Saturday, May 5, 2012

Allie Pleiter's Homefront Hero

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

Back cover copy:
Dashing and valiantly wounded, Captain John Gallows could have stepped straight out of an army recruitment poster. Leanne Sample can't help being impressed—although the lovely Red Cross nurse tries to hide it. She knows better than to get attached to the daring captain who is only home to heal and help rally support for the war's final push. As soon as he's well enough, he'll rush back to Europe, back to war—and far away from South Carolina and Leanne. But when an epidemic strikes close to home, John comes to realize what it truly means to be a hero—Leanne's hero.

Book  Excerpt:
Here’s a glimpse of our hero and heroine’s first meeting.  Nurse Leanne Sample and her friend Ida are staring at a poster lauding Army Captain Gallow’s next rally appearance:

   "'Hear the daring exploits of Army Captain John Gallows,'" Ida read aloud. "'Thrill to the tale of how he saved lives at the risk of his own.' Well, where I come from a gallows is something to be feared."
   Leanne could only laugh. Some days Ida sounded as if West Virginia were the wild, wild West. "Oh, that might still be true here. The Gallowses are a very formidable Charleston family."
   "Have you met them?"
   "I've not had the pleasure, but I believe our fathers know each other back in Charleston. A fine family going back for generations."
   Ida leaned back and crossed her arms while eyeing the dashing photograph of Captain Gallows that illustrated the announcement. "Fine indeed. He's certainly handsome enough." She adjusted her stiff white apron as if primping for the photograph's admiration. Ida did like to be admired, especially by gallant army officers. "I can't think of a better way to spend our first free evening off base. Perhaps he'll let me sketch him."
   "Why is it you want to sketch every handsome man you meet?" Leanne teased. Already she could see it might prove hard to keep her artistically inclined roommate focused on her duties. Ida was a free spirit if ever there was one, and while she took her nursing very seriously, her adventurous nature already pulled her too often away from her tasks.
   "I'd be delighted to sit for you," came a deep voice behind them. "Especially if you are so partial to handsome war heroes."
   Ida and Leanne spun on their heels to find the very man depicted in the photograph. Complete with the dashing smile. Even out of his dress uniform—for he wore a coat, but not one as fancy or full of medals as the one in the photograph—he was every bit the U.S. Army poster-boy hero. His dark hair just barely contained itself in its slick comb-back underneath his cap. He carried himself with unmistakably military command—Leanne suspected she'd have known he was an officer even in civilian clothes. He certainly was very sure of himself—a long moment passed before Leanne even noticed he leaned jauntily on a cane.
   Ida planted one hand on her hip. "Well—" her voice grew silky "—no one can fault you for an excess of modesty. Still, my daddy always said a healthy ego was a heroic trait, so I suppose I can let it slide, Captain Gallows." She drew out the pronunciation of his name with a relish that made Leanne flush.
   Captain Gallows was evidently all-too-accustomed to such attentions, for he merely widened his dashing smile and gave a short bow to each of them. "How do you do?" He pointed to the sign. "Say you'll attend tonight's event, and my fears of facing an audience full of dull-faced students and soldiers will be put to rest."
   "Are you one of the Four Minute Men, then?" Leanne asked. Her father had been asked to serve on the nationally launched volunteer speakers board, called "Four Minute Men" for the prescribed length of their speeches, but Papa had declined. Still, from the superlatives on his bill, Captain Gallows could go on for four hours and still hold his audience captive.
   "The best. They give me as long as I want. They tell me I'm enthralling."
   "I have no doubt they do. I'm Ida Lee Landway, and this is my friend Leanne Sample. We've just joined the nursing staff at the base hospital."
   The captain tipped his hat. "How fortunate for our boys in the wards. Miss Landway, Miss Sample, I'm delighted to meet you. Tell me what I can say to convince you to come to the rally."
   "Oh, it won't take much," Ida cooed.
   "We were just on our way over to town early and already planning to attend," Leanne corrected. "No persuasion will be required." He certainly seemed a cocky sort, this Captain Gallows.
   "I'm not so sure," he replied with a disarming grin. "I was on campus this morning and one of the students told me she would come, but she would bring her knitting. Not the kind of response I'm used to, I must say. I'm trying to see it as a patriotic act, not an expectation of my inability to fascinate."

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 Allie Pleiter is giving away a copy of  Homefront Hero.
The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. 
Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Mary B said...

Would love to win this. I haven't read many book set in that time period. Sounds interesting!
Mary B.
atouchofheaven2010 (at) gmail (dot) com

Allie Pleiter said...

While I admit WWII gets more attention, I found myself drawn to the extraordinary stories WWI has--even before Downtown Abbey. So many things changed on so many levels during this time period.

Nancee said...

"Homefront Hero" sounds like a great historical fiction book. I'd love to win this book. Thank you for the offer!
Nancee in Michigan

Anonymous said...

This was a good preview and I would love to win this book. Maxie ( )

ann said...

would love to win this book. it has alot of interests for me . thanks for the chance to win. We need to give a big thanks to all our soldiers for all they do for us.
amhengst at verizon dot net

llmarmalade said...

That excerpt sounds great.

Anonymous said...

Look great! Thanks so much for chance to win.

Morgan G.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Nice to meet a other new author for me.
Maxie ( )

Teela said...

I would like to win this book, please enter me in the drawing.

Merry said...

WWI is an interesting time period, I'd love to win Homefront Hero. Allie's books are always wonderful!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Great interview.Homefront Hero sounds like a great book. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win a love inspired book

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lgm52 said...

This book sounds so good. I'd love to win it!

Jo said...

Another interesting book by Allie that I would love to read.


Anonymous said...

Love historical books-Karen

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