BOOKISH BITS & BITES: CELEBRATIONS – Charity Anthology from Coastal Magic Convention 2022 Authors

Since we’re doing Coastal Magic as a virtual event for a second year, our charity efforts will once again be focused on our BOOKISH BITS & BITES anthology. Since this is our 10th Anniversary weekend, our participating Featured Authors each contributed a “celebration” story and a recipe to go along with it.

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 27th. After that point, the participating authors – Morgan Brice, K C Burn, Sam Burns, Tawdra Kandle, and Kiernan Kelly — will reclaim ownership of their stories, and may choose to release them in some form at a future date.

Morgan Brice – “Sandwiched” – When a hunt gone wrong lays Evan out with a fever, Seth relies on a favorite home remedy to make things better.
K C Burn – “The Yips” – As a gay werewolf, Kaden never expected to find his mate. But his best friend’s brother, Noah, might just change his mind. Unfortunately, Noah is human, and Kaden has to figure out a way to tell Noah the truth.
Sam Burns – “The Fluke” – The fox has always been different from other foxes, but when a hunter comes to the forest looking for him and his brothers, he has to figure out how to do something no other fox could do to save the day.
Tawdra Kandle – “Cake By The Ocean” – Cal and Alex are excited to celebrate the woman who’s helping make their dreams of parenthood come true. But their friends and family might have another idea . . .
Kiernan Kelly – “Something To Celebrate” – Hudson is alone, has a bubbly six-year old daughter who loves unicorns and glitter, and a birthday party to throw the very next day. Enter Joe, a party planner with a killer smile, who might be the answer to all of Hudson’s problems.

We’ve been raising money at each of our events for local Habitat For Humanity chapters, and we will continue that 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: CELEBRATIONS anthology…

Preferred – buying from PayHip allows the largest percentage of the purchase price to be donated.
Ebook copies are available immediately, print copies will be shipped after sales end on Feb 27th.
Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Amazon CA| Google Books | Kobo

Huge thanks go to the authors who contributed the stories for this, and to each of you who buys a copy. Please know that your support is very much appreciated.

Coastal Magic 2022 Is Going Virtual

There is no easy way to say this, so I figured I’d start with the most important info in the headline.

Due to the rising Covid numbers in many areas of the country, especially in Florida, and concerns that have been brought to my attention by both authors and attendees, I’m no longer confident we can have a safe event.

All author and attendee registrations and information will be transferred forward to our 2023 event. Anyone who has completed both the EventBrite registration and their PayPal payment for the 2022 event will receive an email confirmation that they’ve been moved forward to 2023. (No refunds will be issued. If you would like to transfer your registration to someone else, that option will still be available and we can work out those details.) You should receive cancellation verification from the hotel when they release our room block.

I know this is disappointing. I know some of you will be upset about the change. I completely understand. But as heartbroken as I am about having to make this decision now, it’s nothing compared to how devastated I would be if I asked you all here, and you got sick. Judging from the messages and emails I’ve received in the last week, I think some of you expected this may happen, before I ever considered it. I know many of you have been on the fence about attending, even if you already registered. I hope, despite how sad we all are about this change, you will agree it’s the safest thing for us right now.

If you’re reading this early in the day on Thursday, I’ll be at work. I’ll check in when I get home, and will be available to answer questions and hear your ideas for what you’d like to see in our virtual weekend. I hope you’ll still join us for some fun conversation and lots of games and interactions with our authors. Still February 24-27, 2022.

I’m holding on to the silver lining, and looking forward to finding ways to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you at a distance. I’d love to hear what kinds of things you’d be interested in seeing/doing with us that weekend.

I’ll have more details to share in the coming days.
I’ll be on social media later today for general chatting, and always available via email.

Announcing The #CMCon22 Author Workshop From The Writing Garage

Since we had to go virtual — and not everyone who WANTED to take this class were able to make the original time/date, Tere is offering two encores! If you’d like to take the class… the link to register and other class info below still applies, additional dates/times are:

– Friday, March 4, 7pm EST
– Saturday, March 5, 3pm EST

If you register for one of the two new dates, please specify in the “add a note” section of your payment with which day/date you’d like. Thank you!

Hello all!!

I’m so happy to share that The Writing Garage (led by #CMCon22 Featured Author Tere Michaels) will be returning with a new author craft class at our upcoming virtual Coastal Magic weekend!!

MAKING IT MARVELOUS: Using The Lessons Of The MCU(TM) To Write Better Series

Those who’ve taken classes in the past will remember that they’re full of fun, knowledge, and inspiration. If you’re an author, or would like to be, this is a fantastic way to kick off the weekend before the official Coastal Magic schedule begins. All the workshop info is below, along with a link to register.

