Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Update: Confirmed Additional Plagarism Found

Just when you thought Tiffanie Rushton couldn't stoop any lower a new development comes to light. It has been confirmed that Ms. Rushton plagiarized the prologue of her first book Hasty Resolution from the account of a wounded combat veteran. I have a deep love and respect for the men and women who serve in our military. To steal his extremely personal account and use in her "smutty" novel is both unethical and extremely immoral.

Ms. Rushton has proven she is unable to make good choices, she shows no remorse for what she’s done. Even after been caught and served in the case against Rachel Nunes, she still planned on republishing Hasty Resolutions, claiming it was 100% her own, when we now know it was just another plagiarized story. This shows to me that once things are settled with Rachel she will continue with her criminal behavior. She is continually showing a lack of conscience.

Image taken day Tiffanie Rushton was served in the Nunes vs Rushton case. Provided by www.johndopp.com
Another example is from an interview she did with a blogger. When asked where she comes up with her ideas she said “real-life experiences” which would imply she meant her own real-life experiences, the reality is she steals her ideas from other people. She likes to take the easy way, instead of writing her own story she steals from others. Instead of getting honest reviews, she creates multiple sock-puppets and gives herself five star ratings. Instead of admitting what she did was wrong she attacks her accuser.
Q: Where do you get your book plot ideas from? What/Who is your inspiration? A: Real-life experiences. — Interview with Tiffanie Rushton, writing as Sam Taylor Mullens
I am glad Rachel is taking a stand and fighting against this blatant criminal. I hope that the war veteran Chase Weston will also seek legal action. Let me be clear, this should be handled in a legal way and as much as I dislike what Rushton has done, I would not want anyone to stoop to her level of bullying.

If you want to show your support for Rachel and Chase and to protect every other author out there, you can do so by doing one of the following:

*Share Rachel’s story.

*Donate to and share Rachel’s fundraiser.

*Purchase the Unseen: United! speculative fiction box set or one of the other anthologies that will soon be published.

Tiffanie Rushton currently teaches third grade. As a mother for four young kids I would not want her teaching my children. She has proven to be a thief, bully, dishonest and shows intent to continue her criminal behavior. I sincerely hope her school and district conduct an investigation into this matter.

John has written an excellent article about this newest development. It includes excerpts from both Hasty Resolutions and Chase’s personal story.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Unseen: United!

One thing I've learned over the past few weeks of working with Rachel Nunes, is that plagiarism is rampant. I've been surprised to hear stories of authors that have had similar experiences. It's sad to hear that for most of these authors nothing can be done. The stolen work may be taken down (but, in a lot of cases the plagiarizer will just wait awhile and then put it up again) but nothing happens to the perpetrator. Court cases are just too expensive. That is why I am so glad Rachel is taking a stand. I'm glad she is not only fighting for her rights, but it also makes a statement to all plagarizers that this type crime is serious and that these criminals should be held accountable.

Like I mentioned, these types of cases can end up costing a lot of money. To show your support of Rachel you can donate directly to her fundraiser Stand Against Plagiarism, or you can for a limited time get this awesome anthology. Authors have come together to show their support for Rachel and help raise funds for the court costs. This is the first in the series. You can also help Rachel by spreading the word, tell your friends and share on your blogs and social media sites. Thanks!

Editorial Note: These stories have been donated by the authors for this box set to help Author Rachel Ann Nunes, who in July 2014 had one of her copyrighted novels plagiarized and is now protecting those rights in a court battle. Her battle is not hers alone, and we are standing behind her with our work. Please help us send the message that plagiarizing is not okay. All proceeds will be donated toward legal costs.

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TO SLEEP NO MORE by Kathleen Marks
Historical Romantic Fantasy
She's heartbroken. He's the man who loves her . . . Preternaturalist Alexandra (Alex) Dalton and her glowing cat are hunting for the person who kidnapped and murdered Alex’s three-year-old daughter when her uncle’s deathbed request sends her across the country to solve two Night Hag murders. The worst part? She must join forces with her estranged husband, the handsome treasure hunter, Richard Dalton.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Busted! Sam Taylor Mullens has been positively identified!

