Monster Cookies: Recipe

In my story THE LULLABY MONSTERS, cookies are something the monsters absolutely love. So what kind of cookies do you bake to please a monster? Monster Cookies of course!

Here’s my recipe for Monster Cookies that’s sure to please any little monster running around your home.

Recipe for Monster Cookies
*note: I have tested and tweaked this recipe and it is awesome!

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 – 3/4 cup candy coated chocolate pieces

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Step 2

In a very large bowl, cream together the margarine, butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and rolled oats; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in chocolate chips and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Step 3

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. If you like chewy cookies, take them out before they look done.

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Happy Book Birthday: The Lullaby Monsters with a Summer Reading Giveaway!

Happy Book Birthday !!

THE LULLABY MONSTERS written by me and illustrated by Paula Nasmith, is now available for you to order. And to celebrate, I’m doing a summer reading giveaway! You’ll receive these 3 books plus THE LULLABY MONSTERS book swag:

Here’s how to enter. Simply leave a comment on this post between June 30 and July 14. You can receive an extra entry by retweeting the post on Twitter and by tagging a friend. You must be over 19 years to win. Winner chosen by random draw. Contest closes July 14 at midnight, Pacific time. Winners will be contacted within 7 days and announced here on the blog!

THE LULLABY MONSTERS is great for children who love a little suspense and are just beginning to read/listen to longer stories. It is produced in a larger format to make it easier to read to a group of children so it will be an excellent addition to your classroom or library.

Spoiler alert: These monsters love to read!

Meet the Characters

Left to right: Kelsey and Thomas; Flon (on ball); Edwin (starry background); Gunther (with ice cream cone); Trixie (on tricycle); Jazz (in paper boat); Brio (with puffy clouds)

Synopsis:

In this night time adventure, Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. But when Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help.  Then Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen and Kelsey must face her monstrous fear. In doing so, she discovers that the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.

This book a hybrid between an early chapter book and a picture book and will appeal to those who love Frog and Toad, Charlie and Mouse, or Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse). Divided into 6 short chapters, it is ideal for children aged 5-8 years who want a slightly longer read-aloud story or are beginning to read for themselves. If your child enjoys ghost stories with a dash of suspense, this will be for them.

Release date: June 30, 2020

How to order:

Go to Indiebound to find a local independent bookstore. Request the book through them. You’ll be supporting a local business at a critical time! Or choose from the list below.

Getting the word out about a new book is challenging for indie authors, so feel free to share this post! Or add the book to your Goodreads list. Requesting it at your library helps too.

Did I mention how much I love book reviews? If you loved the book and you get the chance, I would love it if you could post a review of the book on Goodreads or Amazon. In fact, I will be your new best friend!

Thank you! Have a wonderful day and maybe go and have a piece of cake to celebrate with me. I’d love that.

Goodreads Mistake Fixed!

Hello to my 2.5 readers! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Back in January, in an eager attempt to get my book out there early, I created the Goodreads posting for my new early chapter book, THE LULLABY MONSTERS, releasing on June 30, 2020.

I didn’t have the cover file completed yet, so I naively figured I would just put this cute little bookmark there as a place holder. Bad idea.

Book mark image

I thought it would automatically crop to book cover size but….no! In fact, it looked incredibly silly because it was labelled as a book, but clearly, not the correct shape.

I scrambled to delete it, but found there was no possibly way to do such a thing. After some poking around the Goodreads website, I discovered that only librarians can make edits like this so I was in trouble.

I sent an email to the librarians, requesting the image be deleted. It was not a simple process. First, I had to upload the correct cover image. I didn’t have that completed for some time, so I had to wait and in the meantime, my book stayed there looking silly.

Finally, I had the cover image ready so I uploaded it with instructions for the librarians to replace the old cover image. Nothing happened.

After some further emails back and forth, I learned that my next step was to create an alternate edition. This worked, only the original edition remained there on Goodreads, like a sore thumb with the alternate edition only visible by clicking below.

