June Picture Challenge: Chance to win a FREE Coastal Magic Registration!

I love games. Scavenger hunts, trivia contests, photo challenges… all of it… they make me happy.

And… I’m all about sharing the happy. So… if you love games, too, and you want to WIN YOUR WAY INTO COASTAL MAGIC 2018, here’s your first chance.



So… those of you who are familiar with the #Bookstagram tag on social media will recognize the process here. For each day of the month, one of our Featured Authors or Featured Bloggers will provide a picture that fits the prompt for that day. I’ll be posting their pictures on our Coastal Magic Instagram Account (which shares to our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr), and each of you who posts your picture, as well, will be entered to win a General Registration! To enter, your picture must:

  1. Contain books/book related items
  2. Be posted on, and fit the prompt for each day (open to interpretation, so be creative)
  3. Include the hashtag #CMCon18JunePics
  4. Has to be a picture you’ve taken… not something you find online

Each person will receive one entry for each day they post a qualifying picture. Sharing on multiple platforms is appreciated, but will not earn extra entries.

Winner will be selected at random and notified when General Registration opens on July 1st. Prize is only a free general registration ($90 value); travel and hotel arrangements and payments are the responsibility of the winner.

If you have any questions, please contact me via email, or on any of the convention’s social media platforms.


Coastal Magic Convention 2018 (#CMCon18) Featured Author Reveal!

Hello, lovelies!!

It’s a bit later in the day than I’d like for this, so apologies for the glitches and setbacks that caused the delay. But…


Well, we’ve actually HAD Featured Authors for a while, but now I can share the exciting author listing with all of you!! We’ve still got a few to get all sorted out and settled, and those will be added in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for a some additions. 🙂

So… here’s the list version… and if you’d like to see a much prettier version of this listing (complete with author pics and bios), check out our actual Featured Authors page of this site (links to websites will be coming later today.)


April Alieda
A C Arthur
Eric R Asher
Dana Marie Bell
Deborah Blake
T C Blue
Amanda Bouchet
Mary Calmes
Charlie Cochet
Cynthia D’Alba
Poppy Dennison
Tina DeSalvo
Saranna DeWylde / Sara Lunsford
Lucienne Diver
Piper J Drake / P J Schnyder
Hank Edwards
Renee George
Colleen Gleason
Elicia Hyder
Elle James
Skye Jordan / Joan Swan
Tawdra Kandle
Aria Kane / Sarah Nicolas
Alethea Kontis
Amy Lane
Mari Mancusi / Mari Madison
Gail Z Martin
Hildie McQueen
Sean Michael
Tere Michaels
J D Monroe / Jessica Hawke
Keira Montclair
Chelsea Mueller
Nancy Northcott
Robin D Owens
Wendy Owens
Shaila Patel
Robyn Peterman
C S Poe
Karen Rose
Diana Rowland
Jessica Ruddick
Jessica Scott
H D Smith
T M Smith
Victoria Sue
Damon Suede
Julia Talbot / Minerva Howe
B A Tortuga

HUGE Thank You to all of our 2018 Featured Authors. It’s fun, but it’s also a lot of work, to be the focus of these kinds of reader events. We so appreciate all the time and effort you give to your fans.

So… in July, we’ll start to see Featured Bloggers posting monthly spotlights with these awesome peeps, so you’ll get to know more about your favorites, and meet some “new to you” authors. And don’t forget that General Registration for readers starts on July 1st!!

See all of you in February!!

Coastal Magic 2018 Featured Blogger Introductions!!

Hello everyone!!

Can you believe it’s already time to start making posts about 2018’s Coastal Magic!!?? Well, the ball’s been rolling here for a couple of months, and now it’s time to start with the sharing! There are (as you can imagine) still a lot of things to work out, but one of the first goals we have is to select a group of Featured Bloggers who will be fun, interactive, and informative. These are the peeps who’ll be bringing you the monthly Featured Author spotlights, participating in some fun social media events, and will be moderating panels during Coastal Magic in February. (There is a LOT more, but those are the things you’ll actually get to see… they’ll all be helping “behind the scenes” too. Honestly, Coastal Magic wouldn’t happen without our Featured Bloggers!)

So… here is the 2018 Coastal Magic Featured Blogger listing. Please check out each of their blogs… follow or subscribe, so that you’ll get all the posts and updates they’ll be sharing. You’ll also see them in the Coastal Magic Convention Authors & Attendees Facebook group, so please say Hi & welcome them aboard! A few of these ladies you’ll recognize, and a few will be with us for the first time… I’m so excited!!

