Monday, September 06, 2010

ALWAYS THE BAKER, NEVER THE BRIDE - Sandra D Bricker - Free Book

Glad to have you back, Sandra. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?

One of my favorite themes is that of destiny, the way God has dug out your path ahead of you and His angels nudge you along toward fulfilling it. I’m a firm believer that there are no coincidences, and I love the idea that there is a plan with my name on it.

Praise the Lord for that. What other books of yours are coming out soon?

My next Love Finds You book, this one set in Carmel, California, comes out in October. Then I have a Summerside devotional called Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days due out in the spring with co-authors Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Debby Mayne and Trish Perry. Then the second in my OH! series with Abingdon, The Big 4-OH!, comes out after that.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?

Filmmaker Nora Ephron. I’m a huge fan of her humor and style, and I’d love the chance to just sit down and hear about her creative process.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?

I’d like to tell them not to take rejections personally. Getting published is as much an issue of timing as it is about product. There’s something to be said for throwing things at the wall until something sticks. Just keep at it. And while you’re doing that, pay attention. I’ve learned as much from thoughtful critiques and rejections as I have from intentional education like workshops and classes.

Tell us about the featured book?

Emma Rae Travis, a baker of confections who is diabetic and can’t enjoy her creations, meets Jackson Drake, an escapee from Corporate America who is starting a wedding destination hotel. These two ill-suited players are a high-wire act trying to make a go of their new business venture amidst their crazy families and the Atlanta social scene.

Please give us the first page of the book.

She just went over like a lopsided sack o’ corn. I tell ya, I never saw nothin’ like it.”

“Emma Rae? Can you hear me, honey? Emma Rae?”

Emma’s eyes fl uttered as she struggled to open them. Her mother’s face came into focus just inches from hers, and she jumped.

“Here she comes, Gavin. She’s coming around.”

When Emma tried to speak, her tongue stuck to the roof of her mouth, and it made a sound like paper peeling away from plastic as she wiggled it.

“What . . . happened?”

“You fainted, Princess.” Her father’s pale face moved closer into view, and he took her hand. Emma realized she’d never seen him so obviously worried.

“I fainted?”

“How do you feel now?” After she spoke, he looked somewhat relieved. “Still a little woozy?’

“A little.”

She blinked a couple of times before she recognized the denim-clad form who peered over her father’s shoulder. The way it stood on end, Danny Mahoney’s wavy blond hair looked like a halo gone slightly berserk. His perfect square jaw clenched as he peered at her with those crystal blue eyes. Danny was the
boyfriend Emma had dreamed about since the sixth grade. He was handsome and cool and just dangerous enough to make her parents worry and her girlfriends green with envy.

“Hi, baby. Whatcha need, huh?”

Gavin glared at Danny and separated him from Emma by repositioning himself. “Avery, why don’t you and the Boy,” which Emma’s father had insisted on calling Danny since their fi rst date in sophomore year, “go and check on that doctor, huh? I’ll stay with Emmy.”

Just then an older man with a face like a bunched-up fist appeared from behind the yellowish curtain. His white coat and clipboard made him look a little like a butcher taking anorder, but the stethoscope hanging around his neck provided the clarity Emma needed.

“How are you feeling now, young lady? Better?”

Emma tilted her shoulders into a shrug. “I guess.”

“Do you remember what happened?”

“Not really. Daddy says I fainted.”

“She went down like a sack o’ corn,” Danny repeated, and then he snickered and looked around for acknowledgment.The only hint of it came from her father’s menacing stare.

“What did you have to eat this morning?” the doctor asked.

Emma thought it over. “Nothing. I don’t know. Except some cake. And a candy bar after second period.”

“No breakfast? Any protein?”


“Well, that appears to be the problem. Do you know what it means to be di-a-be-tic?”

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collettakay said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book!


Merry said...

Sandra's books always uplift and encourage, I can't wait to read Always the Baker.

Cindy W. said...

I enjoy Sandra Bricker's work and would love to read Always the Baker, Never the Bride. I'm sure I will love it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Patsy said...

