BOOKISH BITS & BITES: BEACHSIDE – #CMCon23 Charity Anthology Is Available!

A new tradition has been started within our Coastal Magic community. Even though we’ll be spending our 11th annual weekend together — we’re continuing our charity anthology collection for a third year!

“Beachside” is the theme of this year’s BOOKISH BITS & BITES anthology, and each of the stories features a nod to the sand & sea that we love so much. (And a recipe to go along with it!)

Morgan Brice: “Warm You Up”
When Simon Kincaide’s tough cop fiance Vic D’Amato catches the flu, Simon resorts to extraordinary measures— and a favorite recipe—to save the day. (Set in the Badlands series, but reads as a stand-alone.)

Katey Hawthorne: “Corpse Reviver: A Witchy Boys Bonus Story”
Matt the witch and Thackeray the demon hunter teamed up years ago–both professionally and personally–and they’ve been fighting evil together ever since. Thackeray is as solid as they come, but their latest case is hitting a little too close to home. Which is to say, there’s a kid involved. Matt can bring Thackeray around to save the kid and his family though… right…?

Tawdra Kandle: “The Royal Re-Do”
When Kyra, aka the Anti-Cinderella, decides to surprise her royal husband with romantic beach trip, she doesn’t expect the chance to recreate one of their favorite memories . . . with surprising results!

Kiernan Kelly: “Sandcastle Magic”
Josh’s livelihood hinges on his sand sculpture art. When his latest masterpiece is destroyed, a man from his past makes a reappearance and brings hope into Josh’s life, and the possibility of a magical love.

Hildie McQueen: “The Guard”
Knowing the lass would never agree to a casual tryst, Clan Ross Guard Lennox uses unkind words to keep the beautiful Aisla at arm’s length. However, when is asked to escort her, it becomes impossible to keep his distance.

Aisla does not care for the handsome guard, at least that’s what she tells her traitorous heart. Just one kiss from him dissolves all her willpower. How can she possibly keep away from him now?

A fun story of enemies to lovers!

Jailaa West: “Sandy Feet And Chasing Guppies”
Kolya Ismailov has survived a dangerous traumatic life in the Russian Mafia.

Connecting with the son he didn’t know existed for five years —is the most terrifying experience of his life.

Can one day at the beach breach the wall between them?

These are all brand new stories, from both new and existing worlds. The anthology is a limited edition and will only be available from now through the end of our convention weekend. Sales will end on February 26th.

After that point, the participating authors – Morgan Brice, Katey Hawthorne, Jailaa West, Hildie McQueen, Tawdra Kandle, and Kiernan Kelly — will reclaim ownership of their stories and may choose to release them in some form at a future date.

We’ve been raising money each year at our events for local Habitat For Humanity chapters, and we will continue to do that, along with the proceeds from this anthology. Here are the ways that YOU can help support our charity this year by purchasing the BOOKISH BITS & BITES: BEACHSIDE anthology:

PayHip (*Preferred)
Buying from PayHip allows the largest percentage of the purchase price to be donated.
Ebook copies are available immediately.

B&N EBook | B&N Print | Amazon EBook | Amazon Print | Apple Books | Kobo | Smashwords
(Links will be updated as the listings go live – sorry for the delay!)

Ebook copies are available immediately.
Print copies ordered by Feb 7th *should* arrive in time to bring them to the convention to be signed.

I plan to have a limited number of print copies available to purchase during our weekend, first come/first served, while supplies last.

Huge thanks go to each of the authors who contributed their stories.

Coming To #CMCon23?? We Have A Schedule For That!! :-)

It’s been a long couple of years (and couple of months, for that matter) getting here — but WE HAVE A SCHEDULE for our IN-PERSON get together!!

I’m so excited to share all the things we have planned for the weekend. Myself, and our Featured Authors, have no doubt that you’re all going to have a fantastic time. We’ve got some awesome panel discussions coming up, and lots of fun activities to finish off each of your days.

I know there are some authors who will be hosting fan meet-ups, and some attendees have been talking about making trips to the parks and/or other local destinations. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for updates here on the website, and info in the Facebook Authors & Attendees group for everything you’ll need to know to participate. ❤

For now, because I know everyone’s been waiting — here is the spreadsheet version of our schedule. I’ll be updating our “Schedule” page here on the site in the next day or two, so you’ll have that option to refer to, as well.

I’d love to hear what YOU’RE looking forward to the most!! What panels are you excited about? Will you be dressing as an alien from another planet, or sticking to your “earthling” garb for the Murder At The Nir Cantina presentation? Are you planning to hit any of the local sites? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

If you’d like to join us in Orlando… but haven’t registered yet… we’d love to see you!!
You can still register for our full weekend of shenanigans!! Registration info is HERE!

Coastal Magic Convention Is Proud To Host The Writing Garage’s Newest Workshop!

