Limited Edition #CMCon21 Charity Anthology: BOOKISH BITS & BITES

Quite a few things are different for the 2021 Coastal Magic Convention. The 9th annual author/reader weekend is virtual, and our annual charity project for Habitat for Humanity has become a short story and snack collection! BOOKISH BITS & BITES is a limited edition anthology, available in print and digital, ONLY available from February 1st – February 21st.

Ordering from Payhip (https://payhip.com/CoastalMagicConvention) will allow us to give the highest percentage of proceeds to our charity, but you may also order from other retailers, here: https://books2read.com/CMConBitsandBites

Huge thank yous go to the participating authors for contributing their brand new stories and recipes for this collection. And THANK YOU to each of you who pre-ordered and ordered a copy (or two!) when it went “live”.

You’re making it possible for us to continue our annual charity donation, and that’s pretty amazing. ❤

How to Coastal Magic in the year 2021

Hi all!!

I can’t believe IT’S TIME!!!

This year’s Coastal Magic looks a lot different than previous years, but I hope you’ll find the same kinds of interesting chats, engaging authors and fellow readers, and lots of things to make you smile.

I’ve sent out some newsletters with info, and posted some Facebook posts — but I realized I hadn’t sent anything out to our blog friends!! I apologize for the oversight — but we’re right at the start, and you’ve got plenty of time to make plans to hang out with us for this virtual edition of our shindig.



Here is a listing of things to prepare you for this week (YES, we’re staring with a few things during the week… like… in 7 hours!!) and our event weekend proper.

FULL 2021 VIRTUAL COASTAL MAGIC CONVENTION SCHEDULE

Page with info on using Zoom, and how we’ll be inviting you to join our authors on screen to ask questions during panels. Also has info on where online to look for our panels being broadcast. (There are also links for some cool Coastal Magic merch!)

Book Signing “Event” page on Facebook — with order form links for authors who’ll be doing a live signing block on Sunday, Feb 21st. You must order via these forms in order to get the link to join the author for their live signing.

Quick link list for where you can watch our #CMCon21 content:

— our Coastal Magic Convention public Facebook page (main location for our content)
— our Authors & Attendees Facebook group page (main broadcast will be shared into here)
— our YouTube channel (our previously broadcast #CMCChats are there now, our event panels will be uploaded during and after the weekend, as time permits — subscribe for notifications when new content is added)
— the ConTinual Facebook group page (will be showing re-broadcasts of panels, and hosting some live content)

There may be some additional fun things added (I’ve got a few surprises up my sleeve), so be sure you’re keeping up with our Authors & Attendees group and our various social media platforms for any updates.

Facebook Public Page: https://www.facebook.com/CoastalMagicConvention
Facebook Authors & Attendees Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CMConAuthorsandAttendees
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoastalMagicCon
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CoastalMagicConvention


I hope you’re all excited about what’s coming up, I hope you’ll join me and all of our amazing Featured Authors for the fun discussions we’ve got planned, and I hope you have a fabulous time this week!!

**Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing you all in Daytona in February 2022!!**

Black Friday —> Cyber Monday: Check Out Our Featured Authors’ Books & Merch!!

Welcome to the beginning of the “holiday shopping season”!! Not quite sure who decided that… but here we are, none-the-less, lol!! In keeping with that, and knowing bookish people are always in the market for bookish things, I’d like to present a handy-dandy listing of book pages and merch sites for our 2021 Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors!!

Jeanne Adams – https://jeanneadams.com/books

A C Arthur – https://acarthur.com/books — One Love Reunion (Reader Event) – https://onelovereunion.com

Gregory Ashe – https://www.gregoryashe.com

Eric R Asher – https://www.ericrasher.com/books

Kait Ballenger – http://www.kaitballenger.com/books-2

K C Burn – https://kcburn.com/books-2

Gail Carriger – https://gailcarriger.com/books  — Gail’s Zazzle Store — https://www.zazzle.com/store/gailcarriger

Nina Crespo – https://ninacrespo.com/books

Delilah S Dawson – https://www.whimsydark.com/books

Sonali Dev – https://sonalidev.com/books

Leigh Duncan – https://leighduncan.com/books

Tigris Eden – https://tigriseden.com/tigris  — J K Rivers – https://tigriseden.com/jk-rivers

Jennifer Estep – https://www.jenniferestep.com/books-series/books  — Jennifer’s Amazon Influencer Page (Recommendations) https://www.amazon.com/shop/influencer-d7e3246f

