Transitions at Bling! Romance

I want you all to know that my heart is full with gratitude and joy at the realization of what we’ve accomplished with Bling! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement as we’ve grown this new imprint for LPC. And about that stellar Editor of the Year award I received this year from ACFW … I’ll carry that excitement with me into the next season of my life! Since no one can really say it any better than Eddie Jones, CEO of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, I thought I’d just share yesterday’s announcement directly with you.   From Eddie Jones, CEO of LPC: LPC would like to extend its thanks to Sandie Bricker, founder of Bling! Romance. Last spring, Sandie expressed a desire to step back from Bling, but only after she found the right person to take over. Today, we are pleased to announce that Sandie’s assistant Marisa Deshaies is now the new Managing Editor of Bling! Romance. Marisa came to us as an intern and has worked with Sandie on Bling titles for several months.  Marisa’s passion for the imprint became evident early on. With her excellent organizational skills, we believe Marisa will make an outstanding managing editor. Sandie will remain with LPC until Marisa’s training is complete. Thank you, Sandie, for stepping out on faith and giving new and established romance authors a chance to tell the stories God placed on their hearts.   And on a personal note from me: Welcome, Marisa! You are just the person I prayed God would send. I’m ready to hand over the keys now. I leave...

From the other side: reflections on internships

I had a checklist I needed to complete in order to graduate from college: Fulfill the requisite number of courses in the English major to prove competency in American and British literature. Pass, with a high enough grade to prove I can do more than count to ten, basic math. Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. And most important of all (at least in the eyes of a future employer), complete an internship. Internship. The word can strike fear and bring excitement, depending on which side of the aisle a student stands on. With most employers requiring college students to have some kind of experience upon graduation, the competitiveness of these positions has risen in recent years. On the other hand, for those students without a clear-cut idea of what they want do when they graduate, choosing an internship can be a daunting task. I knew by my junior year of college that I wanted to make a career for myself in the publishing industry. With my focus on and interest in editing, I chose to intern at Oak Knoll Press—the only antiquarian publishing house in the United States … and it just so happens to reside in my home state of Delaware. While I value my time at Oak Knoll Press, the lessons I learned while interning there have little to do with the publishing industry. As an undergraduate intern, I focused on the small picture: earning a satisfactory grade; keeping my supervisor happy; pleasing my coworkers. I learned the everyday nuances of office life, but I failed to think ahead at how my time at Oak Knoll...

BLING! 2016: Introducing the authors who give romance readers something extra

Fiction is all about imagining our lives as we wish they could be. As children, we are taught to dream big, with the world and all its delights at our fingertips for the taking. While responsibilities and practicality come with adulthood, through stories we can experience thrilling adventures, swoon-worthy romance, and just about anything else that suits our fancy. Through fiction, we are limitless. At BLING!, we publish edgy contemporary romance with a little something extra. Whether you favor romantic suspense driven by a thrilling plot or contemporary romance featuring a dreamy hero and daring heroine, one of our books is bound to make your heart pound in anticipation of the adventures our authors will take you on in BLING! novels. Our 2016 releases cover a range of stories that will take you out of your favorite chair or away from your desk and into worlds about which you only ever dreamed. Did you imagine yourself gracing a stage as a dancer or singer? Candee Fick’s Dance Over Me will whisk you to New York City as a Broadway cast member. Did you swoon at the sight of Clint Eastwood’s son playing a cowboy in the 2015 release of The Longest Ride? Be sure to pick up Claiming the Maverick’s Heart by Debra Holt or Second Chance Love by Pamela S. Meyers for two different stories set against the backdrop of ranching and rodeo. If thrillers are more your preference, you won’t want to miss Ashley Ludwig’s First Crush. This debut author’s suspense novel will deliver chills as the heroine fights for her life and love in California wine...

Featuring DEBRA HOLT

Debra Holt, author of Mercy’s Rescue, is a Texas girl through and through. If you check out her personal and professional Facebook pages on any given day, in fact, you’re almost sure to spot a beautiful image boasting about her home state. More often than not, there will be bluebonnets somewhere in the picture too, which is why we asked the cover designer of Mercy’s Rescue to work them into the cover somehow. Debbie’s Texas roots make her a natural to write about those cowboys adored by fans of romance! Mercy’s Rescue is no exception either. Josh Wellman is the romantic hero we love to swoon over. He’s tall and chisled, sure; but he’s also humble, strong, and kind. He’s just the type of guy women like us (and Mercy Smith) need to ground us and push us to be the best women we can be. Mercy’s pretty spectacular on her own, too. Professionally, she leads a medical evac team in the town where Josh is the sheriff. Her faith has taken some hits in recent years though, and Josh’s influence is sorely needed in her more vulnerable personal life. Their romance unfolds believably with elements of fun as well as a few heart-wrenching twists. For a sneak peek of the video trailer, click the icon below.   Mercy’s Rescue is available for pre-order right now in ebook and print form, and the official launch date arrives in just a few days. FOR A LIMITED TIME, YOU CAN “GRAB” A COPY OF MERCY’S RESCUE at BookGrabbr. And to connect with author Debra Holt, you can visit her website, LIKE...

Exciting days at Bling! Romance

So the last time I was here, I told you about how we were looking for a replacement for me to head up Bling! Although we looked at several very qualified candidates, we just didn’t find that perfect fit … the one to take over this very special toddler we’ve gotten on her feet. So I’ve decided to stick around a while longer and, with the help of a couple of fantastic interns, will continue to steer the course into deeper waters. In light of the fact that Bling! is fast becoming everything I hoped it would be, I’ll be joining the ranks of my treasured authors and will launch my own next novel through the imprint. There are exciting days ahead for us here, and we’re hoping you’ll hop aboard and make the trip along with us. In mid-August, Mercy’s Rescue by Debra Holt will finally debut. If you haven’t seen the book trailer, CLICK HERE to enjoy it. Mercy has received some amazing pre-release reviews. Also, author Debra Holt will be holding a launch party on August 11th via Facebook where there will be prize giveaways and lots of fun and games. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP HERE. Debra Holt is a Texas girl through and through! She’s all about the romance, the cowboys, horses, and bluebonnets. Whether that’s your cup of tea or not — take it from me! — you’ll love this book. Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows...

Updates on BLING!

There’s been a lot going on in the world of BLING! Romances lately. To catch you up … First and foremost, you may have noticed on the calendar that the release dates of our fall books have been changed around a little. Debra Holt is still our launch author, but instead of waiting until November to release Mercy’s Rescue, the novel will debut in August. If you’d like to have a little sneak peek into Mercy, click HERE to view the video trailer. Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick will now take that slot and debut on November 2nd. And we now have a cover for that bad boy … and it’s an amazing cover indeed! The next bit of news involves an author named Sandra D. Bricker … Yep! That’s ME, the managing editor of BLING! I’ve spent about 18 months building, designing, proting, crafting … all to put this imprint out into the world. I’m so proud of what we’ve built, and thankful for the supportive team surrounding me. However, a month or so back, I gave my notice and won’t be managing the imprint going forward. We’re in the process of locating the perfect person to accept the torch and continue with the work we’ve started. Until that time, I’ll be keeping things moving in a forward motion … and we’ll keep you all updated! And speaking of me … As a writer, I’ve been going through some transitions as well. One of those happened recently when I decided to go the indie route with my books for awhile. I’ve seen some of my writer...

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