Despite my having sent three takedown notices, Amazon has not removed The Telling by Micheal J. Wagner, though they've given me no reasons as to why they've not acted, other than their posted warning that it could take up to three weeks for a response. The other affected books came down quickly. At least the book is listed as unavailable. For now. To me it's a ticking time bomb.
It seems that on a discussion thread Michael J. Wagner explained his side of how books by other authors wound up with his name on the cover. He blames his ghostwriter. He also says he's contacted all authors involved and explained. No, he hasn't. I've not heard a word from him, and I'd very much like to know if his ghostwriter was also the one who claimed to be his editor and accused ME of stealing The Telling, a book that a loyal following of readers watched me create and revise online, not to mention that my dear, sweet betas never trash anything and have the very first drafted paragraphs on up to the latest revision.
So the wounds are healing but still there. It appears I'll get no closure on this matter. But make no mistake, Micheal Ritter and Javier (Jay) Ortiz are mine, in The Telling and in Night Watch, the short sequel.
On a happy note, The Telling by Eden Winters is making money for my local PFLAG group (it hit number 2 for Gay Romance on Amazon!), and readers' responses are prompting me to finally finish the Ryan/Terry sequel.
I want to thank you all for your support. Good didn't necessarily triumph over evil in this case, but it's not down for the count either.