New painting project... authors.

I've taken up a new painting project. My goal is to paint other authors and the first author who volunteered was Andersen Prunty. If you haven't had a chance to enter Andersen's world, you can here http://www.andersenprunty.com/ 

If you are an author and interested in this side project of mine, feel free to contact me. There will be a few requirements in order for me to produce an original piece of art. You must relinquish all artistic freedom for me to produce the portrait how I see you. This is all based on your writing, personality, likes and dislikes. In another words... I need to get to know you. 



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Book Review: Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

Intense and suspenseful with a twist of romance. Abigail Tate was a normal human girl. Until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it's with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler--except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own...secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby discovers that she was the one with the biggest secret of them all.



REVIEW:

Vampire lovers rejoice! There is a new kind of clan of vampires in town, and they are terrified of the sunlight, fire, and decapitation.

With every new vampire story come a new set of rules to which these creatures live by. Ashley Robertson has given her vampires a unique twist. Although the vampires of Crimson Groves cannot withstand the sunlight, they do not sleep when the sun is up – or ever.

The story starts with a disgruntled Abigail Tate on seemingly normal day. But after a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend, a mysterious phone call from her estranged father and a sudden undeniable attraction to a stranger that waltzes into the bar that she works in, her life is never going to be the same.

Bronx Granger seems like a dream come true, until a passionate make out session turns into deadly nightmare. Abigail is turned into a vampire against her will, and trapped my an overbearing and jealous Bronx who is in a constant state of denial that Abby will become his lover.

Abby quickly learns about an underground world of blood donors that line up to be bitten by a vampire, because a vampire’s venom causes a euphoric and addicting attraction to be bitten again.

The whole while Abigail struggles with who she has become, what is happening to her body and mind, and overall, how to escape from Bronx.

FROM THE BOOK:
I was going to look twenty-one forever. I knew plenty of people that would pay big money for that. I had to pay for it with my soul.

I enjoyed Ashley Robertson’s take on the vampire, and the book was well written. There seemed to be a bit too much crying from Abby, but it was a defining part of her personality, and an essential trait to show how she was struggling with her new life. I find jealousy in a man’s character a huge turn off, which all of the men involved oozed, so I couldn’t really feel for them. The plot was strong and well planned with a couple of huge twists. Good job Ashley, I look forward to reading more.

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Book Review: Harry Wall's Man by John Leahy

Harry Wall's Man by John Leahy.

Ridley Case is in a race against time to discover the secrets of a very strange apartment tower. Will he be able to save its residents before something terrible takes place?



REVIEW:

Harry Wall’s Man by John Leahy is one story from an anthology.

After Ridley Case attends the funeral of one of the most admired architects in the industry, Harry Wall, he is approached by Harry’s estranged wife to investigate his final days. Harry seemed to have it all: a beautiful wife, money, and success. Then something happened as he began to design a new apartment building in the shape of a standing man.

When Ridley enters Harry’s home, what he finds is more than shocking. Among the decaying life that Harry left behind, Mr. Case finds the diagrams of “The Man”, along with scribbled and maddening plans of a life that it could gain.

With Harry’s notes in hand, Ridley seeks information from the internet to find another man that will help him warn the building’s residents.

John Leahy does a fantastic job of captivating his audience. Right when you want to dismiss the story as fiction, Leahy pulls you back in for a ride. Even though this story was short, it was well written and pulled me in. 

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I'm being featured.

The Endlessly series is being featured on www.vaempires.com and you can check it out HERE. I read and reviewed Vaempires a few months back, and I highly endorse it for those who like action-packed vampire stories with a little something extra. Check out my review of it HERE

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Latest Updates and find me at Horrorfind 2012.

Not a lot has changed here. If you haven't heard or seen, Endlessly is finally a free download on Amazon's site HERE. I can't thank everyone enough for helping with this. It's been a frustrating process to get this accomplished. 

Hand Ramblings is now available HERE and HERE. It's a compilation of poems and short stories in download form. If you purchase the paperback you will get to see my photography and paintings. Due to the screwy formatting with ebooks, and the lack of color screens on older ereaders, I left the photos out of the digital download.

There is currently a giveaway of Phantom being hosted on Goodread: 


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Phantom by C.V. Hunt

Phantom

by C.V. Hunt

Giveaway ends March 31, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

And a little something beyond the writing. I will be attending Horrorfind this year. It is the last weekend of August and it's located in Gettysburg, PA. I wont be performing a reading or any of the cool stuff famous people get to do, but I will be roaming around as a spectator. I'll only be there the Friday and Saturday of the weekend. So if you are attending, and you see me, feel free to approach me. I'll be there with another author and I'd be thrilled (actually shocked) to have someone recognize me.  

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My obsession with Face Off and the season finale.

I finally sat down and watched the season finale of Face Off today. If you remember last season, I fell in love with the werewolf, but sadly, his creator did not win.

This season I was hoping one of the characters from the finale would grab my attention, but for some reason, I wasn't completely sucked in by one character. 

They revealed the challenge: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror. 

You know automatically I sided with horror, and ended up slightly disappointed. I wanted blood and guts, and it just wasn't there. The only character I really liked was the Hellhound with her face torn back, but even then, she didn't strike me as stunning. Lucifer's face resembled Skeletor from Heman too much for me, and I just couldn't get into him at all. The red eyes on the second Hellhound was cool, but if you remember last year, the werewolf had LED red eyes too.

I wasn't even interested in the Fantasy characters. They were oddly colorful, but again no one struck me as a favorite. The head piece for the Phoenix was very cool, and the application of the feathers looked painstaking. Mother Nature sort of looked like a goblin, and whoever the guy the coat was just looked like a guy in a coat.

The Syfy characters had awesome chest pieces, and the paint jobs were great. At first I wasn't into them. I believe the concept was two different aliens, and the middle girl was being slit in two. Then they revealed all three of them standing side-by-side and they meshed well. So overall, I didn't have one single favorite this year, but the Syfy trio was fascinating to see together.

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Phantom Giveaway!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Phantom by C.V. Hunt

Phantom

by C.V. Hunt

Giveaway ends March 31, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
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Your First Amendment Right.

On March 3, 2012 I posted an email from the Founder of Smashwords. In it he revealed how Paypal was planning to ban Smashwords, or have Smashwords enforce a censor on certain erotica books Paypal deemed too offensive. The books Paypal was targeting contained subjects on rape, incest, and bestiality.

In my eyes there are no rules when it comes to creating art.

Although these are subjects some find offensive, it's still considered legal fiction. To tell an author they could not publish their book due to the content - I believe - would be an infringement on their first amendment right...

CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on December 15, 1791 
“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)
“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” — Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)
“First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.”—Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy,  Ashcroft V. Free Speech Coalition
“Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927)
Below is a follow up email from the founder of Smashwords.

March 13, 2012


Smashwords author/publisher update:  PayPal Reverses Proposed Censorship



Great news.  Yesterday afternoon I met with PayPal at their office in San Jose, where they informed me of their decision to modify their policies to allow legal fiction.


Effective last night, we rolled back the Smashwords Terms of Service to its pre-February 24 state.


It's been a tumultuous, nerve-wracking few weeks as we worked to protect the right of writers to write and publish legal fiction.  


I would like to express my sincere thanks to Smashwords authors, publishers and customers.  You stood up and made your voice known.  Thank you to every Smashwords author and publisher who wrote me to express opinions, even if we disagreed, and even if you were angry with me. You inspired me to carry your cause forward.  


Smashwords authors, publishers and customers mobilized. You made telephone calls, wrote emails and letters, started and signed petitions, blogged, tweeted, Facebooked and drove the conversation. You made the difference.  Without you, no one would have paid attention. I would also like to thank the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). These three advocacy groups were the first to stand up for our authors, publishers and customers. Their contribution cannot be overstated.  We collaborated with them to build a coalition of like-minded organizations to support our mutual cause. Special kudos to Rainey Reitman of EFF for her energy, enthusiasm and leadership. 


I would also like to thank all the bloggers and journalists out there who helped carry our story forward by lending their platforms to get the story out.  Special thanks to TechCrunch, Slashdot, TechDirt, The Independent (UK), Reuters, Publishers Weekly, Dow Jones, The Digital Reader, CNET, Forbes, GalleyCat & EbookNewser and dozens of others too numerous to mention.  


I would like to thank our friends at PayPal.  They worked with us in good faith as they promised, engaged us in dialogue, made the effort to understand Smashwords and our mission, went to bat for our authors with the credit card companies and banks, and showed the courage to revise their policies.  


This is a big, bold move by PayPal.  It represents a watershed decision that protects the rights of writers to write, publish and distribute legal fiction.  It also protects the rights of readers to purchase and enjoy all fiction in the privacy of their own imagination. It clarifies and rationalizes the role of financial services providers and pulls them out of the business of censoring legal fiction.  


Following implementation of their new policies, PayPal will have the most liberal, pro-First-Amendment policies of the major payment processors.  Will Google Checkout and Checkout by Amazon be next now that the credit card companies have clarified their positions, and have essentially given payment providers the permission to adopt more enlightened policies?  Finally, thanks to Selena Kitt of Excessica and Remittance Girl for helping me to understand and respect all fiction more than I ever have before.


This is a bright day for indie publishing.  In the old world, traditional publishers were the arbiters of literary merit.  Today, thanks to the rise of indie ebooks, the world is moving toward a broader, more inclusive definition of literary merit. Smashwords gives writers the power and freedom to publish.  Merit is decided by your readers.  Just as it should be.



Thanks,


Mark Coker
Founder
Smashwords






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Endlessly is finally FREE for Kindle forever!

For those of you who have been following my writing, or if you've just been following the Endlessly series, you know I've been struggling to make the first book, Endlessly, a permanent FREE download across all channels. My biggest challenge has been Kindle.

I finally got my wish today. Endlessly is now a FREE download for Kindle, and I intend for it to stay that way forever. 

I want to thank anyone who took the time to bombard Amazon and tell them they were the only site still charging for it. 

What are you waiting for? Go get it for FRRREEEEEE!


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Book Review: Deadly Reflections by D.H. Sayer

Justin Wells has a less than perfect life. His parents have recently divorced and he is living with his dad, who does nothing but watch TV all day. They've moved into a house that is falling apart around them. Worst of all, he is attending a new high school, where everyone treats him like an outcast.


Things don't get any easier for him when he becomes interested in Sarah Ellis, girlfriend of all-star hockey player Brandon Tate, a quick-tempered bully who soon has it out for Justin.



Right when Justin is starting to make friends and his life is incrementally improving, an ancient and mysterious entity is unleashed on the sleepy New England town. After a few suspicious deaths, it becomes apparent that something is going on a killing spree.



…something that can only be seen in mirrors.



As the bodies start piling up around them, Justin and his new friends have to figure out how to stop this terrible force before it picks them off one by one.

REVIEW:

In a word… mesmerizing. Okay, so I’m a sucker for a paranormal romance every now and then, but Deadly Reflections takes us beyond paranormal and into a world of horror.

Justin has just started a new school. He has begun the awkward walk of being new, and making friends. (Sounds slightly familiar right?) He ends up befriending a group of diverse guys, and finds himself drawn to a beautiful girl that has recently broken up with her all-star super-jock boyfriend. (Oh no, let the butt-kicking commence.) Suddenly, people start dyeing gruesome deaths, while Justin tries to keep Sarah safe from her abusive ex-boyfriend.

Even though the story to Deadly Reflections is familiar, I found myself sucked into it. A paranormal romance from a man’s point of view is hard to come by. I know that personally, I prefer to read a story that comes from the male perspective. A romance book from a woman is usually entangled with deep emotions, but with a man, it becomes more methodical. It’s as if the protagonist is playing chess. The thought process gets caught up in: if I make this move, what will the opposite make in return.

