Saturday, November 1, 2014

How I Learned My Novel Had Been Plagiarized

(Note: Written before Shawn P. Bailey took my case. See that info here.)

This past August I learned that an anonymous author on the Internet, who was known only by a logo and a fake name, had plagiarized my novel, A Bid for Love (formerly entitled Love to the Highest Bidder, copyright 1998). Sam Taylor Mullens published “her” book on Amazon and sent it out to multiple reviewers, some of whom had read my novel. When confronted about the obvious similarities, “Sam” lied and said she had collaborated with me.

Here Is Undeniable Proof She Stole My Book
(also see screenshots at the very bottom of this page)


Rachel Ann Nunes 1998 - The dark brown curls were everywhere. They were a curse, and had been for twenty-eight of Cassi’s twenty-nine years. They puffed out from her scalp and plunged halfway down her back as if they had lives of their own, helplessly tangled and twisted together. The bathroom lights above the double sink reflected from the brown tresses, bringing out the subtle gold highlights.

Sam Taylor Mullens, The Auction Deal 2014 - Dark brunette curls were everywhere. They were a curse, and had been for the thirty-one years of my life. They puffed out from my scalp and plunged halfway down my back. They helplessly tangled and twisted together. The bathroom lights above the sink reflected the brown tresses.

Reviewers Confirm the Plagiarism

As the rights to the book have returned to me, and I indie-published the current version, it is up to me to make sure my copyright is protected.

I contacted first “Sam” for an explanation and then some of reviewers. 

Six of eight reviewers confirmed the plagiarism (some of their names have been redacted for their protection, as you will soon see is necessary):





Two Reviewers Later Identified as Aliases of the Plagiarist  Threaten Me and Berate My Work



Mercedes and Other Aliases Post Harassing Comments on Facebook



The Plagiarists Denies Everything

“Sam” did respond to my email but said she had no idea how the novels became so similar. She refused to give me a copy of “her” book because it contained sex.

A “Friend” Of The Plagiarist Writes Me

Then I received and email from a real life friend of “Sam,” who said that a man, who later died, had given “Sam” the manuscript and told her it was no longer in print. In the email, the friend also praised “Sam,” saying that she was a community leader who has a disabled son. (The "friend" was later identified as Sam Taylor Mullens.)



One-Star Reviews of My Book Under Plagiarist's Aliases Shows Intent to Plagiarize

But we found 5 one-star reviews on my stolen book under her different aliases, all dated two months before “her” book was published on Amazon, so it was clear she knew she was plagiarizing. (Emma's last name redacted because it turned about to be a real name that was used by the plagiarist without permission.)

Goodreads:

Tiffanie Rushton's Amazon review page:

Plagiarist Lies About My Family

Around the same time, “Sam” emailed reviewers, claiming to be my niece and that she had permission to use my story because she’d given me the idea, but she couldn’t tell me who she was because her family didn’t know she wrote about sex and she would get kicked out of her church and lose her husband. Meghen from Thirty Second Book Reviews send me this copy.


As you guessed, “Sam” and I are not related. To my knowledge we haven’t even met. Kira is my real niece.
I went public in order to find out the identity the person who had taken my book. When I did, the harassment increased. Numerous one-star reviews appeared on my novels under my real and pen names (see the screenshots for these below my post). 

Plagiarist Uses False Identities, to Harass Reviewers Who Speak Against Her.

(Last name has been redacted because name belonged to a real person.)

Plagiarist Identified as Tiffanie Rushton, a Third-Grade Teacher from Layton, Utah

Volunteer investigators came forward and tracked "Sam" down. 

But copyright is a civil not criminal case and it is horrendously expensive to prosecute. Making her stop stealing and harassing me seemed impossible. Then New York Times bestselling author David Farland recommended starting a Go Fund Me account. 

I File Complaint In Federal Court—Harassment Continues

Yet even after filing a complaint in federal court,  the harassment continued. Posts on Facebook continue, public and private. Posts on the Go Fund Me, saying it was a scam—all by Rushton’s known aliases. (Name of first redacted because the name was taken from a real person.)




The account below changed from Jennifer Booklover to Jennifer Greer and then was deleted by Facebook.



Rushton also accepted responsibility for the one-star reviews under this alias (part of real person's stolen name redacted).


