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Before we get into the specifics of the book, let’s hear a few words from the author in an interview.
How do you come up with a story line?
It’s different for each story. Some came to me in my dreams, mostly I drew them from everyday life and history from my country of Croatia that had a pretty turbulent past. I love to resurrect old legends of star-crossed lovers.
Are you an outliner, a write by the seat of your pants author, or a combination?
I guess I could say I’m a combination of both, to a small degree. I outline the story, but then don’t bother referencing it as I write. I don’t know why I bother with outlining.
What are you currently working on for your next book?
My work in progress has changed a few titles. At the moment I’m calling it “The Call of Destiny” and I like this title, I think I’ll stick with it. I’ve googled it, there’s no other book with this title. And I like to be original.
What was your most challenging book that you’ve written?
“The Call of Destiny” has to be the hardest yet. It’s a contemporary romantic suspense, which is outside of my normal genre, which is paranormal. There’s a lot of soul searching in this book, a lot of hard questions trying to find answers.
How did you come up with your title?
“Deck the Halls”, my holiday novella is the heroine’s business name. She landscapes in spring and summer, prepares the gardens for the winter in Fall, but during the winter she helps seniors decorate houses inside and out. That was her original idea when she started that business, but she never expected she’d get called to decorate houses of the rich who couldn’t be bothered to do the job themselves.
What was your favorite scene in this book?
The favorite is when the heroine finds a dog on the grocery store parking lot, but doesn’t know he’s her favorite clerk who always helped her get the bags into her car.
What was the hardest scene to write in the book?
It has to be the love scene, since it’s done one way. The dog or the clerk is actually a werewolf and can influence her to please herself while she is fantasizing about making love to him.
BLURB – Deck the Halls
It isn’t the string of crappy jobs, or people’s irrational urge to spend their money, or even his inability to ask Julie out on a date that Zach can’t get excited about Christmas. It is the fact that today is his last day he gets to spend in his preferred human form.
When jealous Tia, a wicked sorceress disguised as the pack’s alpha female, tries to force his wolf out a day early, all-consuming anger sends him into a rage against her. She punishes shape shifter Zach, by changing him to a dog. He has 48 hours to save his family and trade his life for someone else’s in order to break the spell—the only problem, Julie’s cat Miss Molly knows who he is and won’t let him near her owner. But Julie’s safety is the greatest importance and he sticks by her side.
Julie can’t resist falling in love with the stray dog she rescues. She prolongs putting a found dog ad in the local newspaper just to keep him for another day. Strange thing is, the animal reminds her of Zach.
Confronted with the woman who stole the man she secretly loves, Julie discovers the truth about Zach. When his dog form proves useless against the powerful alpha werewolf, the help comes from unforeseen allies.
Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, she writes contemporary fiction–which leans toward the paranormal–and adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given Jelic’s love for her native Croatia and the Adriatic Sea, her characters usually find themselves dealing with a fair amount of sunshine, but that’s about the only break they get.