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Awakenings is Back!

You’ve been waiting for a long, long time for this, and now the wait is finally (almost) over! The Awakenings series returns, and it’s even better than you remember! Here’s the scoop:

Valentine’s Day brings Sabrina and Jonas back to you. With added scenes from his POV, he’s even more intense and volatile. I’ve cleaned up some scenes, added in their trip to Europe and Australia, and extended the ending. It has over 30K more words, and it brings you deeper into the love story than ever before. It’s an Author’s Cut because, for this, I went back to my original manuscript so that it was truer to my original vision (before I had to change it to fit a publisher’s guidelines. Yeah–I’m an indie rebel now!)

Pre-Order Link for Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M7XJ8CL

Pre-Order Link for all other outlets: https://books2read.com/u/brGDe7

If you have previously purchased this title, it won’t update with the changes because it’s being put out by a different publisher (me.) However, I promise it’s worth the price!

In the Coming Months–

April 11 brings Hanging On, Sophia and Drew’s love story. This one has also been updated to reflect my original vision with an Author’s Cut version. Some of the original content has been altered or removed, and some additional content has been added. I added more chapters from Drew’s POV, and we get to know his family a little better.

This story has always held a special place in my heart because I’ve known too many people who’ve gone through what Sophia went through. When I see her happy ending, it gives me hope for all my loved ones still searching for theirs.

Lastly, Owning Up (Awakenings 3) is coming at you in June 2019. I don’t have firm dates for this one. You might be thinking–hey, wasn’t Two Masters for Samantha next?–and you’d be right. I’ve significantly changed that story. There were elements of it that never sat right with me, and this was my chance to give Samantha the love story she deserved. About 30% of the story is the same, and 70% is completely new. It’s a longer, deeper, better story guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, frustrate you, and make you need a cold shower or a hot partner with some frequency, LOL.

Cover Reveal–Letting Go and Hanging On

After years of waiting, it’s finally happening. The rights to the Awakenings series are reverting to me, and I’ll be able to publish them again. This series launched my career, and it’s very special to me. More information coming soon, but I’m planning to launch Letting Go on February 14, 2019 and Hanging On in April 2019.

Here are the covers, made with love by Pyroclastic.

Yep, that’s a foreword by Lydia Michaels and Allyson Young!

I hope you’re as excited for the return of some of my greatest titles as I am!

Broken Love

Broken Love

A SAFE Security Trilogy: Jesse and Jessica 2

Jesse: Four months after Jessica walked away from me, I returned to find that she’d removed herself from my life as much as possible—even from her art studio and storefront on the first floor of the SAFE Security building. She couldn’t run far since she was carrying my child, and one night of playing nice landed me in her bed. While it didn’t repair the broken love between us, it renewed my determination to win her back.

Jessica: Ending up in the back of Jesse’s truck while he was on vacation wasn’t what I’d intended, but it gave us time to talk in a way we hadn’t before. Now that he understood I wasn’t a submissive, maybe we had a chance to be friends and co-parents?

I just wish I could stop yearning for his touch.

Excerpt:

She sat up as I came in, revealing that she wore my shirt. “You were gone a long time.” Her lips pressed together, probably quelling the urge to ask where I’d been.

“I called Dean.”

“Oh.” Her gaze flickered away. “I’m finished in the bathroom. I used one of your disposable razors for my legs. I hope you don’t mind.”

This woman was completely at odds with the portrait Dean had in his head. To reaffirm that idea, I took a chance on Dean’s question. If she wasn’t on SAFE Security’s insurance, I needed to know she was covered somewhere. If she wasn’t, I’d change that situation immediately.

“Jessica, Dean said that he tried to cut off your health care by firing you from SAFE Security.”

“Let’s not talk about any of that unpleasantness. I’ve landed on my feet, okay?” She rolled to her other side and pulled the covers up, signaling that she was finished with the conversation.

Nothing got to me faster than an uncooperative Jessica. I sat on the edge of her bed and eased the covers from over her face. “Who is paying for your insurance?”

Her chest heaved a sigh. “You are.” She didn’t meet my gaze.

I was meticulous about my bank accounts. I hadn’t seen an increase in money flowing to health insurance. Actually, my monthly premium cost had dropped a few dollars. “How?”

