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Coastal Magic has become more than a convention for me in the few short years Jennifer Morris has been been running it.  It’s become a family reunion.  Every year she brings together the most amazing people and every year I feel like I’m coming home.

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If you want a taste of this very awesome event, you can come to the convention February 5-8, 2015 in Daytona Beach and/or join many of us this Friday for our Scary Stories Facebook event, starting at 7 pm ET.!  There’ll be spooky tales, giveaways, great authors and other seasonal goodness.  Together with Paige Tyler, I host from 8-9 pm.  The full schedule is available here! Also starting Friday, Jennifer is hosting on her website a week of Halloween Flash Fiction inspired by some spooky pics she’s provided.  Personally, I can’t wait to see what everyone’s come up with.  The pictures were very inspiring!  The schedule for this event is below.  I hope you’ll come join in on the fun!

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Friday, October 24th

Terry Spear

Menna van Praag

Linda Robertson

Saturday, October 25th

Rane Sjodin

Rebecca Zanetti

Sunday, October 26th

Amber Belldene

Tish Thawer

Monday, October 27th

Alex Hughes

Jan DeLima

Tawdra Kandle

Tuesday, October 28th

Alex R Kahler

Lucienne Diver

Wednesday, October 29th

Gini Koch

Olivia Hardin

Thursday, October 30th

Elliott James

Brynn Myers

Friday, October 31st

James R Tuck

As you might be able to tell from the gallery and the number of hugs involved in these photos, the Coastal Magic Convention was wonderful, casual and, in a word, awesome.  Our organizer, Jennifer Morris goes out of her way to create a fun environment where no one is up on a pedestal, no one (well, almost no one) is just talking at you, but we’re all talking =with= each other.  Meet & Greets, Flash Fiction Panels, Come as your Character cocktails…you name it, we did it.  To the readers and bloggers who came, I have to say YOU ARE ALL AMAZING.  The boxes of books bought, the great questions and conversations…I feel like my heart grew three sizes that day, and I was no Grinch to start with.  I carried my glow from the convention all the way home and then got the after con blues because we weren’t going to do it all again the next weekend.  Seriously.  So much fun.

If you want to hear/see more from the convention, one of Wednesday’s YA Rebels (Sarah/Aria Kane), posted a vlog last week:

And I posted an interview just today with the fabu J.A. Souders.  Enjoy!

A P.S. to this post, brought on by recent events:

1- I attend Coastal Magic Con and a few other conventions during the year as an author rather than an agent, which means that I pay my own way and feel freer to be me as opposed to my agent persona, who is also me but a lot less casual and never spotted in the wild wearing a coconut bikini.
2- Anyone currently spouting sexist and bigoted diatribes who decides that the wearing of such means I “can’t” be a feminist and I’m not to be taken seriously…I’m so sorry, but didn’t you go extinct with the dinosaurs?  (Anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about can follow this link to be clued in or this one to see my subsequent rant on the subject.)