Last week I received an official response saying basically that the "defendant lacks sufficient knowledge to admit or deny" most of the allegations. Okay. I find that rather silly. Anyone should know if they plagiarized and harassed someone with aliases. It's been an entire week with no new attacks that I'm aware of, so that's at least nice. We're working on adding reward levels to encourage donations. Please share this site, and thank you so much for caring!
Some of you have asked and, yes, the deadline for her response was this past Tuesday, but after a request from the opposing counsel my attorney gave them until Friday (Sept 26) to respond. I will update later on my blog. If you haven't visited it this week, I do have new information at the bottom of my last post: http://rachelannnunes.blogspot.com/.
Thank you so very much for caring!
Last Friday a parent whose child was in Rushton's 3rd grade class last year identified aliases used by Rushton to promote Sam Taylor Mullen's books and also to harass me as the real names of children in her class. Investigators estimate that a dozen real names or variations were used. You can read about that and also see the two new fundraiser box sets and their links here:
Looks like this is going to be a long battle, one I couldn't possibly do it without the support. Please pass the links to the box sets along!
Sobering new development in this case:
A combat veteran has confirmed that his story was also stolen by the same person who plagiarized my novel. His wife has written "an open letter to Tiffanie Rushton, aka Sam Taylor Mullens." You can find that letter here: http://rachelannnunes.blogspot.com/2014/09/open-letter-to-tiffanie-rushton.html
Please post your comments to Chase and Lilah there. And thank you for your continued support!
Just wanted to let you know that the first fundraiser box set Unseen is now available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google, and soon on iTunes. This first set contains speculative novellas, but other set will be in different genres. Thanks to the authors who donated their stories! The Kindle link is here: http://amzn.to/1psPfPA
My attorneys filed the complaint (case #2:14-cv-00627-EJF) last Friday and today the papers were served. Though the complaint is open to the public and details will likely be available in many places on the Internet, please remember that judgment is now in the court’s figurative hands. I make a plea for my supporters to refrain from bullying, name-calling, or attacking the defendant online. Instead, consider sharing the GoFundMe page or purchasing one of the United! (Authors United Against Plagiarism) box sets of novels and novellas that will soon be available.
Thanks so much for you support! Authors are now uniting to create temporary box sets of short stories and novels to raise money for the case. If you are interested in participating please contact me. You can still keep selling your current version, and the sets will only be available for a limited time. Thank you!
I am amazed and humbled at the response and have read each of the comments with gratitude. Thank you so much for your encouragement that has lightened my burden! I am moving forward under my attorneys' counsel and will post updates about the case as they advise. THANKS!
I am an author and a mother of seven children. My life was torn apart recently when I learned that an anonymous person on the Internet, known only by a logo and a fake name, had plagiarized one of my novels.
I have verified that Sam Taylor Mullens plagiarized my Christian novel, A Bid for Love
(copyrighted in 1998 as Love to the Highest Bidder
with a publisher and later republished as an indie title). She changed the point-of-view, altered the characters’ names, added a few steamy scenes, and passed it off as her own book, The Auction Deal.
She distributed review copies, uploaded to Amazon, and organized a multiple reviewer blog tour.
When confronted, Mullens first claimed that she collaborated with me, then that a man gave it to her before conveniently dying, and finally that I'd given her permission since she was my niece. Her many aliases began harassing me and the bloggers who came forward. One-star reviews appeared on my books under both my real and my pen name Rachel Branton. Negative comments from those proven aliases posted on my blog, on Facebook, and here on the GoFundMe.
It was later discovered that the prologue of her first book had been taken from the real life story
of a combat veteran, and that a dozen of the aliases were the real names
of the children in her last years' 3rd grade class. You can read about all the bizarre twists and see screenshots of the two texts by clicking here.
This woman 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 my writing. There have been many sleepless nights. I can barely open my email or go on the Internet for fear of another attack.It's up to me to not only defend the copyright and stop her attacks, but to make sure no one else is plagiarized. Only a judge can enforce her compliance, or I might as well email her all my future manuscripts.
I was able to learn her identity, hire an attorney, and file a complaint,
but the cost is astronomical. Plagiarizers know this and feel safe stealing other people's hard work, but seriously, this situation goes beyond belief. So when David Farland (author of The Runelords
), approached me about creating a GoFundMe campaign to help, I accepted his advice. Please know that I have already used $10,000 of my own funds and once the lawsuit is over, if we are able to recover costs (apparently even after judgment, that is difficult), those will go to pay the legal fees, and any donations above that will be donated to help other authors facing legal issues.
Please help me stop this plagiarism!
A big thank you to everyone who has reached out to offer sympathy, leads, and a shoulder to cry on. Especially to my fellow authors who understand how much this means to all of us. I couldn’t have made it this far without you.
Rachel Ann Nunes