Breaking News

Nora gave an interview to the Associated Press yesterday about the suit filed on her behalf in Brazil this morning. US News & World Report broke the story first today.

Many regional news outlets have picked up the story in the past couple of hours so don’t be surprised if you come across it in your local newspaper.

Laura

52 thoughts on “Breaking News”

  1. Good for Nora. She works too blasted hard for some wannabe to use her work to slingshot onto the bestseller lists. Go Nora!!!

  2. Hopefully the blood sucking leech gets squashed!! What she was doing was completely and utterly disgusting. May her fingers dry up into fragile sticks, and her hearing ail with squeeling pigeons, and her eyes frost over with a cheesy crust. She should not be allowed anywhere near books again.

    Love my feisty favorite author!! Get it woman!!

  3. Hopefully the blood sucking leech gets squashed!! What she was doing was completely and utterly disgusting. May her fingers dry up into fragile sticks, and her hearing ail with squeeling pigeons, and her eyes frost over with a cheesy crust. She should not be allowed anywhere near books again.

    Love my feisty favorite author!! Get it woman!!

  4. I am very happy that you have sued this woman for all she stole. I think its great that you will give any money won to illiteracy. You are a class act Nora!!

  5. Good luck with this thankless pursuit of individuals who are thieves, who have no integrity or shame, when you would much rather be playing with your grandchildren or writing another gripping novel. We continue to feel SO blessed that you have shared your considerable talents with all of us. Best wishes for bringing all of this to a close.

  6. Go, Nora! Wield that salt shaker!!! #CopyPasteCris deserves everything you have thrown and will throw at her.

  7. I think the buying public needs to be involved by urging Amazon and other retailers to develop and use software that assesses a book for possible plagiarism prior to publication. If universities can review essays using software surely the indie and other publishers can do the same

    1. They have it. That’s the thing. I uploaded a book I wrote to CreateSpace and kept screwing up and so tried redoing it a few times, and decided that, since I can’t remove books that were messed up, and since I’d figured out the system to create a new account. So I did that, and uploaded a one of my books that I’d done a major revision on, and CreateSpace’s system tagged it as plagiarism! I had to contact them directly to get it worked out since I can’t plagiarize my own stuff. I was able to get my first account closed. So even a major revision didn’t escape being tagged.

      Well, Amazon owns CreateSpace. Hence, Amazon has that technology and has no excuse.

  8. You go get her Nora! People like her shouldn’t get away with cheating and stealing from other authors!

  9. So PROUD of you Nora! You are showing us so many things–courage to fight the righteous battle when necessary, and showing us that being pushed around and taken advantage of is not to be tolerated. Among others, like just being brave and determined!! Hang in there–you have an army of loyal readers standing with you! Thanks for fighting for what is right!

  10. Good for Nora. Let’s hope the suit not only sheds light on the problem, but makes publishers and Amazon take closer and more careful looks at manuscripts,

    1. No. She entered the RITA. This was picked up before the finalists were announced and the book was withdrawn. I am not clear if Serruya withdrew it or RWA booted it. Clearly RWA would have booted it if Serruya didn’t get to it first.

  11. Watch out wanna be-Nora is on the warpath! Good for you Nora! It is amazing how much differently I am reading little know to me authors now. So thanks for the eye opener!

  12. Excellent! Go get them Nora! This is also an excellent example to all women. Whether you are a writer, or work in any other position. Stand up for your work and don’t let anyone else steal your glory.

  13. Nora you should turn this whole debacle into a story of its own!! Or maybe a crime story that Eve and Roarke can investigate. ?

  14. I know this has been a pain in the proverbial ass for you, Nora, & for the other plagiarized authors, but it will be worth it in the end! I buy all my ebooks from Amazon,ca (Canada, of course) & just checked & all Cristiane Serruya‘s e-books are still for sale on the site! Just thought you should know!

