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Erika became an avid reader at a very early age, thanks to her dad who introduced her to many great books. Erika writes urban fantasy, alternate history, epic fantasy 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.

ALONE : A Short Story
Genre: Romance / Science Fiction

A thought-provoking, futuristic, romantic short story.
Will people feel the emotions of loss in the future as deeply as we do today?
How far will they be willing to go in finding the happiness they lost?
Caleb lost his Valerie. Will he find her?

THE ANCESTORS’ SECRETS
TRILOGY

Genre: Alternate History / Urban Fantasy / Romantic Magical Realism

Books 1 -3:  PRELUDE – TURMOIL – DESTINY
When a young doctor, Ilona, starts to develop unusual powers, her life and her beliefs change. Thrown into a world of clan mysteries, traditions and secrets, she begins remembering her mother’s instructions concealed as rhymes.
Punished by the ancestors long ago, Mora has waited centuries for the chance to reunite with her beloved Joland. Now, she seeks to gain the power to rule the ancient clan with a strict hierarchy and deadly laws that still exist hidden among us.
Ilona has been chosen by the ancestors to stop Mora and save the future of the clan.
In her quest to protect her family and the future of our clan, Ilona must activate her Chameleon ability and obtain unimaginable powers. She can use her powers for absolute good or absolute evil; the choice is up to her.
She has been in love with her best friend but is also drawn to the stranger who appears in a peculiar dream. She must sort through her feelings about the men in her life while she travels through time from present day to back when her people were nomads, to the castles of the 14th century, as she struggles to overcome the obstacles placed in her path.

CURSED BLOODLINE
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Is it possible that an ancient curse cast by a powerful witch sixteen-hundred years ago could destroy families in every generation for centuries?
Dark family secrets separated Sofia and Daniel when they were children, but fate brought them together years later. Jayden, Sofia’s brother, finds a leather book in his grandmother’s secret room that was written in 426 by a shaman. Reading the ancient runes, they learn about their family’s curse. If it remains unbroken, the curse will bring tragedy and ruin their lives as it destroyed many of their ancestors’ lives. Could they find the way to break the ancient curse?
A glimpse into the lives of teenagers in present and past. How mental illness and the rejection of people who love differently effects families and peoples’ lives.
Suitable for young adults.

RAINBOWS & CLOUDS
Genre: Humor / Life / Memoir

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.
Rainbows and dark clouds are part of life,
Without darkness there can be no light.
Without moments that make us cry,
We can’t enjoy moments that make us smile.
Without moments that make us laugh,
We can’t get through moments that make us sad.

PICO, THE PESKY PARROT
Genre: Children’s Storybook  / ​Bi-Lingual
Ages 4 – 12

Sarah, Emma’s mom, promised to bird-sit Pico for two weeks but soon regrets her decision because the noisy parrot keeps screeching and squawking all day, annoying her family and the neighbors. When Pico makes a mess of Emma’s room, Emma gets very angry, but her friends help her. Charlotte notices that Pico 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.
The purpose of this English and Spanish bilingual book is to show children the beauty of another language, and that learning a new language doesn’t have to be boring, it could be fun. The story also delivers a message that when we don’t take the time to listen to each other, we tend to judge others quickly before we get to know them. 

Sarah, la mamá de Emma, prometió cuidar de Pico durante dos semanas pero pronto se arrepiente de su decisión porque el ruidoso loro se pasa todo el día parloteando y chillando, molestando a su familia y vecinos. 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. 
 La propuesta de este libro bilingüe inglés y español es mostrar a los niños la belleza de otra lengua y que aprender un nuevo idioma no tiene que ser aburrido, y puede ser divertido. La historia también transmite el mensaje de que cuando no nos tomamos tiempo para escucharnos los unos a los otros, tendemos a juzgar rápidamente antes de llegar a conocernos.

