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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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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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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