Mutt’s Musings, or why he needs a lead?

2015-06-01 09.29.46We were out walking, He-Who-Blogs and me, and for once we got talking. It started with an argument. He said I was rabbiting on and I got angry. Well, you would, wouldn’t you? It was at the very least doggist to compare me to a lower piece of the food chain. It might even have been speciesist and when I said as much he got all huffy and said I’d not been leaping on his lap as much as I used to and I said that’s because he’s at that computer all the time and he said he had a book to get out and that’s when we really went at it.

I’m not unaware. I know I treat him a bit like those supermarket home delivery people: you know, you send out for fresh chicken and end up with a packet of dry biscuits and a voucher for dog sacks. It’s not really on, is it? So you are a bit snotty with them.

Well I said I’d have done more if I was launching a book and he made this weak joke about how I should print a dogalogue of my back titles and I told him, with a few well chosen growls, that what he needed to do, was a blog tour. I mean even I can see over his shoulder that there are people out there who engage with him. Someone, I said, must want to do the Host-a-Post thingy for you, even if the book is rubbish. There aren’t any chases and little food so it’s hardly going to be a page turner, is it?

So we sulked a bit. I stole someone else’s ball just to wind him up – though actually it was really so we would stay by this rather gorgeous collie with the sexiest fluffy hindquarters while he went into one of his soliloquys-come-apologies that are so dull even the angriest owner accepts his grovelling just to get away – and after he agreed he’d do something. So apologies for any streaks on the screen from my nose, but I have to watch him like a whippet (you thought I was going to say ‘hawk’ didn’t you? Hardly. A bloody bird better than a sight hound? Give me a break). This is what he has to say:

As I hope you know, on the 14th of this month, tomorrow, my second book

My father and Other Liars

is published (tada! Fanfare, cue cheering).

MFaOLInspired and encouraged by several of you (and Dog), I have decided to test the water to see if there is an appetite to host a series of guests posts from me as a way to promote my book, books indeed.

Since I am asking for a favour in allowing me space on your blogs, I would be delighted to write about whatever you request (within some degree of reason!). You may want to ask me some questions and I’ll be happy to answer them. I realise that some of you would be happy if I suggested a theme, and if that is the case, I’ll happily oblige.

I’m sure there are many topics we can cover; if you know of any that you really enjoyed on other tours and might work generally, feel free to add them in the comments.  If this does appeal to you, I’m thinking the tour might start in September and run for, maybe, a fortnight, depending on take up. If that suits them please leave a note in the comments or mail me on

glepard at saqnet dot co dot uk

Or via twitter at @geofflepard

There that wasn’t so hard was it? And thanks to He Who Blogs  for changing the header on this bloggy thing to give me a proper billing; he couldn’t keep using the poppy picture because I’ve taken my revenge.  Oh and any chance you can get me a date with that Ani over at Sue Vincent’s blog? Tell her she’ll have to bring her own balls to chase after what you had those vets do to me….

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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40 Responses to Mutt’s Musings, or why he needs a lead?

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Hey there, Mutt… (really, you don’t let him get away with calling you that, do you? A nice handsome chap like yourself…. ;P)
    Glad you’ve taken him in paw… honestly, these two legs are useless without a bit of earthy common sense, you know. Should see what she’s been up to lately…. I wonder about her sometimes…
    Tell him from me that she would be more than happy to host a guest post from him, I’ll make sure of that….and he can write what he likes as long as it is duly respectful to us sight hounds…
    As to the balls… really??? And he can still sit down???
    Mind, she got me a dozen… you can borrow a couple if you like…. 😉
    Much love, Ani xxx

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  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Echo and commented:
    The Mutt is trying to organise a blog tour for his two-legs’ new book, ‘My Father and other Liars’ which is released tomorrow…if annyone feels like extending a friendly paw…?
    Much love, Ani xxx

    Liked by 2 people

  3. And a book’s only really exciting if it’s got sausages or mini pork pies in it, like the Famous Five.

    Seriously, well done and wishing you every success.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Hi there Dog! Please tell your human I would happily host is blog tour . I have no idea how to go about it but if he ( Your master ) has any info I shall be glad to comply!

    Liked by 1 person

    • TanGental says:

      Marvellous, Willow. I’ll pull together the names of everyone who says yes and then work out a schedule to see if it suits. Do you have an email were I can contact you?


      • TanGental says:

        Hi Willow. Are you still up for the blog tour? I’m putting together an email about this – may aim to for it to take place in and around the second and third weeks of September. If you are game, can I have a mail to contact you on? Mine, if you want to send it to me privately is glepard at saqnet dot co dot uk.


  5. Tell the Man I’ll happily host him, and that my current series, beginning yesterday with Park Life, Part 1, needs a text

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Annecdotist says:

    Ah, my friend, I see your shrinking-violetness has led to your disguising your much-awaited request for blogging support to launch your second novel in a post about a dog – which I might have skipped over. But seeing as I’ve read it through, let me say I’d LOVE to host to you if I can separate you from that dog. I’d really like a post about tackling the controversial issue of religion and reproductive rights in your novel. What inspired it? What did/do you fear? Could you bear to give me 600ish words on that?

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  7. Norah says:

    Very cute and clever little puppy. Was your two-legged friend a bit bashful in doing the asking himself?
    Geoff, I do like your new banner. Very becoming. I will give some thought to your request. I’m not sure what I could work in with my educational theme.


  8. Autism Mom says:

    Excellent work by dog and so excited for the release of your book!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. roweeee says:

    Geoff, dog is definitely suffering from neglect. Check the look on that face! I am open to suggestions for the book promo thingy. I don’t read book reviews but I do write about author talks I’ve been to so that could work. I still need to order your first book so perhaps I’ll get the two at once. I lost my keycard a few weeks ago and had to watch the limit on the credit card but still intend to get a copy. xx Rowena

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    • TanGental says:

      I think the idea is we chose a topic, I write it, send it to you via mail and you post it wrapped around with whatever you want to say. Does that sound like a plan? If you want to know anything about me my book, my writing process then that can be a topic, of Ill generate a few ideas and see if any catch your fancy. And you are very kind about buying the books; they’re not going anywhere so no rush!!


  10. Dylan Hearn says:

    This book has arrived on my Kindle, ready to be read on holiday next week. I’d also be more than happy to host a guest blog. I’ll let you choose out of the following: holiday reads; how business and religion interact with politics; or if we want to kill both our followings in one swift blow, the similarity between test cricket and writing novel.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I love your name ‘Dog’, dog! I often get referred to by your name.

    Your owner kindly did my owner a guest post the other month, but tell him he’s welcome to sign my owner up again. We dogs need to stick together. You must let me know next time to decide to take a walk on the South Downs as well. I like that place a lot, especially when there is lots of rabbit poo about.

    Have a great day, Dog.
    Barks and waggly tails from me,
    Toby (of the Cardigan Corgis).

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Ali Isaac says:

    You can do a Friday Fiction on my blog with an excerpt from your book, if you like. Check them out if you want And let me know….


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