Are you a writer attending #CMCon23 in Orlando (published or yet-to-be published)?

The Writing Garage will be presenting a new workshop!! Don’t miss this annual lead up to our Coastal Magic Convention weekend!!

Coastal Magic and The Writing Garage present:
GUT PUNCH: Using Emotional Conflict As Plot
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023: 10am – 1pm
Registration: $35
Instructor: Tere Michaels

When we start writing, we have an idea of how our readers will react to our stories. Do we want them to laugh? Cry? Gasp? Compose angry letters in their heads because how dare we? And what is the key to making that happen in the story? We create our characters and their internal journeys with this in mind, then we place them in a plot that we hope will get the point across. (And get everyone – them and the readers – to the satisfying end of the book.)

Your plot is the vehicle your characters use to experience and move through their Arcs. The plot is how they learn and grow (fall then rise) or lose their way (rise then fall). Even if your book is about People Feeling Things, there has to be some plot that ignites the change they go through.

This workshop will discuss the ways to use Emotional Conflict – your characters’ inner life – to plot your story. How do we select the right vehicle for these characters? How do we use their internal conflicts to reflect an exterior plot to get them where they need to be? We’ll examine the difference between internal conflict and external trauma and how they can bring a reader closer to the character – or drive them away. The end goal as always is to gather the tools you need to write your best book.

You do not have to be registered for Coastal Magic Convention to attend this workshop. Coastal Magic is thrilled to host The Writing Garage each year, but the registrations are separate. We hope you stay for the full weekend experience, but it is not required.

This workshop is “mask required”. Thank you.

To register –

#CMCon23 Attendees: Please Check Your Email For Important Info :-)


Please check your inboxes for a very important, time-sensitive email.
It covers:

1) Info about the new hotel in Orlando, and the link to reserve your room in our group block.


2) Link to a very short registration confirmation form that I need EVERY attendee to complete.
This will let me know if you’re planning to join us in Orlando. I need accurate counts for the hotel, and for my own preparation (making badges, room counts, etc.)

Thank you all so much for your patience and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to see everyone next month!!

*** If you think you’re registered to attend, but you did NOT receive an email today, please a) check your spam/junk email, then b) email me at and we’ll figure it all out for you. 🙂 ***

Just In Time! Coastal Magic 2023 Has A Home In Orlando!


I’m so happy to share that we have a place to call home for our shindig this year! Someplace that’s gorgeous and interesting, and NOT been blown apart by hurricanes!! It has all the space we need to have our anxiously anticipated return to in-person celebration of all the authors and stories we love so much.

The hotel will have our dedicated page for discounted room reservations ready by the end of the week, and I’ll share as soon as I’m able. The rates are comparable to what we had at our original hotel.

I’ll be working on our schedule and will have that ready to share soon.

I have details about our Writer’s Garage workshop for authors on Thursday morning that I’ll be sharing tonight.

Authors have started sharing their forms for pre-orders. I’ll be adding more in the next couple of days. You can find them here (the event description says it’s over — it’s not — I just can’t figure out how to change the daggum settings, lmao!!)

If you’re not already — definitely join the Facebook Authors & Attendees group. It’s a great place to ask questions and get updates between now and the event.

There’s SO MUCH coming in the next few weeks!!! I’m so relieved, and I hope you’re all as excited as I am to get everyone ready for our weekend together!! If you’ve already registered to attend, watch your email in the next day or two, as I’ll be sending out a form to fill out to veryify that you’ll be making the move to Orlando with us. Some of you are fresh from this year, but many are rolling over from previous virtual years. I need to double check our actual headcount for the hotel, and need accurate numbers. ❤ 🙂

For those who are lamenting the loss of the beach in the back yard, I feel ya, I promise.
I really did try everything I could to keep us in Daytona, and on the beach. The storms just did too much damage, and there weren’t enough hotels in our target area that had everything we needed. I hope you’ll find bookish relaxation and camaraderie enough to distract you. And if the urge for toes in the sand overtakes you, maybe plans for an excursion can be made to Cocoa Beach, just an hour directly East of us.

A few silver linings — we’ll be super close to the two main theme parks – if that’s your thing… there’s a winery and an escape room within walking distance… and the Orlando Airport (MCO) is only 13.3 miles away.

If it turns out you won’t be able to join us after all, I’m so sorry we’ll be missing you. 😦
Please email me at to let me know which of these two options I should make note of for you.
1. If you’ll be having someone else attend in your place (you’re welcome to sell or gift them your registration), I’ll need to update their names and emails on my attendee spreadsheet.
2. If you’d rather move your registration forward to next year’s return to Daytona, I can add you to our 2024 listing.

HUGE thank you to all of you who have been so patient through all this. It’s not been my favorite two months ever, that’s for sure. But I’m so looking forward to seeing all of you in Orlando!!!

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