The book equally brakes up the romance with horror, and not just the horror of a monster that is reflected in mirrors. Sarah has recently broken up with her long-time possessive and jealous boyfriend, Brandon. Although Brandon’s jealous nature starts out as a simple fist-fight amongst two teen boys, it grows steadily dangerous not only for Justin, but Sarah too.

And amongst all of this… there is an unworldly monster - that can’t be seen - ripping people to shreds.

If you are into paranormal romances, and can stomach the darker aspect of horror, then I will tell you to read this. I couldn’t put this book down. This makes a great debut for D.H. Sayer, and I look forward to seeing more.

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Book Review: Rise Of The Steampunk Empire by Barnabas Corbin

A crew of astronauts fall through time to 1832 and are imprisoned by the autocratic Lord Desbois, who demands the secrets of their advanced technology - for Lord Desbois has seen the future and he is determined to prevent it at all costs...

REVIEW:

With all the meaty tidbits of Steampunk infused with a sci-fi beginning, Rise Of The Steampunk Empire is just that.

The story starts with Colonel Mitchell and his crew orbiting in space when an anomaly happens and sucks them back into time. The team crash-lands their space craft only to find themselves without all the conveniences of modern-day technology.

They are given an unwelcoming greeting by a group of people from 1832, as the story is told first person by Sarah Phillips, the only female among the crew. Sarah learns quickly that racism and sexism still run ramped, and the group has appalling accusations hurtled at them.

Once the crew is taken to Lord Desbois, they are stripped of their knowledge once Desbois obtains a palm computer from Sarah, which contains the world’s history. Lord Desbois is aghast at what he finds out about what he believes is a godless path for the history of the world. Desbois is determined that God has sent the crew as a sign, and he exploits their engineering education to build monstrous machines to invade other countries, and put a stop to what is to come.
 
The story is well written and fast paced, and almost a little too fast paced at times. The author gives us a look back in time to the thought processes of the 19th century, and how people from then would view our world today. The book is a great novella, and a fast read for anyone looking for some Steampunk. 


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STOP CENSORSHIP OF LEGAL FICTION!

I'm doing my part to get the word out. Mark Coker covers it best in the following statement. There are companies out there wanting to censor your fiction. You may not read about the subjects contained within this statement, but what will be next? 


THERE ARE NO RULES WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING ART.


The following is a statement sent out to all Smashwords authors ( I would be one of them):


In case you haven't heard, about two weeks ago, PayPal contacted Smashwords and 

gave us a surprise ultimatum:  Remove all titles containing bestiality, rape 
or incest, otherwise they threatened to deactivate our PayPal account.  We engaged 
them in discussions and on Monday they gave us a temporary reprieve as we continue 
to work in good faith to find a suitable solution. 

PayPal tells us that their crackdown is necessary so that they can remain in 
compliance with the requirements of the banks and credit card associations (likely 
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, though they didn't mention them 
by name).

Last Friday, I sent the following email to our erotica authors and publishers: 
https://www.smashwords.com/press/release/27  Then on Monday, I issued an update, 
and announced we would delay enforcement of PayPal's guidelines so we and PayPal 
could continue our discussions:  https://www.smashwords.com/press/release/28

THE PROBLEM:

PayPal is asking us to censor legal fiction.  Regardless of how one views topics 
of rape, bestiality and incest, these topics are pervasive in mainstream fiction. 
We believe this crackdown is really targeting erotica writers.  This is unfair, 
and it marks a slippery slope.  We don't want credit card companies or financial 
institutions telling our authors what they can write and what readers can read. 
Fiction is fantasy.  It's not real.  It's legal.  


THE SOLUTION:

There's no easy solution.  Legally, PayPal and the credit card companies probably 
have the right to decide how their services are used. Unfortunately, since they're 
the moneyrunners, they control the oxygen that feeds digital commerce.

Many Smashwords authors have suggested we find a different payment processor. 
That's not a good long term solution, because if credit card companies are behind 
this, they'll eventually force crackdowns elsewhere.  PayPal works well for us. 
In addition to running all credit card processing at the Smashwords.com store, 
PayPal is how we pay all our authors outside the U.S.  My conversations with 
PayPal are ongoing and have been productive, yet I have no illusion that the 
road ahead will be simple, or that the outcome will be favorable.  


BUILDING A COALITION OF SUPPORT:

Independent advocacy groups are considering taking on the PayPal censorship case. 
I'm supporting the development of this loose-knit coalition of like-minded groups 
who believe that censorship of legal fiction should not be allowed. We will grow 
the coalition. Each group will have its own voice and tactics  I'm working with 
them because we share a common cause to protect books from censorship.  Earlier 
today I had conversations with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), The 
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the National 
Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).  I briefed them on the Smashwords/PayPal 
situation, explained the adverse affect this crackdown will have on some of our 
authors and customers, and shared my intention to continue working with PayPal 
in a positive manner to move the discussion forward. 


I will not be on the streets with torch in hand calling for PayPal's head, but 
I will encourage interested parties to get involved and speak their piece.  This 
is where you come in...


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Although erotica authors are being targeted, this is an issue that should concern 
all indie authors. It affects indies disproportionately because indies are the 
ones pushing the boundaries of fiction. Indies are the ones out there publishing 
without the (fading) protective patina of a "traditional publisher" to lend them 
legitimacy. We indies only have each other.

Several Smashwords authors have contacted me to stress that this censorship affects 
women disproportionately.  Women write a lot of the erotica, and they're also 
the primary consumers of erotica.  They're also the primary consumers of mainstream 
romance, which could also come under threat if PayPal and the credit card companies 
were to overly enforce their too-broad and too-nebulous obsenity clauses (I think 
this is unlikely, but at the same time, why would dubious consent be okay in 
mainstream romance but not okay in erotica? If your write paranormal, can your 
were-creatures not get it on with one another, or is that bestiality?  The insanity 
needs to stop here. These are not questions an author, publisher or distributor 
of legal fiction should have to answer.). 

All writers and their readers should stand up and voice their opposition to financial 
services companies censoring books.  Authors should have the freedom to publish 
legal fiction, and readers should have the freedom to read what they want. 

These corporations need to hear from you.  Pick up the phone and call them.  
Email them.  Start petitions.  Sign petitions.  Blog your opposition to censorship. 
Encourage your readers to do the same.  Pass the word among your social networks. 
Contact your favorite bloggers and encourage them to follow this story.  Contact 
your local newspaper and offer to let them interview you so they can hear a local 
author's perspective on this story of international significance. If you have 
connections to mainstream media, encourage them to pick up on the story.  Encourage 
them to call the credit card companies and pose this simple question, "PayPal 
says they're trying to enforce the policies of credit card companies.  Why are 
you censoring legal fiction?"

Below are links to the companies waiting to hear from you. Click the link and 
you'll find their phone numbers, executive names and postal mailing addresses. 
Be polite, respectful and professional, and encourage your friends and followers 
to do the same.  Let them know you want them out of the business of censoring 
legal fiction. 

Tell the credit card companies you want them to give PayPal permission to sell 
your ebooks without censorship or discrimination.  Let them know that PayPal's 
policies are out of step with the major online ebook retailers who already accept 
your books as they are.  Address your calls, emails (if you can find the email) 
and paper letters (yes paper!) to the executives.  Post open letters to them 
on your blog, then tweet and Facebook hyperlinks to your letters.  Force the 
credit card companies to join the discussion about censorship.  And yes, express 
your feelings and opinions to PayPal as well.  Don't scream at them.  Ask them 
to work on your behalf to protect you and your readers from censorship.  Tell 
them how their proposed censorship will harm you and your fellow writers.

Visa:  

American Express: 

MasterCard: 

Discover: 

Ebay (owns PayPal):  

_________

Starting Sunday, if our email systems can handle it, we will send out an email 
to several hundred thousand registered Smashwords members who are opted in to 
receive occasional Smashwords service updates.  The email will combine Read an 
Ebook Week with the censorship call to action.  Let's start a little fire, shall 
we?

Thank you for your continuing support of Smashwords.  With your help, we can 
move mountains.

Best wishes,

Mark



Mark Coker
Founder
Smashwords


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Me and Zombie like to hang out in the dark.


I did a reading of Danse Macabre, and once again, I reaffirmed I shouldn't perform a reading publicly. You can watch me fall all over myself in the video above. 

The Hand Ramblings section of my page will be getting a face-lift soon. At the moment it is filled with crappy paintings. I decided to compile all those paintings, along with some photography, poems, and short stories, and print them in a crazy mixed anthology called... (you guessed it) Hand Ramblings. A few of the short stories are being edited right now, and I'm still working on better pictures of the paintings. I'm not 100% sure when this will be published, but I imagine within a couple of months. It will be available in print only and exclusively on Amazon. 

Why?

Print Only:
Due to it being a color photo book, and a lot of older eReaders are in black and white, it's only fair for the book to be viewed the way I intended the reader to see it.  

Amazon Only:
It costs money to distribute books beyond Amazon, and honestly, I've not seen a whole lot of movement of my other books to make it worth it. Yeah, a few books here and there, but not enough to make up for the expense. Besides, this book is more for me, and I really don't think many people will buy it.


100 Demented, Stupid, And Weird Haikus That Make No Sense is finally a free download on Amazon! Yeah! 100 Haikus was part of the reason I decided to make Hand Ramblings. I had people ask where they could obtain it in print. It's only in electronic form because it's seven pages long. But no worries for those who don't have eReaders, it will be included in Hand Ramblings


I'm still hounding Amazon about making Endlessly a free download. It's free on Amazon's UK site, but I'm still struggling with them on the US side. I'm hoping they change it soon. It's been months and they're still charging, while other distributors like Nook and iTunes are giving it away.

And lastly, I leave you with a giveaway of Phantom:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Phantom by C.V. Hunt

Phantom

by C.V. Hunt

Giveaway ends March 31, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
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Book Review: Judgement Of Evil by Lori A. Lowthert



3 out of 5

Rebekah had vowed to stop killing for love, but she finds herself unable to stop. Scott still knows nothing about her secret life. She is happily attending graduate school when the unthinkable happens--she is arrested and charged for one of the murders she committed last year. She spends a few nights in jail before she goes in front of a judge, who sets the bail at an exorbitant $1 million. Her father and Scott are able to raise the necessary money and get her out on bail. She kills again, even when she is out on bail. Rebekah has hired an excellent criminal defense attorney, but she's afraid it won't be enough and she'll go back to jail.


REVIEW:

In Judgment Of Evil, Rebekah is put on trial for a murder that she committed in the first book, Instrument Of Evil. Although Rebekah doesn’t seem to be too affected by this (I expected from her apathetic personality), her husband isn’t concerned by the fact that his bride is on trial for a murder. He seems just as apathetic as her, and unconcerned with the fact that she was in a hot tub with another man while they were deep into their relationship. Her husband, Scott, seems to brush it off as if it were nothing.

After a whirlwind relationship, the newly wedded couple has to break the news to their families that they have eloped. Their time between meting family and the trail was filled with tedious areas about shopping, and opening gifts. The passages were a constant whirlwind of designer clothes and furniture, which seemed to string into unnecessary detail.

Even though she vows to cut back on killing, she still does it from time to time, but the intermissions between them are filled with everyday living descriptions, without any real cause other than to write another sex scene between Rebekah and her husband. The potential of writing first person would give you an extraordinary amount of room for internal conflict of fighting the inner demon, which I think the writer fell flat on. It just seemed like there should have been a bigger internal debate, instead we got pages of a normal happy life with a little sentence drop every now and then of: “I should stop killing.” And then back to Prada, IKEA, Burberry, and Fifth Avenue.

At first glance I want to compare it roughly to American Psycho, but Patrick Bateman showed us an opinion of consumerism, materialism, and everything that is wrong with society. Rebekah’s personality just doesn’t seem to flesh out at all, leaving you to wonder if her story would be plausible, and just like the first book, I was left arguing with myself whether or not I liked the story. The character does fall loosely into the traits of a psychopath, leaving it debatable to the reader as to whether or not they find the story intriguing, and again I will have to fall into the middle. 



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