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    Books,  Guest Posts,  Parenting

    Five Favourite Books For Encouraging Speech In Toddlers

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, we love to welcome contributions from other writers and bloggers. Today we welcome blogger Kim Hogg for this special guest appearance, where she will be sharing which books are her favourites for encouraging speech in toddlers. My eldest son is 3 and while he is now seen to speak, it hasn’t always been this way. He was over 18 months old before he finally said “mum”, and he was nearly 3 before we could start to have a vaguely sensible conversation with him. I have spent a lot of time working on his speech at home, and have found a variety of activities that work…

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    Books,  The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019

    The A to Z Blogging Challenge: L is for Leaving A Shoe At The Ball

    Today I want to write about something a little bit different. It’s not an item that is currently on my wish list or something that I daydream about at the present time. Today L is going to stand for Leaving A Shoe At The Ball. If you’re at all familiar with western fairy tales, you’ll know the story of Cinderella. Western readers are reading this and thinking, “Who doesn’t know the story of Cinderella?” But lets not forget that the internet is global and so is my blog. There are a large number of readers from other cultures who have never heard of Charles Perrault or read his fairy tales…

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    Books,  Events,  Writing

    My Pearls of Wisdom For New Writers On World Book Day

    Since it’s World Book Day and I’m a writer, I do feel like I should have something wise to offer the world today. Maybe some speech about the importance of books in my life and the life of my child. Perhaps I should be talking about how incredibly fortunate we all are to live in a time and a society when we take education for granted, so the majority of us can pick up a book and read it with ease. Or maybe, since I’m in the business of writing, editing, formatting, publishing and marketing books, I should have something to offer on the world of self-publishing. Instead, I’m going…

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    Books,  Interviews,  Mental Health

    Interview: Normandy Piccolo, Author of Bullied: Dying To Fit In

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, I’ve been featuring a lot of author interviews recently and today I’d like to welcome Normandy Piccolo. This interview won’t be set anywhere crazy or weird because the book we’re going to be talking about is Bullied: Dying To Fit In. I feel that an on-location interview wouldn’t be appropriate for this, so we’re just going to have a chat, but I’ll following my usual line of questioning. Normandy, welcome! Can you tell us a little bit about Bullied: Dying to Fit In and what prompted you to write it? Well, one day I read a story about a young girl in New York who…

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    Books,  Interviews

    Interview: Solving A Murder Mystery With J S Strange

    Happy St. David’s Day readers! To celebrate this special day here on Rock Paper Spirit, I’ve invited Welsh author J S Strange to join me for an evening of fine Welsh food, great conversation about Jack’s new book and… murrrrderrrr! Yes, it’s a murder mystery themed party and somebody’s just been murdered. Can Jack Strange figure out who did the foul deed? Read on to find out! Welcome to Rock Paper Spirit, Jack. Thanks so much for coming along to this murder mystery dinner with me. I’ve really enjoyed the meal but now it’s time for dessert. I think I’ll have the… *lights go out* What’s happening? *lights go back…