Please give a warm welcome to author Tami Lund, who joins us at the Reading Nook blog today to talk about their book, Naked Truth.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Tami Lund and I’m an author. I’m also a mother, a wife, and I work full-time in the “real world.” Oh yeah, and I have a fur baby who doesn’t quite understand why she must be separated from my side for any period of time whatsoever (this includes while I’m sitting on the toilet). I’m also a wine drinker, I’ve won a few awards for my books, and I like to grow pretty flowers. I was born in and currently live in the Midwest US (Michigan, to be specific), although I spent a little over a decade living in Louisiana. Quite a few of my books are based in either Louisiana or Texas (where my best friend lives), because I have a deep-seated love of all things innately Southern.
What is your book(s) about?
This month, I’m re-releasing all three books in my Tough Love series. This series is about men and women who work in tough careers and who need a little help finding their happily ever afters.
The first book, Naked Truth, is about an FBI agent who is working undercover as a male stripper. (Yep, think Magic Mike.) He starts an affair with his partner’s wife’s best friend, and they both keep insisting it’s purely physical, until her life is threatened by his case, and he’s forced to admit that he may be in love after all.
Book two is (award-winning) Undercover Heat, and is about two FBI agents who go undercover as husband and wife and have to try not to blur the line between the job and their personal lives. (Probably my fave two leading characters…)
The third book is Delicious Deception and is about a chef who is running from the FBI. He ends up hiding out and working in a small town restaurant in north Texas, and eventually falls into bed with the owner, who, he soon learns, is an FBI agent’s sister. Uh-oh!
What genres do you write in?
Contemporary, both romcom and suspense, and paranormal. My paranormal books range from dragons to witches to vampires and a whole lot in between. And all my books are loaded with humor!
How often does your muse distract you from day to day minutiae?
OMG, she’s terrible. All the time! Seriously. I pretty much function in a distracted state all day long.
What do readers have to look forward to in the future from you?
If you’re into contemporary romance, my writing partner, Misti Murphy, and I have lots of plans for future funny, sexy romcoms (we wrote the Sexy Bad series together and No Jerks on Monday). I’m also planning to expand my Tough Love series, which just re-released this month.
If you’re into paranormal, I’m planning at least two more books in my Taming the Dragon series. I also have a book in the Dark Moon Falls box set releasing in November, and I have plans to do a second book in that world. There’s also my Lightbearer series, which has several half-written additional books, and I keep swearing to myself that I’m going to finish them and add to that series. And of course, I’m always up for writing another vampire book.
So yeah, stay tuned. Seems like there’s always a new release coming soon…
Do you prefer to extensively plot your stories, or do you write them as they come to you?
Totally write them as they come. In fact, every book I’ve ever tried to plot out is sitting in the “book graveyard” file on my laptop. Plotting gives me writer’s block, apparently. Which is funny, because in real life, I’m the biggest planner around.
What advantages or challenges does a writer in your genre face in today’s fiction market?
The biggest challenge in today’s market (for any genre, really) is that there are so many books, it’s hard to stand out to readers. Unlike actual books, ebooks don’t disappear off the shelves to make room for new ones. So the list of potential reading material grows and grows and grows, which, as both a reader and author, feels overwhelming.
Has there been any characters that started off as supporting characters, but then developed into a more prominent character?
Yes, in pretty much every series I’ve written! My Tough Love series started out that way. I only meant to write one book, and it actually isn’t even published. (Naked Truth starts out at a wedding—and that couple’s story was supposed to be book 1.) But as I wrote that one, I fell in love with Jack, who is the hero of Naked Truth (the published book 1 in the series). And then, for some reason that I now can’t remember, I bounced from the New Orleans FBI regional office up to Detroit and wrote book 2, Undercover Heat. The guys in the New Orleans office do get a mention in that one. And then I headed back down south for book 3, Delicious Deception, and wrote it about Jack’s sister, Emily Kate. There are other secondary characters in these books—Kennedy’s brother (Kennedy is the heroine in Naked Truth), Connor’s sister (Connor is the hero in Delicious Deception), and another Detroit FBI agent, Court, who is Quinn’s best friend in Undercover Heat. I think they all need their own books, and now that I’ve re-released this series, I’ve started working on making that happen. So stay tuned :).
What has been the defining moment in your career that made you think “Yes, I am now a writer!”?
I won a Rone Award at the InD’tale conference in 2016. I knew I was up for an award, but I honestly didn’t think I’d win, and I didn’t prepare a speech. So when I got called up onto stage, I blathered on about my fabulous editor and my sexy red heels that my husband had picked out. Luckily, it ended up being funny rather than embarrassing! By the way, the book that won is Undercover Heat, which just re-released on October 15!
