Tomi Adeyemi apologises to Nora Roberts

Tomi-AdeyemiTomi Adeyemi apologises to Nora Roberts

I honestly haven’t been following this at all, but I’ll share a few links:

Mob Rule by Social Media (Nora Roberts’ response to being falsely accused of plagiarism)

“While this writer issued a kind of retraction after I reached out to her, it didn’t stop some of her readers from calling me a liar, and worse. We reached out again, asking her to put out the fire.

We’ve had no response, not from her, not from her agent.

Shame on them.

I had every intention of letting this go, until the flames kept burning, until the attacks kept coming. And nothing was done by the person who lit the match to stop it.”

and

Tomi Adeyemi apologises to Nora Roberts

There is also Beverly Jenkins’ take on the situation.

The “Of Something and Something” titles are literally everywhere at the moment, and, frankly, I can’t tell one from another. For a newbie to convince her fans that Roberts – surely one of the world’s most famous authors – is copying her, and then send those fans after her, is obscene.

 

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I’m just going to leave this here…

'On brand' Helen Dale accused of plagiarising tweets

‘On brand’ Helen Dale accused of plagiarising tweets

My scheduled book review has been moved to tomorrow, because I want to share this story!

A couple of decades ago, a woman masquerading as a Ukrainian published a book that became an overnight sensation, a multi-award-winning book that allegedly was a mostly-true story about Ukraine in the Second World War, based on “her family history”.

It was all fake. The woman’s family is 100% British, and her parading around in traditional Ukrainian dress, with a fake Ukrainian name, was such an offensive, gross appropriation of a culture.

Her real – non-Ukrainian – name was eventually revealed to the press, and her lies about all Ukrainians being Nazis crumbled around her.

However, a lot of damage was already done (I tried to discuss this at university a few years later, and got attacked by a know-it-all Anglo-Australian man who’d done his thesis on this particular book – and believed every word of it). The Kremlin has been running that particular Nazi propaganda line since WW2 began.

For the record: Unlike many of its neighbours, Ukraine NEVER collaborated with Nazi Germany.

My grandmother was taken by the Nazis in their invasion of Ukraine in Operation Barbarossa in 1941. She was taken to Germany, stripped naked, hosed down, and literally sold on a slave market. She was a teenager at the time, and ended up trapped in Germany for eight years.

My grandfather – a resistance fighter against both Russia AND Germany – was finally captured by the Nazis in 1944, beaten badly, and put on a train to a concentration camp. He and a friend managed to escape, and spent the rest of the war in hiding in record-low temperatures. His health issues from that time killed him early. I never met him.

Because America dominates the media, everyone (especially younger people who live on sites like Tumblr) see cultural and race relations *only* as how they relate to the United States. This is dangerous – and WRONG. Every part of the world has different, specific issues.

Everyone forgets the hate crimes being committed against Eastern Europeans on a daily basis in Britain (one of the main reasons for Brexit was to keep us out!). The ethnic cleansing in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine happening *right now*. The Holodomor. The way my non-Ukrainian relatives still refer to us by the racial slur “wogs” (I was told recently that “wogs” shouldn’t be allowed to finish school, because we might bring the scores down!).

I’m glad this horrendous author is in trouble for something else. If she’d slandered another ethnic group the way she’d slandered Ukrainians, she’d be hated a great deal more than she is.

The Week: 22nd – 28th May

Saturday afternoon at the lake in Canberra.

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Midday in Autumn Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 22nd May 2017 Sunny Day Blue Sky Garden Autumn Leaves Autumn Colours Nature IMG_1770

Monday in Canberra

Here is our neighbour’s eighteen-year-old cat, who is TOTALLY blind, almost totally deaf, and yet still climbs all the way up (a fence, and then two flights of stairs) to our back deck on a daily basis, just in case I have some chicken for her.

The Monte Carlo (Monaco) Formula One Grand Prix – the most prestigious event in the whole world of motorsport – is on this weekend. It’s the ten-year anniversary since I first attended that race. I remember it was supposed to be raining all day, but instead it was sunny and hot, and I got a terrible sunburn to match the red dress I had on!

Above is a (rather blurry) picture I took of one of the TV cameras. I’m better with heights more than anyone I know, but I’m pretty sure that would terrify me!

If you watch the race, imagine where your footage is coming from – it’s THAT!

What a bad week for the world. The terror attack in Manchester. Nicky Hayden died, and then Roger Moore died… Russia’s war in Ukraine has escalated again this week – worse than it’s been for six months. And because Trump is such a Putin supporter, Russia is now emboldened to kill so many more… The mass murder of Christians in Egypt. The Islamic extremists in the Philippines. Gorgeous Sri Lanka’s most recent natural disaster (because my family was based in India, I used to travel through there about four times a year). 😦 😦 😦 😦

Also this week: “artist” Jeff Koons has blatantly stolen a Ukrainian artwork, and now his plagiarised sculpture is on display in Rockefeller Center in New York:

My review of The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society #1) by Madeline Hunter

And: Bonus content from Madeline Hunter

Books for the Weekend

Cover Love

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Books with McDonald’s!

