From 12 on Your Side:
A group of romance authors contacted 12 On Your Side after an event, which many of them had already paid for, was abruptly canceled.
It appears refunds will not be happening.
It’s a debacle and the alleged reason given for the cancellation reads like an excerpt from a horror novel.
Lauren Calhoun is accused of canceling a big affair for romance authors and readers after the event planner collected registration fees through a Paypal account.
Best-selling author and alleged victim Carey Heywood says, “There were people traveling from Canada to attend this event.”
Calhoun’s online profile says she’s an open book but the authors say she’s hiding.
Calhoun isn’t answering emails, calls or Facebook messages from them or from 12 On Your Side.
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The meet-and-greet was set for April 30th but, a mass e-mail on April 13 from Calhoun said the event was canceled because of alleged terror threats.
Calhoun added she was sorry and would issue refunds but now, no one can get a hold of her.
“Not only did you steal my money, but now you’re lying to me as well,” Allen said. “We know there was not a terrorist threat against the event.”
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“I don’t think she intentionally set out to scam us but I think she used our money fraudulently,” Lynn says. “I definitely think it’s criminal. I mean we’re talking over $10,000 easily.”
Link to the rest at 12 on Your Side and thanks to Suzie for the tip.