* Schedule is subject to change based on cancellation and/or other circumstances. Please refer back for any possible adjustments.*
Thursday, Feb 2nd
4:00pm – 10:00pm
Check-in / Welcome Bag Pickup (resumes 9:00am Friday / Saturday)
5:30pm – 7pm
Author / Blogger Mingle – Ice breaker mingle for our authors and bloggers. (All Featured Authors and all registered bloggers are welcome to attend.)
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Cinema Craptastique: Join our evening’s emcee, Damon Suede, in live tweeting an entertaining, yet thoroughly snarkworthy movie. A Coastal Magic original, we’ve trended nationally for the last three years on movie night!
Damon Suede, Tere Michaels, Amy Lane, B A Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Kiernan Kelly, Eric Asher, Jade Lee, Kristal Hollis, H D Smith – and more!!
Friday, Feb 3rd
9:00am – 6:00pm Vendors Available
9am – 10am
Stranger Than Fiction: Authors discuss their personal, real life, experiences with the paranormal world. Did these experiences influence or end up as scenes in their stories?
Lisa Kessler, Jade Lee, Poppy Dennison, Stephen Osborne, Terry Spear, Tonya Kappes
Write What You Know – Authors discuss their education and (past or current) “day jobs”, and how they use their knowledge and experience in their writing.
Graylin Fox, Mari Mancusi, A E Via, A C Arthur, Larissa Ione, Shannon Bell
The Ink In Our Ink- Tattoos In Fiction: Are they always the “obvious tell” for a “bad boy” character? Are there different connotations for male and female leads with tats? How much research goes into the creation of fictional character tattoos?
J Kenner, Kait Ballenger, Amy Lane, Charlie Cochet, Tonya Burrowns, K C Burn
10:15am – 11:15am
Origin Stories: Super cool chance for readers to find out about their favorite characters’ pasts. Authors share a 5-7 minute NEW story, by or about one of their current characters.
Lisa Kessler, Asa Maria Bradley, Nancy Northcott, Gail Z Martin, Hildie McQueen
Hear, Here!: Authors discuss the growing popularity of audiobooks, what it takes to make an audiobook awesome, and why YOU should check them out!
H D Smith, Alethea Kontis, Eric R Asher, Jennifer Estep, Kate McMurray
Mystery & Suspense: More than just an adventure in “good vs. evil”, many stories use classic mystery elements. Authors discuss what it takes to create a suspenseful mystery, and how they balance the “who dun it” with romantic elements.
Katie Reus, Jana Oliver, Lucienne Diver, Graylin Fox, Tonya Burrows
11:30am – 12:30pm
Mad Libs: Authors choose a short passage from their story to create a “Mad Lib” by removing important words. Replacement words, chosen from the audience, fill in the blanks. Hysterical (and possibly inappropriate) shenanigans are sure to ensue.
Chelsea Mueller, T C Blue, R L Naquin, Shannon Bell, Alyssa Day, Tonya Kappes
Blue Collar vs. White Collar: Does Money Matter?: Romance authors discuss the differences and similarities of their characters’ “day jobs”. Is “rich and powerful” necessarily better than “normal guy/girl next door”? How does the job (and the income) influence relationships in their story?
Tere Michaels, Damon Suede, Kristal Hollis, Gail Z Martin, Kate McMurray, B A Tortuga
A Kind of Magic: Discussion about the magic users in our favorite stories. Witches, alchemists, necromancers, and more. Where does the magic come from? What are the consequences of using it?
Deborah Blake, Eric Asher, Larissa Ione, Chudney Thomas
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Creatures of the Night… In Daylight?: “New School” vs. “Old School” vampire discussion. Authors and audience discuss the benefits & drawbacks of evolving vampire mythologies, including predator behavior, ability to exist in daylight, and more.
Lara Adrian, Julia Talbot, Kathleen Collins, Kiernan Kelly, Mari Mancusi, H D Smith
Are Two Heads (or Three, or Four) Better Than One?: Collaborations (writing together, being part of a multi-part saga, or being included in a themed boxed set) are more and more prevalent. Authors discuss the ins and outs of stepping away from the “solitary writer” stereotype, and working with their peers.
Aria Kane, Paige Tyler, Katie Reus, Heather Hildenbrand, J Kenner, Tawdra Kandle
Super Bad vs. Supernaturally Bad: Humans can be the worst kind of monsters, but are they more evil than the *actual* monsters? Discussion about what makes the baddest bad guys, both human and paranormal.