She chewed at her bottom lip in a rare show of nerves. “Maybe you should ask David? It was his idea.”

Now my curiosity was piqued. I peeled back the covers and lifted her until she sat up and faced me. “Darlin’, I’d like an explanation.”

“We’re married.”

Shock that she would marry anyone was superseded only by the fact of who she claimed to have married. How the fuck could she marry David? He was already married. “How? Did he divorce Brea and not tell anyone?”

She winced. “No, I’m married to you.”

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FKPGY25

All other retailers: https://www.books2read.com/u/boZ8M0

Jesse and Jessica Get Their Own Series!

When I began writing Jesse and Jessica’s story, it grew into something incredible and unexpected. My first run at writing their love story ended up with a really, really long book, and the characters wouldn’t stop talking to me.

“You know that’s not the end,” Jessica would whisper.

“What about…?” Jesse would prod.

He’s a pushy one, and she gives me these long looks that I couldn’t ignore.

Their story turned into an epic trilogy. I’m amazed at how these two grew, changed, and each came into their own–separately and together. I laughed and cried while writing this, and I hope you do as well.

The reading order is as follows:

Forging Love (alternating viewpoints)

Drawing on Love (Jessica’s viewpoint)

Broken Love (Mostly Jesse’s viewpoint)

Shards of Love (alternating viewpoints)

Forging Love (prequel/SAFE Security 2.5): FREE novella! Buy from Amazon or Books2Read (which is all other outlets)

Drawing On Love Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FC612HL
All Other Retailers: https://www.books2read.com/u/bP5QjA

 

Working Hard–New Series

For the ten of you who follow this blog, I wanted to touch base. I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy. Drawing on Love was supposed to come out. this month, but Editor-Wife has come down hard on the edits. Basically, that means this is going to be a two-parter. It’ll be my first. I’m in the process of writing Broken Love right now. It’s coming along fairly quickly, so I’m looking at a July release date. Though this is part of the SAFE Security series, this arc stands alone because it really doesn’t have anything to do with David and Brea.

That makes 3, I guess. Forging Love is the prequel, and it sets up what happens in Drawing on Love, and the story will conclude in Broken Love. Since Jessica and Jesse have waited for so long to get together, it looks like they have a lot to say!

So, hang in there. I’m putting together a rollercoaster experience for y’all.

P. S. I’ve had requests for Frankie and Dean’s stories. They are not in the works, but I’m thinking about them!

Psst–Wanna read MM romance?

A. J. Stone and Nicoline Tiernan have new releases out!

Are you craving some manlove? Try Nic’s newest title, The Man of His Dreams. This paranormal romance is hot, hot, hot.

Waking up shackled to a handsome stranger is only the beginning to James’ bizarre journey. Dash is an Incubus, a mystical being who steals into men’s dreams and feeds off their sexual energies. But Dash is being forced into performing these acts for Gregor, a powerful sorcerer, who is now hunting Dash—and James along with him.

Can James survive the threats on his life from the mystical beings sent to attack him? Will James survive sex with Dash, and if he does, can it become so much more?

The Man of His Dreams is a 36,000 word MM romance with a supernatural twist. This steamy gay romance has explicit sexual content and is intended only for adult audiences.

It’s only available through Amazon for $2.99 or free if you’re a KU subscriber.

A. J. Stone is writing MM/MPreg romances. Her new shifter series is called Bear’s Cove. There are two books out right now, Dak’s Omega and Tanzil’s Second Chance. Both are $2.99 on Amazon or free for KU subscribers. A. J.’s books have been garnering great reviews so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of those covers? Hot–amIright? Go on and pick up some bear-shifter love stories.

 

Safeword: Oasis is BACK

The rights for Wanting Wilder reverted to me a couple years ago, but I haven’t put it back out there. Now that Mina’s Heart is mine again, I’m re-releasing the titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s funny–I went back and read the reviews posted for Wanting Wilder, and they’re harsh. These were the first books I wrote that weren’t centered on sex, but on the relationship instead. Apparently, people didn’t like that. One reviewer commented on the number of scenes with no penetration. What strikes me as funny about this is that I think a lot of people who don’t practice BDSM think that the relationships are all about sex. They aren’t. Relationships are about connecting with people.