Every day I am doing something to protect myself, taking screenshots, communicating with attorneys, deleting posts, asking Amazon to take down her reviews, trying to find books to put into fundraising sets, etc. Even when I have a slice of time, working is impossible because of the emotional upheaval. I feel terror every time I turn on my computer for fear of what I would find next. It NEVER stops.

But That's NOT All—She Stole From A Combat Veteran

Then, shockingly, we discovered that in her first book, she’d also plagiarized the REAL LIFE story of Chase Weston, a disabled veteran who served in Iraq in 2005 with the 3rd Infantry Division. His wife Lilah writes:

“The story that Sam Taylor Mullens/ Tiffanie Rushton copied was an account of one of the worst days of Chase’s life. The original draft of Terror in a Cloud of Dust was written by Chase during a trauma workshop at ‘Pathway Home,’ which is a residential rehabilitation program for returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who suffer from clinically diagnosed and progressive PTSD. It took a lot for Chase to put his story down on paper, he did however want to heal from the events and felt that he might help some of the other Soldiers who were trying to do the same . . . My husband feels this to be a personal attack on his character, his service, and to the Military—every soldier and family member affected by these events.”

Rushton Vows to Republish Hasty Resolutions


But there was still more to the story.

She Stole From Children

 A few bloggers posted a list of 20+ fake IDs that we believed Rushton had created, and a parent identified them as the REAL NAMES of her daughter and the other children in Rushton’s last year’s 3rd grade class! 

Someone compared the yearbook and found twelve full and partial names of real children (mostly full names) had been stolen to review Rushton’s novels and other explicit books.

That's why I redacted Abby, Emma's, Gibson's, and Aubrey's last names above. They are REAL CHILDREN, as is Hannah from the Goodreads one-star reviews. One parent claimed that Rushton had also use the children’s email addresses to create the accounts (see below).

One parent reported that school officials acted to this latest news (they didn't seem concerned about the copyright infringement), removing Rushton from the classroom, and promising that she would not teach again in Davis County School District.

She Posed As A Parent Of The Children Whose Names She Stole 

Days later, Rushton posted on my blog and others, pretending to be a parent of one of the children and asking that all the blogs be removed. But the IP address showed the email came from Rushton’s computer. Parents confirmed to me that they did not write the post and that the comments didn’t represent their feelings.


These were fake parent comments posted on my site shortly before and after midnight just prior to the comments on the above John Doppler blog:



Then A Slap in the Face 

The school district came out with a statement that Rushton left due to KNEE SURGERY.

The betrayal I feel that they could cover this up to is so vast, I can’t even write it. Makes me wonder if anyone cares about what this woman is doing. And, yes, I have reported it to the police, and I am waiting to hear if they can do anything to stop this.

She stole. She used children. She used deception and cunning to cover it up. She refuses to take responsibility. She still won’t leave me alone.

I believe in redemption. I believe in forgiveness, but I don’t believe that I have to give this person my work or let her attack me. She has turned my life upside down. I feel as if she's broken into my home and stolen something very dear to me. She's tried everything she can to discredit and hurt me. So much time has been robbed from my family, and it doesn't look like there's an end in sight. Three months later and I still haven’t been able to get back to work. THAT'S RIGHT. NO WRITING. Which means she's stolen far more than just one book from me. She's stolen my livelihood and my passion.

This comes at a particularly terrible time for my family because in August my husband went part time at his job so that we could start an author-related business that has been horrible delayed because of this plagiarism. The anxiety I feel at the harassment, defamation, and monetary issues has pretty much taken over my life. I don't sleep. I can't concentrate. I suffer daily panic attacks. The biggest devastation of all is that I fear I'm neglecting my seven children. I want my life back!

My Plan to Get My Life Back and Protect Others

If Rushton had plagiarized Steven King, Donald Kuntz, JK Rowling, or Patricia Briggs, she would be in serious trouble from publishers and authorities, but plagiarists know they can get away with victimizing the authors who don’t have large publishers or who have yet to become world-wide sensations. The truth is that all authors are at risk, and this is becoming a huge problem. This is a new breed of plagiarist. I want Rushton and other plagiarists like her to know that they can be prosecuted and held accountable.

The only way I have of ending this is going before a judge and jury to show them the evidence and let the judicial system take it's course. Veteran Chase Weston has already agreed to offer any support he can. I have drawn a line in the sand.