Lexi George – https://www.lexigeorge.com/books  —  Alexandra Rushe — https://alexandrarushe.com/books

Tina Glasneck – https://payhip.com/TinaGlasneck/collection/tina-glasnecks-books  — Tina’s Teespring Merch Store – https://teespring.com/stores/tinaglasneckmerch  —  Tina’s Premade Cover Design (for Authors) – https://payhip.com/tinaglasneck/available-premade-book-covers

Amalie Howard – https://amaliehoward.com

Violet Howe – https://violethowe.com/books

Elicia Hyder – https://www.eliciahyder.com/the-books  —  Elicia’s Merch Shop — https://www.eliciahyder.com/shop

Kwana Jackson – https://kmjackson.com/books  —  Kwana’s “We Need Diverse Romance” Shop – https://kmjackson.com/extras

Beverly Jenkins – https://beverlyjenkins.net/book-table 

Tawdra Kandle – http://tawdrakandle.com/books-2 —  The Publishing Doula (for Authors) — http://tawdrakandle.com/how-to-publish-your-book

Aria Kane – http://www.ariakane.com/p/books.html  — Sarah Nicolas – https://sarahnicolas.com/books

Kiernan Kelly – https://www.amazon.com/s?k=kiernan+kelly&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Amy Lane – https://www.greenshill.com/books.html

J F Lewis – http://www.jflewis.net

Heather Long – https://heatherlong.net/books

Marie Long – https://www.marielongauthor.com/books

Gail Z Martin –  https://ascendantkingdoms.com  —  Gail’s Store (for Signed Copies) – https://sol-darkwind.square.site — Morgan Brice —  https://morganbrice.com/books

Hildie McQueen – https://www.hildiemcqueen.com/books.html

Tere Michaels – https://www.teremichaels.com/shop

J D Monroe – https://www.jdmonroe.com/books  —  Jessica Hawke — https://www.jessicahawke.com/books

Layla Reyne – https://www.laylareyne.com/books

Dahlia Rose – https://dahliaroseunscripted.com/product-category/dahlia-rose-print-books

Gena Showalter –  https://genashowalter.com/books  —  Gena’s Zazzle Shop  – https://www.zazzle.com/store/genashowalterbooks

H D Smith – https://wildfeybooks.com/printable-book-list

Victoria Sue – http://www.victoriasue.com

Sasha Summers – https://sashasummers.com

LaVerne Thompson – https://www.lavernethompson.com/books  —  Ursula Sinclair — https://www.ursulasinclair.com/books.htm

Nikki Woolfolk – http://www.nikkiwoolfolk.com/bookshelf.html  —  Belle Monde Chocolates – https://bellemondechocolates.com

Rebecca Zanetti – https://rebeccazanetti.com/book-series-by-genre-new —  Rebecca’s Café Press Merch – https://rebeccazanetti.com/merchandise  

Be sure to take some time to check out everything out amazing authors have to offer. Whether you’re adding to your own bookshelves and TBR piles, or introducing friends and family to your favorite authors — this is a fantastic time to support the people who give us so many incredible stories.

And while you’re at it — don’t forget to check out the Coastal Magic Convention Merch page, and stock up on everything you’ll need to be stylin’ at our 9th annual (virtual!) weekend!!

2020 Halloween Flash Fiction Event (& Contests) with Eric R Asher


As part of the Funk-N-Fiction Halloween Flash Fiction Event, we’re showcasing a few of the participating authors who are also 2021 Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors! I’ve come to really look forward to Eric R Asher’s contributions to our event every year, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. Eric’s short story had this image for inspiration…

https://www.deviantart.com/violet-kleinert/art/Colors-of-my-Dreams-72968028

Don’t forget to check the info for the Rafflecopter giveaway below the story!! Print books, ebooks, and giftcards are all parts of SEVEN different prize packs!

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Of Shadows and Water by Eric R. Asher

The dock at the old lake was a strange thing. Holly remembered the stories the kids used to tell about the lost. Legends had twisted their way through decades like the curved timbers and aged bench near the lake’s center. Though lake was too grand a term, pond wasn’t grand enough.

Standing at the edge of the smoky, motionless water brought back memories of things she’d prefer not to remember. But a promise was a promise, and Holly was true to her word. Wind rustled pines and falling leaves around her, but the water did not move.

The first time she’d heard the voices, she’d run. She’d run as fast as her ten-year-old legs could carry her. It would be five years before she returned to the lake with her friends. And another five before the shadows took the first of them.

