…and he’s absolutely right. The existence of the jinn has been acknowledged for thousands of years. They are recognized in the Koran. We may not know if they exist for certain, but the point is that we don’t know that they don’t exist. Follow? There are many things in this world that remain unexplained. Just because we don’t have the answers doesn’t mean there is no substance to the question. My recent series of books, 101 Nights, explains the existence of Jinnistan and their resident jinn as a parallel dimension separated from us by the fluctuation and cohesion of electrons and protons: disassemble matter in one spot and reassemble it in another and it may very well come together as a lithe and lovely jinni named Amani or a large and fearsome figure … that would be Sumer.
There are plenty of anecdotal examples of their existence and Mr. bin Jleid mentions some in his column in the Saudi Gazette of November 29, 2014. While I sympathize with him that some of the stories seem ridiculous, isn’t that the very point he’s railing against? Who’s to decide what seems ridiculous? Check out these examples he cites. (What do you believe?)
THE international and Arab media last week published a story and photograph of a boy who is said to be Saudi. The boy’s father had taken the photograph and on seeing it several days later, discovered a smiling and naked jinn next to his son.
“And say, ‘O my Lord! I seek refuge with thee from the suggestions of the Evil Ones. And I seek refuge with Thee O my Lord! Lest they should come near me.’” (Holy Qur’an verses 23:97-98).
Science is still incapable of detecting and monitoring jinns. Some non-Muslim scientists deny the existence of jinns. Yet, some of us claim to have successfully photographed them with digital cameras?
The way the Western media portrays Saudis’ belief in jinns is a very disturbing; something needs to be done to prevent further mockery.
It is we who are responsible for this negative media coverage because it is the local media that is obsessed with publishing sensational news stories.
The practices of some of our journalists and newspapers require stern action and those guilty of ethical breaches should be banished from the profession for good.
Users on the immensely popular micro-blogging site, Twitter, regularly post jinn stories involving Saudis. I have read stories about jinns launching fireworks in Arqah Hospital and Saudis in their hundreds storming the hospital to evict them.
Then there was the Saudi sheikh who held a dialogue with a jinn live on air, and then there was the jinn who set a Saudi man’s home on fire 10 times, something that was confirmed by the Civil Defense.
Then there was the jinn in Al-Qassim who — after being cornered by a family using verses of the Quran — said, “I want to come out. I’m fed up after three years.
I have been sent by a Sudanese magician to you!” There was also the famous group of jinns who drove empty cars around Madinah.
Stories like these have made us become the laughing stock of both the Arab and foreign media. Also, let us not forget the sense of fashion displayed by some sheikhs and judges who are allegedly possessed by jinns during office hours.
These news stories are shameful and are not something that should be reported or taken seriously in an enlightened society. Such stories do not reflect the Saudi culture.
We believe in the existence of jinns as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and by the Prophet (peace be upon him). As for the news items that are being circulated, most are simply creating confusion.
I don’t know whether we should apologize to everyone who has read such stories or the jinns whom we have wronged.
Read the text of Mr. bin Jleid’s column in the Saudi Gazette from November 29, 2014.
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It’s Publisher Week at the romance fiction blog, Romance Lives Forever. Today, they’re featuring books from Boroughs Publishing Group with those irresistible guys who know what they want and how to get it. What is it about a hero that makes us want to hold out for one? Well, hold out no more. Here are some great books that deliver a hero…
Escaping for some love in the afternoon is a nice thought for a free spirit without a job, school program, kids, or obligations. But why can’t we hard-working souls steal away for a little afternoon delight? The answer is: We can!
And I don’t mean the kind of tryst that Kristen Stewart had with director Rupert Sanders. Stay out of trouble. My suggestion is to download some short romance stories to your ereaders. For cheaper than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can enter an idyllic romance replete with gorgeous locales, heart-thrumming emotion, and intoxicating characters. I download my shorts onto my Android phone. Size doesn’t matter. I’m still able to achieve reader satisfaction in small words loaded with passionate moments.
