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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sandra D Bricker Raw Edges Review and Interview


Picture and Synopsis from

Grayson McDonough has no use for teal ribbons, 5k runs, or ovarian cancer support groups now that his beautiful wife Jenna is gone. But their nine-year-old daughter Sadie seems to need the connection. When Annabelle Curtis, the beautiful cancer survivor organizing the memory quilt project for the Ovacome support group, begins to bring out the silly and fun side of his precious daughter again, Gray must set aside his own grief to support the healing of Sadie’s young heart. But is there hope for Gray’s heart too along the way?

My Review:

Raw Edges was a wonderful book.  It is the story of three different people who are affected by ovarian cancer that are brought together by a quilt.  Grayson lost his wife, Jenna, to ovarian cancer.  They had a young daughter, Sadie.  Annabelle overcame ovarian cancer and she is heading up the quilt project.  When Sadie drags Gray to Ovacome, an ovarian support group, meeting, they meet Annabelle and Sadie wants to help with the quilt.  As Gray and Sadie spend more time with Annabelle, they open their hearts to her.  This is a fast read that leaves you feeling good and gives you hope after you finish it.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gray and Annabelle’s story.  Sadie was also such a sweet little girl, I fell in love with her.  I highly recommend this book, especially if you have suffered in any way from ovarian cancer or any type of cancer.  But this book is great even if your life has never been touched by cancer.  It is very insightful and gives a whole new perspective on the issue.  Great job Sandie.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

SANDRA D. BRICKER was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years where she attended school to learn screenwriting and eventually taught the craft for several semesters. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of LAUGH-OUT-LOUD fiction for the inspirational market, best known for her Another Emma Rae Creation series for Abingdon Press; the final novel in the series, Always the Baker Finally the Bride, is available in bookstores now. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.

Questions about writing and about Raw Edges.


1.        How long have you been writing and what are your inspirations for writing?

I wrote my first short story in the 4th grade. 
J  But that’s probably not what you meant, right? I went to film school to study screenwriting in the mid-80s, but I didn’t start the learning (and attempt) process with books until the late 90s.


2.        Where did you get the idea for Raw Edges?

I have to give that credit to my Abingdon editor, Ramona Richards. We’d already worked together on several books and when she thought up the Quilts of Love series, she came to me with the idea of writing one centering around an ovarian cancer memory quilt. It kind of unfolded (no pun intended) from there.

3.        Do you quilt?

Oh, no! I do not. I have no real talents in the world of crafty. But I admire it a lot. Does that count?

4.        Besides writing, what are your other interests?

I love dogs, and I support a lot of dog rescue organizations. I also have a serious penchant for seeing movies, learning about wine, and serving in my church.

5.        Who are your favorite authors?

There are so many of them! I enjoy Kristin Billerbeck, Frank Peretti, Robin Jones Gunn, Rebecca York, Jim Rubart, Nicholas Sparks, Lorena McCourtney… Okay, this is getting out of hand. But as you can see, I do love the wordsmiths!


Now, some random questions that really don’t pertain to writing.

6.        What is your favorite season and why?

Autumn! And I think I’m going to renew that love this time next year when I’m (hopefully) living back in Ohio and can experience the change of seasons again. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Tampa for the last 30 years or so, and I’ve had to travel to see leaves change colors or wear gloves.

7.        Where is your favorite place to vacation?

San Diego, CA. I love the place and get a fever to return every few months. I also like Sanibel Island here in Florida, but San Diego is my fave.




8.       If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
As long as I didn’t have to fly there, I want to tour Israel … drink wine in Tuscanny … eat pastries in Paris … I dream big when it comes to travel. Too bad I don’t enjoy it more, right?




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