Holly’s boots clicked against the wood, each step sending tiny ripples into the water, the only sign the entire lake wasn’t glass. She settled onto the bench, running her fingers over an arrow-pierced heart carved into the wood. Inside were the letters H and R.

They’d been kids when they’d carved it. It was a secret, one for her and Ricky, and one she’d never spoken of to anyone else. Hidden away deep in the woods of Missouri, they assumed they’d be safe. But there were always eyes. And the love shared between a human child and a lake dweller did not go unnoticed.

Oh, and what a revelation that had been. She’d thought Ricky had drowned in the neighbor’s pool, only for him to be confounded by the fact she was sobbing on the deck when he’d resurfaced minutes later. It was the first time Ricky realized he might be something else, something other, but Holly only grew to love him more for his oddities.

It had been five years since the darkness took Ricky. She was the only one left now. The last of them at thirty-five years old. The kids may have told scary stories about the lake, but they did not understand what waited outside it.

She flinched when the song started. It was the same melody she’d heard twenty-five years before. The delicate music was so piercing she would have given everything she was to listen for another moment.

But songs of lake dwellers called other things. Darker things that chased away any who threatened the water. Guardians who had turned on their allies and stolen more than human children.

Ricky had called them fairies. But they were nothing like the stories Holly remembered from her childhood. The first shadow moved in the tree line, and Holly stood, reaching into her pocket as the shadow smiled, nothing but darkness and fangs.

The water surged, rising around her until another shadow stood at her side. But this figure, lithe and graceful, was something else.

“Child, I did not believe you would return.”

“I told you I loved him, Mildred.” Her voice turned to stone as anger chased away the fear shaking her body. “And they stole him.”

The old lake dweller leaned down until she was eye to eye with Holly. “To leave this world is to leave everything behind. You cannot return.”

The shadow had reached the dock, its presence alone enough to sprout mushrooms and rot with every step on the wood. Holly had never seen one so clearly. A hulking beast, knuckles dragging across the wood as its fur moved in the opposite direction of the winds.

“For his passage,” Holly whispered, flipping the coin she’d taken from her pocket.

Mildred snatched it out of the air and studied the silver octagon. “I accept your tithe. May the fates find it worthy.”

The shadow swelled as it closed on them, too many eyes opening in its hellish face. A tongue that leaked shadows, braided like a rope as it ran across gleaming fangs. Even at that distance, the edges of the thing were blurred, like it didn’t belong in their world.

Mildred closed her hand around the coin, and when she opened it again, the metal was gone.

The shadow howled and charged. Holly shut her eyes. If this was the end, she didn’t need to see it when it came. She didn’t want to feel the impact when that thing reached her. The song of the lake dwellers changed. Its light notes fracturing into a dissonant screech until there was only pain, and then, nothing.

But if she knew there was nothing, she couldn’t be dead, could she?

Holly cracked open an eye, trying to understand what stood in front of her. Blue eyes peered out beneath matted black hair and dark skin.

And the shade spoke. “You remembered the coin.”

Holly threw her arms around Ricky, trying to bury herself in his embrace as her voice cracked. “I thought you were dead.”

“The shadows are gone.”

It was only then Holly realized they no longer stood on the wooden dock, but a slender boat, steered by a shade who looked like Mildred.

“To our next life, my love. Ever onward.”

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2020 Halloween Flash Fiction Event (& Contests) with Dahlia Rose


As part of the Funk-N-Fiction Halloween Flash Fiction Event, we’re showcasing a few of the participating authors who are also 2021 Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors! This afternoon, to get us fully into the Halloween mood… Urban Fantasy, Mystery, and Paranormal Romance author Dahlia Rose is sharing an excerpt from her current work-in-progress, ECLIPSE OF THE HEART (releasing in November!) This sneak peek was inspired by this image…

https://www.deviantart.com/yuppieboy/art/Halloween-08-102255602

Don’t forget to check the info for the Rafflecopter giveaway below the story!! Print books, ebooks, and giftcards are all parts of SEVEN different prize packs!

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Snippet from ECLIPSE OF THE HEART by Dahlia Rose

Huh…. A figured ran out in front of the car and he slammed on the breaks.

“What the hell man!” Abel honked the horn and yelled out the window. The figure was already gone and into the trees.

Making sure the road was clear he continued to drive and just before he made the turn to head towards Mrs. Hilda’s place, he saw everyone at Joe’s restaurant Westerly Stop and Sip. That included Ray whose face was painted like Frankenstein, he could pick his friend out of any line up. His soon to be wife, Fayth as the Mrs. Frankenstein was next to him. Abel instead parked close by, curious to why everyone was in costumes three weeks before actual Halloween.

