Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Dropped Into Dale's Place

I dropped into Dale's place today:  Dale's Place .

I went for more of a serious tone there and explained some things about the books.

And if that disappoints you, I'll tell you this:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ask Tom Tuesday: How to Lose a Man in Less Than Five Minutes

Our question today comes from my buddy Jenn over at Indie Supporter. You can get your literary crack fix there, ya know.  OH!  And she does Monday Mandays.  While you would think that would not interest me, the past two Mondays have featured hawt women including my number one "kitchen pass" selection, Jennifer Anniston.  You can't hear my guttural growl, but it's happening as I type this...

That's the set up here, people. I gotta run now and battle the Amazon forces...

Jenn asks:
Why do guys continue to hit on a chick even when she's made it crystal clear she wants NOTHING to do with a man that way or even a relationship.

Tom Writes:
 Dear Jenn:

Have you ever seen Lady and the TrampAs Good as it Gets?  What about Top Gun?  Are you with me here, Goose?

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Mystery is SOLVED

You all know that I share numbers when I can.

This past weekend, The Reluctant climbed the Amazon charts for a second time. That happens with books, but usually it involves a well known author lowering the price to gain exposure. Then, when the book is high on the charts, they bump the price back up and make some money off the chart position.

Stopping by Jonathan's Blog

Do you like wit, sarcasm, and irreverence mixed in with intellect and insight?  Follow Jonathan's blog: Read a Book Once .

He was nice enough to have me on yesterday to answer some questions and he even did a review of The Reluctant that I found thoughtful.

Are you still here?  Go!  Read his other stuff too, it's really good.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Catching up!

I have gone international!

Yesterday, I stopped in a J.A. Clement's blog:  JAC's Blog  .  She should not be confused with J.A. Konrath....she is much better looking than Mr. Konrath (with all due respect to him).  There are some chuckles there about The US vs. Britain.

Tomorrow, Ritesh will be hosting me: Hello from India  Ritesh runs one of the most professional blogs around and has hosted some of my favorite authors in the past.  Check out his reviews of "The Willing" on the links he provides.  (The interview just went live)

YES!  As of today, I am caught up for the month of February!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BlogTour Stop with Dafeenah

Today stop is with Dafeenah at Indie Designz .  "D" is a very talented cover artist and does some wonderful pieces on getting books ready for publishing.

What sells a book?  I have no idea, but I made a whole guest post about it lol.

(Hint:  Have a good everything!)


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Sorry to push Tom's posts down so fast on a Tuesday, but I wanted to let you all know that I will be on Journal Jabber TONIGHT at 9PM EASTERN.  Guaranteed laughs or your money back.

It really would be nice to see a big turnout!

Also, another guest post on Offbeat Vagabond  :  "Fiction authors are liars and manipulators"

That's it, I am done for the day.


Ask Tom Tuesday: Nagging and Begging

Usually, Splitter does a little introduction before my Ask Tom Tuesday posts, but I am giving him the week off. He is in the middle of his BlogTour (Are you tired of hearing about it, yet? I am. Anyway...) and way behind on his guest posts and interviews. He is also writing the third book in the series which, I am told, does not even involve me!

His loss. I bet it sells 3 copies and that's only because people owe him money.

He has sent me a bunch of questions to choose from (from which to choose? I dunno, Splitter is the writer, I just work here). Unfortunately, none of the questions were really meaty enough and they all fell into one category: Why do men piss off women?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tour Stop #4

Today I sent Tiny over to Tricia's blog. Stop by to see what he's been up to, how he knows Tom and what his favorite food is (I'll give you a tip - try the crullers!).


Friday, February 17, 2012

Blog Stop

An ode to Creative Reviews today on Cambria's blog:

Just the best place on the internet...


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Day Two

Do  writer's get chicks?

Not really...

Beth Anne's Blog

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The BlogTour Begins

Happy Post Valentines Day!

