#CMCon21 Reading Challenge is Underway!

Coastal Magic’s annual Reading Challenge is underway! The Reading Challenge is a fun way for readers to interact with each other, and with some of our Featured Authors, in the months before our weekend together. We have a separate Facebook group for chatting, posting book promo (sales and freebies), and chatting with each other and the authors. There’s also some friendly competition as readers earn points for each of the books they read, and win spots in virtual chats with authors each month.

The goal is to have read at least one book from each of our Featured Authors by the time #CMCon21 rolls around. There is a reading and spotlight schedule set, although you’re welcome to read in any order you like. And authors have given us a list of books they recommend, if you’ve never read anything by them.

In addition, participating authors are spotlighted each month, and do interactive activities ranging from posts with contests, to live chats, to interactive games!! These are open to all readers, and have been a ton of fun so far. Be sure to check out recordings from previous activities, and the schedule to see who’s coming up soon!

You can access this info and all the lists on the Reading Challenge tab of this site, and on the “Read For Bookclub” website, run by Dolorianne, who puts so much effort into making our Reading Challenge fun for everyone.

Some Virtual #CMCon21 Updates!

Hello, lovely readers!! I’ve got some updates to share!!

In case you’ve missed it — we have finalized our Featured Author listing for #CMCon21! Huge thanks go to all of the authors willing to try this strange new thing with all of us this year. Here is a handy dandy listing of our lineup — be sure to check out the Featured Author tab of this website for more about each author and links to their websites. ❤

You all know that our 2021 event weekend will be virtual. What you may not know is that we’ll be doing monthly panel discussions with Featured Authors to get everyone used to how the process will work! You’ll have an opportunity to send in questions ahead of time, and the authors will get to as many of them as possible. I’ll have the final dates and participating author listings for you soon, but here are the topics planned for each month…

  • August: TROPES – Which of the “tried and true” plot tools do our authors love to write, and love to read? Which are YOUR favorites?
  • September: LABOR DAY – Authors discuss how their own previous careers or “day jobs” have influenced their writing, and also talk about the jobs they’ve given their story’s characters.
  • October: VILLAINS – Of course we’ll be chatting all things villain in the lead up to Halloween!
  • November: HOLIDAY STORIES – Discussion about the popularity of holiday stories (all holidays, not just end-of-the-year festivities), and recommendations of some of our favorites.
  • December: CRAFTING – Writing is definitely a craft, but our authors are multi-talented!! Check out some of the other fun things they can create! Complete with tips & tricks for making them yourself!
  • January: STARTING NEW – Authors start off the new year by revealing what they’ve got coming up brand new. New stories, new series, personal resolutions, etc.

A few tips to having a smooth and easy virtual event with us:

  • Create a FREE profile on the Zoom platform. (https://zoom.us/ – or the Zoom site in your country.) Sign into Zoom for any online events you find interesting – including our monthly #CMCChats.
  • Test your ability to access and participate in the Facebook Rooms feature and “Be Live” Facebook app. Will have more info about any Coastal Magic Rooms activities and Be Live chats as they are finalized.
  • Make sure you’re familiar with how to manage the audio and video on your device or computer. For most of us, it’s a standard setting that doesn’t need to be adjusted. Test it out, though, to be sure.

We’ll also be showcasing some of our Featured Authors in the monthly CMCon newsletter! Usually the first offering of each year goes out in July, but I’m running a bit behind this year. That means we’ll get two newsletters in August, AND none of you has missed any of them yet! If you want to be sure to get exclusive sneak peeks and access to newsletter only contests/giveaways – click HERE to subscribe!

It’s June 1st!! First 2021 Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors Announced

So many things are going to be different for our 9th annual weekend together (apart) — and I’m looking forward to all the fun new shenanigans we’re able to get into, virtually! However, there are a few things that I’m trying to hold on to, despite all of the chaos going on around us. One of those things is the start of our Coastal Magic Featured Author Announcements!!

