Monday, November 30, 2009

The 12 Books of Christmas - Allie Pleiter

I've got a full week of blog posts planned! On Wednesday and Friday, I'll be posting book reviews of two wonderful Christmas books. And no, neither one is featured as one of the 12 Books of Christmas. But you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of each this holiday season.

Next Saturday, the winner will be announced for this week's Christmas book giveaway and also for my Faithful Followers Gift Card Giveaway. You'll want to check back for that. What's that? You haven't entered? Well, what are you waiting for? You can't win if you don't enter! Click HERE to read about your chance to win a great gift card!

Now, on to this week's featured author and the awesome Christmas book she's giving away. I'm thrilled to introduce you to Allie Pleiter, author of several Love Inspired novels, as well as a couple of chick lit books published by Steeple Hill Cafe. The book Allie is offering this week is Bluegrass Christmas. Here's the back cover copy:



An Old Fashioned Christmas...

That’s what led new believer Mary Thorpe to start over in quaint Middleburg, Kentucky. As director of the church’s Christmas pageant, Mary’s job is to bring the townspeople together, to remind them what the season is really about. But everyone is all riled up over one very handsome man: the man daring to run against Middleburg’s popular long-standing mayor. Mac MacCarthy wants change. Mary wants things to stay as they are. Is there a happy medium? Both Mac and Mary are in for one very big Christmas surprise.

Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post to be entered for this giveaway.
Good luck!




I don't bake, so I don't really have a Christmas recipe, but my family makes a goofy snack named "Reindeer Eyeballs" (really, we didn't make up the name, that's what we were told they were called). Be warned: They're addictive!


1 package Christmas M&M's
1 package Pretzel Rings (Round shape, not traditional pretzel shape or stick)
1 package Almond Bark

1. cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper (rimmed works best)
2. lay out the pretzel rings in a single layer across the cookie sheet
3. Melt one or two bricks of almond bark at a time in the microwave in a pyrex cup or bowl
4. Fill the center of each pretzel ring with almond bark (a teaspoon works well for this)
5. After about 10 second, place a single M&M in the center of the "circle" of almond bark
6. Let sit for 30 minutes or place in fridge or cold place to cool faster


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, doing laundry, running carpools, and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, spent fifteen years in the field of professional fundraising, and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing nine years ago has given rise to a career spanning two parenting books, eight novels including the multi-nominated MY SO-CALLED LOVE LIFE, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at or her knitting blog at

**Contest disclaimer: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants. Only one book allowed per person throughout the duration of the event.


Diana D said...

K, I know I can't win (being from Canada and all), but this author sounds so sweet. Love her bio and will have to check out her novels. Thanks Lynda!

Hope said...

This sounds like a neat book. Please enter me!
onepilgrim86 at yahoo dot com

Charity said...

Please enter me!! I would love to read this:) Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a very interesting books:) Thanks for the chance to read it:) Lori L.

Martha A. said...

Those Reindeer Eyeballs do sound good! i do those with peppermint sticks crushed on them sometimes!!!

Linda said...

Sounds like our last Presidential elections! Now I need to find out how this ends in Allie's book. Please enter me. Thanks.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Carol said...

This book is already on my TBR list. And the recipe sounds great for my grandkids!!


Debra Ann Elliott said...

Sounds like a great book! I would love to enter.

Kathy Bruins said...

Okay...I'm in...sounds good!

Laury said...

This book sounds like lots of fun. Enter me in your contest, please, Lynda!

Catrina Bradley... said...

Sounds good! Thanks for entering me!! I'm going to try that recipe, too - that's my kind of baking. :)