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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.
Also, she is donating fifty percent of the proceeds of A TALE OF TWO DJINNS to UNICEF because education is important to her.
on Sep. 28, 2013 :
Really great shape-shifter story. I liked the whole concept and the characters involved all except for the villain of course. The story kept me guessing on who the villain was for the first part of the book and it's nice to not have it so obvious at the beginning. It doesn't hit me so much as a romance because of the suspicion keeping the heroine and hero separated even though there is an attraction and sexual tension between both. It comes off as more of a fantasy with sparks of romance, but the story was still very good and kept my attention which is hard to do when Supernatural is on ;3.
My only complaints about the book is that there are some areas where mindspeaking is involved but the words are not italicized or made any different from the normal text so it caught me off guard, there are some punctuation errors towards the end of the book, and finally I wish it was longer! I didn't want the story to end and I wanted to see more of a development between Lynn and Jack's relationship.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2013 :
Awwww I don't want it to be over! This book was great. I loved Lynn. She was such a "real" character. The blurb that describes the book doesn't do it justice. I decided to read this book because I have been in the mood for different lately. I haven't read many mysteries in years but I'm addicted to anything paranormal so I figured it was worth a try. The closest comparison I could make is The Dresden Files... without the witty humor. I hope that the author decides to write more dragon stories.
Lynn is the main character. She is a dragon-shifter who is suffering from the recent loss of her grandmother/mentor and the nasty breakup with her fiance. She's struggling with her place in the world and the fact that her dragon seems to be attracted to everyone in her friend Jen's town makes things even worse. I liked Jen, as with Lynn she seems like the girl next door. Then we have Jack and Henry... Lynn finds herself attracted to both but at the same time suspicious that one of them is involved in the recent arsons.
If you've read some of my other reviews you'll know that I like it when the author goes in depth with the characters careers. Having worked for a newspaper I found Lynn's coverage of her stories very interesting. Unlike a lot of mystery-type books lately she's not a private eye or something but falls into a journalism career. I also liked that the story is based in Texas since there aren't many paranormal books based there. I enjoyed the history of the area. All in all a great book and I plan to read Mina Khan's other books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)