Friday, April 08, 2011

YUKON WEDDING, - Allie Pleiter - Free book

Brief author bio:

An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at or her knitting blog at

Welcome back, Allie. Why did you become an author?

Unlike most writers, my career chose me rather than my pursuing it. A friend, who happened to be in publishing, essentially dared me to try my hand at romance novels. I sold the very first book I wrote (please, don’t hate me!). I tell people God set it up so that I couldn’t take any credit for it because He knew if I could, I would.

I just love those God Appointments. I've had a few myself. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?

Oh, that’s easy. I’d travel around the world telling funny stories to groups of knitters, visiting knitting shops, lecturing on luxury cruises, finding all the world’s best coffee bars. Any publishers out there want to partner up with me? I’d write the most fascinating travel memoir!

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?

I’m a huge fan of epic English poetry, so medieval England would be my choice--but only if I could transport in a few modern conveniences like antibiotics and lattes.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?

I’d really like to see Hawaii. It just sounds like heaven on earth to me.

One of my dreams, too. How about a foreign country you hope to visit?

My family and I will be traveling to Europe for the first time this year, going on a cruise to Italy and Spain. I’m absolutely thrilled.

Sounds like a lot of fun. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?

Oh my goodness this could fill a book. We’ve come through a major medical crisis in the past year, and I am now learning how to rest and restore my spirit. I’m a jump-ahead kind of person, so this hold-still-and-heal is foreign to me. I’ve realized, however, that it’s the same trust muscle that got me through the tough parts, just a new use for it.

Tell us about the featured book.

Yukon Wedding is a marriage-of-obligation story set in the Alaskan Gold Rush. It’s a grand adventure wrapped around a very tender love story of two people who can’t seem to stop hurting each other. When they realize what God has done in their lives, how each is the perfect partner for the other, a whole new realm of love opens up between them. The deep emotions combined with a swashbuckling adventure made for a very satisfying story to write--and I hope a very compelling story to read.

Back cover copy:

A gold-rush town is no place for a single mother. But widow Lana Bristow won’t abandon the only home her son has ever known. She’ll fight to remain in Treasure Creek, Alaska—even if it means wedding Mack Tanner, the man she blames for her husband’s death. Mack sees marriage as his duty, the only way to protect his former business partner’s family. Yet what starts as an obligation changes as his spoiled socialite bride proves to be a woman of strength and grace. A woman who shows Mack the only treasure he needs is her heart.

I can hardly wait to read it. By the way, I love your cover. Please give us the first page of the book.

Mack Tanner looked up to see a raging storm coming toward him.

“Good morning,” said the storm, otherwise known as Lana Bristow. Each syllable of her greeting was sharp and steely. She stood in that particular way he called her “speechifying” stance, which heralded an oncoming verbal assault. Mack spread his own feet, not particularly eager to endure whatever was coming in front of the half-dozen gold rush stampeders he’d managed to hire off the Chilkoot Trail to build his new General Store.

Lana’s blond hair was a nest of frayed locks, strands sticking wildly out of the careful twist she usually wore. Her apron hung diagonally across that impossibly tiny waist of hers, with a wide smear of something dark that matched the smudge currently gracing her son Georgie’s chin. The brooch she always wore at her neck--that silly, frilly flower thing with all the golden swirls on it--was gone. It was held bent and misshapen, he noticed with a gulp, in her left hand while she clamped two-year-old Georgie to one hip with her right. One side of her hem was soaked and the boy sported only one shoe.

More was amiss than the argument he’d had with Lana last night, that was certain. They’d gone at it again over Lana’s accounts last night--her mounting debts had been a constant sore spot between them since her husband Jed--Mack’s best friend--had died in the Palm Sunday avalanche. She’d caught him monkeying with her store credit again, giving her more than what she paid for and “misplacing” numerous bills. And yes, Mack had taken it upon himself to slash her debt so that no one in Treasure Creek would guess the sorry state of her finances.

He owed her that much.

She didn’t see it that way.

Now I know I have to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website is and if you enjoy knitting, my knitting blog is
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Patsy said...

Allie's book sounds great - I know it will be. I read that she is an avid knitter. I so wish I could knit. Actually tried to teach myself from books, but didn't work out. I taught myself to crochet though and love it. Would love to read her book.
From the Bible Belt


Merry said...

Allie sounds like a delightful lady, I enjoyed the interview. Please include me in the drawing for Yukon Wedding, I love stories set in Alaska.
Merry in TX

Molly said...

This book looks wonderful! I would love to be included in the drawing....the interview was great!

Molly from North Carolina

Allie Pleiter said...

Thanks for the kind words, ladies. Yes, many people have remarked on the vivid cover--Love Inspired always does a fabulous job. Patsy, I've never taken to crochet, though I do have the basic skills. Merry, I love that you have a teacup and books in your photo! And Molly, I'm glad you liked the interview.

holdenj said...

This looks like a great story. And what a beautiful all the flowers, one would expect snow!
Thanks for the info and chance to win.
Julie in MN

Marianne said...

There are so many things in the interview i would comment on - coffee? one of the food groups. Knitting? Mom is an avid knitter and can knits - i bug her that she makes her own patterns because she can't read the instructions(hahahaha) Yukon? i want to visit it! Thanks Lena and Allie for the great interview and chance to win this book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com in Arizona

scottsgal said...

Enjoyed the interview. A European cruise is on my to do list.
I'm in IL - about 30 minutes from NW

msboatgal at

Charity said...

I would love to read Allie's book! The cover is wonderful:) Really pretty! Thanks from Il.


windycindy said...

Enjoy Europe! I visited five countries and have some wonderful
Thanks, Cindi

fredamans said...

Please enter this gal from Ontario, Canada. Thank you.

Allie Pleiter said...

Marianne--coffee is a life necessity in this house! Holden--yes, I know about the flowers. Spring and summer in Alaska were new concepts to me, and exciting landscapes to explore--we all think of snow, don't we? Scotsgal, Charity & WindyCindy--seems I have some Illinois neighbors on this list! Thanks for your comments.

apple blossom said...

I love this book cover. Please include me in this drawing. thanks
I live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Love the cover.
angela from KY

Laney4 said...

Thanks for sharing. That's an interesting storyline; don't think I've ever read something like that, so I'm eager to check it out.
Thanks again.
Ontario, Canada

Judy Cooper said...

Enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading the book. This Louisiana girl would be happy to win. Thank you.

Robyn said...

I'm enchanted by the idea of a Gold Rush setting and a marriage of necessity. Sounds like a wonderful book.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Kym said...

I enjoy books about knitting as does my teenage daughter, we will both enjoy Allies story.

rhode Island

Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this book. I would love to go to Italy and Spain! I live in S. California.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book.
Mona G. in Ohio

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing for your free book, would love to win it....thanks

Angela C, in Ohio

apple blossom said...

I'd love to win this book thanks
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Megan said...

I loved the first 3 descriptions of Allie... knitting, coffee, and chocolate are loves of mine as well! Thanks for the fun interview, Lena!


Southern California

kristen said...

What a sweet story!! Please enter me:)
Kristen from WA

Maureen said...

First the cover drew me in, and then the little preview. Sounds like a sweet love story!