It's reunion week here on my blog. On Monday, Nana Prah was here and today, my friend Zrinka Jelic. Zrinka and I also meet several years ago through Black Opal Books. We were a smaller group then and we all got to know each other very well. I've enjoyed all of Zrinka's books. They have romance, magic, some paranormal elements and best of all, legends from her native country, Croatia. GYPSY STONE is on my TBR list.
I asked Zrinka a few questions so you could get to know her as well as I do:
ME: Why Paranormal Romance?
ZRINKA: Gypsy Stone is a romantic suspense, though as it’s the case with all my books, there is a touch of paranormal and mystery. I can’t say why exactly, the story came to me as such and once I’ve started putting the words to paper, it compelled me to keep it as such.
ME: Tell us about your new release, Gypsy Stone.
ZRINKA: Gypsy Stone is a romantic suspense. It’s a story entirely told from the hero’s POV, which was challenging to get into some days. The plot follows him as he reunites with his high school love (and the only love of his life). She is in a big trouble, and he’d stop at nothing to protect her.
ME: What’s the most compelling thing about your characters that kept your butt in the chair writing and revising?
ZRINKA: Their story itself needed to be told. Their love for one another and their family, their future that is uncertain and if they’d live to see it.
ME: Besides writing, is there another profession you would love to try your hand at?
ZRINKA: Well, since I’m working a full time JOB in an office, writing is my part time second job. I wish I could flip this around, but as it is, writing will have to stay secondary unless I become an overnight sensation.
ME:What book are you reading right now?
ZRINKA: I just finished Barbara Doyle's “A Safe Place to Fall” and loved it. If you love a good, twisted romance, I’d suggest you pick up this book.
JUST FOR FUN:
Night owl or early riser?
More in between, I don’t do mornings, not without my coffee first, and though on days off I like to burn midnight oil, most of the days I’m in bed at fairly normal time. Plus with two kids who won’t go to bed if I’m staying up, I have to make an effort to hit the sack so that they don’t stay up way too late on school nights.
Pantser or Plotter?
Definitively a panster. I think of me more like a means of writing the book, I never know what will happen next. The characters drive the story and I have to listen to their wishes. Sounds crazy to a non-writer, I’m sure, but that’s how it goes with me. I envy those who can plot their next book into tiniest detail. I usually try to put down some kind of plot line, but then I never refer back to it as I write, so I stopped doing even that. It’s waste of time for me. I'd much rather write.
Wine, beer or cocktail?
Cocktail hour is a happy hour.
Favorite swear word?
Not the one I’d get caught saying it out loud. It escapes sometimes, slides off my tongue but if you hear me shouting it, I’m supper mad.
I’m not a sports watcher. I rather participate if I can. Went to hockey game years ago, couldn’t be more bored and couldn’t wait for the game to end, but with just my luck, it was a tie and they went into overtime, two times and the shootout settled the score. If you consider yoga a sport, that’s my favorite, otherwise I enjoy all kinds of fitness activities.
Favorite season of the year?
I used to like Fall, and I still do, but Summer is my new favorite, only if it’s hot and dry. Can’t stand rainy and cool summers. Then again, to fully enjoy Summer I’d like to be by the water, on the beach preferably, but pool would do in case beaches aren’t near. I like to watch snow fall in the Winter, but don’t like shoveling the driveway, driving in snow, digging my car out of the snow after a day at work, since I’m usually the last one leaving the office and parking lot is pretty deserted by the time I leave. And it gets dark early in the winter.
For the past fourteen years, Dario Vitez, has accumulated wealth and made a name for himself as an owner of the Mezzaluna restaurant. Love is the only thing missing from his life. Since the high school graduation, his sweetheart, Irena Novak, has been forced into a marriage of convenience and now lives half a world away. Though devastated by her loss after all these year, he still longs to see her one more time, just to affirm she has a better life than what he could offer her fourteen years ago. His wish gets granted the night he decides for once to put his work on hold.
Irena is not free from her marriage contract. Danger follows her in form of her husband, Fred Penne. Not only that Fred decided she knows too much to live, but he also wants Irena’s daughter, Ella, and does not care who he must kill to get her.
Discovering the truth about the ones Dario holds dear and the danger they are in, there are no lengths he wouldn't go to protect his new family against the cunning enemy.
Suspenseful, romantic and awash in Gypsy magic and Slavic folklore, "Gypsy Stone" captures the enchantment of the Adriatic coast and the power of love, family and friendship.
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Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal, Kiss of Death 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.