To add insult to injury, when readers left reviews stating that the book was mine, this rebuttal was posted:
So you see, not only was my work stolen, I was accused of being the thief! This comment has since been deleted, either by one who wrote it or by Amazon, I can't tell which.
My personal philosophy does not allow anger, and to be honest, I feel sorry for this person who lacked faith in himself so badly that he took others' work instead of creating his own. He's in a ton of trouble, and what did he gain from his efforts?
I have several more screenshots, how he used my copyright page and paraphrased my dedication, as he did J.P Barnaby's, taking her Aaron and calling it Shane.
People can be awful at times, but the love and support I've received has shown me that folks can be amazing, too. Thank y'all.
And yes, this book was written about an actual person--me. That's why it was too personal to sell and I gave it away. I poured my soul out in The Telling, and through the writing found my way back from a lost path. It will forever hold a special place in my heart. No one can take that from me.