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!


Your Eyes Don't Lie

Rachel Branton - Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes Surviving Isn't Enough . . .

Years of living on the street and fending for herself have made Makay Greyson tough and resourceful, if a bit disillusioned. She's come a long way from sleeping in parks and scavenging for food. Her entire focus is on providing a better life for her young brother, one without fear of loss and neglect.

That certainly doesn't leave time for Harrison Matthews, who from their first meeting sends fire through her veins and upsets all her carefully laid plans.

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.

Your Eyes Don't Lie is a story about facing fears, sacrificing for those you love, and about a girl who thinks she isn't worth loving and a guy who knows she is.


Discern, Katon University Book One

Andrea Pearson - Contemporary Romantic Fantasy
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Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

That doesn’t stop magic from finding her. It starts with magical currents and possessed books before moving quickly to cursed spiders and freaky shadows. Nicole turns to her best friend for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

Nicole soon finds herself competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.


Prejudice Meets Pride

Rachael Anderson - Contemporary Romance
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After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.


A Fantasy Christmas

Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon - Romance
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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!



Unseen - KindleNook, iTunes KoboGoogle
Concealed - KindleNook, Kobo, Google, iTunes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teacher Use Students' Real Names - New Developments in the Sam Taylor Mullen's Plagiarism Case

Last Friday a parent of a child who was in Rushton's 3rd grade class last year identified aliases used by Rushton to promote her Sam Taylor Mullens pen name books and also to harass me as the real names of children in the class. Parents who have contacted me are extremely shocked and upset to find their children's name on websites that have blogged about the case. Several parents claim that some of the children's email addresses were also used to create the accounts (I have no way of verifying this, though). I was utterly stunned by the news. The estimate we have is that a dozen real names or variations were used.

My heart goes out to these parents and their children. The parents have asked that their names not be used or their emails posted, so of course I will respect that. As a group, they have so far chosen not to talk about the event, whether on their own or after encouragement from the school district it is unclear. At least one parent told my attorney that they didn't want to upset Rushton's life further. I admit that this makes me feel very alone because my life is completely upset, but I respect that they must have thought this over and are choosing what they think is best for their children. Fortunately, they have the help of authorities, unlike with my civil case where I have to go it all alone, so if action is taken, it won't cost their financial future as it is mine.

I have sent the screenshots of the accounts to the authorities and the parents who've requested them, including the posts that admit to writing the bad reviews on my books and posting negative statements about me on Facebook. They have followed up with the school district and at least one filed a complaint with the police department. This is completely separate from my case, which is in a civil court.

Again, this is a sobering development. I really don't know what will happen at the school district level, but my condolences go out to the parents.

We have finished three of the box sets to help fund the lawsuit. I am committed to taking this all the way, to make a stand against plagiarism, but I need your continued support.


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!



And thanks again to the authors for donating their books!



Unseen - KindleNook, iTunes KoboGoogle
Concealed - KindleNook, Kobo, Google, iTunes
Beloved - KindleNook, iTunes, Kobo, Google

Friday, September 12, 2014

Open letter to Tiffanie Rushton AKA Sam Taylor Mullens

Yesterday I received a sobering email from Lilah Weston, wife of Chase Weston, author of Terror in a Cloud of Dust. She and her husband had just learned that his story had been plagiarized by the same author who copied my story, A Bid For Love. Subsequently I talked to Lilah on the phone, with her husband by her side. They are going through many of the emotions I did when I discovered the plagiarism of my novel. And you know what? While it has been extremely difficult and time-consuming and violating for me, I think it must be far worse for Chase, who lived through the very personal experience he shared. To have his real-life experienced used without his permission is heartbreaking. This is exactly why I began this battle—to stop this from happening to others. Plagiarism isn't a victimless crime. Below is Lilah's letter (posted with her permission) to Sam Taylor Mullens:

This is an open letter to Tiffanie Rushton, aka Sam Taylor Mullens: Author of Hasty Resolution.

My name is Lilah Weston; I am the wife of Spc. Chase Weston, US ARMY-Retired.

I want to start by stating that this letter is in regards to the obvious theft and plagiarism of other authors’ original work that Tiffanie Rushton/ Sam Taylor Mullens took and published and sold as her own. I apologize if my sentences run on, or if I miss any punctuation as this is an original draft that nobody else had previously written for my convenience to copy, play around with and put my name on—and this is just coming out of my brain as I type.

Here’s a little background to catch any other readers up . . .

