My Wrap-up ~ GRL Update by Brandilyn with Giveaway #TeamPrismGRL


So I gave up on trying to post daily.  It just wasn’t happening.

This year’s GRL was so different from last year in Chicago… but it was also the same in many ways.

I have been sitting staring at this post for 3 days now, and I still don’t have a clue what I want to say.  First I will say that my leg made it through the con.  I couldn’t have done it without my trusty electric scooter.  Even though there were many inconveniences because of the scooter, I wouldn’t have made it past Wednesday if I had been on my crutches.  The whole walking thing was just too new.

Okay so my last update was about Wednesday, I believe.  So I guess I will talk about the con itself.  I didn’t go to a ton of panels.  Getting back and forth from one set of rooms to the other was just too daunting as the con wore on, and my leg made its presence more and more known.

I must apologize.  I did not take terribly many photos this year.  I just didn’t.  This recap is NOT in chronological order.  I can’t remember which day I did which panel.  ha!

The Con started on Thursday with the Supporting author signing.  I had 3 books I needed signed and said “hi” to a few authors.  It was a bit crowded in the room so I escaped pretty quickly.

Alexa Land cheated and hired the fabulous Greg Tremblay to do her reading.  I don’t think there was a single person in the room who was disappointed that she didn’t read to us.  Greg did a fabulous job and got me interested in Alexa’s work.  I promised her I would read her latest… eventually.   I also had a nice lunch with Alexa and a few readers.  Fabulous people!

Hans Hirshi and Rick R Reed both did fabulous jobs on their respective readings.

Jeff Adams’ reading of Hat Trick gave me chills.  Seriously, one of my favorite books, and he read one of my favorite scenes.  I was going to stay for James Buchanan and LC Chase until I realized I had left my phone out on the patio.  (The brand new one I had to get on the way to the airport after I dunked my other one and killed it).

I then went to the Q&A session with Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, and Lisa Henry.  Fabulous panel.  Those three ladies know their books and characters.  They are all well  spoken and a pleasure to listen to.

The only spotlight panel I went to was hosted by Jamie Reese, Andrew Grey, and Mary Calmes.  They were talking about Second chances and did a fun little game.  I won a shirt and a Kindle PW.

Thursday night was the Dine with the Author event.  I was at the off-sand table with Abi Roux, SA McAuley, and KLee Klein.  As for readers we had myself, Erika Orrick, Rhae Camdyn, Cam Kennedy, and … ummm…. I forgot who else *hides*.  It was a lot of fun.  As we were kind of far back, the table broke up as the entertainment started.  Caroline came up and dragged me down to their table on the sand (they were the first table off the pavement) where my team was getting the fabulous TJ Klune drunk.  (I am sure one of them put up a video of the result of that!)  Nicole Dennis managed to escape the getting drunk part of the evening, but I think she had a blast with the Prism Team 🙂

Friday night was a night off, so I took the opportunity to go to dinner with Randy Latko and a friend who was in San Diego with his family on vacation.  It was also a chance to decompress.

The Saturday Featured Author signing was madness. I had about a dozen books to get signed and getting around one of the rooms wasn’t any better than it had been for the supporting authors.  Luckily the other room was much easier to navigate.

Sorry, I don’t think there are any pictures of Catherine Dair and I in our costumes for the party on Saturday night.  I didn’t stay over long.  I was dead on my feet and had an early flight on Sunday.

Overall I had a blast.  I had Carne Asada fries, which I have been wanting since I first discovered their existence.  I visited Coronado for dinner, drove through Old Town, and saw a Whale at play.  I talked to so many people I lost my voice.   I met new friends and caught up with old ones.  I found truly giving and kind people in this world.

I gave away swag and gift cards.  I helped sell books that I love (You’re Welcome Jeff 😉 ) to people who hadn’t read or heard of them before.  I connected nervous readers and first time attendees with some of their favorite authors.  That was probably one of my favorite parts of the con!

I got to spend time with 5 of the Prism reviewers in person!  (My other favorite part of the con)  I got to give Christi Duke a hug.

I wish I had more pics for you, but I don’t.  Sorry.  Here are a few I do have:

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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 and #TeamPrismGRL2015 hashtag on the Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter

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Twitter: @PrismBkAlliance


#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 who graciously donated to this giveaway in 2014. They do not represent the title(s) you will receive. Each pack will have signed book(s) from one or more attending Authors.

Five random commenters on the #TeamPrismGRL2015 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 or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged Blog posts (That includes THIS post)
      • #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged Facebook posts by Prism Reviewers during GRL (14-19 October)
      • #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged posts on Prism Book Alliance Fan Page
      • #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged Tweets (note you must include #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 in your tweet to be eligible)

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

    • At least 1 signed copies of M/M Titles (titles and authors TBD)
    • Prism Book Alliance Totebag
    • GRL swag pack
    • $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Brandilyn, Caroline, Christine, Lirtle (Andrea), Paisley, and PizzyGirl (Katie) will all be at GRL2015 in San Diego.  Be sure to find us to say hi!  We will all have Prism Logo’s on our badges!

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,

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18 thoughts on “My Wrap-up ~ GRL Update by Brandilyn with Giveaway #TeamPrismGRL

  1. Great post, Brandilyn! I’m so glad you got to go to GRL. Having to miss the UK meet was bad enough, it would have been beyond cruel if you’d had to miss this one as well. One year I’ll make it to your side of the big pond for GRL. Hopefully that won’t be too far in the distant future.

  2. Sounds like a great time 🙂

    And you met Abi Roux, soooo jealous, I love her humor :p

    Mmmm, I think my next thing to do tonight is look for drunk TJ Klune videos 😀

  3. Good to read that your leg made it through the event with the help of your electric scooter. Thanks for this Wrap-up post and great to hear that you had a good time at GRL 🙂

  4. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time! It’s wonderful reading and seeing all the pictures. I can’t wait for next year.

  5. Sounds like fun! I understand you did not have time to keep us updated every single day… don’t worry, though. This posts makes up for all that lost information. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

  6. Glad you got there OK Brandilyn and that your leg didn’t restrict you too much. Hope it is not bothering you too much now. You all seem to have had a great time

  7. Thank you for the post! I am glad you were able to have fun despite your injury. And that you won some goodies after all you give away on PBA. 🙂

  8. Glad to hear your leg made it through and that you had fun. From all the Pics posted on Fb it looks like GRL 2015 was a great success. Thanks for the post.

  9. No need to apologize for anything. I’m impressed as heck that you were able to navigate the whole thing as it is! So glad you were able to go. You deserve some fun after the rotten spring/summer you’ve endured.

  10. I’m so glad you were able to go. I was on crutches for four years, so I can only image how hard this trip was for you. Thanks for the update and photos. I hope you are resting now!!

  11. Thanks for the shout out about the reading. It means a lot that you were there and that you’ve been such a great supporter of “Hat Trick.” And a million thank yous for your salesmanship at the sale table Saturday morning. That was incredible and so above and beyond. It was great seeing you and I can’t wait until we cross paths in person again. {{{hugs}}}

  12. Great way to wrap up. I’m a bit jealous that you were at the spotlight with Mary, Jaime and Andrew. Thank you for sharing and it’s awesome that you had a great time =)

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