 Jackie & Casey

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So there you have it. These are the peeps who’ll be helping me in the coming months, as we pull together all the crazy odds & ends that become Coastal Magic. I really can’t wait to work with all of them, as they each bring something fun and unique to our convention family.

Our next announcement will be our Featured Authors lineup!!! That’ll come on June 1st, as usual (Although… there *might* be a sneak peek in our very first monthly newsletter, which will slide out a wee bit early, on May 31st!!! If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do that RIGHT HERE!!) We’ve also got a SUPER COOL contest coming up in June! Look for details on that in the newsletter, and with our Featured Author announcement!!

So… that’s it for today. Come hang out with us in the FB group, things always get chatty in the summertime. You’ll find me, and the bloggers, along with some of our authors, involved in book/convention discussions and group shenanigans.

Until next time… Happy Reading!!

Are You A Blogger Who Wants To Be More Involved With Awesome Authors At Events? Coastal Magic Is Looking For YOU!


If you’re interested in participating at Coastal Magic next year, as a Featured Blogger, here’s your chance!! I’m looking for FOUR additional Featured Bloggers for next year’s event. This is the best way to be involved in the “behind the scenes” stuff, and it comes with a lot of (mostly) fun work, and a few cool perks.

If you’d like more info, please use this form to inquire. I’ll be looking through responses and making selections for the next few weeks. (Feel free to share this post, and/or pass this form link along to any blogger friends you have that may be interested. Thanks!!)


Some Changes For Coastal Magic Convention 2018

Hi all!!

Believe it or not, I’m not quite finished with my wrap up post from this year’s Coastal Magic. I’ll have that ready to share soon (getting permission to use some pics, and a few other hangups.)

HOWEVER… I wanted to let everyone know about a couple of pretty big changes for next year’s shindig.

First: Since we’re located in Daytona, and we get together in February, we’ve got to maneuver around “all things NASCAR”. Next year, the 500 moves up a week, and has basically thrown the whole tourist industry in town into a tizzy, lol!! We’ve had to move our convention weekend from the beginning of the month to the end. Next year’s Coastal Magic will be Feb 22-25. I get that this is going to be hard for some people, and that upsets me, but this is the best we can do for next year. Hopefully, we can get back to our regular weekend in 2019.


Second: Because of the race week change, and because I don’t contract out for multiple years at a time, our beloved Hilton is not available for us to use next year. While there are many things that made the Hilton a fantastic host for us, they weren’t the only option in town. One of my favorite hotels on the beach (and the runner up when I originally chose the Hilton) IS available, so we’ll be doing the 4 mile shuffle south to work with them next year!!

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As you might have noticed… The Shores is about a third the size of the hotel we’re used to (my estimate), but it is absolutely large enough for our group. It has a much warmer, cozy feel, which I think fits our casual vibe perfectly. They are the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in the area (with great reviews to match), and they seem determined to make us feel at home.

I’ll have more details about the hotel, and the other opportunities in the area up on the Hotel/Travel page of this site in the next few days.

For now… I just wanted to share the news, and give everyone a chance to mark their calendars and start making plans. I’d love to see you all (well… 300 of you, lol) next February, by the beach!!

CMCon17 Lunch With An Author Signup Link

Below is the link to select an author to sit with during lunch on Saturday at this year’s Coastal Magic. As a reminder… some authors’ spaces fill very quickly, so please have a few options in mind. (This is also a good time to check out some authors that you may not be as familiar with!!) Also remember that you and your friend(s) may not all be able to sit with the same authors. Space is limited, and the only fair way to operate the signup is for each person to only make one selection at a time (do yours first, then go back into the page to make selections for someone if they’re not able to do it, themselves).


I’ll be answering questions as quickly as I can on the FB group page, and any posted here on the blog.

P.S. — Just in case there’s any confusion, you MUST be registered to attend Coastal Magic (either the full weekend or for Saturday only) in order to attend the Lunch with an Author. If you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so via the instruction on the “Registration” page on this site.

Lunch With An Author Signups Start At 8:00PM!!

