Coastal Magic Convention 2017… One Week Away!! (AAAHHHHHH!!!)

I feel like the last month has FLOWN by, and the idea that we’re only a week away from seeing everyone for the 5th annual Coastal Magic is a bit mind boggling! It’s awesome, and also I’M NOT READY, lol!!

There’s always so much to do in the “home stretch”, so here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect between now and our weekend by the beach.

  1. Lunch with an Author signups!!
    Lots of people have been asking about this, it’s one of the highlights of the weekend. After the first couple of years, having to rearrange and adjust and try to re-seat disappointed readers… I learned that this has to be done as close to our event as possible. This *hopefully* bypasses the issue of people selecting to sit with an author, that author having to cancel for some reason, and then trying to find places for those readers with other author groups. This makes us all nervous, I know, and I’m sorry… but it’s necessary. In case you missed the social media posts (and a reminder, if you did see them) our signups for this year’s lunch will be SATURDAY, JAN 28th at 8PM, eastern. This will *hopefully* give readers in all time zones a fair opportunity to make their selections. Some things to remember about the lunch:

    1. Please be sure to have a list of authors you’re interested in spending your lunch with. Some authors will have their spots fill up almost immediately. This happens every year. While I understand that everyone has favorites, I also hope that we have enough fabulous authors in attendance that each of will have a long list to choose from.
    2. Consider selecting an author that you’ve never read, or someone you’re not familiar with. This is a great time to find new authors to add to your TBR lists!! And you just never know, you may start some fun new friendships.
    3. Authors will NOT be bringing any giveaways for the lunch groups. The focus here is spending time with each other and chatting. There are many other opportunities during the weekend for authors to share swag or goodies.
    4. I will post the link for the signups (we’ll be using SignupGenius.com again) on all of our social media and this blog at 7:30pm, and the link will go live at 8pm.
  2. Volunteer Signup Form!!
    This is the first year (after being asked for a couple of years) that we’ll have a volunteer signup! If you checked the box when you registered to help out for 1, 2, or 3 hours during the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for specific time blocks. We’ll need some extra hands at the registration desk, setting up for activities, and more. Hopefully, everyone who’s interested will be able to find some times between their “can’t miss” panels. Thank you, in advance, for your help. The offers are very much appreciated!! I’ll have that signup form ready for you this weekend, as well. The link will be emailed to the address on your registration.
  3. We still have limited space available for single day and two day registrations. If you, or someone you know, wanted to come hang with us, but couldn’t get away for the whole convention — there’s still a chance to join us! The graphic below has the pricing and activity info for each day. Be sure to share it with your book loving, beach loving friends!cmcon17singledayreg1

There are a few more things up my sleeve for the next week… so keep your eyes on our social media (FB and Twitter) for additional updates.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and excitement. I can’t wait to see everyone! (Actually, I can! I have more things to print, and lists to check off, and people to email… and, and, and… )

3rd Annual #CMCon17 Halloween Flash Fiction Blog Event

Hello everyone!!!

Today starts the third edition of our Halloween Flash Fiction blog event!! I know this is something our authors have fun with each year, and you seem to really enjoy. I’m excited to start sharing this year’s collection of stories!

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As usual, my Books Make Me Happy Reviews blog will host each story. I’ll share each post here, as well, in case you’re not following the book reviews blog. Be sure to comment on the ORIGINAL post in order to enter to win the awesome prize pack of books & swag each day. 🙂

Here’s the link for today’s kickoff post, with more details about the week long event, including the author lineup!

2017 Coastal Magic General Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Today’s the day… today’s the day!!!!

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Today is the opening of our 5th Annual event’s General Registration! I can’t really believe it’s been 5 years, but I started planning Olde City, New Blood (Coastal Magic’s original incarnation) in early summer, 2012. That first year was… well… it was a lot of fun, and certainly a learning experience. My little shindig has come a long way, and I’m so, so proud of the community of authors and readers we’ve developed.

So… enough of my nostalgia… it’s time to get yourself registered to join us next year!! Coastal Magic is, by design, a small event. The registration (which is $90 and covers all our scheduled activities, and your lunch with an author on Saturday) is capped at 250 readers/bloggers. We came *really* close to selling out of registrations last year, so if you know you’re going to be coming to hang with us by the beach in February, I suggest getting yourself settled earlier than later! You just need to go to the REGISTRATION page of this site, and after you check out the details, you can click the EventBrite.com button there to buy your full weekend ticket.

You can click on the tab at the top of the page to see short bios and website links for our current Featured Authors (a few more will be announced through the summer). But if you’re not in the clicky mood — here’s a handy dandy listing!

