This convention was a blast! I wanted to give a quick shout-out to everyone who bought raffle tickets. The money raised from the charity raffle baskets went to Habitat For Humanity, and it looks like Coastal Magic raised $431 this year. Rock on!
If you don’t want to sort through all my pics and ramblings about the con, you can skip down to the bottom of the post for the giveaways.
It was so wonderful seeing so many awesome friends again and making new ones over the course of the con!
Plus the views in Daytona were spectacular.
Anyway, I’m sure you’d rather hear more about how the con itself went, so let’s get on with it, shall we?
Thursday night was primarily for the featured bloggers and authors to get together. The speed dating was entertaining, and I had a chance to circulate and meet a few new-to-me authors.
On Friday, I started my day with an early panel on Non-“Others” (with fellow authors Chudney Thomas, Kiernan Kelly and Jordan K. Rose) where I think I may have lamented a bit too much about my need for coffee.
Next up was the Bite Me! panel (with fellow authors Terry Spear, Amanda Carlson, Stephanie Julian, Molly Harper, and Jan DeLima). I’m pretty sure I terrified a few people in the audience with my, “RAWR, JESS WILL HULKSMASH BOOKS WITH ______ TROPE” declarations. Again, I blame the lack of coffee.
I enjoyed the 1001 Dark Nights Q&A with authors Larissa Ione, Carrie Ann Ryan, Donna Grant, Elisabeth Naughton, Lexi Blake, Christopher Rice, and Julie Kenner.
That night, we had the long-awaited Cinema Craptastique Bad Movie Tweetup of The Legend of Hercules (2014 version starring Kellan Lutz and Gaia Weiss).
That movie was every bit the cinematic turd it was promised to be (hint: it has a 3% critic score/34% audience score rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and the resulting tweets were glorious. Of course, Damon Suede made a lovely, gracious, pantsless host, so I strongly recommend you come to Coastal Magic sometime to experience the full glory of his MST3K-style movie commentary. Not to mention his excellent taste in boxers.
On Saturday, I enjoyed listening to Eric R. Asher, Vaughn R. Demont, Elliott James and Christopher Rice speak in the Man Up panel.
After that, Damon Suede, Lucienne Diver, Kiernan Kelly, Nancy Holzner, Lisa Kessler, Alivia Anders and Jeffe Kennedy had me in stitches with their off-the-cuff Flash Fiction panel just before the signing.
The book signing itself was fun and busy!
That night we had the mixer. I fortified myself beforehand.
Sunday was the last day of the con. It started out for me with the Kick-Ass Heroines panel (with fellow authors Paige Tyler, Christina Farley, Tawdra Kandle, Lucienne Diver and Julie Kenner). I didn’t end up getting any pics of this one.
My weekend ended on a bingo-laden note at the meet and greet (with fellow authors Eric R. Asher, Tere Michaels, and Kait Ballenger).
Now… on to the giveaway!
U.S. Only Giveaway
I brought back a ton of swag and books for you, my lovely readers! Be sure to follow and thank these authors for signing their books just for you!
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** Signed by the author
The above prizes will come with an official Coastal Magic 2015 swag bag. In addition to the books, the winner will receive bookmarks, pins, coasters, candy, etc., from authors like Elisabeth Naughton, Tigris Eden, Jordan K. Rose, Hildie McQueen, Olivia Gaines, Carrie Ann Ryan, and more!
(Sorry, no international entries as costs of shipping outside the U.S. are prohibitive.)
NOTE: Winners have 72 hours to reply to their notification email with a mailing address. After 72 hours, if no reply is received, a new winner will be chosen.
Please be kind, pay it forward, and tell your friends who couldn’t make it to the con about these special giveaways so they can play along at home, too!