It’s almost TIIIIIIIIIME!!!! The Lunch with an Author is a fun, relaxed way to get in a little extra chat time with our Featured Authors. Below are a few things to keep in mind before/while you make your selection in 30 minutes…

  1. The process will go faster if you’ve already signed into the page. Just go to SignupGenius.com (if you don’t already have an account) to create your login. Then, you’ll be ready to go tonight when the link goes live.16344339_10154092667477407_1756123711_n
  2. Please be sure to have a list of three or four authors you’re interested in spending your lunch with. Some authors will have their spots fill up almost immediately. This happens every year. While I understand that everyone has favorites, I also hope that we have enough fabulous authors in attendance that each of will have a long list to choose from.
  3. You might consider selecting an author that you’ve never read, or someone you’re not familiar with. This is a great time to find new authors to add to your TBR lists!! And you never know, you just may start some fun new friendships.
  4. Authors will NOT be bringing any giveaways for the lunch groups. The focus here is spending time with each other and chatting. There are many other opportunities during the weekend for authors to share swag or goodies.
  5. ONLY SIGN UP FOR ONE PERSON AT A TIME. Space is limited, and the goal is to give everyone a fair chance to select their “wish list” authors. One person claiming all of an author’s spots for their friend group negates that goal. If you MUST sign up someone else (they’re unable to sign up themselves, etc.), you will have to complete your own signup, then do your friend’s separately. This means you may not get to sit with your book buddy or group. Look at it as an opportunity to get to know multiple authors, then swap stories about your lunchtime conversations.

That should be it. It’s a super simple process, but if anyone has any questions, just let me know. Keep your eyes peeled for the link to be posted in 30 minutes, at 8pm eastern. HAVE FUN!!!

Coastal Magic Convention 2017… One Week Away!! (AAAHHHHHH!!!)

I feel like the last month has FLOWN by, and the idea that we’re only a week away from seeing everyone for the 5th annual Coastal Magic is a bit mind boggling! It’s awesome, and also I’M NOT READY, lol!!

There’s always so much to do in the “home stretch”, so here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect between now and our weekend by the beach.

  1. Lunch with an Author signups!!
    Lots of people have been asking about this, it’s one of the highlights of the weekend. After the first couple of years, having to rearrange and adjust and try to re-seat disappointed readers… I learned that this has to be done as close to our event as possible. This *hopefully* bypasses the issue of people selecting to sit with an author, that author having to cancel for some reason, and then trying to find places for those readers with other author groups. This makes us all nervous, I know, and I’m sorry… but it’s necessary. In case you missed the social media posts (and a reminder, if you did see them) our signups for this year’s lunch will be SATURDAY, JAN 28th at 8PM, eastern. This will *hopefully* give readers in all time zones a fair opportunity to make their selections. Some things to remember about the lunch:

    1. Please be sure to have a list of authors you’re interested in spending your lunch with. Some authors will have their spots fill up almost immediately. This happens every year. While I understand that everyone has favorites, I also hope that we have enough fabulous authors in attendance that each of will have a long list to choose from.
    2. Consider selecting an author that you’ve never read, or someone you’re not familiar with. This is a great time to find new authors to add to your TBR lists!! And you just never know, you may start some fun new friendships.
    3. Authors will NOT be bringing any giveaways for the lunch groups. The focus here is spending time with each other and chatting. There are many other opportunities during the weekend for authors to share swag or goodies.
    4. I will post the link for the signups (we’ll be using SignupGenius.com again) on all of our social media and this blog at 7:30pm, and the link will go live at 8pm.
  2. Volunteer Signup Form!!
    This is the first year (after being asked for a couple of years) that we’ll have a volunteer signup! If you checked the box when you registered to help out for 1, 2, or 3 hours during the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for specific time blocks. We’ll need some extra hands at the registration desk, setting up for activities, and more. Hopefully, everyone who’s interested will be able to find some times between their “can’t miss” panels. Thank you, in advance, for your help. The offers are very much appreciated!! I’ll have that signup form ready for you this weekend, as well. The link will be emailed to the address on your registration.
  3. We still have limited space available for single day and two day registrations. If you, or someone you know, wanted to come hang with us, but couldn’t get away for the whole convention — there’s still a chance to join us! The graphic below has the pricing and activity info for each day. Be sure to share it with your book loving, beach loving friends!cmcon17singledayreg1

There are a few more things up my sleeve for the next week… so keep your eyes on our social media (FB and Twitter) for additional updates.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and excitement. I can’t wait to see everyone! (Actually, I can! I have more things to print, and lists to check off, and people to email… and, and, and… )

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