Kait Ballenger, Damon Suede, J A Souders, Rebecca Zanetti, Amy Lane
3:15pm – 4:15pm
CMC Family Feud: Authors square off in this fun take on the traditional Family Feud style game.
Dee Davis, Stephen Osborne, Chelsea Mueller, Aria Kane, Jennifer Estep, T C Blue, Chudney Thomas, Alyssa Day
The Shifter Game of Things: Special hour of fun and prizes from some of your favorite shifter authors!
Paige Tyler, A C Arthur, Terry Spear, Hildie McQueen
4:45pm – 5:45pm
Meet & Greet: Tea & Tiaras
Lucienne Diver, Alethea Kontis, Hildie McQueen, Lisa Kessler, Deborah Blake, Mari Mancusi, Jana Oliver
Meet & Greet: Fistful of Rainbows – Come meet authors for an hour of outrageous fun! We’ll have games, rainbows by the dozen, and some great prizes
Kiernan Kelly, B A Tortuga, Julia Talbot, T C Blue, K C Burn, A E Via, Stephen Osborne
Meet & Greet: (Theme TBA)
Becky McGraw, Katie Reus, Charlie Cochet, Paige Tyler, Kait Ballenger, Nancy Northcott, Tonya Burrows, Dee Davis, Gail Z Martin
6:00pm – 7:00pm
1001 Dark Nights Sparkler: Meet & Greet hosted by our 1001 Dark Nights Featured Authors, open to all attendees
Larissa Ione, J Kenner, Dee Davis, Rebecca Zanetti, Lara Adrian
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner (on your own)
9:00pm – 1:00am
Coastal Magic Mixer: Movie Magic!: This is our “party night”. Come dressed as your favorite “page to screen” book character, or make a cameo as your awesome, everyday self. We’ll have music and a dance floor, selfie stations, and a photographer to capture memories from the evening. Perfect for everyone, whether you want to let loose, or just chill with friends. Cash bar will be available.
Saturday, Feb 4th
9:00am – 6:00pm Vendors Available
9:00am – 10:00am
Heroes and Heroines As Role Models: A look at leading ladies & gents… how much of their character and behavior can (or should) be applied to real life. Do we appreciate them more, or less based on any “unrealistic” actions?
Jennifer Estep, Tonya Burrows, Katie Reus, Kristal Hollis, Tawdra Kandle, Jade Lee
Remaking Mythology: Authors discuss how they’ve taken various stories and figures from mythology, fairy tales, and legends, and added present day sensibilities and situations to make them “new”.How important is KEEPING part of the original myth or legend to the new creation?
Alethea Kontis, Asa Maria Bradley, Deborah Blake, Lucienne Diver, Gail Z Martin, Eric R Asher
Muses In The Music: A look at the songs that inspire our authors. What’s on their book playlists? Which characters have theme songs? What songs do YOU associate with a certain story?
Lisa Kessler, Kathleen Collins, Chudney Thomas, B A Tortuga, Shannon Bell
10:15am – 11:15am
LOLing to an HEA: Humor in fiction has various purposes (tension breaking, character building, etc.). Authors discuss the role comedy in their stories.
Becky McGraw, Alyssa Day, Mari Mancusi, Tonya Kappes, Kate McMurray, R L Naquin
Our World In Words: Diversity and inclusion is an ongoing focus for readers, with major movements in the last few years. Authors discuss their choices and inspirations for their diverse characters.
Aria Kane, A C Arthur, Nancy Northcott, Jade Lee, Kait Ballenger, Asa Maria Bradley
Gay Romance Does Not = Erotica (Except When It Does!): A common misconception about gay fiction is that it’s ALL about sex. While erotica is popular – it’s hardly the only game in town. A “101” discussion for readers looking for a variety of “heat levels”, subjects, and themes.
Tere Michaels, Charlie Cochet, Julia Talbot, K C Burn, Amy Lane, T C Blue
11:30am – 12:30pm
Genre Hopping: Authors discuss the benefits and drawbacks of writing in multiple genres. What’s the trick to getting readers to hop along with them?
Lara Adrian, Gail Z Martin, Aria Kane, Rebecca Zanetti, Katie Reus, Jana Oliver, Hildie McQueen
YA: Balancing Fun and Fundamental: Young Adult books run the spectrum from all fun and games, to seriously heavy and full of social commentary. Authors discuss how they balance giving younger readers a fun escape from reality, while also addressing their issues.
