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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sandra D. Bricker and Free Books!

PhotobucketThey say you can't have your cake and eat it, too. Emma Rae Travis knows all about that. She's a diabetic baker who can't indulge in her own heavenly creations!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon, by Stephen Bly, is:

bousmama@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Sandra D. Bricker, author of Always the Baker, Never the Bride (Abingdon Press, September 2010).

Tell us about yourself, Sandie.

PhotobucketI've been publishing in both the Christian and general market for years with novels for women and teens, magazine articles and short stories. With 11 novels in print and 5 more slated for publication through 2012, I've started to carve out a niche as an "author of laugh-out-loud comedy for the inspirational market."

I was an entertainment publicist in Hollywood for 15+ years for some of daytime television's hottest stars but, when my mom became ill in Florida, I left Los Angeles to provide care
. . . and begin this new phase of my life as a novelist!

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- At the age of five, I announced to my family that I was going to be a writer when I grew up. Of course, what I meant was that I'd figured out how to string the cursive letters together to write my own name, but . . .

-- I am an advocate for animal rights, and I have a special affection for dogs everywhere. I volunteer and raise funds for various animal rescue groups, and my dog Sophie is a rescue adopted from Lost Angels Animal Rescue here in Tampa.

-- I am an ovarian cancer survivor! (Hu-ah!)

-- I was a faithful viewer of General Hospital for nearly 20 years before I finally went to work for actors on the show in 1984.

-- I have kissed John Stamos!

Wow. It certainly hasn't been a boring life so far, has it?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Always the Baker, Never the Bride.

PhotobucketWhen Jackson Drake hears about this local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and include her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that particular day has started out badly with two workmen trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen 300-thread count bed linens in the wrong size delivered and abandoned in the lobby.

But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain: It's going to be a really rotten day. What it turns out to be instead is the catalyst for a love affair that will change his life forever.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Well, I hope that Emma Rae is charming and goofy and lovable. And Jackson is just about everything we all hope for in a romantic hero. But it's the influence of their crazy families that really make them who and what they are. I think everyone can relate to that.

Yes, I loved the family members in your book, Sandie. 

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Because they'll find themselves laughing. And a merry heart is excellent medicine!

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketOn the big screen, I think Jennifer Garner.

PhotobucketAnd George Clooney would rock the movie!


On the small screen, I think I'd like to see Katherine Heigl.

PhotobucketAnd Dean McDermott.

Okay, then, I'm totally voting for the big screen. Gotta love that George Clooney!

Share one hard, cold fact about writing with my readers. And then share one warm, fuzzy comment about writing with them.

Hard, cold fact: You can't be a writer just by dreaming about it. You have to sit your butt in a chair and actually write something. An entire something, from start to finish.

Warm, fuzzy fact: When a reader tells you that you've touched something in them, and you start to cry . . . That's allowed. This is your dream.

Oh, yeah. That's the best. 

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

Then I would have to say a gel pen. Smoothly relying on words to fulfill its purpose.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

I'm currently reading Eat.Pray.Love. I'm not finished with it yet, but I love the whole idea of turning your back on an everyday life which is mundane, stressful, and everything in between in order to just stop and marvel at the world through new eyes.

What are you working on now?

I have Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California coming out with Summerside Press in October.

I am finishing up the devotional that I'm working on with you, Trish!!  Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on a Bad Hair Day is a devo we're co-authoring with Kristin Billerbeck, Debby Mayne and Diann Hunt. The five of us have really bonded through this project, and I think we're going to reach women right where they are . . . while raising funds for ovarian cancer research. What could be better than that?

Agreed. The entire experience has been a blessing and great fun. As a matter of fact, I should post the link for the silly trailer we threw together, with the help of mariancreates.com.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

At my weekly blog: sandradbricker.blogspot.com
And at my Web site: www.SandraDBricker.com

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

707629: Always the Baker, Never the Bride

Thanks, Sandie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandie has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 13. To enter, leave a comment for Sandie, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interview with Leanna Ellis, below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


apple blossom said...

I have a few of Sandra's other books. I'd love to win this one thanks.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of this story. Please enter me. Thank you for this giuveaway.


Casey said...

What a fun looking book, please enter me. :)


Sue said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book, it looks like a fun read.


Debra Collins said...

I'd love to win a copy of "Always the Baker, Never the Bride" Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks!


HollyMag said...

This sounds like a fun book!
Please include me.

Sylvia said...

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


adge said...

I didn't know y'all were making a devotional, what an awesome group of writers! Please include me in the giveaway and I enjoyed the interview. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Michelle said...

This one sounds wonderful, please enter me.

mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

Merry said...

I love Sandie's books, they make my heart merry! Please add me to the drawing. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have really enjoyed reading some of Sandie's other books, and this one sounds great! I can't wait to read it and would love the chance to win!


Anne Payne said...

I love the sound of this book! Can't wait to read it.


hspruitt said...

This books sounds great and being from the Roswell GA area would make it even neater to me!

Thanks for the chance!


hspruitt [at] juno [dot] com

Pam said...

I enjoy Christian fiction books that are also humorous, so this sounds like one I'd like. The devotional you are writing also sounds good; I love the title! I also like that you'll be raising funds for ovarian cancer research. My former mother-in-law died of that in July. I'm thankful you are a survivor.
Thanks for entering me in the book drawing.

Kameko said...

Enjoyed the interview and the book sounds fantastic. I've seen the fun trailer and loved it! Everyone looks like they had a terrific time taping it. I'm eager to read both "Always the Baker, Never the Bride", and thankful for the chance to enter the drawing. I'm also looking forward to the devotional being released so I may read it.


squiresj said...

I've never read one of your books and would love to.
Please enter me to win
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

windycindy said...

The character in her book reminds me of my brother. He loved to go trick
or treating, but was a juvenile diabetic and couldn't eat any of the candy...
Thanks, Cindi

Brenda said...

Would love to read the book, it sounds like a great read!
dancealert at aol dot com

jeff7salter said...

I really like the image "Smoothly relying on words to fulfill its purpose". What a great description of a writer as well as a gel pen.
I've not yet had the pleasure of reading any of your books, but I'd like to.
As I've written to Trish, I'm intrigued by the notion of using humor to wholesomely entertain readers of fiction which a Christian could recommend to their Pastor.
It sounds like you, like Trish, have found the right mixture. Keep it up.
Please enter me in the drawing

Anna W. said...

I love your books, Sandra! Please enter in the giveaway!

writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

Theresa N. said...

I'm very interested in this book.
Theresa N

Cherie J said...

Sounds like a fun book to read. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


cynthia said...

Thanks for the great interview and the interesting facts. How fun (especially the one about John Stamos!).
I'd love to read your book. It sounds fun. I loved some of the other books you've written. Thanks for the book drawing.
cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

Wendy said...

OHH - I can't wait to read this one.

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! I really enjoy reading books that are funny. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win Sandie's book.

Molly(Buukluvr81) said...

Oh what I wouldn't give to win this book! THANK YOU for the awesome interview and the GREAT giveaway!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

Jo said...

I would love to win one of Sandie's books. Haven't read any yet but after reading about this one, I definitely would love to read her books.




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