...and his name is Ashura-Goreem--known as Ash to his friends. He's the Zubis equivalent in THE THIRD WISH, a paranormal romance I wrote that was picked up and published by Sapphire Blue Publishing on June 1st, 2009.
That's right, my second genie book is out! Now, it's not THE second genie book, which would be the follow-up to Zubis Rises. That novel, tentatively titled Zubis Returns, is still in production.
Getting back to Ash, he's much steamier than Zubis -- the novella received a three-flame heat rating from All Romance eBooks. The story is this:
a dig in the Jordan desert, archaeologist Bridget Devine unleashes
cursed and captivating jinni Ashura-Goreem…and her own sensual
The jinni must fulfill three wishes before he is free to settle a 3,000-year-old score, so his attraction to Bridget is a distraction he can’t afford.
Bridget soon realizes that she is the captive—bound to Ash by desire and unwilling to let him go. But time is running out for the jinni. As an enemy from his ancient past returns, Ash must decide between freedom and love.
The third wish will either release Ash or destroy him.
More genie books to come....
The world of the jinn will enter Paranormal Python Radio tonight [9 pm EST] when I'm interviewed by host Annette Munnich. Although I write fiction about the jinn, I have logged days of reading and research into this elusive and esoteric topic. Westerners typically think of genies as large, blue cartoon characters. Yet, the nearly 2 billion members of the Muslim world know them as something much more: the jinn (genies or djinn) are acknowledged as a separate entity of creation, just like angels (created from celestial light) and just like humans (created from the clay of the earth). Jinn were created from the smokeless flame.
My own hypothesis, and one that I will share on Paranormal Python, is that we've always been aware of the jinn; we've just called them something else ... demon, spirits, ghouls, or devils. Yet, that implies that all genies are bad, and they are not. Like humans, the jinn were given free will to choose how to live their lives. When they are bad, they become demons in our vocabulary. But when they choose to abide by God's law and live their genie lives, they remain hidden....until now. (queue up ghostly music ; >)
Hope you'll tune in!
On Tuesday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to noon, East Coast time, I'll be joining Rowena Cherry and bestselling author Joy Nash to discuss Magical Beings on Internet Voices Radio.
I was fortunate enough to be a guest on Rowena's program, Crazy Tuesday, in February and had a great discussion with other authors about the craft of writing and the world of romance fiction. Rowena is a multi-published author and most recently published Knight's Fork.
Click on the link for Internet Voices Radio on Tuesday morning and listen in. I hope you'll join me!
Okay, so it has nothing to do with the Middle East or genies or the fabled halls of Jinnistan, but my Grandmother's recipe for Irish Soda Bread is a hale and hearty salute to the Emerald Isle this week of St. Patrick's Day.
So, I'm sharing a recipe for this traditional treat that, like a genie, will transport you to a mystical land....
3 tblsp. butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tblsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup golden raisins (golden is my innovation; you can use regular raisins)
3/4 cups buttermilk
USE YOUR HANDS FOR MIXING.
Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
Cut softened butter into powder mixture until it resembles fne crumbs.
Stir in raisins and enough buttermilk to make a soft dough.
Turn onto lightly floured surface, knead until smooth, about 1-2 minutes
Shape into round load, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter
Place on greased cookie sheet.
Cut an X about 1/4 through loaf with floured knife.
Bake in 375 degrees oven until golden brown; about 35-40 minutes.
Remove from oven and brush with butter.
When cool, slice and serve with a slab of butter!
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!