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Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes!  Every Thursday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe!  Two of my favorite things!  This week I am bringing you author, Amber Lin, and her recipe for Stress Relief Double Chocolate Brownies along with an introduction to her new book, Giving It Up.  Please join me in welcoming Amber and savor her recipe for brownies as you read about her new book!

Amber is also offering a giveaway so keep reading to find out what you can win!


Stress Relief Double Chocolate Brownies from Giving It Up

Thank you to Jennifer for having me (and Allie) on Romance Recipes!

In my new release, Giving It Up, our heroine Allie has some serious troubles. She was betrayed in the past, and as a result she goes looking for a quick, anonymous hook-up. Instead she finds Colin, who treats her gently despite her protests. She can’t believe in him yet, but just when she might have her equilibrium back, someone from her past shows up.

Our girl can’t catch a break, not yet anyway, so she makes one for herself in the form of a late night baking session and gratuitous chocolate.

Here’s an excerpt:

“It wasn’t the first night I’d baked in lieu of sleep. The methodical measuring of ingredients and the steady rhythm of mixing never failed to soothe me. During the day I played with recipes, taking delight in creating something new. But night baking was about comfort. All I had to do was follow the formula, and everything would turn out okay. Better than okay, considering double chocolate brownies came out of the chasm.”

A moment of zen, in the form of chocolate. Yum, right? Here’s her recipe for Stress Relief Double Chocolate Brownies:


  • 6 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, plus 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir chocolate, butter and sugar in a medium saucepan until melted. Allow to cool.

Add chocolate chips

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together, set aside.

Beat together sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add in chocolate, then flour mixture. Mix well.

Grease a 9-inch square pan and pour batter in. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until fork tines don’t come out wet.

Cool on rack before eating. Or don’t.

It’s nice and simple, because a stress relief recipe needs to be easy!

What do you think about day baking versus night baking? Does the act of baking soothe you or are you only after the final product?

I’m giving away the Giving It Up swag pack, pictured below. It includes a signed cover flat, romance trading cards and the handcrafted signature soap for Giving It Up, designed for showers together. Leave a comment to enter!


Allie prowls the club for a man who will use her hard and then ditch her. Hey, it’s not rape if she wants it. Instead she finds Colin, who looks tough but treats her tenderly, despite her protests.

He tempts her, but kindness and a few mindblowing orgasms aren’t enough to put her back together again. Allie has no hope for a real relationship. Two years ago her best friend betrayed her in the worst possible way – she’d be stupid to trust a man again. Besides, she has her daughter to think of, the only good thing to have come from that dark night.

But when her rapist returns, threatening her sanity and custody of her daughter, Allie turns to Colin. Under his protection and patient touch, Allie begins to heal and learns to hope. Colin’s no saint, though, and his criminal past draws danger of its own. Allie must fight to protect her child and the man she loves, hoping her newfound power will be enough to save them all.

“A ballsy departure from romantic conventions. At once gritty and tender, stark and hopeful.”
—Cara McKenna, author of Willing Victim

“Giving It Up is an erotic, compelling story that takes us to the shadowy, lonely places but doesn’t leave us there. Amber Lin shows us that romance isn’t just for the rich and shiny. Love can find its way even into the dark corners of the most damaged hearts.”
—Tiffany Reisz, author of The Siren


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Thanks for joining us today for another great Romance Recipes!  I hope you’ll come back next week to meet another new author and try another wonderful recipe and book!

Have a great day!