Cover Inspiration for Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys & Dragons by Mina Khan
I love a good dragon story. Give me a strong, mysterious, powerful fire-breathing dragon and I’m in reader heaven. However, most of the stories I found in paranormal romance (my favorite genre) books overwhelmingly featured alpha males and a very Western version of dragons. Nothing wrong with that, in fact I have enjoyed several such stories. However, I wanted something more.
My mind kept returning to the South Asian dragon stories I’d heard in my childhood. Dragons get a more equitable deal in Eastern mythology, in that there are both positive and negative references. In many instances dragons are portrayed as downright benevolent and a necessary part of life – credited with rainfall and fertility. They are also portrayed in some stories as vengeful and destructive. Dragons like humans could be good or bad. I liked that sense of balance, the idea of free will.
Also, being a modern female and partial to strong heroines, I wanted a female protagonist. Why should the alpha males have all the fun breathing fire and flying across the sky? So Lynn Hana Alexander, my Japanese American shape shifter heroine was born.
Since Wildfire is essentially Lynn’s story, it was important to me that the cover reflect her – a strong, sexy girl-next-door heroine holding her own in the wilds of West Texas.
I was very fortunate to work with the talented artist Ana Grigoriu of Kingwood Creations.
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I'd like to take a moment to mention Mina Khan's newest release, A Christmas Wish that released on Dec 29, 2014. All proceeds from the first two weeks of sales will be donated to the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank. So take a look and consider helping out those that may need a little extra support.
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 and Wildfire won the 2014 Prism for Best First Book.