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Monday, November 9, 2020

Allie Pleiter and Free Books!

Bachelor Jake will need all the help preschool teacher Emma can give to make Christmas special for his young nephew.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Alexis Goring's devotional collection, Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God, is:


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And now let's chat with Allie Pleiter, author of the inspirational romance novel, His Christmas Wish (Love Inspired, November 2020).

An avid knitter, coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better,” Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. 

The bestselling author of over fifty books, Allie has enjoyed a twenty-year career with over 1.5 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on the creative process, publishing, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. 

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

After directing a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in college 27 years ago, I can still name all 29 colors in correct order.

What an unusual ear worm!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of His Christmas Wish.

After his nephew, Cole, is orphaned, Jake Sanders vows to give the little boy the best Christmas possible…except Jake doesn’t know the first thing about kids! So when Cole’s preschool teacher, Emma Mullins, offers to pitch in, Jake’s grateful for her guidance. 

But while Jake and Emma share an immediate connection, their blossoming love must first survive the secret she’s hiding…

What is it about Jake that will make your readers care about him?

Readers returning to the Wander Canyon series will remember Jake from Winning Back Her Heart. He’s not exactly emergency parent material for his nephew Cole, but his heart is in the right place. He is determined to help his nephew survive the little boy’s first Christmas without his parents, and will do whatever it takes to help Cole find hope for the holidays.

It can be very heart melting to see a man provide solace to a young boy like that, especially if it seems out of character for him.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I’ve learned how to trust in the creative process, even when I can’t see the final output. As a productivity expert, I help writers find the systems they need to meet their deadlines with dependability. Sometimes I’m not so great at taking my own advice and trusting the system I know works.

I live for deadlines, as much as I hate them--best motivation I know!

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Now that I will be writing mysteries as well romance starting next year, I just finished Still Life by Louise Penny, the first of her series with Chief Inspector Gamache. I love the complexity of her characters and the detailed way she creates a community.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the final Wander Canyon novel (there are two more still to be released) as well as the revisions of On Skein of Death, the first of my Riverbank Knitting Mysteries for Berkley coming out June 2021.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Readers, you can access a sample of the book HERE. Click on Look Inside. 

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What are you doing to make sure the holiday season still feels special in this difficult year?

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Lori91301 said...

Good morning,
I love to read Christmas books, watch Christmas movies and enjoy the Christmas season! It's always been very special to me. We bake "nutrolls" every Christmas and usually get some of my grown boys and their families to help. I'm hoping we can do that this year in spite of the safeguards for COVID. We'll see. I know I'd enjoy reading the book "His Christmas Wish".
As for Trish's audio book, I've gotten into listening to audiobooks while I walk or drive. We have a 1 1/2 hour drive out to our son's home and often I'll lose myself in an audio book on those drives. It sure helps the time go faster.
Thank you!

Allie Pleiter said...

Lori, I am a big fan of audiobooks myself! I listen to them while I drive or knit or walk the dog. I hope you get to have your special baking moment with your boys and their families.

Alice said...

This is the first year I will not be actively involved in our Sunday School Christmas presentation in addition to not being able to visit with extended family (probably) so it is a year of transition. But celebrating the birth of our Savior does not depend on situations or people. If no one else can visit, I will celebrate with my husband, adult daughter, and church family the wonderful gift received on Christmas.

Gail H. said...

Unless things change a lot I will miss our Christmas Eve service at our church. At home we read the Christmas story from Luke, usually eat soup from my crock pot and open gifts that night. Christmas morning is dedicated to seeing my grandkids open their gifts. My daughter makes a breakfast casserole.

Allie Pleiter said...

Yes, celebrations are definitely different. But your attitude is a great one—the real meaning goes much deeper than any situation or visitor.

Allie Pleiter said...

Christmas breakfasts always create such memories!

Trish Perry said...

I enjoy very fond memories of our family Christmas celebrations and meals! We always celebrated at my Mom and Dad's on the east coast, but they both passed away a couple of years ago. As God would have it, we all--my siblings, kids, and grandkids--ended up in California after Mom and Dad passed. Still, the kids and grandkids still have east coast family to visit at Christmas. My sibs and I managed to celebrate in San Diego last year, but the lockdown may eliminate that this year. As Allie says, 2020 is a difficult year.

But this too shall pass. Christmas remains a beautiful, memorable occasion to celebrate, regardless of how we do that!

Anonymous said...

I am keeping my eyes on Jesus and the true meaning of the holiday.
We may see our married kids briefly. I am recovering from surgery so we shall see. I am glad for video visits.I
I love listening to Christmas music too.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com



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