Monday, July 1, 2019

Panel Lists and Early Bird Discounts!

Wow! We are more than half way through the year folks, and you know what that means!HallowRead 2019 is getting closer! If you don't have your tickets yet, now's the time. Early Bird discounts are ending soon. Be sure to grab your spot and savings before it's too late!

And if the savings isn't reason enough to grab your tickets, check out these panels! More authors will be added to the panels as we get closer to the big day!

Keep Calm And Steam On - from airships to cogs and clogs, we cover the ins and outs of Steampunk with Victoria L. Scott, Anne Renwick, Katherine McIntyre and Michelle Schad
Origin Stories - authors share how and why they took the road less traveled with Kira Decker, Susan Viemeister, Anne Renwick, Misty Simon, Elizabeth Kirke and Michelle Schad
That's A Novel Idea - authors share the real life inspiration for some of their stories with Bryan Nowak, Susan Viemeister, Loni Lynne, Kim Alexander, Kira Decker, Katherine McIntyre and Misty Simon
I Love The Nightlife - from Vampires to Werewolves, Ghosts to Ghouls, we cover all your favorite creatures that go bump in the night with R.A. Boyd, Rebecca Rivard, Rue Volley, Cat Miller, Shadow Leitner and Heather Elizabeth King
Just Like Heaven - and ocassionally Hell, steamy demons and angels that are a cool drink ofwater will have you questioning which direction you really want to go with L.M. Pruitt, R.A. Boyd, Briana Michaels
Water And Wings - from a hidden cove to a treasure trove these creatures went from rare sighting to totally mainstream with Rebecca Rivard, L.M. Pruitt, Julie Wetzel, Shadow Leitner, Kim Alexander and Andrew Grey
The Magic Word - authors discuss everything from spells and charms to potions and plants with Rue Volley, Elizabeth Kirke and Rachel Rawlings
Keynote Speech - The amazingly talented Sherrilyn Kenyon

Meet The Sponsors

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Meet The Sponsors

Hello HalowReaders!

Over the course of the next few months and weeks leading up to our seventh (that's right seventh) annual book festival, we'll be introducing you to our sponsors and authors. So without further ado, let's meet EverShade Publishing!

EverShade Publishing is on a mission to bring you the best in Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction Romance and Paranormal Romance. With seven different imprints, Storm, Scorch, Spark, Ember, Glow, Smolder and Enchant, authors within these genres are sure to find a home that's a perfect fit for their books and writing style. They've found their market and are zeroing in on the section of genre fiction with laser focus. We love that!

Did we mention they're open for submissions? Check out the submissions page on their website for more details on what they're looking for.

One of their widely anticipated releases is The Cursed Key! Ilona Andrews meets Tomb Raider? Sounds like a one click book to us! Read on for an excerpt!

Be sure to get your tickets for HallowRead 2019 before they sell out! Trust us, you are not going to want to miss out this year!

I had come to a dangerous place, eagerly and with abandon fully latched to my soul. Stepping out of the mud-splattered jeep, I mentally cursed the wretched thing for the banging and jostling I had received on my way up through the trees.
After a quick check that I had my knife and packs, I walked into the treacherous mysteries of the Vale do Javari.
The Amazon rainforest was vast, many portions of it unexplored, this place least of all. The ground was sodden and soft, rain-soaked leaves licking my pants as I passed. The possibility that it could have been thousands of years since humans had lived here thrilled me to the point of such utter disbelief that I didn’t hear the person behind me, at first.
“Olivia, are you listening to the man?”
I tore my eyes unwillingly from the vine-laden trees, branches twisting toward me like they were reaching for me, beckoning me to explore their depths.
Sighing sharply, I glanced over my shoulder at Kelby. He was the newbie on the team and in my opinion took too much stock in precautionary measures. No doubt the Brazilian official standing near his shoulder had been touting exactly that.
My silence giving him answer enough, Kelby shook his head. “He warns us that the area is heavily populated with an unusual amount of jaguars and to be cautious.”

