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Music Monday meets CentreStage: Richard Holmes brings Inspiration For Breakfast and The Clash

Music Monday meets CentreStage
as I hand over my blog to the one-and-only Richard F. Holmes today.

Be prepared for music and astral inspiration!

Take it away, Richard!

First of all, Nicky, I’d like to honour Music Monday on your blog. Here’s a tune by The Clash that inspires me:


Moreover, this version of Louie Louie by The Clash represents a great bit of three-minute escapism for me. Sadly, you’ve got to click through to listen to this song but it is totally worth it.

Awesome!! But now, Richard, on to your REAL purpose for being here… 🙂

Thank  you Nicky.  I must say it’s a pleasure to be here.

Why thank you, Richard… so can you tell us about your latest book?

Yes, it’s called Inspiration For Breakfast and it’s a compilation of wisdom quotes that I felt compelled to put into book form, and I’m really grateful to you for showcasing it today on my official launch day.

As you may well know I really love inspirational quotes; I find that they can really fire you up and get you going and I just felt it was something I needed to do.  I had already published one new book this year and republished my first five pieces of work as two revamped paperbacks, but I found myself wanting to do something else before the year’s end, and Inspiration For Breakfast is the result of that.  I got the idea and just sat on it for weeks, but once I decided to go ahead with it, it was finished very quickly.

Was there any particular source you gathered all these quotes from?

A few really; I just love Eastern Philosophy, so the first section is dedicated to Easter Philosophy quotes.  Then there is a section on Marcus Aurelius quotes; Marcus was one of only five Roman Emperors to have been considered “good”.  There is also a section on Greek Philosophy quotes and a section on miscellaneous quotes from all kinds of people as diverse as Audrey Hepburn and Winston Churchill.

Who would you say your book was for specifically, Richard?

Literally anyone and everyone Nicky; young and old, male and female; anyone at all who is looking for a little bit of inspiration.

That sounds great, and I understand that Inspiration For Breakfast is not the only project you have been busy with?

Yes that’s correct,  firstly I decided that my Kindle version of Angelic Wisdom Trilogy needed sprucing up a little, so I engaged the services of our very own Stephanie Keyes’ company, Sycamore Road Design, to create a new cover for me, and here it is… 

It’s beautiful, Richard! Well done, Steph!

To celebrate the new cover reveal I am hosting a free giveaway on Amazon Kindle of Angelic Wisdom Trilogy, and anyone interested in downloading a copy can find do so from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com (available on 26 November and 27 November 2012). 

As well as that I have just released my latest CD, Mantra For The Soul.  This is a project that I am particularly excited about, and I also have someone working on a new backing track for one of my older meditation CDs that is already in production, and if things go to plan the finished article will seem like a completely new project only much better.  Finally, I have an idea for another CD in the new year that should turn out to be the best of the bunch.  So, all in all, exciting times! 

My goodness, what a lot of achievements: congrats! Thanks for joining me today, Richard, and sharing your exciting news with us.  But before you go, how about one of your favourite quotes from the book?

It would be a pleasure, Nicky, and thanks again for having me as a guest on your blog!

“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable” – Mahatma Gandhi

About Richard Holmes… by Richard Holmes!

I am a medium and clairvoyant and also the author of 8 spiritual books and  producer of 6 meditation CD’s that have helped to change the lives of many people from all walks of life.  Only 12 years ago I was still  struggling with an alcohol problem that was threatening to take my life in a very negative direction from which there would have been no return.  These days I use the same principles that enabled me to turn my life around and apply them to my client’s individual needs.  I help people replace the old  negative mindsets, that keep them rooted in the past, with new positive  thoughts and attitudes that enable them to get what they dream about having and being in their lives.

By drawing on my own life  experience I help people to grow and realise their true worth and  potential; helping them to express themselves in ways that make them  feel happy and fulfilled.  People contact me when they are at a crossroads in their lives or when they  feel they are stuck in a particular negative situation.  It may also be  because they are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one or they may simply be in search of some guidance of a spiritual nature.

Whatever the reason, I always aim to make people feel at ease so that  they can enjoy the experience. I also help people to realise the gifts of clairvoyance, mediumship and  healing that are present within themselves.  This can be on a one-to-one or group basis and is achieved through guided meditation and other methods of inner  work.

Find Richard

Visit Richard on his website or at loveahappyending.com, find him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.

You can buy Richard’s books on amazon.co.ukamazon.com and smashwords.

Huge congratulations to Richard ~ and a Big Thank you for bringing us Inspiration For Breakfast. Wishing you all the best of luck and every success!

CentreStage with Richard Holmes: Inspired!

Welcome again to CentreStageCentreStage showcases fantastic authors from around the world, often introducing fellow featured authors at loveahappyending.com as well as my fellow authors in the Sapphire Star Publishing family.  On CentreStage, these authors might write for you about their lives, or their writing journey, or anything else that matters to them.  Every feature will be different in format and flavour, so watch out for a variety of stories and tales.

Today, it is my great pleasure to welcome a loveahappyending.com featured author…  Introducing: the amazing Richard Holmes!

Richard says:  “You Can’t Beat A Bit Of Inspiration”

First of all I would like to thank the wonderful Nicky Wells for having me as a guest on her blog.  I know that she has had a number of amazing authors as guests and it’s an honour for me to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before.

