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text 2016-08-21 19:19
I'm not sure this is quite right

EDITS BELOW FIRST PIC.

 

 

 

Found on aNobii, among a whole lot of others.  Please note the word "free."

 

 

 

EDITED TO ADD:

 

How I found these at aNobii.

 

Logged in.

Click on Groups.

It shows "hottest groups" and "largest groups."

Click on "see more" of "largest groups."

On right are "popular group tags" and click on "romance."

 

All of this is what comes up:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And many, many, many pages more.

 

I don't know what to do about it.  The discussion group for aNobii problems is in Italian, and while I can read Italian pretty well because of my background in Spanish, I don't speak or write it. 

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review 2016-08-06 22:11
I don't know what these are, other than very bad writing
The Second Sister - Sarah Thorn

Well, the cover is lovely.

 

This "book" is actually a collection of 20 (or more?) shortish romance stories.  Some appear to be steamy, some are labeled "clean."  From what I can figure out, the outfit publishing them mixes up the assortment, slaps on a new cover, gives a different story top billing, but it's all the same terrible stuff.

 

At least it's free?

 

The first story in this particular collection is The Second Sister, a romance about a Duke and a commoner's daughter.  Of course it's predictable and shallow and silly.  It's also poorly formatted -- triple spaced?? -- and written in the style of a precocious ten-year-old who hasn't mastered the basics of narrative, dialogue, or punctuation, but is really good with spell check.

 

I made it through about half of the first story before giving up.  My curiosity has been satisfied.

 

Unless you are truly desperate, pass on this and all of its sisters.

 

EDITED TO ADD:

 

Screen shot of K4PC app page showing spacing.

 

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text 2016-01-06 13:57
WTFckery Alert for All Book Bloggers: Beware of a person going by Christine Caitlin

From Book Antics:

 

"A woman”named” Corinne Rosanna Catlin has been contacting bloggers and masquerading as a publicity assistant."

 

"This was all a ploy to make bloggers read her novel, Spectaccolo by Christine Catlin, which she claims that Penguin is now publishing in paperback."

 

"Penguin Random House is now getting involved in this and their Legal department will be handling this. There is confession to whether or not this individual actually works at the publishing company or not, different sources appear to be conflicting."

 

"She’s been emailing from an official Penguin Random House email since this post went up and demanding that this post is “confusing and harmful.” She’s also been asking for my phone number “to give me a call.” NOPE."

 

Spectaccolo on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25977648-spectaccolo?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

Said she was a editorial intern at Red Fox Literary- FALSE: (https://twitter.com/the1stdaughter/status/684532144333438977) 

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20150813095439/http://christinecatlin.com/about.php

 

Source: bookishantics.com/2016/01/04/beware-catfished-fake-penguin-employee
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text 2015-11-15 16:25
WTFckery Or Not: Latest Plagiarism Accusation: Self-Published Author Missy Blue (D.C. Ruin) and The Tornado

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.

Source: kbgbabbles.com/2015/11/wtfckery-or-not-latest-plagiarism-accusation-self-published-author-missy-blue-d-c-ruin-and-the-tornado.html
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text 2015-11-01 16:27
WTFckery or Not? A Romance Novel Isn’t Exactly “Infinite Jest” per Washington Post Reporter, Justin Moyer & More on the Laura Harner Plagiarism Story

To start, for those who don’t know what Infinite Jest is: (From Wikipedia) Infinite Jest is a 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace. The lengthy and complex work takes place in a North American dystopia, centering on a junior tennis academy and a nearby substance-abuse recovery center. In 2005 it was included by Time magazine in its list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. Some critics have since qualified their initial stances. In 2008 Scott called Infinite Jest an "enormous, zeitgeist-gobbling novel that set his generation’s benchmark for literary ambition" and Wallace "the best mind of his generation."

 

Infinite Jest was mentioned by Washington post reporter, Justin Moyer in his article titled: Gay-romance novelist accused of plagiarizing straight-romance novelist. This is about the alleged plagiarist and self-published author Laura Harner (I wrote about this last Sunday) who has been accused of plagiarizing Becky McGraw and Opal Carew, and the latest plagiarism to rock the publishing world, specifically in self-published and the Gay romance community. Justin, based on the tone of his article and mentioning Infinite Jest, he believes romance novels aren’t complex, among a slew of other chose words such as the good old fall back of calling romance novel “bodice- rippers” as an insult.

 

 

There’s been some updates in the Laura Harner plagiarism story, mainly form the reporting of some main stream media outlets, such as The Guardian, The Washington Post and Daily Mail UK. The Guardian was the first to report about Laura Harner plagiarizing in a post titled: Prolific romantic fiction writer exposed as a plagiarist: Gay romance by Laura Harner withdrawn from sale as ‘almost word-for-word copy’ of novel by New York Times bestseller Becky McGraw.

 

The tone of The Guardian’s article and the full report wasn’t too bad, especially when they quoted from Becky McGraw, and from Jenny Trout. But the WTFckery that occurs in this article is specifically a statement from Laura Harner when The Guardian reached out to her for comment:

 

Harner said she realized she had “made mistakes”. “I own them, and I will deal with the consequences. In transforming two M/F romance stories into an M/M genre, it appears that I may have crossed the line and violated my own code of ethics,” she wrote.

 

“For those who know me best, you know that responsibility for my actions begins and ends with me. I will also add there are some personal and professional issues I’ve had to deal with in the last year that have stretched me in ways that haven’t always been good for me. I write about certain concerns related to military service for a reason; however, I am not offering that as an excuse. I just think whenever someone acts so out of character, it’s helpful to ask why.”