I posted about this awhile ago and wanted to update everyone on the recent developments in this plagiarism case. But first, I just wanted to say that I love books, reading and have come to know and respect a lot of authors. With today’s technology and social media it is easy to get to know your favorite authors. Even ten years ago I would only really know an author based on what was written on the book jacket. But now, I can really get to know them through their blogs, websites and social media. Authors are real people; they have their own lives going on and luckily are able to share their passion for writing with readers like me. Before August 10, I did not know Rachel Nunes at all. I had read a few of her books; I have found memories of my dear friend recommending one of her books back in high school. I loved it. So, I was shocked and upset when I heard that one of her books (one I actually had waiting on my Kindle) had been plagiarized. Not only had another author, Sam Taylor Mullens, stolen Rachel’s characters and story, but she had added sex scenes into a clean, Christian novel. When Rachel reached out to Mullens, she was not only rebuffed and Mullens refused to work with her, but then Mullens began an online attack of Rachel and her books.

When this all started unfolding and as I’ve watched it progress I have been so impressed with how Rachel has handled everything. She has chosen to take the high road; she has shown kindness and compassion and has a strong desire to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. I have been blessed to get to know Rachel better over the past few weeks and can honestly say she is a good person. She has been very careful about how this case is handled and wanted to make sure that even the perpetrator of this horrible crime was treated fairly.

I am happy to report that Mullens has been positively identified as Tiffanie Rushton, a Utah school teacher and while I am upset with what she has done and how she has acted over the past few weeks, I think it’s important to stress that this case is in the hands of very capable lawyers and that is where it should be. Even though Tiffanie has done some bad things, I would not want people to bully her or her family. Tiffanie hid behind at least seventeen fake profiles, she recently created a new author pen-name (Lucy Evans) and it’s very likely she would plagiarize again. It is important that her criminal activity is brought to light and that people know her name so they can protect themselves and their work. The fact is, Tiffanie will see justice without being bullied, Tiffanie has received a summons to appear in Federal court on complaints of copyright infringement, defamation, casting Rachel Ann Nunes in a false light, injurious falsehood, harassment, false advertising and deceptive trade practices. If the suit is successful, she faces statutory damages of $150,000, plus damages for each sale of the infringing work, damages to compensate for the other allegations in the complaint, and attorney's fees.

Like I mentioned before, Tiffanie has created a new pen-name of Lucy Evans, she is currently soliciting ARCs under her false names and if you have provided her ARCs you may be at risk. Known aliases to be leary of:

* Sam Taylor Mullens
* Lucy Evans
*Other aliases removed

UPDATE: New information has come to light. Apparently, Tiffanie Rushton used the names of her elementary students as her many many aliases. At least thirteen students names were used to review and promote erotic novels. I have removed their names from my blog. If I were one of their parents I would be furious. I am hoping the school and district will take action and hold Ms. Rushton accountable for this horrible misconduct and violation of trust.

Tiffanie has shown her true colors in the way she has handled herself over the past few weeks and even before then. She has used lies, deception and tried to bully Rachel and her supports in an attempt to cover her own tracks. She has shown no remorse and continually places blame on anyone but herself. Tiffanie created multiple identities to promote her own books, she’d give her books high ratings and raving reviews, all while leaving low rating and negative reviews for Rachel’s book.

Here is Rachel’s newest update on everything:

Also, a fellow blogger has written an excellent run down on everything, very informative. Visit his blog here: The John Doppler Affect

Please share this story on your own blogs, help spread the word and hopefully prevent other authors from falling victim to plagiarism. You can also show your support by donating to Rachel’s GoFundMe fundraiser, she will also be releasing a series of anthologies where fellow authors have come together to show their support. More information to follow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fight Against Plagiarizm

Last week it came out that popular Christian author Rachel Ann Nunes's book, A Bid for Love had been plagiarized by Sam Taylor Mullens. Mullens planned to release her version The Auction Deal, only adding in sexual content and a few other changes. When Mullens, who uses a pen name, was confronted she came up with a lot of conflicting stories to try and justify what she had done. She then began to attack Rachel and any supports of Rachel. To read the full story, visit the links below. Rachel is close to finding the real Sam Mullens and plans to seek legal action. This whole situation is horrible and I hope that Mullens is caught and outed for the theif that she is.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Crimson Frost by Marcia McClure

A Crimson Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: High Fantasy-Medieval, Kingdom of Karvana
Heroine: Scarlet Princess, Monet
Hero: Crimson Knight, Broderick

I've been getting ready for Swoon Fest and talking about it has made me even more excited to re-read Marcia's books. I couldn't wait for October, so I slipped this one in a little early. I’ve read this one a few times and I think I like it more each time. I really enjoyed it this time around; maybe I was just in the right mood for the whole knight in shining armor thing. I enjoyed the storyline quite a bit, the kingdom of Karvana is at war and in order to protect their future the princess must go into hiding. Who better to protect her than the kingdom’s greatest warrior, the Crimson Knight.