My next step was to combine the editions into one. That was a bit of a complex process and I would advise you look for the directions on Goodreads and follow the instructions very carefully. When I first tried to combine the editions, it seemed as if my book had completely disappeared from Goodreads. I couldn’t search it anywhere!

And then, I tried to create a new book with the proper cover, but it wouldn’t allow me to link the ISBN, because apparently it had already been used! I panicked, thinking I didn’t want my book to be unsearchable and temporarily gave up. Back to the my problem in a moment…

Here’s a bunch of the books I’m excited about that have released or are about to release this year!

Now back to my Goodreads problem!

I had to do something, so I looked for other book websites comparable to Goodreads. I found The Library Thing, which I quite liked, and set up the book there which made me feel a little better. And it was easy to import my Goodreads library there so hooray for that!

After more thought, I figured it would be better to have my book on Goodreads without an ISBN than not there at all so I created a new book for myself, leaving the ISBN blank. Imagine my surprise the next time I opened Goodreads to discover my new book there WITH the ISBN attached and a review (that I thought was lost) along with the people who had added it to their to-read list! Whew!

So now, when you search for THE LULLABY MONSTERS on Goodreads, you WILL find it with the proper cover that you see below. I love Paula’s starry night sky, don’t you?

I hope you enjoyed the inside scoop on the life of an indie author and some of the behind-the-scenes things we do to get our books out there!

If you have a minute, I’d sure love it if you added my book(s) to your Goodreads to-read list!

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Thanks for stopping by; you are welcome any time!

The Lullaby Monsters are Coming Soon!

Hello and welcome! This is an exciting day for me as I just received a positive progress update from my editor and book designer. My early chapter book, THE LULLABY MONSTERS, is so close to the finished product! We are only one month away from the Book Birthday!

We felt the book needed more artwork and we were able to get some gorgeous new images done including some extras for stickers and book plates! So now if you sign up for Cindy’s Book News, you will find out how to receive a book plate like this one. While supplies last.

Book Plate Sticker 2 x 3 inches

THE LULLABY MONSTERS is an early chapter book designed for children ages 5-8 years. It will appeal greatly to children who love the suspense of a ghost story and who are ready for a story a bit longer than a typical picture book.

For those of you familiar with the FROG AND TOAD series by Arnold Lobel, this book has similar short chapters with smaller images throughout. The difference is that I’ve made the book larger so that if you are reading the book aloud to a group of children, it will be easier for them to see the artwork in the larger format. It is closer in size to CHARLIE AND MOUSE by Laurel Snyder and could be described as a picture book/chapter book hybrid.

CHARLIE AND MOUSE

The book was originally titled KELSEY AND THOMAS MEET THE LULLABY MONSTERS but that felt too long. Still, the book features sister/brother duo, Kelsey and Thomas as well as the Lullaby Monsters.

THE LULLABY MONSTERS with Kelsey and Thomas by Cynthia Mackey and Paula Nasmith

Synopsis:

In this night time adventure, big sister Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. When Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help. Then Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen, Kelsey must face her monstrous fear, and in doing so, she discovers the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.

Thanks for stopping by! Get ready for a countdown to release and a giveaway coming up in June and July. Get the back story on all the characters!

Leave a comment and I will reply to you. Have a wonderful day.

Book Cover News!

After a long delay, I finally have news on the next book cover. I had asked people to let me know which image they prefer for the back cover. I got some feedback through my blog, instagram, facebook and in person. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/authorcynthiamackey.com/1905

Monsters
Bicycle
Kelsey and Thomas

And a decision has been made! The front cover is still top secret but the back cover will be….

Kelsey and Thomas!

In more cover news, the cover file is now officially complete. And our new release date is set for March 2020!

Synopsis:

In this night time adventure, big sister Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. But when Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help, especially since monsters are the one thing she fears. When Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen, Kelsey must face her monstrous fear and in doing so, she discovers that the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.