The week: 15th – 21st February

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Random Canberra sunset shot – with power lines ruining it!

I’ve been bingeing on Terri Brisbin’s Highlander books all week!

This week started with the craziest thing. On Monday I walked out of the bathroom to discover there was a magpie (Australian magpie) standing in the middle of the kitchen. I tried to entice it out of the house – with food included – but it got confused and decided it had to leave via the non-opening window! So there I was, unable to do anything but watch as it continually went SPLAT on the glass, then panicked, then flew around. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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The same naughty bird, the Saturday after it happened.

The mess it made!! Poor creature.

And then, the neighbour’s cat (and everyone tells you cats are supposed kill birds!) strolled past, did nothing, had a drink, and then curled up for a snooze!

I have ANOTHER new computer! Well actually, I’ve bought it, but they have to ship it here next week. I’m going to spend the next few months travelling, so I’m not going to achieve much until July, having to set up yet another computer before I go. Getting sick of it, but at least now I have been smart enough to write all my accounts and passwords down in a notebook!

I’m really behind with replying to people online, and this is the reason.

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When you wake up to find the neighbours’ cat with you in your bed (I was literally in bed when I took this picture)… This has been happening a lot so it’s a good thing I like cats! I love this guy, but I feel a bit guilty that he thinks he lives HERE.

Our other neighbours have two deliberately (trained to be) enormous, vicious dogs, and yesterday they discovered how to get into our back garden. So now we’re too scared to go out the door. Everyone talks about banning cats, but they’re not going to maul you to death! No, they’ll just invade  unsuspecting neighbours’ houses and sleep in their beds. Er…

Yesterday was the anniversary of the mass murder during the revolution in Kyiv, Ukraine (you probably know it as “Kiev” but that’s the old Russian name, not the official name). The day the pro-Russian and Russian snipers got on the rooftops, and the upper floors of buildings in the city centre (including buildings I’ve been in many times), and shot and killed everyone they could see.

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I was “live blogging” the revolution, because they didn’t have enough people covering it in English. I was watching live footage from the main square when the shootings happened, so I saw those people being killed. At first, none of us knew what was happening. Suddenly  there were all these people having CPR performed on them, and then being declared dead. People were yelling for medics, but they had no idea why they needed them.

It was the most awful day.

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A month before. We had these military police monsters come to one of our apartments in Ukraine in 2011. We also had two Jeep-loads of them, armed with the scariest-looking weapons I’ve ever seen, raid our building in Russia in 2007… Go Putin!!

Now the whole world has moved on to US-centric social justice issues, everyone has forgotten about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Because Ukrainian lives just *don’t* matter. 😦 😦

My review of The Rake’s Unveiling Of Lady Belle by Raven McAllan

The Rake's Unveiling Of Lady Belle by Raven McAllan

Cassandra Clare in trouble for plagiarism – AGAIN

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Behind the Scenes of Book Covers

(Even if – unlike me – you actually like romance covers, you have to agree this so all so cheap and horrid!)

Cheap and Nasty Trashy Romance Book Cover Shoot

Book Adaptation: Bitten 1×05 – 1×08

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Literature censorship in the United States

God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell

The wedding of Marius and Cosette

Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne portray the characters of Cosette and Marius. oWedding Day. 16th February 1833.

Cassandra Clare in trouble for plagiarism – AGAIN

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I am tired of fan fiction authors “borrowing” other authors’ ideas and going on to receive major book and movie deals.

Former fan fiction writer Cassandra Clare is back in some trouble. It’s not the first time she has been caught up in a plagiarism scandal, and yet it doesn’t seem to have damaged her career.

Read about the first plagiarism scandal HERE or HERE or HERE.

Now it is paranormal romance author Sherrilyn Kenyon who is taking her to court:

Sherrilyn Kenyon sues Cassandra Clare for ‘wilfully copying’ her novels

The bestselling fantasy author of the Dark-Hunter books is seeking damages from her fellow bestseller for allegedly using her ideas in the Shadowhunter series

In Clare’s defence this time, I really don’t think it is the worst incident of this that has ever happened. There is a NYT bestselling author who is extremely popular at the moment, and who has very openly copied (or perhaps “lovingly rewritten”) numerous authors’ books.

She has created two series that are a mashup of a few other books, to the point I think there really is a case for a lawsuit or four.

In fact, this other person has upset some so much I’ve been contacted by a few authors asking me what they think they should do. (A note to authors: don’t ask me! I sympathise, but I have NO IDEA how to help you!)

