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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.

2014 Book Purchases: August

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

Update: And I did it!!! Another month without going over budget!!! 😀

 
 
The Dragon's PathBook: The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin)
Author:
Cost: $1.15
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 01-Aug-2014
Notes: FoF Group read
 
 
Nebula NightsBook: Nebula Nights: Love Among The Stars
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 04-Aug-2014
Notes:

 
 
Tempting Her Best FriendBook: Tempting Her Best Friend (What Happens in Vegas)
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Cost: $0.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 11-Aug-2014
Notes: Actually pre-ordered in July 2014 – book release day was 11-Aug (Review)

 
 
Liberating LaceyBook: Liberating Lacey
Author: Anne Calhoun
Cost: $2.63
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 06-Aug-2014
Notes: Damn Dear Author, busting my budget… (review here)

 
 
Extraordinary+LoveBook: Extraordinary Love: 10 Enthralling Paranormal Romances
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 07-Aug-2014
Notes: 10 book anthology

 
 
Weird Things Customers Say in BookstoresBook: Weird Things People Say in Bookstores
Author:
Cost: $1.42
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased:
Notes: 1/2
 
 
More Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsBook: More Weird Things People Say in Bookstores
Author:
Cost: $2.12
Format: Hardback
Date Purchased:
Notes: 2/2
 
 
Feeling HotBook: Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform #7)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Aug-2014
Notes: 2/10
 
 
The Heat is OnBook: The Heat is On (Out of Uniform #6)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Cost: $2.10
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 21-Aug-2014
Notes: 3/10
 
 
Box of 1Night StandsBook: Box of 1Night Stands – 21 Sizzling Nights
Author: Various
Cost: $0.59
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 25-Aug-2014
Notes: I have no shelf control
 
 
The Best Kind of TroubleBook: The Best Kind of Trouble
Author: Lauren Dane
Cost: $1.65
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 26-Aug-2014
Notes:
 
 

 
 

 
 

August 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 11
Total Amount Spent: $14.42
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $14.42
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0.00
August Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): $5.58

Random Recipe: Early Morning Oats

Everyone has heard of “overnight oats” it seems, but I’m not really into mushy foods. So, I decided to do a chewier version. I call it “Early Morning Oats” because…why not? lol! I add the wet ingredient about 2 hours prior to eating.

One of my favorite things about oatmeal is that it is so versatile, even this recipe. I like to add a smattering of dried cranberries and raisins most of the time but I occasionally switch it up with dried strawberries or fresh blueberries. I’m having a hard time getting in all the protein I need on a daily basis so I also add vanilla egg white protein powder to my early morning oats. Delicious!
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