Thursday, June 6, 2013

Allie Pleiter's The Fireman's Homecoming

Back Cover Blurb:

Nothing about going home to Gordon Falls is easy for fireman Clark Bradens. His role as local bad boy is firmly established, though he's determined to use his newfound faith to change people's minds. But Clark isn't the only one coming home to hard times. When Melba Wingate came home from Chicago to help her ailing father, she wasn't expecting to unravel a family secret. As Melba wades through the past to find the truth about her father, Clark becomes an unlikely ally. And while neither can change the past, the future is theirs to shape.

Book Excerpt:
   Melba Wingate pushed the button on the hospital cafeteria vending machine again. Please, Lord, I know this is Gordon Falls, but would it be too much to ask You to somehow send a grilled smoked gouda sandwich? She peered without hope into the little mechanized windows rotating toward her. Sad, sanitary wedges of breaded ham and tuna salad stuttered into view. Those, and something labeled as—but barely resembling—turkey. It had been a long day, and her last meal had been two packages of cheese crackers from this machine six hours ago. She sighed and let her head fall against the cold hum of the machine window.
"No use looking for actual food in there."
Melba turned to see a man leaning against the hallway wall, one of the offending wedges in his hand with a single bite taken out of it. "I don't recommend the tuna. I'm not even sure I'd recommend the bread."
In dark pants and an official-looking white shirt, the man looked vaguely familiar. She felt as if she ought to know him by his red hair, but couldn't place the face. Just as she made out the name on his shirt badge, he extended a hand and said, "Clark Bradens." After a moment, he cocked his head to one side and said, "Aren't you…?" just as Melba said her name.
"Right." He nodded. "Mort's your dad. I heard you'd come back to town."
The familiar face and red hair made instant sense. She offered what she hoped was a grin and pointed to his name badge. "You were two years ahead of me in high school. George is your dad."
He took a final begrudging look at the sandwich and tossed it into a nearby garbage can. "I heard they brought Mort in here the other day. Everything okay?"
"Some bug hit him hard, but he'll be fine." She clutched her stomach, embarrassed at the loud growl it gave off. "I was trying to scare up some dinner, but I don't think I have too many edible options beside a Snickers bar here."
"You remember Dellio's just down the street? Not too many problems in this world can't be improved with their good cheeseburgers, and it'd be a quick trip."
Dellio's had been a favorite of hers in high school, and while she didn't do cheeseburgers anymore, their fries could still taunt her from half a mile away. Melba salivated. "I don't eat meat. Anymore, I mean. And I can't really leave Dad."
He paused for a moment, then checked his watch. "I've got twenty minutes. They make a mean grilled portobello for you veggie types. I could have it and fries back here in fifteen for you if you want."
Melba blinked. The Clark Bradens she remembered was not the kind of guy who played fetch out of sympathy. Then again, the Clark Bradens she remembered would have been the last man she'd have expected to put on a uniform for the Gordon Falls Volunteer Fire Department—especially with his dad as chief. The margins of far too many high school notebooks were filled with odes to Clark's wavy red hair and dreamy green eyes, but attributes like "responsible" or "civic-minded" never seemed to come up. He'd been the kind of bad-boy motorcycle rebel that mothers warned daughters about, known for luring cheerleaders to their doom.
The man before her didn't look anything like that. Oh, the handsome hadn't left, but the dark edge was long gone. Or maybe she was just tired. His smile was almost sweet, bearing a touch of the weariness she felt down to her bones this evening. Who cared about moral fiber when the man was offering Dellio's fries? Life had handed her too many reasons to crave them today. "I'm in." She dug into her wallet.
Clark pushed her wallet back down toward the handbag. "I'll spring. They give us a firefighter's discount anyway. Give me your dad's room number and I'll bring it up."
"Really?"
"Think of me as the Gordon Falls Welcome Wagon." He nodded to the machine of questionable sustenance behind her. "Or just a guy who's eaten too many of those."
Melba was too hungry to refuse. "Room 614. You just became my hero."

"Shh." Clark gave her the wink he was known for back in the day. "Don't let that kind of thing get out."

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, sixteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. 

You can find Allie at her website: 
knitting blog: 
Twitter:  @alliepleiter

You may purchase The Fireman's Homecoming at:
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Allie Pleiter is giving away a copy of The Fireman's Homecoming. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not to late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)




17 comments:

Erin S said...

This book sounds great! I'll be adding it to my to-read-list! :)

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Anonymous said...

would love to win....DH is an EMT & Fireman...so this really appeals to me....

cjajsmommy said...

I like the excerpt. please enter me to win a copy. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

KayM said...

I'm not familiar with Allie Pleiter's writing, but this excerpt makes me want to continue reading The Fireman's Homecoming. I would be happy to win this book!
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Teela said...

The Love Inspired books are easy to read and they leave ya with a feel good feeling, so I am really hoping to win Allie's THE FIREMAN's HOMECOMING! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Jennifer said...

My dad was a firefighter when he was a young man and even had a dalmatian named Sparky. I have a lot of respect for emergency workers, firefighters and the police.
The book sounds awesome Allie and I don't like housework either and push as much as I can onto my kids, since they're older. :)

jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

smiller said...

Would love to win THE FIREMAN'S HOMECOMING! I looked at your blog on knitting and loved it, but seems complicated for my simple abilities in knitting. I posted comments about your books on facebook and Pinterest. sharon, CA

apple blossom said...

love the love inspired books
thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Patricia Bradley said...

Someone after my own heart--knitter, coffee junkie, loves chocolate and hates housework. Would love to win your LI book!
pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...


I'm not sure I want to put my email on here today. It has about 5 or 6 spam stuff. Looks like would be easy for them to pick up addresses. I would like to win this book tho. MAXIE

Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book for my niece who is married to a Fireman.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo said...

I love the cover of the book and would love to read it.

Blessings,
Jo
azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Maxie, we did have a lot of spam slip by the filter today. Not sure why Grrr.

Rose Milligan said...

The book has such a beautiful cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

Merry said...

I enjoy stories of bad boys turning around and living for God. I'd love to be entered for Allie's book.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Joy Hannabass said...

I would love to read this book........it sounds awesome!
Thanks ladies!
Blessings...Joy
ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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