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

Hello everyone!

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

COASTAL MAGIC IS IN 5 DAYS!!!

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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 SignUpGenius.com, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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?

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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!!

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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.

Getting Started For Coastal Magic 2019: Featured Blogger Introductions

Well, HELLO THERE, everyone!!

It’s been a little while since our 2018 Coastal Magic weekend, I hope you’ve all got some great memories from that event, and are ready to make some more at #CMCon19!

Some of the first things I have to do in the planning process are find amazing authors for you to get excited about, and incredible bloggers to help us get to know them all. The Featured Author announcement will be coming at the end of this month, but right now I’d like you to meet our Featured Blogger group.

 Jackie – http://www.literaryescapism.com

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Laura – https://littlereadridinghood.com

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Jay – http://joyfullyjay.com

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Tamye – https://bookscoffeeandcraftsnews.com

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Scherry – http://www.thenovellady.com

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Yvonne – https://lilysreviews.dreamwidth.org

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Jeff & Will – http://biggayfictionpodcast.com

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Rae – https://www.booksilovealatte.com

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Mandie – http://takingtimeformommy.com

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Some of these will be familiar faces. (Laura’s been with me since the first year!) Not only do they work hard to promote our authors and the convention BEFORE our weekend, they moderate our panels and do SO MUCH to help make sure Coastal Magic runs smoothly. I’m thrilled to have so many returning bloggers, and excited to get to work with some amazing new peeps.

The blogs these ladies and gents represent cover such a wide variety of genres and target audiences, kinda like us! Each month, from July through February, they will host Featured Author Spotlights. This is where you get the chance to learn a little more about each of our Featured Authors, get familiar with their writing before the event, and even win a prize or two! In addition to their own monthly posts, these will be the blogs involved in any of our convention sponsored blog events, to promote Coastal Magic and/or the authors. Those will generally happen around a holiday, and will all involve contests. 🙂

So… give these blogs a peek. Be sure to subscribe to them, and/or follow all of their social media outlets, so you don’t miss any of the fun!

#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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

HAVE FUN, and GOOD LUCK!!