It’s that time of year, again, ladies and gents!!

We’re back with another collection of flash fictions with a Halloween theme from some of the Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors!! It’s a fun week of stories and a chance to win a super cool prize pack from our authors. (The prize pack includes print books, ebooks, swag, & giftcards… you WANT this prize, y’all!!)

If you’ve missed our previous years… here’s what you can expect this week:

  1. Each of our participating authors was able to choose from a collection of images from artists. Permission has been given by the owners for images to be used, with credit, on non-commercial websites. That permission also requires a link back to the page it was used on, which I will do after each post.
  2. Each flash fiction is 500-1500(ish) words, and was written for this event. Some are original stories, not connected to any other series. Some are extensions or outtakes from existing books or series. All are related to/inspired by the image the author chose from the images I sent them.
  3. A new story will be posted each day, from today (Oct 25th) through Halloween (some days will have TWO!) After you’ve read each post, be sure to leave a question or comment, in order to enter to win a prize pack of books and swag from our participation Coastal Magic Convention Featured Authors. Our winner will be chosen and notified on November 1st.

So… that’s the general idea for the week. I can’t wait for all of you to read the awesome flash fictions our authors have written for you. Some are a bit creepy, some are fun & festive, some are romantic & sexy, some are downright scary. I’m looking forward to hearing which ones are your favorites!!

Here’s the posting schedule for this week — be sure to check in each day (posts go live at 9am, eastern) to read the new stories and enter to win the prize pack. I’ll update this post with new links as the week goes on. You can also follow or subscribe to this blog to make sure you don’t miss any of the posts!



October 25th – Tawdra Kandle

October 26th – Kathleen Collins

October 27th – Dee Davis

October 28th – A E Via

October 29th – Alethea Kontis  /  Kiernan Kelly

October 30th – B A Tortuga  /  Terry Spear

October 31st – Amy Lane / Deborah Blake  /  Lucienne Diver

And don’t forget… these authors, and many, many more will be waiting to hang out with you at Coastal Magic Convention, in February!! We’d love for you to join us for a fun weekend of bookish shenanigans and the chance to make some amazing memories. 


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CMCon17 Halloween Flash Fiction with Tawdra Kandle

Posted October 25, 2016 By Jennifer


Today’s first flash fiction is from an author staple of Coastal Magic, Tawdra Kandle. We love having her back with us in Daytona every year, and participating in this blog event.

Don’t forget to comment below her story with a question or comment for her (or for us), to be entered to win a prize pack of books & swag from many of our authors this week! (And be sure to check back on our “kickoff post” for the full schedule of participating authors. So many great stories, and each day you can enter to win!)

Here’s the image that inspired her story…

Fall For An Eternity by kkart

Fall For An Eternity by kkart


Dried leaves skittered across the stone steps of the mausoleum. The sky was cloudy tonight, but as Nell and I approached the edge of the cemetery, there was just enough moonlight to read the name chiseled over the two heavy doors with their brass pulls. Dead vines teased the top of the word, but I could see enough to make it out.

Next to me, Nell shivered. It was much cooler up here than what we were used to in Florida. I draped one arm around her shoulders and drew her closer to my side.

“Hover.” She murmured the name, squinting in the darkness. “That’s the one, then?”

I nodded. “I think so. I don’t see any other bone mansions around here with that name.”

“We’re a long way from San Francisco.” Her pale blue eyes roamed over the overgrown grass of the old burial yard. “How did the talisman end up in Virginia?”

“After those five men tried to open the dimensional door for the aliens—who turned out to be demons—they all had mental breaks. Our guy was brought back here to his hometown. As far as we know, they put the necklace in his coffin when he died.”

“Lovely.” Nell shrugged. “Well, let’s get started. The sooner we get this, the sooner we can get out of here.” She glanced over her shoulder. “There’s . . . unrest here.”

“No shit,” I muttered under my breath. Nell didn’t pay attention to me; she’d already closed her eyes and lifted her hands. I knew the hands were more for her own focus than anything else, as all the power came from her mind.

At first, nothing happened beyond the wind picking up a little. And then there was a low groaning, and ever so slowly, the huge doors began to scrape and creak open. As soon as they did, the odor of decay poured out, making me gag.

Nell wasn’t affected at all. She dropped her hands back to her sides and climbed the steps, leaving me to follow behind her.

“Rafe, do you have your flashlight? I don’t think it’s likely that there’ll be electric lighting in here.”

“Got it.” I clicked on the button and pointed the light into the pitch black of the burial chamber. Shelves lined both sides, and caskets had been slid onto each one. I hesitated, not sure which would be the most likely to be the one we needed, but Nell moved unerringly to the top coffin on the right.

“This one? You sure?”

She cast me a wry look. “We’ve got to start somewhere, and I think it’s most likely to be one of the more recent ones, which means a top shelf. If you let me climb on your shoulders, I should be able to open it up and see inside.”

