5 Prince Publishing is Making Moves with a New Release and Publishing Line!

This is a big week for my publisher, 5 Prince Publishing! Not only are we celebrating the release of a new novel by Erika M. Szabo and the launch of a new publishing line, 5 Prince Publishing Kids!

NEW RELEASE! 


Today marks the release of Secrets Revealed, is book two of the Illona the Hun Trilogy, the follow up to Birthright Bestowed
Excerpt from Birthright Bestowed:
I was holding Teddy deep in thoughts, absentmindedly stroking his soft artificial fur. He was my favorite childhood toy, stuffed to perfect softness. Suddenly I felt something piercing the side of my neck. The sharp pain made me jump, and I let out a muted cry. I touched the skin over my carotid artery and I felt warm wetness. A drop of blood glistened on my fingertips when I looked at my hand. I almost dropped Teddy feeling alarmed when I noticed that my fingers begun to glow as if a bright red light was turned on from the inside. At the same time I felt something scurrying from the side of my neck toward my chest. I reached up and swept my neck and chest jumping up in disgust. Crap! It must have been a bug or a spider. The damned thing bit me! I looked down on my chest and kept sweeping my clothes frantically looking for the bug.
A sudden swirling sensation took me by surprise and I grabbed the side of the ottoman to steady myself while everything began to fade around me. I tried to find a focus point to decrease the sudden vertigo, and then brought my eyes down to Teddy. I noticed with climbing alarm that his eyes took on a strange red glow. His eyes seemed alive; they bore into my insides and the intense glow kept me frozen. I’m hallucinating ran through my mind. I tried to turn away, yet I couldn’t move a muscle. I couldn’t even blink. I was scared, never having felt such primal fear before. I felt my heart racing and my breath came in little puffs as I felt cold beads of sweat on my forehead. I knew it was adrenaline flooding my body triggered by the sudden fright, but I was afraid it might have been some poison from the bite as well.
The strange sensation and hallucination stopped as quickly as it started. My hands felt and looked normal and I became rational in an instant and sat there, feeling obtuse, wondering what had just happened. The whole sensation lasted only for seconds, yet it frightened me a great deal not knowing what caused it.
I came in here hoping to find answers, and I found more questions. I didn’t find out anything! I thought angrily.
The only insight I got was being scared out of my mind. I couldn’t sit there anymore. I felt suffocated; I had to get out in the open. I left Teddy on the ottoman and opened the door carefully, peering out. Something seemed to pull me back, a vague feeling, as if I was missing something. I fingered the Turul bird medallion absentmindedly, feeling its smoothness and warmth. I realized I had searched everywhere but inside the ottoman. I grabbed the seat and tried to pull it up. There was a soft metallic click and then the top opened abruptly.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erika M Szabo is a Hungarian born American; she lives in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. She has a PhD in Alternative Medicine; she published a few books in this subject. Erika loves the art of healing; however, writing about dry medical facts doesn’t satisfy her thirst for storytelling. The ancient history of the Huns always fascinated her, it is full of holes, mysteries and speculations; there are only a few written facts about them besides their legends. Erika used her fertile imagination to fill the historical voids in the story of Ilona. She raises questions such as – What if healing by touch could be possible? – What if we could find a soul mate no matter the obstacles? – What if we could visit our ancestors on a whim? – What if our destiny is not written in stone and we can create our future?

NEW PUBLISHING LINE!!!

5 Prince Publishing is expanding! First it was Romance….and now Kids! 
I am happy to introduce you to the first children’s author to be featured, Tina J. Lackey Adams, and her book Chris Mouse and the Promise. It is available in paperback and will be available as an eBook soon!
About Chris Mouse!
Chris Mouse has just tucked her three little ones into bed when she notices the most beautiful bright shining star in the heavens. As she dreamily admires the star she remembers a prophecy she’s heard stories about since her youth. A magnificent star would mark the birth of the Savior. Could this be the promise she had waited her entire life to see? What happens next will change the world forever. Life for Chris Mouse will never be the same.

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Tina received an Associate of Arts in Pre-Social Work,Cum Laude from Coconino County Community College. Shecompleted her Bachelors in Social Work from NorthernArizona University and MSW from Arizona State UniversityAuthor Bio:
Tina received an Associate of Arts in Pre-Social Work, Cum Laude from Coconino County Community College. She completed her Bachelors in Social Work from Northern Arizona University and MSW from Arizona State University.
She is an alumni of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Gamma Chi Chapter and Gamma Phi Honor Societies.
Tina is a freelance writer and poet growing up with a a passion for reading and telling stories. She has a heart for children and animals serving families in Northern Arizona.

Interview with Erika M. Szabo!

Today I welcome fellow 5 Prince Publishing author, Erika M. Szabo! If you visited my blog last week, you know that the first book of her series, Ilona the Hun, Book one, BIRTHRIGHT BESTOWED, was published last week!  Now that you’ve got to hear about the book, it’s time to learn about the author!

