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The Genie Ignites (The Zubis Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kellyann Zuzulo
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"The author weaves a complex plot whilst developing and maintaining a hot romance. She has clearly done a great deal of research into the mythology of the jinn and the customs, history, and politics of the Middle East. I liked the way she spins her tale and her world building is excellent.... I recommend this book to readers of paranormal romance and also those who enjoy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. The romance between Bethany and Zubis continues in The Genie Smolders, which is due for release in Spring 2013."  ~A Reader's Review blog

"This was a fun and fiery read that I did not want to put down. From the moment I fired up the Kindle, I was enthralled with this author's words. I love the contrast that the author creates between the past life and love they had together with the current timeline. I was drawn into their world and did not want to leave it at all." ~Wakela Runen's World blog

About the Author

Kellyann Zuzulo is full-time writer and reader. Her paranormal romantic suspense series The Zubis Chronicles is published by Boroughs Publishing Group and is available for Kindle download. The Genie Ignites is the first book in that series. To Have and To Hold and Reluctant Rapture are the first two books in the 101 Nights series and are now available on Amazon.

Kellyann's first novel, A Genie in the House of Saud was a winner in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Backspace Writers Group, and a regular contributor to The Pop Culture Divas blog. A former journalist, Kellyann lives on the East Coast with her husband, three children, and two jaunty terriers, Djin-Djin and Dixie.

Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G5MBJK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Genie Love Story October 10, 2012
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The story of Zubis and Bethany O'Brien is a love story for a new generation. It has suspense, humor, heart, passion and a fiery romance. I was so emotionally involved in how their relationship developed that I had trouble putting the book down. At the same time, the author does a stellar job of creating scenes that make you feel like you're there. I traveled from Washington to London to Italy then Egypt and, finally, Saudi Arabia, just by turning the pages. Even though this is the story of a genie, the way it's written makes the idea of a genie interacting in our world entirely believable.

Bethany O'Brien is a normal American woman who works for the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC. She's sharp and sassy and very skeptical when Seth, her contact at the embassy, tells her a secret. He's a member of an ancient society called the Veil of Thoth, whose job it is to monitor genies on earth. They've learned that Bethany is the reincarnation of a priestess from the time of Solomon. The priestess was the lover of a genie named Zubis who has resurfaced in the 21st century. Seth wants to help Bethany retrieve her memories as the priestess so that she can kill Zubis. Even though Bethany thinks the idea of a genie being real is ridiculous (much less that she would have to kill him), her journalism training kicks in. She wants to find out what's really going on.

I think Bethany's pursuit of Zubis might have been unbelievable if we didn't already see that Zubis had been visiting Bethany in her dreams. She's confused and intrigued by Zubis by the time Seth explains who he is. Plus, the story opens with Bethany meeting Zubis in the flesh at an embassy reception. Sparks fly right away. She doesn't yet realize who he is, but the reader has a clue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful atmospheric read with rich characters October 9, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Kellyann has written a book about a subject she obviously knows well as her knowledge and passion shine through on every page. Bethany is a very credible heroine, feisty and independent, as she gets drawn into a web of intrigue and her past history with a very mysterious ancient culture. Meeting the past love of her life, Zubis, who is, I have to say, an incredible sexy but fairly autocratic jinn, turns the world she knew on its head and opens her eyes to a world full of mystery and double crossing.
I look forward to Kellyann's next chapter in the Zubis Chronicles and will definitely be reading it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book... August 28, 2012
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...and I couldn't put it down! This unique story keeps you engaged from start to finish! I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Kellyann Zuzulo weaves a tapestry of magic and intrigue in The Genie Ignites.

I found the novel filled with tension and conflict as Bethany O'Brien, a high-profile journalist working in Washington, D.C. uncovers her own history and her link to the past. She's no shrinking violet - Bethany is determined to find out why Zubis, an ancient genie is manifesting himself in her dreams, and her reality. Once a priestess in Solomon's court, Zubis needs Bethany at his side. He's loved her for three thousand years, and he's waited for her rebirth.

Across the sands of time, Bethany travels to Zubis in Saudi Arabia, drawn to him like a moth to the flame. Her incredible journey reveals exotic images, ripped-from-the-headlines political intrigue, and historical artifacts leading her to her destiny - a secret society where humans and Jinnji collide for control of the world.

The historical elements in this story, religion and royalty bring the characters to life in a race against time. Royalty behaves badly, and the body count rises as Faisal, the antagonist, attempts to take the Saudi throne. He wants to unleash the unstoppable power of Borzal, a Genie who guarantees Faisal world domination.

Zubis and Bethany mean to stand in their way.

Oh, and did I mention the love story? Romantic tension led me along Bethany's journey to reunite with Zubis, the Genie who holds her heart. Magical, sizzling hot romance weaves throughout the novel, and Zuzulo delivers an ending that prompts me to pick up the next book in her Genie series.

This is a good read. Treat yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! September 6, 2012
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Reincarnation and a love that endures through time... who said love was simple?! A great story-line and wonderfully descriptive - a must-read!
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More About the Author

Kellyann Zuzulo writes fiction about genies. Her combination of research and personal experience (ask her about that one time the genie set fire to her Kindle) bring the world of the jinn to life.

THE GENIE IGNITES, a paranormal romance novel, is Book One of the Zubis Chronicles from Boroughs Publishing Group and is a finalist in the 2013 Abalone Awards, which recognizes "Outstanding Ethno-Cultural Romance." Book two, THE GENIE SMOLDERS, will be released in Spring 2013. Her paranormal romance series, 101 Nights, starts with TO HAVE AND TO HOLD and will tell the story in five installments of a beautiful genie trapped in the wild suburbs of New Jersey.

Kellyann's first novel, A GENIE IN THE HOUSE OF SAUD: ZUBIS RISES, was a winner in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kellyann contributed the story STAR LIGHT, BLOOD BRIGHT to the anthology SEVEN SOULS A LEAPING, which was selected by Joyfully Reviewed as one of the best of 2011.

Kellyann is a member of the Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Backspace Writers Group, and a regular contributor to The Pop Culture Divas blog. A former journalist, Kellyann lives on the East Coast with her husband, three children, and two jaunty terriers, Djin-Djin and Dixie.

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