The book starts at a tournament of knights, which made me think of the movie A Knights Tale. I liked the time spent at the castle and tournament, but I especially loved the time Broderick and Monet spent in hiding. It was fun to see them living “normal” lives and build a strong friendship. (view spoiler)

I was sucked into the medieval world McClure created. The story moved along nicely and had a fun mix of romance and adventure. The only thing I would tweak is the title. I like A Crimson Frost, but I think The Champions Prize would be better. Overall, a fun and entertaining read. If you enjoy medieval stories be sure to pick this one up.

Romance: Clean, just kissing any intimacy is behind closed doors.
Violence: Mild fighting

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Voting Time

HEABC and Bookworm Nation is holding a McClure read-a-thon and need to decide which month to hold it. Come help us decide!

HEABC (sponsored through my blog, Bookworm Nation) has decided to hold a Marcia McClure Awareness Month. *For each McClure book read you will receive points to be entered in a weekly giveaway. We just need to decide which month to hold the challenge. Please take a moment to vote.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Accidentally Married by Victorine Lieske

Accidentally MarriedAccidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this was a really cute and fun read. Madison and Jared have a funny "meet cute" when she goes to his business for what she believes is a job interview and he believes...something else.

I thought Madison and Jared had a fun relationship, I like that she was able to shake him out of his stiff personality. They are a good example of opposites attracting. They were a good balance. I enjoyed their fake relationship, mainly because it didn't feel fake. I thought the angst was just right, they fall for each other believably.

The writing was well done, I was drawn in right away and had to keep reading to see how things would unfold.

Overall, a fun contemporary love story. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Lieske.

Romance: Clean

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher

PersuadedPersuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Persuasion is one of my very favorite stories and I enjoy these modern adaptations. I've been looking forward to reading this one for a long time now and was excited when I saw it was finally out. I thought Ms. Pulsipher did a good job of sticking to the original storyline, while making enough changes to make it her own and keep me on my toes.

Hanna is a likable character, I especially liked the moments when she would show a little backbone. She is a bit of a people-pleaser and lets herself get walked on a bit. She has a good heart though and is always kind to those around her, she sees the good in people. Which is always a great quality to have. I have mixed feelings about Derick, to be honest I'm not sure if he ever really swept me off my feet. I think I had a hard time forgiving him. Without overanalyzing things, I did enjoy their story quite a bit. Again, the story somewhat follows the original, but about halfway through or so it does its own thing, which I liked.

I thought the romance was sweet, I'm a sucker for these second-chance stories, especially the moment when they are reunited again for the first time. Hannah and Derick have good chemistry and it was fun to watch them figure things out.

Overall, I thought this was one of the better retellings of Persuasion and one I would recommend to any contemporary fan.

Romance: Clean

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Duke's Bride by Teresa McCarthy

The Duke's BrideThe Duke's Bride by Teresa McCarthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite Regency series, I love the Clearbrooks. It was fun seeing some of the past characters in this one, and fun to finally get the Duke and Jane’s story (which can stand on its own). I was excited when I found out they were getting their own book. I haven’t read too many regencies where the couple was already married and I was looking forward to this type of relationship dynamic.

The book starts with the Duke and Jane meeting for the first time (which happened in a previous book, but was a good reminder to me and fun to see from their perspective). I was glad we got to see how they met and a bit of their early courting. We then jump into the story about five years later and the happy couple are facing some serious issues.

Jane is a well developed character. Everyone underestimates her, including her husband. She really has to grow and learn how to stand up for herself, which she does splendidly. I really liked Jane and felt her pain. What a hard situation she was in and very frustrating. It’s true, a little level-headed communication would have gone a long way to solve everyone’s problems, but it’s always easy to say that when you’re on the outside looking in. There were times I wanted to step into the book and shake the Duke, but I could also see things from his perspective and could understand some of his reasoning. I loved that even though things were rough; they never stopped loving each other and were always loyal to one another.

