Final Wrap-up ~ GRL Update by Christine with Giveaway #TeamPrismGRL

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The suitcase has been emptied, and laundry is in the washing machine. The swag has been dumped on the bed and then stuffed back into the GRL tote to be sorted later. Most of my purchased books are in the loving hands of a fellow TeamPrism member and will be shipped to me in a few days. GRL2014 is over, and it’s time for a re-cap. Yet how do you describe four of the most fantastic days you’ve ever had? It’s not going to be easy, but I’ll try.

GRL2014 Program

GRL2014 Program

 

Wednesday

Helping to set up swag with Lirtle and PizzyGirl, it became obvious we were all three troublemakers from the get-go!

I arrived Wednesday night and met three of my TeamPrism group: Brandilyn, Pizzygirl, and Lirtle. Talk about instant bonding! We were so excited to finally meet, and it felt as though we had known each other all our lives. We set out for the Swag Room and set up the Prism table, checked out all the goodies that were calling out to us, and made our way back to the lobby (seriously, the walk was long and meandering!) for some Chicago style pizza. I met several wonderful authors and fellow bloggers that night, but can I say that Diana Copland and Edmond Manning just made my evening?
Thursday

To say Thursday was my first full day is an understatement! As I picked up a quick continental breakfast courtesy of Riptide Publishing, I met the darling Becky Condit, the fabulous Andrew Grey, and Andrew’s husband, Dominic. We shared our meal standing in the crowded fireplace lounge, but it was marvelous. Then it was time for the Newbie Meet & Greet hosted by the lovely Joyfully Jay, where I got my cherry popped — er, sticker — and met others attending GRL for the first time. 😉

Joyfully Jay made us all feel right at home!

Joyfully Jay made us all feel right at home!

On to the Supporting Author Signing! Ho. Lee. Cow! I was overwhelmed by the number of tables and then by the realization of just who was sitting behind them. I met so much fabulousness: Jeff Adams, LE Franks, Vanessa North, Zathyn Priest, Posy Roberts, William Cooper, Kim Fielding, Chris Cox, Wade Kelly, and Max Vos. I know I’ve left out so many. I also found the incredible Catherine Dair and was loaded down with her beautiful buttons before I left the signing.

Vanessa North is simply adorable!

 

Catherine Dair is truly one of the most beautiful people on the planet.

Catherine Dair is truly one of the most beautiful people on the planet.

Then I was off to the first author reading, and what a treat — Edmond Manning, KC Wells, and Heidi Cullinan all in the same room, reading to us from their books! I was quite reserved, though, and didn’t fangirl too much. 😉

Edmond read from King Mai *Sniff*

I could listen to KC Wells read all day long. Love her accent!

I could listen to KC Wells read all day long. Love her accent!

 

The incredible Heidi Cullinan. What more can be said?

The incredible Heidi Cullinan. What more can be said?

After the Author Lounge and Opening Reception, it was time for a quick dinner and getting ready for the Juke Joint. By then, our final TeamPrism member, Paisley, had joined us. Yay! Edmond was in fine form for dancing, of course!

This is how Edmond Manning rocks it at the club, baby!

Friday

Friday morning was packed with a wonderful Q&A panel featuring Kaje Harper, Kindle Alexander, and LC Chase, along with Author Readings by Dev Bentham, Rick R. Reed (who made me cry huge crocodile tears), and Lissa Kasey. A lively Storyteller Spotlight featuring a BDSM Panel with James Buchanan, Lisa Henry, and JP Barnaby and the Author’s Lounge followed.

I met the fabulous Jordan Castillo Price in the Author's Lounge on Friday. Someone pinch me!

I met the fabulous Jordan Castillo Price in the Author’s Lounge on Friday. Someone pinch me!

Pinch me again! How sweet is TJ Klune? He could give ya cavities!

Pinch me again! How sweet is TJ Klune? He could give ya cavities!

James Buchanan, Lisa Henry, and JP Barnaby certainly had our attention!

During the Fun & Craft Fair, the lovely Shira Anthony graced us with a concert of opera arias and torch songs. Her voice is just as beautiful as she is!

Shira Anthony, truly gorgeous inside and out.

Later that evening, it was time for some fun and gaming at Casino Royale. I played a little Blackjack with Andrew and Dominic and cruised the room with my TeamPrism pals.

Yes, I did win a little at the tables. :)

Yes, I did win a little at the tables. 🙂

 

Brandon Witt - a beautiful man with a soul to match.

Brandon Witt – a beautiful man with a soul to match.

 

Saturday

I was pretty tired by this point, but nothing was going to stop me from spending my Saturday morning at author readings with JP Barnaby, Zahra Owens, Silvia Violet, DH Starr, J.A. Rock, and Brandon Witt.

JP Barnaby read from Vinnie, Porn Star.

