Birthday Post: Free eBook Feature, Short chat & Giveaway

by - Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hello lovelies! I have a very special post for this special day! Special day, you ask? Yes, it's my Birthday today... How young? Never ask. :D I stopped counting, actually. :)

Special post? Yes, indeed! As you probably know, I've featured HEADACHE a few weeks ago. But guess what?! It's FREE again today and for the next couple of days (October 14 to 16). After that, if you weren't able to take advantage of HEADACHE's free days - DON'T WORRY - from October 17 to 23, you can purchase it for only $0.99. Great deal, right? :D 

As I've mentioned, this post is REALLY super special. In this post, I'll be featuring the following: 

HEADACHE: FREE on Amazon from October 14 to 16
HEADACHE: Special Pricing Days $0.99 October 17 to 23
Crystal is giving away 3 eBook copies of her first book, BELLYACHE!

So, be sure to enter the giveaway after downloading HEADCHE! ;)

Free Kindle eBook: HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE
Author: Crystal Marcos
Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing
Price: $0.99 (October 17 to 23 only)

Free eBook Feature: HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE

HEADACHE Book Description

The magical adventure continues in the spine-tingling fantasy-adventure, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE! Crystal Marcos delivers another whimsically entertaining escapade for ages seven and up. Readers will delight in more sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, non-stop action adventures of Peter and his best friend, Lina. 

When Peter Fisher sets out for school one morning, he has no idea that trouble is stirring in his hometown. With the unexpected arrival of his new Candonite friends from Maple Town, Peter and Lina have extra help saving their beloved town and loved ones from the clutches of the one villain they had hoped they would never see again. Humorous and thought provoking, this unforgettably entertaining story teaches a valuable lesson about standing up and facing one's fears.
HEADACHE Book Trailer

Here's a short chat with the author of HEADACHE: Crystal Marcos

Hi Crystal! First of all, I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to chat with me. It’s an honor to have you here @ My Book and My Coffee. I have 6 questions to ask you and hope you can answer all of them. :) 

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
Thank you so much for having me! I am excited to be chatting with you. I am a Pacific Northwest resident, mom to a 3 year old little girl, and a wife to a loving man. I am the oldest of 5 children. I value family time and love game nights. I enjoy reading and sharing my love of reading with my little girl. I love cooking, baking, and party planning. I am also an award winning children's author.

Did you always want to be a children’s author or a writer for that matter? 
I have. My mother saved books and stories from when I was younger. I had a good chuckle reading some of them. I always saw myself writing for children. Recently, I decided to write for young adults. I am currently working on my first YA novel.

I haven’t read Bellyache and Headache yet but I will be reading them soon. From the book descriptions and reviews I found, they both sound so magical and full of lessons that I feel even an adult would love to be reminded of every now and then. What inspired you to create these books? 
When I set out to write my first book, I wanted it to be something I would want my own child to read someday. I wanted it to be a book my readers would never forget. A story they would want to tell their friends about. I also kept in mind that many adults, including myself, read children's books. I wanted it to be a magical book everyone would enjoy at any age.

If you have to choose one book to be your favorite, which book will it be? You must be thinking, “Just one?” It’s a tough question, I know. But if you have to and you just have to, which book would you choose as your absolute favorite? 
Since we are talking children's books, I would have to say my favorite children's book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love the tales of Roald Dahl!

Coffee, hot cocoa or sweet tea?  
Hot cocoa, hot cocoa, hot cocoa! If you haven't already noticed with the books I wrote, my favorite children's book choice, and the hot cocoa, I have a soft spot for sweets! I just made Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate. Here is the recipe for anyone else with a sweet tooth!

I know you like to cook and bake… What’s your favorite thing to bake or cook? And are you willing to share the recipe? Ehem ehem :) 
Oh goodness, there are so many things I like to make. I absolutely love trying new recipes and new things. Honestly, I usually find a recipe I like and put my own spin on things. In the kitchen I live by the motto, "A recipe is just a guide." I'll share one of the big winners. They have no idea I didn't slave in the kitchen to make it. It is fairly simple and a recipe for the busy mom. I use reduced fat cream cheese, no one can tell the difference. Also I have used chocolate cake mix and took out the lemon juice and it tastes like Oreo cookie bars!

... and now, for the awesome GIVEAWAY!

There will be 3 winners.
The prize will be sent via Amazon, Nook or Smashwords

BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale
Amazon: Paperback
Amazon: Kindle edition

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Ara of My Book and My Coffee

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31 Dazzling Comments

  1. Happy Birthday ARA and the greatest wishes for much success!
    M.C.V. Egan

  2. First let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have an spectacular day! Thank you so very much for featuring me and I am glad to be a part of your celebration!

    1. Hi Crystal :D Aww. Thanks! And thank you for the opportunity to feature your book :D I do appreciate you letting me know about the free days. Thanks again!

  3. Happy Birthday Ara! Hope you have a memorable day!

  4. Happy bday :D Hope you have a nice one!

    1. Hello there! Thank you so much :D Yes, I did have a nice birthday :D Thank you.

  5. Pumpkin white hot chocolate sounds sooooooo good. I wonder if I can figure out how to make that homemade with almond milk.

    And happy birthday! Thx for the giveaway. Thx for sharing the interview.

    1. Hi Rita! I know right? It sounds sooo good. Gotta try that! :)

      Thank you for the birthday greetings. :D Thanks for participating. Best of luck :D

  6. Happy Birthday & best of luck to you Crystal. I loved Bellyache & Headache! I really like this blog and a great chat!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  7. Happy Birthday! May you get an awesome book haul!

  8. hope you had a great day and have great time with the birhday have the cake and ice cream two

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! My kids will love to be able to read a book on my Kindle! :D

    Happy Birthday!!

    1. Thank you, Antonietta :) That's so true. I think we'll all enjoy this kidlit :D Thanks again!

  10. Happy, happy birthday Ara! I am so happy for you and I wish you many, many more!

    Thanks for the giveaway too. I will like to gift you with a Kindle book of your choice under $8. Just email me your choice. You should have my email address already.

    You're such a nice person! :)

    1. Hi Chris! Thank you so much :)

      Wow, really? That's so generous of you :D I don't think I deserve it but you know, I never say no to a book :D Thank you. You're awesome! :D

  11. Fan giveaway Ara and happy birthday!! I hope you get spoiled rotten ;)

  12. Belated happy birthday! How did you add those moving icons? Can you teach me? I hope I won the giveaway ;)

    1. Hello Chyna! Thank you so much. The birds? The blue bird came from this post: Just follow the instructions and you'll have a flying Twitter bird in no time. For the pink bird, I created the image and searched for a script so the image will 'fly' somehow.

      Best of luck! I will announce the winners in the next day or so. Thank you! :)

    2. Thanks! I will try my best to get the bird LOL