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

Tattoos On A Mermaid

Which one should she get? Each one is inspired by her love story with Saunders. Do you know which scenes inspired each one?

Blurb

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms?

Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology.

Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today!

The Ebook is $0.99 – UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB

Paperbackhttps://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Choice-Natural-Gifts-Briganti/dp/1733802827/

Excerpt

They were laying on the wings of a giant blue butterfly. He was on the left one, she was on the right. Floating in mid-air was smooth and graceful. He was surprised when they first saw the butterfly on a huge sunflower, but that was nothing compared to when it asked Velvet if she wanted a ride, which she said she’d never done before.

Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she’s not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

Connect with Gina on Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, YouTube channel, InstagramTwitterBookbub, and on Goodreads.  There are exclusives and announcements that she shares only in her newsletter, which you can sign up for right here

Thanks for reading,

Gina

New Release In Fantasy Romance: Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti – Excerpt #4

Start here if you missed excerpt #1, excerpt #2, or excerpt #3.

Excerpt

“Yes, you mess with what’s working.”  Velvet bumped the microphone in her right hand against her head.  “I know, I know.  You saw it in a magazine.  It looked so glamorous.  A wild new you.  You messed with what was working.  You put your head in a whirlpool and let it style your hair for you.  Wait, wait, that’s not even the topper.  You asked someone to show you where the best whirlpool is.”  Velvet shook her head, laughing along with Cassidy, and the memory of the crowd’s raucous laughter during the show.  “Really, does it matter how good your hair looks if you’re late and can’t swim right for a week from the force of the whirlpool?”  Velvet paused, then laughed at herself.  “Who am I kidding?  Of course it’s worth it.”

Cassidy fell over laughing, barely holding onto her drink.

Velvet loved to see people laugh and smile.  Both were common enough in The Dreaming. Still, it was a thrill to know that she was the one causing the laughter and smiles.  Especially when they were genuine.  She could fill the audience with her own creations; a dream audience who looked and acted the way she directed them to.  The real thing was so much more satisfying.  Her sister Noelia was content with dream creations for her audience of readers.  Velvet envied Noelia the pleasure she saw on her face when she released a new book and her creations clamored for it.

Continued in excerpt #5

Blurb:

She’s a mermaid in a parallel world. What will a man sacrifice to discover it’s not a dream?

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms?

Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology.

Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today!

Saunders’ Choice is Available from most online booksellers through this UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Choice-Natural-Gifts-Briganti/dp/1733802827/

About The Author

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Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she’s not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

Connect with Gina around the web:

Website: www.ginabriganti.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/gina.brigantiauthor

Instagram: @ginabriganti

Newsletter: https://ginabriganti.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=efb8eaf5e244c4ac83bb036d2&id=2bb9bdfd73

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCddcTr_wNeqiqRWHiGaujQ

Twitter: @brigantigina

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gina-briganti

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4236998.Gina_Briganti

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gina-Briganti/e/B008QZ2ZVI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thanks for reading,

Gina

New Release In Fantasy Romance: Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti – Excerpt #3

Start here if you missed excerpt #1 or excerpt #2.

Excerpt #3

Velvet treated Cassidy to the joke that received the most laughs; “So the big night is finally here.  You know the one I mean, ladies,” Velvet comically winked at Cassidy, “all the signs are there.”  Velvet theatrically swung her left arm in front of her, pointing the index finger up.  “One, he brought you over to his mother’s house for dinner.  Two,” Velvet swung her arm around and brought her middle finger up to join the index finger, “he used the word future in a sentence.”  Velvet paused for those crucial seconds to let Cassidy laugh and then started the next part of the joke.  “And three, he said he’s taking you somewhere special.  You have to look amazing.  There will be pictures and you will be telling the story for years about how you knew this was the night.  So, what do you do, ladies?”  Velvet paused for one second.  “You decide to try the new trend.”  Her voice turned mocking.  “On the most important night of your life, you mess with what he likes about you.”

Cassidy laughed, then sipped from her bourbon, leaning forward to listen to the rest of the joke.

