If you can’t write…don’t.

It’s happened again, a plagiarist has been outed all over social media.

This time it’s Jordin Williams and her book “Amazingly Broken” which blatantly stole entire sections of text from  Tammara Webber’s book Easy (which by the way, if you haven’t read, go get it and support the REAL author!)  And  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (another awesome read you should pick up!)

To read all about it, see this post on Dear Author.

I am stunned, really. I mean, who thinks they are going to get away with that shit? I just can’t imagine thinking it’s ok to STEAL someone else’s work and try to pawn it off as your own. And the truly crappy thing is, it worked for quite some time. I even did a highlight post about the book here (which has since been redacted).  Jordin Williams made a lot of money off of unsuspecting readers and got a ton of support from bloggers. We were all used and it pisses me off.

All I can say is I hope that Karma is honestly a bitch and I hope that people will flock to support Tammara Webber and Jamie McGuire!

 UPDATE:

It gets crazier, people!

Here are the dirty details:

Plagiarism Plot Thickens Jordin Williams was outed by DearAuthor.com for plagiarizing Jamie McGuire and Tammara Webber in his/her book Amazingly Broken. The story didn’t end there.

It was soon discovered by some very perceptive bloggers that Jordin had purchased ad space on blog sites. The name linked to the paypal account was James Bishop.

After a little more digging we noticed a few author profiles and books that seemed to be pimped by a small ring of authors. One of which was Liz Thomas who wrote Rock her. This author had spammed nearly everyone on Goodreads at the time of her release and interestingly enough has a fondness for Amazingly Broken, as seen on her Goodreads profile. This author had also written another book called Finding Cassila with another author named….. *drum roll* Emily Curran. Emily had caught everyone’s attention with this novel because it had a similar cover to Easy by Tammara Webber ( see what is happening here) and a character with the last name Abernathy, just like in Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster (shocked yet?). Goodreaders started to notice when the book was listed under one of the author’s names on Amazon and the other on Goodreads. Here is their discussion on the topic.

A member of that discussion notices another author profile that seemed to be linked to those accounts, Beth Klein. This person still has numerous books on Amazon (most of the other profiles had removed their books). So I checked out her facebook profile. Beth didn’t seem to use a stock image like the other profiles so I thought it was a dead end. I google searched her profile picture just to see. Shockingly, this is the image for a very well-known hair stylist named Mindy McKnight. I have tracked down her real profile and messaged her to let her know someone had been using her image. How does this connect back to the others? Beth Klein Pimped Rock Me on her profile very hard and hasn’t been back to facebook since. She has returned to goodreads to upvote positive reviews on a little book called Amazingly Broken, as did her other fake accounts. Also, Beth had co-written a book with Emma Buch called Introduction. The weird thing about Emma is she seems to like and upvote all of the same reviews as well. Emma Buch’s profile picture on Amazon also really belongs to Candy Collins!

Beth Klein as well as several other of the fake accounts belong to a group on Goodreads called Sexy Romance. The only book read by this group was *drum roll* Amazingly Broken. They also plan to read Cherry Popper by K A Andrews. That is what brought that name to our attention.

The original jerk of this discussion, Jordin Bishop had an interesting bio that she has since removed from all sites, but thanks to google they can still be found.

Jordin Williams is a 26 year old ghostwriter turned author. She lives in Iowa and has always loved to sit down and read a good book. When she started ghostwriting books they would become popular even though she was never given any credit so she decided to write her own book, Amazingly Broken. Now take a look at the profile of K A Andrews on Goodreads.

About this author

I’m a ghostwriter turned author. Feel free to friend me on Facebook.

My mind = blown

And a lovely graphic to explain it all put together by Teresa Mummert ( visit her at http://www.teresamummert.com/ )

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Comments

  1. It baffles me that someone would think they could get away with it. For a short while, yes, but when you steal from well-known books eventually someone will notice. Also saddens me that this book got so much attention so quickly when I read books all the time that are great (and original) and completely ignored by the blogosphere.

  2. Mary Mooney says:

    I hate this, I loved the story but now I don’t want to read any of her stuff because it might not be hers. I love Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster, have not read Easy by Tammara Webber yet but It is added to my TBR list. Thanks for trying to keep people honest.

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