Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are both offering refunds for those who have purchased the book "Amazingly Broken" by Jordin B. Williams. The author has deleted her twitter page and all her post from her blog. She is accused of plagiarizing works by Tammara Webber and Jamie McGuire.
We did a promotional post for Jordin B Williams on June 22, but have since removed it. We have also searched all other surfaced names connected with Jordin Williams to make sure we are not leading our readers on and promoting stolen work.
Smardy Pants will not solicit or promote for anyone that is accused and proven of plagiarism. This is a big no no to us.
Please read the article "The Plagiarizing of Tammara Webber's Easy by Jordin B. Williams" from the blog Dear Author for more insight into the scandal.
Thanks to author Teresa Mummert we have a list of potential names included in ths scandal and the research that was put into this discovery. Here is the official link, but I have also pasted below for you to read.
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
*I have spoken to Mindy McKnight and she has verified the picture is her and she is NOT an author. It was stolen.
Thanks for sharing this with us Teresa!