Continued in excerpt #4 on Tuesday. Can’t wait? The ebook is on sale for $0.99 from most etailers. UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB

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Blurb:

She lives life below the waves. What will a man sacrifice to discover it’s not a dream?

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms?

Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology.

Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today!

Saunders’ Choice is Available from most online booksellers through this UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB

Paperbackhttps://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Choice-Natural-Gifts-Briganti/dp/1733802827/

About The Author

Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she’s not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

Connect with Gina around the web:

Website: www.ginabriganti.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/gina.brigantiauthor

Instagram: @ginabriganti

Newsletter: https://ginabriganti.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=efb8eaf5e244c4ac83bb036d2&id=2bb9bdfd73

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCddcTr_wNeqiqRWHiGaujQ

Twitter: @brigantigina

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gina-briganti

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4236998.Gina_Briganti

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gina-Briganti/e/B008QZ2ZVI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thank you for reading,

Gina

New Release In Fantasy Romance: Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti – Excerpt #2

Excerpt

Continued from excerpt #1

Cassidy looked exactly the way she wanted to look.  As did Velvet.  As did the club she performed in.  It was the perfection of everything in her life that had developed Velvet’s sense of humor to begin with.  She needed a break from the sameness of perfection.

“Cassidy,” she sang back in answer, turning her bubbles into kissing lips that smacked Cassidy on the cheek when they reached her.  They made a smacking sound for the kiss, and then popped, returning to the water.

“They liked you.” Cassidy leaned back in the purple chair, releasing smoky tendrils from her lungs and her cigarette while she spoke.

“They did like me,” Velvet agreed.  “My new set about the dangers of washing and styling your hair in a whirlpool went over well with the females.”

Blurb:

She lives life below the waves. What will a man sacrifice to discover it’s not a dream?

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms?

Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology.

Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today!

Velvet had to smile at Cassidy’s mimicry of 1950’s television where the characters were in black and white, with cigarette in hand, and an evening cocktail on the table in front of them.  She had styled her hair, and colored it, to match Lucy Ricardo’s ravishing red in the I love Lucy show.  Her tail matched.  She was more modest than Velvet, too, because she wore black shells to cover her breasts.

Saunders’ Choice is Available from most online booksellers through this UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Choice-Natural-Gifts-Briganti/dp/1733802827/

Continued in excerpt #3

About The Author

Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she’s not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

Connect with Gina around the web:

Website: www.ginabriganti.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/gina.brigantiauthor

Instagram: @ginabriganti

Newsletter: https://ginabriganti.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=efb8eaf5e244c4ac83bb036d2&id=2bb9bdfd73

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCddcTr_wNeqiqRWHiGaujQ

Twitter: @brigantigina

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gina-briganti

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4236998.Gina_Briganti

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gina-Briganti/e/B008QZ2ZVI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thanks for reading,

Gina

New Release In Fantasy Romance: Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti – Excerpt #1

Excerpt #1

Chapter 1

Laughter followed Velvet as she left the stage in the grotto where she had been hired to perform a private show for the wealthy creatures’s birthday party.

She knew the crowd were eyeing her bare torso, hoping the current would sway her long silver and lilac-tinted hair off of her breasts so they could see if the color of her nipples matched the color of her lilac fin.

She sighed.  Maybe it was time to change.  Raven black hair with a bright, shiny aqua blue tail made her audiences stare, but she did get more jobs that way.  She wanted more shows at the big clubs.

“Velvet.”  Cassidy, her manager, called out to her from where she waited in the luxurious apartment the management called a dressing room.

Cassidy was a mermaid, too.  She was much older than Velvet, who was only one hundred years old.  Cassidy was more than three hundred years old.  No one would know that if it weren’t for the Hall of Records there in The Dreaming because everything stayed the way you wanted it to.

Continued in Excerpt #2

Blurb:

She lives life below the waves. What will a man sacrifice to discover it’s not a dream?

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms?

Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology.

Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today!

