Plagiarism Alert- Addison Scott updated

Author Cat Grant has been plagiarized. She found her book Once A Marine is listed as Addison Scott’s Coming Undone.  Marine on left, Undone on right.

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Grant is not the only one,

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Saving Michael on left, Under the Influence on right.

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Looking through his titles on Barnes & Noble I found  Long Road Home which has essentially the same description as Donya Lynne’s Winter Fire. Fire on left, Home on right.

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Busy little gonif that he is, here is Andrea Dalling’s Seducing Jordan on the left and Scott’s Friendly Persuasion on the right.

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That’s 4 of the 11 books Scott has listed on Barnes & Noble in the last 12 weeks. I’ve sent an email to both Donya and Andrea but if anyone knows them please contact them.

Update: Just found this.

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Update: All books plagiarized listed here.

WTFckery Or Not: Latest Plagiarism Accusation: Self-Published Author Missy Blue (D.C. Ruin) and The Tornado

[reblogged from Katiebabs Library of Books]

Welcome to this week’s WTFckery where unfortunately I have another alleged plagiarism scandal to talk about, yet again in the self-publishing community…

 

Last April I first heard about Missy Blue, a debut self-published author and her (or his) book, The Tornado. This self-published book is about a former ballerina heroine who has a romance with a MMA boxing fighting hero, and for fans of New Adult. The buzz for this book was big, so much so that The Tornado hit the top 100 in Romance, and I think overall fiction at Amazon. If that’s the case, The Tornado probably gave Missy thousands of dollars in sales. I reviewed the book, enjoyed it and even told others to read it. Now I’m kicking myself because it has come out that The Tornado is stolen. This Missy Blue, who has now vanished, stole a fan fiction of Warrior, a 2011 movie, titled, In The Land of Gods and Monsters by Wynter S. Komen. Also it looks like Missy Blue is D.C. Ruins, which this alleged plagiarist first published, with what would be The Tornado in 2014 under the title of Dances with Monsters.

Jane from Dear Author was the first to report this travesty on Twitter:

 

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Comment on a review of The Tornado before Amazon took action and took off The Tornado off sale:

 

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I’m pissed off again because this is yet another black stain on self-publishing. This thief, aka Missy Blue is a perfect example of everything wrong with self-publishing, because these debut self-published authors, who just appear one day with little or no social presence or website continue to prove it’s easy to steal fan fictions or other authors’ work and claim it as their own. Because this Missy Blue can just erase herself or himself and take his/her ill gotten gains (and laughing all the way to the bank), and not give restitution to the author or writer they stole from, it will  continue to happen again and again. That author or writer victim, who decides to take action, by spending their own money to find out who someone like Missy Blue is must appeal to Amazon and any other third party vendor to reveal the identity of the plagiarist. Only Amazon and other third party vendors have the information (plagiarist’s real identity, address and banking information) the victim needs for their case, in the hopes to receive the royalties these plagiarists stole.

 

The sad thing is I have to be very cautious when trying a new self-published author who doesn’t have any presence to speak of. Do I really have to investigate the authors I want to read or ask other authors who know these new debut self-published authors and ask for referrals because I don’t want to end up reading possible plagiarized content? Because of Missy Blue and Laura Harner, I’m very close to the point I won’t mention, review or praise any debut self-published authors and their books until I know they’re 100% authentic.

 

It’s already extremely hard for self-published authors to get reviewed or create word of mouth for their books. Whenever a self-published author plagiarizes another author or writer, they’re stealing from the entire self-publishing community who needs word of mouth and reviews to sell their books. Self publishing has made it so easy for unethical people to steal fan fiction and other works published or posted on-line, and sell it for a big profit. A sad WTFckery that continues to put self-publishing in a bad light.

Harner Plagiarism Summary

Last week a reader contacted Becky McGraw to say that a book she was reading was a plagiarized version of one of McGraw’s books. McGraw was understandably outraged and started looking for lawyer. Author Jenny Trout posted about it here and here when it was discovered that a six part serial story of Harner’s  was a rip off of a book by Opal Carew.

Harner’s twist on her plagiarism of two best selling m/f romance authors was to take their stories and change m/f to m/m. McGraw made her FB post on the 19th and Harner had just returned from GRL2015 in San Francisco where she had sat on panels and signed “her” books.

Now authors are scrutinizing Harner’s backlist, Jenny Trout reported that Harner pulled 10 books from retailers when word of her plagiarism first circulated, and the backlist is extensive. Add to that Harner has also co-written several books and at least one of these authors has now posted about her experience of writing with Harner. Another author posts about her rocky relationship with Harner here.

Through all this this is the only response Harner has made in public:

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McGraw has posted this:

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Harner is a thief. Just Harner, nobody else but those authors who so-wrote with her will suffer a financial loss because who wants to buy a book with Harner’s name on it? Same for those in the anthologies. Harner has stolen from a lot of authors and I suspect we haven’t heard from the last of them. She has stolen from other authors in her genre because readers who might have bought their books spent their money on books Harner had no right to sell.

Harner is a thief. She has stolen the trust of her readers and her fellow authors.

And Harner is stupid, she has thrown away something infinitely important- the woman her husband, her children, her family and friends thought she was for the price of a book. I wonder if today she thinks it was worth it?

We can all do something positive, we can buy a book by McGraw or Carew, or a book by any author she co-wrote with or are in an anthology with her.

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Sniveling Little Cowards

I have often stated, but maybe not often enough, that violence is not an acceptable response to whatever is going the rounds of book world social media. Mocking is. Not buying a badly behaving author’s books is. Violence is not.

This morning I found a new comment on my Booklikes post for R A Nunes new release. I contacted BL but the sniveling little Weinberg drone had already deleted their guest account.

Hey, I guess it’s okay to game the system and try to harass, guilt, or otherwise pressure reviewers into writing only positive 4 and 5 star reviews but mocking that behavior is beyond the pale.

I. Don’t. Think. So.

All those reading this that don’t approve of kevvie’s little friend’s behavior, do me a favor, buy her new book or go donate to Rachel’s GoFundMe. It’s an important cause, plagiarism, particularly this very nasty case of it should not be tolerated.

 

I really hope kevvie’s little underage girlfriend didn’t skip school to post that.

Rachel Ann Nunes- October Reminder

I have been remiss in my monthly reminders about Rachel Ann Nunes’ suit against her plagiarist. I did send an email to Rachel asking her how things were progressing and she sent me back a short note. As you can see this has cut into her writing time and it will still be almost a year before it goes to trial.

“Hi Mahala,

I’m so sorry that I have neglected to respond to this earlier. I’m been
writing like crazy trying to get SOMETHING out to my readers. Finally.

Currently, we have answered the opposing attorney’s requests and have
created a document detailing economic damages. I’m sad to say that I wasn’t
able to put out two of the books I normally would have, but I am definitely
writing again. And the joy is returning. My attorney has received
information from Amazon, Goodreads, and other social media about the
accounts in question, and he is now getting ready to take depositions from
the defendant. I will need to give one as well to the opposing attorney. At
present, the case is schedule to go to court in August 2016. That will be
two years from the infringement. I will be sending out an update soon on the
Go Fund Me and on my blog.

Thanks so much! And I’m sorry for the delay.
Rachel

Trials are expensive so here is the link to her GoFundMe. Help send a message that the book community will not stand for neither the plagiarism nor the attacks Rushton directed towards Nunes after she was found out. Read the timeline here.