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So, We’ve GOTTA Talk About This Plagiarism Thing

Don’t know about you, but I’m still having trouble picking my jaw up off the floor.

Nothing could be weirder than #CockyGate, but #CopyPasteCris is a close second for the sheer bonkers chutzpah that seems to be involved.

In case you spent the last few days under a rock, here’s the deal:

On Monday, Courtney Milan, tipped off by a loyal reader who recognized passages stolen from Milan, published a stunning blog post showing a long series of nearly identical side-by-side text from Milan’s (awesome, fabulous, beautiful, and MUCH-BELOVEDTHE DUCHESS WAR and ROYAL LOVE, published by a Brazilian USA Today best-seller named Cristiane Serruya.

This screenshot shows just one sample of the verbatim borrowing:

Before long, Tessa Dare and others went into detective mode, uncovering a crazy quilt of passages in multiple books by Serruya, drawn from a host of bestselling authors ranging from Loretta Chase to Bella Andre to Nora Roberts. At last count, passages from at least 28 different authors have been identified, plus passages ripped off from two magazine articles, a Wattpad story, TWO RECIPES (seriously…recipes), and a website on landscaping design (thanks to @CaffeinatedFae for keeping track!!). 

Serruya quickly caught wind of the Twitter storm—“I just wake up to this”!—and tried to blame the whole thing on “a ghostwriter on Fiverr.” She tweeted, “I would have never, ever, done this. I am in this writing for a few years now and I am also a lawyer.”

She promised, “I am taking down all the work I did with a ghostwriter”–and proceeded to delete the digital versions of all but one of her romances, plus her Twitter account, her website, her Instagram, her BookBub account, and her Facebook page.

As of today, you can still buy one NOOK Book format erotic romance in both Italian and Serruya’s native language of Portuguese, plus, oddly enough, a philosophy book she claims to have written at age 18, which was Awarded with Honors by the Law School, PUC RJ.”  (Uh…Law School faculty, you might want to go over that little piece of writing one more time).

Holy crap, folks. 

The story even made the L.A. Times  and The Guardian.

Since the story first broke, the plot has, of course, thickened, and none of it looks good for Serruya.

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