Hi, I’m Tami Lund and I write romance.
Whenever I type that, I envision myself in a room with a bunch of other people and we’re all sitting around in a circle in those scoop-shaped (not remotely comfortable – who the hell ever thought those were a good idea and why do they still exist?) plastic chairs and we’re taking turns confessing some deep, dark secret.
Don’t ask me why; I guess that overactive imagination is what compels me to write.
Anyway, so I write romance, all sorts of romance. I write romantic suspense (my Tough Love series), and straight up sexy happily ever afters (the Sexy Bad series I co-write with Misti Murphy). I also write paranormal – a lot of paranormal. Shapeshifters and witches and gypsies and vampires. Later this year I’ll release my first dragon shifter book, and in December I’ll release a book involving demons and faeries.
This blog post is about none of that. Yeah, sorry for that buildup (although if you’re really curious, it’s all spelled out on my website and I thank you in advance for checking out some of my books
This post is about my latest release, which is coming out next week, actually. It’s a surprise baby romance.
True confession: I’ve never considered writing a surprise baby romance before. It’s my opinion that it’s a difficult trope to write well, and it’s never been my first choice of all the reading options, either. I tend to think, just tell him about the baby already, so he can be part of the kid’s life.
Not that I’m trying to turn you off from my new release, which it totally sounds like I am now that I read that last paragraph. If it helps, the hero in my book finds out while she’s still pregnant—and no, I didn’t give much away because this all happens in the first chapter. The point of the book is for the newly realized dad-to-be to come to terms with what his future now holds, oh, and to make up with the mom-to-be so they can (have hot pregnancy sex, no, wait, that’s not the end goal) live happily ever after.
So, you’re now wondering (I know you are…), if I’m not a fan, why did I write a book about a surprise baby? Pull up a chair and let me tell you my story…
Actually, it’s pretty simple. I was invited to join an anthology. It was to be a Father’s Day anthology, and all the books within were to have a common theme: the story of a guy who finds out he’s a dad and his struggle with the new turn his life has taken. Didn’t matter if the stories were paranormal or contemporary, part of another series or not, so long as they were all written in that same vein. Oh, and of course they had to end with a happily ever after, since we’re writing romance and all.
Boom, surprise baby story was born. And publisher that was publishing the antho… closed.
But I loved this book and I didn’t want it to collect virtual dust perched on a shelf in my Dropbox account. So I decided to publish it as a stand alone novella.
It comes out next week, May 29, conveniently shortly before Father’s Day (in the US).
It’s about a guy who hasn’t really been able to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up, and the girl who’s in love with him and just wants him to get to it already. They have a big blow out, one of those enormous, I-never-want-to-see-you-again fights the day he left to fly to another country to tend to his dying grandfather. Eight months later, he’s back, ready to make up, to get their relationship back on track… except his girlfriend’s pregnant. Really, really preggers. So now they need to figure out their relationship plus one. And quick.
It’s really cute (I think) and yes, they get it on despite her advanced pregnancy.
The hero also figures out he can cook, like good-enough-to-be-a-restaurant-chef cook, much to the heroine’s delight.
Which leads to a true confession (mine, not my hero’s): my husband is a fabulous cook. So my heroes tend to have that ability because, well, I find it sexy.
I also find the below recipe sexy. In fact, the first time my husband made it, I declared it orgasmic. If you’re looking to impress someone (or you just love chocolate), give this a try one of these days.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Crushed Candy Canes
(Starlite mints work, too)
- 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar, for the ramekins
- 1/2 (6-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus a little more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 candy canes, smashed to bits
Special equipment: 6 ramekins or aluminum souffle cups
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Melt 1/4 a stick of butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Paint the inside of 6 ramekins or aluminum souffle cups with butter. Coat the inside of each ramekin with granulated sugar. Reserve.
Put the remaining stick of butter and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Set the bowl on a saucepan filled with about 1-inch of boiling water. Be sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Gently stir the butter and the chocolate together until melted and the mixture is smooth. Turn off the heat and reserve.
Combine the eggs, yolks, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. (This can also be done with a hand beater.) Beat the egg mixture until it doubles in size, and gets very thick and very pale.
Gently whisk the melted chocolate and butter into the egg mixture. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently stir in the flour. Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins. Arrange the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 15 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and let rest for 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the cakes from the ramekins, and arrange them on individual serving plates. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with crushed candy cane.
This recipe is courtesy of Anne Burrell and can be found here:
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I hope you enjoy the recipe – and the book! What book, you ask? How about Baby, I’m Home? Winner will be gifted a copy from Amazon. What do you need to do to enter the giveaway? Comment below. What do you think about the recipe? Or the book? Or the weather? Or the state of – nah, let’s stick to those three topics. Ready, set, go!
Tami Lund writes romance, drinks wine, wins awards, and occasionally guest blogs. For your reading pleasure, check out her Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Tami-Lund/e/B00AXJH5MY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1525870808&sr=8-3