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review 2014-06-15 00:00
All I Have Left
All I Have Left - Shey Stahl I won't be buying or reading this because I can't be certain what's contained within isn't borrowed from somewhere or someone else.
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text 2014-01-22 18:53
Plagiarism Doesn't Happen by Accident, It Takes Hard Work.

Just spreading the word...thanks KatieBabs and Fangirl

 

Spanglemaker9 brought another interesting point to my attention in the comments of my post on the Shey Stahl Plagiarism controversy. After doing a little research I decided that it deserved to be examined a little closer. So...

 

Let's talk about timelines. 

 

In Stahl's public letter, on her website, she admits to posting her books as fan fiction form "back in late 2009" and said that none were completed before being pulled. 

 

 

I can only find evidence of four fan fics posted under Stahl's two different fan fiction accounts. While I can confirm three of them were pulled before completion, Lapped Traffic was completed and outtakes were posted for it before Stahl pulled it down. There are copies of the completed Lapped Traffic with outtakes circulating on the internet.

 

However, what's really interesting is the date that Stahl claims to have posted her fan fic, "late 2009."

 

Stahl used two pen names (that we know of) to post fan fiction, Jaydmommy and pitprincess. What's interesting about them is both were created after 2009. Jaydmommy was created in 2010, and was the account under which Stahl posted Lapped Traffic, which went on to become the Racing on the Edge series (the first books that Stahl published). While the pitprincess (created in 2011) was used to post Moab, which was published as Everything Changes. 

 

 

Why would Stahl contradict the date stamps on her own Fanfiction.net accounts?  Simple, because all of the fan fics that she copied from were posted in or after 2010. 

 

For the Summer by Camoozle posted 4/30/10 [copied for For the Summer]

 

The Misapprehension of Bella Swan (2/25/10) [Lapped Traffic]

The Art Teacher by spanglemaker9 (11/7/10) [copied for Everything Changes]

A Gilded Cage by MissAlex (10/21/11) [Happy Hour]

Dusty by  Mary Elizabeth & Sarah (12/21/11) [copied for For the Summer]

The Practicum by TheFicChick (1/13/13) [copied for Everything Changes]

 

Pickup Truck by Mary Elizabeth (5/8/13) [copied for For the Summer]

 

 This is important, because it looks like Stahl is trying to give the impression that her fan fiction, which was the basis for her books, were posted first. Which would be important to any case, legal or for the sake of public opinion, that she is not only not a plagiarizer, but the victim of this situation. Unfortunately for Stahl, she never bothered to delete her jaydmommy account, and we obtained screenshots of her pitprincess accounts (both on Fanfiction.net and Facebook) before they were deleted. 

 

All this maneuvering aside, what really intrigued me was something I found while collecting the posted dates of the fan fiction that Stahl plagiarized and publishing dates of her books. 

 

Stahl actually pulled her fan fiction in 2011. Lapped Traffic (Happy Hour) and Watching Waiting were pulled in February of 2011. While Moab and Air Conditioner From Hell were pulled in December of the same year. 

 

Interestingly enough several of these fan fics that Stahl plagiarized were posted after Stahl pulled her fan fiction from the internet. Which is a strong indication that Stahl was not only plagiarizing while writing fan fiction (like Lapped Traffic), but that she continued to "borrow" from Twilight fan fic while "rewriting" and editing her books (For the Summer and  Everything Changes) for publication. In the case of the fan fic Pickup Truck and For the Summer, Stahl was even copying the summaries for fan fiction to create blurbs for her published books. 

 

When you look at the sheer scope of the copying Stahl's claims that any similarities between her work and the fan fictions listed are coincidentally don't hold water. Rightly so. This kind of plagiarism could never happen by accident. 

 

 

 

I've seen a lot of people dismiss plagiarism as "lazy." After investigating the Shey Stahl controversy, I have to disagree. Shey Stahl did a lot of work to camouflage other writers words to pass them off as her own. 

 

Stahl not only had to source her stolen words from multiple sources, but she had to conceal her theft by melding her writing with the work of others. She achieved this through rearranging sentences, changing tenses and even rewording sections. Which explains why her books (as she claims) "pass a plagiarism checker." Those kinds of programs are looking for exact words, and specific sentence similarities. Looking at how Stahl disguised another author's words as her own it's easy to see how she could fool a computer program.

 

 

It's no wonder after all this work to rewrite other writers words that Stahl feels she's earned the right to call it her own creation. The question is has she convinced anyone else. 

 

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text 2014-01-22 08:01
Plagiarism Doesn't Happen by Accident, It Takes Hard Work.

Spanglemaker9 brought another interesting point to my attention in the comments of my post on the Shey Stahl Plagiarism controversy. After doing a little research I decided that it deserved to be examined a little closer. So...

 

Let's talk about timelines. 

 

In Stahl's public letter, on her website, she admits to posting her books as fan fiction form "back in late 2009" and said that none were completed before being pulled. 

 

 

I can only find evidence of four fan fics posted under Stahl's two different fan fiction accounts. While I can confirm three of them were pulled before completion, Lapped Traffic was completed and outtakes were posted for it before Stahl pulled it down. There are copies of the completed Lapped Traffic with outtakes circulating on the internet.

