Friday, August 26, 2016

Guest Blog with Heather Elizabeth King HallowRead Author

HallowRead is nearly here! It’s just two months away and I can’t wait!

I’ve done book events before, but this one is especially close to my heart me because it’s taking place in Maryland. I lived in Maryland for ten years and they were ten of the happiest years of my life. From weekend trips to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore to day-long outings to Westminster in west Maryland, I grew to love this state. I loved it so much, in fact, that I’ve used it as a setting in a few of my books. 

My novel, Doomsday, takes place in the future, but if you read the book you’ll notice familiar places and street names. The city, where most of the action takes place, is named Bal’Mor. Can you guess what Bal’Mor is a play on? You got it. Baltimore. And though happily I never saw zombies or demons loose on the streets of Baltimore, it was fun to turn the city I love into a place of nightmare monsters.

Doomsday happens after the third world war. Not only were weapons used in my version of WWIII, biological and technological, but people also fought using dark magic. One of the effects of this is that the world is now covered in water. People travel by air or canal. Pratt Canal, Light Canal. Those names should sound familiar to anyone who loves Baltimore as much as I do. 

Writing Doomsday gave me an opportunity to completely transform my beloved Baltimore into a city of nightmares. You have the Underground, where the city’s outcasts live. These are people whose DNA was altered by the biological weapons used during the war. Then you have the magicians, who most people thought died out during the war. They’ve been living quietly in covens outside of the city, but recent events make them come out of hiding. There are the three classes of demons who should only be conjured by magicians powerful enough to control them. As Remy Jones, my heroine, learns. An-Yaka are the worse. Then you have the scourge of the city. The undead. The zombies who increase in number and make life difficult for Remy and her crew.

So when I can’t say I’m excited about HallowRead, I’m not joking. I hope to have a chance to meet lots of readers there! 

Doomsday Blurb:

The magicians have been exiled, no one dare speak of the half-men who roam the territories in the dead of night, and a wall protects the metropolis of Bal’Mor from the cities that have kept to the old ways. Peace has reigned in Bal’Mor since the end of World War Three, thanks to the security agency, Triune. But the rise of a powerful magician, bent on revenge, threatens the safety of all.

Investigator, Remington Jones, is an exile herself. Considered a parasite by the Confederation and forced to live in The Underground with other parasites, Remy has acquired fake documents that brand her a normal and allow her to live topside, illegally.

Remy may be one of the best investigators in the Confederation, but this case taxes even her abilities. Mainly, her ability to survive. She has to outsmart a magician, destroy a few thousand zombies, and figure out why it seems Triune--the organization that's supposed to be protecting everyone--is at the center of all the unrest. Complicating matters further, in order to solve this case she has to work with Vincent Hall, the second in command at Triune, and his team of genetically enhanced humans.

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Author Bio:

Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes paranormal mysteries and paranormal romance. She’s been a story teller for as long as she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen.

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Hallowread is a book festival and mini-con for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steam Punk and Horror.

October 21-23 2016 in Havre de Grace, Maryland!

Multi author event with various activities throughout the weekend including Writing Workshops, Ghost Tour, SteamPunk Author Tea, Author Panels, Book Signing, Paranormal Investigation and so much more. Hang out with your favorite authors in our new host city, the haunted and historic town of Havre de Grace, 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 held a special place in her heart so there was no other place to take her first ever convention. The town welcomed her and HallowRead with open arms. Each ticket sold helped raise money for the Ellicott City Partnership- a coalition of residents and business owners for the betterment of the town. HallowRead raised 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.

Rachel is excited to take the convention on the road for 2016 and raise funds for Harford County literacy programs and the local library system! One ticket, whether it’s a $10 paranormal investigation 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.

Click here to see a list of HallowRead events

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Author Opportunities still available!

Interested in participating in HallowRead?

Registration of $35.00 includes a feature on panels, the signing, website and social media, plus other special incentives!

About the Founder of Hallowread:

Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn't until 2009 that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.

When she isn't writing, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded Hallowread- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres.

More information on Hallowread, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at  and .

She still lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

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