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Thursday, May 23, 2013

You Never Forget Your First...Genie!

I’m thrilled spitless (as my grandma used to say) to have my writing buddy and inspiration, Lisa Gail Green as a guest on ye olde blog today.

Lisa’s debut YA novel, The Binding Stone is an “E” ticket (shout out to my fellow vintage Disneyland fans) ride through past and present with her kickin’ Djinn main character, Leela.

I trapped Lisa in a decorative bottle long enough to answer a few questions.

Lisa, I know you became smitten with Djinns while traipsing through the website Monstropedia. How did you find such a juicy resource?

Good question. I can't remember! LOL, the gremlin must have whispered it in my ear while I slept. Or maybe I read it on someone's blog. Or found it by Googling. Nah, it was probably the gremlin.

What is your first memory of a genie?

I guess my first genie was Jeannie (Barbara Eden).

I used to watch that show along with Bewitched every afternoon. And I wonder where my love of paranormal comes from! I remember loving her magic and how she could do anything she wanted. Of course I loved the outfit too. Trivia - did you know that she never showed her navel? It's true. 

So I guess we’ll never know if she was an inney or an outey. 

What kind of convo would go down between your Leela and Jeannie from I DREAM OF JEANNIE?
 I’m dying to know what Leela’s take on Jeannie would be.
(Playing the role of ME will be Lisa Gail Green)

Me: He he he. Jeannie wouldn't stand a chance. 
Leela: A chance of what?
Me: You know. Just that you'd win.
Leela: I do not recall Leslie asking who would win a fight. 
Jeannie: Did I hear my name?
Leela: I've seen your show. *frowns*
Jeannie: Oh! Thank you! Isn't my master handsome?
Leela: That isn't how it works. If you were true Djinn you would have killed him at your first opportunity. Since he did not truly own you.
Jeannie: Kill him? But he married me! Don't be silly. *slaps Leela's shoulder playfully*
Leela: Do not touch me.
Jeannie:  *to me* What's her problem?
Me: I'm staying out of this. 
Leela: And why do you blink when you do magic? Did one of your false eyelashes get in your eye? 
Me: Oooooh no she didn't. 
Jeannie: *in tears* You're mean.
Leela: No. I am Djinn. You are an imposter.
Me: Okay now, that's enough. *hands Jeannie a tissue* Larry Hagman was quite handsome in his day. 

I thought Astronaut Tony Nelson was a dreamboat. Another genie that has a special place in my heart is Robin Williams’ genie from Disney’s Aladdin. I’ll bet he’d have some genie gems of wisdom for Leela.

He'd tell her he hopes she finds a nice master like Aladdin. He'd probably also tell her to lighten up. He and Taj would be buds.

Genie: Excuse me. That's not what I'd say at all. 
Me: I'm sorry?
Genie: *shouts* "THAT'S NOT WHAT I’D SAY."
Leela: You are blue. 
Genie: And you are *turns into a wolf and does a wolf call* 
Leela: No. I am not a wolf. I am Djinn.
Jeannie: She thinks she's the only real genie. *crosses arms and snorts*
Genie: Ahhhh. Identity issues, eh? Been there. It's not hard when you can be anyone you want. *turns into Mickey Mouse*

Thank you, Lisa for the genie funfest.

Now everyone grab your Kindle and hop on your magic carpet with The Binding Stone
First in the Djinn Series

Praise from some cool peeps for The Binding Stone:

"Genies like you’ve never seen them, THE BINDING STONE is a wild ride of treachery and deception. For my first wish, I’d like a sequel, please." - PERSONAL DEMONS author Lisa Desrochers

"I dream of Lisa Gail Green! THE BINDING STONE is magical in so many ways. My Djinn asks for my third wish? The sequel, of course!"
-- Nancy Holder, NYT Bestselling Author, THE WOLF SPRINGS CHRONICLES

And a blurb to whet your appetite:

Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.

Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she’s seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.

Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?

The Binding Stone is available for 99 cents on Friday, May 24th. Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend. GRAB IT!


  1. I believe Barbara Eden was also my first genie.

    I just downloaded the book. I'm glad to have it in my collection.

  2. I loved I Dream of Jeannie! And congrats to Lisa!

  3. Thank you, Leslie - and thank you, guys for indulging me. This was SO MUCH FUN!!1

  4. fun interview! I love I dream of Jeannie, in face, my mother-in-law sort of looks like Barbara Eden.

  5. Hilarious!!! Love Leela vs. other famous genies. I can understand her attitude, but come on Leela, lighten up!

  6. I love this post! I still watch I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched during the week on ME- seriously. It's the only hour of TV I see anymore- lol. Interesting about her navel! Thanks for sharing : ) ~ Jess

  7. OMG that was so funny! It was like being at a group therapy session for genies! And you know what? I never knew the navel thingie.

    I am soooo excited for Lisa!

  8. Love this!!! I have my copy waiting for me on my Kindle! Love the convos here - teehee! :)

  9. I saw this on a few blogs this past week.
    Congratulations to Lisa! Great cover!

    Writer In Transit

  10. Loved the conversation here. Congratulations to Lisa.

  11. I remember I Dream of Genie and Bewitched. I used to love those shows. I when I first read Lisa's blurb, I thought of IDOD. :D

  12. I didn't see this post in time for the sale, but that's okay. I try to support my writing buds, anyway. This was a fun post. Nice going, Leslie and Lisa!


  13. This looks so fabulous! I'll have to go check it out :)

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

  14. Totally cracking up over the mini-interviews! Looking forward to reading this!

  15. Great job, you two! And another congrats to Lisa Gail.