July 11, 2016

Re/Leased (Doms of the FBI 5) #RomanticSuspense @MZurloAuthor #RLFblog

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

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.

Interview with Michele Zurlo

Why did you write this book?
When I first conceived of the Doms of the FBI series, I had envisioned four books—one for each Dom mentioned in the first book. Since then, the series has grown and readers have demanded more. In book 4, I introduced characters from a security company that is called in to help uncover corruption within the Bureau. With Re/Leased, I wanted to write about a heroine who had a history as a thief, and I wanted her to meet a Dom I hadn’t previously introduced. There’s all kinds of tension because his job is to find out who is stealing from his estranged father’s company, and she has a lot of secrets and a shady past. They’re perfect together, but trust and obstinacy are definitely issues they have to deal with. It’s sweet, feisty, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love to read YA and nonfiction. My day job is as a middle school English teacher, so most of my reading has to do with books I think my students will like. The last book I read is Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers, which is a poetic imagining of a neighborhood during the Harlem Renaissance (my favorite period in literature.) Within the YA title, I’ll read pretty much anything.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
The Tenth Doctor. I hope TV shows count. I loved the way David Tennant portrayed Doctor Who. He took the role from the darkness of Chris Eccelston’s #9 (seizing on the hope #9 set in motion) and elevated it. He was funny, smart, and strong—everything a classic hero should be. I especially loved him with Donna/Catherine Tate. [Disclaimer: This is in no way intended to disparage any other Doctor portrayal.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I am working on finishing the draft for Re/Viewed (DFBI 6), which I hope is finished by the time this is published. I have a tentative publication date of Dec 2016. I also hope that by the time this is live, I have finished a short story for a cowboy anthology with RB4U. Lastly, I should (if I’m still on schedule) be brainstorming the first book in the SAFE Security series, a spinoff of the Doms of the FBI series, featuring David and Autumn, the same couple you’ll get to know in Re/Leased. Their story is just getting started, and I’m hoping to have it ready to go in early 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Honoring a promise he made to his late mother, David Eastridge, part owner of SAFE Security, returns home one final time—to help his father find the culprit responsible for embezzling three million dollars from his company. It should be an easy job—his father already has a suspect in mind.
After a series of tragic events that robbed her of a father and put her sister in a coma, Autumn Sullivan was forced to take on several jobs just to get by. She’s an accounting assistant by day, an occasional service Domme on the weekend, and a thief-for-hire by night.
David’s strategy of hiring Autumn—as a submissive—backfires when he finds himself enchanted by her sense of humor and playful attitude. Determined to prove her innocence, he enlists the help of Malcolm Legato and Agent Keith Rossetti to dig deeper. This enigmatic submissive is openly hiding things from him. Her secretive nature and the bread crumbs she drops about her past don’t add up—not even when he assigns Jesse Foraker, his SAFE Security buddy—to tail her and search her apartment. None of them are prepared for what the FBI uncovers.
Falling in love wasn’t in the plan, but David makes her believe that she isn’t doomed to live a solitary life. Plunged into a world of lies and espionage—with a serial killer after her—Autumn is forced to come to terms with her past if she is to have any hope of a future with David.

About the Book

Title Re/Leased (Doms of the FBI 5)
Genre BDSM Romantic Suspense
Author Michele Zurlo
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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  1. Great cover for a hot book. Welcome, Michele.

  2. Thanks for hosting me, Kayelle! My cover artist is a close friend, and I love her work.


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