Friday Fiction – Cecilia’s Tale

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The tiny kitten mewed in the clutches of the evil Dogzilla the Dastardly. He had given up all hope of ever seeing his food bowl again.

But what was that? Flying through the air was Super Cici to the rescue. Faster than a speeding furball, she swooped down and scooped up the kitten from Dogzilla’s terrible jaws.

Yet another amazing rescue by the fabulous Super Cici.

Cecilia yawned. She opened her eyes and stretched. That had been an awesome dream, but now she was hungry.

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Want to keep reading? You’re in luck, Cecilia’s Tale, story by Debbie Manber Kupfer with illustrations by Victoria Szulc is now available everywhere including Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo and more, and for a limited time is just 99 cents/99p on ebook. Plus as a bonus if you pick up a copy today in either ebook or paperback and send me a confirmation number I’ll send you a code for a free audio book of the tale recorded by the awesome Fiona Thraille.

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Happy Friday!

 

 

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Wednesdays with Yuri

Over at Paws 4 Puzzles today. It’s Wednesday with Yuri and a spot the difference puzzle.

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Hi folks, welcome back for another Wednesday picture puzzle from Yuri Shamne. In today’s puzzle can you find the seven differences between the left and right picture?

A young magician, who mixed everything up 1. Find the 7 differences in the pictures. A young magician, who mixed everything up 2. Find the 7 differences in the pictures.

Have a happy week and come back next Wednesday for another Wednesday puzzle from Yuri Shamne.

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It Takes a Village to Launch an Indie Book – Reflections on Blogging from A to Z 2018

So it’s May and the April showers have turned into the May flowers and now as is traditional I get to reflect back on the crazy month of April when I challenge myself to blog from A to Z.

I started doing the challenge 5 years ago over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles. For three years I puzzled from A to Z. You can find my old puzzles over here if you’re curious and I’m working to release a book sometime in the future.

Last year I decided to switch it up a bit. I brought A to Z over to this blog and introduced you to a character a day from my P.A.W.S. Saga. Confession here – I actually changed a few names in Londinium (the book I was working on at the time) so that I could have one for each letter! You can check my A to Z of P.A.W.S. over here if you’re so inclined.

This year April was a special month. I had planned to release my new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon on Earth Day (April 22) that fell right in the middle of the month. I’d been frequented several Children’s Book groups on Facebook and had been wowed by all the talent there was out there in the indie community. But sadly while most of these authors and illustrators produced fantastic books, it was hard to get the word out. So I thought how about in exchange for spreading the word about my little dragon I featured a picture book a day on my blog.

I created a form and was overwhelmed by the response, so much so that for most days in April I ended up featuring not one, but two or three books. I also had to get a little cheeky on some days. For example no one submitted a book that began with the letter V – but I did have two awesome books that featured mice, so V became the day of VERY small creatures!

I hope you enjoyed my posts and have discovered some new great indie picture books for your little ones.

Here’s a link to all the posts in case there are some you missed.

And just a little nudge ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON is on sale this week for just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.

Meet Harsha Sheelam

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to introduce children’s and YA author, Harsha Sheelam. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Harsha.

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I am children’s book author from Hyderabad, India. I fell in love with writing at an early age thanks to my mother. I have three books to my credit, one young adult novel, and two short stories books. My articles have been featured in magazines, newspapers, and blogs. When I am not writing, I am either playing my sitar or studying business administration.

When did you first start writing?

 I first started writing when I was in high school, but I only began to do it professionally in 2016 when I started working with a Hyderabad based magazine. In about six months I was multi-tasking writing for three companies. I debuted in 2017 with my first book.

Who are your favorite authors?

Rabindranath Tagore, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Graham Greene, Shakespeare, Frances Hodgson Burnett, to name a few.

(That’s a really eclectic list – I like it! DMK)

What inspires you to write?

 Writing helps me to escape from reality and takes me into this private space where I can do and think what I want without anyone to judge me. The peace, humbleness, and simplicity that writing gives me, is what inspires me to write.

