Schedule

As much as we’d hoped to be all together for this year’s weekend, that just wasn’t possible. So, we’ll be coming to you via online again this year. Grab some good snacks, get into your comfy jammies, and settle in to your favorite reading chair for #CMCon22.
(Note: all times are Eastern U.S.)

Lead-Up to Coastal Magic Weekend!

Monday, 2/21
8-9pm Mystery/Suspense BINGO
Authors who write mystery, romantic suspense, or detective/police procedurals use words from their books to host a fun Bingo game with readers.
Deborah Blake, Kari Lemor, Kiernan Kelly, Lucienne Diver
Watch replay: Facebook | YouTube

Tuesday, 2/22
8-9pm Cover Design 101
Authors and readers cut out pictures and words from magazine pages and other paper materials (be sure to have a supply ready!) and will create their own version of an eye catching book cover!
Hildie McQueen, Kiernan Kelly
Watch replay: Facebook | YouTube

Wednesday, 2/23
7-7:50pm Gail Z Martin’s Supernatural Fandom Meet-Up
Authors and readers are welcome to join Gail for an evening of Winchester reminiscing. Zoom link will be provided at start time to for those who’d like to participate.
Gail Z Martin

8-9pm A Funny Thing Happened…
Another reader favorite panel, and reader favorite style of story! Authors discuss how they include humor in their stories – whether they’re romances, mysteries, or fantasies. We’ll find out the stories behind the laughs, and share some of our favorite comedic scenes.
Melonie Johnson, Eric R Asher, Kait Ballenger
Watch replay: Facebook | YouTube

Thursday, 2/24
10am-2pm The Writing Garage presents: Making It Marvelous
Using The Lessons Of The MCU(TM) To Write Better Series
Writer workshop – requires separate registration and fee.
Tere Michaels

5:30-6pm Coastal Magic 101: Intro To #CMCon22
Jennifer gives a brief overview and answers reader questions.
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

6:30-7:30pm Hear, Here!
No chance we can have a year without an audiobook panel! Authors chat about experiencing their books in audio, their favorite narrators, and share some of their own personal favorites.
Sam Burns, Eric R Asher, Aria Kane, Jen DeLuca
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

8-10pm Welcome Mingle: Anniversary Prize Party
Join us for a “round robin” style evening of author pop-ins, bookish chat, and lots of prizes! Find out the winners of the 2022 Reading Challenge, and get ready for our CMCon22 weekend.
Nikki Woolfolk, Sam Burns, Nina Crespo, Katey Hawthorne, Genevieve Jack, Hildie McQueen, David R Slayton, James R Tuck, Seressia Glass, Violet Howe, Nancy Northcott, Dahlia Rose
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

10-11am There Be Dragons
Coastal Magic’s first panel dedicated specifically to dragons!! (How have we missed this?) Authors discuss all variety of dragon mythology, their favorites in the fantasy and urban fantasy genres, and the dragons in their own writing.
Genevieve Jack, Aria Kane, LaVerne Thompson, Sam Burns
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

11:15-11:45am Q&A with Tawdra Kandle (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

11:15-11:45am Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Violet Howe

12-1pm Fiction On Four Legs
Return of reader favorite panel about pets in our favorite stories, and in our favorite authors’ lives! Feel free to have your four (or more) legged friends on hand to meet readers.
K C Burn, Dahlia Rose, Amy Lane, Amalie Howard
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

1:15-1:45pm Q&A with Tonya Kappes (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

1:15-1:45pm Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Gail Z Martin

2-3pm Mad Libs
Hilarious word game that substitutes words from the audience into passages from authors’ books.
David R Slayton, Nancy Northcott, Kiernan Kelly
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

3:15-3:45pm Q&A with David R Slayton (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

3:15-3:45pm Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Katey Hawthorne

4-5pm Foodie Fiction
Authors discuss all the yummy food that finds a way into their stories. Be ready to share inspirations and finished recipes. If panelists are able to make any items ahead of the panel to show, that would be a fantastic bonus!
Gail Z Martin, Nina Crespo, Tif Marcelo
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

5:15-5:45pm Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Amy Lane, David R Slayton (bookplates)

