E.E. Burke's Best of #RT2017: Making Memories

Today I'm sharing memories from last week's RT Convention. Wow, what a week! Non-stop action with dozens of workshops and events. Lots of catching up with old friends and making new ones. I think that's the best part.  

The conference kicked off in style with a historical ball. Here are pictures from our Petticoats and Pistols Garden Party. 
Amanda McIntyre puts this party together each year and she does an amazing job! I got to go behind the scenes to see some of the preparation work. Check out these teacups that were used for table decorations. 

Ciara "Scarlett" Knigh

The costumes this year were phenomenal. Everyone came in their period garb, representing all eras. Check out Ciara's gorgeous Southern Belle gown. 

Rosanne Bittner took the prize for the most "misbehaving" costume! She calls it her "Miss Kitty" look! Must be getting all gussied up for Marshall Dillon.

Historical ladies: Can you find E.E Burke, Amanda McIntyre and Regan Walker?
Who else do you recognize?

Thursday we rallied with readers for the Pioneer Hearts Hoedown and Cowboy Corral.  

Author Caroline Lee brought her four-month-old daughter. Here's Amelia Adams taking her turn playing with the baby. Princess Wiggles stole the show with her smiles. I think she was trying to win the "best-behaved baby" award. 

During the Cowboy Corral we got in a little line dancing and showed off our boots. Are you a boot lover? Got any favorite pairs?

On Friday, after the awards ceremony, the authors in the Magnolias and Moonshine collection hosted a Southern County Fair, featuring music by Georgia country music artist Thomas Fountain. 

Readers were treated to games and giveaways. I teamed up with Tina DeSalvo in the bean bag toss (or corn hole, as some call it). Overall, the event had more than 400 attendees and the dancing went on until 11:30 p.m.

I also had a chance to meet many readers throughout the conference and at the RT Giant Bookfair on Saturday. What an honor and delight! 

With Glenda and twin daughters Carla and Bethany

Have you ever been to an RT convention? Or any readers/writers events? What was your favorite part?


Here's an upcoming  event you won't want to miss: Wild Deadwood Reads, June 10, in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Participating authors are sponsoring ghost tours, a Friday night PBR rodeo and train ride, Saturday bus trip to Mt. Rushmore, as well as a book fair. GLIAS crew members E.E., Amanda and Liz Selvig will be there!

To entice you, I'm offering a free registration and Saturday event package that includes entry to the book fair, a bus trip to Mount Rushmore and a ghost tour at the Bullock Hotel.  

All you have to do is get to Deadwood! 

Check out the website for more info or to sign up. www.wilddeadwoodreads.com  

Join our Facebook group to keep up with the activities and authors and see what events are still open.

This free offer is only good if you attend the event. It's not worth cash. For those who can't attend, I'll offer a consolation prize, a $10 Amazon gift card.

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  1. I so love having getting to know you and all the good writting you do. Keep me reading. Love ya.

  2. Fun RT recap!! Its weird , it was the first time of meeting you in real life and it felt like I'd known you forever;)

  3. I can't attend so I'll enter for the gift card.

    I love all the lovely dresses

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'm so excited you finally was able to meet Glenda Kinard.

  5. I can't attend either, so I'll enter for the gift card. It sounds like so much fun though, and can't wait to hear more about the events! Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com