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If you haven’t yet had the chance to discover Lori Goldstein’s BECOMING JINN now is the perfect time. It is available in eBook format online through April 4th for just $2.99! Grab it at:

There is also a free prequel short story GENIUS OF JINN available now. Download it at:

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CIRLCE OF JINN releases on May 17, 2016 – so there’s plenty of time to get caught up on the series. You can pre-order your copy at:

If you’d like to know more about each of the books in the series, details follow a bit further down in the post. If you’d like to enter the Twitter Giveaway for an awesome Prize Pack and SIGNED ARC of CIRCLE OF JINN scroll down to the bottom of the post for details

And if you’d like to know more about the Afrit, check out this re-post “Evil is Alive and Well: The Afrit” from the BECOMING JINN Blog Tour last year.


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EVIL IS ALIVE AND WELL: THE AFRIT

by Lori Goldstein

Whether it’s spelled jinn, djinn, ginn, jenn, or jann, the jinn are an indigenous spirit of the Middle East and North Africa—and as far from the Western world’s fantasy version of “genie” as can be. A widespread belief in the jinn in this culture dates far back before any hint of religion in the region, well before the seventh century.

These jinn, while hidden from human eye, are not ghosts: they are living, breathing entities. Intelligent with great magical powers, the mysterious jinn can be good or evil. Stories of evil jinn wreaking havoc include things like haunting homes, possessing humans, even killing animals or humans who would offend them or trespass on a territory declared as theirs.

Lore of the jinn spans centuries, and there’s great diversity in the beliefs about them. In fact, one of the books I used while researching Becoming Jinn is called Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar, and it is more than 250 pages recounting all the ways jinn are regarded across fifteen countries. While tales of the jinn vary, there’s universal agreement on many pieces of jinn history, including the idea that jinn were born of “smokeless fire” and that the jinn are divided into categories or tribes, one of which is the ifrit or afrit.

Powerful and most often evil, the ifrit, like all jinn, can shapeshift or shield themselves through the use of invisibility. Some stories have towering demon ifrits terrorizing humans, acting as “deputies” to archdemons, or zealously guarding ruins or treasures.

With this checkered history, the Afrit were the perfect choice for the council that rules over the world of the Jinn in Becoming Jinn. In the novel, the Afrit have placed more and more restrictions on the Jinn, from dictating who can be granted a wish, to regulating when a Jinn receives her powers and where she is allowed to live in the human world to breaking up families by mandating that all male and female Jinn must live apart.

The Afrit have strong powers and keep a watchful eye over the Jinn who live among the humans. They have harsh punishments, including a perverted jail for those who defy their rules or break their biggest one: revealing themselves or their magic to a human.

To Azra, the unseen Afrit are the source of all that is wrong with her Jinn world, and yet she, like the rest of the Jinn, are powerless to fight them. While Azra knows little about the Afrit, as the novel goes on she will discover more about them, their past, and what may lie ahead for all Jinn.

While the Afrit in Becoming Jinn come mostly from my own imagination, there are bits and pieces culled from the different sources I read about the jinn that flesh them out and make them a more robust force in the novel that comes alive for the reader.

Thanks so much for having me and letting me offer more insight into the history of the Afrit.


About BECOMING JINN

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Title & Series: BECOMING JINN (Becoming Jinn #1)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters,” Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all.

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Praise

Named “One of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror of 2015” by VOYA Magazine

“This well-written title . . . will not stay on the shelf.” — VOYA Starred Review

“The only thing it left me wishing for was the sequel!” –– New York Times best-selling author Anna Banks

“A fresh, gently subversive tale with a new strain of paranormal problems at its core.” — B&N Teen Blog

“[Azra’s] struggles with family and impending adulthood ring true and will likely cultivate a loyal, sequel-hungry audience.” — Booklist


About GENIUS OF JINN

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Title & Series: GENIUS OF JINN (Becoming Jinn Prequel)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 51
Formats: eBook

Description…

In this prequel to BECOMING JINN and the upcoming sequel CIRCLE OF JINN, thirteen-year-old Azra and her nemesis Yasmin are whisked away to a mysterious land with a special language, awe-inspiring architecture, and quirky toilets: France. As the enchanting French Jinn Tayma guides them through the streets of Paris, they discover not only a book of spells, but a truth neither of them is prepared for: that in their inevitable transition to becoming Jinn, their shared genie ancestry may just make them stronger together than they are apart.

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About CIRCLE OF JINN

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Title & Series: CIRCLE OF JINN (Becoming Jinn #2)
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Being Jinn is Azra’s new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds—human and Jinn. Soon, secrets spill. Zars are broken. Humans become pawns. And rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit’s reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there’s everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain—for herself and her entire Jinn race.

In this dramatic sequel to Becoming Jinn, Azra’s story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.

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About Lori Goldstein

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Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, sequel, Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). You can check out her editorial services here and visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

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The Twitter Giveaway

Courtesy of the author I am hosting an AMAZING Twitter-only giveaway for an awesome Prize Pack and SIGNED ARC of CIRCLE OF JINN. (US ONLY.) It ends tonight at Midnight Pacific.

To enter…

All you have to do is head over to my Twitter @fiktshun and retweet any/all of my tweets that asks for an RT and includes one of the two graphics below.

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