I obliged, kneeling so that she could toss one jean-covered leg over my neck. Rising, I grasped her thighs, eliciting a soft hiss from Nell when my fingers strayed too far off course. Well, who could blame a guy for taking advantage of his hot girlfriend in this position?

“Almost got it open.” She sounded strained and breathless, and I was just opening my mouth to tease her about that when a small noise behind us made me freeze. An icy-cold hand closed around my arm, and a low voice growled near my ear, sending a chill of dread down my spine.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing with my coffin?”

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event Wrap Up :-)

Posted December 21, 2015 By Jennifer

Hello all!!

It’s been a fun two weeks, with holiday inspired guest posts from some great authors. Today, we’re wrapping things up with a bit of a recap… some handy links to check out anything you may have missed, and a NEW giveaway for this week!

I want to thank each of the authors who participated, and Jen (from That’s What I’m Talking About) for inviting myself, and Liza (from Blogging by Liza) to play along this year. I’ve had a blast, and I hope you all have, too.

So… here are ALL the posts from the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event. Some have giveaways associated with them, but all share something interesting, funny, or useful for the holiday.


Books Make Me Happy Blogging By Liza That’s What I’m
Talking About
Paige Tyler Kelsey Browning Alexandra Ivy
Deborah Blake Jennifer Estep Piper Drake
Clay & Susan Griffith Kimberly Lang Christine Allen-Riley
Aria Kane Carly Phillips Lauren Smith
Hildie McQueen Silver James Cat Johnson
Sara Humphreys Sorcha Mowbray
Terry Spear Shannon Stacey Suzanne Johnson
Eric R Asher Tigris Eden Samantha Kane
A C Arthur Erika Wilde Jessica Jarman
Mandie Stevens Marquita Valentine Stephanie Julian
Molly Harper Tracy March Katie Reus
Lia Davis

And that NEW giveaway I mentioned?? The lovely, talented, and always fabulous Dakota Cassidy wasn’t able to squeeze a post for us into her deadline schedule, but she’s graciously offered books 1-3 of her Paris, Texas Romance series (ebooks) to one of our readers! So, for a chance to win, share one (or more) of the posts linked above on any of your social media platforms. Leave me a comment below letting me know what you though of the post, and a link to where you shared it.


That’s it! Easy peasy! This giveaway, along with all of the others posted here during Mistletoe Madness (check dates on giveaways from the other two blogsites), runs through midnight on December 24th. Winners will be chosen for all giveaways, and notified via email, on December 28th.

Again, thank you all for following along, and I hope everyone who is celebrating has a wonderful holiday.

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Molly Harper

Posted December 18, 2015 By Jennifer

Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.


It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post.

Today’s author has a history of giving us awesome books to read for the holidays! Molly Harper‘s FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES was released a few weeks ago (November 2nd). And today, she’s reviving a recipe first shared in last year’s holiday release, I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS!



Aunt Linda’s “Un-Vegetable” Green Beans

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Six strips of thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon canned cut green beans

Because if you left nutritional value in the vegetable, it wouldn’t be southern!

This is a great holiday side because you can fix it early in the day and let it simmer for several hours while you cook other dishes. The original recipe came from the McCracken County Schools Food Services Department, and then went through several experimental tweakings by various family members before we arrived at this version.

Chop bacon in to inch-long sections. In a large stainless steel pot, brown the bacon, leave the bacon and grease in the pot. Add green beans, garlic powder, butter and brown sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer and cover. Simmer for two to three hours. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors soak into the beans.

The green beans will in no way resemble a vegetable by the time they’re served. But they are DELICIOUS.

More of Molly’s recipes can be found on her web site at


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Here’s a wee snippet of the new Half Moon Hollow novella, FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES

Thanks to Molly for sharing her recipe. Now… how many of YOU have fun, a bit out of the normal fare, holiday recipes? What do you get asked to bring at all the holiday gatherings? 

After you’ve share a bit… be sure to head over for the last day of posts from the other Mistletoe Madness blogs…

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Cover Reveal: LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye

Posted December 17, 2015 By Jennifer

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We are beyond thrilled to bring you the amazing Cover Reveal for Laura Kaye’s LOVE IN THE LIGHT! Releasing January 12, 2016, LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. Grab your copy of HEARTS IN DARKNESS now and be sure to preorder LOVE IN THE LIGHT!


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Cover designed by Trish Schmitt of Pickyme Artist.

Preorder your copy of LOVE IN THE LIGHT for just $2.99 for a limited time!

Price will be going up after release day!

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About LOVE IN THE LIGHT (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2):

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…



And don’t miss the first book in Duet, HEARTS IN DARKNESS!

Now just $.99 for a limited time only!

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Laura Kaye - author picAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.




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