Monday, March 1, 2010

Book giveaway: Easter Promises by Allie Pleiter

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading any of Allie Pleiter's books, you may remember her from the 12 Books of Christmas when she gave away a copy of her Love Inspired book, Bluegrass Christmas. Well, Allie has another book coming out - just in time for Easter! And once again, she's offered to give away a copy on my blog. Way cool, right?

Regarding the giveaway, Allie says:

This story is special to me because it involves a character who knits. Knitting is my passion aside from books, how I unwind and how I stay creative away from the keyboard. What gives you joy? Knitting like me? Quilting? Cooking? Gardening? Chime in with your creative outlets, and we'll choose a winner from all the submissions.

NOTE: If you don't follow the rules, your entry won't count. And we don't want that! So no simple "please enter me" comments. You MUST name your creative outlet to be entered in this giveaway.

About Easter Promises:

A “veterinarian on sabbatical,” widowed Paul Sycamore is not interested in answering his new neighbor’s constant questions about her expectant sheep. But the comfort his child finds on Audrey Lupine’s Middleburg, Kentucky, farm just may open his heart.

To read an excerpt, click HERE.

Don't forget to leave your comment (see above guidelines) for your chance to win a copy of Easter Promises. Winner will be randomly selected and announced next Monday. Good luck!

**Contest disclaimer: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants.


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


Jan Thompson said...

My creative outlet is crocheting! I've been crocheting for over 45 years. My mamaw taught me when I was 8 years old. I love creating things that my family and friends can use! Something about yarn and a crochet hook just soothe away the cares of the world!! And to see a project take shape just makes me feel so good. I hope to pass my love of crocheting on to my grandkids some day!

Jan Thompson said...

oops, I forgot to leave a way to contact me...
Jan Thompson

Buukluvr81 said...

My creative outlet is quilting! It is extremely relaxing!

Thanks for entering me!
Blessings and hugs!
Mollydawn1981 AT aol DOT com

Jan Cline said...

I would have to say Scrapbooking. I started several years ago and was immediately hooked. Taking a picture and setting up a page that will give it more meaning is a challenge. My grandchildren love looking at my scrapbooks.
good luck everyone!

Cherie J said...

My creative outlet is baking. I find it soothing and relaxing and my hubby and the kids love to eat the results of the recipes I try.


Lourdes said...

I love crocheting baby clothes but the real relaxing way for me is reading.

Thank you for enterig me.

kathyeeberly said...

My creative outlet is flower arranging. I love to make beautiful creations with silk and real flowers. They just seem to have that special touch and people enjoy them. I have even been privileged for people to carry them in their weddings.

Anonymous said...

I'm not really creative at all. I love to cross stitch, but I use kits that give me all instruction and supply the correct color thread. And if someone teaches a workshop/class in doing something, I can do it right there with them, but not on my own. My relaxing preference is reading -- Or visiting with family. :)

Donna Durnell

Anonymous said...

I love crafts and reading!! I rubber stamping, scrapbooking, crocheting and cross stitching and I'm ALWAYS reading!


Julie Hilton Steele said...

My creative outlet is card making. I have a knack of chosing unusual quotes that say just the right thing (or so folks tell me) and embellish them with handmade papers and whatever I feel led to decorate the card with.

Julie (who will check back with her email if chosen)

Allie Pleiter said...

Isn't it amazing the diversity here? I've tried most of these (and botched more MOPS crafts than I'll ever admit in pubic!), but knitting remains my steadfast favorite. If I ever break an arm, they'll have to sedate me!
Thanks to all who entered,

Linda said...

I crochet either afghans or towel top holders, giving the latter away for gifts or surprises. I wish I had a more creative side in scrapbooking or card making. I also love to paint, but don't do too much any more. But don't take away my books to read!!!
Please do enter me for the book. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Lynda Schab said...

Great answers so far! Keep 'em coming!

Merry said...

My creative outlets are crocheting and watercolor painting. I'm not great at either yet but it's enjoyable!


Lynn said...

I'd say my creative outlet is like my reading-it changes with the seasons. When I was young, I painted, coloured, and knitted. Now, I like scrapbooking, but even more so, taking the pictures to create the story pages.

stephanie said...

I love to scrapbook. I love highlighting special moments in my family's life. I also love to bake (don't like the clean up though). I love making something that looks as good as it tastes.

Deborah M said...

I would love to learn to knit or crochet, but I have fibromyalgia and my hands would not be able to handle the movements. However, I do enjoy photography. I have won several ribbons at our local fair. I like to photograph macro outdoor scenes such as butterflies, flowers, bees, insects, etc. I enjoy writing also, but sometimes it is a little more stressful. Please sign me up - thanks!
Deborah M.

quietspirit said...

My creative pasttime is Drama. I participate in our church's drama ministry, called "Acting Up in Church" I have been on the directorial team for the past two Christmas plays. Filled in onstage on the last performance of this year's presentation. From time to time I have directed the ministry participants as they act out a skit,some of which I have written.

quietspirit said...

My e-mail address is


Charity said...

My outlet is reading! I also enjoy baking:) Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway~