Tour Stop – C.S. Splitter
|February 17, 2012||Posted by Cambria under C.S. Splitter, guest post, The Willing|
Today C.S. Splitter is here today for hi Crayder Chronicles tour stop! Splitter is the author of two great books titled The Reluctant and The Willing (more info about his books at the bottom of this post). He is here today to tell us about his favorite place on the great wide web to network.
So take it away Splitter!
The Internet baffles me. It is probably more accurate to say that the people that use the Internet baffle me.
First, we had traditionally published authors fighting self pubbed authors. That baffled me because I think everyone needs to make their own choice in such matters. No wrong answer, no right answer, just what that author feels is right for them. Who is anyone else to judge?
Now, there seems to be a battle between ALL authors and readers. That doesn’t even sound logical when you type it, but it is happening.
I have seen writers taking shots at reader reviews. Now, while one may think that only inexperienced authors would get involved in such nonsense, I have seen it from authors at every level of success. There are well know authors who turn their noses up at reader reviews. There was a semi famous (infamous) spat recent;y between a fairly well known author and a blogger who who did not give her book great marks. That was not even the first incident of its kind.
Now, there are blogs appearing that really seem to just want to tear down books. There seems to be a competition of who can come up with the wittiest criticism.
Not long ago, Amazon basically banned authors from their reader forums. The problem seemed to arise from the tendency for authors to insert advertisements for their books into virtually any discussion. Readers took offense and Amazon came down with the hammer. They did not ban offenders, they just banned every author.
Some might argue that Amazon did not “ban” authors, they just moved them off into their own forums…which were only populated by other authors.
Goodreads has something similar happening. For those that do not know, Goodreads is a site dedicated to bibliophiles: people who love books. Goodreads also does some nice things for authors. Problem solved! Coexistence.
Not really. I get invited to a lot of Goodreads groups these days and I only join a few. Before accepting an invitation, I check out the group. I have noticed a HUGE amount of “hand slapping” going on with authors. For a lot of groups, the theme seems to be, “You are welcome here! Just never mention your books or that you are an author…”
When I see those rules and the examples that have been made of previous members, I don’t join.
What baffles me about the Internet, is that readers need authors and authors need readers. They should be getting along. I understand…a lot of authors ticked off some readers with their constant barrage of “Buy my book!” But, on the other hand, there are a lot of nefarious things going on from the reader side, too, like targeting author’s work because the author has made some percieved transgression of etiquette.
I have not been involved in any of the stuff mentioned here. You see, I got spoiled by the very first group I participated in on Goodreads: Creative Reviews.
If you are a reader or author, you should join that group. When I joined, I think there were just over a hundred members. Now there is something like 1,100 and it seems to grow every day.
It is a place where authors can go to get their books reviewed. It is stocked with readers who love reading and providing feedback. There are bloggers who willingly give space on their sites to the books they read (that does not always mean positive reviews, however). There are sections for authors to solicit readers and sections for readers to ask for material to read.
It works wonderfully. The mods make sure that people play by the rules. Advertising is not out of hand. Authors get help from other authors. Readers get suggestions from other readers. Opinions can be expressed without people getting their shorts in a wad (most of the time). There are actual real and productive exchanges between all groups! Whodda thunk it?
Other Goodreads groups should take note. There are other good groups out there, like Action/Adventure Aficionados, where authors and readers truly do coexist without friction, but they seem to be becoming more rare.
There is way too much serious going on about this stuff. So, having said all of that…buy my books or the chihuahua gets it!
Splitter’s Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/splitter
SplittersWorld Blog: http://splittersworld.blogspot.com/
So now that we know about the author and his little dog too! (lol) how about some info on his books:
Action, adventure, suspense, and thriller in one story told with a liberal dose of humor.
Tom’s problems are not unique. His business is failing and his wife has to work too many hours to make ends meet. He is under some rather large financial pressures and wants more from his marriage and his life.
He finds his respite in the air as a private pilot. Unfortunately for Tom, he is behind on payments for his plane and is forced to take odd jobs from a local crime boss. Tom is no criminal, but the errands he is running are just slightly on the wrong side of the law and the money is almost good enough to allow him to make his plane payments.
Just as things begin to come under some semblance of control, he meets a woman who just might represent the adventure he seeks. He soon discovers that appearances, and beautiful women, can sometimes be deceiving.
“The Reluctant” is the first in the Crayder Chronicles series and yet is a stand alone story with a satisfying conclusion of its own.
Book Two in “The Crayder Chronicles”
How far would you go to protect your friends and family?
Tom Crayder is the All-American guy next door with a business, a wife, a son, a mortgage, and an expensive hobby. He is also a politically incorrect, wisecracking operative working for a shadowy organization dedicated to administering justice outside of a broken system. Not even his wife knows of his other life when she finds herself unwittingly involved in a drug war.
Strap in with Tom as he navigates his way through the strata of a drug cartel. Lock and load with Lorena, a hard-hearted assassin, as she lends her deadly skills to Tom’s fight for his family. Sit back to watch Tom and Lorena figure out how to work together without killing each other.
Join the rest of the cast from “The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles)” as they pitch in to track down the hitmen that threaten their associate.
Some mysteries are solved. Some questions are answered. Some live. Some die.
I highly recommend these books if you are looking for something different to read and if you want a glimpse into a “real” man’s head.
You can find both books on amazon and currently The Reluctant is a free download.
A HUGE thanks to Splitter for being here today!!