CMCon18JunePics Contest Winner – FREE Registration to Coastal Magic 2018!

This year we had our first photo challenge contest for a FREE General Registration to Coastal Magic. I had a lot of fun working with the authors and bloggers to post a picture on Instagram (and fed onto other social media) for each day’s prompt. HUGE Thank You go all of our participating Coastal Magic family, and everyone one of YOU who played along!! It was really great to see all the creativity in interpretation for each pic.

Just for reference… this was our challenge…



And our winning post (randomly selected by link) is…


posted on June 16th, by “makingithappenblog” (Carra Saigh) on Instagram


Congratulations, Carra!!! Thanks for taking part in the challenge. Please email me for instructions on redeeming your FREE General Registration for next year’s Coastal Magic. 

Keep your eyes peeled (and on our blog, newsletter, and social media) for the next fun contest. (Hint… we’ve got stuff coming up SOON!)

#CMCon18 General Registration Opens July 1st!!! (That’s in about 4 hours!!)

July will be here in a few hours, and General Registration for the 2018 Coastal Magic Convention will be OPEN!


I’m always a combination of excitement and stress right around this time. A lot of work has gone into the planning of next year’s event, and so much more is still to come. As the director, making sure everyone has a good time (and making sure there are enough people there TO have a good time) is my main focus. This is the beginning of SEEING that goal start to happen. Our lovely readers have always shown up, though, so I really SHOULDN’T be anxious. And yet… (see above flaily armed dude)…

So… what do you need to know before you get decide to join us?

  • General Registration covers all official, on-site panels and activities (meet & greets, parties, etc.) during the weekend. (There may be additional events hosted outside the official schedule – fan meetups and such – that may have additional fees. Those activities will be outlined with details on the website when the schedule is posted in the fall.)
  • Cost is $90 plus EventBrite fees, and also includes:
    • Welcome Bag filled with swag & goodies from authors & publishers
    • Saturday’s “Lunch with an Author” (this meal is provided)
    • Saturday’s book sale/signing (bookseller on-site, also open to the public)
  • Refunds are available within 90 days of registration, through December 31st. After 90 days, or after December 31st, registrations may be transferred to another reader.
  • Registration does not guarantee a room at the host hotel. Link for reserving your room will be sent with your confirmation from EventBrite. If our group block fills before you’re able to get your room, there are many other hotel options within a very close walking/public transportation distance.

If you’re already familiar with Coastal Magic… YAY! If this is the first you’re hearing about it… here’s a brief intro…

  • Coastal Magic is a super casual convention and book signing in Daytona Beach, FL, Feb 22-25, 2018. Our goal is to bring authors and readers of urban fantasy, paranormal, and all the sub-genres of romance together for a memorable weekend by the beach.
  •  With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for just about every reader. While there IS a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and their fans to just hang out together, that’s the whole point of the weekend! Be prepared for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans!
  •  Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. We’ll have over 60 amazing storytellers, showcasing not only bestselling favorites, but debut and “new to you” authors that are sure to catch your attention.

Still on the fence about attending??

Our Featured Bloggers will be doing spotlights on each of the authors in the next few months, so keep an eye out for these fun ways to get to know our Featured Authors better. You can check out the full listing of amazing authors who’ll be participating on the Coastal Magic Featured Authors page.

If you want to keep up with all the online shenanigans leading up to the beach-side shenanigans, you can join the Facebook group for authors and attendees, and/or follow along any of the convention’s social media outlets.

Facebook “Like” Page      Instagram      Tumblr     Newsletter      Twitter      Google+     Pinterest

So… will I be seeing YOU in Daytona? Which author(s) are you most interested in hanging out with? Which authors will be new to you? Registration opens promptly at midnight, and will cap out at 300, so don’t miss your chance to hang out with me, and all of these incredible authors and fellow book lovers!

Come take a bite out of the beach with us!!

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!!

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