DINNER

7-8pm Rapid Fire Authors & Readers Q&A
Authors and readers take turns answering a rapid fire list of questions from our moderator and readers. Questions can be specific book related, general writing related, or completely random silliness. The goal is to answer as many questions as possible in the time allotted. Prizes to be won!!!
LaVerne Thompson, Katey Hawthorne, Lucienne Diver, Tif Marcelo, Kari Lemor, Jen DeLuca
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

8:30-10:30pm “Murder In 1985” Murder Mystery Game
Our Jazz Age Murder Mystery evening was a “”smashing”” success, we thought we’d try another version of it this year. We’ll be doing a “Murder in 1985”, fully designed to be done virtually via Zoom. The “players” (authors) will be given scripts and prompts, and the readers will have to try to solve the murder!
Violet Howe, H D Smith, J D Monroe, Aria Kane, Nina Crespo, Tigris Eden, Katey Hawthorne, Jen DeLuca
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

To help us showcase all of our authors, and give all of you the kind of variety that you expect from our event, we’ve once again partnered with the lovely people who created and run the never-ending virtual convention, ConTinual! This will allow us to include additional panels, and give everyone some options for your day. Panels that will generate from the ConTinual platform (and be shared through the Coastal Magic pages) are noted in their descriptions. Huge thanks to the team at ConTinual for allowing us the opportunity to expand into their space for a little while, and for all of their help in making it such a successful process.

10-11am Romance Family Feud
Featured Author will be quizzed on topics related to the romance genre.
Aria Kane, Seressia Glass, Jen DeLuca, Genevieve Jack, Violet Howe
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

11am-12pm To Insta(Love), Or Not To Insta(Love) (streaming from ConTinual)
Discussion about the trope of “Insta-Love” in the romance genre. People tend to have definite feelings on this subject. We’ll talk about when it works, when it doesn’t, and who’s doing it right.
Kari Lemor, Dahlia Rose, Amy Lane, Tori Kellett
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube (coming soon)

11:15-11:45am Q&A with Tif Marcelo (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

11:15-11:45am Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Tere Michaels

LUNCH

1-2pm History Two Ways (streaming from ConTinual)
Some authors tell stories that take readers on trips through a history we are all familiar with. Some authors relish in tearing up history and telling stories built on an alternate past. Our authors discuss how history is portrayed in their stories… what stays true to the history we recognize, and what is retold in a whole new way.
Nancy Northcott, Hildie McQueen, Gail Z Martin
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube (coming soon)

1:15-1:45pm Q&A with Aria Kane (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

2-3pm LGBTQ+ Page To Screen
There seem to be a plethora of romance books being optioned for TV and movies lately, and an ever-increasing presence of LGBTQ+ movies on the small screen. What makes a book prime for adaptation, and what might not work so well? Gay romance authors discuss their favorites of what they’ve seen already, and which books they’d love to see made into tv shows or movies on the big or small screen.
K C Burn, Katey Hawthorne, David R Slayton
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

3-4pm Digging In (streaming from ConTinual)
Authors play through rounds of fun “get to know you” games like “Two Truths & A Lie” and “Would You Rather”. Questions can refer to them, their writing process, and/or their characters! Readers are welcome to chime in.
Violet Howe, J D Monroe, Tere Michaels, Tigris Eden
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube (coming soon)

3:15-3:45pm Q&A with Melonie Johnson (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

4-5pm National “Tell A Fairy Tale” Day
Saturday, Feb 26th is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. Authors discuss their favorite fairy tales, and any fairy tales that inspired their stories. How are they incorporated? What changed, and what stayed the same.
Deborah Blake, Sasha Summers, Amy Lane, Amalie Howard
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

5-6pm Reading The Other (streaming from ConTinual)
More and more readers are actively expanding their TBR piles to include authors and characters outside of the “”traditional mainstream””. Our panelists share their experiences writing diversely, and their favorite books that feature LGBTQ+, non cis, non-white, neurodivergent, and handicapped characters.
Aria Kane, Tigris Eden, Nancy Northcott
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube (coming soon)

5:15-5:45pm Q&A with Cecilia Dominic (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