No One Can Stop Her Alone

But I have already accumulated a total of nearly $20,000 in legal fees. It will be another $30,000 (summary judgment) to $100,000 (jury trial) before it ends. This speaks volumes at the state of our legal system when victims must be victimized again just to set things right. If I drop the case, I believe she’ll just publish my book and keep up the harassment. I might as well email her all the rest of my manuscripts. Other authors are equally in danger to plagiarists like Rushton.

All those fake Facebook and Goodreads accounts using the children’s real names could also be republished—they were several times during the investigation. We have no way of knowing they are permanently deleted without court intervention.

Even after a successful lawsuit, recovering costs from those committing fraud, I’m told, is next to impossible, but the courts will make her stop.

Please Help Me Stop This Madness 

I need help. 50,000 to 120,000 isn't something a typical author has available in a back pocket. (And other estimates place totals closer to 130,000-250,000.) I don't have any more money to spend. If Rushton is to be brought to justice and others like her warned, I need your support. Please consider donating a $10 dollars a month until we raise the funds. If you can't, then donate even five dollars to help insure the future of writing and writers across our nation.


At the very least, if you can’t donate, please email your friends about this or spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, and other means. You can do that right now by using the share buttons. Help stop this!


You can also support the lawsuit by clicking here, where you can buy fundraiser box sets and books under my name, my pen names (Teyla Branton and Rachel Branton).

Thank you for listening,

Rachel Ann Nunes and family
(Hint: I'm the one holding our youngest.)



Reviews of my books from Rushton's Amazon account:  

The same account at the same URL as above after the reviews were delete by Amazon (note the brief change to the Jennifer Greer name, the same Jennifer who bashed me as a fake reviewer, on Facebook, and who gave me a one-star review on Goodreads back in May):  

Reviews of my books from one of Rushton's aliases:


Comments from the Thirty Second Review blog as Rushton defends herself with aliases Mercedes and Abby:

Comparison. The only way she could have come up with "her" novel is to have started with mine. An it goes on throughout the entire book . . .

Proof that The Auction Deal was on sale:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Copyright Infringement Timeline

One of the arguments Tiffanie Rushton put in her email pretending to be a friend of "author" Sam Taylor Mullens was that Mullens/Ruston had been given the manuscript by a now-deceased friend who said it was out of print.

 

"At the time, for some strange reason there were no copies we could locate and Sam took this man’s word. In the meantime, we had no idea you renamed, recovered and digitalized your original work. Perhaps this is the reason it was not discovered. Who knows?"


Well, out of print doesn't mean up for grabs, though apparently that is the implication. But the investigators discovered that this timeline reveals a lot more about the case. For details and screenshots of each August event click here.

 

Timeline of Events in Nunes vs Rushton Plagiarism Case


May

Tiffanie Rushton and three aliases, Jennifer Greer, Haxxxx (name redacted as well as others in this article--you'll know why when you reach Sept. 12th), Emma K (last name redacted), post one-star reviews on my novel Love to the Highest Bidder / A Bid for Love. Both versions of the novel were hit for a total of five reviews. (Screenshot below.)

May 8

I posts to my writers group about a vicious review posted by Simple Book Reviews (owned by Rushton) on Amazon that appeared on or around the previous day.

June 21

Reviewers begin posting reviews of The Auction Deal, the plagiarized version of the novel.

July 6-12

The Auction Deal is published on Amazon.

August 1

Emails alerting me to the fact that my book had been plagiarized and that STM (AKA Tiffanie Rushton) claims I collaborated on The Auction Deal with her.

August 3-4

After waiting several days to see if “Sam” contacts me, I email her asking for a review copy. I also posts on Sam's blog asking about it.

From the reports I hear of her actions, I suspect that STM (AKA Tiffanie Rushton) is going to vanish and republish my book under another name, so I email eight reviewers and ask them for a copy of the book or if they will compare my book with STM's for themselves.

STM (AKA Tiffanie Rushton) emails to say she isn’t going to publish the book but has no idea how the books are so similar. I responds by asking again for a copy and say that if Rushton hasn’t plagiarized there shouldn’t be any problem with her going ahead with her release so please send a copy.

A cached screenshot that proves The Auction Deal was already for sale on Amazon, though Rushton had since unpublished it. Also, Goodreads buy button shows it was for sale at one time.

