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GRL is next month, and I, like many others, am counting down the days and pulling my hair trying get everything finished before I jump on that plane.
When I attend GRL, I wear several hats (both literally and yes, actual baseball caps – it’s an easy way to spot me LOL). Not only will I be appearing as a Featured Author this year again, but I’m also one of the organizers of the retreat.
I’ve learned a few things and have a list of tips I’d love to offer for all the new attendees.
Shoes. I seriously can’t stress this one enough. Bold it, underline it, and highlight it. Make sure you have super comfortable shoes. There’s a lot of walking and you don’t really notice how tired your feet get or how badly they swell until you stop walking then realize, crap, those pretty sandals aren’t as cute as they were when they went into that suitcase.
Paperbacks. Some authors offer pre-orders of paperbacks instead of selling books onsite. If there’s a book you want, pre-order it. Chances are, it’ll work out cheaper than if you bought the book through a standard book seller. But watch the deadlines, most authors set a date for orders to ensure they are able to place the order and receive the shipment.
Suitcases. Don’t overpack. Well, you can, technically, overpack if you want to, but then you won’t have space left over to ship back any of your goodies. Although we’ve eliminated the swag room this year, authors will still have tons of stuff to hand out. All you have to do is stop by and say ‘hi’ to them at one of the lounge sessions or at the signing. Stuff starts to add up quickly. And if you’re the kind of person who always buys some memorabilia of your travel, then definitely make sure you have enough space in a bag for the return trip.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a planner. To the extreme. It’s a little disturbing sometimes. I travel with my incredibly supportive hubby. We mirror pack. Heck if I know what it’s actually called, but that’s what I call it. In a nutshell, we split our stuff into our bags so each bag contains the same stuff. So, instead of “his” and “hers” bags, we have two “our” bags where each has half his stuff and half mine. I know some people might get twitchy at the mention of “half” 🙂 but there’s a method to my madness. If we lose one bag, we’re still covered, literally. Imagine losing your bag and not having a single article of clothing to wear during the entire retreat? That’ll definitely get your pic to go viral on Facebook.
Weather/temperature. Take a light jacket. Kansas City is a little chilly in the evening, but so are the spotlight rooms. We usually ask the hotel to keep the temperature cool since some rooms get packed and it takes several hours for the temperature to settle. So it’s easier to deal with a little cold than a lot of heat.
Smile. You’d be surprised how powerful a smile can be in a room full of people you want to meet. It’s a hell of an icebreaker. I’m insanely reserved and tend to retreat to a corner. But the first thing on my social checklist is to smile.
I refer to my hubby as a social butterfly. I swear, the man can effortlessly work a room. I’m obviously not the socially gifted one in our marriage. But if there’s anyone you want to meet and are too shy to walk up to that person, find my hubby. He will be the social negotiator for you and help you make that author connection. 🙂
I’m excited for GRL, but I’m also ridiculously nervous. So if you see me and want to say ‘hi,’ please, don’t be shy. Just walk up to me, even if you don’t say anything. I’ll acknowledge the awkward stare with an equal one and we’ll break the ice at the same time. I promise, I don’t bite (even if you ask me to).
And by the way, I’m totally fine with hugs. 🙂
See you in October!
The Men of Halfway House Series
Amazon (series) link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G0NI6PQ
- A Better Man (Matt & Julian)
- A Hunted Man (Cam & Hunter)
- A Restored Man (Cole and Ty)
- A Mended Man (Aidan & Jessie)
- **Coming 2017** (Drayton & Vann)
A Restored Man is now available in Audiobook format as well!
~Jaime Reese / Reese Dante
Title: A Mended Man
Author: Jaime Reese
Publication Date: 04/26/2016
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Romance
A story of healing and confronting demons…
Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law…or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.
Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.
But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.
***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing. It is only intended for adult readers.***
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