Alethea Kontis, J A Souders, Mari Mancusi, Heather Hildenbrand, Kiernan Kelly, Jennifer Estep
Beauty And The Beast: The Two Sides of Shifters: Authors discuss the human vs. animal (creature) sides of their shifter characters. Is it like writing two different characters? How much does each’s “humanity” effect their shifted self, and vice versa.
A C Arthur, Charlie Cochet, Paige Tyler, Terry Spear, Larissa Ione, Kristal Hollis
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch with an Author
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Improv Flash Fiction: Fast paced and quick witted! Authors create stories in real time, “round robin” style, using prompts from the audience. Always outrageous, and always hysterical.
Amy Lane, Kiernan Kelly J Kenner, Becky McGraw, Damon Suede, Dee Davis, Lucienne Diver
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Meet & Greet: (Theme TBA):
Amy Lane, Tonya Kappes, Kate McMurray, Tawdra Kandle, Poppy Dennison, Tere Michaels, Damon Suede, J Kenner
Meet & Greet: (Theme TBA):
Lara Adrian, Shannon Bell, Kathleen Collins, A C Arthur, Mari Mancusi, Heather Hildenbrand, Kristal Hollis, Lisa Kessler, Jade Lee, Terry Spear, Chudney Thomas
Meet & Greet: Magic, Mayhem & Prizes!
Asa Maria Bradley, Eric R Asher, Alyssa Day, Graylin Fox, Aria Kane, Chelsea Mueller, R L Naquin, J A Souders, H D Smith, Jennifer Estep
4:30pm – 5:30pm author prep for booksigning
5:30pm – 7:30pm Public Book Sale / Signing
7:30pm – 9:00pm Dinner (on your own)
7:55pm – 10:00pm
A Minute To Tea Time: A very exclusive Mad Tea Party with authors Tigris Eden and M.L Olson as they announce and celebrate their new series, The Curiosity Chronicles, written as Chelle Eden. (While this event IS free, it requires a separate ticket, and has limited space available. Please click here for info http://bit.ly/2ipHwqM )
9:00pm – 12:00am
Swag Bingo: Damon Suede, Nancy Northcott, Dee Davis, T C Blue, Jade Lee, Kathleen Collins & more
Hosted Games: Alyssa Day, Kiernan Kelly, Terry Spear, Nancy Northcott, Chudney Thomas, Tonya Burrows, Lucienne Diver, Amy Lane, Jade Lee, Kathleen Collins & R L Naquin & more
Fun way to check out all that swag in your welcome bags AND win some awesome prizes!! Then, chill out with us for a night of fun games… both author hosted, and “on your own” will be available. Cash bar will be available.
Sunday, Feb 5th
9:00am – 12:00pm Vendors Available (limited)
9:00am – 10:00am Charity raffle basket winners announced. Winners can pick up baskets until 12:00pm. Alternate winners will be selected between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.
10:00am – 11:00am
The Killing Game: Authors discuss their favorite, their most unusual, and their most heartbreaking character deaths. How do they know it’s time to “off” someone (both good and bad), and what can make a case for saving them?
Amy Lane, Dee Davis, Eric R Asher, Graylin Fox
Social Media Fun Times: Authors (and the audience) take turns with name generators, house sorting, would you rather, and other social media memes and games. Silliness guaranteed!
Alethea Kontis, Gail Z Martin, Poppy Dennison, Tonya Burrows, Kait Ballenger
Deborah Blake, Lucienne Diver
11:15am – 12:15pm
Worldbuilding: Through The Years: A look at urban fantasy themes and tropes that have lasted the test of time, and some that met an early demise. What gives a particular theme or idea staying power?
Gail Z Martin, Larissa Ione, Nancy Northcott, Jana Oliver, H D Smith
Serenipity 101: Serendipity is a “happy accident”. Authors share how some of their biggest “oopses” became successful parts of their stories, and/or their careers.
Lisa Kessler, Julia Talbot, J A Souders, Chudney Thomas, Kate McMurray, Jade Lee
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Swag Crafts: Open time/space for readers to make keepsakes with their swag.
Kiernan Kelly, Heather Hildenbrand
2:00pm Farewell – Informal chat about what you loved from this year’s con, and constructive suggestions for Coastal Magic 2018. Authors and readers welcome!
If you prefer your schedule in grid form, you can view it as a Google Sheet HERE.
(Google sheet link temporarily disabled while it’s being updated. This page has the latest updates to the schedule.)