Five Days Til #CMCon19 – All The Updates You Need!

Hello everyone!

I know you’re all busy with everyday life things, but…



So — here are some things that you might find helpful. If you’ve already registered, there are updates for you. If you haven’t yet, here’s info on how you can join us for the weekend, or just a day.

If you’ve already made plans to be in Daytona Beach next weekend…

1. Get your “wish list” ready for the Lunch with an Author selections, which happen Sunday, Feb 24th, at 7pm Eastern. The signup form will be at, so you can go ahead and create your free account with them now, if you want to save a few seconds. The exact link to the signup page will be post at exactly 7pm, on this blog, and on all convention social media. Be prepared… because table space is limited for each author, and having a list of authors you’d be interested in sitting with will help you move on quickly if your first choice is full. Keep in mind, this is a fantastic way to really get to know someone you’re not as familiar with. You could be meeting your next favorite author!!

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2) If you’re started to put things together to pack for your trip… here’s a peek at what the weather might be like.


3) If you haven’t yet, you can see our schedule of panels and activities on the “Schedule” page. Lots of shenanigans in the making!!

If you’re still undecided about attending Coastal Magic this year, let me see if I can entice you just a bit. 🙂

1) Here’s a quick visual of our Featured Author lineup for this year. It’s a fantastic blend of established and newer authors, genres, and intended audiences. I’m sure you’ll find someone who writes stories you’ll love.


2) Now that you’re excited about who’ll be attending… there are a variety of ways you can join us. If you’re available for the weekend, you can still register for the full event. However, if you can only make it out for a short time, a limited number of single day registrations are available.


3) If you’re a writer looking to sharpen a few of your skills, we have very limited space left in the Book Lovers Con: Writers’ Mini Boot Camp, Thursday, Feb 28th. (Not part of the official Coastal Magic schedule. Separate registration needed for this program). You can register on the “Registration” page on this site, or, if seats are still available, in person on Thursday morning before 10am.


4) And… if you’re a convention junkie like me, and plan to attend Indie BookFest in August, just mention hashtag #CMCIBF19 in your registration notes, and you’ll receive a discount code to use when you register for IBF! Win/Win!!


4) But if you can only carve out a tiny window of time to come see all of our wonderful authors, make sure that time is from 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday, because our book sale/signing is free to attend, and it’s open to the public. Come by and check out all of the awesome stories waiting for you to read them, and the awesome storytellers waiting to meet you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, email me via the “Contact” page on this site, or ask over in the Coastal Magic Convention: Authors & Attendees Facebook group.

See you by the beach!!

Will You Be With Us In Daytona for #CMCon19?

We’re in the final weeks before this year’s Coastal Magic Convention, and we’ve still got a few spaces for YOU!! Have you seen our awesome lineup of authors who are waiting to hang out with you?


And if you’re a convention junkie (like me), and plan to attend multiple events in our area this year… we’ve got a deal for you!!


In a fantastic partnership with Orlando’s Indie Bookfest (Aug 1-4, 2019), we’re going to save you some money!! When you register for Coastal Magic Convention (using this link on the registration page), be sure to include the #CMCIBF19 hashtag in the notes to receive a discount code for IBF19!

We’d love to have you with us for a weekend of bookish shenanigans, and some Mardi Gras fun, to boot! Panels, prizes, meet & greets, and lots of chatting with authors and other readers.

Come spend a weekend with us, celebrating the magic of stories and storytellers.

CMCon19 Halloween Flash Fiction Event: by Morgan Brice — Books Make Me Happy

Welcome to the first flash fiction story of our 5th Annual Halloween Flash Fiction Event! I always love reading the seasonal stories our authors come up with, inspired by some amazing artwork by creators on Today’s story is courtesy of Morgan Brice, and is a holiday view into her Badlands world. The inspiration…

via CMCon19 Halloween Flash Fiction Event: by Morgan Brice — Books Make Me Happy

#CMCon19: What To Expect

Hello all 🙂

Recently, in the Authors & Attendees group on Facebook, we spent some time going through some of the things readers can expect during next year’s seventh annual Coastal Magic Convention. It was a fun way to introduce new attendees to some things to look forward to, and a good way to highlight some differences for our returning friends. In case you missed it, here’s a bit of what our #CMCon19 weekend will look like.

MiniBootCamp5x5Thursday will start off with a Writer Mini Boot Camp, sponsored by Book Lovers Con. This is a separate event, with separate ticketing. The Mini Boot Camp admission can be purchased alone, or in addition to the full Coastal Magic weekend registration.

The five hour program (10am – 3pm, $35) is an extension of the intense, two day Writer Boot Camp previously presented annually at the RT Booklovers Convention, and continuing at Book Lovers Con. Workshop instructors will be Coastal Magic Featured Authors Tere Michaels (Emotional Arcs: The Universal Story) and Damon Suede (Character Building: Action Figures). The two will be joined by additional authors for a panel Q&A. (You can read about the workshops and other info in this post.)

The first officially scheduled Coastal Magic event will be our Welcome Mingle, which willWelcomeMingle1 have a Mardi Gras theme next year. (Mardi Gras starts on Saturday, but we’re taking advantage of the theme all weekend long!)

