Mina 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.
Before I was a writer, I was a reader. My father was a sailor and I spent my early childhood on ships with books as my constant companions. Instead of real children, I went adventuring with the young characters of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Later, the laugh-out-loud Three Singles To Adventure by Gerald Durrell helped me get over a high school heartbreak. And when my son was born seven weeks early and we had to spend sixty two days in the hospital, I read Elmer Kelton’s The Time It Never Rained out loud to him. I didn’t know if he’d make it or not, and I wanted to share at least one good story with him.
I have been fortunate that my parents valued education and always made that a priority. I’m thankful for my ability to read and to write. Words are an integral part of my identity.
However, I grew up in a part of the world where poverty and chauvinism often keeps education away from many, especially women. According to UNICEF
67 million children are currently not enrolled in school worldwide.
Education makes a big difference not only in the life of the person educated, but also the family. And sometimes the world. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teen, was shot by the Taliban because she promoted education for the girls. I decided to donate fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS to UNICEF’s Schools for Asia initiative to honor my parents, to honor Malala and to honor the gift of education.
Thank you so much for the great post, Mina! What a wonderful thing you’re doing by donating part of the proceeds from your book to UNICEF. This is such a great cause.
Woot! What a sexy cover! And A Tale of Two Djinns is celebrating its first book birthday. 🙂 Congrats, Mina!
What’s the book about? Check out this blurb from Amazon:
A TALE OF TWO DJINNS is a sexy paranormal Romeo & Juliet story with genies, feminists, kickass action & adult fun.
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.
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.
Doesn’t that sound exciting? And for only $2.99, you can help Mina make a difference. You can find A TALE OF TWO DJINNS at the following locations:
Mina’s newest release, DEAD: A Ghost story, is NOT a romance. It’s a multicultural ghost-story that highlights a little known aspect of the immigrant experience.
For more information check out Mina, visit her at:
On a side note: Malala Yousafzai, has become the youngest person to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. What an amazing young woman she is.
Now it’s your turn. Doesn’t this sound like a great cause? And what about Malala’s nomination – isn’t that awesome? I just got my copy of A Tale of Two Djinns and can’t wait to read it. Have you read it or one of Mina’s other works?
As always, thank you for reading!
*My typical disclaimer: I have no connection with any charity mentioned in the Authors Give Back segment of the blog unless noted. I have not personally researched any charity mentioned unless otherwise noted. If you plan to donate to ANY charity (mentioned here or elsewhere) you should research it thoroughly and decide for yourself if it is a legitimate and worthy cause.