds. Leave a comment today with your e-mail please!

(And a quick note from Cynthia–I’ll send one commenter a Kindle copy of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS! Random winner.)

Best wishes,



Author Bio:

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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27 responses to “Guest author Mina Khan and A TALE OF TWO DJINNS”

  1. Mina Khan says:

    Cynthia, you’re an awesome host.Thank you for the kind introduction & for adding to the giveaway!

  2. May says:

    Djinns, romeo and juliet romance and magic all together in one book? Sounds exciting! 🙂 Definitely will put it on my TBR list!

  3. Michelle McMichael says:

    Ok, you’ve hooked me in! Djinn books have always intrigued me, I love all aspects of pnr due to the posibillities but Djinn are quite rare and you’re pics of the inspiration well visuals always help me when deciding if I want to read something or not (I do judge books by their cover, I can’t resist picking them up but I try not to descriminate against not so pretty ones).

    As sappy as it sounds my kids inspire me. 3 very different personalities and my eldest has autism. It’s opened my eyes in more ways than I could say and I appreciate a lot of things now that I used to take for granted.

    I’m going to check out the Karma post now. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Cynthia has been awfully quiet lately I’m sorta happy about that though as it means I’ll have some good reading material soon 🙂


  4. Cynthia Eden says:

    Thanks for coming by, Mina! And congrats on your new release!

  5. Mina Khan says:

    Actually as a mom, I don’t think your inspiration is sappy at all. Kids are unique, each has their special talents & challenges, each has a lot to teach a parent. Definite inspirations!

    Lol, I love Cynthia’s books too…so I’m with you on that one 😀

  6. petula winmill says:

    Hi I love the idea of Djinns a very different type of character . Paranormal is always a fun ride for the imagination. Looking forward to reading it when I can get it.

  7. Cindy Anderson says:

    Who inspires me is my Mom, she has been in remission for 6 months after a year long battle with breast cancer.

    • Florence Sterling says:

      My mom is a survivor too. she is an awesome woman. I think a strong mom is what helps a girl grow into a strong independent woman

    • Mina Khan says:

      To Cindy & Florence:

      Wishing both your wonderful moms good health, love & laughter.

  8. Florence Sterling says:

    I have not read your books yet. but I will pick one up online as I am always looking for great writers. SO go luck on your new release. I am going to Ibooks and look fr your other to read.

  9. says:

    be interesting a new paranormal theme!

  10. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Never read a Djinn book before… What inspires me? Little bit of everything. Family, friends, children, my pets.

    Inspiration comes in many guises and faces… as a novice writing I never know when it would strike.

  11. Lexi George says:

    Cynthia and Mina, don’t put me in the drawing. I just wanted to stop by and say hi! Cynthia is a generous host, as I know from experience! Love paranormal and love tales of the Djinn!

  12. Andie Wardlow says:

    Hi Mina, I just wanted to tell you how awesome it is that 50% of the process go to UNICEF. You have a BIG heart and we love you for it!!! I’m gonna go buy two right now! Hugs:)

    • Mina Khan says:

      Aww, thank you Andie! The more people jump in, the better the end result. 😀

      I hope you & your gift recipient both enjoy Shay & Maya’s story!

  13. Viki S. says:

    This sounds like an excellent read. I haven’t read many Djinn stories but the ones I have tend to portray them as indifferent towards humans.
    Nature inspires me. I am up at 12:30 am every week night so I get to see things that most people never do. The night sky is truly inspirational. Thank you.


    • Mina Khan says:

      Ooh, for really cool djinn & human interaction you should check out my first novella –The Djinn’s Dilemma — where the djinn assassin falls for his human target. *grin*

      And I love how much you enjoy the night sky. There’s a photography exercise where you took pictures of the same thing at different times of the day & the results were very different.

  14. Rachel says:

    I am inspired my many things. I love looking at photos & the different colors inspire me. I am drawen to blues & purples. In a book I am drawn to paranormal. This sounds like a great read.—Rachel

  15. bn100 says:

    The book sounds very good. I’m inspired by other people’s good news.


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