My Coastal Magic 2018 Schedule

cmccTHIS THURSDAY kicks off the weekend we’ve been waiting for all winter long–Coastal Magic Con in Daytona Beach, FL! Dance parties, fun and games, and the opportunity to hang out with some of my closest writer friends ON THE BEACH!

Here’s my schedule for the weekend. (Between panels, you can find me at Leanna Renee Hieber’s vendor table.)


Thursday, Feb 22

4:30-6:30pm — Welcome Mingle

Friday, Feb 23

11:30am — Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow (feat. Leanna Renee Hieber, Mari Mancusi, Eric Asher, Deborah Blake, and Piper J. Drake)

4:00pm — Paranormal Author Meet & Greet (w/Leanna Renee Heiber & Mari Mancusi)

Saturday, Feb 24

9:00am — Hear, Here! (Audiobooks)

11:30am — Kids Just Wanna Have Fun (Shenanigans and Substance in YA)

12:30pm — Lunch with an Author

4:00-6:00pm — Pubic Book Sale / Signing (The Shores Resort & Spa Daytona Beach, FL)


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Devin’s Wedding

My little brother is getting married this weekend.

Technically we’re not related, but I don’t know what else to call the Ordoynes. We grew up next door to each other, and spent more time together than most “normal” families do. There was piracy on the lake and painted boats, wooden elves and trampolines, secret agent names and spy agendas, dance parties and movie marathons and impromptu holiday performances and drunken Thanksgiving all-day kitchenfests and fried oyster po-boys on Christmas Eve. Crab boils and boo-ray. You move your meat, you lose your seat. Leave the TV on because it pays the bills in this house. Sami and Alethea, the best babysitters ever. They are our family. Dale & Ora are surrogate parents, and Devin and Megan are my little brother and sister. I don’t know how else to explain it. And we had a kick-ass childhood.

So my little brother is getting married this weekend, to the girl he’s dated forever, and I can’t wait to see them all (and give Devin hell for leaving me up the creek by myself in LA last year). The event’s taking place at Pawley’s Island, SC…about an hour and a half from volumes of memories tilled into the soil of Cold Branch Court.

It needed to be more than just a day or a weekend…it needed to be a reunion, a social gathering, and a break for the workaholic Kontis family. It needed to be a celebration — Charles’s birthday, Sami’s “promotion”, Mother’s Day, and mine and my father’s continued existence. (My dad’s started writing science fiction!) So we took a few more days off, and Mom got us a place on the beach for a long weekend.

This is the place.

Oh. My. God.
Sand, Surf, and Starbucks.
I ain’t never gonna wanna come home.

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