Workshop: “MAKING IT MARVELOUS: Using The Lessons Of The MCU(TM) To Write Better Series”
Instructor: Tere Michaels
Date/Time: Thurs, Feb 24 / 10am – 2pm (includes break)
Cost: $35
Registration Link:
— Please include the name on your Coastal Magic registration in the “add a note” section of payment.
— Please register each attendee separately. Thank you.
— If you have any questions, please email Jennifer at

#CMCon22 End of Summer Catch Up & Reminders


It’s been a loooooooong summer, and yet, it feels like time’s moving SO quickly!! Does anyone else feel that way, lol?? I hope you’ve all been well, and that you’ve been reading AMAZING books. (Feel free to share authors/titles that you’ve loved recently in the comments!)

Today we’re catching up a bit, and teasing a fun, interactive activity/contest for this month!!

I hope you’re all aware, at this point, that registration for our 10th anniversary Coastal Magic Convention weekend has been open and has a new process for this year. (Hopefully, we’ll be back to the regular way of doing things for next year.) If you haven’t registered to be with us at the beach yet, you can do so HERE. We’d love to see you!

If you’d like to arrive in style (or chill at home in style, lol), we have some cool options for shirts and other thingamajigs HERE. They’re super comfy, and (if I do say so myself) very cute. 🙂 I’d love to see pics of you in your Coastal Magic gear!

Tomorrow night (10/7/21), we’re having a virtual GAME NIGHT!! Everyone is welcome to come play along with a few of our Featured Authors and other readers. This is our third game night, and they’ve all been so much fun! All you need is the link to join the Zoom (will be posted HERE, when it’s game time), a second device to play the games on, and your party hat! 🙂

In case you missed it — we’ve had a couple CMCChats, and we’ve got more planned for this fall/winter. Here are links to the chats we’ve already had
– Spectacular Summer Reads with David R Slayton, Kari Lemor, Sasha Summers, and Jen DeLuca
– Fictional Friendships with Tonya Kappes, Tere Michaels, and Kait Ballenger

Watch for announcements in our Authors & Attendees group about our upcoming CMCChats:
– To Insta, or Not To Insta (chat about Insta-Love in romance)
– How Do YOU Halloween?
– Heating Up The Holidays
– Foodie Holidays & Stories
– Where In The World?
– Let The Music Play

And our last reminder — our Reading Challenge is going strong, and has plenty of shenanigans to go around! If you’d like to join our group, and check out some awesome books from our incredible lineup of Featured Authors, we’d love to have you!! There is a recommended reading list/schedule (that you can follow, or not), monthly and cumulative prizes, author spotlights and chats, group reads, reader chats, and even a weekly group watch of the Great British Bake Off, just for the heck of it!! Our crew has a blast, and they’re always looking for other book loving friends to join the fun. Check out the Reading Challenge group HERE!

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE OUR HALLOWEEN/FALL THEMED ACTIVITY/CONTEST FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER! And if you’re participating in the reading challenge — there’s a chance to earn an extra Activity point!!

#CMCon22 Reading Halloweengo

Happy October, everyone!

For some easy peasy funtimes this month, I’ve created a Reading Halloween BINGO that I’ve renamed Haloweengo! Some of the items are tied to Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors, and some are simply using holiday themes and/or characters. I hope you all have fun with it!! Here’s how to play:

1. Download/Copy/Print the Halloweengo card…

2. Mark off whichever items you complete. (ex: reading a book that matches the description, finding an IG post that fulfills the description, take a pic that completes the description)

3. To enter your completed BINGO into the contest drawing, you must…
a – post your completed BINGO card image on the social media platform of your choice with the hashtag #CMCon22Halloweengo
b – list the author/title/link of the three items that completed your BINGO (ex: If you mark off the square for a book that mentions a black cat, you would list the title/author of the book you read that mentions the black cat. If you mark the square for taking a pic of your current read with a Halloween snack, include the pic, or the link where you shared the pic.)

4. You may enter more than once, if you complete more than one BINGO. However, a book may only be used to complete ONE square on the card. (ex: You can’t use the same book for the black cat square AND for the orange cover square.) Each new BINGO would need to have it’s own post, using the hashtag and including the list of completed items. Up to 8 entries per reader. 🙂

5. Reading Halloweengo will start today (10/6/21) and go through Halloween night (11:59 PT, 10/31/21). One winner will be chosen from all qualifying entries. Winner will receive one digital copy of a book of their choice by one of our #CMCon22 Featured Authors.

6. If you’re participating in our Reading Challenge, you may also complete the form to claim one additional Activity Point after you complete your first BINGO. You’re welcome to continue playing for more Halloweengo contest entries, but the Activity Points are limited to one per reader.

If it’s easier, or you need to refer back, these instructions will be posted in our Coastal Magic Convention Authors and Attendees group, as well. If you do not use social media, you can still play along and send your completed Halloweengo card images and corresponding info to me via email to enter… 🙂

Have fun, and good luck, everyone!!

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