If you’ve been following me on twitter @CaffeinatedFae you have probably seen the huge scandal about Cristiane Serruya who has plagiarized at least 95 books, 43 authors, 3 articles, 3 websites, & 2 recipes. I’m creating this post so that everyone can support the real authors and buy the books that were so amazing #CopyPasteCris thought they needed to be stolen.
Looking for more explanation? Here are some good places to look Courtney Milan’s post, a comment from one of her ghostwriters, & Smart Bitches Trashy Books’ Post, & Nora Roberts’ responses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8. Here is an interview that Lucas Mota had with Cristiane Serruya about the plagiarism. Amazon links provided by Jeanna Louise Skinner (@JeannaLStars). Barnes & Noble & Kobo links provided by me.
I want to give a HUGE shoutout to Claire Ryan (
@aetherlev) for creating an amazing algorithm that has been finding more plagiarism in the #CopyPasteCris scandal! FYI she’s an author so check out her books here. Claire just posted a brand new blog post about #CopyPasteCris! It’s a really interesting perspective and you should all take a look at it!
Also, if you want to hear Claire and I talk about #CopyPasteCris with Sarah from Smart Bitches Trashy Books give this awesome podcast a listen!
Nora Roberts has officially filed papers to sue Cristiane Serruya! Read all about it here. First decisions in the lawsuit can be found here!
- Abby Green – 1 book plagiarized
- The Spaniard’s Marriage Bargain (The Marriage Bargain #3)
- Airicka Phoenix – 1 book plagiarized
- Transcending Darkness
- Alexandra Ivy – 2 books plagiarized
- My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues #1)
- Darkness Everlasting (Guardians Of Eternity #3)
- Alys Murray – 1 book plagiarized
- The Christmas Company
- Anne Gracie – 1 book plagiarized
- The Accidental Wedding (The Devil Riders #4)
- Bella Andre – 1 book plagiarized
- The Wedding Gift
- Callie Hart – 1 book plagiarized
- Badlands (Dead Man’s Ink series)
- Carmen DeSousa – 1 book plagiarized
- She Belongs To Me (Charlotte #1)
- Cathy Williams – 1 book plagiarized
- Rafael’s Suitable Bride
- Christi Caldwell – 2 books plagiarized
- Constance Phillips – 1 book plagiarized
- All That’s Unspoken (Sunnydale Days #1)
- Courtney Milan – 10 books plagiarized
- The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister #0.5)
- The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister #1)
- A Kiss for Midwinter (The Brothers Sinister #1.5)
- The Heiress Effect (The Brothers Sinister #2)
- Proof by Seduction (Carhart #1)
- Trade Me (Cyclone #1)
- Unveiled (Turner #1)
- Unclaimed (Turner #2)
- Unraveled (Turner #3)
- What Happened at Midnight
- Diana Gabaldon – 1 book plagiarized
- Outlander (Outlander 1)
- E L James – 1 book plagiarized
- Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey #1)
- Elizabeth Hoyt – 2 books plagiarized
- Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane #6)
- Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1)
- Gena Showalter – 1 book plagiarized
- The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1)
- J.D. Robb – 1 book plagiarized
- J.D. Robb is Nora Robert’s Pen Name. I am counting this as a new author due to it being written under J.D. Robb and not Nora Roberts.
