Saunders' Choice by Gina Briganti

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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


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.

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.

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  1. 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?

    1. Hi, Amy. 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.

  2. Thank you very much for hosting Saunders' Choice today!

  3. Beautiful cover! I need this book! Sounds so good!

    1. I won't disagree with you, Katrina. I think Saunders' Choice is a great way to spend a few reading hours.

  4. I love the look of mermaids so your cover is intriguing.

    1. Mermaids are interesting for me, too. Thanks for the compliment, Marcia.

  5. Such a pretty cover for an interesting story. The readers of this genre will find this intriguing. Best wishes to the author on the new release.

  6. Replies
    1. Katrina, I'm reading a contemporary romance right now - Charming You by Kris Jayne. It's the first book in her Thirsty Hearts series.

      What's your current read?


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