This is the web site of speculative fiction author K.C. May. Thanks for stopping by. 


Here's the latest news about my books.

eBook Download Challenge

Posted by Karen • January 5th 2011

I'm doing an experiment to see how many people I can get to download my sci-fi thriller, The Venom of Vipers*, for free. The challenge is going to last one week: from Jan 5 to Jan 12, 2011. To get it for free, you'll need a coupon code, which I'll post on my web site, but the coupon code will change every day. 

Tell your friends and family members! Just please do not send them the book's file that you downloaded. Send them the link to this web site and let them get the coupon code and download info. Then they can download the book in whatever format they'd like. (This way I can track where people are coming to my web site from, as well as the number of downloads -- part of the experiment.)

To get the book: 

  1. Go to
  2. Today's coupon code is KU97G. Use it at check-out to get The Venom of Vipers for free. You can download whichever file format works best for your ereader.
  3. Once you've downloaded the file, you'll need to copy it to your ereader manually. Smashwords has provided instructions here.
  4. When you're done reading The Venom of Vipers, I would sure appreciate a review on Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, and/or wherever else you normally shop for ebooks! If you liked the book, I hope you'll mention it to a friend. :)

*Note: this book is rated PG-17 for language. If you're offended by "F-bombs," you might want to skip this one. 

My DRM Philosophy and Policy

Posted by Karen • September 2010

DRM (or Digital Rights Management) refers to the encryption that is often applied to electronic media to prevent customers from sharing the files they've purchased, or to keep them from using the files on any but the particular device that the seller wants them to use. The principle is the same, whether it's DRM-restrictions on a music file, a movie DVD, or an ebook. The purported purpose is to protect the copyright—to prevent the purchaser from engaging in misuse of the file, whether it's uploading it to a pirate site or sharing it with Grandma.

The effect of DRM is to alienate the customers, by limiting their fair use of the media, by making it hard to archive their purchases for safekeeping, and by generally getting in their way and treating them like would-be criminals. That's my view, and I believe that many of my fellow writers share it.

I've come to hate DRM, both as an author hoping to reach readers, and as a customer of books or music or movies hoping to use my purchases in the way that best suits my legitimate purposes. Therefore, whenever I have the choice, my ebooks will be available for purchase or download DRM-free.*

* I published The Kinshield Legacy for the Kindle without fully understanding what DRM was. Unfortunately, this cannot be changed once the book is published. Check out my pledge:

My Pledge

If you buy one of my ebooks from a store that uses DRM, and you can't download or read the book on your chosen device—whether it's the reader you originally bought it for or another—I want to help. Email me, preferably with some evidence of your purchase, and I will provide you with a copy that works for you. If you want to convert the file to work on a different device, feel free. I trust you to honor the copyright and not share the file indiscriminately. I figure if I treat you with respect, you'll respect my need to earn a living, so I can continue to write. And you'll get to read my book and own a copy of it, which was the whole point to begin with. 

adapted with permission from Jeffrey A. Carver

About the author
(K.C. May)

I grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, attended University of Colorado in Boulder and graduated with a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. In 1985, I moved to Taiwan to teach English and study Mandarin Chinese. I also lived in the Arizona desert for 24 years, where I founded and ran a non-profit Rottweiler rescue organization, studied Ken-po karate, went backpacking, became a bodybuilder (non-competetive), tried sky-diving, did some downhill skiing, renewed my interest in motorcycling, and spent some time on the shooting range. In 2010, I retreated to cooler, greener Georgia. I earn my living as a full-time writer.