Wilder made the mistake of jumping into bed with Lydia right away, and it didn’t lead to a long-term love story. Wanting Wilder is the story of Lydia embracing her submissive side and learning to what it means outside of sex. Yes, it’s erotic. Yes, there is sex in the novel. But it’s not the focus. I guess people objected to a love story. I don’t care. I wanted to write a love story, and so I did. When USA Today reviewed it, they raved about how I craft characters. The quote on the header of my website comes from that review of Wanting Wilder, and I’m proud of my work. I made minor changes, but that’s all.

Mina’s Heart had a better reception, though I think fewer people read it. I’m not sure there’s more sex in it. I also made minimal updates to this novel before releasing it.

One thing I absolutely love are the covers. The originals weren’t really IR. I remember getting the original cover for Wanting Wilder. I told them that it looked great, but the heroine in the stock art wasn’t black. So they darkened the picture. That was it for changes. I’m so pleased that this cover has a black heroine on it. The heroine on the original Mina’s Heart cover looked more Spanish than Asian. I love the art that *I* chose, and I love what my cover artist did with them. I hope you do as well.

You can pick up Wanting Wilder and Mina’s Heart on Apple, KOBO, and BN. Amazon is still publishing, so give it a day or two before you search.  Oh–I also put them up for $3.99 instead of the $6.99 original price, so you’re saving $3/title.

Re/Captured is Here!

When a day helping out at Legal Aid puts Katrina in the crosshairs of a serial killer bent on sending his version of romantic gifts, life starts to spiral out of control. Not only is she trying to plan her wedding, but work and home life are increasingly hectic.

Keith has doubts about Kat and the reasons she keeps postponing the wedding, so he sets out to recapture her heart. Meanwhile, the serial killer’s obsession with Katrina only grows—threatening her entire family.

Sacrifices must be made, but can love help them survive the fallout?

Warnings: BDSM, anal sex, D/s

PG Excerpt:

Understanding Keith’s message—he’d wanted to put her mind at ease with regard to the children so that she could focus on submitting to him—she lowered her gaze. “Can I have ten minutes to put my bag away and freshen up?”

“Yes. I set out what I want you to wear.” His voice washed through her senses, overpowering her with peace and excitement.

“Thank you.” Briefcase in hand, she turned to follow his instructions.

“Kitty Kat.”

The unspoken order halted her. She turned back to him. “Yes?”

“I want a kiss.”

Closing the distance she lifted her face. He caressed her cheek with one hand and wrapped the other around her waist to support her lower back, two points of contact only. His lips brushed hers, teasing at a third point. He massaged, a gentle pressure welcoming her home and to her role as his submissive.

Slave to his mastery, she sighed into it, dropping her briefcase and lifting her arms to twine them around his neck, and she pressed her chest to his. He deepened the kiss, plunging his tongue deep to taste and stab. The hand on her cheek slid into her hair, and the one on her back lowered to squeeze her ass. She forgot about everything. The stresses of her day fell away as she melted in the face of his demand.

He broke away to trail sucking kisses down her neck, stopping when the collar of her dress shirt got in his way. “Go,” he said. “Take your ten minutes, and then you’re mine.”

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BT1F2g

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1330056922

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/re-captured-michele-zurlo/1127745211

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/re-captured

D2D Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/mdNEYw

Allyson Young–Six Dominant Romances!

Buy Links:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/running-to-love-allyson-young/1127833191?ean=2940155392477

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079DX5QPP

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/running-to-love-the-series

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1334896415

Universal link:  books2read.com/u/b6rqDy

Blurb:

The Running to Love complete series of 781 pages includes six previously released, rewritten, dominant romances- Away, Breathe, Broken, Done, Surrounded and Apt.

Author Bio:

Allyson Young lives in cottage country in Manitoba, Canada with her husband and numerous pets. She has always enjoyed the written word, and after reading an erotic romance, quite by mistake, decided to try her hand at penning one.

She is a bestselling Amazon author, a hybrid author, and, along with her alter ego and three coauthors, has published four series and several standalones in contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy and suspense genres—50 books in total.

Allyson will write until whatever she has inside her is satisfied- when all the heroes man up and all the heroines get what they deserve. Love isn’t always sweet, and Allyson favours the darker side of romance.

http://www.allysonyoung.com

 

Re/Captured (DFBI 7)–Pre-order Now!

