I’ve been TROLLED … Maybe … I think.

I’m weekending in Colorado, where my next book is set, and where I only have access to the Edge network on my phone (no computer, no wifi). It was meant to be romantic, but after brunch I found a message in my inbox that said I should check my Amazon reviews, because apparently I was being accused of some bad stuff.

In a swirl of limited technology, I texted my best friend to check the reviews and call me on the cabin’s phone. (I can get texts out, but I can’t actually call people on my iPhone).

From what I can understand I’ve been trolled by an author or the fans of an author who wrote an IR series surrounding a Russian crime family. A bunch of Amazon unverified reviews appeared on Friday, accusing me of stealing from this author’s — Latrivia Nelson’s — previous work.

Oh, my gosh.

This is AWESOME. While I’ve only read one Latrivia Nelson book — THE GRUNT which I gave 2 stars — I think we should all just go with this.

By all means, buy and read both books. If you think I stole from Ms. Nelson, which I’m pre-assuring you right now, I totally didn’t, please weigh in on Amazon. But if you think this is like saying everyone who writes about the Italian mafia has stolen from Mario Puzo, please weigh in with that.

Either way, I hope both Ms. Nelson and I enjoy lots of extra sales from this “beef.” I feel like Kanye and Fifty Cent. Many thanks to whoever made it happen. This is SO COOL!!!

Oh, and also many thanks to my best friend for cutting and pasting this message onto my blog. You’re the bestest, Bestie!



  1. Brooke Oliver
    Mar 31, 2012

    I was wondering why when I was trying to expand my recommendations that ‘plagiarism’ was one of the tags. It is what it is.

    • Theodora Taylor
      Apr 1, 2012

      And … thank you Brooke, for alerting me about the tags. Amazon took care of that, too. Really appreciate the heads up.

  2. Roslyn Holcomb
    Mar 31, 2012

    Nelson’s fans are notorious for being batshit crazy. I don’t know if she has, but she really needs to make an effort to rein them in. Something similar happened when Rock Star came out and another rock star book came out shortly thereafter. That author and I made sure to make it clear that we didn’t appreciate that type of ugliness. It makes the author look amateur and third rate and I’m sure that’s not their intention.

    • Theodora Taylor
      Apr 1, 2012

      There are two non-organic things I love in this world: writing an reading. I’m really sad I have to take time off from either to deal with this mess.