Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crazy Days!

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!

6 comments:

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations on your RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Allie! I'm so happy for you.

Your research at the bison ranch sounds like fun. We used to have a small herd of buffalo here in our part of the Sierra Foothills, but they're gone now. I miss driving up Hwy 50 and seeing them.

What fun to have your son home for the summer. I hope you enjoy your time with him.

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Jennifer said...

Hi Keli and hi Allie, Congratulations Allie on your reward! How very exciting and fun! I don't have any kids in college yet but I'll have two in high this year and two in intermediate school. I hope you your time with your son. Here where I live I've only seen one buffalo but I do get to see llamas every day. Jenny

Jackie Smith said...

Congrats Allie....sounds like you had fun...YAY for you.
Enjoyed your post!

Shirley Strait said...

Congrats Allie on the award.
Our neighbors had a small bison herd for a while. They are amazing creatures.
Enjoy your son this summer. They grow up way too fast.

Shirley Strait said...

Congrats Allie on the award.
Our neighbors had a small bison herd for a while. They are amazing creatures.
Enjoy your son this summer. They grow up way too fast.