**Nicky blushes** Thank you for your kind words, Richard, it’s lovely to have you visit today. 🙂  Sorry to interrupt, please continue….

I have chosen as a theme for this short post, “inspirational quotes”.  I don’t know about you, but I love a bit of inspiration and I do get fired up by the thoughts and musings of the world’s great “quoters” both past and present.  Some pieces of inspiration are self-explanatory, such as this masterpiece from Marie Curie:

Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood

But there are other gems of wisdom that are open to interpretation and may need a bit of pondering before the meaning becomes apparent, such as this piece from Charles Dickens:

Have a heart that never hardens; a temper that never tires; a touch that never hurts

On the surface he appears to be contradicting himself with his talk of a temper that never tires, but if you think about it, it seems that he is actually talking about desire and enthusiasm; the fire one gets in the belly when one gets their teeth into a project.  The drive to keep going right to the end.

I would like to share with you a couple of my personal favourites, and also my own slant on them.  Firstly, this wonderful quote from Sri Sathya Sai Baba; I will never forget the feeling I had when I first came across this because it is so true and apt:“In your heart you will find peace, everywhere else you will find only pieces

These words are just so true.  If you think about it, when we take the time to find a quiet space and sit with our own reflections, we can and do find that inner peace that passes all understanding.  But in the helter-skelter of the outer world everything seems so disjointed.  We are always running here, there and everywhere; sometimes achieving nothing in the process, and the noise can sometimes be deafening.  Life really can seem like a 1000 piece jig-saw at times with the pieces scattered all over the place.  But when we find that inner peace nothing else seems to matter and we can experience that blissful feeling of being an impartial and silent observer, unruffled by all the chaos in the world.

Pesky me, interrupting again: so sorry! Just had to say how much I adore that quote. It’s beautiful, and I am happy that you’re sharing it here today.  End of interruption, I promise!

Another quote that really inspires me is this one from Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Someone gave me a picture as a gift back in 2003, when I was moving to Wales, and this quote was on it:

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

I only recently found out it was one of Ralph’s and it really makes me think whenever I’m having one of my “woe is me” phases.

Lastly, I very recently saw an American female singer being interviewed on TV.  Her name is Melody Gardot, and she had been involved in a terrible car crash. She used her time recovering in a hospital bed to learn to play the guitar.  Although she recovered she was left very sensitive to light and sound, but when the interviewer asked her about her ordeal she said the most wonderful thing.  She described the whole experience as the universe “opening its arms” and giving her the most amazing opportunity which she grasped with both hands.  It made me think of that quote and how she was a classic example of someone who dared to tread where most people would not and because of this she became a shining example for others to follow.

That’s just such an amazing story!  Anyone interested in finding out more about Melody’s story can visit her website here or take a peek at her potted history on Wikipedia.

Well, all that remains now is for me to say thanks again to Nicky Wells for having me as a guest on her blog……. Thanks Nicky!

The pleasure is all mine, Richard. I am humbled and delighted by the quotes and thoughts you are sharing today. Thank you!  Now, I believe there’s a book you’d like to tell us about at this point?

I do indeed!  I’d like to introduce the  first book in the Fragments Of Divinity series. This is an innovative publication of  blog style articles that deal with potentially complicated spiritual subjects in  an easy to read and understand way.  Based mainly on my own actual  experiences, these delightful articles will provide both inspiration and insight  to the reader, and will also answer many of those nagging questions that you  thought you would never receive answers to. A truly inspirational read.

And here’s Richard’s bio and amazing life story:

Richard was born in London in 1955 and has lived a very topsy turvey life that hit rock bottom as we entered the new millennium.  “I always felt like a bit of a misfit, not really belonging anywhere. This is illustrated by the fact that I left school at 15 with no qualifications and would have been asked to leave had I not done so voluntarily. By the time I was 17 I’d had 24 jobs and was just not able to settle anywhere.”

Out of frustration and boredom Richard joined the army in 1976, but this did not work out either and he left at the end of 1979.  After a three-month interim period Richard went off to Germany to work and remained abroad for six years. It was during his time in the army and in Germany that he succumbed excessively to the temptations of alcohol.

Richard returned to the UK in 1986 and by the mid 1990’s found himself in a pretty sorry state. Things came to a head during the latter part of 2000 when Richard’s life seemed to sink down to an all-time low.  “Finally, out of the darkness there came a light and in 2001 I found my spiritual pathway giving me a purpose in life“.

These days Richard lives in Tetbury, Gloucestershire and has been working as a medium for over ten years. He runs workshops in various spiritual topics, gives private consultations for guidance along life’s pathway and also tutors on a one-to-one basis in meditation and spiritual awareness. He is a Reiki healer, psychic surgeon, spiritually inspired artist and gives profound interpretations of dreams.

Visit Richard on his website or at loveahappyending.com, find him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.

You can buy Richard’s books on amazon.co.uk,  amazon.com and smashwords.

Well, I have to say I am positively reeling from all these insights (in a good way, of course!). Wow!  Over to you, dear reader.  Which quote speaks to you loudest?  Do you have a favourite inspirational saying or quote? We’d love you to share!