Six reviewers respond to me: one said that he’d compared the books and there was definitely a copyright problem, one said she deleted her review, two said that they’d look into it, and two Rushton aliases, Jennifer Greer and Mercedes Booklover D (last name redacted), berate me for asking. Mercedes threatens to picket bookstores against my books and report me for harassment to my former publisher, run by her aunt (which turned out not to be true). Jennifer tells me that STM would have been doing me a favor to rewrite my terrible book. One of the real reviewers says the book tour was canceled.

 

August 5-7

One new reviewer contacts me. She and two of the reviewers who previously responded say that the book was definitely stolen.

Rushton’s aliases begin to harass and malign me publicly on Facebook and privately though email, including negative comments on Thirty Second Reviews blog. (Last name redacted)




August 5

Tiffanie Rushton emails me as a "friend" of STM, claiming that STM did start with her book because a now-dead friend gave her the manuscript.

August 6

Tiffanie Rushton uses her STM alias to sends out emails to reviewers claiming to be my niece, that I gave her permission to use the book, and that Rushton came up with the idea for the story but can’t admit to it because she added sex and her family would be displeased and she'd be kicked out of church and maybe lose her husband.

Amazon: negative reviews of my books appear on Tiffanie Rushton/Simple Book Reviews (which later becomes briefly Jennifer Greer).

August 7

I publish my blog outlining basic facts and asking for help from the community to discover who STM is.

Ten more negative reviews of my books appear on Amazon by Avid Reader. Rushton alias Mercedes D (name last redacted) also reviewed under this name.

August 8

Tiffanie Rushton responds as STM to my August 4 email, saying she isn’t publishing the book and to stop harassing reviewers. Since every reviewer has been polite (except those suspected to be STM aliases), it is obvious this isn’t going to be resolved peacefully or reasonably.

I begin initial consult with an attorney.

A reviewer sends me a copy of The Auction Deal. Comparison proves the book had been stolen.

August 9

Go Fund Me account created at urging of David Farland.

August 12

Someone comes forward and I learn that Tiffanie Rushton is the real name for Sam Taylor Mullens. I am afraid to turn on my computer for fear of what will happen next.

August 13-25

Investigators verify that STM is Tiffanie Rushton and her aliases Jennifer Booklover, Jennifer Booklover Greer, Mercedes D (last name redacted), Abby F (last name redacted), Lucy Evans (new author Rushton created after the plagiarism came to light, revealing her every intention of continuing her career path).

Using the alias Gibson C (last name redacted) Rushton harasses a blogger Crystal for offering Rachel a copy of the book (though she was not the one who actually ended up giving it to Rachel).

"Jennifer Booklover" harasses me publicly and privately and takes responsibility for negative Amazon reviews. Her account is temporarily suspended by Facebook. The picture on the account was traced to an non-connected Instagram account. Later that same day, she manages to reactivate the Facebook account under "Jennifer Greer," and posts again, but Amazon unpublishes it again and marks the messages as spam.

Rushton alias Aubrey P (last name redacted) also takes responsibility for the negative Amazon reviews (August 14).

Jennifer Booklover, Jennifer Greer, and Abby F (last name redacted) publicly post negative comments on the Go Fund Me account, saying it’s a scam (total of four posts August 14-16).

It is discovered that the prologue to Rushton's first novel, Hasty Resolutions was taken from an article written by combat veteran Chase Weston wrote about his real life experiences. Attempts to contact him begin.

August 26

Complaint is filed: Nunes v. Rushton.

September 2

Complaint is served.

September 8

Abby F (last name edacted) makes more harassing comments on Goodreads and on my blog.

September 11-12

It is confirmed that Rushton's prologue from Hasty Resolution was plagiarized from Chase Weston's article. His wife writes an open letter to Tiffanie Rushton detailing the damage Rushton has done to them.

Parents of Rushton’s last year students discover their children’s names and school-issued email addresses were used as Rushton’s aliases. It is verified that at least twelve children’s names or variations were used. (That's right. All those names redacted above are full names of actual children except Mercedes who had only the last name used, presumably because the corresponding first name was used in Rushton's actual pen name.) Parents apparently decide not to go public with the news, but they follow through with the school district and the police department. Rushton is suspended from teaching.

September 21-22

Rushton poses as a parent of the children whose identities she stole to harass me and try to get blog posts removed (comments on my blog and at least two others). Parents verify that they did not post comments. One blogger confirms that comments came from Rushton's computer.

September 27

Rushton responds to the complaint, saying that she denies the claims due to the fact that she doesn't have enough information to prove or deny them.

