Allie Pleiter here. This past week was a crazy/happy/busy one for me!
Last Friday I had the honor to accept the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Love Inspired Novel at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Dallas TX. My book A Heart to Heal earned the distinction.
I love a celebration, so I made the most of it, getting all dressed up and having a splendid evening with my friend and fellow nominee Lenora Worth. Often our lives as writers are quiet and solitary, so the chance to get out and celebrate with friends is a welcome event for this raging extrovert! It’s always nice to have our work recognized, isn’t it? Congrats also go to other LI author recipients Janet Lee Barton and Jodie Bailey.
From one extreme to the other—I spent the next night visiting my new friends (four-legged and otherwise) at the Lucky B Bison Ranch in Bryan, TX. The owners and I have become friends since I started researching my upcoming Blue Thorn Ranch series which will debut next year. From evening gown galas to bison ranch pastures—I have the best job ever, don’t I?
Then I shifted again, this time to Austin TX to help my son move out of his University of Texas freshman year dorm and come home for the summer. A large, tedious job made better by outstanding meals upon our return to Dallas for the flight home: barbecue, fried chicken, and pie. You know how I love pie. Pie makes everything better (and yes, yes it did).
Now life has calmed down. I’m back in Illinois working away on the Lone Star Cowboy League continuity series that comes out this fall and a second Blue Thorn Ranch book for next year. My diet had better calm down, too, although turkey breast and rye crackers can’t compare to all the Texan goodies I enjoyed!