Answering Reader’s Questions From The Saunders’ Choice Blog Tour

Last week was a blast. I traveled to 50 blogs, meeting most of these bloggers and readers for the first time. I was impressed by the questions asked and I was stumped on a few until I took time to work out what I thought about a few of them.

Read on. You’ll know which ones they were.

Q: Which character do you most relate to from your book? Congrats on the release.

A: Thank you for celebrating the release with me. I think I most relate to Riddle, who is sweet, magical, and even more reserved than I used to be.

Q: Where do you do most of your writing? Congrats on the release.

A: I do most of my writing at home and move around the house a lot. Sometimes I’m kneeling, other times standing, most of the time sitting, which I’m obviously trying to change. When you move the body, you move the mind.

Q: Do you plan on doing more writing while locked up due to Coronavirus?

A: I do plan to write more, with or without social distancing. I’m currently writing the final book in the Natural Gifts series.

Q: Did you design the cover of your book?

A:  I turned cover design over to the very talented Victoria Cooper last year. She and I agree that Saunders’ Choice is our favorite cover in the series so far.

Q: Gina, What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

A: What I love about writing fantasy romance is all the magical beings I get to meet and the worlds they inhabit. Thanks for asking.

Q: My question for the author is: Is there a story, novel, movie, television series, etc.-that you would want to write a continuation of? I remember back in the ‘90’s when we got ‘Scarlett’, the sequel to Gone With the Wind. Any ideas?

A: I loved thinking about this question. There are two TV series that ended that I would love to see continued; Warehouse 13 and The Librarians.

Q: My question for the author is: Were you always intrigued by mermaids? Are you a fan of the Disney animated classic, ‘The Little Mermaid’? How about the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale?

A: I used to pretend to be a mermaid, diving to the bottom of my neighbor’s pool and looking for treasure chests. My daughter and I are now joined by my granddaughter when we watch Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid. I don’t believe I’ve read the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen yet.

Q: What is your current read?

A: I’m reading a contemporary romance right now – Charming You by Kris Jayne. It’s the first book in her Thirsty Hearts series.

Q: My question for the author is: Are you a big fan of any famous fantasy works, like ‘The Hobbit’ or ‘Game of Thrones’?

A: I love this question. I love Harry Potter and Narnia. Two of my favorite fantasy worlds.

Q: Favorite color?

A: I am partial to most of the blues, purples, and greens. I think it shows up in my book covers.

Q: My question for the author is: Have you noticed any positive changes for women in your field, since you started writing professionally?

A:  I have noticed prizes specifically for women authors and residencies for us. I see both of those as positive changes.

I told you it was fun!

Now for some news. I’m involved with two special events right now.

Saunders’ Choice (A standalone Natural Gifts novella that can be read in any order), The Dreaming (Natural Gifts Book 1), and my non-fiction self-help workbook, Keep It Simple:Permission to Illuminate Your Life Easily, Effortlessly, & Joyfully are all on sale for 0.99 (Kindle). Click on the #feedyourreader picture and you’ll be taken to a list of all the books that are on sale and enter the #giveaway for a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.

Fresh Fiction is running a #giveaway to celebrate Saunders’ Choice. You can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Good luck with the giveaways! I’d love to see one of you win one or both of these prizes.

Here’s one last piece of good news. This one comes directly to your inbox. It’s a free animal charmers story featuring Stan and Lucy from Desert Sunrise.

Take care of yourself and reach out if you’re having a tough time. No one is alone.

Thanks for reading,

Gina

Midwestern Mushroom Soup – Guest Author Chris Pavesic

Chris Pavesic joins us today with a soup my family and I have been making since she posted the recipe on her blog. I have added vegetarian sausage to it for extra protein, or substituted the brown rice for chickpea-based orzo for the same reason. Vegetable broth is always used in place of chicken because my daughter is a vegetarian. No matter what I do with this recipe it comes out amazing.


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown rice
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lb. fresh button mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed, sliced
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • salt and pepper to taste

Materials:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Large saucepan
  • Flat saucepan

Directions:

1.  In a large saucepan, combine onion, rice and stock.  Bring to a boil, then simmer 25 minutes.  


2.  Meanwhile, melt butter in flat saucepan.  Gently cook mushrooms about 10 minutes or until brown and most of moisture has evaporated.  Add mushrooms to stock.  Stir in sherry and season with salt and pepper.  Simmer 10 minutes.  


Makes 6 servings

While you eat your meal, why not enjoy a good book?  

