Erika M Szabo

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I became an avid reader at a very early age, thanks to my dad who introduced me to many great books. The writing bug bit me much later, on a rainy afternoon, when I couldn’t find any new book to read. My daughter had enough of my moping around and snapped at me, “Mom, stop whining! If you haven’t a book to read, then write one.” Her challenge shocked me, but I started playing with the idea and I’ve been writing stories, that I like to read, ever since. I write speculative alternate history fiction, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them. I also like to encourage children to use their imagination and daydream about fantasy worlds.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was about a selfish goose "Full of himself Gedeon"
I learned that selfish animals and people end up being alone in life, and I learned to accept people as they are and respect their beliefs.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own book covers.
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Where to find Erika M Szabo online

Books

Unbroken Curse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,340. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Alternative history
Jayden’s life is in danger. When he finds a crude leather book in his grandmother's secret room that was written in 426 by a Shaman, his sister, Sofia, deciphers the ancient runes. They learn about their family curse and dark memories of their childhood start to surface.
Restless Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,630. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Born in a brothel in Paris in the early 1700s, Madeleine's future had been decided. Her innocence at age fourteen would be sold to the highest bidder. She runs away and finds temporary refuge in a convent, but she doesn’t have too many options when she turns eighteen. To escape her gloomy future, she sails to the New World with hopes for a better life. What will her future hold?
Hophop's Alphabet Tree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 150. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Alphabet, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Beginner
A fun and educational rhyming book for children 2-7 Hophop, the little bunny is sad because he can't read his book. Ollie, the wise owl, shows him the alphabet and teaches him to read the fun and easy way.
The Seven Cozy Shorts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,330. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A book a day for every day of the week, a short story collection: Ancient ghost cursed thousands of years ago Mysterious omen by a Raven spirit guide Jealous acolyte-dangerous love potion Christmas Magic brings love Small town mystery of a worthless painting Soulmates across timelines Love conquers fear and misery
Omen: Premonition or Superstition?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,780. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Supernatural, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
When observation and imagination fill the gaps that science can't explain. Most of the perceived omens remain unexplainable myths, but others… you decide. It’s believed that crows are a symbol of bad luck and death. In this short journal, I reveal some of my observations about knowing a crow family for decades, and I also share a great memory of watching and raising a litter of orphaned fox pups.
The Chunky, Dumpy, Spunky Monkey
Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
A read to story for children 4-7 and read alone for ages 8-10 Lucky, the sweet-natured little monkey was bullied by the animals who didn't take time to get to know her. They said she was a dumpy, chunky, silly, scaredy, grumpy, clumsy monkey. Lucky was sad but instead of feeling miserable, she chose to listen to others who knew her and said she was a kind, lovely, cuddly, bubbly, spunky monkey.
Mensajero: Cuando el Cuervo Llama, ¡Escucha!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: Spanish. Published: February 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Lauren tiene todo lo que siempre había deseado. Gran carrera, seguridad financiera, esposo amoroso y amigos devotos. Cuando su guía espiritual Raven le advierte del peligro inminente, ella toma el presagio en serio. Alguien irrumpe en su oficina y después del brutal ataque y las repetidas advertencias del Cuervo, ella sabe que su vida está en peligro. ¿Quién la quiere muerta y por qué?
The Worthless Painting
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Small-town cozy mystery. Danielle’s life spins out of control when the snobbish new owner of the Couture mansion brings a seemingly worthless painting into her antique shop. The ownership of the painting is questionable, and the town’s future is threatened by the plans of the ruthless, rich owner. An unexpected visitor arrives, and he may possess the much-needed solution to everyone’s problems.
Recuerdos agridulces
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,050. Language: Spanish. Published: January 21, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Coming of age
Novela dulce romance Elana nació de una madre drogadicta sin hogar y fue dejada en las escaleras de la catedral de San Patricio. Elana creció en hogares de acogida y la vida era una puerta giratoria de esperanzas y decepciones destrozadas. Cuando Elana encontró a Luca, el cruel destino los separó. ¿Se encontrarán de nuevo?