Saunders’ Choice ebooks are Available from most online booksellers through this UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Choice-Natural-Gifts-Briganti/dp/1733802827/

About The Author

Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she’s not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

Connect with Gina around the web:

Website: www.ginabriganti.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/gina.brigantiauthor

Instagram: @ginabriganti

Newsletter: https://ginabriganti.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=efb8eaf5e244c4ac83bb036d2&id=2bb9bdfd73

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCddcTr_wNeqiqRWHiGaujQ

Twitter: @brigantigina

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gina-briganti

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4236998.Gina_Briganti

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gina-Briganti/e/B008QZ2ZVI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thanks for reading,

Gina

New Fantasy Romance Release: Saunders’ Choice By Gina Briganti Book Trailer

Blurb

Mermaid Velvet has always had a special fascination with the World. And studying its two-legged humans has given the aspiring comedian unique skills to make her audiences laugh. But when she saves a human who believes he’s drowning, she’s stunned by the magic that flows between them.

Saunders is trapped between two realities with no memory of his past. Lost in a strange, underwater domain, he comes face-to-face with an alluring goddess of the sea. When he disappears from her realm, he’s desperate to reunite with the entrancing beauty.

As Velvet continues to bring Saunders out of the darkness, her love for him grows along with her fear that his next disappearance might be his last. And as his memories slowly return, Saunders must decide if he’s willing to leave the World permanently for a chance to be with the mermaid he desires.

Can Velvet and Saunders overcome his terrible fate and sink into each other’s perfect arms?

Saunders’ Choice is a standalone novella in the enchanting Natural Gifts fantasy romance series. If you like irresistible attraction, mystery, and love against the odds, then you’ll adore Gina Briganti’s tale of the deep.

*An early version of Saunders’ Choice was published in the Changing Worlds anthology.

Buy Saunders’ Choice to dive into an ocean of passion today!

UBL: https://books2read.com/u/3nvKDB for ebooks

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Saunders-Choice-Natural-Gifts-Briganti/dp/1733802827/

Excerpt

Swimming along, Velvet continued to send a friendly wave to every creature she saw.  She rounded the corner of a huge coral reef and saw a murky, shaded part of the coral ahead.  If she had a middle name, it would be Curious.  Velvet thought nothing of swimming into the darkened water.

A naked man was swimming furiously to the surface, struggling and thrashing in a panic.

He thinks he’s drowning.

If his panic didn’t give him away as a visitor to the Dreaming, his energy did.  She didn’t know many visitors, but she had met more than anyone else she knew.  Why did she find visitors so compelling?  She often wondered about that.

Once, she had shared a romance with a visitor.  His name was Joe, and he was sixteen years old at the time.  For one whole summer, that was what he called it, they spent all of his time in the Dreaming together.  Then Joe admitted to her that he felt weird about having an invisible girlfriend, and they stopped seeing one another in that way. They were friends now.  He’d long since grown up and was happily married to a new visitor to the Dreaming. A woman named Dana.

Velvet stopped her reverie and flashed into action, quickly pushing the stranger to what would appear to be a surface to him.  She held him while he gulped air, and spurted water from his mouth at the same time.

The stranger turned wild eyes to Velvet.  He scanned her from head to tail, and then started racing away from her.

“What?”  Velvet called out sarcastically.  “Was it something I said?  Most people have to know me awhile before they swim away at high speed.”  As soon as she said it, she felt terrible and her compassion kicked her butt.  She called out, “I’m sorry.  I hope you’re okay.” The visitor never looked back.

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Gina Briganti writes fantasy and sci-fi romance in north Texas. She also writes holistic health non-fiction because real life can be magic, too. Her credentials in holistic health include certification as a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher, certification as a nutrition consultant, and a degree in holistic nutrition.

When she’s not writing, eating delicious healthy food, reading, or making videos, she is spending time with family and friends. Her constant companion is a special soul who masquerades as a lab and chow mix.

Connect with Gina on Facebook, her Amazon Author Page, YouTube channel, InstagramTwitterBookbub, and on Goodreads.  There are exclusives and announcements that she shares only in her newsletter, which you can sign up for right here

Thank you for reading!

Gina