 

However, what's really interesting is the date that Stahl claims to have posted her fan fic, "late 2009."

 

Stahl used two pen names (that we know of) to post fan fiction, Jaydmommy and pitprincess. What's interesting about them is both were created after 2009. Jaydmommy was created in 2010, and was the account under which Stahl posted Lapped Traffic, which went on to become the Racing on the Edge series (the first books that Stahl published). While the pitprincess (created in 2011) was used to post Moab, which was published as Everything Changes. 

 

 

Why would Stahl contradict the date stamps on her own Fanfiction.net accounts?  Simple, because all of the fan fics that she copied from were posted in or after 2010. 

 

For the Summer by Camoozle posted 4/30/10 [copied for For the Summer]

The Misapprehension of Bella Swan (2/25/10) [Lapped Traffic]

The Art Teacher by spanglemaker9 (11/7/10) [copied for Everything Changes]

A Gilded Cage by MissAlex (10/21/11) [Happy Hour]

Dusty by  Mary Elizabeth & Sarah (12/21/11) [copied for For the Summer]

The Practicum by TheFicChick (1/13/13) [copied for Everything Changes]

 

Pickup Truck by Mary Elizabeth (5/8/13) [copied for For the Summer]

 

 This is important, because it looks like Stahl is trying to give the impression that her fan fiction, which was the basis for her books, were posted first. Which would be important to any case, legal or for the sake of public opinion, that she is not only not a plagiarizer, but the victim of this situation. Unfortunately for Stahl, she never bothered to delete either of her fan fiction accounts. 

 

All this maneuvering aside, what really intrigued me was something I found while collecting the posted dates of the fan fiction that Stahl plagiarized and publishing dates of her books. 

 

Stahl actually pulled her fan fiction in 2011. Lapped Traffic (Happy Hour) and Watching Waiting were pulled in February of 2011. While Moab and Air Conditioner From Hell were pulled in December of the same year. 

 

Interestingly enough several of these fan fics that Stahl plagiarized were posted after Stahl pulled her fan fiction from the internet. Which is a strong indication that Stahl was not only plagiarizing while writing fan fiction (like Lapped Traffic), but that she continued to "borrow" from Twilight fan fic while "rewriting" and editing her books (For the Summer and  Everything Changes) for publication. In the case of the fan fic Pickup Truck and For the Summer, Stahl was even copying the summaries for fan fiction to create blurbs for her published books. 

 

When you look at the sheer scope of the copying Stahl's claims that any similarities between her work and the fan fictions listed are coincidentally don't hold water. Rightly so. This kind of plagiarism could never happen by accident. 

 

 

 

I've seen a lot of people dismiss plagiarism as "lazy." After investigating the Shey Stahl controversy, I have to disagree. Shey Stahl did a lot of work to camouflage other writers words to pass them off as her own. 

 

Stahl not only had to source her stolen words from multiple sources, but she had to conceal her theft by melding her writing with the work of others. She achieved this through rearranging sentences, changing tenses and even rewording sections. Which explains why her books (as she claims) "pass a plagiarism checker." Those kinds of programs are looking for exact words, and specific sentence similarities. Looking at how Stahl disguised another author's words as her own it's easy to see how she could fool a computer program.

 

 

It's no wonder after all this work to rewrite other writers words that Stahl feels she's earned the right to call it her own creation. The question is has she convinced anyone else. 

 

 

[Read the detailed post following the entire controversy from the start click here. This post is updated with new information.]

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text 2014-01-20 23:24
Shey Stahl Strikes Back!


Click here for the full story of Plagiarism controverys surrounding Shey Stahl.

Just when we thought we had seen the last of Shey Stahl, she returns to share her side of the story and reassure her remaining fans she will write again.

She returns to the internet armed with an eight page letter explaining the what she has done isn't plagiarism, but rather that her works were simply "similar" to other Twilight fan fics. [The letter was tweeted out by the Dear Author blog. It was posted on her website, that is now up and running again.]

Nothing is 100% original. How could anything we write be 100% original, given that we share similar experiences as human beings and use common language so that we can communicate out emotions and ideas?

Spanglemaker9, the author of the Twilight fan fic The Art Teacher, which Stahl borrowed heavily from, still disputes this claim. She tweeted in response to Stahl's letter sharing a document that compares her fanfic to Stahl's work.

 
Stahl has began using her facebook account again, and is actively blocking critics and authors, like Spanglemaker9, who have sent her cease and desist letters to prevent Stahl from attempting to profit from their work again. 
 
In her lengthy letter, Stahl also laments the backlash she's experienced since the accusations of plagiarism began to pop-up.  Stahl mourns the lose of her editor, cover artist and agent over the incident, and even claims she and her family have experienced harassment and bullying by angry readers and members of the Twilight fandom. 
 
 

Please note: In the entire time I've been following this controversy I haven't witnessed any of the images of Stahl's family that are mentioned in her letter. There was most definitely disparaging remarks about her and her character on Twitter, Facebook and GoodReads, but nothing about her family. They could have been emailed directly to her, but several exhaustive searches of the internet turned up nothing online.

