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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Kellyann Zuzulo, author of The Genie Ignites

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in Kellyann Zuzulo's The Genie Ignites Virtual Book Publicity Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

About Kellyann:

A former journalist, Kellyann’s interest in Middle Eastern myth and legend stems from her stint as a Managing Editor of Publications for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. She is a published author of several genie romance novellas. One book, Angels & Genies, was included in a collection for which Charlaine Harris wrote the foreword. Kellyann lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and a jaunty terrier named Djin-Djin.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Kellyann!

Kellyann has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.

The Genie in the Keyboard
by Kellyann Zuzulo

Readers and writers already know something than no travel agent will ever tell you. The best destination is your imagination. You don’t have to pack cold meds, sunscreen, and useless 3-ounce carry-ons for this trip. And you definitely don’t have to pay that ridiculous luggage surcharge. You can whisk from the comfy couch by the window or an ergonomic desk chair to a luxurious lounge alongside the Mediterranean Sea. Whether you’re reading a book in your favorite genre or writing a scene in your new novel, you’ll depend on the images in your head to get you there.

I’m an avid reader so I frequently plan my imagination trip depending on the time of year and my mood. In the depths of this past winter, I found myself plowing through crime fiction by Icelandic authors. Pristine white landscapes and protagonists bundled against the cold brought me to some surreal winter locales. As spring forms in the damp earth, I seem to turn toward historical romance and hopeful women’s fiction. I can almost smell the fresh grass underfoot or the fragrant drafts of hyacinths brushed by long Regency skirts. In summer, I’ll turn to paranormal romance and romantic suspense. It’s hot; why not?

The world of the jinn is a destination that I return to again and again, like a summer home that patiently awaits occupation, reliable and familiar. Genies are my genre. This is the cause of my frequent flyer miles on a plush Persian carpet. I’m fascinated by legends around these stalwart, mysterious, and alluring figures. Are they real? Literally, there are millions of people who believe that genies are real.

My favorite way to travel with the jinn is to weave my own story around a particular jinni character.  In my newest release, The Genie Ignites, that character is Zubis. He always welcomes me, with a fluffy robe and a back rub. Better than a spa. Like our imaginations, genies can whoosh from one place to another with a gentle shift in their molecules. If we believe in jinn, we’ll see they reside in that place between our world and our imaginations. If we don’t believe in the jinn, we can appreciate the possibilities of their strength, beauty, ferocity, and loyalty. At least that’s what I found to be true of Zubis; he’s been my tour guide on this trip.

So when I’m not reading, I’ll be flying first class on Genie Air, glass of champagne in hand and nibbling a savory serving of honey-and-currant couscous. Join me. And tell me, where do your frequent-flyer miles take you?

Thanks so much for joining us today, Kellyann! 

One lucky winner will win an e-book copy of The Genie Ignites

This giveaway is open worldwide.


Girl meets genie. They fall in love. Girl gets killed. Genie gets cursed. Three millennia later, she’s reincarnated as a smart, somewhat sardonic 21st century editor who can’t remember the great love of her existence. The genie however, will never forget her.

Bethany O’Brien is a 21st-century woman with a career, ambition and bills. She has no recollection of how she once felt about a nearly 4,000-year-old genie named Zubis who suddenly invades her world, but he certainly remembers her. In a previous incarnation, Bethany was an important temple priestess who apprenticed to the djinn. Zubis, powerful and alluring, is infuriatingly bemused by Bethany’s skepticism. Once upon a time, he vowed to love her forever and has no plans of breaking his vow. And although the priestess she once was had been taught that a romance with a djinni must never be, Bethany gradually realizes that her love for Zubis cannot be forgotten. Along with the returning glimmers of her past life, Bethany is forced to confront a mandate from an ancient society to kill the genie of her dreams.

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Tour Participants

Monday, March 5
Guest blogging at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, March 6
Interviewed at Examiner

Wednesday, March 7
Guest blogging at Motherhoot

Thursday, March 8
Interviewed at The Plot Thickens

Friday, March 9
Guest blogging &  book giveaway at Paranormal Haven

Sunday, March 11
Interviewed LIVE on Barry Eva’s A Story and a Book Radio Show (airs at 6:30 p.m. eastern)

Monday, March 12
Guest blogging & book giveaway at Five Alarm Book Reviews

Tuesday, March 13
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, March 14
Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Thursday, March 15
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Friday, March 16
Book reviewed at Always a Book Lover RESCHEDULING

Monday, March 19
Guest blogging at Love Romance Passion

Tuesday, March 20
Book spotlighted at Hott Books

Wednesday, March 21
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, March 22
Guest blogging & book giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook
Interviewed at Review From Here

Friday, March 23
Interviewed at The Dark Phantom

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting Kellyann today, Darlene! I said it once, I said it twice, your blog is beautiful!


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