From author Rachel Anne Nunes:
My life was torn apart this weekend when it came to light that an anonymous author on the Internet, who is known only by a logo and a fake name, had plagiarized my novel, A Bid for Love (formerly entitled Love to the Highest Bidder), which is the first of a trilogy.
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I finished my novel in late 1996, and it first came out in August 1998. It was actually the second novel accepted by my publisher, but they made me write two sequels to my first novel before they released A Bid for Love (then called Love to the Highest Bidder).
After being advised of infringement on my copyright, I waited a few days to see if Mullens would explain herself. When she didn’t, I searched for her email and sent off a direct message, asking for an explanation and the ARC, in the hopes of verifying that it wasn’t copied. I also sent a few of the reviewers a query asking them to either read my novel to verify if what I’d heard was true or to send me an ARC.
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[A] follow up from the same reviewer: Rachel I have had quick skim through your story A Bid For Love and I agree that your concerns are warranted. The similarities between The Auction Deal and A Bid for Love are too many for me not to conclude that The Auction Deal may not be an original work.
Reviewer #2: I received an email today stating the author cancelled the book tour, this may be why. I don’t mind reading your book and letting you know if it seems plagiarized to me . . . I am sure this is why the tour was unexpectedly cancelled, this promoter doesn’t even have an explanation.
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Reviewer #3: Hi Rachel. I have to tell you that at first I blew off this message . . . I then looked up your book and realized that they seem very similar. The author has since stated that she will not be publishing “her” book. I am going to remove my review of The Auction Deal. I am terribly saddened that your book has been plagiarized. You have a great story. I do have to say that I read this authors first two books and this one was nothing like the first two, I was surprised but thought maybe she had expanded her writing. Anyways I will be removing the review.
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When Mullens heard of my contacting the reviewers directly, she immediately requested that all the reviewers delete the ARC.
Link to the rest at Rachel Anne Nunes and thanks to Sariah for the tip.
Here’s a link to Rachel Anne Nunes’ books