This book sounds really good. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Deborah said...

i love Sandra's books and i REALLY love the cover on this one! the cake looks yummy.

Mozi Esme said...

This sounds like such a fun book - and I adore the cover!

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this contest. This sounds like a very enjoyable book.


karenk said...

love the cover of this novel...thanks for the chance to read it :)

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Debra Collins said...

I love Sandra's book! Thanks for the opportunity on a chance to win a copy of "Always the Baker, Never the Bride."
Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Casey said...

This looks like such a fun book, please enter me. :)

Sue said...

Thank you for the chance to read this book. It looks fun.

Sylvia said...

I've read a couple of Sandra's books and really enjoyed them. This one looks like a great plot!


Michelle said...

This book sounds wonderful. I really want to read it.

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fredamans said...

This books sounds delightful! Please count me in.

Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this. I have heard about this author, but haven't had the chance to read her books yet. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Wendy said...

Sounds like a good book.
Thanks for offering it.

Linda Kish said...

I'd love to read this book.

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Katrina said...

I would love to read this book!

Robyn said...

Sound like a book that will be just plain fun to read.

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apple blossom said...

I have read Sandra's books before. I'd love to win this one. thanks

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Nancye said...

This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

rbooth43 said...

Always the Baker, Never the bride sounds like Sandra has a winner of a book. To be read at night with a sip or two of wine and a plate of cheeses. Save the cake for later.


Author Sandra D. Bricker said...

Merry, thank you so much for the comment about being uplifting and encouraging! That's a wonderful compliment.

Deborah, it's my favorite cover too!

Debra Collins, nice to see you here. Debby speaks so highly of you.

rbooth: "Save the cake for later." Love that!

I'm so sorry I didn't get to stop in earlier. This weekend has been a case study in the unexpected here in my Tampa life. But I'm so glad you all dropped by, and I can't wait to see who wins the book.

Anne Payne said...

Sounds like a great book! Look forward to reading it.


Theresa N. said...

I'm very interested in reading this book.
Theresa N

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Jo said...

Sounds like another good read that I would love to get entered for.


Cynthia said...

Sandra's line about God always having
a plan for each one of us caught my attention. She would be a brand new author for me and from her interview I know I would enjoy her books.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

The cover is fabulous, and I can't wait to read this one. I'm also looking forward to Sandra's next Love Find You book.

Thanks for the interview, as well as, the chance to win!

sugarandgrits at hotmail dot com

grannyvon said...

I am also diabetic and would love to win this book, I loved the interview

Judy Cooper said...

Sandra is a new author to me but I am certainly interested in reading her books. I already have my list made.

kellie said...

This sounds like a good read.i cannot wait to read this book.It will be my first book by Sandra that I hope to read soon please enter me into the giveaway

Jan Marie said...

Since I am diabetic too, I would be very interested to read this book. Please count me in.


peachykath said...

Can't wait to read this book.


Carol M said...

I'd love to read this. Please enter me. Thank you!
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Brenda said...

Please enter me! The book sounds great!

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Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to read Sandra.

wmmahaney said...

This sounds like a wonderful book.

barbjan10 said...

I'm amused at the dialect in this opening scene and I enjoyed reading how the author approached a serious disease in such a gentle way. I've not read any of Sandra's works before and look forward to doing so. I see encouragement in this book and that is a good thing. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm glad for the chance to win, and I hope I do.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

jenmmcclure said...

Sounds like a good book.

Maureen said...

This looks like a really cute book! Please include me!

JBlanton said...

can't wait to read this book- thanks for the chance to win

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Sandra, I loved your interview. When we readers get a look at an authors personal life we can better understand that person. I am looking forward to reading Always the Baker, Never the Bride. I love this story line. Thanks for stopping by to chat with us.

Lena, thanks for the great interview and for hosting this giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Judylynn said...

I'd love to win this book. Please enter me!


Anonymous said...

Please enter me.

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Sarah said...

I'd love to read this one! Please enter me in the drawing.