Author Sandra D. Bricker Gives Readers a Chance to Step Into Her Book

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Revised – For Immediate Release – When Abingdon Press released Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker in the fall of 2010, it was a standalone romantic comedy for the inspirational market. The setting (a wedding destination hotel), the heroine (a diabetic pastry chef) and a unique cast of memorable secondary characters blended to create a perfect storm for readers, and the demand for more books in the series was almost immediate.

“The first couple of reader emails came to me even before the official release of the book,” says the author. “They wanted to know what I had in store for Emma and Jackson, and a few of them were interested in visiting The Tanglewood Inn, hoping that it was a real place. It didn’t take long for my editor to recognize the potential for a few more novels in this series.”

This fall, the second of four Emma Rae Creation books hits store shelves. Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride centers around Emma’s best friend from college, a wedding planner returning to the Atlanta area to take a job at The Tanglewood while planning her own wedding. Always the Designer, Never the Bride follows in the spring, and the final novel of the series, Always the Baker, FINALLY the Bride, wraps it all up with the long-awaited wedding of Jackson and Emma Rae.

“I wanted to do something really special for the final book,” Bricker explains. “I think what I’ve come up with is going to excite my readers while rewarding them for sticking with these characters…and with me!...the way they have.”

On November 1st, a contest will debut on the author’s Web site ( where readers will compete for the honor of choosing Emma’s wedding cake from a series of drawings provided by up-and-coming Canadian artist, Hanna Sandvig. Bricker says she talked to more than a dozen artists before finding and falling in love with the childlike wonder of Sandvig’s artistry. “Hanna’s talent just embodies the fun and whimsy of Emma’s personality.”

“I never imagined how loyal my readers would turn out to be,” Bricker says. “I just really wanted to find a way to say thank you in a very personal way. I think this contest is going to fit the bill. The winner will actually be written into the final book as well as receive a preview copy of the novel and a special Emma-inspired confection as well.”


Emma Rae's Wedding

Contest Information



If you're a fan of the Emma Rae Creation books
(Book 1: Always the Baker, Never the Bride)

then you know Emma and her passion for cakes! 
But now that she's getting married herself, 
how will she choose her own cake?
That's where you come in!

1. Have a look at Emma's sketches for possible wedding cakes. 

Each one is based on how Jackson makes her feel!

2. Now use the form below to enter all of your information
In the "Notes" section, write the title of your choice along with a short essay (200 words maximum) about your choice and why it's appropriate for Emma in  particular. 

The contest runs through December 31st. At that time, I'll choose my favorite ten entries, and my editor Ramona Richards from Abingdon Press will help me narrow it down to just ONE LUCKY WINNER!   

SO WHAT DO I WIN? Glad you asked!  :-)

The winner will receive a phone call from ME so that I can determine personality, etc. for purposes of building a character sketch of  YOU...
the reader...and you'll be written into my story as the very person who
sways Emma and helps make her decision! Fun, right?

In addition, the winner will get an advanced reader copy of this new book. 
Publication date: Spring 2013.

So have a look at these cakes! And enter to win. I'll make you a star.
For a little "insider information" on Emma's thought process
about her wedding cakes, visit my blog!

**NOTE** Sandra's Books are fun. I'm not surprised that Sandra is giving everyone a chance to be the wedding planner and pick the cake!! 

THANKS for letting us know about this contest Sandra!! The last book in this series looks as fun as the rest!!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network


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