Amazon

Audible

Smashwords

Thank you for reading,

Gina

Saunders' Choice By Gina Briganti Book Blast Tour Stops For Friday, 3/20/20

It’s the last day of the blog tour. We’ve had a lot of laughs meeting close to fifty wonderful bloggers. I’m including all the stops today so you can go through and enter the giveaway at each stop.

Thank you for all the support these last three weeks!

March 16:
1: Our Town Book Reviews
2: Books to Light Your Fire
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: Edgar’s Books
5: Jazzy Book Reviews
6: Linda Nightingale, Author…Musings
7: Locks, Hooks and Books
8: The Reading Addict
9: ts stuff
10: books are love
March 17:
1: All the Ups and Downs
2: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
3: Danita Minnis
4: Ilovebooksandstuffblog
5: Mythical Books
6: Romance Novel Giveaways
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Read book. Repeat.
9: Readeropolis
10: Sea’s Nod
March 18:
1: Literary Gold
2: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
3: So Many Books
4: Straight From the Library
5: Gimme The Scoop Reviews
6: Independent Authors
7: kristaldawnharris
8: Mary Kit Caelsto
9: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
March 19:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
3: Iron Canuck Reviews & More
4: Just Books
5: One House Schoolroom
6: Viviana MacKade
7: Long and Short Reviews
8: The Phantom Paragrapher
9: Travel the Ages
March 20:
1: Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love
2: Beyond Romance
3: Christine Young
4: Kit ‘N Kabookle
6: Sybrina’s Book Blog
7: Two Ends of the Pen
8: Wake Up Your Wild Side
9: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
10: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

Two more bloggers featured Saunders’ Choice and I would like to say a special thank you to them; Sloane Taylor and C.D. Hersh. These talented authors have wonderful books for you to discover on their blogs.

Thank you for reading and good luck in the drawings.

Gina

Saunders' Choice By Gina Briganti Book Blast Tour Stops For Thursday, 3/19/20

We’ve got another amazing lineup of blogs to visit today. I invite you to visit each one and enter to win the $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.

March 19:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
3: Iron Canuck Reviews & More
4: Just Books
5: One House Schoolroom
6: Viviana MacKade
7: Long and Short Reviews
8: The Phantom Paragrapher
9: Travel the Ages

Thanks for reading,

Gina

Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti Book Blast Tour Stops For Wednesday, 3/18/20

The way to Sloane’s Blog is here: https://sloanetaylor.blogspot.com/2020/03/new-release-for-gina-briganti.html


March 18:


1: Literary Gold
2: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
3: So Many Books
4: Straight From the Library
5: Gimme The Scoop Reviews
6: Independent Authors
7: kristaldawnharris
8: Mary Kit Caelsto
9: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

You’re going to meet a lot of fun bloggers on today’s tour.

Thanks for reading,

Gina

Saunders’ Choice Book Blast Stops for Tuesday, 3/17/20

There are a lot of cool sites on today’s tour. I am humbled to be included there. I’m a veteran blogger and I learned a lot today. Thank you to all my tour hosts and to Goddess Fish Promotions for another exciting day in book land.

I know many of you have a lot on your minds, in your hearts, and on your shoulders. Please know that I am sending love your way and that if you stand in your power, you will be helping everyone.


March 17:
1: All the Ups and Downs
2: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
3: Danita Minnis
4: Ilovebooksandstuffblog
5: Mythical Books
6: Romance Novel Giveaways
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Read book. Repeat.
9: Readeropolis
10: Sea’s Nod

Fantasy romance novella blog tour with a mermaid, a hot guy, and a $25 gc giveaway.
These two beauties tied for second place as the tattoo readers would like Velvet to have (from Saturday’s blog post). Tomorrow I’ll show you winner.

Thank you for visiting, and for reading,

Gina

Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti Goddess Fish Book Blast Tour Stops For Monday, 3/16/20

Gina Briganti will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Good luck. Have fun meeting new bloggers.

March 16:
1: Our Town Book Reviews
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: Edgar’s Books
5: Jazzy Book Reviews
6: Linda Nightingale, Author…Musings
7: Locks, Hooks and Books
8: The Reading Addict
9: ts stuff
10: books are love

Remember on Saturday when I showed you four tattoo options for Velvet? Today I’m going to reveal the one that didn’t get a single vote. *sad face.*

Are you surprised? I was. That was one of my favorites. It’s too late to vote for your favorite, but, tune in to see which of the three remaining tattoos you guys chose as your next favorite tomorrow.

See you at the tour stops!

Gina