Today we’re lucky enough to host the amazing author Phillip W. Simpson on his Argos blog tour. Yippee!! Okay, I know. Calm down. But seriously. Yay!! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway later in this post!
Phillip’s going to answer a couple of questions for us, but first … some important stuff. Like this gorgeous cover …
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Loyalty has no limits
Raised from a pup by Greek hero, Odysseus, Argos has come to learn the true meaning of love and loyalty. But when Odysseus leaves for the Trojan War, little does Argos know it will be 20 years before he sees his master again. With Odysseus gone his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, are easy prey for neighboring kings and the Gods themselves.
But Argos was tasked to keep them safe until Odysseus returns and that is a promise he is determined to keep – whatever the cost. Told through his eyes, Argos recounts the story of his life – his pain, his joy, his triumphs and failures; his endurance in the face of hardships almost too great to believe.
Above all else, Argos strives to do what is right – and to remain loyal to his King when all others have given up hope. To live long enough to see his beloved master one more time.
This epic myth of love and loyalty proves that a dog really is man’s best friend.
Add to your Goodreads TBR list! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28537159-argos
Visit more tour stops to learn more about Phillip and his exciting new book here:
Contest ends May 27, 2016
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Argos by Phillip W. Simpson (INT)
And now for some fun author questions:
Can you share some of your manuscript playlist with us?
• Doesn’t remind me – Audioslave
• Going the distance – Cake
• Block rockin’ beats (good to write fight scenes to) – Chemical brothers
• Photograph – Ed Sheeran
• Sadeness – Enigma
• I started a joke – Faith no more
What were your favorite books as a middle schooler or teen and why?
I was pretty lucky growing up. My parents were huge book lovers. My father collects books. He is a bit obsessed. Anyway, I could just pick whatever I wanted from the bookshelf. I’m a bit like that myself. I have a large collection of books and I want my son to cherry pick whatever books of mine he wants.
• The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (obviously). These books got me into reading. I discovered a love of fantasy because of these books. Thank you, Tolkien.
• Anything by Piers Anthony. A bit childish but I loved them at the time (probably because I was a child).
• Anything by Julian May – Saga of the Exiles was magnificent. Such a complicated and believable world.
• Anything by Stephen Donaldson – the Cronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Love the Bloodguard. Read the series as a middle schooler and although some of the content is inappropriate for that age, I loved it regardless. Actually, YA didn’t really exist when I was growing up. You read kids’ books and then progressed to adult books. I was such a voracious reader that I quickly exhausted what was considered ‘appropriate’ and just read what I felt like.
• Anything by Iain M. Banks (his science fiction.)
• Anything by Jack Vance. And I do mean anything. He wrote over 50 books and I love every single one. I think I started with Lyonesse as a middle schooler and then read all his back catalogue. He is one of the greats. A true word smith. I love him.
• The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Lots of other great books here but I particularly loved her dragons. The White Dragon was awesome.
• Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster. Rock and roll man!
• Dune and all the sequels (Frank Herbert). Everything about this world is cool. The Sardukar, the Freemen, the Sand worms.
• The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Probably my favorite book of all time and I read this as a teen (I would not recommend this to a middle schooler).
• Gateway by Frederick Pohl. Great concept. I used to go to sleep dreaming about what I do if I discovered lots of Heechee ‘treasure’
Wow, what a great list of reads!
Thanks so much for being here today. I’m excited about your new book and can’t wait to read.
Okay guys, I’ve already bought my copy, now go and get yours!
Oh, and also just before I go. This …
Cause, you know, so cool, right?
About the author
Phillip W. Simpson has written over 50 children’s books for both middle grade and young adult readers. He has a background in Ancient History and Archaeology, and has partially completed his doctorate in Archaeology. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. When not writing, he works as an elementary school teacher.
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