A BASKETFUL OF KITTENS
Genre: Children’s Storybook
Ages 4 – 12

Bianca and her best friend, Daniel, grew up together under the watchful eyes of Peanut, Bianca’s St. Bernard. The huge dog was their babysitter, playmate, and bodyguard. They were inseparable, so people started calling them the BFF Gang. When summer vacation came, Bianca and Daniel decided to go swimming in the river when they were confronted by Mark and his cronies of the Wolf Pack Gang. Find out how Peanut told Mark, in his own doggy language, how much he dislikes brute bullies.
When Bianca and Daniel finally got to the river and were happily splashing in the cool water, they heard Peanut’s angry bark, and they saw an old woman approaching the riverbank with a basket in her hand. When the woman reached the edge of the river, she took a tiny, meowing kitten out of her basket and threw it into the river as far from shore as she could. The kitten flailed in the air, desperately crying, and then splashed into the water.
Find out what happened to the kitten and how the BFFs dealt with Mark’s gang, in this first adventure of the BFF Adventures series.

CREEPY HOLLOW ADVENTURES 1 & 2 
Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin and The Power of the Sapphire Wand
Genre: Children’s / Heroic Fantasy 
Ages 8 -14

Golden Book Award Winner, spooky and funny heroic fantasy adventure for middle-grade children and young adults. Nikki and her impish cousin, Jack, find a mysterious black pumpkin in the forest on Halloween. A wise talking skeleton, Wishbone, tells them that the ghosts of the Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped inside. The children offer their help, so the skeleton takes them on a journey to the realm of Creepy Hollow to retrieve the three wands he hid long ago in Red Crow Forest, the Tower of Shadows, and the Cave of Spooks. On her 13th birthday, Nikki discovers she has magical powers. Nikki and Jack return to Creepy Hollow. They conquer their fears and gain courage, and in the final battle against Evila and her minions they grow into the warriors they were destined to become.

THE HAUNTED BAKERY OF SEVEN PINES
Genre: Children’s Storybook
Ages 5-12

According to the hundred-year-old legend, children disappeared in Seven Pines every year to never be found again. People suspected that the old bakery in the woods was under the spell of evil forces and warned their children not to go near the old building. 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? Is the legend true and they will disappear forever as many children did who had entered the building? For teachers and parents, a literary enrichment kit is available for this book, created by Lorraine Carey, author and Literacy Specialist. The kit includes: List of comprehension questions from the story (story comprehension) Character analysis for Timmy, Albert or Donny (compare and contrast) Vocabulary word study and concept words (vocabulary) Write a letter to the witch (letter writing) Do some research on Virginia and Seven Pines area (Geography target) Make a poster to announce the opening of the new bakery (art) Students write a script for reader’s theatre (active participation) Request the literary enrichment kit via email: goldenboxbooks@gmail.com

PROTEGIDA POR EL HALCON
Genre: Spanish Fantasy

Durante siglos, Morana esperó el momento adecuado para reunirse con su amado Joland y conseguir el poder necesario para gobernar el clan ancestral, que aún persiste oculto entre nosotros, con su estricta jerarquía, reglas mortales y tradiciones. Ilona no sabe que ha sido elegida para detener el malévolo plan de Morana. Tampoco sabe nada acerca de su legado personal ni de leyendas o rituales, cuando comienza a recordar las instrucciones de su madre, ocultas entre rimas. No es consciente de que su tranquila vida como doctora está a punto de cambiar y que se verá arrastrada a un peligroso mundo lleno de secretos. El descubrimiento de su poder de sanación y su capacidad de detener el tiempo son a la vez, emocionantes y aterradores. Aparece un hombre siniestro e Ilona relaciona su presencia con una serie de misteriosas muertes a su alrededor. Por otro lado, habiendo estado enamorada en secreto de su mejor amigo, de repente, se siente atraída por el extraño que aparece en su sueño, sintiéndose muy confundida por el fuerte sentimiento de atracción. Amor, antiguas leyendas tribales, secretos, viajes en el tiempo y poderes mágicos, colisionan en una irresistible serie de fantasía, aclamada como original, mística y única.

ELEGIDA POR LA ESPADA 
Genre: Spanish Fantasy

“Amor, antiguas leyendas tribales, secretos, viajes en el tiempo y poderes mágicos, colisionan en una irresistible serie de fantasía, aclamada como original, mística y única.” En el libro 1, “Protegida por el Halcón”, Ilona ve como le es arrebatada su tranquila vida y se ve obligada a enfrentarse a lo desconocido, lo cual la lleva a descubrir secretos ancestrales de los hunos. En el libro 2, adquiere poderes inimaginables para proteger a su familia y el futuro de su pueblo. Ella puede usar sus poderes para el bien o el mal absoluto, la elección sólo depende de ella. El derecho de Ilona a ejercer como curandera se entremezcla con sus deseos de mujer y eso la lleva a tener que aclarar sus sentimientos acerca de los dos hombres de su vida. Viaja con Ilona desde los tiempos en que su pueblo era nómada, pasando por castillos del siglo 14 hasta la actualidad, mientras lucha por superar los obstáculos en su camino. “Es muy diferente de la literatura habitual realizada por otros escritores.” -Valerie Byron “Szabo introduce al lector en el fascinante mundo de una justicia ancestral llevada a cabo por una orden secreta.” -J.E. Rogers

