Self-Published Romance Writer Exposed as Plagiarist
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Plagiarism is one of the biggest sins a writer can commit, but that didn’t bother self-published author Laura Harner. Her romance novel Coming Home Texas was recently revealed to be a gender-swapped dupe of Becky McGraw’s My Kind of Trouble, reports The Guardian.
Harner, whose Amazon profile claims she has penned over 50 novels and sold nearly half a million books, turned McGraw’s book about a girl who returns home and falls for a local bad boy into a gay love story about a boy who returns home and also falls for a local bad boy. A reader spotted the crime and alerted McGraw, which led to further investigation of the matter.
“Her book was almost a word-for-word, scene-for-scene duplication of my book, except the characters’ names had been changed, and short M/M love scenes had been inserted,” McGraw told The Guardian.
Harner’s plagiarism doesn’t stop there. Her Deuce Coop series is eerily similar to Opal Carew’s Riding Steele, only with gender-swapped characters. Since her villainy has been uncovered, she has pulled both Coming Home Texas and Deuce Coop from retailers. McGraw intends to take legal action against the offense.
Hopefully Harner’s two titles are the only works of plagiarism she has in her repertoire—but something tells me romance writers should keep an eye out just in case.
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