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In-Store and Virtual Event - Jessica Parra in discussion with Tracy Badua

Event date: 
Monday, May 22, 2023 - 7:00pm

Jessica Parra discussing
with Tracy Badua

A Hybrid In-Store and Virtual Event

This is an IN-STORE EVENT that will also be broadcasted live through Crowdcast for those unable to attend in person. This event will consist of a 30 minute discussion with Jessica Parra and Tracy Badua, followed by an audience Q&A, and lastly the book signing

Purchasing a copy of RUBI RAMO'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS through Mysterious Galaxy will get you a numbered ticket for the signing line after the event.  Those who have not purchased a book through us are still welcome to get their books signed, but will have to wait until after the numbered line has finished. Purchasing your books through us allows us to continue to host author events, so we thank you in advance for your support!

If you're joining us virtually, Mysterious Galaxy's virtual events are hosted on Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event and here to view our virtual code of conduct. AccessibilityReal-time captioning for all Crowdcast events is available via Google Chrome. For enabling captions, please follow this guideMore info here.

How to Order a Signed/Personalized Book from Jessica Parra and/or Tracy Badua if you're not attending in person

  1. Add the desired book(s) to your cart.
  2. At checkout in the "order comments" box write "signed only" or to whom your book(s) should be personalized (i.e. "To: Ms. Galaxy"). Requests for anything beyond a name, like a note or quote, are up to the author's discretion and are not guaranteed. Orders must be placed by 12pm pt on the day of the event (May 22nd). Please call the store if you wish to purchase a book, or add/alter personalization to an existing order, after this time.


About the Authors
As a lawyer and daughter of Guatemalan and Cuban bakers, JESSICA PARRA never objects to an extra slice of cake. She’s a Los Angeles native who loves to write about Latinas with big hair (and even bigger dreams), complicated families, cats living their best lives (all nine of them), and the healing magic of acceptance. When she isn’t drafting books, you can find her sipping kombucha, cuddling with her kitties, or co-piloting the Millennium Falcon at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge. RUBI RAMOS'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS is her first book.

TRACY BADUA is a Filipino American author of books about young people with sunny hearts in a sometimes stormy world. By day, she is an attorney who works in national housing policy and programs, and by night, she squeezes in writing, family time, and bites of her secret candy stash. She lives in San Diego, California, with her family.


Graduation is only a few months away, and Rubi Ramos’s “recipe for success” to get into prestigious Alma University is already off track.

When Alma waitlists Rubi’s application, Rubi will need to be distraction-free to make the grade and keep her parents—who have wanted this for her for years—from finding out. Which means falling for her cute surfer-slash-math tutor, Ryan, definitely won’t work. And neither will breaking her mother’s ban on baking—her parents didn’t leave Cuba so she could bake just like them.

But some recipes are begging to be tampered with.

When the First Annual Bake Off comes to town, Rubi’s passion for baking goes from subtle simmer to full boil. Add to the mix her crush on Ryan may be turning into a full-fledged relationship and Rubi’s life is suddenly so different from what it was. She’s not sure if she has what it takes to win the Bake Off, or where the relationship with Ryan is going, but there’s only one way to find out—even if it means going against her parents’ priorities.

Now Rubi must differentiate between the responsibility of unfulfilled dreams she holds and finding the path she’s meant for.

A joyful novel of first romance, new possibilities, and the chance to define yourself, Rubi Ramos’s Recipe for Success is a novel that will find its way into your heart and never leave.


Rubi Ramos's Recipe for Success: A Novel By Jessica Parra Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250862525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - May 16th, 2023

This Is Not a Personal Statement By Tracy Badua Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063217751
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - January 17th, 2023

Freddie vs. the Family Curse By Tracy Badua Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358612896
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2022

The Takeout By Tracy Badua Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358671732
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 9th, 2023