Dr. Maria J. Estrada


MARIA J. ESTRADA is an English college professor of Composition, Literature, and her favorite, Creative Writing. She grew up in the desert outside of Yuma, Arizona in the real Barrio de Los Locos, a barrio comprised of new Mexican immigrants and first-generation Chicanos. Drawing from this setting and experiences, she writes like a loca every minute she can—all while magically balancing her work and family obligations. She lives in Chicago’s south side with her wonderfully supportive husband, two remarkable children, and two mischievous cats. You can learn more about her other books and writing happenings at barrioblues.com.

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Simona: the Lovely Princess
Price: Free! Words: 500. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Family / New Baby
Princess Simona arrives and oh, what magic she brings into people's lives! A birthday book for Simona.
A Not So Magical Day
Price: Free! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Mona and Sally are learning to master a new spell, when their mentors, ‘Ama and La Muerte, leave them alone for two days. Nothing is going right for Mona, and she watches with consternation as Sally masters every subject. To make matters worse, the pair is attacked by a supernatural foe. Will they be able to put their differences aside? Or, will they die before their guardians return? 
Mona's Return: A Novelette
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,950. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
“Family ties are the strongest magic.” Nine-year-old Mona is a witch's apprentice living in the Seventh Realm. She is reluctant to go home to the earthen plane for the summer to stay with her family—especially because she has to go to school for a few weeks. The kids are cruel to her. When a mean boy calls her sister, Christi, a slut, she accidentally releases a demon into the earthen plane.
Zona 5
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,490. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
In 2055, in the high-tech streets of New Phoenix, Perdido Olivares is a street junkie. All he wants is to escape reality with Zona 5. Still, he considers himself a hero, a defender of children. When he discovers someone is hurting kids, will he be strong enough to overcome his addiction? Will he finally emerge from the streets to save those weaker than himself?
La Lechuza
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Oscar is hunting rabbits one night, when he encounters a lechuza, a witch that can transform into an owl. He is not without his tricks, as he entraps the witch to do his bidding. Will he use magic to solve his problems, or will he feel compassion for it and let the lechuza go?

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