It’s Release Day for Changing Worlds by Gina Briganti and Melissa Barker-Simpson!

What started as a desire to collaborate with another author turned into a dream of satisfying proportions.  Some would say I’m easy to please, and though at times I know they’re right, I am demanding when it comes to what I put my name on.  Melissa Barker-Simpson can back me up on this, I’m sure.  We are thrilled to our very tippy toes to share our creation, our first anthology, Changing Worlds.

Changing Worlds Cover 2

Melissa and I each wrote a story for one of our series.  I chose to set my story entirely in the Dreaming for the first time, and see what Velvet (my lovely mermaid was introduced in The Dreaming, Natural Gifts book 1) was in store for where romance was concerned.  My story is titled Saunders’ Choice.

Saunders’ Choice

A Natural Gifts Novella

Saunders finds himself in a plane of existence called the Dreaming, where he encounters the most exciting creature he will ever meet. The answer seems obvious, but Saunders’ life hasn’t been easy.

Melissa’s story, The Contract, is a prequel to her new series, The Fractured.  I’ve had the pleasure of reading it several times, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

The Contract

Prequel to The Fractured Series

After the Demonic War, a battle which devastated the mortal realm, humans now stick to the world’s major cities. To even the score, and to protect those cities, hunters joined together to establish cells across the globe. Maddison Wood is part of an alpha cell within the north of England.

Though a skilled fighter and powerful witch, Maddison can be brash, and unpredictable. She has a penchant for trouble, and is usually the first to volunteer in battle. When she accepts an assignment to protect the Hympe King, Tobias Locke, Maddison’s fate becomes bound to his. As the stakes change, and she finds herself trapped inside the bowels of an enemy camp, Maddison must fight for her freedom, her independence, and for a prisoner who has not seen the light of day for almost a century.

Changing Worlds is available now from Amazon in paperback form, and from Smashwords, and Kindle, in eBook form. 

As always, thank you for sharing in my excitement!


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Introducing “Sweet Dreaming” – Merchandise For the Natural Gifts Series

Once upon a time, writing and blogging introduced me to photography and graphic design.  I’ve been enjoying that journey for some time now, and have started creating designs to go with my books.  Today I introduce to you the first design:


SweetDreamingI’ve added this design to a variety of products, including a:

drinking glass  


sticker   SweetDreaming


canvas lunch bag

and the ever handy

Sticky notepad

I have a lot of other items, so if you’re looking for something specific, let me know.


As always, thank you for the time you spend with me.  It wouldn’t be the same without you!




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Dana Cooks…Mini Pumpkin Pie Muffins


In my Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances, one of my characters is a celebrity cookbook author.  Today I’d like to share a lovely fall recipe from the fictional Dana Carapelli-Jacobs’ cookbook series, Dana Cooks For The Holidays.


It’s a cool fall afternoon, and I miss Carter, Jenny, and Jason coming through the door with the stories of their day. Thank goodness I will see them soon for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I think Carter and Jenny miss us, too, which is why I thought it would be sweet to send them a batch of goodies from home. Both kids love pumpkin pie, which inspired me to bake a treat they can pop in their mouths while they run from one class to another. As Jason often says, “No plate, no fork, perfect.”

I’m thrilled with these muffins. The middle tastes like pumpkin pie, and the walnuts I sprinkled on top of them right before putting them in the oven gained a warm, roasted flavor.

I’m especially happy that these easy, sweet treats are bursting with fall flavor, but do not contain any refined sugar, gluten, or dairy products.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Muffins 

Ingredients:  Remember to use organic ingredients if you can.

1/2 cup coconut flour (Well-stocked grocery stores have this now, as well as health food stores)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup raw honey
3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped


Preheat the oven to 400°F.   Combine the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking powder together.

In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients, except for the walnuts, until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin purée mixture, and mix well until smooth.

Fill each mini muffin cup 3/4 full; the batter will rise a little.

Bake for 11 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the largest muffin comes out clean.

Makes one dozen mini muffins.


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Surprise! He Secretely Answered Her Love Letter

One of the couples in my Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances is Meredith and George Robin.  They are Dana’s parents, the first of my main characters to fall in love in the first book in the series, The Dreaming.

In my latest release, Short Stories From The Dreaming, we learned more about the decades-long romance between Meredith and George.  Today, I’d like to share more of their story.


Meredith blew out a frustrated breath and reached for a small box hiding behind a stack of tall, dusty boxes in the back of the forgotten closet.  Really, she thought, once a box is placed in this closet, what it actually means is that we’re hiding the truth from ourselves; that the box should simply be thrown away.

This small box was so old it was falling apart.  She hadn’t seen it in so long, she didn’t even recognize it.

She flipped the lid off, covering her mouth and nose with her hand, and closing her eyes, to keep the dust out of them.

In moments Meredith knew that she had not seen this box before.  It was filled with George’s mementos.  She gently picked up an envelope she hadn’t touched since she mailed it to him from Texas so many years ago.


Dear George,

Here I am writing to you after we just spent three hours talking on the phone.  I’m writing to you because I already miss you.  Feeling the way I do, I think it’s time for me to make a promise to you.  Our first promise!

I promise that when I graduate, I will move back to Arizona so that we can be with each other instead of spending all our free time on the phone.

There’s no one I’d rather talk to every day, and every day when something interesting happens to me, I want to turn and tell you about it.

I’m telling you something else I’ve never admitted to you…I think I know what it means to love someone now. It’s a gift I couldn’t have understood before I experienced it with you.

Yours with all of my heart,


As she read it decades later, Meredith cried big, heartfelt tears. Yes, George had introduced her to love. The sweetest love she had never imagined.

Meredith sifted through the rest of the box. She found a letter, addressed to her old apartment, with a stamp, but no post mark. It was in George’s memento box, which caused her to pause while she considered whether or not she should open the letter.

It’s addressed to me, she reasoned; then gently eased it open.

Dear Merry,

I have a dream, and that dream is that one day you will not only live in the same state with me, but in the same home. I dream that you will share my name, my life, and my children with me. I love you so much, I even dream of what we will fight about. Is there something wrong with me? You’re the expert.

Yours always,


Meredith’s fat tears dripped onto her old nightshirt. It was one of George’s t-shirts that she grabbed when he tried to throw it out. His shirts covered her just enough, and they were soft from many washings. She loved how it smelled of him.

When George came home that evening, he was met with his favorite meal, and his lovely bride wearing his favorite lingerie.

He thought to ask her why he was getting all of his favorites tonight, but decided to indulge them instead. As they cuddled into their soft, cozy bed, he thanked her for a wonderful evening.

Meredith reached under her pillow and pulled the unsent letter out for him to see. “I found this when I was cleaning the closet. I wonder why you never mailed it to me.”

George took the yellowed envelope, kissing Meredith’s fingers as he did. Reading the letter for the first time in so many years, he laughed to himself. “I didn’t mail it, Merry, because I was still afraid I’d scare you off. You were as independent then as you are now.

“I had no idea I still had it. Well, what do you think, Mrs. Robin? Would you have been scared off by this, back then?”

“You know me so well, George. Yes, I think I would have. You made the right choice.”

“I must have kept it so you could see it someday. When you were ready.”

“Did I mention that you’re brilliant?” Meredith pulled George close for another kiss, feeling lovely passion build a fire in them again. A fire that burned slow, long, and bright into the early morning hours.


I hope you enjoyed this look into Meredith and George’s romance as much as I did.

As always, thank you for reading,


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