Keserédes emlékek
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: Hungarian. Published: January 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
Elenát anyja, a Szent Patrik katedrális lépcsőin hagyta rongyokba burkolva. Gyermekkora az egyik nevelő otthonból másikba toloncolással telt el, új otthonaiba megújult reményekkel lépett be és csalódásokkal távozott. Amikor Lukával találkozott, egy rövid ideig élvezhették a boldogságot, de a kegyetlen sors hamar szétválasztotta őket. Vajon megengedi-e a sors, hogy újra találkozzanak?
Messenger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,940. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A cozy supernatural thriller novelette Lauren has everything she’d ever wished for. Great career, financial security, loving husband, and devoted friends. When her Raven spirit guide warns her of impending danger, she takes the omen seriously. Someone breaks into her office, after the brutal attack and the Raven’s repeated warnings, she knows her life is in danger. Who wants her dead and why?
Fake It Till You Make It
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I wrote this short story remembering all the seemingly perfect families I've met in my life. They show a picture perfect family life but hide the struggles, heartache, compromises, and sacrifices they made to get there. People are not perfect and we all come with a baggage. We can live a happy life or a create a chaotic life. It all depends on the choices we make.
Alone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A thought-provoking, dystopian romantic novelette. Caleb lost his soulmate, Valerie. Could it be possible to find her in a parallel universe? If his father succeeds to open the portal, will he find the same person in the alternate universe or a stranger? How far is he willing to go in finding the happiness he lost? Will he find his soulmate, Valerie?
Rainbows and Clouds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,280. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Short stories about life’s humorous, happy, and dark moments. Some of the stories are from my years in nursing, Steve's clumsiness and my cooking disasters might make you spit out your coffee laughing. The stories of my pets will put a warm smile on your face, and the stories about life's darker moments might make you wipe a tear or two.
The Haunted Bakery of Seven Pines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,110. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Best friends Albert and Timmy were mean bullies and nobody liked them. One day a group of children that were fed up with the daily torture of name calling and pushing and shoving, dared them to go into the old building at night to see if it's really haunted. Albert accepted the dare and although Timmy had his doubts, he went along with his best friend. What will they find in the old bakery?
Creepy Hollow Adventures 1 and 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,010. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The ghosts of the Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped. The children offer their help, so the talking skeleton takes them on a journey to the realm of Creepy Hollow. Righteous motivations drive Jack and Nikki: to protect the weak, confront evil, conquer their fears, and gain courage. In the battle against Evila and her minions they grow into the warriors they were destined to become.
Metoo, the Annoying Little Sister
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings
A picture book for children 2-6. Penny always wants to do what her big brother does. She imitates his every move and constantly tweets, “Me, too.” Spike is angry at his sister and threatens to name her Metoo, but when the two young chickens face danger, Spike realizes how important family is and happy to have a sometimes annoying, but loving and brave little sister.
Mira, ¡puedo hablar con los dedos!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: Spanish. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Special Needs
Cuando la abuela Rosa perdió la audición, Los padres de Sandra se sintieron frustrados y tristes. No sabían qué hacer y cómo aprender a comunicarse mejor con ella. Ellos intentaban gritar, cambiar el tono de voz o acercarse a su oído cuando se dirigían a ella, pero no servía de nada. Rosa podía oír algunos sonidos claramente, pero otros no podía escucharlos bien.
Look, I Can Talk With My Fingers!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Special needs
When Grandma Rosa lost her hearing, Sandra found a website for hearing impaired people that explains how deaf people communicate. They start learning sign language and to “talk” with their fingers. Sandra and Grandma Rosa find realize that with compassion, love, and hard work, they can overcome the obstacles of disability.
The Power of the Sapphire Wand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,520. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nikki and Jack return to Creepy Hollow in this action-packed fantasy adventure. Nikki discovers she has magical powers, Mutanto and his minions attack them and they find out the Grim Witch’s plans to conquer Creepy Hollow. Nikki learns what happened to her parents.They conquer their fears and gain courage, and go into battle against Evila with their friends Ghoulina, Wishbone, and Catman.
Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,810. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Golden Book Award Winner. Spooky and funny fantasy adventure for middle-grade children. Nikki and Jack, find a mysterious black pumpkin in the forest on Halloween. The Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped inside the pumpkin and can’t be freed without their wands. They go on a journey to Creepy Hollow with Wishbone, Ghoulina, and Catman to retrieve the wands.
Terry And The Number Fairy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 210. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers
Terry is struggling to learn numbers. Pansy, Terry’s dog, and Pansy’s best friend, Oliver, the hedgehog, want to help but they don’t know how. When Terry wakes up in the morning, she tells her mother that the fairy showed her the numbers in her dream. Her grandmother says with a playful smile on her face, “Maybe there is a Number Fairy, sweet pea… Maybe there is.”
Pico, el Loro Latoso
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: Spanish. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Cuando Pico desordena la habitación de Emma, ella se enfada mucho pero sus amigos la ayudan. Charlotte se da cuenta de que Pico parece triste y Pedro averigua porqué Pico está chillando tan alto todo el tiempo. El pájaro está frustrado porque nadie sabe lo que quiere ni le presta atención.
Who Stole Terry's Music Box?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Terry is sad because she can’t find her precious music box that was a gift from her Grandmother. With the help of her dog, Pansy, and the wise hedgehog, Oliver, they cross the portal to the magical world and Pansy leads them to Wolfgang’s cave. Terry finds out why she has the ability to talk to animals and why the good witch enchanted her music box so long ago.
A Basketful of Kittens: The BFF Gang’s Kitten Rescue Adventure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Baby animals
Illustrated storybook for children 4-12 When Bianca, Daniel, and Peanut, the St. Bernard, are confronted by Mark and his cronies, the children stand up to the brute bullies with the help of Peanut. Their adventure continues when they see a woman throwing four tiny, meowing kittens into the river. Can the BFFs save them? Find out what happens to the kittens.
Pico, the Pesky Parrot
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Birds
When Pico makes a mess of Emma’s room, Emma gets very angry, but her friends help her. Charlotte notices that the parrot seems sad, and Pedro finds out why Pico is shrieking so loudly all the time. The parrot is frustrated because nobody pays attention to him, and nobody understands what he wants.
Asthma Relief with Grandma’s Remedies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,600. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
My grandmother was born in 1892, and she suffered with asthma all her life. She, of course, didn’t have the luxuries afforded us by modern medicine, but she managed her symptoms well with herbs, dietary, environmental changes, and her home remedies. Now I regret that I did not continue learning from her. Back then, I thought I was smarter and the “old medicine” was just that, old.
Chosen By The Sword: The Ancestors' Secrets, Book 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,910. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Alternative history
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Hunor legend lives on in book two as Ilona continues to seek out ways to develop her unusual powers while practicing as a small-town doctor. The spirits of the clan come to Ilona’s aid with answers to the clan’s secrets and the key to helping her maintain her sanity amidst the fear of danger lurking everywhere. Will Ilona succeed? Will she accept her destiny?
Strange Symptoms and Bizarre Cravings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,100. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Body cleansing & detoxification
The symptoms, our body’s signals of diseases and conditions, are fascinating. This book contains unusual symptoms, strange food cravings, vitamin deficiency and overdose symptoms. Also a list of foods that keeps your body healthy, as well as easy, whole body detoxification methods. The main purpose of this book to increase your awareness of the signals that your body is sending you.
Protected By The Falcon: The Ancestors' Secrets, Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,250. Language: American English. Published: July 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Ilona resigns to live the simple life of a small-town doctor, but her life goes into a tailspin on her birthday. She finds out she was born into a secretive, ancient clan still hidden among us. She starts to develop unusual powers which she finds exciting as well as frightening. She can slow time and heal with her touch, but how and why?

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