September 9th, 2014 My husband received an email of a John Doppler Blog showing a side by side comparison of Terror in a Cloud of Dust by Chase Weston, and the opening pages of Hasty Resolution by Sam Taylor Mullens (which is a pen name for Tiffanie Rushton) It was absolutely mind blowing; other than the omissions of the profanity my husband originally wrote they were nearly identical.

We read the blog and googled like crazy to find out all the information we could get online and found out that Tiffanie Rushton has also been suspected of doing this to another author Rachel Ann Nunes. I looked for side by side comparisons of her story that was copied and it was again the same manipulation of an original piece published years prior. (I encourage everyone to see for themselves www.johndopp.com.)

My husband is amazing as he has been through hell and back, and is a wonderful husband and father. Chase served in Iraq in 2005 with the 3rd Infantry Division. Chase was a Gunner on a Humvee for his companies First Sergeant. His average day included 1-3 IED attacks and small arms fire. In 2005 Chase woke up from a normal days patrol in Germany after his Humvee ran over an IED, and he was immediately medically retired from the military due to injuries.

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 in 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. It has always been hard for him to share this story, and to have it shared with everyone on the Internet has always upset him a little in the first place, but to have someone take it and use it and claim it to be their own has him just disgusted.

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. Sam Taylor Mullens has no idea what her actions have done to him, my husband has not slept well since he found out. Veterans are very tough people to treat, so much trauma at such a young age changes any person; my husband who was in some of the more deadly areas in Iraq and has lost many of his friends. My husband is very strong, he has a great heart, but nothing takes away the sadness and regret of combat. I understand the full extent of his emotional scars, as I hear him dialogue the past in his sleep. My husband was medically retired and honorably discharged with quite the impressive unit, company and personal record of service. The third infantry has had soldiers like Audie Murphy the most decorated WWII hero, and Ike the former president of the United States. Chase has so much pride in what he did, right or wrong in public opinion; he was there for the man next to him. Taking something this personal is just the same as taking the KIA bracelet off his wrist to remember his best friend who didn’t make it home. Mind you I have been with my husband for almost 6 years and have never seen that bracelet come off.

Although I have not read Hasty Resolution I did read all the reviews. Once we realized that it was of an erotic genre we became even more upset. I’m not trying to bash on authors or readers of these kinds of books, but that is not anything that Chase would have ever allowed his writing to be used in, as he is the proud father of 3 young kids and someday down the road when our descendants use the Internet to learn about us this will come up, because the Internet is FOREVER and this is not what he would like to be remembered as a part of. My husband got help for himself and worked so hard to get better, years of therapy, ups and downs, and that writing of his was something he was actually proud of, and now he feels that is something cheap and ruined. Ruined by a complete stranger with no consideration for the soldiers who were there that day.

We were also blown away that Tiffanie Rushton is an elementary school teacher, as kids are very impressionable and tend to admire their teachers at that age. I wonder how the parents of her students are handling the news that she has committed these acts. Teachers are supposed to set a standard, and have integrity, and be honest and stand against plagiarism as it is a big deal. I truly hope that the administrators of that district have something to say about this.

In closing I hope that you get this letter Mrs. Rushton, and I hope you feel shame for what you have done, I hope you apologize to everyone you stole from, and I hope that you realize you did this to yourself—this is nobody’s fault but your own. And I hope that Rachel Ann Nunes gets her day in court. You have not only stolen Chase and Rachel’s stories but you have stolen time from them that they could have spent with their family, you have triggered my husband’s PTSD, which will take him some time to come back from.

You have done wrong, you have hurt people, you have disrespected the Military that fights to protect you and your family, I really hope you find it in yourself to be honest and hold yourself accountable.


Sincerely,

Lilah Weston
09/12/2014
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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? We need help to make this all end. Thank you!

You can also buy one of the fundraiser box sets (see below).
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Update on the STM Plagiarism Case

I know many of you have been waiting to hear, so I want to let you know that my attorneys filed the complaint (case #2:14-cv-00627-EJF) in federal court last Friday, and today the papers were served. In case you haven’t heard about how I learned about the plagiarism, you can see my blog post here.

While our case is solid, it is proving to be very expensive. I make a plea for supporters to donate to the GoFundMe page or purchase one of the United! (Authors United Against Plagiarism) box sets of novels and novellas (see below) that have been donated by various authors in a range of genres. Please also share this with others. Thank you again for the kind comments and support!

Rachel Ann Nunes

 

 

 


 

Oh, an entire analysis of the plagiarized book is underway. Here is an example:






Available at all these venders:

Unseen - KindleNook, iTunes KoboGoogle
Concealed - KindleNook, Kobo, Google, iTunes
Beloved - KindleNook, iTunes, Kobo, Google