Coastal Magic Convention (formerly Old City New Blood Convention) is the brainchild of Jennifer from Books Make Me Happy. A rather informal three day convention held in central Florida, it’s jam packed with fabulous bloggers and authors. Rather like Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get Together, this convention allows readers, bloggers, authors, and fan girls to intimately mix and mingle with one another.
I arrived very late Thursday as I was playing chauffeur for Shiloh Walker and we had to come in from Orlando Airport aka Hell. We arrived in Daytona Beach, grabbed Jess Haines and headed to the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort.. We signed in and headed to the bar because that’s how we all roll. :)
As I was a volunteer for the convention, I arrived early Friday in order to help mod some panels. I’d never moderated before but luckily, the authors are pros at this and pretty much kept the conversation flowing.
I had lunch with Jen from Fiction Vixen, Shiloh Walker, and Selena Bell. We had a lovely lunch of BBQ and discussed menages, quatro-tanges, and incontinence. :P Fun times.
Saturday was more of the same while I moderated a few more panels, got into an intense twitter discussion on the mainstreaming of Gay Romance, helped set up for the public author signing, and watched Jen (FV) and Damon Suede fall in love. :) Damon assured me the second book of his Hot Head series is almost done and is coming.
Crossing my fingers.
A surprise guest showed up at the signing which sent Shiloh Walker into an Oscar winning swoon-Lynn Viehl. When she mentioned she read Smexy Books on a regular basis, I joined Shiloh on the floor.
All in all, Coastal Magic Con in a great convention that has all the appeal of a big convention for a much small price. I plan to be there with bells on next year.
Now for the REALLY good stuff.
I picked up some swag for Smexy Books and all you have to do to enter to win is comment. Tell me what author you would love to meet and chat with.
First Prize Pack-
An autographed set of Kristen Painter’s House of Camorres series. Books 1-4 and a nifty CMC tote bag.
Second Prize Pack-
Autographed copies of My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding by Angie Fox, The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams, Flirting Under A Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase, & Tall, Dark & Vampire by Sara Humphreys (not pictured).
This giveaway is for US residents only. You have until end of day February 23 to enter. Two winners will be chosen and announced the next day. If you have a preference for what prize pack you want to win, be sure to mention that in the comments!