October 8

Another hateful comment appears on the Go Fund Me (still working to confirm identity).

October 13

Parents of children tell me that Davis County school officials sent letters stating that Tiffanie Rushton is no longer teaching because of knee surgery. KNEE SURGERY. No mention of stealing children's names and email addresses or of plagiarism. 

October 24

My attorney tells me it will likely cost another $30,000, even if they do a summary judgment and 100,000 to go to a jury trial. That much to get someone not to plagiarize and harass me. So a total of $120,000 to ask for a judgment of $150,000 that will likely never be paid. I feel like I've entered the Twilight Zone. We have a legal system that victimizes the victim yet again, and where only the rich can seek justice.

Due to pending litigation, this post will not be further updated.

Please consider making a donation on the Go Fund Me account. Even five or ten dollars will help. At the very least, could you please share this on Facebook, Twitter, and other groups sites? I need help to make this all end. Thank you!

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Aubrey P  (real child’s name so last name has been redacted) claims responsibility for one star reviews.




Emma K (real child's name so last name has been redacted) positive reviews of Rushton's novels and negative of Love to the Highest Bidder in May. Also other reviews of novels above an eight-year-old's maturity level.





Fake parent comments:







Screenshot of comments from friend of Chase Weston (posted on http://johndopp.com/tiffanie-rushton-plagiarism-not-isolated-incident/ visit for rest of comments):


 

More not-so-subtle digs from Mercedes D  (real child’s last name redacted):



Other blogs and articles


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Plagiarism is Personal

There has only been one event in my life that has been more traumatic than having my story, lovingly and painstakingly written over the course of many months, stolen and skewed by someone in my own community. As one writer says, plagiarism is a very personal offense, so personal that it is difficult for him to talk about his own experience after fourteen years.

But with all the added drama in my case, it also feels like a literal physical attack. FEELS, not felt, because I’m still dealing with it every day and could be for another year or more. The time loss is alone is staggering. Time I could be spending with my children. Time I could have been writing. The lifetime earnings I won’t make on the book I didn’t write in these past months is something I’ll never recoup.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Rushton is no longer teaching, according to parents who made sure the school district acted after they discovered that she used their children's names as aliases to review her books and attack and harass me. But they tell me the school district sent out a letter saying that she was not teaching because of knee surgery. No mention of stealing books or children's names. From what I understand, the knee surgery was not the reason she was removed, but no doubt they would not appreciate negative publicity.

She stole my book. Do I let her steal my financial future by getting into huge debt to pay for a judge to make her stop? If I don't, I might as well just email her all my future manuscripts because there will be nothing to stop her from plagiarizing them as well.

Would I do it again? Take her to court. Would it have been better just to police her quietly and make sure she didn’t plagiarize me again? Think of it: no more alias attacks on the Go Fund Me, no more wasted time, no more emotional breakdowns. No more sleepless nights worrying about losing my entire savings and taking on huge debt that will never be reimbursed even after judgment (think about how hard it is for women to get child support). No more days wasted on the case.

Would it have been better for Chase Weston not to know his story had been stolen and skewed? Would the victim children and their parents prefer never to know that their children’s names and email addresses were being use to review erotica? Maybe they would deal better with that in ten years when they went to make their own Goodreads and Facebook accounts and found the fake accounts. Would the school district been better off not having to find another teacher or write her excuses?

You tell me. I do know that I want my life back the way it was. Not many people can understand how truly horrible this has been. People are full of advice and comfort, and I have greatly appreciated this, but at the end of the day, I'm still the one holding this huge bag of emotion and debt. In two months, the bills total $16,000 and there is no end in site. I'm afraid to see what the October bill will bring. I'm not a NYT bestelling author. That represents half the money I earned my best year when I was with a publisher the one year I released four books. In just two months.

I wish this could go away. I wish that Rushton would have taken responsibility so we could have resolved this between the two of us. I wish I could trust that she wouldn't simply republish my book and others under a different pen name. Sadly, the coments under the aliases shows a return to normal for me is not likely to happen unless a court order is involved. From all I can see, she doesn't feel she's done anything wrong.

If you think it's important to get this into court, I need your help. I need you to share this, to do what you can to let people hear about it. I know there are a lot of important causes, and I respect that. I never thought this would be me. But it is. Next time, if I don't stop her, it could be anyone.


