Deep in the Dreaming Release Week Playlist & How Music Helps Me Write.

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Music

Sometimes I’ll listen to the same song until I feel like it has got it’s message across in how it relates to the character, scene, or story I’m writing. Wake Me Up by Avicii was key to unlocking how and why Draper ended up spending most of the last decade in the Dreaming. I listened to the song at least ten times while I was exploring Draper and creating his past.

Girls Like You cover by Walk Off The Earth. When Draper’s attraction to Elena continues to deepen, he decides that they could be special in each other’s lives, and that she understood him. Listening to this song while I was writing the book didn’t vibe 100% because Elena wasn’t doing what Sarah is singing about here. Not Elena. And Draper’s addiction history mean no ganja or alcohol. There was no escaping the song at the time because it was on most of my radio stations and in my playlist, just like Draper and Elena found themselves in the same places at the same time.

This playlist is influenced by the infectious energy of my favorite band, Walk Off The Earth. My daughter and I met the band during their November 2018 tour in Dallas. It’s a moment I hope to remember forever. What an amazing group of musicians they are!

I Like Me Better by Lauv perfectly describes how Draper feels when he’s with Elena and it’s why he faces his personal demons and steps up when Elena needs him most. This is another example of a song filling in pieces of a character’s emotional landscape.

We’ll jump way ahead in the story with the Love Lies cover by Walk Off The Earth. There comes a point when Draper has to wonder if Elena is more dedicated to ? (spoiler) than she is to him. I was feeling pretty bad for Draper when I wrote this part and so was Draper. Listening to the song helped put me in the right frustrated, confused head space that Draper was in.

Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne clicked when everyone was struggling. Were you glad to see Avril back with such a strong song? I was! I know this song speaks to people going through tough times. I needed the angst in this song to infuse scenes I wrote, which it did.

Drag Me Down cover by Walk Off The Earth illustrates the determination Elena needed to overcome her biggest obstacles in the worst place anyone can imagine, a parallel dimension where confusion, treachery, and evil reign supreme. Draper stands behind her. A truly awe-inspired moment in the story. My family loves this song, including my three-year-old granddaughter who sings it and stomps her feet on time with the video. Yep, that melts her G.G.’s (Grandma Gina’s) heart every time.

That’s Amore by Dean Martin was a fun addition to the playlist because it speaks to Elena’s roots and one of Draper’s favorite places to vacation. They needed a love song to celebrate with. These two could definitely appreciate Martin’s light-hearted vibe after what they went through.

I listen to playlists I’ve made from books I’ve written in the past and ride the nostalgia wave created by the music, which feeds into writing scenes for characters from previous Natural Gifts books. The playlist for Desert Sunrise (Book 2 of the Natural Gifts series). includes Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big and Rich and Indian Outlaw by Tim McGraw. Those songs give me a good sense of Lucy’s playful, saucy spirit and help put me in her head space when I wrote scenes for her in this book and in future Natural Gifts books.

Music has always been a huge part of me, enriching, inspiring, consoling, and entertaining me through all phases of my life. I’m a closet songwriter and if you’ve seen someone singing and dancing to a good song in a store, that was me or someone channeling me.

I want to hear about your relationship with music now in the comments!

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Elena Zucchero has lived and lost in reality. Now she fills her heart through her work as a hypnotherapist by helping her patients improve their lives. But when a nightmare plagues her sleep, she learns her friends have gone missing in an addictive alternate plane. And the only way to save them may require feeding the demons of her handsome new client…

Draper Montgomery painfully resists the call of the Dreaming. But despite his dangerous cravings, he senses his enchanting therapist has a wound he can help heal. And to satisfy his heart’s desire, he may just have to risk the very foundation of his mind…

As Elena and Draper discover a deeper soul connection, the therapist struggles to keep her distance in the hunt for her friends. If the people she loves even want to be saved…

Will the perilous hunt to rescue her friends lose them their lives and their souls?

Deep in the Dreaming is the fourth standalone book in the captivating Natural Gifts paranormal romance series. If you like mysterious worlds, conflicted characters, and love that conquers all, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s enthralling tale.

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About the Author

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Gina Briganti writes fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes about Reiki (a relaxation technique) and self-help. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a dog.

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Thank you for reading!

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Deep in the Dreaming by Gina Briganti Release Week Video: The Inspiration Behind Deep in the Dreaming

Where was the Dreaming he'd found refuge in_ From where he was sitting now he wouldn't believe it existed if he didn't know better.

Draper Montgomery has been living a fantasy life in a parallel reality reached by the select few who could go there through meditation or sleep while the body rested in the World. Where he was now. 3-D reality some call it.

A parallel world. A trapped soul. To save her friends, they’ll battle addiction, magic, and eternity…

Elena Zucchero has lived and lost in reality. Now she fills her heart through her work as a hypnotherapist by helping her patients improve their lives. But when a nightmare plagues her sleep, she learns her friends have gone missing in an addictive alternate plane. And the only way to save them may require feeding the demons of her handsome new client…

Draper Montgomery painfully resists the call of the Dreaming. But despite his dangerous cravings, he senses his enchanting therapist has a wound he can help heal. And to satisfy his heart’s desire, he may just have to risk the very foundation of his mind…

As Elena and Draper discover a deeper soul connection, the therapist struggles to keep her distance in the hunt for her friends. If the people she loves even want to be saved…

Will the perilous hunt to rescue her friends lose them their lives and their souls?

