A Few Practical Tips for GRL ~ GRL Spotlight Stop with Jaime Reese

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I want to start by thanking Brandilyn and the entire Prism crew for hosting me today and for all of you who are taking the time to read my post!

GRL is in October, and I, like many others, am counting down the days and running to get things wrapped up before that time.

This will be my 4th GRL (I’ve attended as Reese Dante, my alter ego). This will be my 3rd year as an Organizer and my first as a Featured Author.

I figured I’d offer a few random “practical” tips…

    • Wear comfortable shoes. Seriously, I can’t stress this enough. Comfort is far more important than taking those cute shoes that go great with the nice warm shorts. And don’t take them off if you plan to put them back on a few minutes later. Your feet will swell from all the walking.
    • When you pack your bags, leave some space for stuff you plan to ship back. You will ALWAYS bring stuff back. Always. And somehow, you never fit everything the same way as you did when you left home. Maybe clothes expand after soaking up the San Diego heat. Who knows. But make sure you don’t over-pack on the way up so you can bring back those goodies you want to pick up at GRL. Because you will pick up some goodies while at GRL. 🙂
    • If you can’t fit the stuff in your bags, don’t stress. You can ship stuff back. There’s no rule that you must ship stuff back in your luggage. Worst case, send it back home via FedEx or UPS. Spare yourself the headache. If you have an account with either shipper, make a note of it so you have it handy.
    • I cannot tell you how much I hate the packing process. I travel to GRL with my incredibly supportive hubby. So, I’ve established a process (as I usually do with things LOL). I mirror pack. Meaning, I split things up equally between bags since we have two checked bags and two carry-ons. That way, if one gets lost, we’re not walking around GRL half-naked because all our pants were in the same bag.
    • If there’s a print book you really, really want to have signed by an author, buy it and take it with you. Don’t assume the author will sell books on-site because it’s not always as easy as it sounds, and don’t assume that a publisher will carry sufficient inventory of each title and will have it available by the time you make it to their table. Tons of publishers sold out of titles early and some only bring some titles for each author.

I’m excited for GRL. So if you see me and want to say ‘hi,’ please don’t be scared off if I look serious or incredibly focused. I don’t bite (even if you ask me to).  I’m shy but can fake being social. However, sometimes that façade cracks a little and I’ll withdraw. If my hubby is there with me, he’ll usually snap me out of it, or if I need to run and take care of something, that offers up a distraction for me. But if you see me, say ‘hi,’ and you might be surprised at how talkative I can be if you strike up a conversation. And by the way, I’m totally fine with hugs. 🙂

See you in October!

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The Men of Halfway House series

NOTE: Books can each be read as a stand-alone


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~Jaime Reese


Title: A Restored Man
Author: Jaime Reese
Publisher: Romandeavor
Publication Date: 02/17/2015
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance


Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.

Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.



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About Jaime Reese

Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.


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9 thoughts on “A Few Practical Tips for GRL ~ GRL Spotlight Stop with Jaime Reese

  1. Great tips for most travel – especially the leave room in your suitcase. Last year I went to Key West and I brought an entire empty bag just so I could bring stuff home. 🙂

    I wish I was going to GRL – I am looking forward to reading everyone’s participant posts. 🙂

  2. I so agree about clothes expanding, in both Abq and Atlanta I wound up leaving stuff behind becasue my case was just too full of other stuff! And beware of weight limits! Books weigh more than clothes it seems!
    Less than 9 weeks not until I leave! (not that I’m counting you understand…)

  3. Hi – this is my first GRL – really nervous, but reading these type of posts always make me feel better 🙂

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