 

Harner added that she was “working to address concerns raised by two authors who have accused me of plagiarism”, saying that she would provide a more complete statement later this week. “Until then, please do not judge me too harshly.”

 

Harner doesn’t want us to judge her too harshly for violating her own code of ethics for stealing intellectual property from an author, who writes straight romance, and how Harner took it upon herself by changing it to a Gay Romance (M/M) by just changing the genders to male, but keeping the same story intact and the same words Becky created (and possibly other authors out of the 75 books she has published in 5 years). And by the way, she just has to point out for some reason (can we say, for the sympathy vote ?) that she writes about concerns related to military service in her own novels, so be kind to her even if she is guilty of stealing another author’s work.

 

 

 

 

I leave it to you to decide if this is a satisfactory statement or a WTFckery from Laura, who we all know is only sorry because she got caught.

 

The Washington Post picked up The Guardian story last week also. But the WTFckery invoked in Justin Moyer’s article has tempers flaring because the tone and certain descriptions he used to describe this plagiarism incident. Here are some of these WTFckery statements Justin came up with where he can’t help but put down the romance genre, including romance authors and romance readers:

 

“Any writer knows that finishing any book isn’t easy. It takes craft. It takes persistence. It takes guts. But a romance novel isn’t exactly “Infinite Jest.” Though some bodice-rippers are dirtier than others, there is a formula — at some point, the wealthy heiress or the lady-in-waiting hooks up with the horse wrangler or the errant knight, and jeans come off or, well, bodices get ripped.”

 

(Based on this introduction from Justin, if you write romance novels, it’s easy, it doesn’t take persistence, guts or craft. Also romance novels are dirty and bodice-rippers. Can someone give me an example of a romance novels published in the last decade where the heroine gets her bodice ripped?)

 

The very un-romantic spat began on Oct. 19 when Becky McGraw, no stranger to the New York Times bestsellers list, not ed a rumor that an “M/M” author (that’s male/male) had cribbed from her F/M work.

 

(Notice the mention of “un-romantic spat”. “Spat” belittles the issue here, because a female author stole from another female author. If a male author accused another male author of plagiarizing, would it be described as a “spat”? What’s the masculine alternative to “spat”? Also a spat is known as a “minor squabble that’s silly”. When an author is accused of plagiarizing another author’s work, and there is a lot of the proof to that fact, the accusations are silly? I don’t think the victim of the plagiarizing would find their hard word that was stolen, to be silly.)

 

The snarky, almost condensing tone of Justin’s article makes light of Laura’s alleged plagiarism because it’s regarding romance novels, including Gay romance. Romance as “bodice-rippers” or being “formulaic” is an old tired argument for a genre that makes over $1 billion a year ($1.08 billion in 2013). Most genres do follow a formula, but why is Romance always pointed out and laughed at? What about Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult and all the other fiction genres out there? Again I ask, what if this plagiarism scandal had occurred between authors who write for another genre? Would the tone of Justin’s article be different? Also keep in mind popular historical romance author, Sarah Maclean also writes for The Washington Post in a monthly column promoting the romance genre by recommending new romance novels each month. It doesn’t make any sense to me why The Washington Post would let Justin Moyer’s article be printed as is because of the insulting tone toward the romance genre in general. WTFHUH?

 

Also there is a bigger concern here that shouldn’t be shrugged off and ignored because I can see it happening again- Author, Jenny Trout makes an excellent point: “Harner’s clever trick here was to pick a book that was not M/M, but M/F contemporary romance.” As far as readers go, there isn’t a lot of overlap between the two genres; M/M readers will in general read M/M voraciously, while M/F readers won’t stray to M/M often, either. What were the chances of a reader from both genres just happening upon both the plagiarized book and the book it was plagiarized from?”

 

Straight romance readers don’t always read LGBTQ romance. The cross-over is small. What’s stopping an author (much like Laura did) from taking straight romances and just changing the genders from male to male or female to female and passing them off as their own original gay romances? If said author can find a straight romance (usually self-published) by an author who may not have a big fan base or readership, that author will have an easier time (and under the radar) passing that originally straight romance off as their own gay romance and get away with it.

 

So much WTFckery to make your head spin, right?

 

But keep in mind romance readers are some of the most passionate readers of any genre I’ve seen. The romance community, whether it’s straight or gay are very supportive and are ready to stand up and right the wrongs done to others in this community that includes bloggers, authors and readers. If you read the comments on The Guardian and The Washington Post articles, the vast majority of them give very insightful and give valid arguments why the romance genre is more than just the outdated term of “bodice-ripper” and “porn’. Read them and you will cheer. Based on those comments, and many others who wrote various blog posts in light of the plagiarism and The Washington Post article, including on Twitter this past week, it's the complete opposite of any WTFckery I’ve seen. Something positive in light of everything.

 

 

Other recommended posts on some of these issue I've raised here:

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: Plagiarism: The Pattern and the Response

Jenny Trout: No, romance novels are not all the same, but thanks for offering your uneducated, unsolicited opinion.

KJ Charles: Starving Artists, Team Players and Plagiarists: a post on writer obligations

CDA News

 

Source: kbgbabbles.com/2015/11/wtfckery-or-not-a-romance-novel-isnt-exactly-infinite-jest-per-washington-post-reporter-justin-moyer-more-on-the-laura-harner-plagiarism-story.html
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