How do you like to relax after a day writing?
With a glass of wine and reading someone else’s book. I don’t have nearly as much reading time as I’d like, so I truly appreciate it when I am able to enjoy that (not so) guilty pleasure.
NAKED TRUTH by Tami Lund
Book One in the Tough Love Series
He’s a playboy FBI agent, working undercover as a male stripper. She’s a burned divorcee, struggling to make ends meet and embarrassed by how her marriage ended.
They both insist it’s a no-strings-attached affair.
Until she gets caught up in his case.
Now, both their hearts and lives are in danger.
Other books in the series:
Undercover Heat – released 10/15/2019
Delicious Deception – released 10/22/2019
Excerpt from Naked Truth:
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“Hitting on you. Is it working?”
“Want to go somewhere more private?”
He twirled her away, pulled her back and caught her, squeezing her more tightly than he had been a moment before. Kennedy forgot to breathe. She was distantly aware of the fact that he was backing her off the dance floor. She knew she should, but she made no move to stop him. Sabrina’s warning echoed in her head, but all she could think was, I deserve to have fun tonight. I can handle a one-night stand.
I want a one-night stand.
A few minutes later, he led her up a set of stairs that climbed from a hallway near the kitchen to the second floor.
“How did you know these stairs were even here?” she wondered as she held his hand and followed.
“I scoped out the place when we first arrived. Force of habit,” he admitted. She knew he was talking about his job, not his past liaisons, which she appreciated. For the moment, she wanted to pretend she was the only one. Otherwise, she might back out.
At the top of the stairs, he paused to flash her a grin over his shoulder. She gave him a wobbly smile in return. He tugged her hand, leading her to the bride’s room.
Where they found Cullen and Sabrina, prematurely sealing their wedding vows.
“Guess they can’t get it annulled now,” Jack remarked as he quietly pulled the door closed.
She shook her head, the reality of this decision finally pushing through the haze of alcohol and lust. “This is a bad idea. Sabrina says I’m supposed to stay away from you.”
“I’m going to have a talk with Sabrina about interfering with my sex life,” Jack muttered. “Why did she say that?”
Kennedy shrugged. “You’re a player.”
“Are you looking for forever, Kennedy?”
She gasped and vehemently shook her head. Been there, done that, didn’t work out the way it was supposed to, she almost said out loud.
“Me neither. So how is this a bad thing again?”
“I’m usually pretty good with the intuition thing. And my intuition is telling me that you are attracted to me.”
Kennedy cleared her throat. “I–I think your intuition is correct.”
Jack grinned. “I thought so. And I’m sure it’s pretty damn obvious that I’m attracted to you.”
To prove his point, he backed her up to the wall, pressed his palms against the wallpaper and dipped his head to nibble at her throat. She made a small, strangled noise and grabbed his shoulders to keep herself from falling when her knees buckled.
Jack sucked her earlobe into his mouth. “I promise, babe, you won’t regret it. I’m a very attentive lover.”
“I want to hear you scream that.”
“Limo,” she managed to say on a gasp, and she grabbed his hand and dragged him back down the hall to the stairs. She had no idea what caused her to think of the stretched vehicle out in the parking lot, all she knew was that three years of self-enforced celibacy had pushed her libido to the limit. She wanted to break her fast, and she wanted to do it right now, with this man.
Whatever happened tomorrow didn’t matter. Whatever happened in two hours wouldn’t matter. She just needed right now, and she needed it to involve she and Jack and a distinct lack of clothing.
The driver sat in the front seat, reading a newspaper and tapping his foot to the beat of a country song blaring from the speakers. Jack handed him a wad of cash and tucked Kennedy into the back of the limo. As soon as they were inside, the car lurched into motion, sending her tumbling into the groomsman’s lap. He pushed the button to raise the darkened glass that separated them from the front.
“We aren’t really doing this, are we?” she asked as Jack smoothed her skirt up her legs so she could straddle his lap without tearing her dress.
“Hell yes, we are. You don’t want to know how much I just paid that guy to drive around in circles for half an hour.”
“Half an hour?”
“Trust me, babe.”
Tami Lund is an author, a wine drinker, an award winner, and a lover of romance. She writes happily ever afters of both the contemporary and paranormal kind. There’s probably a new release coming soon. You should sign up for her newsletter so you know when: http://www.subscribepage.com/Tami_Lund