Thursday, May 19, 2016

FFBC Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Circle of Jinn (Lori Goldstein)

Circle of Jinn (Becoming Jinn #2)
by Lori Goldstein
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

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.

Behind the Jinn Series Covers

Thanks so much for having me here to talk about Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn’s covers.

First, some may remember that the original cover of Becoming Jinn went through a slight change before release. It was originally red instead of purple. I’m thrilled that Circle of Jinn was able to return to a version of that red cover. In person, the colors coordinate beautifully.

For those that don’t know, that bangle on the cover (and the six on the cover of book two) were actually purchased by me! Macmillan did a photo shoot of them for the series.

Here’s the full, funny story!

Some authors know down to the last detail what they’d love to see on their cover; some have no opinion at all. That’s as varied as the author’s involvement in the cover design. Every publisher, editor, designer, and author is different in terms of being involved in discussions, seeing drafts, and seeing the final version land in their inbox. 

My experience is somewhere smack dab in the middle. While I didn’t have a particular cover in mind, the one thing I thought would represent the book well was to incorporate the silver bangle that Azra receives. It’s what releases her Jinn powers and starts her journey.

Long ago, I mentioned this to my editor, Liz Szabla, and it turns out that Rich Deas, the creative director at Macmillan, and the rest of the team were on the same page. That was the direction they intended to go with the cover of Becoming Jinn. Great! Fast-forward a few months to when I received an e-mail from Liz asking for my opinion on the bangles they were to use in a photo shoot for JINN 1. She had scoured markets and online sites and was having trouble finding the one she thought matched the feel of the book.

Give me a shopping challenge, and I’ll take it! Off I went to find a bangle that screamed Jinn. And I did, in a store called Ten Thousand Villages. It was perfect. What wasn’t perfect was that the store only had two. And Liz asked me to get six; there are six Jinn girls in the book and F&F was considering using multiple bangles to represent them on the cover. The bangle I found was on clearance, which was good for our budget, but that meant we couldn’t easily get more. This is where it got crazy and fun: Ten Thousand Villages is a chain store. The woman helping me whipped out the huge list of stores all over the country and began to hunt down where we might be able to snag a few more bracelets. We found some. Hurray! But store policy prevented phone orders. Boo!

As luck and fate would have it, one of my best friends who lives in California was visiting his parents in Portland, Maine, and guess which store had four more bangles, giving us the six we needed? 

Bingo. Six bangles were then on their way to Feiwel and Friends. 

Of course, after all that, Becoming Jinn only used one bangle! But now, Circle of Jinn uses all six! Which makes the heroic efforts to find the bangles more than worthwhile!

Incidentally, after we secured the six bangles for the cover, I enlisted friends in other parts of the country to help me locate a few more (shout-out to my good friend Chandler Baker, author of Alive and Teen Frankenstein, who picked up one in Texas for me). I managed to get my little hands on one for myself as well as a few extra that will be given away to fans in my preorder/order giveaway going on now!

I just love having the bangle on the cover. To me, it’s the perfect representation of both the beauty and the obligation of becoming Jinn.

Follow the Circle of Jinn by Lori Goldstein Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

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My debut novel, the Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy Becoming Jinn, is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies. The sequel, Circle of Jinn, releases May 17, 2016 (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan).
Too much of my day involves chatting books, obsessing over The Vampire Diaries, and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter. Find me at @loriagoldstein and follow my blog at, my Tumblr at, or my Instagram at
Like my author page on Facebook for fun book-related photos, tidbits, and happenings as well as news on Becoming Jinn.
I am represented by Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency.

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