Valentineâ€™s Day is about loveâ€¦which (if you ignore the commercialization aspect) is the greatest feeling there is, the springboard for all other positive things. My husband and I have a rather unique Valentineâ€™s tradition â€“ we coordinate a Valentineâ€™s Lunch at the Soup Kitchen in our community. We basically throw a wonderful Valentineâ€™s party â€“ with great food, music, fresh flowers and chocolate for those who might be going through a hard time in life and we have a lot fun doing it. We couldnâ€™t pull it off without all the awesome volunteers. This year weâ€™re gearing up for our 10th annual lunch, so keep your fingers crossed for us!
My newest release, A Christmas Wish, is about two wounded souls who both deserved a better life. Itâ€™s hard for them to trust, itâ€™s hard for them to stop being loners, and they dance awkwardly around each other as they fall in love. But in the end, theyâ€™re family.
Rayez, the hero, is an exiled fire djinn (genie), chef and restauranteur. He discovered his love for cooking at a soup kitchen in Houston, Texas.
The heroine, Selene, has been too busy surviving an evil step-father to have had much time for love and romance.
So for their first Valentineâ€™s Day together, I see Rayez taking Selene along to work at a Valentineâ€™s Lunch at the Soup Kitchen.Â They would end the day by sharing beer and pizza, and in the hot tub (erm, at least thatâ€™s what the DH & I do!).
As my gift to you, I’m giving away the cute plush Valentine’s dragon pictured above. Just leave a comment below to enter.Â Don’t forget to include your email address!
By the way, the novella includes some of Rayezâ€™s delicious recipes.
Â½ cup butter, melted
Â¼ cup white sugar
Â½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Â½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
Â½ teaspoon baking powder
Â¼ teaspoon salt
Â½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
Â½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a Â 8×8 inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, coffee, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Stir in half the chocolate chips and pecans, if desired.
Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
Rayez, a smoking hot chef and fire djinn in exile, lands himself in deep trouble when he tries to help a mysterious beautiful woman.
Selene is pursued and desperate. She’ll do anything to keep her brother safeâ€”including capture a djinn.
While deception brings them together, dangerous enemies make them unlikely allies. Can one gigantic wrong lead to two rights and true love?
*This is an expanded version of the story previously called Sealed With A Kiss, which was part of the Alphas Unleashed anthology.
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 her local newspaper. 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 Readersâ€™ Crown for best paranormal romance. Wildfire, won the 2014 PRISM for Best First Book.
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