She also accuses her former editor of lying. Saying that she was only ever cautioned against using character names that are reminiscent of Twilight. Which would make it obvious her books were once Twilight fan fiction.

Stahl also accuses her former editor of giving out her personal information to whomever asked for it. I personally, have a hard time believing this statement since never in any of the private message conversations I had with Max, Stahl's former editor, did I once receive any personal information about Stahl. Max keep to the details of the plagiarized passages, and her request to have her name removed from Stahl's book. All the information that I have on Stahl was obtained from her public facebook account and following the trail of her old fan fiction accounts.

At the end of the letter Stahl reassures us that she has run all her books through a plagiarizer checker, and will continue to do so with her future books. She thanks her fans and to the other authors involved she wishes "all the success they deserve."

On that ominous note, I'm left wondering how will this controversy affect the future prospects of Stahl's work and if readers can ever truly trust that her work is original. Or if they must accept that, as Stahl says, nothing is 100% original.

If Stahl is right, how can we ever hope to draw a line between inspiration and imitation?

Source: snarkycake.blogspot.com/2014/01/shey-stahl-strikes-back.html
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review 2013-10-03 20:20
Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1) ... Delayed Penalty (Crossing the Line, #1) - Shey Stahl 5 BAD-ASS HOCKEY Stars


Delayed Penalty:
When a referee signals that he is about to penalize a player, but will not stop play until the team to be penalized touches the puck.

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This is the story of Evan and Ami. Evan plays hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks. After just getting back from an away game, on a cold night, Evan decides to walk home(everyone walks in downtown Chi)and he accidentally meets unconscious, severely beaten, Ami in an alley. And here's a short summary of their story.....
This girl came into my life for a reason. I was meant to save her, and this girl was the reason my life had gone the directions it had. Hockey owned me. Good or bad, it knew everything about the sweat and blood i poured into it and gave me gratification in return. It gave me the adrenaline i needed, the joy, the love, and the thrill of victory. Then I fell in love with Ami Sutton. That was when I found out there was something else that i enjoyed just as much. Being with a girl, loving a girl, taking care of a girl, and giving myself to a girl. She showed me a side of myself that had been there all along. It was just pushed aside by my love for hockey.


*Why i bought this book:*
1. It's about the Chicago Blackhawks(my hometown)
2. Chicago Blackhawks
3. Hawks
4. Hockey

I really really LOVED Delayed Penalty..... yes it was about the Hawks, but it means even more to me, because the Blackhawks are currently playing for the Stanley Cup as we speak, so this book hit the spot for me!! It wasn't just about hockey, there was a true love story there too...i swear :)))

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A deep breath, a SECOND chance, and everything seems different and WIll because it's new, it's your CHANCE.


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MY EVAN
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Evan Masen was handsome. There was no way around that one. He had the dark messy hair, scruffy face, and a good strong jaw. His eyes were blue and spoke when he didn't.


I should have a BIG heart. I was born on Valentine's Day. (Oh Evan i love you)



MY AMI
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I LOVED her. I wanted her not just to KNOW it, but to feel it consume HER. I wanted my LOVE beating in her heart.

I knew, without a doubt, this AMI, being with her, would FOREVER be the best GOAL I'd ever snagged.


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“You can't see something shining if you're eyes are closed.”


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LORD STANLEY
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^*Bring it back home to Chicago...woo hoo^*

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You know I'd fall apart without you
I don't know how you do what you do
'Cause everything that don't make sense about me
Makes sense when I'm with you

Like everything that's green, girl, I need you
But it's more than one and one makes two
Put aside the math and the logic of it
You gotta know you're wanted too

'Cause I wanna wrap you up
Wanna kiss your lips
I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
And never let you forget it
Yeah, I, I wanna make you feel wanted

Anyone can tell you you're pretty, yeah
And you get that all the time, I know you do
But your beauty's deeper than the make-up
And I wanna show you what I see tonight...

When I wrap you up
When I kiss your lips.
I I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
And never let you forget it
'Cause, baby, I, I wanna make you feel wanted

As good as you make me feel
I wanna make you feel better
Better than your fairy tales
Better than your best dreams
You're more than everything I need
You're all I ever wanted
All I ever wanted

And I just wanna wrap you up
Wanna kiss your lips
I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
And never let you forget it
Yeah, I wanna make you feel wanted
Baby, I wanna make you feel wanted

You'll always be wanted



No bond is greater than the ones you'll bleed for.

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**This one is for all the Hawks fans and especially my GR Chi-town girls...Lkay, Desiree & Mirjana. I hope i'm not forgetting anyone....**

Chelsea Dagger (dat dat dat dat dat dat dat dat dat dat)
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*
Well you must be a girl with shoes like that
She said you know me well
I seen you and little steven and Joanna
Round the back of my hotel oh yeah

Someone said you was asking after me
But I know you best as a blagger
I said tell me your name is it sweet?
She said my boy it's dagger oh yeah






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