I enjoyed reading this one, I had a hard time putting it down and there were even a few twists that I didn’t see coming. As hard it as it was to see these two make some poor choices, in the long run it probably made their relationship stronger. Sometimes we learn how much we care about someone by going through trials together.

Overall, an enjoyable read and a fun addition to the series. I hope Captain Argyle gets his own book, poor guy really needs his own happily ever after!

Romance: Clean. Any marital intimacy fades to black/closed door.
Violence: Mild

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Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore

Becoming Lady LockwoodBecoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had pretty high expectations going into this one. Not only was the cover pretty, but the plot sounded like a lot of fun. Besides that, there are already a lot of positive reviews pouring in. I thought this was an enjoyable story, I can see why everyone is enjoying it so much.

Amelia was born and raised in Jamaica. When her mother passes away she takes over their sugar plantation, despite her father’s disapproval. Then one day her father arrives from London and convinces her to marry his friend by proxy. She agrees, he leaves and a few months later she finds out she is a widow. Things get interesting when her late husband’s brother, the new Earl, arrives in Jamaica insisting on bringing her back to London with him to dispute the marriage.

Most of the story takes place on their voyage from Jamaica to London. I loved this type setting, I’ve toured a few of these old ships and it’s always fun to imagine what life would have been life for these sailors. I enjoyed that aspect of the story and thought the author did a good job of weaving the historical details into the story in an entertaining way, I didn’t feel like I was getting a history lesson.
I thought William, the new Lord Lockwood was very likable. He has all the good qualities you look for in a hero. He’s the perfect sea captain, fair in his dealings with his men. He is loyal to his shipmates and all those he considers a friend. He has integrity and a kind heart. He also has a bit of a brooding side, which can be fun. He has his doubts about Amelia, but the more time he spends with her the more begins to trust her and soon finds himself losing his heart to her. Amelia was “practically perfect in every way” and at times I wish she had been a little less…perfect. I expected her to have a big “S” on her chest. She’s not one to idle away her time and on day one is already integrating herself into the workings of the ship. From assisting the doctor to cooking in the kitchen, learning to mend the sails or charting their next course, she has her hand in just about everything. It felt a little much to me. (view spoiler)

So, I enjoyed their time on the ship, but I also enjoyed the time in London. I was glad things weren’t wrapped up completely on the ship and that they still have a few obstacles to overcome. The villain wasn’t a surprise, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. Overall, I did really enjoy this one and its one I would recommend to Regency fans. I look forward to seeing what else Ms. Moore writes next.

Romance: Clean
Violence: Mild battle violence, plots of murder, etc.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Longtime (and at one point illegal) Crush by Janette Rallison

A Longtime (and at one point illegal) CrushA Longtime (and at one point illegal) Crush by Janette Rallison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the day Elsie’s older brother brought his friend Kye McBride over to their house, Elsie adored him. When she was eight, she secretly blew kisses to him. When she was twelve, she sat on the stairs unnoticed and watched him escort another girl to prom. When she was a senior in high school, she walked into math class and found out he was her new math teacher.

With that much emotion fueling her, things were bound to go wrong. And they did. Elsie not only spent the last two weeks of school avoiding him, she turned avoiding-Kye-at-all-costs into her life-long philosophy.

Now three years have passed and Elsie has come home for her brother’s wedding. She’s got to face Kye-–hopefully without getting crushed again.

This is my second time reading this and I enjoyed it just as much this time around. I haven't had a lot of time to read the past couple days and a short story fit perfectly with my schedule. I thought this was a cute story about Elsie and her high school crush Kye. I thought the story was handled well, being that for part of the story Elsie is in high school and Kye is her teacher. Now days that's a tough subject to write about without being...icky. It worked here though. I would have liked to have more time with them as "grown ups" though. Overall, it was a fun escape and one I'm sure I'll pick up when I need a little diversion. Plus it has great kissing! ;)

I do have three wishes though. One, that the story had been a full-length novel. I thought this was a good intro, but it would have been great to have more time with the characters. Two, I love Ms. Rallison's books. She mostly writes YA, but I loved this New Adult novella. So my second wish would be that she would write more books in the NA genre. Third, while I do wish this had been longer, the fact that it was short actually was nice, so I'd love if she would put out more of these short stories. Maybe do a cute anthology or something.

Content: Clean.

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