The Welcome Mingle is our “party night”, and is moving to Thursday for the first time next year. We’re also toning it down just a bit, so people will have more of a chance to catch up with old friends, and get to know new people. We’ll still have music playing, and we’re toying with the idea of a smaller dance floor (not decided yet), on one side of the room, so that the music isn’t as loud for those chatting on the other side. I hope this gives everyone a fun place to “land” when they arrive, and a good way to kick off the weekend. As for any of our themed events, if you’re up for dressing the part, GREAT! But “come as you are” is totally welcome, as well. 🙂


For anyone who wondered about our usual Thursday evening fare… don’t worry, it didn’t go far. Cinema Craptastique has simply shifted to Friday night. It’s a move that’s been asked for for a few years now, and we’re finally gonna give it a try next year. If you’ve never been to/participated in a Cinema Craptastique, you’re definitely in for an experience. After a day of panels and meet & greets, and a break for dinner, our emcee Damon Suede will lead us in live tweeting an awesomely awful movie, with popcorn and prizes to boot! It’s an annual favorite for both authors and attendees, and is always full of laughs. Publicly appropriate pajamas are totally encouraged, lol.

Saturday is full of crazy cool stuff.

First, we’ll be continuing with our panels and meet & greets. Then, readers and authors will get to have lunch together! Lunch With An Author is our annual chance to break LunchandSigning1things down and keep them simple. This “no promo” lunch is included in the registration, and gives readers a chance to choose an author to sit with (four/five readers per author), and spend some quality time getting to know each other.

Later in the afternoon will be our annual book sale/signing. Each of our Featured Authors and additional Signing Only Authors will be available to convention attendees, and the signing is open (free) to the public. Books will be available for purchase, and you can have them personalized by the authors. We do allow for readers to bring a total of five books from home to have signed during the signing. We do encourage attendees to support the participating authors by purchasing books on site, if possible. If you’re an “ebook only” reader, many authors will have swag items you can get signed as keepsakes, and are happy to take pictures with fans.

GameNight1Saturday night will see the return of our Game Night! This is a fun way to spend our last evening together, and allows attendees the chance to get frantic and frenzied during SWAG BINGO, or chill out with authors and other readers for board games, card games, coloring, and other relaxing activities.

For anyone not familiar with SWAG BINGO, it’s an hour long, prize filled game full of swaggie goodness. Our amazing and generous Featured Authors will be contributing swag and novelties to the welcome bags every attendee receives. In addition to the information that you obviously get from promo swag (book release dates, collectible character cards, freebie book codes, etc.), in this game, it can win you prizes!! Hosted by a handful of Featured Authors, you’ll be asked to find specific items in your piles of swag. (Ex: cowboy hat, book title in green font, ocean scene, author name with only five letters, etc.) Find enough items to make a BINGO, and YOU WIN!


Sunday we’ll be winding down and saying goodbye, but not until we’ve had a few fun panel discussions, and had a bit more SWAG fun.

SWAG Crafts is a fun way to turn your swag into keepsake or dual use items. Collect items into a simple, mini scrapbook, or add ribbon to create bookmarks showcasing your favorite authors or characters. Join authors and readers who have lots of ideas, and make something awesome even awesomer, lol!

The last thing on Sunday is always our Feedback & Farewell discussion. This is an open forum for attendees (authors and readers) to chat about what they really enjoyed during the weekend, what didn’t work quite as well, and offer suggestions for the following year. I always look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts and ideas while they’re still fresh in people’s minds.

So, there you have it. The final schedule, complete with panel topics and other goodies will be posted towards the end of the year, but this is a basic rundown of the bigger events. I hope that helps everyone get excited about what’s to come next February!!

#CMCon19 & Book Lovers Con present Writer Mini Boot Camp: Feb 28, 2019

Coastal Magic Convention is a “reader event”, which means the focus is on bringing authors and readers together for fun bookish times. We’ve had some attendees who are also aspiring or published writers ask about craft panels or workshops. As a reader event, this didn’t really fit into our focus, but NEXT year, we have a plan!!

I am SO EXCITED to announce a partnership with the Book Lovers Con (formerly RT Booklovers Convention), to bring a Writer Mini Boot Camp to Coastal Magic 2019!!

Both Tere Michaels and Damon Suede have been presenting sold out workshops at local and national writers’ events around the country. Our five hour program is an abbreviated version of the popular two day Author Boot Camp they have presented for the last few years, and will continue to present at the new Book Lovers Con.

Boot Camp attendees will get two in-depth workshops and an “all access” Q&A with a panel of published authors.

Emotional Arcs: The Universal Story with Tere Michaels
Emotional arcs are universal stories, connections to the human psyche, the journey of your characters. No matter what the genre, every character must have a journey and that journey must be the backbone of the book! We’ll discuss how to take your stories to the next emotional level, connecting with your readers to make your story linger far beyond the last page. You’ll come out of this workshop with a workable plan to evaluate your WIP for the emotional arc, as well as how to build future stories.

Character Building: Action figures with Damon Suede
Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so you can build the perfect cast to dazzle your readers. Compelling characters boost your writing process and anchor your career at any stage. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, you’ll leave this workshop with a new set of practical, hands-on tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable fiction.

Spilling Secrets of Publishing (Panel TBA)
Join some Coastal Magic authors for a frank and fun discussion of publishing – what we know, what we’ve learned and what we think is going to happen down the road! Bring your questions, especially the ones you’ve always wanted to ask (but never got the chance to).

You can register to attend the Writer Mini Boot Camp (separate from the Coastal Magic Convention – requires a separate registration) here… Seating is limited and will likely sell out.

So… are YOU excited about this new addition to the Coastal Magic weekend?

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