Deep in the Dreaming is the fourth standalone book in the captivating Natural Gifts paranormal romance series. If you like mysterious worlds, conflicted characters, and love that conquers all, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s enthralling tale.

Buy Deep in the Dreaming to slip into another world today!

 

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About the Author

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Gina Briganti writes fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes about Reiki (a relaxation technique) and self-help. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a dog.

Connect with Gina around the web! There’s a websiteFacebook page, Amazon Author Page, YouTube channel,Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads profile.  There are exclusives and announcements in her newsletter, which you can sign up for right here.

Thank you for reading!

Gina

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Dana and Lucy’s Favorite Animal Videos #3

Just when we* thought that Peaches, Cream, and Dan are the most inventive dogs in the World, we came across this video.  We’re wondering what would happen if we showed the video to the dogs, you know, to inspire them…

And hey, if your dogs can do this, please share the story.  Did you charm them into it?

 

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Dana and Lucy

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*I’m Dana Carapelli-Jacobs, the main character in the first book of the Natural Gifts series by Gina Briganti.  You can read about how I discover the love of my life, and a whole other plane of existence in my book, The Dreaming. The Dreaming is where you will meet Peaches and Cream, golden retriever litter mates given to the twins by my parents.

**Lucy Shannon-Spellman has her own romance in Desert Sunrise, book two of the Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances by Gina Briganti.  When you read it, you’ll see more and more why this series is called Natural Gifts.  That’s where you’ll meet our wonder pooch, Steely Dan.

 

Oh, and feel free to send us links to your favorite animal videos.  We always have time for one more.

Dana and Lucy’s Favorite Animal Videos #2

By now you’ve figured out that Lucy* and I** spend time on our phones watching animal videos because they are too good to pass up, and too good not to share.  We don’t plan these things; one of us will just wander into the other’s office and we’ll watch the video together.  When we find one as adorable as this, we have to share it with you guys, too.

Oh, and we don’t think our author would mind that we’re posting videos on our own.  Do you?  So far, she hasn’t said anything.  She’s busy finishing up the third novel in the series.  Wait until you see what happens in that book!

You’ll have to let us know which animals are your favorites.  The bunny has my vote, while the peek-a-boo at the end has Lucy’s.

Thanks for watching!

Dana and Lucy

*Our author has a newsletter, and we’ve seen great stuff there, too.  If you’re not receiving it, you can sign up for it here.

*I’m Dana Carapelli-Jacobs, the main character in the first book of the Natural Gifts series by Gina Briganti.  You can read about how I discover the love of my life, and a whole other plane of existence in my book, The Dreaming.

**Lucy Shannon-Spellman has her own romance in Desert Sunrise, book two of the Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances by Gina Briganti.  When you read it, you’ll see more and more why this series is called Natural Gifts.

Oh, and feel free to send us links to your favorite animal videos.  We always have time for one more.

The Power of 528 Hz

I have been challenged this past month with work and with family.  In the past two months, I have trained in two new departments in the store, and worked shifts I’ve never worked in my professional life.  Next week, I will act as a nutrition coach during the first monthly meeting of my store’s group weight loss challenge.  Change, change, everywhere.

With these changes, I have experienced revelation after revelation.  One of them was that my body didn’t want to sleep during the day to accommodate an overnight shift.  I am fortunate because my boyfriend, nurturer that he is, played this video for me to help me to sleep in the early evening before my second of four all-night shifts.  It put me right to sleep.  It also started a trend, because on the third day of my temporary schedule, I was able to fall asleep in the early evening without the video.

That is the power of 528 Hz, a frequency which is reputed to repair DNA, and promote harmony within you; harmony that extends to the universe.  Some call it the love frequency. Naturally, I wanted to share it with all of you!

I hope it can help those who are challenged by insomnia.  We all know how lack of sleep can lower our quality of life. I am going to share the video with my weight loss group because studies show that sleep is important for weight loss, as well as for overall health.  Let’s all go for at least five consecutive hours of sleep.

Please enjoy this meditative sequence, and let me know if it helps you, too!

As always, thanks for reading!

Gina

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The Author Reads From Chapter 7 of “The Dreaming”

I have so much to celebrate! Desert Sunrise has received its first review, and I’m excited to say that it was five stars!

Also, I took the opportunity to thank Ann, one of my longtime supporters, by asking her what her favorite part of The Dreaming is so that I could read it on video for her. She told me that the visits with Dana and Lucy were her favorites, along with the sequences in the Dreaming. I chose a scene from chapter 7 where Dana and Lucy have lunch, and Dana tells Lucy about the strange dreams she has been having.

Though live readings by authors are becoming less common now, I hope to preserve part of the fun with my video reading.

Do you have a favorite part of The Dreaming or Desert Sunrise that you would like for me to read on video?  Tell me about it.

Thank you for reading, watching, and listening,

Gina

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