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    Cool Ways To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

    Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly interested in nature and in particular, in the seasons. Perhaps it’s because I now have a different pace of life as a writer and don’t constantly look at a calendar the way I did when I was working in administrative jobs. When you’re in admin you type the date every time you type a letter so are constantly aware of what time of year it is. Now, I look for signs like snowdrops appearing and the changes in daylight to signal when seasons are changing. Let’s face it, you can’t rely on the temperature, can you? Especially not in Scotland. So, today’s…

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    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! (Disclaimer: This is an interview with Jack for which neither of us have been paid, but there are a couple of affiliate links, from which I will receive a small amount of commission if you make a purchase) Welcome to Rock Paper Spirit,…

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    Interview: Time Travelling With Craig Hallam

    Today on Rock Paper Spirit, we’re doing something a little different. I’ve stolen a time machine and travelled back to Victorian London with author Craig Hallam, who has written the Alan Shaw books, a series of steampunk adventures set in – you guessed it – Victorian London! (Disclaimer: Neither I nor Craig have been paid for this interview, but the post does contain links to Amazon from which I will receive a small amount of commission if you make a purchase) Craig, welcome to my site and to the 19th century! Can you tell us a little bit about the Alan Shaw books please? Hi Lacey. Thanks for having me…

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    Cute, Cool or Quirky Mother’s Day Gifts

    The last couple of days have felt like spring here in Scotland, so I’ve started thinking about spring holidays. Here in the UK, Mother’s Day is just around the corner as we celebrate it in March. I’ve started looking around for cool Mother’s Day gifts that aren’t the usual, unimaginative rubbish. I know, I know, candles, cushions, flowers and wine are universally loved by all women (except me) who have given birth – according to those who work in retail and prepare the Mother’s Day promotions. I know I would appreciate something with a little more thought though. Here are a few suggestions for cute, cool or quirky Mother’s Day…

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    Author Interview: Wedding Crashing With Jessica Goodwin

    It’s February, spring is just around the corner and love is in the air! So, what better way to interview my next guest on Rock Paper Spirit than by crashing a wedding! I’m here with romance author Jessica Goodwin at the most glamorous society wedding you could imagine to do some writing research. I brought a toaster and added it to the gift pile so I don’t feel like a freeloader. The venue is gorgeous; chandeliers everywhere, wall-to-wall designer outfits and…oh champagne! *takes a glass* Can I tempt you to a canape Jessica? I probably shouldn’t, because I’m struggling to lose these stubborn holiday pounds, but… one won’t hurt. Okay,…