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Recommended Reads

The first in our new series of recommended reading is The Cursed Key. Check out the blurb to see why:
A forgotten past, a dark mage, and an unyielding curse.

Another team beat free-spirited archaeologist Olivia Perez to the dig of a lifetime, and now she’s left with the choice to wait for scraps or brave a dangerous, dusty tomb in hopes of finding other priceless artifacts. Her reward? A mysterious key she has no idea is cursed. Soon, Olivia realizes she’s brought home more than just an ancient rarity.

Malevolent visions begin to plague her. Unnerved by what they reveal, she casts away the key…unknowingly placing it into the waiting hands of a dark mage bent on destruction. Only when a shifter agent from the Paranormal Intelligence and Tracking Organization arrives searching for the key does Olivia realize what a huge mistake she’s made. 

Forced to team up with the ill-tempered shifter, her journey to reclaim the cursed key leads down a twisting path of dark histories, dangerous magic, and deadly obstacles. But Olivia’s efforts to take back the ancient relic before the dark mage can destroy the lives of humans, shifters, witches, and fae alike are thwarted by her own dark past…and a price steeper than what she’s willing to pay.

Fans of Tomb Raider and Ilona Andrews will love the blend of urban fantasy, magical adventure, and paranormal romance in THE CURSED KEY from Miranda Brock and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton!

Let me redirect you to fans of Tomb Raider and Ilona Andrews... Um, yes please!!!!!!!!!! If you want to check out a few chapter samples they're available now on Wattpad.

Stay tuned for more recommended reading. We'll be featuring authors from 2019 HallowRead next!

HallowRead stands with Sherrilyn

Our 2019 keynote is #MySherrilyn! We are so proud of her, not just of her literary accomplishments but of all of her life accomplishments - her strength and perseverance. She is amazing and continues to write her own story. One day at a time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

From HallowRead Attendee to Featured Author

Meet R.A. Boyd 

After silently stalking one of my favorite authors’ Facebook page for months, I finally met her at one of her speaking engagements. She invited me to attend the first annual HallowRead mini-con held in Ellicott City, Maryland, and when I got there I felt like I’d fallen into nerd-girl/fan-girl Heaven.  Classes about shifters and fairies and gods were held throughout different buildings along Main Street featuring indie, and traditionally published, authors. I was able to meet writers, face-to-face, and ask them questions in a relaxed yet charged atmosphere. To be around readers and writers who shared the same passions as I did made me feel less like the odd girl in the room jotting down random notes and more like one of the awesome nerds who had found an awesome group to be with. Their message to me about being an author was all the same: get off your keister and start submitting, and if you can’t find anyone willing to publish your work then do it yourself.
Two self-published books, two short stories and an article later I told myself that I would cross the invisible line and be a contributing author at the 2016 HallowRead. Rachel Rawlings, founder of the HallowRead and amazing author, was one of my original encouragers and when she told me I would be a participating author at this year’s event I felt like the newly crowned prom queen.
The HallowRead is mini-con where lovers of Paranormal Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Steam Punk go to find books, new favorite authors, and maybe even a ghostly encounter. Writers can find encouragement and sometimes a pushy author telling them to make it happen.
So whether you’re a reader, writer or are trying to figure out exactly what Steam Punk is, the HallowRead is the place to figure it out and have a hell of a good time doing it.

Hunted by Angels: Demon/Angel Romance

Lady and the Pack


Friday, October 16, 2015

Breaking News!!!!!!!!!!!

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Keynote Speaker- Kami Garcia 
Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures Novels and Dangerous Creatures and the author of the instant New York Times bestseller and Bram Stoker Award nominated novel Unbreakable in the Legion series.
Books for Kami Garcia will be available courtesy of Books A Million. YOU MUST PURCHASE AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM BAM FOR THE SIGNING EVENT. There is also a 1 book limit for outside books. While we understand reader enthusiasm to get beloved copies signed, n order to ensure all readers have an equal opportunity we have to set limits. * Note E-readers are considered books.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Latest Schedule of Events!!