But when it comes down to it, there aren’t that many wholly original books in genre fiction, so it gets a bit hard to determine when an idea is truly stolen.

Ironically, look what is on the cover of the newest RT Magazine:

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Plagiarism and the murky ethics of pull-to-publish fan fiction don’t seem to be hurting anyone’s careers yet – except for the original creators’!

The Week: 23rd – 29th November

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This week in Canberra – for years in a row – we broke a World Record for Christmas lights. It’s a bit scary, because now we feel like we have to break the record every year! The pictures above are ours from other record-breaking displays before this year.

I foresee a lot of decorating and present-wrapping in my coming week! I actually love the whole Christmas thing, but I doubt I’m going to get much else done, and then I’m away on holidays almost until Christmas.

Here is  a popular romance writing blog‘s take on guns, explaining that if people London and Madrid JUST HAD GUNS they would have survived their terrorist bombings…

As an Australian, I am beyond horrified.

Sunset Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Spring Sonya Heaney Sun Sky 18th November 2015

We had another hot week. This sunset is actually from last week, but here is it anyway! I haven’t played around with it in Photoshop – like so many do – but it was actually bright pink, not red. I think I need a new camera!

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Not even a good picture – but one I’m finding all over the internet!

On Tuesday my mother discovered that people have been using my pictures – no credit, and wrongly credited as Sydney instead of Canberra – on various (including tourism) sites. This is theft, and is especially annoying for me as I make an income from some of those pictures!

Daniela

Because White Ribbon Day (a campaign to stop violence against women) was this week, the media trotted out images of women who were murdered by their partners in 2015. As ever, the woman, Daniela, I’d known for twenty-five years, who was murdered by her boyfriend in late April, was all over the place again. Maybe because she was so gorgeous (that sounds really creepy), but whatever the reason, when they want a photo for a campaign to stop violence against women, they use her.

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We have picked up a fourth magpie here (This isn’t it! This is the new girl magpie who thinks she’s my pet dog!). It’s a little baby one that seems to have lost its family and is hanging around the family that lives here. Poor little thing… However, watching it trying to eat without help makes you laugh. I know I shouldn’t, but I never really thought about birds not knowing how to use their beaks! Stupid little creature…

Since the weather is so good, I’ve been working outside quite often. But the silly magpies see my laptop and think it’s a great place to perch. And then they sit on it and close my laptop, and accidentally turn it off. I laugh, but they’re really inconveniencing me! The idiots!

Wild Wolf Claiming (Bloodrunners, #8) by Rhyannon Byrd

This was definitely not my best reading week! I’m still going through my crazy paranormal phase, but was disappointed by a favourite author’s newest book, and horrified by all the skinny shaming and misogyny in one by another author.

I’m not sure how the romance genre reached a point where it’s considered acceptable to refer to slim women as “bitches” for no reason whatsoever (while going on ad nauseam about the man’s perfect body), and using “skinny” as a gleeful insult… It’s hardly the Girl Power!, feminist thing they think they have going on!

Russian airstrikes target Turkish aid convoy in #Syria. 7 killed, 10 wounded.

This week Russia decided to punish Turkey by bombing their humanitarian aid conveys in Syria. Nice  of them…

Cindy Gerard’s Upcoming Book

Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks #4) by Cindy Gerard

My review of Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward

 Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward

My review of How to Bewitch an Earl (How To #2) by Ally Broadfield

How to Bewitch an Earl (How To #2) by Ally Broadfield

My review of Turbulent Sea (Drake Sisters #6) by Christine Feehan

Turbulent Sea (Drake Sisters #6) by Christine Feehan American Cover

My review of The Holiday Courtship (Texas Grooms) by Winnie Griggs

The Holiday Courtship (Texas Grooms) by Winnie Griggs

The Week: 1st – 7th June

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A crimson rosella at our house on Tuesday.

I’ve lost my Kindle! It has to be somewhere in the house, but I have no idea where! I’ve climbed under furniture and checked both in all the normal places and the abnormal places… I did, however, find a paperback copy of Lover Eternal that I’ve been looking for.

I am so sleep-deprived I can’t think of anything else to say about this week!

Copyright, Infringement, Authors and those “Man Candy” Posts…

Warwick Castle Warwickshire England Britain Sonya Heaney December 2004

No more Outlander for me…

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Cover Love

On the Loose by Tara Janzen

My review of The Beautiful One (The Scandalous Sisters #1) by Emily Greenwood

The Beautiful One (The Scandalous Sisters #1) by Emily Greenwood

My review of A Millionaire for Cinderella by Barbara Wallace

A Millionaire for Cinderella by Barbara Wallace

My review of Never Resist a Rake (Somerfield Park #2) by Mia Marlowe

Never Resist a Rake (Somerfield Park #2) by Mia Marlowe