Monday, October 20, 2014

Hallowread Festival in Ellicott City, Maryland!

I will be in the writing cave all week because I’ll be out of town this weekend at the  Hallowread Convention in Ellicott City, Maryland! I am so excited about this paranormal themed event. If you’re in the area this is a fun event for the whole family and if you love things that go bump in the night…then this is for you!
Here’s the “official” description from the website.
Hallowread is a book festival and mini-con for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steam Punk and Horror.
Multi author event with various activities throughout the weekend including Writing Workshops, Ghost Tour, SteamPunk Author Tea, Author Panels, Book Signing, Paranormal Investigation, the new House on Haunted Hill attraction at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Hang out with your favorite authors in the haunted and historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland!
Local Maryland author of dark urban fantasy, Rachel Rawlings, had a crazy idea. Create a book convention for genre fiction and hold it the weekend before Halloween. Haunted and historic Ellicott City has always held a special place in her heart so there was no other place to take her convention. The town welcomed her and HallowRead with open arms. Each ticket sold helps raise money for the Ellicott City Partnership- a coalition of residents and business owners for the betterment of the town. HallowRead and the other events held in the historic district raise money for projects like rain barrels which help reduce the sediment and contaminants running into the Patapsco River and fund grants for projects like Paint Main Street which helped small business owners get a much needed fresh coat of paint improving the moral and over all appearance of the town. One ticket, whether it’s a $10 House on Haunted Hill attraction admission or the full monty ticket makes a difference for the town and the wonderful people who call it home, something Rachel is extremely proud of.

Check out this amazing weekend schedule?!

Friday, October 24th 2014 Events
Author Workshops at the Roger Carter Center: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
1:00 Beginner’s Guide To Self Publishing- Join best selling author L.M. Pruitt as she shares tips and tools of the trade necessary to hit the ground running!
2:00 Mastering Marketing with C.J. Ellisson- from social media to live events this USA today best selling author walks you through the steps of marketing. 90 minute seminar with Q&A session.
3:30 Judging A Book By It’s Cover- what makes a cover sell with Megan Jeanette Parker of EmCat Design
Wine and Dine down Main Street before the after dark activities start!
Haunted Ruins at Patapsco Female Institute- 7:00pm-10:00pm
Ghost Tours: 9:00pm
Movie Showcase: The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus (family movie night free at parking lot of the Wine Bin)
Saturday, October 25th 2014 Events
Grab your swag bags when you check in at Roger Cart Center!
10:00 am SteamPunk Author Tea at Tea on the Tiber- Hosted by authors P.J Schnyder, Kady Cross, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurences. Enjoy a full tea service in the Victorian tea house Tea On The Tiber while listening to the authors read from their work. Brief Q&A session after the reading and tea. Door prizes.
Panels held at the new Roger Carter Center
10:30 Book of Shadows- Spells, potions and creepy concoctions, behind the magic in our books-Elizabeth Kirke, Willow Cross, KB Miller, Kelly Harmon, Julieanne Lynch, Rachel Rawlings
11:00 Legends & Lore- Where do stories really come from-L.M. Pruitt, Jackie Mae, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Elizabeth Kirke, Christopher Mannino, Alexa Egan, Megan Parker & Nathan Squiers
11:30 Almost Human- Monsters move mainstream, our need to make them more like us-Sara Humphreys, CJ Ellisson, Alexa Egan, AC Arthur, Rachel Rawlings, Andrew Grey
11:30 Hybrids- and no we’re not talking about the car-Tee Morris, Pip Ballentine and PJ Schnyder
Lunch 12:30-1:30 (at restaurants of your choice throughout town, limited sandwiches and beverages available on site at Roger Carter)
1:00 Kids Story Time with K.B. Miller and Jackie Mae (free kids crafts offered from 12-2) Courtyard at Tongue Row
1:30 Once Bitten- Fanged and Fabulous-Sara Humphreys, CJ Ellisson, Cat Miller, Julieanne Lynch, AC James, Megan Parker & Nathan Squiers
1:30 How To Host A Tea Party -Pip Ballentine, Tee Morris, PJ Schnyder and Kady Cross
2:00 Oh God, You Devil- Heaven, Hell and somewhere in the middle-Jolea Harrison, Rochelle Maya Callen, D. Antoinette and L.M. Pruitt, Christopher Mannino
2:30 Author Game Night!- Scattergories and Mad Libs with some madly fun people-Mary Behre and co host Lynne Silver, Alexa Egan, AC Arthur, Rochelle Maya Callen, Andrew Grey
3:00 Dead Man Talking- do you believe in ghosts?-Willow Cross, Kady Cross, Jolea Harrison, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Kaye Guiliani, Rochelle Maya Callen
3:30 Name That Vampire- authors read popular quotes from famous vampires, name the vampire and win a prize-CJ Ellisson, AC James, Cat Miller, Sara Humphreys, Julieanne Lynch, LM Pruitt
4:30 Book Signing and Photo op2nd floor Roger Carter Center handicap accessible meet and greet with your favorite authors, take pictures and get your books signed, find new authors and books, collect some swag!
5:00-9:00pm Palm and Tarot Card Readings at the Historical Society Museum
Paranormal investigations- Team up with the Dead of Night Paranormal Investigations inside the Historical Society Museum and Maryland Paranormal Research inside Mt. Ida (6-9pm)! Limited number of tickets available for this event!
Haunted Ruins- 7:00pm-10:00pm
Ghost Tour- 9:00pm
Movie Showcase The Shining (free movie at the parking lot of the Wine Bin)

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