This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Always The Designer, Never The Bride
Abingdon Press (April 2012)
Sandra D. Bricker

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The Big 5-OH! was released by Abingdon Press in the Spring of 2010, and the novel was very well-received, garnering a couple of nibbles from Hollywood.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride was released by Abingdon Press in September 2010. With its phenomenal reviews, the novel spawned a series of three more books based on the popular cast of characters at The Tanglewood Inn, a wedding destination hotel in historic Roswell, Georgia. The series cemented Sandie’s spot in publishing as a flagship author of Laugh-Out-Loud romantic comedy for the inspirational market.

“Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with my writing dream,” says Bricker, “well, that’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”


It’s taken Audrey Regan years to establish herself as a wedding dress designer, and to date she’s been roped into creating dresses for nine of her girlfriends. Request #10 follows her vow to “Just say no!” and comes from her very best friend. She can hardly turn Carly down!

Audrey arrives in Atlanta early to perform all of her maid-of-honor duties along with final fittings for a one-of-a-kind dress. But Carly’s wedding is nothing short of an event, complete with Prince Charming, and the festivities make Audrey question whether there’s a prince of her own anywhere in her future.

Enter the groom’s brother and best man. Shaggy-haired, tattooed bad boy J.R. Hunt couldn’t be any more different from Prince Charming if he rode in on a Harley Davidson. Oh, wait. He actually did ride in on a Harley!

If you would like to read an excerpt of the first chapter of Always The Designer, Never The Bride, go HERE.

Learn more about Sandra and her books on her Website.


I always enjoy Sandra Bricker’s novels and Always The Designer, Never The Bride was no exception. I loved revisiting the Tanglewood Inn and all the familiar characters from the previous books of the Another Emma Rae Creation series. As always there were quite a few very humorous scenes and some equally romantic ones also. In the midst of  all the drama and fun, two extremely career minded individuals discover each other. Although each of them fights the attraction, it seems that God has other plans for them and their careers.

Always The Designer, Never The Bride just may be my favorite so far of this series, but then I always did seem to be attracted to those bad boy heroes who didn’t quite fit normal expectations. I loved that J. R. had that scruffy bad boy look complete with the requisite tattoos and Harley but had a sensitive and compassionate heart. Audrey’s beauty and talent hid an insecurity that drove her to prove herself to others through her success but really yearned . As the book progressed each of them learned that their careers would never make them happy until they followed God’s blueprint for their lives.

I highly recommend Always The Designer, Never The Bride as well as all other novels by Sandra D. Bricker. If you haven’t discovered this talented author yet, give her a try.