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Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense Fund

I recently mentioned how publisher Ellora’s Cave/Jasmine Jade Enterprises is suing Dear Author/Jane Litte…because Jane wrote an article about the strange financial and unprofessional activities coming from Ellora’s Cave in her post The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave.

Well after much demand there is now a GoFundMe fund for Dear Author/Jane Litte’s defense. You can donate here. I have!

Dear Ellora’s Cave, Go Fuck Yourself or Boycotting Ellora’s Cave

Dear Ellora’s Cave,

Go Fuck Yourself.

Sincerely,

A Reader who will never buy your company’s products ever again

Sunday night I was casually surfing the internet when I discovered my favorite book blogger, Dear Author, was being sued. By Ellora’s Cave owner and author Tina Engler (AKA Jaid Black).

Over this blog post: The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave. I have copied portions of the post below, hoping to spread this info as much as possible. Please go to Dear Author for the full article.

Basically, Tina Engler is pissed off that Dear Author called her, her business practices, crazy actions and bullying behavior on the carpet. And Tina Engler responded with a lawsuit. A SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation) lawsuit. And Ohio (where Tina filed) does not have an anti-SLAPP law.

Everyone knows Tina Engler’s end game: she wants to shut people up. And the best way to do that is to scare people. Well, Tina, I just have to say FUCK YOU. Yes, I’m upset and a little scared that even posting this could get me sued. But you know what? I refuse to allow Tina Engler’s bullying tactics to work on me.

Author Courtney Milan has started publicly tweeting and commenting about Ellora’s Cave and Tina Engler’s actions – using the hashtag #notchilled – showing that although Tina Engler wants to chill our speech via her SLAPP lawsuit, it will not be chilled. I don’t tweet so my contribution is this blog post. And my boycott of all Ellora’s Cave published works. I will not post any reviews of any works published by Ellora’s Cave/Jasmine Jade Enterprises nor will I buy their books.

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Plagiarism Sucks Ass: Update on Plagiarist Sam Taylor Mullens aka Tiffanie Rushton and the Plagiarism of Sgt. Chase Weston

I posted about Sam Taylor Mullens (real name: Tiffanie Rushton) and her plagerism of Rachel Ann Nunes about a month ago.

There’s been quite a few changes since that first post.

Let’s start with updates on the Rachel Ann Nunes situation. From The John Doppler Effect:

Today, I’m happy to report that the plagiarist is being held accountable for her actions in a spectacular way. She has been identified as Tiffanie Rushton, a Utah schoolteacher. Rushton has been served with a summons to appear in Federal court on complaints of copyright infringement, defamation, false light, injurious falsehood, harassment, false advertising, and deceptive trade practices. If the suit is successful, she faces statutory damages of $150,000.00, plus damages for each sale of the infringing work, damages to compensate for the other allegations in the complaint, and attorney’s fees.

The compensatory damages could be tripled due to the nature of the offenses.

Hooray!!! I’m so glad that Ms Nunes is taking her to court. Hopefully, Mullens will serve as a cautionary tale for those unscrupulous people who look to plagiarize others.

Other Links
Orem romance novelist says Layton teacher plagiarized work Standard Examiner
Plagiarizer identity learned, papers served Author Andrea Pearson
Christian author claims Utahn plagiarized her novel, added sex scenes The Salt Lake Tribune
‘She plagiarized my Christian novel and added graphic sex scenes:’ Utah author claims schoolteacher stole her electronic book
Daily Mail Online

 
 
The Plagiarism of War Veteran Sgt. Chase Weston
Sadly, there is worse news to report. It turns out (unsurprisingly) that Sam Taylor Mullens/Tiffanie Rushton has been found to have plagiarized another author as well. This author happens to be Iraqi war veteran and American hero Sgt. Chase Weston. Sam Taylor Mullens/Tiffanie Rushton plagiarized Sgt. Weston’s personal account of his wartime experiences, “Terror in a Cloud of Dust” for her “book” Hasty Resolution.

From The John Doppler Effect:

In addition to the book she copied from Rachel, Tiffanie Rushton claims to be the author of Hold You Again and Hasty Resolution (both under the pen name Sam Taylor Mullens). The main character in Hasty Resolution is a U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When Rushton sought to publish her book about a character with PTSD, she decided to take a shortcut… by plagiarizing the words and ideas of a combat veteran.

Sgt. Chase Weston is a veteran of the war in Iraq, and like many who served his country, he bears the scars of those conflicts inside and out. Chase survived an IED attack in 2005 which left him with a broken back, a traumatic brain injury, and devastating PTSD. In 2009, he wrote an intense first-hand account of his experiences, “Terror in a Cloud of Dust”, for the Veterans Workshop.

It’s a compelling read filled with the raw truth of Chase’s experience.

When Tiffanie Rushton stole his words and experiences for the prologue of Hasty Resolution, she didn’t just commit a despicable act of plagiarism. She cheapened this man’s deeply personal story to make a quick buck, and in the process, dishonored a courageous veteran’s service and sacrifice.