We don’t have a full listing of authors yet — changing to a virtual program is exactly what some authors were hoping for, but not so much for others. As usual, in an effort to keep our Featured Author lineup fresh and exciting, we’ll be giving some of our familiar faces a rest next year, and welcoming some new, and “new-to-us” authors into our little family. (Don’t worry, you’ll likely see them again in the future.) For now — here is our current list of Featured Authors:

Jeanne Adams
A C Arthur
Eric R Asher
Kait Ballenger
K C Burn
Leigh Duncan
Tigris Eden
Elicia Hyder
Lexi George
Lorraine Heath
Violet Howe
Beverly Jenkins
Tawdra Kandle
Kiernan Kelly / Dakota Chase
Amy Lane
Heather Long
Marie Long
Gail Z Martin / Morgan Brice
J D Monroe / Jessica Hawke
Hildie McQueen
Tere Michaels
Sarah Nicolas
Layla Reyne
Dahlia Rose
H D Smith / Sloane Savage
Victoria Sue / Scarlett English
Sasha Summers

I’m in the process of updating this website to reflect all of the things we’re trying to accomplish for our 2021 event — and as always, the Coastal Magic Convention: Authors & Attendees Facebook Group is a fun place to hang out and chat all things #CMCon21.

I don’t have exact details for reader registration yet, but will be updating all of our social media and this blog when info is available.

Coastal Magic Convention 2021 (Feb 18-21, 2021) is Going Virtual!!

Things have been unsettled in so many ways lately. I hope you’re all taking care in whatever ways you need to, and keeping yourselves occupied with awesome things.

Since the end of this year’s weekend, things have been a bit quiet in the Coastal Magic Convention playground, but today — WE HAVE NEWS!!!

I’ve made the decision that 2021 will be a virtual event. I know this isn’t everyone’s “cup o’ tea”, but it’s the best option we have of being able to put on an event safely. Could the world be all better in February? Maybe, and I REALLY hope that it is, but I can’t afford to take the chance that it won’t be. I’m hoping to create something with the same spirit and feel as our annual event — the same personal interactions, the same interesting discussions, the same oddball funtimes — just accessible from your living room, in your pjs. (Or, hey… go ahead and put on your beachwear — get in the groove!!)

I don’t have all the answers about exactly HOW we’re going to do everything just yet. Some other events have done some really fun things virtually, so I’m soaking up a lot of options and doing a lot of research into what’s possible. If you’re a member of the Coastal Magic Convention: Authors & Attendees Facebook group, you’ll likely see some of my brainstorming as it happens. If you’d like to be informed as things get decided/updated, be sure you’re subscribed to this blog and/or our newsletter.

In MORE exciting news… it’s June 1st!! In Coastal Magic Land, that means the first Featured Author announcement! Click HERE to see some of the amazing authors who’ll be joining us live-via-video in February.

While I’m sad that it’s necessary, I’m actually excited to explore all of the fun, unique things we’ll be able to do as a virtual event. I hope you’re all willing to come along for the ride!!

Coastal Magic 2020 Souvenir T-Shirt

Ladies & Gents:

In many past years, we’ve either had a t-shirt that we can all order before the convention, or an author/publisher has sponsored shirts for every attendee. This year, we didn’t have either, and it was definitely noticed, lol. So… in response to MANY inquiries (and because I love the t-shirts, too), we’re offering a Coastal Magic 2020 Souvenir T-shirt available. (Kinda like getting the concert shirt after a great show. <3)

The company doing our 2020 Souvenir T-Shirts is called Clothesline, and they did our AMAZING 2019 event shirts. They don’t usually do single orders, as they’re a bulk/corporate orders company. Unfortunately, this means their system won’t allow for individual orders the way we’re going to do them (without doing a huge programming thing, which we’re not going to ask them to do.) SO… the instructions for ordering your shirt(s) are listed below. They will be taking orders for approx 2 weeks (I’ll get you a definite end date ASAP, and will post it on our social media.) Shirts will ship out shortly thereafter.

Shirt Prices:
S-XL: $10.58 plus tax
2X: $12.18 plus tax
3X: $12.98 plus tax
4X: $13.78 plus tax

USPS Shipping is $8.50 and UPS shipping is $15

Once you get your shirt, I’d LOVE to see pics of you wearing them out and about. Pretty please, and thank you.

1) eMail – Dana@clothesline.net with the subject “COASTAL MAGIC CONVENTION TSHIRT” and include:
– your name
– your email
– your mailing address
– your shirt size(s)
2) Dana will reply with a payment link
3) Pay for your shirt, and shipping, via the link.
4) Receive shirt a few weeks later.
5) Post awesome pics of you in your shirt. ❤

If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

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