Friday, October 23th 2015 Events

Author Workshops at the Roger Carter Center11:00pm – 4:00pm
Writing For Anthologies
Vonnie Winslow Crist and Kelly Harmon
Beginner’s Guide To Self Publishing
With L.M. Pruitt
Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Writing scenes that smolder with L.M. Pruitt **Adult content**
Yappy Hour Costume Contest 6:00-9:00pmSpecial Event at The Wine Bin
Bring your canine companions dressed up for Halloween in a one of a kind costume contest. May the best dog win!
Wine and Dine Down Main StreetBefore the after dark activities start!
Haunted Ruins at Patapsco Female Institute7:00pm-10:00pm
Ghost Tours
7:00 pm

Saturday, October 24th 2015 Events

Grab your swag bags when you check in at Roger Cart Center!
Panels held at the new Roger Carter Center
night_watchFull Panel List
9:00-9:45- Coffee Talk- All Access Pass holders enjoy pastries, light breakfast items, beverages and a meet and greet with authors, book trailer and movie trailer showcase. Get a sneak peek at what’s up and coming!
10:00-10:45 Decoding The GenresPavarti Tyler, Elizabeth Kirke, Jackie Mae, Andrew Gray,  moderated by L.M. Pruitt
10:15-11:00 Ghostly Encounters
Sharon Buchbinder, Mary Behre, Loni Lynne, Sharon Saracino, Nikki Evans, moderated by H.D. Gordon
11:00-11:45 Crossing Over
Jackie Mae, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Elizabeth Kirke, Toni Decker, Pavarti Tyler, moderated by L.M. Pruitt
11:00-11:45 Paranormal Romance Guild
E.J. Stevens, Sharon Buchbinder
11:15-12:00 Dead Of Night Paranormal Investigation Team Presentation- Mystery and history of the Ouija board
12:00-1:00- Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Story Time with Jackie Mae and Stefani Milan– elementary through mid-grade reader event
1:00-1:45 Gods, Myths, Magic And The Supernatural
Jean Murray, Kelly A. Harmon, Sharon Saracino, Dylann Rea, L.M. Pruitt moderator and panelist
1:30-2:15 Holding Court
Rachel Rawlings, Dina M. Givens, Vonnie Winslow Crist, E. J. Stevens moderator and panelist
2:00-2:45 Wham Bam, Fang You Ma’am
Kym Grosso, Suzy Rigdon, Loni Lynne, Sandra R. Campbell, J.D. Brown, Cat Miller, H.D. Gordon moderator and panelist
2:15-3:00 Don’t Know How You Do That Voodoo That You Do, It’s A Spell
Felicia Starr, E.J. Stevens, Karina Espinosa, Stefani Milan, Kelly Harmon moderator and panelist
3:00-3:45 Name That Vampire
Kym Grosso, Cat Miller, H.D. Gordon, Suzy Rigdon, Rachel Rawlings, L.M. Pruitt moderator and panelist
3:15-4:00 Shifting Gears
Karina Espinosa, Lark Adams, Eri Nelson, E.J. Stevens, Rebecca Rivard, Jean Murray moderator and panelist
3:30-4:15 Author Game Show
Mary Behre, Lynne Silver, Andrew Gray, Rochelle Maya Callen, Felicia Starr
4:30 Book Signing and Photo Op 2nd floor Roger Carter Center handicap accessible meet and greet with your favorite authors, take pictures and get your books signed, fill your swag bags and find new books to read! Featuring award winning horror director and film maker Chris LaMartina, Nerdy Book Diggers and other great artisan vendors!
MidNight Crew Studios
MidNight Crew Studios – Jimmy George and Chris LaMartina (left to right)
Haunted Ruins at the Patapsco Female Institute7:00pm-10:00pm
SteamPunk Concert
8:00 Night Watch Paradox enjoy the music of this talented local Steampunk band. Be sure to dress your best for the costume contest!
at the Vintage Vault and Gallery
Ghost Tour7:00pm
Movie Showcase Zombieland (free outdoor movie at the parking lot of the Wine Bin)8:00pm