If you read the entire article, there is a side-by-side comparison between Sam Taylor Mullens/Tiffanie Rushton’s “work” and Sgt. Weston’s personal account.

Plagiarism Sucks Ass: Sam Taylor Mullens steals from Rachel Ann Nunes

So, Sam Taylor Mullens has recently been caught plagiarizing from Rachel Ann Nunes. The book A Bid for Love also titled Love to the Highest Bidder was originally published by Ms Rachel Ann Nunes in 1998. In 2014 Sam Taylor Mullens shows up with The Auction Deal…which “wonder of wonders” has the same plot, details, passages and descriptions as A Bid for Love.

Like all thieves, she has tried to wiggle her way out of the situation. She has tried everything she can to keep this from coming to light. Sam Taylor Mullens first claimed some strange man gave her [Rachel Ann Nunes’s] book – while begging and pleading for Ms Nunes to not contact anyone about this. Of course. Sam Taylor Mullens had a “friend” send Ms Nunes a letter claiming how nice and pleasant Sam Taylor Mullens is and that she has an autistic son. Of course. THEN Sam Taylor Mullens sent someone else a letter claiming she had verbal PERMISSION to steal from Ms Nunes and that she was Ms Nunes’ neice. Yeah, right.

WTF. Sam Taylor Mullens should just write down the bat-shit crazy ideas she comes up with instead of plagiarizing others. But instead of doing that, Sam Taylor Mullens decides the best defense is a good offense. She -and her friends/fans/family – have been attacking and one-star reviewing Ms Nunes works. Because how DARE Ms Nunes confront the person who stole from her!

/sarcasm

From Rachel Ann Nunes blog:

It has been verified by four separate readers that Sam Taylor Mullens did, indeed, add steamy scenes to The Auction Deal, her revised version of my Christian novel, and claimed it as her own. Her subsequent emails to different people and contradicting statements online while trying to cover her tracks has shown a definite intent to do fraud. This path she has followed is far more outlandish than any novel I’ve ever read.

As of right now, Sam Taylor Mullens is no longer a Goodreads author, her Facebook page seems to have been taken down as well. I heard that she is trying pull all of her ARCs – she is desperate to keep Ms Nunes from getting a copy of the full book. Hopefully Ms Nunes can bring legal action against Sam Taylor Mullens in the near future.

Plagiarism Sucks Ass: Elizabeth Nelson

“Author” Elizabeth Nelson has been outed as a plagiarist.

In addition to stealing the work of writer Kristi Avalon by republishing her book Billionaire Bodyguard as Nelson’s “Trinity,” Elizabeth Nelson also stole writer Roni Loren’s personal bio! How fucking low will these assholes go? Grrrrrrrrr.

As per usual, I’m SURE that this will play out over the next few days as a flurry of deletions take place as Nelson tries to cover her trail.

I’ll post updates as they occur.
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Opinion: The Art of Losing Sales

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a BUSINESS, man.”
-Jay Z, Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix), Late Registration (Kanye West Album), (2005)

I call this post “The Art of Losing Sales” because it was inspired by an author cutting the monkey fool in a Goodreads thread. Unbeknownst to that author, I had just decided to buy some books by him. After watching him cut up online, I decided my money was better in my pocket as I no longer trusted the author’s brand (or behavior). I mistakenly told the author that he had lost a sale due to unprofessional commentary and he informed me that he wasn’t a “business person” or a “professional” but a writer! and an artist! who wasn’t bound by the horrible nature of business.

 

I’ve been watching Goodreads implode lately. Mostly just reading the threads without commenting as I’m weaning myself off of the site. I think there’s something…different and somewhat enlightening about reading the commentary without the intention of commenting myself. I feel that it makes me think more – pay more attention to how I feel about the subject instead of what I feel about a subject…if that makes any sense (in the area of think, not speak).

So, I’ve been reading a lot at GR without actually commenting. It’s worked well for me so far.

I was recently reading a thread about a rather controversial Goodreads topic: Should authors comment on reviews about their own books and should reader-reviewers have the option to disallow author comments on those reviews. This is a subject that gets a lot of Goodreads members rather…emotional. There’s a long and rather trifling history about author comments on GR reviews so the subject gives both readers and authors the feels about this subject.

My opinion: I agree with some parts of both sides of the argument. I do think that author commentary can stifle discussion quite often but I’ve also seen author commentary foster discussion. Honestly, it all depends on the personality of the author. Some authors can and do maintain a high level of interaction with readers while still being professional and keeping their “author mystique.” Other authors completely lose their shit at the first hint of any type of dissenting opinion and/or critical commentary. It makes sense – we’re all human.

But the topic made me think…

Why don’t all authors think of themselves as a business and a brand? The name on the front of the book IS the brand (and happens to be the name of the author). Do (some) authors not realize that – like Jay-Z quoted above – if a consumer does not like a brand they will not support that brand? Each and every author is their own brand, like Jay-Z…or Michael Jordan.
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