Lara Adrian
A C Arthur

Eric R Asher
Kait Ballenger
Dana Marie Bell
Shannon Bell
Deborah Blake
T C Blue
Asa Maria Bradley
K C Burn
Tonya Burrows
Charlie Cochet
Kathleen Collins
Dee Davis
Alyssa Day
Poppy Dennison
Lucienne Diver
Tigris Eden
Graylin Fox
Heather Hildenbrand
Kristal Hollis
J D Horn
Larissa Ione
Tawdra Kandle
Aria Kane / Sarah Nicolas
Tonya Kappes
Kiernan Kelly
Julie Kenner / J Kenner
Alethea Kontis
Amy Lane
Jade Lee / Kathy Lyons
J B Lynn
Mari Mancusi
Gail Z Martin
Becky McGraw
Hildie McQueen
Sean Michael
Tere Michaels
Chelsea Mueller
Brynn Myers
R L Naquin
Nancy Northcott
Jana Oliver
Stephen Osborne
Katie Reus
Carrie Ann Ryan
H D Smith
J A Souders
Terry Spear
Damon Suede
Julia Talbot
Chudney Thomas
B A Tortuga
Paige Tyler
A E Via
Rebecca Zanetti

I’m doing the hotel reservation process a bit different this year. You’ll receive an email containing our group code and reservation page link after you complete your registration. I’m hoping this will slow down the “sellout” problem on our reserve block, as only those who’ve registered will have access to the room reserve info. You can still see the hotel info and fee details on our HOTEL/TRAVEL page as a reference. And FYI, I’ll also list multiple, very nice and reasonably priced hotels within easy walking distance of our Hilton… as I anticipate we’ll sell out again this year.

I’m sure there’ll be a lot of questions to answer and/or clarifications to make. You can comment on this post, or reach me on our Coastal Magic Convention Authors & Attendees Facebook Group. You can also reach me via the contact form and/or email on the CONTACT page of this site.

I’m excited to get this ball a’rollin — and I can’t wait to see you all next year by the beach!!

Coastal Magic 2017 Featured Authors Reading Challenge

Hi all!! If you’re a reader who likes to check out each of the authors before heading to an event, we’ve got just the thing for you! Also, if you’re a reader who likes to win cool prizes just for reading, we’ve got just the thing for you, TOO!!

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Starting July 1st (yes, the same day the registration for #CMCon17 begins), we’ll be starting our Coastal Magic 2017 Featured Authors Reading Challenge. There’s a spreadsheet available HERE (and it’s posted in the new CMCon17 Featured Authors Reading Challenge Facebook group, as well), with a listing of a good “first read” from each of our Featured Authors. Of course, if you’re already reading an author, you’re not limited to the titles listed on the sheet – any single book that you read on or after July 1st, from that author, will count toward the challenge.

So, here’s how this is going to work…

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Level 1 — If you read & review 7 books (equivalent to 1 book per month, 7 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness. This will be available to EVERY reader who  completes level 1.

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Level 2 — If you read & review 14 books (equivalent to 2 books per month, 14 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness AND a small gift from one of our Featured Authors. This will be available to EVERY reader who completes level 2.

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Level 3 -HALF WAY THERE!- If you read and review 30 books (that’s 30 books, 30 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness AND a prize pack of cool stuff from select Featured Authors.

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Level 4 -ALL THE WAY THERE!- If you read and review 60 books (that’s 60 books, 60 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness AND a prize pack of cool stuff from select Featured Authors AND be entered into a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE of AWESOMENESS (TBD – but it’ll be good!)

So, there are the objectives. Hopefully there’s a level that is comfortable for everyone’s reading agenda. And don’t let the “review” part scare you. You can leave your thoughts about the books you read (good, bad, or just so-so) on your own blog, on Goodreads/BookLife/LibraryThing/etc., or an online retail site like Barnes & Noble or Amazon. You’ll just need to post your links in the handy-dandy Google form, which is HERE, and also posted in the new CMCon17 Featured Authors Reading Challenge group. (All in one place, for easy tallying.)

We’ve got a Featured Author (Tawdra Kandle) and a Featured Blogger (Tamye from Books, Coffee, and Crafts News) to help guide people, answer questions, and keep us all motivated! You’ll see them in the group pretty regularly, and I’ll be popping in from time to time, as well. So be sure to ask questions if you need to. (And you never know — we may have a few Featured Author guests come by to chat between now and the end of the challenge!)

I’m so excited to get the ball rolling on this, and I can’t wait for you all to “get to know” our Featured Authors a bit better through their stories. I’m sure you’ve all got some favorites, already — but get ready to add a few more to that list!

Good luck, everyone… and Happy Reading!!