Please consider making a donation on the Go Fund Me account. Even five or ten dollars will help. At the very least, could you please share this on Facebook, Twitter, and other groups sites? I need help to make this all end. Thank you!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Plagiarism—What Does Your Publisher Say? Or Do You Even Have One?

When word that my novel, A Bid for Love, had been plagiarized blasted across the Internet, several people asked me where my original publisher was in all this. Or did I even have a publisher? And if so, why weren’t they involved? And if I wasn’t with a publisher anymore, where did I stand on indie vs traditional publishing?

We’ll get to the indie vs trad in an upcoming post, but as for the original publisher of A Bid for Love, it went out of print and the rights reverted to me. I sold it to another publisher and they eventually closed doors and returned the rights. This time, I opted to indie publish.

“But if you had a publisher,” some have said, “you wouldn’t have to fight this plagiarism battle alone.”

Nonsense. Even if I hadn’t received the rights back to A Bid for Love, given the size of the publisher, they’d be lucky to be making a few thousand dollars a year on the book. Do you really think they’d spent the big money I have paid so far to stop copyright infringement? Do you think they care that I've been bullied, harassed, and defamed? Maybe, but they wouldn’t go to court over it. I believe no publisher would go to court for an author unless that book was making enough money to make it worth their bottom line. Of course, since they employ attorneys, it might be far less expensive for them to sue. It wouldn’t take a lifetime of savings like it would an indie author. But still, most times publishers aren't going to do it, not even to stop harassment, and who can blame them? (There are also no writers organizations I could find that have something in place for plagiarism cases.)

“So what does the original publisher of the novel think about all this?” people ask next. “What have they said?”

Well, nothing. At least they haven't said a single word to me about it. Neither has the publisher I currently still have over a dozen books with, though both publishers produce and market books primarily in the same state where the person who stole my book lives. Where I live. (Update: The original publisher of the book has since been very helpful in handing over documents needed for the case. I am grateful.)

Because this happened here in Utah—in their backyard—people thought publishers might be concerned about their own products.  But I’m sure they’re busy and more pressing issues in mind than an author they used to publish. At any rate, since they don’t have any remaining interest in the book, I really didn’t expect to hear anything, so don’t misconstrue this as a complaint. I had no expectations at all.

But one of my former publishers, Cedar Fort did contact me and ask what they could do. They also contributed to the legal fund. I was very grateful for their kindness, and it really made a difference to know they had noticed what was going on and cared, especially when they had no connection with the plagiarized book.

I am so far from this being over that it makes me really sad and anxious pretty much all of the time. I didn't ask for any of this. I just want to create stories, but, sadly, even the joy of writing has been stolen from me.


Please consider making a donation on the Go Fund Me account. Even five or ten dollars will help. At the very least, could you please share this on Facebook, Twitter, and other groups sites? I need help to make this all end. Thank you!








Thursday, September 18, 2014

For No Reason at all Book Sale!

Hello, all!

It's time for another ebook promotion! Yay! This promotion runs from Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00pm MST until Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:59pm MST. Two FREE and eight for  99 CENTS. Please check the prices before you click (sometimes vendors make mistakes). Enjoy!


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Makay has done things she isn't proud of to survive, and those choices now threaten the small amount of security she's created-and any chance of a future with Harrison. They've been raised in two very different worlds, and the secrets they both hide can only lead to disaster.  There is only one chance to make it right, and one misstep could be fatal.

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A Fantasy Christmas is an exciting collection of romantic stories by best selling authors Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon. You'll find Elves, Greek gods and witches!

Halfling by Cindy C Bennett
Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen - and the orneriest. As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough.


Aphrodite by Stephanie Fowers
Nothing is simple for Aphrodite’s daughter, especially love. Scorned by society in regency England, Affry longs for romance. Upon encountering a dashing nobleman at her aunty's Christmas' ball, Affry gets caught in a lovely intrigue with disastrous results. Worse, she wins the interest of the gods. Now the furies of the underworld and Hades himself are after her.

Loving Marigold by Sherry Gammon
Young Marigold Yarrow has a secret. She’s also in love with Jack Mahoney. In the middle of her ninth grade year, Jack's family up and moves to Port Fare, New York, leaving the small town of Sugar Maple, West Virginia - and Marigold - far behind. Nine years later Jack and Marigold meet again but this time it could be magic that tears Jack and Marigold apart.


Ride to Raton

Marsha Ward - Western Romance
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Thinking he's been treated unjustly by his father, James Owen leaves the family homestead to make a new life for himself.

