Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mina Khan Draws Inspiration from Halloween and Treats Us With a Giveaway

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about letting your imagination run free and frolic in the leaves.

The new chill in the air, goblins and princesses, fairies and firefighters roaming the neighborhood at dusk and dark, dancing skeletons and cackling witches welcoming you to suburban homes, the spooky music…oh yes, the freedom of Halloween fires my imagination.

Not too surprising since I write genie romance. Genies – formally called djinn or jinn – are supernatural beings (from ancient Middle Eastern and South Asian mythology) who can melt into shadows, travel between parallel dimensions and grant your deepest, darkest wishes.

It’s easy to imagine a djinn –a tall, dark, gorgeous specimen – watching from the shadows. Easy to hear all kinds of dire whispers floating in the wind. And, so very easy to dream up sexy adventures.

This year though I wanted to write a ghost story for Halloween. And, I ended up with DEAD, a multicultural ghost story dealing with an often invisible aspect of the immigrant experience. Nasreen, the Indian-American protagonist, grapples with her life and death in desolate West Texas.

Check out the cover: 

Available on Amazon.

So what’s your favorite Halloween read and why? Share and you could be one of two lucky, randomly chosen, people to win a KINDLE copy of DEAD: A Ghost Story.

Wishing you a genie-licious Halloween!

Author Bio:

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.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from her second novella, A Tale of Two Djinns, is donated to UNICEF for education. Two Djinns is a Romeo & Juliet tale with genies, feminists and a happy ending.

For more information check out her:

Twitter: @SpiceBites


  1. I don't have a favorite Halloween read, although I love Halloween. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I LOVE reading books about local ghost stories. I currently have books on Tennessee and Georgia ghost tales, and I usually reread them near Halloween time. I especially like these (because I've lived in both states and have visited the places they mention) but would love to read about eerie things in West Texas too!

    How generous for you to donate half the proceeds of your book to Unicef for education. Such a good cause and kind heart.

    Thank you for the giveaway. Love the title - and the catchy cover!

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  3. Thanks FBC & C.E. for visiting! Good luck & make sure enter the rafflecopter giveaway!

    @ C.E. : I love regional ghost stories too...my favorites are New Orleans, Texas, and, of course, Bengali ones :) Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad I'm able to do my part in the circle of life.

  4. I don't have a specific Halloween read, but there are plenty of books that scare the bejezus out of me: The Amityville Horror, Shutter Island and Misery to name just a few. I can't wait to read DEAD: A Ghost Story!

    1. Thanks for visiting Avery...and them are some awesome books you mention!

  5. I'll go with a good classic anytime -- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley!

  6. I would have to say Into the Out Of by Alan Dean Foster. A truly spooky read about a rift between worlds where these creatures called Shiitani come through. I love this book!
    Beautiful cover art. Very eye catching. If I saw it on a shelf, I'd definitely pick it up!

    Thanks for the Great giveaway.

    Happy Halloween!

    1. Thanks Laura! I'll definitely have to check Out Of by Foster. There's nothing better than reader recommendations! :)

  7. I've always loved the story about Ichabod Crane. So, THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN it is.

  8. As soon as Greta lets me know who Rafflecopter picked, I'll be contacting you :)

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments!

  9. Ooops, I forgot...this post is up for a week. My bad :)

  10. No favorite Halloween read.