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.

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.

Y is for Yummy and Yuri – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here and we’re nearly at the end of the alphabet – Can you believe it? The last post will appear on Monday.

Today though we focus on the letter Y.

First up we have MY YUMMY CORN written and illustrated by  Surendhra Kumar Padayatchi.

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This is a story about a mouse that lived a content life in a corn field being usurped by a city dwelling mouse to enjoy the fruits of an urban living. Did the mouse settle down in the city? What happened after the mouse departed with his new acquaintance?

Pick up your copy in Kindle or paperback today.

Secondly, I’m going to cheat a little. I’d like to introduce you all to YURI SHAMNE. Yuri is an artist and puzzle maker from Russia and he has been providing picture puzzles for Debbie’s puzzle blog, Paws 4 Puzzles, on Wednesdays.

You and children can catch up on all of Yuri’s puzzles so far on this page. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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That’s all for today. Join me on Monday for the letter Z!

Adana

 

 

X is for Xtras – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here. We’re going to cheat a little today. Debbie couldn’t find any books that began with the letter X so instead she told me to introduce a couple of X-tras.

First up is an awesome book that Debbie edited, AND THAT’S WHY SHE’S MY MAMA written and illustrated by Tiarra Nazario.

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What is a Mama? A mama is someone who is always there for you. She makes you your favorite food, takes you to the park, and kisses your boo-boos better. Some mamas didn’t hold you in their belly, but they will forever hold you in their hearts. Mamas come in all different shapes, colors, and ages, but they all have one thing in common.

They love you!

Pick up a paperback copy directly from Tiarra’s website.

Next up is a little story from Debbie Manber Kupfer from the world of P.A.W.S.

The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again.

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Where can that pesky Popgoes be?
Find out in this humorous tale available on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

Come back tomorrow when we celebrate the letter Y with some Yummy corn and some puzzles from Russian artist and puzzler Yuri Shamne.

Bye for now,

Adana

Picture Books from A to Z – Day W!

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Hi everyone,

Adana here. Today for W day I’m going to introduce you to two very important books.

First up here’s Women Who March by Adena Raub Dershowitz (Author) and Heather Workman (Illustrator).

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A children’s book inspiring the next generation of feminists, Women Who March is an illustrated depiction of the author’s experience participating in the 2017 Women’s March. Written to spark conversation between parents and children, the book describes the march and the equal rights activism that fueled the marches around the world.

Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Next up is a book that deals with another serious subject and one that is dear to the heart of this little brown dragon, as I do have a tendency to worry.

Meet young Maya in When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Hazke and illustrated by  InSong Nam.

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One night just before the lights went out, Worry snuck into Maya’s mind. Worry grew bigger and bigger until there was no space left for anything else. Just darkness and fear. Join Maya as she finds Courage, through the form of a calming breath, and learns how to break free from Worry’s hold.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback or Kindle.

That’s all for now – we’ll have something Xtra special for you tomorrow.

Good night,

Adana

Under the Sun and Unicorns – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi everyone, I’m back again!

Today we are featuring two books on this blog that feature the letter U!

First up we have We Are One Under The Sun written by Jocelyn Marie Schlegel with illustrations by Jesse Musto.

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Sander the Shark tries to make friends with children on the beach and discovers that he scares them with his big, white teeth. He goes on an adventure to find friends in his habitat, meeting creatures of all shapes, colors, and sizes along the way.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in paperback.

Next up – who likes a good joke? Rich Linville has a whole bunch in Unicorn Jokes for Kids and How To Tell Them.

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What did the baby unicorn call her father? “Pop” corn!

This an oodles more can be found in the fun little book.

Pick up a copy today in Kindle or paperback.

That’s all for today – come back tomorrow when we’ll meet some VERY small creatures.

See ya,

Adana

 

Happy Earth Day! Adana the Earth Dragon is officially out in the World Today!

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Hi everyone! I’m here! Today’s the day that my book ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON finally is released into the world. Want to read a sample? Sure you do:

Once upon a time there was a small brown dragon called Adana. Adana was an earth dragon and Adana was very sad. She longed to play with the other dragons, but none of them would accept her as a friend. “It’s because I’m small and brown and boring” she said. “No one wants to be friends with an earth dragon.”

The air dragons would soar through the sky, their wings outstretched. Adana wished she could join them up in their playground of clouds, but she had no wings.

The water dragons would glide effortlessly through the lagoon, playing tag and Marco Polo. Adana yearned to join in their games, but sadly she could not swim.

