Would you be interested in purchasing a Jinni? We currently have a few for sale from the Dark Caravan. The jinn are from Arjinna, a world full of magical powers and home to all different types of jinn. Each jinni has a power associated with one of the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. There is one type of jinni known as the Ghan Aisouri that has the ability to control all the elements, but their entire race was recently destroyed. There have been rumors that one may have survived, but no one knows for sure.
For the right price you can purchase your own personal jinni, who will grant you three wishes. There are a few limits to what the wishes can be, but for the most part you can wish for whatever your heart desires. To vouch for our product today we have invited a very satisfied customer of ours. Malek Alzahabi purchased one of our most powerful jinn to ever come to earth. Nalia has served him well and he has agreed to tell us a little bit about himself and his jinni.
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DFT: Thank you so much for taking time out of your extremely busy schedule to sit down with us today! To start things off would you please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to be the rich and devastatingly handsome man you are today?
Malek Alzahabi: Well that’s a marvelous introduction, isn’t it? Flattery will get you everywhere. That being said, I hate to disappoint you, but I’m not in the habit of sharing my secrets. I’m rich because I’m a good businessman. Of course, having a jinni doesn’t hurt. And the handsome part—I certainly can’t take credit for that.
DFT: You have currently been granted two out of your three wishes. Would you mind telling us about the two wishes you made and if you were satisfied with the results?
Malek: Sorry—I don’t kiss and tell. But I will say this: I am quite satisfied with my first two wishes.
DFT: I know that at times you struggle to control your temper and you end up doing things you later regret. Do you constantly have an inner battle going on inside you or are there moments when your inner monster is tamer?
Malek: Inner monster? Hmmm. I’m not sure how I feel about that phrase. Though it makes me sound dangerous, doesn’t it? Nalia would agree with the terminology used, of course. I admit that I have anger issues, but that’s more from the traffic in LA than anything else. And I do have my regrets—though they’re none of your business.
DFT: When you purchased Nalia did you have any idea how truly powerful she was? Did she seem any different than the other jinn you had encountered previously?
Malek: The slave trader certainly charged me enough for her! If she hadn’t been as powerful as he promised, you better believe he would have been dead within the week. Luckily for him, Nalia more than met my expectations. She exceeded them. I don’t make a habit of socializing with jinn, but from the ones I’ve come in contact with—yes. You can’t deny she’s exceptional among her race.
DFT: I know at first your relationship with Nalia was rough, but after a while you started to develop feelings for her. What was the first thing that made you start to see her differently? What do you think is her best trait?
Malek: My, my you certainly aren’t afraid to get personal, are you? I’m feeling generous, so I’ll answer your question. The first thing that made me start to see her differently happened at one of my parties about a year ago. You’ll hear all about it soon enough, I’m sure. I think her best trait is her ferocity. She’s not afraid of a damn thing and she’ll fight for what she wants, tooth and nail.
DFT: In your life you have done a lot of awful things to get to where you are today. Do you have any regrets from your past that if given the opportunity you would want to go back and change?
Malek: Well, “awful” is relative, now isn’t it? Regrets—well, I’ve lived long enough to accumulate them. No, I’m not a vampire, if that’s what you’re thinking. But I certainly won’t tell you my anti-aging secrets. Back to your question: I have one regret. Just one. And nobody—especially Nalia—will ever know what it is. Next question.
DFT: You have accomplished much while on this earth, but to my knowledge you have never visited the land of Arjinna. Have you ever considered visiting there and seeing where the jinn are from?
Malek: Why would I want to go to some backwoods place like that? Listen, Arjinna is a war zone. Stepping foot through that portal is a death wish. Besides, they don’t have cell service and they’ve never heard of absinthe, caviar, or Ferraris. I’m fine right where I am.
DFT: I know that you are pretty secretive about your past for the most part, but it sounds like you had a good relationship with your mother. I think that is really sweet and was wondering if you could tell us some of your traits that you inherited from her?
Malek: My mother was a saint. She was good through and through. Clearly I am neither of those things. The only trait I share with her is blood. And her eyes. Everyone always said I have her eyes. What my father put her through…let’s just say that he’s lucky I never found him.
DFT: Being a man of great wealth and means has allowed you to live a very comfortable life. But that doesn’t mean you have lived a happy one. What is the one thing that you think would bring you true happiness?
Malek: I only figured that out recently: Nalia. Spending the rest of my life with her. But I have a backup plan.
DFT: Even after everything that has happened do you still think you have a shot at winning Nalia’s heart?
Malek: I’m arguably the most powerful man on Earth—what do you think?
DFT: For this last question I wanted to ask a fun carnival themed one. If you were to return to your childhood self and were able to attend a carnival what do you think would have been your favorite ride?
Malek: We didn’t have carnivals where I grew up. We had camels, snake charmers, and jinn that haunted the deserts. I have no idea what rides are at a carnival, but I suppose I would have wanted to go on something fast. Something that could have gotten me killed.
When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher’s Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. Sheis the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN fantasy), as well as I’ll Meet You There. Coming from Macmillan in Winter 2015, I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small). See more HERE.
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Available October 7, 2014 from HarperTeen
About this Book:
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.
Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.
Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?
Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.
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