Author Interview & Book Giveaway: A Boy Named Ray by Marissa Marchan

Welcome to Author Marissa Marchan

Marissa Marchan is a Child Support case manager, wife, mother of two and grandmother of three, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She published her autobiography, A Marriage Made in Heaven and Hell, in 2003. She is currently working on the second book in the series, And Then There’s Haley. She enjoys spending precious time with her family. She is the eighth of ten siblings.


What is one book everyone should read?
They should read, A Boy Named Ray.  It is a story of love, respect and family values.  It’s about learning, acceptance, forgiveness, and taking responsibility for our mistakes.  It is a wonderful journey filled with exciting adventure and unforgettable characters that will surely become a family favorite.  It is an inspiration to put our life in a whole new perspective. 

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would love to have a special power to heal the sick especially the children and old people. It always breaks my heart to see people suffer with their illness. If I have that kind of a special power there will be no more pain and suffering in this world.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
It would be my dad because I never had a chance to say goodbye to him when he passed away.  I would tell him how much I love him and that I was so proud that he was my dad.  And then I would kiss him and I can finally say goodbye.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The book is inspiring and it fosters co-operation, love, acceptance and a great choice if you are looking for a bedtime story to read to your kids.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am currently working on the second book in the series, And Then There’s Haley.  I also have a few story ideas but you can expect that all my stories will have a family themed, no violence or bad words in it.  I don’t want my children especially my grandchildren to read or hear such words from me. I want to set a good example for my family.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
If I had one million dollars, the first thing I would buy is a house with ten bedrooms near the beach surrounded by big trees and flowers.  Then my children and grandchildren will live in it with my husband and me, and we would take care of them and see them grow up and then we live happily ever after!

What do you do in your free time?
When I have a free time, I love spending it with my husband.  On a typical weekend, he and I would put the sofa and love seat together and we would watch Lifetime Movie Channel the whole day. 
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter, of course.  My grandson and I had fond memories watching it together.  It will be my favorite movie forever and ever!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That at fifty-one, I am still a young kid at heart. I never get tired of watching Harry Potter movies and I still watch SpongeBob Square Pants because I am still holding on to the memories I had with my grandson when he was just a little boy.  He lives in San Diego now with his parents and we are here in Las Vegas and I miss him so much.

A Boy Named Ray

A Boy Named Ray is a story of love, respect and family values. It’s about learning, acceptance, forgiveness, and taking responsibility for our mistakes. It will take us on a wonderful journey filled with exciting adventure and unforgettable characters that will surely become a family favorite.Theo and Mary are good-hearted husband and wife but have disfigured faces and deformities that make them the subject of daily ridicule in their small town. When the townspeople drive them away, they take all their belongings and deep in the woods find an enchanting and magical world, where they set up their home. Soon thereafter, a son, RAY, is born. Ray is kind and wiser beyond his years. He possesses special gifts, including the ability to speak with the elements and animals. When his parents discover he has great natural powers beyond their wildest dream, they want to uncover the mystery behind it as it slowly begins to emerge. With a series of unexplainable events surrounding them, Theo and Mary learn to accept that their son’s magical gifts come from above. As they witness the miracle from the Lord, it helps them develop not just an appreciation for nature but they learn to love and respect other living things as well. Realizing their son is exceptionally intelligent Mary and Theo overcome their own fear of humiliation and send Ray to school when he is five. At school, Ray wins over a group of bullies led by Matt through a combination of his special powers in healing a bird and his friendly nature. Later, Ray, Matt, and two other boys risk danger in the forest to find another boy who has run away from home because of problems with his parents. Ray is able to locate the boy, and then Theo finds the group and assists in their return to town. The townspeople are so grateful to Theo that they plan a big party in the family’s honor. When told of Theo’s concerns about rejection, the town instead throws open its heart and mind to welcome the family into their community. Theo gives a speech that brings home to the town the meaning of unconditional love, responsibilities of parenthood, and the knowledge that true beauty comes from within.

Giveaway Details
1 paperback copy & 1 ebook
Paperback open to US only, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 10/4/12

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