Allie Pleiter – The Romantic Gesture

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The Kiss That Isn’t.

As a writer of inspirational romances, which are by definition “sweet” and “clean” in terms of physicality, Perfect Blendthe kiss that isn’t is one of the most important parts of my story.  Sure, any hunk can back a girl up against the wall and kiss her socks off, but it’s the romantic gestures that get to me more than the steamy clinch.  When he does just the right thing to win her heart.

One of my favorites is the Chinese tea ceremony from my current digital re-release, The Perfect Blend. It’s a man making a cup of exotic tea for a woman, but it’s so much more.  In The Doctor’s Undoing,  the romantic gesture was a gift of paints—from a man who didn’t even realize he was in love yet!

Ah, my heart swoons.  For me, those first or final gestures of love rank up there with the best dramatic smooches.   Right up there with the “you complete me” speech from Jerry McGuire.  (Watch the giphy link.) It’s the exact opposite of Han Solo’s “I know” to Princess Lea’s “I love you.” (giphy here.)

Grand—and not so grand—romantic gestures are heartfelt, true, and rare.  It’s why we all swoon when we UNDOING COVERexperience them.  Any person can kiss another person—but when a heart truly speaks to another heart in an act so perfectly tuned to only one person?

That’s romance.

Allie recommends: 

I love, love, love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series   (at Amazon)


Virginia Smith is both a personal friend and a favorite author of mine  (at Amazon)


Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus sits on my keeper shelf  (at Amazon)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

The most romantic moment in my life had very little to do with hugs and kisses.  There was a Valentine’s Day when I was oh-so-pregnant with my daughter (now an adult). I mean big-as-a-house-feel-swollen-cranky pregnant. I felt about as romantic as a beached walrus (and likely resembled one, too). I came home from work that day to find my house decked out with dozens of cheesy Valentine’s Day decorations.  It still stands as the sweetest thing my husband’s ever done. 

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 8.32.16 PM

I have a ridiculous love affair with my dog.  I call her sweet little names, spend lots of time looking into her big brown eyes, cuddle her, and adore that she follows me everywhere (even if it’s the bathroom where a gal ought to have some privacy).  She’s my writing partner, my daily company, my confessor, and my stress reduction program all wrapped up in one devoted little fur ball. 

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

Actually, I have a song:  DaVinci’s Eyes by John Pizzarelli.  The music is swoon-worthy and the lyrics are exquisite.  Pure bliss. (watch on youtube)

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?Indyandmarion

I’m always a sucker for the kiss-and-fight couple, where the strong woman doesn’t let the strong guy do all the heavy lifting.  My favorite has always been Indiana Jones and Marion from The Raiders of the Lost Arc.  They’re true equals.

Tell us about your dream date. 

My dream date would start at a yarn shop with carte blanche to buy whatever I wanted.  I’m a serious knitter with my own knitting blog DestiKNITions, so there is no such thing as “too much yarn.”  From there it would progress to a sumptuous seafood dinner with lemon merengue pie for dessert, a long walk on some sandy beach, and then capped off by some drinks or coffee with a bit of chocolate alongside. 

Allie is generously giving away the first two books in the BLUE THORN RANCH series to one lucky reader (U.S. only, apologies to international friends). To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Aug 9, 2016. Good luck! 

Allie Color 11An avid knitter, BBC Television geek and French macaron enthusiast, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction.  The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two adult children, Allie spends her days writing as many as four books at a time, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.  Both a RITA and Carol Award finalist as well as a RT Reviewer’s Choice and RomCon Reader’s Crown Award winner, Allie recently celebrated the sale of her millionth book worldwide.

She hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.  Begun on a “dare from a friend,” Allie’s writing career spans three non-fiction works including THE CHUNKY METHOD HANDBOOK:  Your Step-By-Step plan to Finish That Book Even When Life Gets in the Way and twenty-five novels. Her various national speaking engagements cover topics of faith, women’s issues, writing, and her very favorite: time management.

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  • Sue G.

    Your dog is adorable! Those eyes are killers!

    • Allie Pleiter

      Isn’t she, though? Very distracting, and makes it nearly impossible to discipline her–she gets away with EVERYTHING.

  • Linda Ortiz

    Great posting!! Love your books

    • Allie Pleiter

      Thanks! I’m excited that PERFECT BLEND and MY SO-CALLED LOVE LIFE are getting new lives in the digital realm.