  15. Excellent news! Again very sorry this is happening to you again! Please continue to do what you do well – continue writing great books! Thank you for sharing your story, Jalene Rende

  16. I have been fretting since I read that someone had the nerve to steal Nora’s words and story lines from her. This is so distasteful! I am hoping there is more than just money for this – like maybe jail-time! In order to stop this from happening, it needs to be a scary consequence.

  17. Ghostwriters or not, she’s responsible for what’s released under her name. It’s one thing to be inspired by a scene, but this crap with copying verbatim or so close to it that people can spot it NOT okay. Hopefully this gets a lot of attention, deters others, and will get Amazon to change how it does business.

  18. Dear Nora, and all the other amazing writers who was affected by this so called romance writer from Brazil.

    I’m a Brazilian romance writer, who lived for over 30 years in Seattle. I was lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to meet and learn from amazing talents like you Nora, Jayne Anne Krentz, Stella Cameron, Heather Graham, Patricia Simpson, Linda Lee, the late and amazing Beverly Barton who during a RWA conference in San Francisco even introduced me to her agent. And of course, the generous Debbie Macomber, who is known to open her house to us cub-writers.

    I’m in Brazil at the moment, and I was stunned as other local writers to learn that one of our own had stooped that low.

    This is not and never will be the way we work.

    Our respect, admiration and amor forever ladies from the bottom of our Brazilian hearts.

    Rosi Young

  19. Nora, you’re a total badass and class act. The first for holding to your position concerning plagiarism and the second for donating any profits for literacy. There is not an author I admire more! Except for maybe JD Robb….?

  20. No. She entered the RITA. This was picked up before the finalists were announced and the book was withdrawn. I am not clear if Serruya withdrew it or RWA booted it. Clearly RWA would have booted it if Serruya didn’t get to it first.

  21. I came across it on Twitter when I was trying to coax myself back out into the world a bit more (Like Nora I enjoy not having others around me, it was so wonderful reading about her average work day). I hadn’t heard about the stuff until this evening, but have read a lot since then.

    It shocks me that someone could think it is okay to just grab bits of writing from many sources and create a Frankenstein’s monster of a story to toss out cheaply at readers. Unlike the monster that Frankenstein created, however, the passages they have stolen, no matter how well crafted, are doomed to be flat and emotionless. The stolen words will lack the supporting emotion that was built into the scene that made them want to steal that passage.

    I admit I have never read any of Ms Roberts’ books, but after reading some of the posts here I want to (even if romance is not really my genera). And I want to thank her for standing up not just for her work as a writer, but for all writers. I’ve looked at those 99 cent books on Amazon and felt dread that I will never make enough to justify all the work I have put into my stories; which has been a major part of my never actually finishing one. I’m writing not to make money, but because I must (it’s an odd thing to say, but I think Ms Roberts’ll understand what I mean). It would still be nice to make money someday, and I have hope that if enough people with clout speak up that small wanna-be writers like me might actually be able to pay a bill or two someday.

    THANK YOU, Ms Roberts, for taking a stand for all of us.

  22. I searched and found echo of Nora words in Brasilian main media outlets.
    This is distressing and shameful. I hope Justice is served.

  23. Excellent News! Maybe these plagiarists will think twice in future now that they know that you take no prisoners. You rock Nora!

  24. I’m so sorry that SHE thought YOU were rude. Maybe that’s how she justifies what she does. That and the fact that she’s a lazy, lying thief. She will get hers as karma is nasty.
    Have been a huge fan for quite sometime and am very proud to have started a few Nora & JD “cults” when I was working. If this “thing” is such a fan of yours, how/why could she lift things from you and not be aware of it? Didn’t “Hmm. That looks/sounds familiar” ever enter her mind once?
    Sorry you’ve had to got through this one more time. I sincerely hope it takes less then the five years that was mentioned in the article. It must be excruciating to have this rolling around in your brain and still you manage to turn out the wonderful work you do.
    Listening to Apprentice in Death one more time as I write this.
    🙂

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