What inspired you to write?
I’ve been educating my patients as a nurse all my life, and when I received my PhD I did Alternative Medicine consultation for a while. I realized that it was not enough. I could share my knowledge to only one person at a time, and I don’t really like to talk too much. I decided to write educational books and share my knowledge with many. My daughter gave me the nudge to write fantasy novels. She said when I complained that I didn’t have anything to red: ‘If you haven’t any book to read, than write one!’
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I absolutely don’t have any schedule. Some days I write for half an hour and some days ten hours straight.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Well, I’m an organized person and my house is pretty neat. However, I can’t stand neatness on my desk where I work – sometimes on three computers simultaneously.  I need chaos and mess on and around my desk – books stacked  and sticky notes hanging everywhere, bowls of nuts and fruit to munch on- , and I forbid everyone to touch my stuff.
Are you a pantser or plotter?
I am a plotter when I write medical books, I plan what I want to say and put it in clear and logical order. When I write a fantasy story I am definitely a pantser. I enjoy tremendously playing with the characters, let them develop as the story progresses and go back to change a romantic and lovable character into a villain if a new idea pops into mind as I write. When I started writing Ilona’s story, I only had a sketchy outline in my head. I played with some ideas in my spare time at first, but soon the events and characters came alive and kind of developed on their own as the story progressed. Elza surprised me the most; originally I planned her character to be an older, wise, steady and reliable aunt. I guess she didn’t like her assigned role; she became a little younger and more alive. Zoltan will change the most in book three, which I wasn’t really planning. It still amazes me, how much one accidental sentence can change the whole character, his values and personality        
Are your stories based on experiences based on someone you know, or are events in your own life reflected in the characters/stories you write? Can you share and example?
I include some historical events in my novels. However, the real events are incorporated into a fantasy story. I can’t really say my characters are based on real people although some of my characters slightly resemble people I know, either in appearance or bits and pieces of their personality. In Ilona’s story, there are some personal experiences. I am ambidextrous and I can’t cook just like Ilona. Elza’s character resembles my favorite sister-in-law, and I worked little stories into the book about my cat Miss Mirci Catchmousky as well as my gentle giant dog, Gypsy. I wrote about some personal experiences as well, from my years working as an ER nurse.
Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Write about what you would like to read as a reader. Keep your own unique voice, don’t follow the popular – churned out by the thousands – book formulas.
Are you self-pubbed, indie pubbed, or traditionally pubbed?
My Hungarian medical books are published by traditional publishers and my English books are self-published. My Ilona the Hun trilogy is in the publishing process by 5 Prince Publishing.
What are your current projects?
I’m working with my editor on publishing my magical-realism/fantasy/alternative history novel’s first two books Birthright-Bestowed and Secrets-Revealed, and writing the third one Destiny-Altered. Also, getting my Healing Herbs series ebooks compiled into a paperbook. 

Book blurb:

Birthright – Bestowed, Ilona the Hun novels book one

Ilona is a descendant of the True Hun tribe, which means nothing to her until her twenty-ninth birthday. The True Hun society is secretive and complex, with strict and fiercely enforced rules revealed only to those who have come of age. Ilona is a rebel who is determined to control and guide her own life. Resourceful and daring, she crosses the line and breaks those rules. She must face the consequences, even while discovering she has growing magical powers – powers she could never have dreamed of – powers tied to ancient tribal secrets.
The comfortable and uneventful part of her life ends as she enters adulthood – by Hun standards – and her journey of self-discovery begins. Ilona finds out that her birthright is to become a Healer. This legacy is in her hands, and in her heart and soul. Ilona’s destiny as a Healer runs alongside her desires as a woman. She is secretly and hopelessly in love with her best friend, and her hope is that one day he will present her with his Red Tulip – the symbol of devoted love. He seems oblivious to her feelings.
As Ilona grapples with this confusion, a dashing stranger explodes into her life. Will he break her heart, or bring her true happiness? And will she be able to balance her life’s calling with this complicated love triangle? The barrier created by her insecurity kept others out, but also kept her caged in. She has to break the barriers to discover her true identity. Her unusual heritage forces her to open her mind and heart to the unimaginable. She has to learn how to save her own life, the future of the Huns and her own sanity. Destiny forces her to take a leap from idle to warp speed overnight. She has no choice, she has to accept the ride and find out everything by herself. She has to learn how to fit the puzzle pieces together.
It is the hard journey of a naïve girl growing into a confident woman, unveiling the well-guarded secrets of the Huns. Ilona is a very modern heroine who grapples with the same questions many of us face today. What if we could wipe out disease? What if we could find a true soul-mate no matter the obstacles? And, most profound of all:  if we knew we could use our innate abilities to do absolute good or absolute evil, which path would we choose?
As her life settles into a slower pace, she begins writing a journal. She wants to take a look at her life from an outside perspective, hoping it will help her understand what happened to her and why. Others playing a major role in her life join her by writing about their own experiences. This journal depicts their struggles, heartaches and happiness, and it takes you to the mysterious world of the Huns.

