Event Announcement, New Cover Art, And A Giveaway To Celebrate #fantasyromance

Elena and Draper’s book cover has been redesigned by Victoria Cooper Art!

Book 4 Of The Natural Gifts Series

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!

Let’s celebrate Elena and Draper’s new look with an Amazon gift card giveaway!

Enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

Here are all the covers together.
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Wishing you all a Happy Memorial Day!

Gina

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Golden in Death – What I got for Mother’s Day

Flowers I Got For Mother’s Day

I can hardly wait for the weekend so I can indulge my need to read. I’ve been waiting for this book and had it on my library requests, where it sat, stalled, with the note that it was being transferred to my local branch. Our libraries are remaining closed for the time being, so I cancelled the request and answered my daughter’s query about what I wanted for Mother’s Day with this book title. Of course, she knew who the author is. Everyone who will listen has heard me rave about the In Death series.

Did you also ask for a book/books for Mother’s Day? Did you give books as gifts for Mother’s Day?

Thanks for reading,

Gina

The Kingmaker Chronicles Trilogy By Amanda Bouchet – Recommended Book Review

I have another favorite fantasy series! The world-building, magical concepts, and story started in A Promise Of Fire hooked me early and kept me there. The main character, Cat, hasn’t had an easy life, which means she is particularly unprepared for meeting Griffin, a man with a mission. A man who knows too much about her hidden abilities. There’s a good dose of romance, which I enjoyed. Griffin is one of the good guys, determined to make the world a better place. He’s a likeable character. Another highlight for me was the role played in the story by various Greek gods. All of that was good, but it was the monster battles that glued me to the page. Bouchet writes great magic battle scenes.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Promise Of Fire gets a solid 5/5 stars.

I love when a series continues from where the last book left off the way this one did. Cat is rapidly maturing into the leader she needs to be and has lost the touches of what seemed like annoying personality traits in book 1; her home environment left a whole lot to be desired and her reasons for leaving would turn anyone’s hair white. To expect her to be an adjusted young woman after that is asking too much. Her character growth arc was awesome to watch.

Book two offered more imaginative monsters, battles, and well-crafted action scenes. I loved the relationships between all the characters and the twisty surprises. There was also some satisfaction that a couple of my premonitions proved to be true, which is interesting because if that happens too often a book might be called predictable. It definitely was not, and I was excited to read the final book in the series.

Breath Of Fire gets five/five glowing stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was anticipating reading the boss battle that was inevitable from the first book, which was always a concern because the boss is the heroine’s mother. The way that battle went down was wonderfully unpredictable. The outcome, better than my expectations.

Sharing a little bitty spoiler about a certain portion of the book that made me know for sure that Cat and Griffin get a happy ever after is tempting, but I just can’t do it. The point is, Bouchet didn’t tell me they will be happy together forever, I believe they will. Their bond has been thoroughly tested.

My emotional investment was 100% tripled, which is so hard to achieve. I’m kind of a tough critic. I read a lot of books that never get reviewed here because I only want to highlight the best books I read. Like this entire series.

If you’re into action, romance, Greek gods, and fantasy, I highly recommend this series.

And more good news, I hear there will be a spin-off novella featuring the Beta-team. I cannot wait. Thinking about it steals my breath.

Heart On Fire gets five/five glowing stars.

The Kingmaker Chronicles series gets 5/5 glowing stars. Hurry up and release that novella, Mrs. Bouchet! I mean, pretty please?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

CHECK OUT AMANDA BOUCHET HERE

Have you read any of this trilogy? All of it? I’d love to chat about it.

As always, thanks for reading with me!

Gina

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School Bites By Jade Lee – Recommended Book Review

Blurb


Middle school teacher Toni Freedman deals with a dangerous population: the pre-adolescents from Crimson City’s newly created Wolftown.

When the school becomes a battleground, the only one keeping his cool is the sexy principal John Wang. Together John and Toni battle wolf-haters, ED students, and a sexual chemistry with an added kick.

Review

I’m reaching back into my old book journals so great stories like School Bites, which I originally read in the Shards of Crimson anthology, don’t get lost.

School Bites is an urban fantasy short story that fit into the Crimson City series (Crimson City #7b), which I think fantasy fans should check out for the variety of good stories that were told through it.

This is a very sexy book with a romance between Toni and John that centers around Toni adjusting to a new life which includes a relationship with her boss. All signs point to workplace drama right there, but frankly, Toni and John have a lot more to worry about. I admire that Toni made what I thought was an admirable step when she had an opportunity to maintain status quo for herself, but chooses to be there for her students. I admire teachers who stick up for their students.

Likable characters always sway me and this is solid storytelling by Jade Lee.

I haven’t read the other title in Sexy Bites, MY SEXY KICK-ASS MAGIC SHOES. If you have, please tell me what you thought of it.

Thank you for reading,

Gina

Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom – Recommended Book Review

I’m not usually pushy about book recommendations, but today I will be, because if you haven’t read this treasure of a book from 1997, you really, really, should.

My review is of the 1997 print version.

Reading this book bathed me in good feelings, and the awareness that Morrie Schwartz and I have solid life principles in common. What mattered most to Morrie in life are the same things that matter most to me – people, relationships, contentedness, and joy.

Tuesdays With Morrie was written by Morrie Schwartz’s student, Mitch Albom. Albom’s intent was to raise money to help with Schwartz’s medical bills. We learn this in the afterward, after we’ve been thoroughly steeped in how much Albom and others benefited from knowing Morrie Schwartz.

Morrie Schwartz taught far more than the classes listed on student’s schedules. He and other professors of their time used their position to better their student’s lives and inspired them to be good humans. He taught them the value of silence and illuminated how much we can learn from it.

If I’m even a percentage of the teacher he was, it’s in part because I read this book.

Click here to visit the books page of Mitch Albom’s website. He has interesting goodies over there.

This is an iconic book, so I’m betting at least some of you have read it. If so, please share your thoughts about it with me.

Thanks for reading!

Gina