Join RNIC in welcoming author Mina Khan to the site! Mina is introducing us to her novel, Wildfire and doing a giveaway, but first, let’s get to know her.
Mina, what do you do for fun?
Several things: Renaissance dancing, throwing parties, cooking, watching movies and, of course, reading.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
Comedies (from romcoms to buddy-flicks), fantasy and adventure.
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
Lol, all types! My family loves reading and our tastes vary. My shelves contain cookbooks, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and fantasy titles.
What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?
Sunflowers and gerbera daisies (they are so cheerful!).
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman?
Eyes and hands. I don’t know why, but those are the two things I definitely notice.
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
gives foot rubs. 🙂
How long have you been writing?
Almost all my life. I had my first poem published when I was in the third grade.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
Moving to West Texas for a newspaper job and getting stranded on a lonely road. 🙂 Also, I wanted to write a female Asian American dragon shifter…something a bit different from what can be typically found in the book world.
Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why?
Shay, the crown prince of the earth djinns, from A Tale of Two Djinns. While he is yummy, he also happens to be engaged to Maya, a warrior princess of the water djinns. She could (and would) kick my butt. Plus, they have a hard won happy ending I wouldn’t want to mess with.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
I love it when readers connect to my characters. Here’s my favorite bit from a review of The Djinn’s Dilemma (my Harlequin novella):
“Sarah’s pretty cool, herself. I must admit, I had to give props for her being half-Jamaican, because it’s not terribly often that one would find such a heroine-especially one that embraces her ethnicity and culture. Furthermore, Sarah proves to be reasonable and logical, which is a breath of fresh air from borderline-TSTL characters occasionally found in the romance genre. When a woman wants to be sure that the hot but intimidating and random guy she just met is legit and not a creepazoid? I’m all for it!” – Alisha S.
Lynn Hana Alexander is a 25-year-old Japanese American shape-shifter haunted by guilt. She’s been questioning herself and her dragon abilities ever since she failed to save her grandmother.
When her best friend is threatened by mysterious fires burning up acres of West Texas, Lynn rushes to the rescue determined not to fail again. However, with a tempting firefighter, a flirty city developer and dragon pheromones distracting her, how is she going to find the arsonist?
And worse: is her primary suspect a malicious rogue dragon or the love of her life?
Excerpt from Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys & Dragons
Fear incinerated sleep, left her mouth tasting of ash.
Lynn Alexander’s parched throat ached. Her mind plucked at reason. She’d been dreaming of fire again. Wild, angry flames. Billowing smoke. A faint voice pleading for help. Through it all, someone –something– watched her. Waited.
“Come here.” Another voice, dark and intimate, had commanded from the depths of the fire. “Come here, little girl.”
Then a man’s face emerged from the smoke and flames. Strong and grim with rugged angles, sensuous lips and intense green eyes that glittered with blistering heat.
Panic pressed on her windpipe. Lynn wrenched her head sideways, blinked back tears and stared at the pebbled texture of the wall next to her bed. Ragged breath caught in her lungs and she focused on the present to escape the grasping remnants of the dream. She tuned in to the soft swish of the fan, the quiet roar of the air conditioner, the wild thrashing of her heart.
A nightmare. The same damn nightmare she’d been having all week. An insidious whisper echoed in her head: Not a dream. A vision.
Like before, like when her grandmother died.
Dread rolled through her, cold and certain.
Who was the mysterious man? The person in trouble or the murderer she hunted? A prickly knowing grew inside her, jamming at the base of her throat. The tightness turned needle sharp, and then popped. A single thought formed: Save Jen.
Tangled in bed sheets, she twisted around to snatch her cell from the nightstand. The clock blinked three a.m. in poison green numerals. Jen would be mega-pissed if the phone woke her at this ungodly hour in the middle of the work week for no reason. Worry itched between Lynn’s shoulder blades. But what if this was a true warning? She’d rather risk her best friend’s wrath than her life.
Clutching the phone, she speed dialed Jen. No answer. Pick up the phone. Pick up the damn phone.
After six rings, she snapped the phone shut and threw off the covers. Lynn leapt out of bed, and stripped out of her sweaty clothes. She grabbed the backpack she always kept ready by her bedside, shoved the phone into a front pocket, and slipped her arms into the extra-long straps. She knew she shouldn’t risk exposure, but she had to get to Jen. Protect her from whatever danger threatened.
Naked, she rushed to the French doors and threw them open. The cool October breeze embraced her and dried the sweat clinging to her skin. She stared into the night, glad of the darkness. Being one of the rare shape-shifters in the family garnered her a room with rooftop access. Closing her eyes, she inhaled the dank smell of the bayou and summoned the change.
Heat crackled across her skin, filled her mind, as blue-green scales rippled over her body giving her tan a bronze sheen. Lynn’s core dissolved to molten lava, reformed and hardened. Muscles stretched and grew stronger, bones pushed and molded flesh. Nubs emerged from her back, elongated and flared into wings. A deep burn spread from her gut, igniting cell after cell, until she shook like a live wire juiced on raw power.
Her leathery wings flailed behind her as she stumbled around a bit before settling into the new weight. One would think a five foot one and half-inch Asian American woman would transform into a delicate, miniature-poodle type of dragon. Not so. In dragon form, Lynn was seven feet of sharp scales, sinuous muscle and steely strength.
She raised her face to the moon and launched from the roof. Below her, Buffalo Bayou wound through downtown Houston glittering like a net of diamonds under the silver moonlight. The tremendous beat of her wings drowned out her worries for a moment.
Buy it Now!
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: An awesome SWAG pack, which includes a book tote, a handcrafted Wildfire bookmark, a genie lamp key chain, a five-color highlighter, a notepad and a Halloween surprise (I love Halloween!).
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to RNIC newsletter.
How to Enter: In the comments section below, answer the following question: If you were a shifter, what kind of shifter would you be? (You do not need to include your email address).
Deadline to Enter: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST A winner will be picked at random from those who answer. The winner will be announced Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes opened to U.S. and international entrants.
Here’s how readers can reach Mina online:
About the Author
Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She writes about djinns (genies), dragons, hunks and whatever else sparks her fancy. She also writes a weekly food column for her local newspaper. Originally from Bangladesh, she is now a proud West Texan.
Her first published work, The Djinn’s Dilemma, won the novella category of the 2012 Romance Through The Ages (published) contest. A Tale of Two Djinns won the 2013 Readers’ Crown for best paranormal romance. Her most recent release is Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys & Dragons.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”