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Available on:

AMAZON.COM       AMAZON.UK       BARNES&NOBEL      SMASHWORDS

Connect with Erika on the following links:

TWITTER     FACEBOOK

Websites: http://www.erikamszabo.com/

                http://www.try-alternative-healing.com/
                http://www.doktorszaboerika.com

5 Prince Publishing Launch Day for Erika M. Szabo!

Please welcome the latest 5 Prince Publishing author, Erika M. Szabo as she releases her novel, Birthright Bestowed, Ilona the Hun Trilogy, Book One. 


Birthright Bestowed

Ilona the Hun trilogy, book one

Ilona is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient Hun tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its strict and fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her Hun heritage besides legends, customs and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents whose sudden death ten years before devastated her. She plays her tune on her birthday given to her by her grandmother.  Elza – Ilona’s housekeeper – explains, the purpose of the tune is to let the elders know she had come to age. Her mother didn’t have a chance to explain her inherited powers, but after her 29thbirthday when she is considered as an adult by Hun standards, she begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child. Ilona discovers she can heal with her bare hands; she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state. This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in. She’s been in love with her unsuspecting best friend Bela, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her and discovering evil in him doesn’t help either. A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. Zoltan saves her life by jeopardizing his, which prompts Ilona to start fitting the puzzle pieces together and discovering the ancient tribal secrets that not only can change her future but the future existence of the Huns as well



Excerpt from Birthright Bestowed:
           I was holding Teddy deep in thoughts, absentmindedly stroking his soft artificial fur. He was my favorite childhood toy, stuffed to perfect softness. Suddenly I felt something piercing the side of my neck. The sharp pain made me jump, and I let out a muted cry. I touched the skin over my carotid artery and I felt warm wetness. A drop of blood glistened on my fingertips when I looked at my hand. I almost dropped Teddy feeling alarmed when I noticed that my fingers begun to glow as if a bright red light was turned on from the inside. At the same time I felt something scurrying from the side of my neck toward my chest. I reached up and swept my neck and chest jumping up in disgust. Crap! It must have been a bug or a spider. The damned thing bit me! I looked down on my chest and kept sweeping my clothes frantically looking for the bug.
            A sudden swirling sensation took me by surprise and I grabbed the side of the ottoman to steady myself while everything began to fade around me. I tried to find a focus point to decrease the sudden vertigo, and then brought my eyes down to Teddy. I noticed with climbing alarm that his eyes took on a strange red glow. His eyes seemed alive; they bore into my insides and the intense glow kept me frozen. I’m hallucinating ran through my mind. I tried to turn away, yet I couldn’t move a muscle. I couldn’t even blink. I was scared, never having felt such primal fear before. I felt my heart racing and my breath came in little puffs as I felt cold beads of sweat on my forehead. I knew it was adrenaline flooding my body triggered by the sudden fright, but I was afraid it might have been some poison from the bite as well.
             The strange sensation and hallucination stopped as quickly as it started. My hands felt and looked normal and I became rational in an instant and sat there, feeling obtuse, wondering what had just happened. The whole sensation lasted only for seconds, yet it frightened me a great deal not knowing what caused it.
              I came in here hoping to find answers, and I found more questions. I didn’t find out anything! I thought angrily.
              The only insight I got was being scared out of my mind. I couldn’t sit there anymore. I felt suffocated; I had to get out in the open. I left Teddy on the ottoman and opened the door carefully, peering out. Something seemed to pull me back, a vague feeling, as if I was missing something. I fingered the Turul bird medallion absentmindedly, feeling its smoothness and warmth. I realized I had searched everywhere but inside the ottoman. I grabbed the seat and tried to pull it up. There was a soft metallic click and then the top opened abruptly.
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***For more about this author, check back next week when she drops by for an author interview! ***



 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Erika M Szabo is a Hungarian born American; she lives in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. She has a PhD in Alternative Medicine; she published a few books in this subject. Erika loves the art of healing; however, writing about dry medical facts doesn’t satisfy her thirst for storytelling. The ancient history of the Huns always fascinated her, it is full of holes, mysteries and speculations; there are only a few written facts about them besides their legends. Erika used her fertile imagination to fill the historical voids in the story of Ilona. She raises questions such as – What if healing by touch could be possible? – What if we could find a soul mate no matter the obstacles? – What if we could visit our ancestors on a whim? – What if our destiny is not written in stone and we can create our future?
Author Contact Info:

http://twitter.com/ErikaMSzabo