Download a quick tryst. Be voracious. Some major digital publishers already have a specified short romance line, like All Romance eBooks. The other majors, like Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and Hatchette’s Forever Yours imprint make it a bit harder to find the novellas because they don’t break them down by length. Go directly to indie romance publisher websites, and search short stories or novellas.
My romance publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, is tailoring their shorter romances for lunchtime rendezvous. On September 14th, Boroughs launches their Lunchbox Romance line with three new short stories: Vertigo by Elisabeth Silvers, Some Like it Haute by Jillian Leigh and The Shop Girl and the Vampire by @First Sight Grand Prize winner, Ciar Cullen.
And stay tuned. I’ll be submitting my own fictional liaisons for your afternoon delight.
Enjoy your trysts!
I’ve been working with an amazing marketing consultant, Lisa Pietsch, to create a new look for my website/blog. Summoning Magic on the Page is the tagline for this oasis of genie lore, fiction, history, and photos related to all of these things. Please click the follow button on the right side of this page and join me on this magic carpet ride of discovery and exploration into the world of the jinn.
Over the coming weeks and months, you’ll read some shocking facts and fascinating tidbits about a realm that is mostly misunderstood. I’ll share the stories that I uncover in my research (some of them will be actual news accounts of genie encounters, some will be archaeological finds, historical facts, or ancient superstitions) and I’ll keep you posted about the new stories I’m creating based on the jinn.
Currently, The Genie Ignites is available from Boroughs Publishing Group for ereaders, phones, laptops, and most other digital divination. Pick it up today if you haven’t already. Meanwhile, I’m currently onto the edits for book two of the Zubis Chronicles series, which is titled The Genie Smolders. The editor on this book is the sharp and insightful Editor-in-Chief Christopher Keeslar, formerly of Dorchester. That fact alone is a guarantee of a hot, happenin’ and very well written romance.
Take a look around the site and let me know what you would like to see or feel free to share your own fascinating facts about genies.
Sincere thanks to Lisa Pietsch for unleashing this vibrant genie world with her extraordinary marketing savvy. I highly recommend her marketing services. If you’re an author like I am who mostly wants to write but also recognizes the need to get my books into people’s hands, you’re going to need some help. Lisa Pietsch is that person. She built a new website, linked all my social networking, and quadrupled my Facebook reach to readership in less than a week.
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The contract is signed! The Genie Ignites, my new paranormal romance novel, has been bought by Boroughs Publishing Group. Champagne all around! I’m excited about partnering with Boroughs to bring this book to readers. Boroughs is a new and savvy digital romance publisher that launched in December. They have a good handle on the market and on the narrative, with an eye on especially solid writing. It’s true, as their tagline announces, that this is “Where Story Matters.” The cover isn’t ready yet, but as soon as it is, you’ll be the first to see it.
The full title of this novel is The Genie Ignites: Book One of the Zubis Chronicles. And where there’s a book one, there’s bound to be a book two, a book three, and possibly a book four. I’m already hard at work on the second story and carefully unfurling the fiery romance between Bethany O’Brien and Zubis.
Relationships are hard, especially one between an enigmatic genie and a sassy but intrepid human. Bethany is a 21st-century woman with a career, ambition, and bills. She doesn’t remember 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 jinn. Zubis is powerful, alluring, and infuriatingly bemused by Bethany’s skepticism. He once vowed to love her forever and has no plans of breaking his vow. Along with returning glimmers of this past life, Bethany must soon confront a citizenship in shambles, a job in jeopardy, and a mandate from an ancient society to kill the genie of her dreams. Although the priestess she once was had been taught that a romance with a jinni must never be, Bethany gradually realizes that her love for Zubis must never be forgotten. She will risk her citizenship, her job, and her life to save him.
I’m rooting for Bethany and Zubis and I hope you will, too. Watch this space for release information and news about my book blog tour in March.Best Wishes, Kellyann
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