- Naked in Death (In Death #1)
- Jennifer Weiner – 1 book plagiarized
- Who Do You Love
- Jojo Moyes – 1 book plagiarized
- After You (Me Before You Trilogy #2)
- Julia Quinn – 2 books plagiarized
- The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
- An Offer From A Gentleman (Bridgertons #3)
- Karen Marie Moning – 1 book plagiarized
- Beyond The Highland Mist (Highlander #1)
- Kerrelyn Sparks – 1 book plagiarized
- How to Tame a Beast in Seven Day (The Embraced #1)
- Kresley Cole – 6 books plagiarized
- The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1)
- A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2)
- Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)
- Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #15)
- If You Desire (The MacCarrick Brothers #2)
- If You Deceive (The MacCarrick Brothers #3)
- Kyra Davis – 1 book plagiarized
- The Stranger: Just One Night
- Laurann Dohner – 1 book plagiarized
- Slade (New Species #2)
- Lauren Royal – 1 book plagiarized
- Lost in Temptation (Chase Family Series: The Regency #1)
- Lisa Kleypas – 1 book plagiarized
- Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2)
- Loretta Chase – 2 books plagiarized
- Don’t Tempt Me (The Fallen Women Series #1)
- Lords of Scoundrels (The Scoundrels Series #3)
- Lorraine Heath – 1 book plagiarized
- Waking Up With the Duke (London’s Greatest Lovers #3)
- Lynne Graham – 2 books plagiarized
- The Italian Billionaire’s Pregnant Wife (The Rich, the Ruthless and the Really Handsom #3)
- The Spanish Billionaire’s Pregnant Wife (Virgin Brides, Arrogant Husbands #3)
- Madeleine L’Engle – 1 book plagiarized
- House Like a Lotus (O’Keefe Family #3)
- Marie Force – 4 books plagiarized
- Maid for Love (Gansett Island #1)
- Fool for Love (Gansett Island #2)
- Rapturous (Quantum Series Book 4)
- Delirious (Quantum Series Book 6)
- Maya Banks – 3 books plagiarized
- Colters’ Woman (Colters’ Legacy #1)
- Seduction of a Highland Lass (The Highlanders #2)
- Undone (Pregnancy & Passion #4)
- Michelle M Pillow – 12 books plagiarized
- Barbarian Prince (Dragon Lords #1)
- Dark Prince (Dragon Lords #3)
- Warrior Prince (Dragon Lords #4)
- His Highness the Duke (Dragon Lords #5)
- Temptation of the Butterfly (Dynasty Lords #2)
- The Savage King (Lords of the Var #1)
- The Playful Prince (Lords of the Var #2)
- The Bound Prince (Lords of the Var #3)
- The Rogue Prince (Lords of the Var #4)
- The Pirate Prince (Lords of the Var #5)
- Forget Me Not
- Love Potions (Warlocks MacGregor #1)
- Michelle St. James – 1 book plagiarized
- Ruthless (Mob Boss #1)
- Nalini Singh – 3 books plagiarized
- Archangel’s Blade (A Guild Hunter Novel #4)
- Archangel’s Storm (A Guild Hunter Novel #5)
- Archangel’s Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel #10)
- Natasha Blackthorne – 1 book plagiarized
- Grey’s Lady
- Nora Roberts – 10 books plagiarized
- Come Sundown
- From the Heart
- Holiday Wishes
- The Liar
- Private Scandals
- River’s End
- Unfinished Business
- The Welcoming
- Whiskey Beach
- Sarah MacLean – 1 book plagiarized
- The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1)
- Suzan Tisdale – 1 book plagiarized
- Laiden’s Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series #1)
- Tessa Dare – 5 books plagiarized
- A Week To Be Wicked (Spindle Cove #2)
- Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4)
- Do You Want to Start a Scandal
- The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1)
- Say Yes To The Marquess (Castles Ever After #2)
- Trish Morey – 1 book plagiarized
- Forced Wife, Royal Love-Child
- Victoria Alexander – 2 books plagiarized
- The Importance of Being Wicked (Sinful Family Secrets #3))
- The Wedding Bargain (Effington Family & Friends #1)
- The Field Magazine – The Pheasant Recipe found in Royal Affair
- Jamie Oliver – The scone recipe in “From The Baroness’s Diary Vol 2
- The Guardian – Plagiarized the article “I help women and children in refuges heal together after domestic abuse” found here
- The Knot – Plagiarized the article “A World Tour of Wedding Cake Traditions” found here
- Table Talk Magazine, August 2011 Issue, Article “Law, Grace and Redemption in Les Misérables” found here
- The Enchanted Garden – https://descriptivewriting.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/the-enchanted-garden/
- German Wedding Foods – https://germanfoods.org/german-food-facts/german-wedding-foods/
- Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden#Garden_design which might have been copied and pasted by the two websites that I previously posted.
