We 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).
Inspired 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….