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review 2017-06-10 19:58
Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
Plaid and Plagiarism - Molly MacRae

A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.

Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.

First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper—who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body—it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.

Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.

A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness—while also trying to open a new book shop—Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series

 
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As this is a cozy mystery book there are lots of eccentric people and lots of humor, at least it tries to be humorous. However, I did find it hard to really enjoy PLAID AND PLAGIARISM. Despite the bookstore and all. Sure, there were moments that I enjoyed, a man and his dog that kept on disappearing throughout the book. One minute there, the next gone. The old lady that just showed up one day in the bookstore, not saying a word, just sitting there knitting. But, the mystery just never really got to me. I felt that, despite this being a fairly short book, it was hard for me to concentrate on the story.
 
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review 2016-04-24 15:25
Book Review - The Real Book Thief (non-fiction)
The Real Book Thief (How To Steal Another Author's Work And Nearly Get Away With It) - Ingrid Black

This book tells of how author duo, Ingrid Black came to discover that popular author, Joanne Clancy had plagiarised not just one, but it appears a whole series of their books.

 

The Real Book Thief is an interesting read, and is a stark warning that people aren’t always what they seem. It is a shame myself and others have been made to feel like this, as the author/reader/reviewer community is one of the closest I’ve ever been a part of and I’ve made some friends I hope will be friends for life. It saddens me that some of my reviewer friends have spent many hours reading and reviewing Joanne Clancy’s books, often prioritising her books, only to be betrayed and let down in this way.

 

I was too busy munching on a huge meal my Irish mother had made us all on Easter Sunday, to discover this story when it was first revealed. In fact, the first I heard of it was yesterday when a couple of my other book blogger friends posted a link to this book. I knew I had to read this book right away. Twenty Four hours on and I’m still in shock.

 

Joanne Clancy was my friend on Goodreads for years, back in the days when I had very few friends on there, so I saw her happy, smiling face regularly when popping onto Goodreads to update my own reading and see what my friends had read. Joanne was also an active member of a book club on Facebook that we were both in. Lots of other members read and reviewed her books, although Tear Drop, I remember in particular, as that title stuck in my mind. Reviewers shared links to their reviews on Amazon and their blogs, and Joanne would thank them.

 

I’m not a huge fan of crime novels, so although I did have a couple of her books on my to be read pile, I in fact have only read and reviewed one book, that was a short Christmas story. I bought Open Your Eyes off Amazon, after other friends recommended it, but now I’m wondering whether she even wrote it, so it is unlikely I’ll ever read and review it. This whole incident has left me feeling quite uneasy and sickened by what has happened.

 

Although this book explains a lot, we are still left with so many unanswered questions. Was Joanne originally a genuine author who made a huge mistake that would ruin her writing career? Were any of her books written by her? If she was a genuine author, what truly drove her to steal someone else’s work and claim it as her own?

 

If you knew Joanne Clancy online too, then this book is likely to trigger emotions such as anger, sadness, disappointment, confusion and curiosity. Will we ever get to know her side of the story? Will this mystery ever be solved? Perhaps one day she will return to write her autobiography, and we will all be provided with the answers we crave.

 

Reading this book has left me with such mixed emotions. A part of me is sad for the readers and reviewers who have been betrayed by her lies, another part of me is angry that she stole someone else’s hard work and cashed in on it. Authors work exceptionally hard to create a novel, and I feel Joanne’s actions have devalued this difficult process. Then there is the other part of me that always tries to see the good in people. Did something make her so desperate that it drove her to do this? Was she desperate for more money in order to pay bills that were piling up, or was she just seeking attention and wanted to be a famous author with less of the effort? What do her family think of this? Were they in on it all along, or were they proud of their daughter/sister, the talented and successful author?

 

The most natural part of me feels sympathy for her if this has resulted in her life falling apart around her and her family being ashamed of her. Perhaps she has learnt from her mistakes and is doing something with her life to right the wrongs she has done. If that is the case, then good luck to her. However, the still shocked and betrayed part of me has become suspicious of what is now real. Is Joanne Clancy even her real name, or has she got various author names that are still making her money to this day? My mind is in a spin! Perhaps we will never know the truth.

I feel shocked and saddened by this at the moment, but my reviewer friends and I will get over this, and continue loving and supporting authors as we have done for many years. This book is a huge eye-opener, but please don’t let it ruin your love of books and support for genuine authors that still need your help.

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1618481196
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text 2015-11-24 17:24
Plagiarism Alert- Addison Scott updated

I would have liked to have reblogged from .38 but for some reason I now cannot do it. I can't copy because it won't bring my screenshots. I can't add screenshots here, they all add at the top of the page.

 

Here's the link, Scott has been a busy little thieving bee.

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text 2015-11-15 18:55
Plagiarism Alert: Tornado, by Missy Blue
The Tornado - Missy Blue

Missy Blue stole this story from writer Wynter S. Komen. Komen's story was fan fiction of a film entitled Warrior: https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9099258/1/In-The-Land-of-Gods-and-Monsters.

 

For more information go here, to katiebabs' blog.

 

The book has been pulled from Amazon, and Missy Blue has now essentially vanished. No doubt she will one day re-emerge under a new pen name and do this again.

Source: rachelbookharlot.booklikes.com
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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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