Re/Captured (Doms of the FBI 7)

Keith and Katrina are back! Reader favorites Keith Rossetti and Katrina Legato from Re/Paired (Doms of the FBI 2) return for another emotional, sexy, and dangerous adventure.

Blurb:

When a day helping out at Legal Aid puts Katrina in the crosshairs of a serial killer bent on sending his version of romantic gifts, life starts to spiral out of control. Not only is she trying to plan her wedding, but work and home life are increasingly hectic.

Keith has doubts about Kat and the reasons she keeps postponing the wedding, so he sets out to recapture her heart. Meanwhile, the serial killer’s obsession with Katrina only grows—threatening her entire family.

Sacrifices must be made, but can love help them survive the fallout?

Warnings: BDSM, anal sex, D/s

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BT1F2g

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1330056922

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/re-captured-michele-zurlo/1127745211

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/re-captured

D2D Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/mdNEYw

PG Excerpt 1:

Understanding Keith’s message—he’d wanted to put her mind at ease with regard to the children so that she could focus on submitting to him—she lowered her gaze. “Can I have ten minutes to put my bag away and freshen up?”

“Yes. I set out what I want you to wear.” His voice washed through her senses, overpowering her with peace and excitement.

“Thank you.” Briefcase in hand, she turned to follow his instructions.

“Kitty Kat.”

The unspoken order halted her. She turned back to him. “Yes?”

“I want a kiss.”

Closing the distance she lifted her face. He caressed her cheek with one hand and wrapped the other around her waist to support her lower back, two points of contact only. His lips brushed hers, teasing at a third point. He massaged, a gentle pressure welcoming her home and to her role as his submissive.

Slave to his mastery, she sighed into it, dropping her briefcase and lifting her arms to twine them around his neck, and she pressed her chest to his. He deepened the kiss, plunging his tongue deep to taste and stab. The hand on her cheek slid into her hair, and the one on her back lowered to squeeze her ass. She forgot about everything. The stresses of her day fell away as she melted in the face of his demand.

He broke away to trail sucking kisses down her neck, stopping when the collar of her dress shirt got in his way. “Go,” he said. “Take your ten minutes, and then you’re mine.”

PG Excerpt 2:

“Put your dress on. Tell me how you look.”

Though he couldn’t see it, she parked her hand on her hip. “Keith, this is highly inappropriate, and it’s bad luck.” Her pulse raced. Though she thought of the wedding as a formality, she couldn’t help but get a little excited for the actual event.

His husky chuckle crackled through the phone. “I don’t believe in bad luck, and I can’t masturbate to mental images of you in that dress if I don’t know what it looks like.”

Her fake chagrin melted. She whispered her reply. “You want to masturbate to mental images of me in a wedding dress? That’s weird. You have actual pictures of me wearing lingerie.” He also had a picture of her pussy that he refused to delete. Good thing his phone was password and fingerprint protected.

“I like those pictures.” His voice dropped as the Dom in him asserted itself. “But, Kitty Kat, the wedding dress says unequivocally that you belong to me. Nothing is sexier than that.”

Her breath caught at his tone. “You’re such a romantic.”

“How about a picture?”

“Nope.” She smiled as she refused him. “I’m not bending on this. You can’t see my dress before the wedding.”

“At least tell me what the neckline looks like. And how long is the skirt? What are you wearing under it?”

She laughed. “No clues. You’ll have to wait.”

“Tease.”

“A tease would send you pictures of random dresses.”

Reviews for Re/Paired

“Wow.  This book was so freaking hot!! [Re/Paired] has great balance….heavy on the romance with enough suspense to keep it interesting and that’s how I like it.”–Under the Covers Book Blog

5 Stars/Purest Delight from Guilty Pleasures: “This was a great read with a damaged Dom who learns to cherish his sub, a lot of hot BDSM action, suspense, and complex relationships”

If you haven’t yet enjoyed Re/Paired, you can pick it up here:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/21AACOn

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1098718284

D2D Links for Barnes and Noble and others: https://www.books2read.com/u/mVXLlb

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Michele_Zurlo_Re_Paired?id=M7UwDwAAQBAJ