JP Barnaby read from Vinnie, Porn Star.

Zahra Owens shared a bit from her book Diplomacy.

Zahra Owens shared a bit from her book Diplomacy.

Silvia Violet gave us a sneak peek at her new Wild R Farm book, Shifting Hearts.

Silvia Violet gave us a sneak peek at her new Wild R Farm book, Shifting Hearts.

The readings by Brandon Witt, DH Starr, and J.A. Rock were so entertaining!

The readings by Brandon Witt, DH Starr, and J.A. Rock were so entertaining!

The Featured Author Signing held many incredible fangirl moments for me! I cannot believe I met and spoke to so many of my favorite authors, and if I try to name them all, I will leave someone out. Here were some of the highlights, though:

Huggstibles lives up to his name, and then some.

Huggstibles lives up to his name, and then some.

I had a great time getting to know Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. They are wonderful!

I had a great time getting to know Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock. They are wonderful!

Rachel Haimowitz - a huge fangirl moment for me!

Rachel Haimowitz – a huge fangirl moment for me!

TeamPrism shared one last Chicago style pizza before scurrying to get into our costumes for TimeTravel Costume Party. Paisley and I danced until the music stopped!

Time Travel Barbarians

Time Travel Barbarians

Time Travel Divas!

Time Travel Divas!

Time Traveling with Brigham and Aliison

Time Traveling with Brigham and Aliison

Lirtle, PizzyGirl, Paisley, and me time travelin'.

Lirtle, PizzyGirl, Paisley, and me time travelin’.

Sunday

A bit bleary eyed, I joined TeamPrism for the Farewell Brunch, our last meal together. 🙁 I found a few final opportunities to say goodbye to people who would remain in my heart forever before heading back to the airport.

My final author photo was with one of my favorite people evah!!! JP Barnaby

My final author photo was with one of my favorite people evah!!! JP Barnaby

The flight home was a chance to reflect and re-live some of those incredible GRL moments. I will never forget the warm welcome I received from all the beautiful people I encountered, yet another testament to the grace, support, and love this community exudes.

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At home, I gave my husband and furbabies kisses and hugs and unpacked my bags. As I started unloading the swag, it all hit me again….GRL2014 was indescribable!

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Until next year in San Diego at GRL2015, love and hugs to all of you!

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#TeamPrismGRL #OMGIMU

Much Love and thank you for your kind support of my GRL Posts!

Where to find us

The #TeamPrism Reviewers will be blogging, Facebooking, and Tweeting live from GRL as time and inspiration allows.  Be sure to follow us!

Watch for the #TeamPrismGRL hashtag on Facebook and Twitter

Prism Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrismBookAlliance

Twitter @BrandilynRC

#TeamPrismGRL Giveaway

Note: Books pictured represent the authors graciously donating titles to the giveaway.  They do not necessarily represent the title(s) you will receive.  Each pack will have 1 or 2 signed books from one or more attending Authors.

Note: Books pictured represent the authors graciously donating titles to the giveaway. They do not necessarily represent the title(s) you will receive. Each pack will have 1 or 2 signed books from one or more attending Authors.

Five random commenters on the #TeamPrismGRL posts the week of GRL will win. You can comment on any of all of the following during GRL week (13-20 October) to enter. The more you comment to more entries you have.

      • #TeamPrismGRL tagged Blog posts (That includes THIS post)
      • #TeamPrismGRL tagged Facebook posts by Prism Reviewers during GRL (14-19 October)
      • #TeamPrismGRL tagged posts on Prism Book Alliance Fan Page
      • #TeamPrismGRL tagged Tweets (note you must include #TeamPrismGRL in your tweet to be eligible)

Five winners will each get a #TeamPrismGRL Prize pack that includes:

    • 1 or 2 signed copies of M/M Titles (titles and authors TBD)
    • Prism Book Alliance Totebag
    • RainbowCon/RT/GRL swag pack
    • $10 Amazon or iTunes Gift Card.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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20 thoughts on “Final Wrap-up ~ GRL Update by Christine with Giveaway #TeamPrismGRL

  1. Thanks for sharing with us! It sounds like it was fabulous. I really need to make it to one; probably not next year though since it’s on the other coast from me. Loved all the pictures and stories. I heard the Rick R. Reed’s reading was amazing.

    • Oh, Jen, Rick’s reading was incredibly moving. I bent down to get some tissues from my bag, and my big crocodile tears plopped on the floor. It’s been so much fun sharing the experience with everyone. I hope you make it to GRL soon. Hugs! <3

  2. Great post! Thanks so much for sharing your GRL experience with us. Love all of your pics. Glad you had such a wonderful time. 🙂

  3. You are really lovely, dear. With lots of picture from the GRL event, you made me feel like I was with you. Thank you very much *teary*

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