5:15-5:45pm Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Macy Blake

DINNER

7-8pm Fandom Show & Tell (streaming from ConTinual)
Authors talk about the fandoms they love, and how they influence their stories. Authors and readers can “show and tell” any fandom collections they have, and/or cosplays they have created.
J D Monroe, Gail Z Martin, Katey Hawthorne, Seressia Glass, Macy Blake
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube (coming soon)

8-9pm The Power Of (And In) YA
YA Lit has a readership that spans ages 12 to 102. Authors discuss the stories they write, the wide and ongoing appeal of YA for all audiences, and just how their characters manage to save the world over and over again!!
David R Slayton, S E Smith, Aria Kane
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

8:15-8:45pm Q&A with Sam Burns (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

9-10pm The Care & Feeding Of Authors
Panel that features the people closest to our Featured Authors for a fun Q&A about life with a writer. Panelists will answer moderator and reader questions and tell fun stories. Authors may be in frame with their loved one, but it is not required.
Family of… Violet Howe, Lucienne Diver, Tawdra Kandle
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

10-11am The Killing Game
Another reader favorite — authors discuss the ways they choose to kill characters in their stories. How do you choose who lives and dies? Are you on the FBI watch list for your research history? Discuss the fates of some of your most memorable “offings”.
James R Tuck, Lisa Kessler, Deborah Blake, Tere Michaels
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube


11:15-11:45am Q&A with Tere Michaels (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

11:15-11:45am Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Jen DeLuca, Tigris Eden

12-1pm Social Media Funtimes
Authors and readers go through various memes and games found on social media. Name generators, “caption this”, “this or that”, and others that keep us all laughing and maybe learning a bit about each other in the process!!
David R Slayton, Aria Kane, Kari Lemor
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

1:15-1:45pm Q&A with Nina Crespo (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

1:15-1:45pm Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Lisa Kessler

2-3pm Great Escapes: Fantasy & SciFi
Fantasy & SciFi stories take readers out of their own situations and transport them into something wild and amazing. Whether it’s grounded in something still a bit familiar (urban fantasy), or something entirely unknown (epic fantasy and science fiction), readers rely on these stories for their “great escapes”.
Cecilia Dominic, S E Smith, Tori Kellett
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

3:15-3:45pm Q&A with Violet Howe (Pre-recorded)
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

3:15-3:45pm Live Book Signings (not broadcast)
Readers who purchase items from an author’s online order forms will be given a link to join them on Zoom for a chat session while the author signs their book or book plate.
Cecilia Dominic

4-5pm Bookish Scavenger Hunt
Readers are split into author-led teams. Authors take turns asking readers to quickly find items in their homes that relate to one of their books. Teams earn points by finding and showing items the fastest.
Melonie Johnson, Amy Lane, K C Burn, Gail Z Martin
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

5:15-5:45pm Wrap Ups & Goodbyes
Jennifer & guests discuss favorite parts of the weekend and suggestions for next year.
Watch replay on Facebook | YouTube

All signings will happen via Zoom. Links will be sent those who order books via the forms HERE, to join the author on screen while they sign your items. Some authors have print books, some are signing bookplates and other swag. Please see the forms at that link for details. Zoom link will be sent out 30 minutes before the assigned signing time (all times are Eastern), with further instructions.
(Note: Some times have two authors listed. Each author will be in their own signing, they’ll just be happening at the same time.)

Friday, February 25th

11:15-11:45 – Violet Howe
1:15-1:45 – Gail Z Martin/Morgan Brice
3:14-3:45 – Katey Hawthorne
5:15-5:45 – Amy Lane, David R Slayton

Saturday, February 26th

11:15-11:45 – Tere Michaels
1:15-1:45 – TBD
3:14-3:45 – Sam Burns
5:15-5:45 – Macy Blake, S E Smith

Sunday, February 27th

11:15-11:45 – Jen DeLuca, Tigris Eden/J K Rivers
1:15-1:45 – Lucienne Diver, Lisa Kessler
3:14-3:45 – Cecilia Dominic, Tawdra Kandle / Tessa Kent

Please be sure to check for the latest update before making your plans.

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