Thursday, February 2, 2012

Allie Pleiter's Falling for the Fireman

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

Falling for the Fireman

There's something achingly familiar about the look in fire marshal Chad Owens's eyes. Widowed mom Jeannie Nelworth knows firsthand what it is: loss, hurt and yes—bitterness. Ever since the fire that changed their lives, Jeannie's young son has borne that same look, pushing everyone away. So she's grateful when Chad tries to get through to the boy with the help of his trusty fire station dog.

But the man who's all about safety and prevention keeps himself protected—from loving and losing again. Seems as if Jeannie will have to add his kind, guarded heart to her rebuilding efforts.

Here's an excerpt from Falling for the Fireman:

Jeannie Nelworth had the faucet handle in a death grip. It wasn't that the women's bathroom of The Stew Pot restaurant was a tense place, she just hadn't expected her nerve to go out from under her quite so completely tonight. Somewhere between picking up name tags and the Merchant Association's first agenda item, she'd had to bolt into the ladies room to pull herself together. She found the bright red wallpaper amusing before, but now it felt loud and suffocating.

Abby Reed was predictably right behind her. A best friend can usually see through faked calm, and Abby was as intuitive as they come.

“I’m okay,” Jeannie lied the moment Abby pushed into the tiny room.

"You are not okay.” Abby reached behind and threw the door’s small deadbolt Jeannie had forgotten to latch. “I told Mary Hunnington not to ask you about postponing tonight's presentation, that you'd say 'go ahead' when you shouldn't have."

"I like being at these dinners," Jeanie forced a cheery tone, pulling her hand off the fixture to fuss with her long brown hair that didn't need fussing. It was true; normally, she did enjoy the monthly gathering of businesspeople in town. The many shopkeepers, hotel owners, and restauranteurs that made up Gordon Falls were her family. Even the tourists were part of her life here. That’s why her sweet shop was loved...before.

"Besides,” she continued, “Nicky'd never forgive me for ruining his monthly video-game sleepover. Much as it kills me, that eighth-grade tornado loves a night away from his mom."

Abby sighed and gave her the look half the other merchants had. She knew her colleagues cared for her, only now their warm but pitying looks made her feel simultaneously welcome and on display. "Really, there isn't a soul here who would have blamed you if you missed this one. You're the last person who needs to hear tips on holiday lighting and fire safety."

Why bother waiting? Another thirty days wouldn't change the fact that her candy store and home had burned down a few weeks ago. "If I stayed home, what would that solve?" To stay home was admitting defeat, and Jeannie liked to think of herself as the kind of woman who gave no quarter to tragedies like that. “Okay, it’s hard” she admitted, but even those three words felt too big, “but God is bigger than a burned building.”

“It’s not just a building, it was your home. And the home you had with Nicky. The home you had with Henry, God rest his soul. God is big, but that’s huge.”

You can purchase Falling for the Fireman
from Amazon or many of your local grocery and department stores.

Allie is giving away a copy of Falling for the Fireman. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

Wonderful start. I want to know rest of Abby's story. Please enter me in the giveaway. djragno [at] hotmail[dot]com

Merry said...

Jeannie sounds like a lovely, compassionate character. I'd love to be entered for Allie's book.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Amanda Stephan said...

Firemen and trusty dogs - yep. Sounds like a really great read. I'd love to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity!

Rebecca said...

Oh this sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


Allie Pleiter said...

Fireman and trusty dogs are a good combination, aren't they? I'm glad you all find the book's close to my heart.

Marianne said...

Love the idea of firemen, dogs and all the rest! Thanks for the great post and opportunity to win Falling for the Fireman, Patty and Allie!


wfnren said...

Love the storyline of this book.


ann said...

i love to read books with cops or firemen in the stories. Thanks for the giveaway
amhengst at verizon dot net

Carol N Wong said...

Firemen and dogs are great!! Would love to curl up with this great read.


Bethany said...

I definitely want to read this book! I'd love to be entered. Thanks!

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

Enter me, please!
Thanks Allie for this story of trusting again! That little boy has already won my heart being loved by a dog who has an owner who needs to love and be loved again by a little boy, and a momma.

Jo said...

I definitely want to read this book. It sounds very interesting!


Tom Blubaugh said...

Looks like I'm the only guy, but hey, I've always been a romantic.


Tom Blubaugh, Author
Night of the Cossack

Patsy said...

Would love to read this book! Sounds great!


apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...

When I think of Firemen, I think of Strong goodlooking men, ok...I can't help it! Would love to win this book! Teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Nancee said...

I'd love an opportunity to win a copy of this book.

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