Please join me in welcoming author Mina Khan to Preternatura. Mina is dropping by today to talk about the recent release of the anthology, Alphas Unleashed. Alphas Unleashed includes the novella, Sealed With a Kiss, written by Mina. Alphas Unleashed was published on June 16 by CreateSpace.
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 the San Angelo Standard-Times as Rashda Khan. 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. You can learn more about Mina by visiting her website/blog, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter. To sign up for Mina’s quarterly newsletter with release updates and inside information on the stories, please check out: newsletter
A bit of a departure from our usual format here, Mina is going to tell us all about Alphas Unleashed. Welcome, Mina…
Thanks for having me here today, Suzanne.
One of the reasons I love stories, both as a reader and a writer, is that they let me escape. I don’t have to wait for vacation days, or save pennies to build up a decent budget, and I don’t even have to pack. Every new story takes me to a different world and on an exciting adventure!
So I was ready to jump on the story rocket when Michele Callahan, founder of RomCon, first proposed Alphas Unleashed, an anthology of science fiction and paranormal romance, with stories set in different worlds. The variety appealed to me along with the opportunity to work with some very talented authors – Carolyn Jewel (I have enjoyed her stories for a while now and love her writing), USA Today best selling author S.E. Smith and Michele.
How different are the different worlds? See for yourselves…
A Warrior’s Heart (Marastin Dow Book 1.1) by S.E. Smith
Ben and Aaron Cooper think their luck has ended when the freighter they are on is captured by the Marastin Dow, a terrifying alien species known for their savagery. Instead they discover love with two warriors who capture their hearts. Now, they are in a race to keep the fragile gift they find before it is ripped away from them forever.
Rayez, a smoking hot chef and fire djinn in exile, lands himself in deep trouble (at the bottom of a beer bottle) when he tries to help a mysterious beautiful woman.
Selene is pursued and desperate. She’ll do anything to keep her brother safe—including capture a djinn.
While deception brings them together, dangerous enemies make them unlikely allies. Can one wrong lead to two rights and true love?
Dead Drop, A My Immortals Novella by Carolyn Jewel
Wallace Jackson has so little magic she expects to be kicked out of her group of street witches being trained to use their gifts and work with demons. No one is more shocked than she is when a powerful demon proves her wrong. And then asks a favor of her.
The demon Palla is a warlord’s enforcer, a stone cold killer. Wallace Jackson is a pacifist witch with a dangerous power. He wants nothing to do with humans until he needs Wallace to help him free his former lover from a living death and release her spirit from unimaginable suffering.
Chimera Born: The Beginning (Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan
Aron of Itara, Forbidden Son, has been a prisoner of fate since before he was born. Captured as a child by the evil Triscani, it’s been centuries since he’s felt the sun on his face or the tenderness of a woman’s touch. Determined to help humanity break the elusive but powerful Itaran Triads’ hold on Earth, Aron escapes with one goal, to find the one man who can help him save humans from an eternal prison. After that, he’ll fight to the death, but he’ll never go back in the cage.
Zoey Williams watched her sister die at the hands of monsters, and no one believed her. She’s spent the last five years using her journalism skills to track aliens, investigate paranormal activity, and hunt for answers. But she got too close to the truth, and now it’s not just monsters hunting her, but her own people. Zoey doesn’t believe she needs a guardian, but once Aron finds her he can’t leave her to the vicious hunters that would turn her to ash or to the power-hungry humans who seek to silence her. In fact, he discovers that he doesn’t want to leave her at all…
Question: If you could travel to any world – futuristic, fantasy, historic – where would you go and why?
Only lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win an ebook from Mina’s backlist (winner’s choice).
Thanks for dropping by today, Mina. Congratulations on the release.
Now, if you would like to be entered to win, leave a comment with your answer to Mina’s question.