“Hey Frankie, soon to be Mrs. Frankenstein,” Abel said strolling up with his hands in his pockets.

“Abel!” Fayth threw her arms around his neck in a warm hug, instantly making him smile.

Ray shook his hand and clapped him on the back. “I would’ve picked you up if you had said something.”

‘Yeah bur then I wouldn’t have seen all this,” Abel made a circular motion with his hand. “Care to explain why everyone is dressed up?”

“Friiday night Luau,” Ray said like if that explained everything.

“You do know that this is not luau attire,” Abel pointed out. This town was getting weirder every time he step foot in it.

“It’s Halloween themed in October,” Fayth pointed out. “Speaking of which we need to get you some costumes.”

“How about we don’t do that,” Abel answered and watched people rush down alleys and around buildings. “Is this some kind of scavenger hunt?”

“No, we’re looking for Jupiter,” Ray explained.

“Someone lost a dog?” Abel asked.

“No Eurydice, brother,” Fayth answered. “He’s gone werewolf before the full moon, and she sent out the alarm.”

Abel tried to convert the information in his mind to make sense. Nope not happening.

“A… werewolf,” he said slowly.

“Yes, he was scratched a few years back by some rogue wolf that came through the town,” April explained. “Now each month Eurydice usually keeps him locked up for the full moon. I guess because this October we had a harvest moon and then Halloween will be a blue moon, the energy had to be out of this world.”

Abel looked around. “This is a joke, right? I’m in a prank, aren’t I?”

Ray looked at him somberly. “No man, Jupiter gets really freaky around full moon time.”

Abel put his hand on the shoulders of his friend. “Ray, you are the most reasonable and logical man I know. Come back to me dude.”

“I’m here bro and I’m telling you Jupiter is more than likely a werewolf,” Ray answered.

He threw up his hands. “Next you’ll say there’s aliens.”

“I don’t want to say tell you there is aliens,” April said. “But there’s aliens. Eurydice runs the UFO and extraterrestrial museum.”

‘Of course,” Alen sighed and ran his hand through his hair. “So that guy who ran in front of my car was a were wolf huh?”

“Christ Abel you tell us this now?” Ray yelled.

“How the hell was I to know, I just rolled up on this crazy layer cake,” Abel snapped back. “Now if I had run over him I could understand the yelling.”

Everyone stared at him like he’s grown three heads. Ray, Fayth, her bothers, April, the abject look of horror on their faces.

“I didn’t run over him!” Abel exclaimed. “Christ almighty I saw him about three streets down before I got to main. He ran into the trees.”

April pulled out a walkie. “Head towards Grady Street, subject spotted heading into the woods across the street. I repeat, Grady Street.”

“There’s walkie talkies now,” Abel murmured bemused.

“I’ll see you later man, you can wait at the house if you want,” Ray pulled out a sliver weapon. “I may need to tranq him.”

“Good Lord.” Abel muttered the words and watched the group cross the street to go looking for a werewolf. “I should just get in my car and go back to whence I came. I’m even talking like the lunatics, and they got poor Ray. He was a good guy now he’s batshit crazy.”

Abel knew he was talking to himself and he didn’t scare, at this point this was the sanist thing he could do. He turned to head back to his car, wondering if Millie would give him a good shot or two of whiskey from the liquor cabinet. A small body barreled into his torso. He looked down to see a red hooded body.

Holding on to the shoulder so the person didn’t fall back after hitting his body like a brick wall. Abel pushed the red hood back to reveal the mass of black hair and the wide brown eyes of Nicole Fox. The song seemed to be some foretelling of he costume. Her lips parted in surprise and Lord the urge to kiss her reared up within him so quickly he had to shake his head. And this was why he kept coming back to Westerly and why he wouldn’t leave…. Nic.

“A-Abel,” she stammered, something she always seemed to do when she was around him.

“Hey there little red riding hood,” he murmured and quoted the song by Sam the Sham. “You’re everything a big bad wolf would want.”

Her light brown cheeks flamed red. “I-it was for the luau and then.”

“The werewolf hunt began,” Abel finished for her.

“You heard about Jupiter?” Nic asked.

Abel noted her was still holding Nic and she didn’t seem to mind or didn’t notice. Either way who was he to complain.

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See what happens next in Eclipse of the Heart coming in November 2020!

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