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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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 (Abingdon Press, October 2011) centers on 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 (Abingdon Press, April 2012) follows in the spring, and the final novel of the series, Always the Baker, FINALLY the Bride (Abingdon Press, Fall 2012), 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 September 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.”

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles and, while writing in every spare moment, worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. Since then she has written three novels for middle-grade readers and several romance novels, including Always the Baker, Never the Bride, unWANTED: Husband, Change of Heart, Sins of the Past, Wish I Weren’t HereLove Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas and The Big 5-0h!.


Abingdon Press fiction includes stories of faith, hope, and love which explore the gray areas of life—situations that seemingly have no clear-cut solutions. These stories strive to illuminate the human condition and express God’s enduring love and grace for all. Abingdon Press also publishes resources for church leaders, scholars, and students engaged in leading congregations and theological education, and inspirational books and study materials that reach a broad audience. Abingdon resources are available in Christian and general bookstores and from many online book sellers. Website: