2020 Coastal Magic Schedule
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Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
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12:00pm - 3:00pm
Writer's Garage: Author Workshops
Why We Write What We Write
(And Why It Matters)

Instructor, Tere Michaels
Featured Author Q&A

Panelists: Karen Rose, Hildie McQueen
(this program requires separate registration)
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4:00pm – 7:00pmCheck-in / Welcome Bag Pickup
(resumes 9:00am Friday / Saturday)
(Convention Checkin Desk)
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6:00pm - 6:30pmCoastal Magic 101 - Q&A with Jennifer about what to expect this weekend, and chance to ask all your questions.
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7:00pm – 11:00pmROARING '20s themed Welcome Mingle. First night "Icebreaker" for authors and attendees.
Some of our Featured Authors will be hosting themed tables from 7pm - 8pm, front & center and ready to mingle with you (and hand out fun goodies!)
We'll also have '20s style swing music playing for the first two hours, and a dance floor for anyone who wants to Shag, Lindy Hop, or Foxtrot!
Cash Bar available.
(Grand Salon 4-5)
Table hosts: Katie Reus, Hildie McQueen & J D Monroe, Victoria Sue, Tigris Eden, Cynthia D'Alba, S E Smith, H D Smith, Gail Z Martin & Jeanne Adams
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Friday, Feb 21, 2020
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9:00am - 6:00pmVendors Available In Corridor
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9am - 10amShould’a Been A Cowboy: Authors of western romances chat about cowboys, cowgirls, ranch life, and everything that makes readers swoon.
Kait Ballenger, Hildie McQueen, Kiernan Kelly, Cynthia D'Alba (MOD - PJ)
I Heart ConRom: Whether it’s sultry sexy-times, first kisses with new loves, or somewhere in-between, readers love contemporary romance. Chat with authors about HEA’s, how fast is “too fast”, and how they’re telling “the tale as old as time” in fun new ways.
Jeanne Adams, Tawdra Kandle, Nancy Naigle, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Avery Flynn (MOD - Jeff)
Hear Here!: Authors discuss what it takes to make an audiobook awesome, and why the popularity of this format continues to grow. Chat about your favorites, and what to look forward to.
Carrie Ann Ryan, S E Smith, Eric R Asher, Rene Folsom, H D Smith (MOD - Laura)
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10:15am - 11:15amAmusing Musings: Our annual discussion of all things bookishly hilarious. Authors chat about comedic inspiration for their stories, and in their writing lives.
Eve Langlais, Ashlyn Chase, Alyssa Day, Brenda Drake, Shana Gray (MOD - Will)
Motley Crew: Young Adult authors discuss diversity in their stories. A chat about why including varying ethnic backgrounds, cultures, sexualities, physical abilities, and more are important to young readers, and how authors are presenting those stories.
Carrie Ann Ryan, Sarah Nicolas, Shaila Patel, Kiernan Kelly, Amalie Howard (MOD - Jay)
Who’s That Girl?: A chat with gay romance authors about the roles of female characters in their male-lead stories.
Tere Michaels, Bru Baker, Cordelia Kingsbridge, K C Burn ( MOD - Sue)
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11:30am - 12:30pmDoing It By The Book: Authors who write detectives, police, and military personnel discuss their research for their stories. Chat about the balance of fact vs. fiction, and how much it matters to readers.
Elicia Hyder, Meghan Maslow, Lucienne Diver, Karen Rose, James A Hunter (MOD - Jeff)
Bite Me!: Join Paranormal Romance authors discuss readers' continued fascination with vampires and werewolves. How are authors keeping the stories fresh and new, and what are readers looking for?
Kait Ballenger, Seressia Glass, Tigris Eden, Jeaniene Frost, Anna Argent (aka Shannon K Butcher) (MOD Laura)
Fictional Furbabies: Chat with our panelists about their real life four-legged friends, and the fictional pets in some of our favorite stories.
Stacey Rourke, Hailey Edwards, Katie Reus, A C Arthur (MOD - PJ)
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12:30pm - 2:00pmLunch (on your own)
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2:15pm - 3:15pmUrban Fantasy 101: Authors discuss creating worlds that includes paranormal elements and magical beings, while keeping the story believable for the reader. Chat about your favorite urban fantasy stories and characters.
Hailey Edwards, Victoria Sue, Seressia Glass, James A Hunter, Gail Z Martin (MOD - Jackie)
The Killing Game: Return of reader favorite panel about the myriad of unusual ways authors “off” their characters. Chat about the processes for deciding who stays and who goes, and the effect on both author and readers.
Cordelia Kingsbridge, Anna Argent (aka Shannon K Butcher), Karen Rose, Stacey Rourke (MOD - Jay)
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3:45pm - 4:45pmMeet & Greet (#1) - "Passport To Fiction" - Readers will take their "passport" map around the room of authors, who will stamp the sheet and discuss the amazing places their stories are set. Collect stamps from all of the authors for entries to win a FREE REGISTRATION to Coastal Magic 2021!
(Salon 6-7)
April Alieda, Shana Gray, Cathy Maxwell, A C Arthur, Xio Axelrod, Ashlyn Chase, Cynthia D'Alba, Avery Flynn, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Amalie Howard, Tawdra Kandle, Meghan Maslow, Hildie McQueen, Tere Michaels, Nancy Naigle, Elicia Hyder (MOD - Jay)
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5:00pm - 6:00pmMeet & Greet (#2) - "Paranormal Romance Bingo" - Readers will receive BINGO cards full of words that relate to our authors' stories. Move around the room, to discover which word relates to which author, and collect stamps to fill in the lines of your card. Multiple BINGOs will give you multiple entries to win a FREE REGISTRATION to Coastal Magic 2021!
(Salon 6-7)
Katey Hawthorne, Gail Z Martin, J D Monroe, Anna Argent (aka Shannon K Butcher), Victoria Sue, Bru Baker, Kait Ballenger, Alyssa Day, Tigris Eden, Rene Folsom, Jeaniene Frost, Seressia Glass, Kiernan Kelly, Eve Langlais, H D Smith (MOD - Laura)
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6:00pm - 8:00pmDinner (on your own)
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8:00pm - 9:00amIce Cream Sundae Social: Come enjoy some sweet sundae goodness, and mingle with your fellow authors and book lovers!
Hosted by Jeanne Adams, April Alieda, Xio Axelrod, Cynthia D'Alba, Alyssa Day, Lucienne Diver, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Seressia Glass, Shana Gray, Elicia Hyder, Gail Z Martin, Shaila Patel, Karen Rose, H D Smith, S E Smith
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9:00pm - 11:00amJazz Age Murder Mystery Game: Featured Authors play the characters in this story, and readers will need to mingle around the "club" and ask questions in order to solve the case. Come "investigate" all the clues and figure out "who dunnit" in this live action mystery game.
Cash Bar Available.
(Grand Salon 4-5)
Hosts: H D Smith, Tigris Eden
Players: Alyssa Day, Amalie Howard, Avery Flynn, Brenda Drake, Bru Baker, Carrie Ann Ryan, Cordelia Kingsbridge, Cynthia D'Alba, Elicia Hyder, Gail Z Martin, J D Monroe, Jeanne Adams, Katey Hawthorne, Kiernan Kelly, Lucienne Diver, Mari Mancusi, Meghan Maslow, Sarah Nicolas, Victoria Sue (with special appearances by Mr. Lucienne Diver, Mr. Tigris Eden, and Chelle Olsen)
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Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
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9:00am - 6:00pmVendors Available
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9:00am - 10:00amThe Boy/Girl Next Door: Bakers and florists and handy-men… OH MY! Authors of “small town” romance share the inspiration behind their sweet stories, and chat about their wide-spread appeal.
Tawdra Kandle, Nancy Naigle, Avery Flynn, A C Arthur, April Alieda (MOD - PJ)
Publishing Plus!: Podcasts, Patreon exclusives, web series – there are so many ways for authors to share more of themselves and their stories with readers. Come chat about these "outside the box" ideas, and how to find out what cool things your favorites are doing!
S E Smith, Sarah Nicolas, Jeaniene Frost, Gail Z Martin (MOD - Jeff & Will)
Trope, Trope, Trope, Goose!: A returning favorite, as we discuss favorite story tropes. Second chance at love? Enemies to lovers? Love triangles? Which tropes are your “go-tos”, and which do you pass on?
Carrie Ann Ryan, Tere Michaels, Katey Hawthorne, Tigris Eden, J D Monroe (MOD - Laura)
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10:15am - 11:15amFandom In Our Fiction: Join us for some geeky fun as authors discuss which major fandoms they are a part of, and how that fandom influences their lives and their writing.
Mari Mancusi, Seressia Glass, Eric R Asher, Gail Z Martin, Xio Axelrod (MOD - Jackie)
Timeless Tales: Historical Romance authors chat about what draws them to the past, and why readers love these stories today. How much has changed, and what has stayed the same?
Hildie McQueen, Kiernan Kelly, Amalie Howard, Cathy Maxwell (MOD - PJ)
Spine-Tingling: Romance AND Suspense: A discussion with romantic suspense authors about balancing the elements of their story to satisfy fans of action, mystery, AND romance. Chat theories and maybe a spoiler or two.
Cordelia Kingsbridge, Victoria Sue, Katie Reus, Karen Rose, Shana Gray (MOD - Jay)
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11:45am - 12:30pmImprov Flash Fiction: Our annual panel of epic, random nonsense. Authors create a story in real time, round-robin style, based on audience prompts. Always insane, always hilarious.
Mari Mancusi, Meghan Maslow, Eve Langlais, Tigris Eden, Shaila Patel, Kiernan Kelly, Lucienne Diver (Jennifer)
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12:30pm - 2:00pmLunch With An Author
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2:30pm - 3:30pmMeet & Greet (#3) - "Mad Apples" - "Mad Apples" is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples (a family friendly version of Cards Against Humanity). Authors will have a sentence from their book that needs blanks filled, and readers will have cards to choose from to fill the blanks. Moving around the room, and completing sentences for each author, will earn readers fun chat time, and entries to win a FREE REGISTRATION for Coastal Magic 2021!!
(Salon 6-7)
Eric R Asher, James A Hunter, S E Smith, Hailey Edwards, Brenda Drake, Lucienne Diver, Karen Rose, K C Burn, Katie Reus, Jeanne Adams, Mari Mancusi, Sarah Nicolas, Shaila Patel, Stacey Rourke, Carrie Ann Ryan, Cordelia Kingsbridge (MOD - Jackie)
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3:00pm - 4:15pmprep for book signing (Crystal Ballroom)
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4:15pm - 4:30pmReading Challenge Winners Early Signing Entrance
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4:30pm - 6:00pmPublic Book Sale / Signing (Crystal Ballroom)
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6:00pm - 8:00pmDinner (on your own)
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8:00pm - 11:00pm8-9pm - Swag Bingo: Fun way to check out all that swag in your welcome bags AND win some awesome prizes!! Hosted by Shana Gray, Victoria Sue, Bru Baker, Cynthia D'Alba, April Alieda


9-10pm - Cards Against Paranormal: Hosted by Ashlyn Chase, Eve Langlais, Gail Z Martin, Lucienne Diver, Kait Ballenger, Meghan Maslow

9-11pm - Open Game Tables

(Grand Salon 4-5)
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Sunday, Feb 23, 2020
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9:00am - 12:00pmVendors Available (limited)
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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 1:00pm.
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10:30am - 11:30amLiterary Escapism: For many readers who want the ultimate escape, science fiction and fantasy are “go to” options. Join authors for a discussion about creating worlds and stories that take us far away from reality.
Jeanne Adams, S E Smith, James A Hunter, Shana Gray (MOD - Jackie)
Holiday Treats: Let's chat about our favorite books that center around holidays. Do you crave them at certain times, or all year long? Come with recommendations and prepare to add to your TBR!
Nancy Naigle, Seressia Glass, Alyssa Day, K C Burn, April Alieda (Mod Tawdra Kandle)
Readers' Tears: Discussion about the angst, heartbreak, and general mayhem our authors put their characters (and readers) through to tell an amazing story.
Cynthia D'Alba, Cathy Maxwell, Gail Z Martin, Eric R Asher (MOD - Laura)
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11:45am - 12:45pmM/My Inspiration: Gay fiction authors discuss their inspiration for writing in general, and the how's & why's behind some of your favorite stories & characters.
Katey Hawthorne, Bru Baker, Cordelia Kingsbridge, Victoria Sue (MOD - Kiernan Kelly)
YA MAD? YA authors enlist attendees to help fill out Mad Lib snippets, taken from passages of their books. Join us for guaranteed laughs, and most likely, additions to your “must read” TBR piles!
Sarah Nicolas, J D Monroe, Lucienne Diver, Brenda Drake (MOD - Jeff)
Happy Accidents: Authors discuss some of their "favorite mistakes". Let's talk about how they turned story bloopers into story gold.
Cynthia D'Alba, Cathy Maxwell, Rene Folsom, Elicia Hyder, Shana Gray (MOD - Will)
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1pm - 2pmPlay It Again, Sam: Another annual “must have” panel. Authors discuss the songs that inspire their writing and their stories. Share book playlists, character theme songs, and more.
Tigris Eden, Jeaniene Frost, April Alieda (MOD Tawdra Kandle)
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2:00pm - 2:30pmFarewell - Informal chat about what you loved from this year's con, and constructive suggestions for Coastal Magic 2021. Authors and readers welcome! (MOD - Jennifer)
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