Posted by: Author | February 3, 2011

Jillian Welcomes the Steamy Michele Zurlo

Jillian: Today my guest is Michele Zurlo. She’s a Siren author and is a awesome blogger. She has a blog called  The Steam Room and I recommend you check her out. She has lots of guests. She has a cool Valentine’s week celebration going on and I hope you’ll pop in and visit her!!

Michele: Cynics refer to Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark Holliday, something created to market cards, candy and flowers.  Romantics don’t care where it came from or why it’s become such an important holiday, we’re just happy there’s a universal day set aside to celebrate and honor romance.  Those of us in the romance industry—whether we’re writers or readers—find a way to stretch this sentiment so that it touches our everyday lives. 

For some of us, reading romance provides an escape from our daily stressors.  For others, it lets us enjoy romantic encounters and relationships that will never be our reality.  We love our Significant Others, but real relationships are seldom about the romance.  Between work and family demands, we often have little energy left for even small romantic gestures. Romance is a habit. Once we fall out of that habit, it’s difficult to pick up again. Even so, that doesn’t mean the love dies. Romance novels fill a need we don’t often have time to fill for ourselves.

Still, Valentine’s Day is our day.  While we bring love and romance into our everyday lives, we still want to celebrate the actual holiday.  This year, I will be doing nothing special.  Monday is swim practice for my kids. After work, I’ll pick them up, feed them dinner, help with homework, take them to practice, and fall into my bed seconds after I kiss them goodnight. I’m pinning my hopes on the weekend before.

I run a website called The Steam Room. Normally, I interview a different author for my blog every week.  The week before Valentine’s Day, I will be featuring a slew of posts from both writers and readers about romance and love. Beginning February 7th, I will feature different people each day.  Here is the schedule of writers who will appear:

Romantic Monday, February 7: Jenika Snow, Tonya Ramagos, CR Moss, Berengaria Brown

Happy Endings Tuesday, February 8: Stephanie Cage, Julia Rachel Barrett, D. Renee Bagby, Jami Davenport, Michele Zurlo

Love is…Wednesday, February 9: ZA Maxfield, Karenna Colcroft, Tina Donahue, Lynne Roberts

Rediscover Life Thursday, February 10: Missy Martine, Jillian Chantal

Magical Journeys Friday, February 11: Melissa Bradley, Laura Tolomei, KR Beiley, Debora Ryan

The Lighter Side of Love Saturday, February 12: Daisy Harris, Rachel Clark

The Poetry of Love Sunday, February 13: Erin M. Leaf, Larion Wills, Frances Pauli

Please stop by each day and share your thoughts.

Wishing you lots of steam!   Michele

Jillian: Also check out her mainstream blog where she writes as Debora Ryan- she has a new release in April called Crimes of the Heart.  I’ll also be hosting her on the Southern Sizzle blog on Saturday where you can read a blurb of this new book!


  1. Wow, Michele! You have a lot going on that week. I’ll definitely be stopping by. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Danica. Good luck on your new release as well.

  3. That is going to be a great week, Michele. I’ll have to check it out. 🙂

  4. The author responses to this are amazing. I hope you will stop by and check it out.

  5. Looking forward to a great week over there!

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