Today marks the kickoff fof the Splitter World Tour.'s a blog tour, but let a guy have some fun, huh?

Today's post is on Nikki's Blog:  Men Are Idiots

Yeah, that's a strong title, but it comes from a guy that has set himself and his house on fire several times.  We all have our moments, people!  So don't be hatin' because I admitted to not always being the smooth intellectual you see before you.

(Yes, it was hard to type that with a straight face.)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ask Tom Tuesday: What Does Nothing Mean?

Our question today comes, over at

Look, this has perplexed me for a long time and I don't know how to put the question in words but:

Nothing? WTF?

Tom! HELP!

Dear Splitter,

This is not a Sienfeld episode, M-F'er! You are an author, use your words!

Anyway, I get what you are saying, bro...

You poor, clueless bastard. You've been messing around with women...more than you want to admit...for 25 years and you still don't know?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Fifteen Seconds of Fame

Weird things happen on the Internet.

A few months ago, I got an email from a woman claiming to be from the Boston Globe. She asked that I give her a call.  I did a Google search on the phone number and the name because I have some very creative friends that just love practical jokes. Sure enough, she was a reporter from the Globe.

I thought that, maybe, she had gotten an early copy of The Reluctant and was so impressed that she wanted to do an interview. Even if I were not that lucky, surely she wanted to talk to me about something to do with the changing face of the publishing industry. Maybe she needed an author's view on newspapers? Maybe she wanted to know about the trials and tribulations of an author in today's world?

Nope. It was about food (see link to the article below).  A pastry that seems to now qualify for the endangered species list, to be exact. I was disappointed that her interest in me had nothing to do with my books but, after all, I probably know more about food than writing.

This is where the strangeness of the Internet comes into play.

There had been a discussion on the GoodReads group, Creative Reviews, about pastry where I mentioned my love for the cruller. This reporter, Jenna Russell, was looking into the mysterious confection and had done a Google search of her own. That forum discussion and my name popped up.

We chatted on the phone for a half hour or more. She even did a follow-up call a few weeks later. She had uncovered new information on the subject and asked if I thought that “twisted sticks” qualified as crullers. Pffft! Not even close. I am a purist when it comes to unhealthy and delicious food.

As the weeks passed, I gave up on the fight to save the disappearing cruller. I figured that an editor with no taste, so to speak, had killed the story. Would anyone else besides Ms. Russell and me care about this ignored delicacy? I had my doubts.

Tonight, I received another email from her. The story is posted. Other people care. I am not alone. If you are a closeted and frustrated cruller fan, you may speak openly now. Cruller sightings are occurring with more frequency. Your desire does not have to remain secret. There is battle yet to be waged, but there is hope.

Viva La Cruller!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Print Versions for My Happy Few

I know a bunch of people want print copies and I cannot thank you enough for the support you have shown me.

The books are due to be released through Amazon on February 14th, but I just found out that I can make them available on CreateSpace (an Amazon company) NOW.

As a “Thank You” to the people who have given me that support, I am going to go ahead and offer them early through CreateSpace to my friends on Facebook and people that follow my blog and Twitter.

Plus, there is a discount code which can be used for both books on CreatSpace to receive $1.00 off each book:  VZ3KMHHA

Direct links:

The list prices on the books are $8.99 and $9.99 respectively.  Yes, they are less expensive than most trade paperbacks on the market and we did that on purpose.  We make the same on them (without the discount coupon) as we do on the $2.99 eBooks.

If you were waiting for a print copy, there you go.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

As Tom Tuesday: What Do Men Mean when They Say...

Our question today comes from my bud Heidi over at Rainy Day Ramblings who is confused by what men say.
Dear Tom,
Can you define how many beers are involved when you say,
"Hey honey, I will be home a little late, I am going to go out with
the guys and have a beer? "

Dear Heidi,

First...we were hoping to get your voicemail and were thrown off a bit when you actually answered.

Second, what you are referring too is an advanced level of “man-speak.”