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Unbelievable! Some People Think They can Get Away with Plagiarism!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you!  Last week I learned something that disturbed me. It upset me so much that I investigated the situation myself.  I heard another author plagiarized someone else’s written work. They did it so blatantly that she was accused of just copying and pasting text from a certain book into hers. I was appalled by this and so were many hard working authors.

Because of this, the imposter’s book has been removed from Amazon.  This is the bright side in this situation. Because there was such an uproar in the industry; she was called out and her book removed.

I loved how all the authors who saw this caused a stink. Many of them went on Amazon and posted a one star review of the imposter’s work and stated in their review the work was plagiarized. There is something to be said for this industry. I’ve never seen a group get together and support each other the way authors do. You certainly don’t see this in Corporate America. Sure when an employee is screwed over by a corporation their peers may grumble, but no one takes a stand for that employee.

I love this about the publishing industry. It’s very refreshing. It’s also refreshing how many authors are willing to help another by allowing them to do guest posts or offering marketing advice. Many are willing to share their success secrets and what didn’t work for them. Many authors love to write, but find marketing their work time intensive and laborious. So sharing trade secrets is a must.

I’m amazed by the audacity of the imposter. She took advantage of another author’s blood, sweat, and tears. She has ruined her good name in the publishing industry and I bet it’ll be a long time before a publisher looks at her work again. What I find so interesting is that she probably could have asked for help. This industry is full of people who are willing to help others.

We all want success. We all want to be on the bestseller’s list but let’s face it there’s no short cut to success. We all have to put our time in and become the best writers we can be. And how can we share our unique voice with the world if we don’t put the time in?  It certainly isn’t by regurgitating someone else’s work.

In closing, I’d like to say a thank you to all the new friends I’ve made on my publishing journey; the ones who have helped me either by allowing me to be a guest on their blog or offered editorial advice and/or marketing advice, or offered encouragement.  You know who you are and there are too many to list by name here.

Thanks everyone for reading my post. It’s a short but sweet one today.  🙂 I’d love to read your thoughts on the publishing fiasco that was brought to light last week. I’ve decided not to identify the individuals just to be on the safe side. 🙂

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It’s a Holiday Indie Giveaway!!

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 THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON SO STAY TUNED AND HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

 

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! It’s the Christmas Season and we’re giving away some great books and some Amazon Gift cards! In fact, there will be three winners and each winner will receive a copy of each e-book and a $10 Amazon Gift Card. What an awesome Christmas present! 🙂 Below are the covers and blurbs from the books! So check it out and keep reading to see how you can enter! 🙂 The winner will be announced December 24th.

Good Luck!

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

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Friend or Foe?

Murder victim Bart Bagley is not content to merely roll over in his grave. He wants his murderer caught and he wants teenage ghost whisperer, Indigo Eady, to help him.

It becomes obvious that Bart’s temper led to more than one disagreement, but is it enough to want him dead? With nothing but a cold trail and a hot list of “friendly” suspects, Indigo and her friends race to find the killer before they become the next victims.

Indigo Eady is not clumsy. At least, that’s what she keeps telling everyone. Can she help that the overactive spirit community of Sabrina Shores causes her psychic abilities to short-circuit? It’s unfortunate that her cute new friend Badger is often on the receiving end of her mishaps. At times, she is positively hazardous to his health. Even so, sparks start to fly in more than one direction…

Find out more about Gwen Gardner here: http://gwengardner.blogspot.com/

RedFor seventeen-year-old Abigail, one rash decision leads to an unexpected chance for redemption. At V’Salicus Academy, a unique institute where she trains to become an agent of heaven, she struggles with the pain of her past, the changes of the present and accepts a loveless future until her path – and heart – crosses with Basil’s.
Basil’s off-chance slip of the tongue binds him to a life of servitude to the Devourer, the master of hell. His existence has no upside until a chance meeting with Abigail brings new perspective.
Keeping the truth of their present lives from each other brings disaster when secrets are brought to light and the life of Abigail’s mentor is put on the line.
Can Abigail and Basil save her mentor and salvage their love amid the chaos? Or will they lose it all, destined forever to NEVERLOVE?

Find out more about Angela Brown here: http://publishness.blogspot.com/

Final400x600Fourteen-year old Lissa is snatched from her home and finds herself a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of nothing but gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer, Farq.

Fascinated by the ocean of dust, Lissa becomes embroiled in its mysteries, sensing things that the crew cannot, while cryptic whispers in her head are leading her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. Only one man aboard can help her make sense of her new talent, but can she trust him? All is not as it seems, and she must unravel the clues before it’s too late.

When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, her best friend is left in the hands of the treacherous crew. Everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her new talent.

Find out more about Graeme Ing here:  http://www.graemeing.com/

You can enter by going to the Rafflecopter here but if that doesn’t work keep reading and get the details below!

Now, I bet you’re wondering how do I enter to win these great prizes?

Since Rafflecopter doesn’t work on my blog you can go to Graeme’s and enter there or continue reading and find out how to enter here!

To enter on Graeme’s Blog:

http://www.graemeing.com/2012/12/09/holiday-indie-giveaway-free-bundles-of-ebooks-to-win/

Well there are several ways to do that! You can like each author’s page on Facebook and that counts as one entry.

Here’s the list:

Lisa Orchard: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Orchard/328536613877060?ref=hl

Angela Brown: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Partners-in-ParanormYA/462052430493091

Gwen Gardner: https://www.facebook.com/IndigoEady

Graeme Ing: https://www.facebook.com/GraemeIngAuthor?ref=ts&fref=ts

You can also follow us on Twitter! Each follow counts as one entry!

Here’s the list:

Lisa Orchard:  https://twitter.com/lisaorchard1

Angela Brown: https://twitter.com/neostateofmind

Gwen Gardner: https://twitter.com/ladygwentweets

Graeme Ing: https://twitter.com/GraemeIng

You can also share and tweet about the giveaway, each share or tweet counts as two entries! 🙂

Just post the URL of your Like, Follow, Tweet, or Share in the comment section, or you can go to http://www.graemeing.com/2012/12/09/holiday-indie-giveaway-free-bundles-of-ebooks-to-win/ and enter in the rafflecopter there.

If you leave your URL in the comment section I will enter it into the Rafflecopter for you! 🙂

Thanks everyone for participating! This is going to be fun! 🙂 And I hope all of you will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!