  1. Which is your favorite book you have written?

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I can’t decide a favorite book. I’ve always said that it is like answering the question, “Who is your favorite child?” The learning, experiences, and memories that I have with each of them are so significant. The hard work and perseverance that I put into each can’t help me determine my favorites.

Did you illustrate yourself, or did you hire an illustrator? If an illustrator – tell us a little about them.

 I have hired the illustrator in the past. But, I will myself for my next poetry book, which is about healing and is suitable for adults.

What are you working on?

 I have finished working on a collection of short stories named ‘Poppydown Pals’. It should hopefully be out mid-year. I am currently working on my poetry book, which are four-line couplets. All those who love R.H Sin, Faraway Poetry, Atticus, will hopefully love these.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

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I’d like to read and fix the minds of people who think ‘Girls shouldn’t wear short clothes, be out late, drink, smoke, have tattoos, show skin, have short hair, be dark-skinned, be a housewife, and god forbid if she is dating,  she is a gold digger.” The world will be a better place with a superwoman who can change these perspectives for the empowerment of other women.

(Really awesome answer here! Here’s to all the superwomen out there! DMK)

 Tell us something unusual about the place you live.

I can’t tell if I’m the only one surrounded by such people or if it is in the rest of the world. Narrow-mindedness, prejudice, judgments, valuing the useless and ornamental, is something very unusual. The world is evolving, evolve your mind too.

(Sadly yes, there are narrow-minded people here in the States too. Agree that we should all evolve. DMK)

Thank you for hanging out with us Harsha. How can readers connect with you and where can we buy your books?

 I’m available on online portals of my website, Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon author page.

www.sheelamharsha.com

www.instagram.com/harshasheelam/

www.facebook.com/harshasheelamm/

https://www.amazon.com/author/harshasheelam

 

 

99 Cents Picture Book Sale!

Update – Everything should now be 99 cents! Happy Reading!

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Hi folks, I’ve got a surprise for you – starting today for one week only all four of my picture books are just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.

That includes (from left to right)

The Great Bobbert

The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again. Where can that pesky Popgoes be?

Adana the Earth Dragon

Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons.
Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?

 

And Cecilia’s Tale

Cecilia’s on a mission to find a new human, but will she find the right one? She’s heard they’re very difficult to train.

Pick up one, two, or all three for your little ones!

Books also available in paperback and audio.

Wednesdays with Yuri

Over on my puzzle blog today we have a new maze from Yuri Shamne!

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Welcome back to Wednesdays with Yuri Shamne. We had a little break for April while this blog was hosting A to Z. I hope you enjoyed the A to Z posts and maybe found a picture book or two for your little ones.

Today on Wednesdays with Yuri, we have an amazing maze. Young Joey is stuck in the middle of the maze. Four friends are trying to rescue him, but only one will succeed. Can you work out which one?

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Have an AMAZING week and check out Yuri’s previous puzzles here.

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Ziggy & Tiggy and Zoo Train – Blogging from A to Z

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And now we reach the final letter of the alphabet, the letter Z.

Our first Z book is ZIGGY & TIGGY by Briana Borgella, illustrated by Mary Biswas.

 

Take an adventurous journey through the jungle with Ziggy & Tiggy!

Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

So you’d like to see some cool JUNGLE animals but can’t make it all the way to the jungle. How about a trip to the ZOO instead?

So climb aboard the ZOO TRAIN, an animal counting book by Tim Steiner.

 

Count with Claire at the Zoo! Introduce your young reader to animals, counting, and how to politely accept and decline invitations. For ages 1-3.

Available in Kindle or paperback.  

So there we have it we’ve traveled the alphabet from A to Z. I hope you’ve had fun and picked up some new reads for your little ones.

Many Thanks,

Adana

P.S. If you haven’t picked up my book yet – please do! Available in Kindle, paperback or audible or directly from Debbie on this website.