LOOK, I CAN TALK WITH MY FINGERS
Genre: Children’s Storybook
Ages 4 – 12

A little girl teaches her family and her friends how to relate to someone who is hearing impaired. This fun picture book carries an important message to children, how to learn not to judge or make fun of anyone just because they’re different. The life of any disabled person is no fun and living with a disability has many challenges, but we can help to make their life easier and not harder. 
When Grandma Rosa lost her hearing, Sandra’s parents became frustrated and sad. They didn’t know what to do and how to learn to communicate better with her. They tried shouting, changing the tone of their voices or leaning closer to her ear when they talked, to no avail. Rosa could hear some sounds clearly, but certain sounds she couldn’t hear well. It became an everyday struggle for them, and they missed the comforting family conversations at dinner time.
“Look, Grandma,” Sandra said to her grandmother one day. “I can show you the letters with my fingers when you can’t hear what I say.”
“What do you mean showing it with your fingers?” Grandma Rosa asked.
“I found a website for hearing impaired people, and it explains how they can talk to each other without words. There is a sign for every letter and number that they can make with their hands. We can learn the signs together,” Sandra smiled happily.
“Oh, I think that’s a wonderful idea, Sandra,” Grandma’s eyes sparkled with excitement. “But it looks a little difficult. Do you think I could learn the signs?”
“Of course, you can, Grandma, we can learn them together.
And they did. They proved that with compassion, love, and hard work, they can overcome the obstacles of disability together

MIRA, PUEDO HABLAR CON LOS DEDOS!
Genre: Children’s Storybook
Ages 4 – 12

Sandra enseña a su familia y amigos a comunicarse con personas con discapacidad auditiva.
Este divertido libro ilustrado lleva un importante mensaje para los niños, como aprender a no juzgar o burlarse de alguien sólo porque es diferente. La vida de algunas personas con discapacidad no es divertida y vivir con una discapacidad conlleva muchos retos, pero nosotros podemos hacer sus vidas más fáciles en vez de más difíciles.
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. Para ellos se convirtió en una lucha diaria poder comunicarse y empezaron a echar de menos las reconfortantes conversaciones de sobremesa.
—Mira, abuela —le dijo entusiasmada—, puedo mostrarte las letras con mis dedos cuando no puedas escuchar lo que te digo.
—¿Qué quieres decir con “mostrar las letras con tus
dedos”? —la abuela Rosa preguntó.
—He encontrado una página web para personas con discapacidad auditiva y explica cómo pueden comunicarse entre ellos sin hablar. Hay un signo para cada letra y cada número, que ellos pueden hacer con sus manos. Podemos aprender los signos juntas, y cuando no puedas escuchar el sonido, yo puedo mostrártelo —Sandra sonrió feliz.
—Oh, creo que es una idea maravillosa, Sandra. —Los ojos de la abuela Rosa brillaron con entusiasmo— Pero parece un poco difícil, ¿tú crees que yo podría aprender los signos?
—Por supuesto que puedes, abuela; y podemos aprender juntas.
Y lo hicieron. Ellas demostraron que con amor, compasión y trabajando duro se pueden superar los obstáculos que conlleva la discapacidad auditive.

WHO STOLE TERRY’S MUSIC BOX?
Genre: Children’s Storybook
Ages: 4 – 12

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.

METOO, THE ANNOYING LITTLE SISTER
Genre: Children’s Storybook
Ages 2 – 8

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.

TERRY & THE NUMBER FAIRY
Genre: Children’s Picturebook 
Ages 2 – 8

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 mother doesn’t believe her, but her grandmother says with a playful smile on her face, “Maybe there is a Number Fairy, sweet pea… Maybe there is.” 
From the proceeds the author donates paperback books to non-profit book charities for children.