#MeetTheNewbs ~ Lori Goldstein Author of Becoming Jinn (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Lori Goldstein:

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, Spring 2016). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

Meet Her Debut Novel:

Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

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. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

I've known Lori since July, and she's seriously the sweetest! I thoroughly enjoyed Lori's debut, Becoming Jinn and you can check out my review here. Today Lori shares ten random facts about herself!

Guest Post:

10 Random Things About Lori

1. I had a grandmother named Snookie and grew up on the Jersey Shore before it was something to be embarrassed about (okay, so maybe growing up in Jersey has always been something to be embarrassed about).
2. I slept in a tent in the Serengeti in Africa and survived the terrifying hours of an unidentified animal thumping the outside directly behind my head by reciting—mostly word for word—the entire story of Dirty Dancing to my husband. He countered with Star Wars.
3. I am 4’10”. I may or may not (may) have a Napoleon complex. I may or may not (may) fit in children’s shoes. I may or may not (may not) be able to reach the clothes in my stackable washer/dryer without a step stool.
4. I wish I knew at the time that my sixth-grade teacher was a psychic. She foretold the future by writing on my report card “Lori will be an author.” Nice. But would it have killed her to add a winning Powerball number or two?
5. I have copyedited everything from an essay by the president of Mexico to the energy policy plan for the state of Oklahoma to a knitting for dogs book.
6. I cannot be friends with you if you do not like Fight Club.
7. I love all things vampire. Always have. Always will. If you know who Damon and Klaus are, you are my people.
8. I write about teenagers because apparently I still am one. My editor was impressed with my ability to nail a sixteen-year-old’s voice. I didn’t confess that the voice is simply mine.
9. I need three things for my perfect day: beach, book, and backup book for when I finish book one.
10. I can successfully hail a taxi in New York City in the rain.

Lori is giving away some awesome Jinn swag, US only!

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I hope you'll join us for our first Meet the Newbies twitter chat on Friday, May 22nd at 8 PM EST!! There will be prizes and lots of fun. :)

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  1. So many good books out this year and this looks & sounds like another one to add to the TBR list! - Jennifer Y.

  2. I have been wanting to read this for a while! :D
    Mary G Loki

  3. I can't wait to read this book, especially since I've just finished "The Golem and the Jinni" and fell in love with the Jinni mythology! ;)

    Carolina M on rafflecopter (I have a US address)

  4. Loved reading those facts! She shouldn't worry about it - the best people always remain a teenager. And as for her good days, I wouldn't mind chilling with her on the beach and reading through a stack of books. I have recently watched Dirty Dancing and I have to admit it was a great movie and will be watching that one again soon :)

  5. Oh my! I really really love the cover! I've been seeing this book in the past few months! Heard great things about this!


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