**This post will be updated when more information is available
*I am going off trust of the Romancelandia twitter community with the reports of plagiarism which means that if there is a mistake please let me know. I do not have the ability to check every source so I am creating this list through tweets, screenshots, and the community of Twitter*
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Wow! When I heard about this I had no idea how extensive it went. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! It is crazy how extensive this list is! I’m honestly surprised she got away with it for so long!
I don’t doubt any of it, I’m wondering how such a comprehensive list was compiled in one day?
There were so many people on twitter yesterday trying to find passages that were plagiarized. Screenshots were shared & we compiled a list of everyone that has been affected. You can search #CopyPasteCris on twitter and see it all unfold.
Thank you for sharing. So how do we get the selfpub publishers start using ALL the available tools to check books, articles out for possible plagiarism? If universities check every paper and exam, why not Amazon, Kobo, Nook etc? Again thank you for keeping us all update.
I think what we’re going to need to do is demand that Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and all other book purchasing sites force an author to run their book through plagiarism software before it can be self-published. We need to realize that most books will have a certain amount of plagiarism in them simply due to common sentences and phrases but many of these reported are entire scenes and entire passages.
My “day job” is academic writing coaching at the grad school & doctoral level, and the academic world has done a great job of incubating and bringing to maturity several different plagiarism-detection tools that have become pretty sophisticated. TurnItIn.com is one of the most widely-used ones. There is absolutely no reason why traditional publishers and small presses could not add a quick plagiarism check to their manuscripts at any point during the process (the earlier the better, obviously). But if KDP, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords all suddenly added “a quick plagiarism check” to the document review process, let’s all prepare for two things:
1. The first three months will be hell as TurnItIn.com et alia all scale up to handle the sudden surge in demand. That’s fine. Bring it on. Just brace yourself for it.
2. Prepare to defend your manuscript when it gets kicked back to you by overzealous algorithms that flagged it as “plagiarized.” Seriously, I’ve had some student papers register as much as 30% non-original when I know first-hand that the student wrote the entire thing themselves. Partly this is because academia has certain terms and phrases and even passages that are learned almost by rote and passed along the same way, so they look like they were “plagiarized” when they were either clumsily paraphrased or too-accurately regurgitated.
Genre fiction has its tropes too… and we’re going to discover way more of these than we suspected, in vivid detail, if TurnitIn.com is vetting all our manuscripts. We must expect that IT guys who have never worked in academia will be writing algorithms to reject our manuscripts in job lots in order to 100% guarantee zero plagiarism on their platform.
In my dream world, I would love to see books run through a plagiarism checker and if they’re over 20% plagiarized, they’re sent to an actual person to look through them. Common phrases are used so often that I wouldn’t be surprised if most books have a 5-10% rate directly from the use of common phrases & analogies. Granted, I do know that I’m in a dream world and that most likely it will be implemented poorly and authors will suffer. I can only hope that that isn’t the case.
You can add my book The Wedding Bargain to the list. I hope there aren’t any more.
When I get to a computer I will. I am so sorry you’re going through this!
Victoria – How did you find out? Was it reported by a reader? Or did you have a way of checking? I’m just curious. I’m 100% certain no one would bother plagiarizing my one and only historical romance, but I’m curious how it works!
What is the fourth Nora Roberts title?
Also, there was a box set for The Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan, which contains The Duchess War, on Amazon. For those like me who’ve never read any of her stuff and want to support the original authors.
Sorry, I’m not technologically savvy enough to include a link.
Thanks for letting us all know! Right now, the only confirmed Nora Roberts we have are The Liar, Private Scandals, and Whiskey Beach. The 4th and 5th have yet to be uncovered. My guess is that her team is working on finding everything they can & will announce them at a later time. I will correct my blog to show this.