The turbulent world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as personal setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfarer, beautiful young Amparo Garc├ęs, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, their futures are changed forever when their lives are merged in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms.

"Ride to Raton is a pure western, complete with bad guys and broken hearts and even a dog. The sequel to The Man from Shenandoah features James Owen, the younger brother. Marsha Ward writes a fantastic romance against a vivid southwestern backdrop. James begins this book as a hurt young man, but by the end of the book, I really could see him grow up and become a man. Made tougher by circumstances he has no control over, James realizes that the love he thought he had lost was nothing compared to what Amparo shows him. Amparo is a young Hispanic lady, forced to leave her home in Santa Fe to marry a stranger in Colorado. She bravely faces her uncertain future, relying on her faith to get her through. She is sweet, loving and she provides a great contrast to James's rough exterior. With an ending that surprised even me, Ride to Raton is not your usual romance. However, I do recommend it for western lovers—even the cover is wonderful! Marsha Ward once again shows us her gift for old fashioned storytelling!" ~Jen Hill, Roundtable Reviews


The Husband Maker

Karey White - Romance
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Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she's dated since high school has gone on to marry the next girl they date. Not two or three girls down the road. The very next one.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?


Life, Love, and The Pursuit of  Free Throws

Janette Rallison - YA Romance
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Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him. So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn’t even trying for his affection? Or is she?

Cami dreams of winning her basketball team’s coveted MVP award, and earning the chance to take the court during a special halftime demonstration with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, but her best friend, Josie, is a better player. So how can it be fair that Josie is a shoo-in for the honor if she is barely interested in basketball in the first place and isn’t even trying to be the best? Or is she?

Told from two points of view, this novel of freshman life, love, and the pursuit of free throws displays the same delightful humor as Janette Rallison's other comedies.


My Forever: A Triple Treat Romance Box Set

Annette Lyon, Karey White, Cami Checketts
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A Portrait for Toni  by Amazon bestselling author Annette Lyon 
Toni has no idea what she’d do without her best friend, Carter. Who else would she be able to vent to about her parents, her job at the dance studio, or her latest relationship woes? That is, until he starts questioning Toni, saying he thinks she has an eating disorder. Then she starts dating Clint, and somehow that puts a deeper wedge between her and Carter. When she’s hospitalized after an on-stage collapse, and Carter stupidly starts in with advice about food and weight, she sends him away. One night after a performance, Toni tries to mend the hurt between them. Instead of finding Carter, she stumbles onto proof that he has feelings for her that go way beyond those of a friend. Toni is left with the very real prospect of losing Carter forever, unless somehow she can return his feelings—but that’s impossible. Isn’t it?

My Own Mr. Darcy by USA Today bestselling author Karey White 
After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. During the six intervening years, she finds all of her suitors lacking—they just aren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. She starts dating Chad, but she believes her dream comes true in the form of wealthy bookstore owner Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

The Broken Path by Amazon bestselling author Cami Checketts 
Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He’s tried love before. He won’t again. He meets his match in a precocious two-year old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan. Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can’t make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn’s daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn’s best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter’s example. When her ex-husband reappears, threatening everyone she loves if she won’t submit to his demands, Autumn has to learn to trust or lose her chance at real love.


Still Time

Maria Hoagland - Women's Fiction
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Thrust into the chaos of her mother-in-law’s hoarding and forgetfulness, LDS church member Alyssa Johnston wishes she could retreat to a simpler time when her kids were small and almost anything could be fixed with a hug. But reassurance and a quick distraction no longer erase the pain of a missionary son who is struggling, a young teen who is bullied, or a daughter who is distant. As Aly’s own life and relationship with her husband plunge out of control, she wonders if her faith will be enough to keep her family—or herself—from falling apart.

Still Time is a deeply moving story about a woman’s faithful journey into the next phase of her life. You will laugh with Aly, feel her sorrow, and see yourself in Maria Hoagland’s realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a woman’s struggle to keep her family safe and hold back time as long as she can.



The Change

Teyla Branton - Contemporary Romance (with fantasy elements)
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No Second Chances. Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps.

There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.

Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.

Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make this an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.

And don't forget the Box Sets for the fundraiser to raise money for the lawsuit involving the person who plagiarized my novel, A Bid for Love. These are $5.99 a set - savings of 50-75% from the individual stories. We still need to raise $3,500 for the second part of this battle. Thank you and please pass it on!



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