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

WEBSITE: raboyd.com

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

HallowRead 2015 Panel Announcement

Wham Bam, Fang You Ma'am- Kym Grosso, Suzy Rigson, Loni Lynne, H.D. Gordon, J.D. Brown, Cat Miller

Holding Court- E.J. Stevens, Rachel Rawlings, Dina M. Givens, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Shakuita Johnson

Shifting Gears- Alexa Egan, Karina Espinosa, MaryLynn Bast, Shakuita Johnson, Adrianne James, Lark Adams

Ghostly Encounters- Sharon Buchbinder, Mary Behre, Loni Lynne, Sharon Saracino

Name That Vampire- Kym Grosso, L.M. Pruitt, Cat Miller, H.D. Gordon, Suzy Rigdon, Rachel Rawlings

Author Game Show- Mary Behre, Lynne Silver, Andrew Gray, Tiffany Caramouche, Rochelle Maya Callen, Stephanie Julian

Don't Know How You Do That Voodoo That You Do, It's A Spell- Stephanie Julian, Felicia starr, Kelly A. Harmon, J.D. Brown, Karina Espinosa

Crossing Over- Jackie Mae, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Elizabeth Kirke, Terri Decker, Pavarti Tyler

Decoding The Genres- Pavarti Tyler, Elizabeth Kirke, Adrianne James, Jackie Mae, Andrew Gray

Gods, Myths, Magic And The Supernatural- Jean Murray, L.M. Pruitt, Alexa Egan, Kelly A. Harmon, Sharon Saracino, Dina M. Givens 

Paranormal Romance Guild- E.J. Stevens, Sharon Buchbinder

Tickets are on sale now!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Are You For HallowRead 2015?

 As promised ladies and gents- the full panel list for HR2015!

Wham, Bam, Fang You Ma'am - The rise of the vampire, from Nosferatu to Eric Northman
Holding Court - Seelie, Unseelie and the creatures in their kingdoms
Shifting Gears - from Skinwalkers to Werewolves, why we love therianthropy and lycanthropes.
Ghostly Encounters - Authors share their experiences with the other side
Name That Vampire - Authors read quotes from famous vampires, some they've written, some they just love. Guess the write vampire and win some swag!
Author Game Show - Mad Libs and Scattergories with your favorite authors! Need we say more?
Don't Know How You Do That Voodoo That you Do So Well, It's a spell! -Mysticism and magic in novels, where authors find their inspiration.
Crossing Over - Transcending an age barrier, creating worlds that inspire readers young and old alike. Going beyond the Little Golden Books for young readers!
Decoding the Genres - UF, YA, NA, PR, and more, what the codes really mean and why they're important. Includes other codes used by the publishing industry and authors to explain content.
Gods, Myths, Magic and the Supernatural - History is rich with opportunity, an author’s playground and a reader’s delight. This diverse panel will discuss the implications of using gods, myths, magic, and supernatural elements in their writing.
Paranormal Romance Guild - Info session and panel.

We're loving the line-up and know you will too! Look for the updated post with which authors will be speaking on which panel!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bigger and Better! HallowRead 2015

We keep adding to our line-up! We have some exciting new authors to announce for the third annual HallowRead convention- like JR Roper, Eri Nelson, Adrianne James, Pavarti Tyler and so many more! The amazing haunted house will be making a return appearance under the new name Mt. Misery! And we're expanding our Steampunk activities with an awesome live performance from the Night Watch Protocol! 

We'll be working on panels, more activities and booking more authors! Tickets are already on sale! Only 260 days to go!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Events and Activities Line Up

HallowRead 2014 is shaping up to be bigger and better than last year. How are we going to top a live interactive performance of Dracula and the amazing author line up we had you ask? Well take a look at what we've got going on so far!

SteamPunk Author Tea- with even more authors participating this year!
Ghost Tours
2 Paranormal Investigation Teams- be a part of an actual ghost hunt (limited tickets for this event)
Haunted Ruins attraction at the Patapsco Female Institute ruins
Live music at two locations in town
Author panels
Book signing
Grave rubbings at a historic cemetery
Fangover Breakfast
Plenty of opportunities to wine and dine with your favorite authors over the course of the weekend

And if that isn't enough, we've added free kids activities as well! We're growing into a full fledged festival complete with activities for the whole family to enjoy like our children's book nook- hear a children's author read and answer questions, the pumpkin painting and band bracelet making crafts, museums and more. Stores and restaurants will be offering specials throughout the weekend as well. So bring the husband or wife and the kids! Ellicott City is a fun place for them to hang out while you're having a fangirl or fanguy moment!