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Michele Zurlo Update 10/22/16

I haven’t done an update in a while. I’ve been busy with work, edits, and fun stuff like that. The cover art for Treasure Me (SAFE Security 1) is finally here.treasure-me-500x750I love the simplicity of the design. It’s different from the Doms of the FBI series, but still distinctive and original. I’m knee-deep in my to-do list, doing the final proofing of Treasure Me so that I can get ARC’s out to reviewers. If you’re a blogger/reviewer, and you’re interested in taking part in my blitz, you can sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/gpSOzhrt7l8TGeFg2

In other news, I was supposed to go to the MLBU convention in Minneapolis this weekend–my first convention ever–but I didn’t end up going. I’m a bit bummed about that, but the reason I didn’t go has me a lot more bummed. My mom has been ill. I’m not posting details here, but I’ll say that when someone you love gets sick like this, it really makes you rethink your priorities in life. I’m spending as much time with her as I can, even though she sold her house (15 minutes from me) and bought one in Tennessee (10 hours away from me.) Currently she’s staying with my aunt (1 hour and 15 minutes from me.)

So look for Treasure Me coming your way December 1st. I’ll post links when they’re available.

TTFN

Michele Zurlo’s Aug 17 Update

Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, so here goes–

My editor sent back edits for Re/Viewed (DFBI 6). It’s quite a long manuscript, so I’ve asked her to find places to cut out excess verbiage. She gave me a few suggestions, but most of it is staying. It takes longer to develop a three main characters and their separate love triangle issues, so it’ll still end up being longer than all the other FBI books. Most of you will be happy about that.

12938342_10209117629719941_1284887546926593190_nI’m also getting ready for the MLBU conference in Minneapolis in October. I hope, hope, hope to see you there! If you need information, here’s a link to the website.

On the WIP front, I’m making great progress in the SAFE Security front. I have a working title, suggested by my wife/editor: Looking In. We also threw around On the Outside. It’s a play with “on the outside looking in,” which is how Autumn has felt for most of her life. In this novel, she’s being forced to confront issues with her past and issues with David. If you’ll recall, they still have some things to work through. Add to that her penchant for getting in trouble, and you have one heck of a plot (which I hope everybody likes!)

WIP memeHow about a teaser? Please keep in mind that this is a completely UNEDITED and UNFINALIZED and TENTATIVE work in progress.

“Are you being good, Sugar?” The seductive timbre of David’s low voice came through on a clear cell signal.

I glanced around the lobby of the SAFE Security offices to make sure no one might have overheard the sexual undertones of his question, but the gesture was pointless. Dean and Frankie had left twenty minutes ago to catch a plane to Miami. That had annoyed the hell out of me. Here I was, trying to show them how valuable I could be as an office manager, and there they were, still making their own arrangements for their missions. I hadn’t even known that Dean and Frankie had something scheduled. It rankled that they didn’t trust me enough to let me know they had client, and that they totally neglected to ask me to arrange the flight, accommodations, and whatever else they’d need.

Still, it was good to hear David’s voice. He’d left two days ago with Jesse. The two of them had been charged with retrieving a stolen painting by Cubist artist Marie Laurencin called Danseuses Espagnoles. Their client had found it, but after a three-year investigation by the FBI, no action had been taken. They were tired of waiting for the legal channels to work. At least David trusted me enough to let me sit in with him and Jesse while they processed the contract, and Jesse had set me up with an access account and a company credit card so that I could book the flight to Phoenix and rent a house with sightlines into the property of the thief.

But my Sir waited for a response. I wondered if he’d found some time away from Jesse or if Jesse was throwing David a disgusted look and wishing he was elsewhere. I wrinkled my nose at the idea of ‘being good’ and rearranged the pens in my drawer. The collective quartet had left me with absolutely nothing to do. The clang of plastic against metal echoed through the reception room. My new desk was the only furniture in the space. As SAFE Security saw people by appointment only, they hadn’t felt the need to make a comfortable waiting area.

“Good” was one of those meaningless, relative terms, and I knew what he was really asking. “If you’re asking whether I’ve broken any laws, then—yes. I’m being good. If you’re asking whether I’ve completed any of the items on the list you left me, then—no. I’ve been naughty. You might need to hurry back and give me a thorough spanking.”

Guy for blog picOn the other end of the line, David chuckled. “Don’t worry. You’ll get something when I get back. You still have a few days to do the things on that list.”

Michele Zurlo’s Aug 2, 2016 Update

Hello out there!

I’ve been gone for a couple of weeks. The family and I took a road trip to explore the west coast of US. We drove from Michigan to Washington. From there, we explored natural wonders from Mt. Rainier to Monterey, CA. I’ll post some thoughts and pictures later, but I wanted to pop in to let you know that I’m back.

I haven’t been working on writing for the past 16 days, but I’ve been doing plenty of research. Tru Martin, the heroine of the upcoming Re/Viewed (Doms of the FBI 6), is quite the adventurer. Her story takes place mostly on the West coast, and she does some things that I had never done before–until this vacation, that is! My next step is to revise some of the scenes I’ve written to make them true to the real-life experience. After that, I’m back to working on SAFE Security #1.

MZ News Update 10 July

Hey there! I went all European on the date for the title. Because why not?

This past week has been busy. Wife’s birthday was last week, and I big tvhooked her up with some Wonder Woman swag, so she was happy. I bought a new television, and reaffirmed the idea that numbers mean nothing to me. I was tasked with buying a TV “as big or a little larger” than our old one. A problem arose when I got to the store and discovered that I had no idea how big the old one was. A second problem arose when I tried to fit the TV into my car. Thanks to the couple and the guy with the two kids who stopped to help me with this problem. We ended up taking it out of the box, and it just fit. Final numbers: The new TV is almost 20 inches larger than the old one. Shawn Spencer is almost life size in my living room.

In book news, I’m on chapter four of the draft of the first SAFE Security novel. I don’t have a working title in mind yet. I’m hoping to have the draft finished by mid-August. Don’t get too excited–I write drafts all summer and edit/revise all winter. I’m thinking this one might be ready by April 2017. I’m also considering revamping the Kiss Me story to make it erotic romance. I welcome your opinions on that issue.

Re/Leased has been out for three weeks now. I’d love to hear your thoughts/reaction! You can message me through FB, Twitter, email me, or write a review.

That’s about it for now. Look for my next update in about a month.