Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Writer's View: Michele Zurlo


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Michele will be awarding a choice of signed paperback copy of Wanting Wilder, Mina’s Heart, Kiss Me Goodnight, or Kiss Me By Moonlight, and a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (US ONLY) Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Writer's View

The view outside my window




Though I have an office, I write in several locations. My house backs onto a lovely private pond. We use it for kayaking, swimming, wading, paddleboating, fishing—whatever strikes our fancy. We have a beach where we can lounge around, build beautiful sandcastles, or roast marshmallows over a roaring fire. If we want to enjoy motor sports or lake living, lake access through the association beach is a few houses down. But we almost never go. We like the quiet privacy of a pond that gives us pretty much everything a lake can. In the winter, the pond freezes, and the neighbors clear an ice rink for skating and hockey playing.



The back of my house is almost all glass. I have four sliding doorwalls and a huge bank of windows that treat us to this wonderful view year round. We have two levels of patio near the house, and the yard slopes down to the waterfront. Our frontage is quite long, as you can see from the south view and beach view pictures. The pond association maintains four swim platforms for us all to use.



I haven’t set any of my novels here or in a like setting. It seems too peaceful for all the drama and heartache I like to cause. When I’m knee-deep in some kind of plot dilemma, my kids will call to me, saying, “Mommy, you’ve worked hard enough today. Come outside and play with us.” And I do. Other times, when they are too busy with their lives to remember me, I stare at the view when I need a quiet moment, inspiration, or just to watch the beauty of nature. This is the view outside my window.

Hey there. It’s Lacey again. Falling in love and landing Dylan hasn’t been the panacea I thought it would be. For starters, he moved into my apartment without asking, and he continues to have no respect for my need to have things in sets of six. Pile that on top of my emotional upheaval after losing my stepfather, and you have a recipe for disaster no amount of German chocolate cake can cure.

Yes, Lacey Hallem’s life remains fraught with challenge, but you know she’s a fighter. Forming a talent management agency with her best friends has been the best career move she’s ever made—even if it’s the only thing currently working according to plan. Lacey’s OCD is getting the better of her, and this time her hands aren’t the only casualty. When her lies ruin her relationships with both Kiss Me Goodnight and Dylan, she’s forced to confront her demons in ways she’s never had to before. As she once again faces her past, can she learn once and for all to let love and friendship through the barriers she’s built?

Both harrowing and hilarious, this conclusion to the tale of Lacey and Dylan will leave you laughing, crying, and fanning yourself—sometimes all at once. Michele Zurlo triumphs again in this moving story about life’s quirks and what we all have to do to get by.

About the Author:
I’m Michele Zurlo, author of over 20 romance novels. I write contemporary and paranormal, BDSM and mainstream—whatever it takes to give my characters the happy endings they deserve. I’m not half as interesting as my characters. My childhood dreams tended to stretch no further than the next book in my to-be-read pile, and I aspired to be a librarian so I could read all day. I ended up teaching middle school, so that fulfilled part of my dream. Some words of wisdom from an inspiring lady had me tapping out stories on my first laptop, so in the evenings, romantic tales flow from my fingertips. I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it’s something I’ve never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions that turned out to showcase my great instincts. Find out more at www.michelezurloauthor.com or @MZurloAuthor.
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6 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

michelezurloauthor said...

Thanks for hosting me!

amy bowens said...

Wow such a pretty view. I can see why you get inspired. I'm a huge fan have read several of your books. Already got a copy of your newest just haven't had a chance to read yet. Good luck with the tour.

michelezurloauthor said...

Hi Amy! It's great to hear from you. I knew the moment I walked through the house and saw outside the first window that I'd found my forever home. I hope you enjoy my latest.

Rita said...

The view is lovely and relaxing. I wish I had that to look at. lol

michelezurloauthor said...

Rita, It's lovely to see you! If the rain lets up today, I plan to go kayaking.