So far the only author I read is NR the others I’ve never read. I no longer read Ms Daily. Nora and the authors I do read work too hard to have work stolen from their heart and souls. Keep up the good work Nora.
It really is a shame that these authors are going through this. Hopefully this means that more ebook distributors will add a plagiarism checker before books are published.
I have updated the list to include the 4th & 5th of Nora’s books. It looks like The Welcoming, and Untamed were the others that we did not know about.
So sorry these authors have to go though this. They work so very hard to write great books and to have someone STEAL from them is horrible. I hope something can be done.
It really is a shame that this happened. I truly hope that with the involvement of Nora Roberts & Courtney Milan etc. something truly changes when it comes to Kindle Unlimited & other ebook distributors.
Wow and this is the one we know about, Thanks for that. Well done you. If you need any Kinde of support dont be shy.
I’m glad I can help. It’s crazy how many names are on this list!
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Wow. Hope these authors get lots of love in return for going through this.
Same here! I truly hope that they see an uptick in purchases!
Thank you for the list. I just bought 4 books from this list of authors. I actually have some of the plagerized books already. Such a shame people are lazy theives.
I’m so glad that you found this helpful! Thank you for supporting the authors!
I own many of these books and hate that this has happened to them.
I own some of them, but I haven’t read them. I’m definitely changing that. This list has bumped many of these books up on my must read list.
Thanks for tackling this. With the scope of plagiarism revealed, it’s hard to believe that “Cris” is not a large-scale scam for profit. Is it an accident that the “author” lives in a country where it’s hard for Americans to pursue legal remedies?
Those are all very good points. My guess is that she is going to be back with a new pen name. That is why most if not all authors are demanding that Amazon and other ebook distributors add a plagiarism checker when you upload a book.
Some day there will be a movie made about this and maybe Melissa McCarthy will get an Oscar for playing the lead!
That would be a movie I would watch!
Weird!!! 20 minutes ago, I finished watching mccarthy’s excellent portrayal of Lee who counterfeited letters by famous people for profit and was thinking the exact same thought.
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I had never heard of her before these plagiarism allocations went public. Aren’t you afraid of giving her unearned publicity with this? She’s liable to sell more books to people who are just dying to find the copied passages in her books. I hate this type of lazy thief myself, but there are always what you’d call looky loos, ya know? I just hope she doesn’t end up with more sales because if this.
I do not feel that I am giving her any publicity either. I have her name once in the blog post saying that she plagiarized works. I have no links to her books, nor am I encouraging anyone to buy her books. That is actually one of the reasons I do not have where the books were copied. If someone wants to see that, they can search #CopyPasteCris and see the passages along with screenshots & side by side comparisons. I have linked to all of the books that she plagiarized with the hope that they will support the true authors and not the woman who plagiarized some of the most famous romance authors. But, I do see your point as well. I just hope that if someone does have a copy of her book somewhere, they will help find more of the books that she plagiarized.
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I’ve been a bit off the grid the last few months, but I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this. This is obscene!
It really is awful. I still am struggling to fathom it!
I am amazed by how many big names I recognize! You would think, if someone thought they were going to get away with plagiarism, they wouldn’t steal from bigger authors. Thanks for putting this amazing list together and not letting this fade into the background 🙂
I know, it really is shocking! I’m just glad I could help. 🙂
Woah! This is wild that she did that. What a wonderful way to honor the true authors! Great post.
It’s crazy, right!?!? I still can’t believe that she plagiarized so many authors!
Wow! That’s quite a list. I knew about it, but didn’t know how bad it was.
I know! It was a gut punch every time I had to add another book!
Hey… she has been seeling her books including what books accused of plagism. I just looked in her instagram… https://www.instagram.com/p/CBWVOXZjIqW/?igshid=1v5izcnd5e0l5
The book now is in portuguese… any news about the law suit against her?!
Unfortunately, there has been no more news that we know about. We believe that she removed/rewrote the plagiarism in her books and started selling them again.