  • Patty Vasquez

    You know, one of my favorite scenes from a book is in a Lisa Kleypas novel, Dreaming of You. After several meetings and a beginning attraction/admiration, cynical Derek Craven picks up a pair of Sara’s glasses and tucks them away in his pocket. His to keep. She discovers them after they’re married, smiles, and puts them back. That small gesture gets me everytime I think about it. I’ve remembered that scene over many years and hundreds of books.

    • Allie Pleiter

      I love that. It’s always in the little details, yes?

  • Your dog is soooooo cute! How could anyone resist that face?

    • Allie Pleiter

      Aww, thanks. It’s mighty hard to discipline that dog when she looks at you like that. Bella gets away with murder because she’s so adorable.

  • Judy C.

    Enjoyed your interview. I think gestures sometimes speak more loudly than anything that can be said.

    • Allie Pleiter


  • Anna

    I love that it’s not necessarily the grand gesture, but the smaller ones that are so important.

    And your romantic couples = my romantic couples. Nothing more romantic than true equals!!

    • Allie Pleiter

      Romantic gestures are so essential to a good love story–on or off the page. I love strong women, even when I have to break them a bit for the sake of the story. Women of strength always come back stronger to love deeper.

  • Heather Roach

    Absolutely! Such an important part of romance…. When done right it’s so much more than just a kiss.

    • Allie Pleiter

      Heather–isn’t it? Kisses are great–don’t get me wrong–but true romance goes so much farther than the physical.

  • Pamby50

    You are new author for me but it seems you get me. I love the little things my husband does for me. Go Wildcats!! I love that you find ways to avoid house cleaning. A person after my heart. You are on my TBR list.

    • Allie Pleiter

      Pamby50–ha! Great minds think alike. I have many gifts, but domesticity has never been one of them. Go Wildcats!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your lovely post. I loved your Valentine story and I too have a love affair with my pup. You are a new to me author, but I will be looking for your books.

    • Allie Pleiter

      Thanks, Eileen. I’ve written animals into many of my stories because they touch are hearts so dearly.

  • Judy Goodnight

    I agree with you on the little things that show love. I had to go to the YouTube link for DaVinci’s Eyes – that was just lovely!

    • Allie Pleiter

      It’s just this sweet, super-romantic little song nobody’s ever heard. “You are the subject of sonnets I haven’t the courage to write” gets me every time.

  • Meghan Stith

    I also love the “Outlander” series! I’m on the fourth in the series and I KNOW I have a lot of catching up to do!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • K Davis

    I love DaVinci’s Eyes! Then, I listened to one of my favorites, Burt Bacharach – This Guy’s in Love with You. I’m also a big fan of Outlander, and have loved the books since 1991. Now, I need to check out your books. I bet that I’ll like them too.

  • Debbie Fuller

    For me it’s the words, heart felt words that get me every time. Thanks for posting

  • Linda Henderson

    I so envy you your gift for knitting. I am all thumbs when it comes to that kind of thing so I’ve never managed to learn to knit or crochet. Every time I see a cute pattern of either I wish I could make it. Sigh, maybe I should try lessons. I had an aunt who could crochet a bedspread in no time. She did the most beautiful work. I remember as a child helping her starch and spread her creations on newspapers on her den floor. Sadly when she passed I didn’t manage to get any of her creations but my sister did and even though they are quite old now they still look beautiful.

  • Glenda

    Hi Alie. You’re a new to me author, I’mglad to meet you. I’m with Linda Henderson in envy for your knitting skill. I never was coordinated enough to learn.

  • rebecca moe

    Two Harrison Ford references! You’ve gained a fan for life 😉 I always wished Marion was in the other movies (does #4 even count? Jury is still out)–though Kate Capshaw’s character was fun, she wasn’t Marion and I always held that against her. I can’t even remember the love interest in #3, though I’ll never forget the “Dad, I *was* the other man” comment. LOL!

    Thanks so much for posting! I really enjoyed Homefront Hero–especially the knitting! 🙂

  • Ellen

    You’re right, it is the little actions that can show love and romance. My husband will sometimes surprise me during the week and take me out for dinner. Nothing big or fancy, pizza or burgers, but it is romantic and special.

  • Mary McCoy

    All those little actions really add up!