The fire dragons scared little Adana with their tremendous scaly scarlet forms and flames that could toast two hundred marshmallows with one puff. Adana secretly tried gargling with fire water to see if she might make a flame, but she only gave herself a sore throat. Poor Adana, she could never be a fire dragon.

So sad little Adana slunk into her cave, curled up in a corner, and took a nap.

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Now you can’t just leave little me like this – Can you? So pick up a copy of my story, ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON today.

It’s available in paperback from Amazon or directly from this site. There’s even a companion coloring and activity book available.

Prefer to read on Kindle or listen on Audible? I can to that too and the book is available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

AND a bonus the first TEN people to order a copy from this website today will pick up a free audio book of Adana narrated by the awesome Fiona Thraille. This offer is available for orders from the US or the UK. (If you’re in the UK message me for shipping costs – I will be traveling to the UK in June, so if you can wait until then to receive your books I can make the shipping costs a bit cheaper!)

PLUS all orders receive a signed Adana bookmark and a coloring sheet!

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So Happy Earth Day folks. Remember to protect the flowers from those big bad giants!

Peace and Love,

Adana

A Rocket and a Raspberry – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here and we’ve finally reached the Letter R.

Today I’m going to introduce to two awesome picture books.

First up here’s THE ROCKET THAT FLEW TO MARS written and illustrated by Audrey Sauble.

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A rocket, a robot, and the beginnings of a Mars colony…

A long time ago, in the house that Jack built, a rat ate the malt, a cat chased the rat, and a dog, a cow, and a maiden all-forlorn came by for a visit.

Now, on a red planet near our own, a truck builds a house, pressurized by an air system powered by a solar array and maintained by a robot…but space exploration comes with a few surprises.

This picture book is a fun STEM / science story for preschoolers and early readers. Through this space-age nursery rhyme, children can discover how life on Mars might, possibly, come to be—when The Rocket Flew to Mars.

Pick up your copy in Kindle, Hardcover or Paperback on Amazon.

Next up meet RASPBERRY SASSAFRASS by Allison Holland a story of a cow that moves to the city!

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The first book in this series introduces the reader to Raspberry Sassafras, a cow who moves from the farm to a high-rise apartment with her friend Jane, and learns to adjust to life in the big city. At the same time, Jane discovers that her friend Raspberry is far from being an ordinary cow.

Pick up your copy today in Kindle or paperback.

That’s all for today,

See you tomorrow,

Adana

 

 

Quincy the Quail and a Little Princess – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Today we reach the letter Q – Quick, I have a Question. Can you think of a Quintet of things that begin with the letter Q?

Here’s one his name is Quincy and he’s a Quail and he’s the star of his own story QUINCY THE QUAIL SAVES A LIFE by Barbara Renner with illustrations by Amanda M. Wells.

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Quincy the Quail is a little clumsy, but that doesn’t stop him from taking care of his family. When the quail family hunt for food in a new neighborhood, they encounter a bullying hummingbird. Quincy protects his chicks from the bully and ends up saving a life.

Audio QR codes throughout the book allow the reader to hear the quail calls and hummingbird sounds by using a free QR Code Reader App. In addition, interesting facts about the Gambel’s Quail and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are included on almost every page. This book is appropriate for ages 3-7 and is educational as well as entertaining.

Children love hearing the animal sounds. Parents and teachers love the interactive innovation.

Available in paperback. 

Next up meet DADDY’S LITTLE PRINCESS (who may someday be a QUEEN) in this heart warming story by Steve Proutsos and illustrated by Callie Faye Lips.

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Daddy’s Little Princess is about a beautiful relationship between father and daughter.

It shows how a first time dad grows to become a confident and loving father and how a little girl, with the help of her dad, overcomes her fears and becomes a responsible, confident young woman.

The story takes places through eight nights during certain ages of the daughter’s life where she is scared to go to bed. In infant and toddler stages, she is frightened to be alone, but in the later stages, she is afraid of what is to come in her life. Her dad comes in her room to help her conquer her fears and show her how much he loves and cares for her.

After each night, the daughter has extraordinary dreams that helps her conquer her fear at that moment. Her father’s hopes are for her to grow up to be an independent and responsible young woman, but also know that he will always be there for her no matter what.

Pick up this story in Kindle or paperback.

That’s all for now. This little dragon is Quite tired and needs to sleep.

See you tomorrow,

Adana