Sherrilyn Kenyon sues Cassandra Clare for ‘wilfully copying’ her novels

It’s a curious story, this one.


Sherrilyn Kenyon

Bestselling fantasy novelist Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing author Cassandra Clare, alleging that Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments and Shadowhunters series “knowingly and wilfully copied” Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series.

Juicy, no?

As a point of reference, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series was first published in 1998, while Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Shadowhunter series, City of Bones began in 2007.

The lawsuit states that both series, ‘are about an elite band of warriors that must protect the human world from the unseen paranormal threat that seeks to destroy humans as they go about their daily lives’.

The lawsuit also highlights the following similarities:

  • They are both given a manual on how to conduct their mission and on how to conduct themselves when dealing with other entities and species in their fictional world.
  • Both series employ a line of warriors who protect the normal world from demons
  • In both series, a young person becomes part of the Dark-Hunters’ (or Shadowhunters’) world after being saved by a gorgeous blonde Dark-Hunter (or Shadowhunter)
  • They each must kill their demonic father
  • Both Dark-Hunters and Shadowhunters have enchanted swords that are divinely forged, imbued with otherworldly spirits, have unique names, and glow like heavenly fire.

Cassandra Clare

Okay that’s…wow.

“These substantially similar elements, coupled with Clare’s access to the Dark-Hunter series, which were widely disseminated, leave little doubt that numerous substantive original elements of the Dark-Hunter series have been copied by Clare.”

“Clare, in writing The Mortal Instruments and the Shadowhunters Series knowingly and wilfully copied the Dark-Hunter Series and original elements therein to create a work or works substantially similar to and derivative of the Dark-Hunter Series.”

We look forward to Cassandra Clare telling her side of her side of the story.

And the Finalists for the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards are…


The Australian Romance Readers Association have announced the finalists for the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards…..and the end result is delectable. ARRA members can now vote for their favourite in each category, but you have until 28 February to vote!

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, which will be held on 19 March 2016. For more details about the night click here.

Favourite Paranormal Romance

Aquila by Sue-Ellen Pashley
Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh
Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison
Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Spiritbound by Dani Kristoff
The MacGregor by Jenny Brigalow
Tribal Law by Shannon Curtis

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance

1916-ish by Ebony McKenna
Base by Cathleen Ross
Chaos Broken by Rebekah Turner
Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
Honour Bound by M.A. Grant
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

Favourite Short/Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry
Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns
Her Big Sky Cowboy by Alissa Callen
Hired by the Brooding Billionaire by Kandy Shepherd
Hold Me, Cowboy by Alissa Callen
Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter by Annie West
The Billionaire’s Passionate Revenge by Jennifer St George
The Millionaire and the Maid by Michelle Douglas
The Sultan’s Harem Bride by Annie West
What a Bachelor Needs by Kelly Hunter

Favourite Historical Romance

A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell
A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell
Chieftain in the Making by Frances Housden
Moonstone Conspiracy by Elizabeth Ellen Carter
The Duke’s Daughter by Sasha Cottman
The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper
The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long
The Protector by Allison Butler
The Seduction of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell
The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie

Favourite Contemporary Romance

Honor’s Promise by Noelle Clark
Lawless in Leather by Melanie Scott
Only We Know by Victoria Purman
So Far Into You by Lily Malone
Sweet Wattle Creek by Kaye Dobbie
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns
The Road to Hope by Rachael Johns
The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer
The Secret Years by Barbara Hannay

Favourite Erotic Romance

Anticipation by Sarah Mayberry
Exhibition by Nicolette Hugo
Revue by K.M. Golland
The Arrangement by Nicolette Hugo

Favourite Romantic Suspense

A Dangerous Arrangement by Lee Christine
Cold Deception by D.B. Tait
Desperate Deception by D.B. Tait
Northern Heat by Helene Young
Runaway Lies by Shannon Curtis
Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry
Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot

Favourite Continuing Romance Series

Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie
Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
Hope Junction series by Rachael Johns
Jackson Brothers series by Kelly Hunter
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster
Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy
Robinhill Farm series by Noelle Clark
Sons of Sin series by Anna Campbell
The Hawke Brothers series by Rachel Bailey
Treasured series by Kendall Talbot

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2015 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

Amy Andrews
Anna Campbell
Anne Gracie
Cathryn Hein
Kelly Hunter
Keri Arthur
Kylie Scott
Noelle Clark
Rachael Johns
Sarah Mayberry

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are …

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2015

Northern Heat by Helene Young
Runaway Lies by Shannon Curtis
Second Chance Love by Susanne Bellamy
Storm Clouds by Bronwyn Parry
Summer and the Groomsman by Cathryn Hein
The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
The Horse Thief by Tea Cooper
The Seduction of Lord Stone by Anna Campbell
The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur

The Strongest Heroine from a romance published in 2015

Claire Swensen in Second Chance Love by Susanne Bellamy
Jane Chance in The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
Julia Taylor in Cold Deception by DB Tait
Kristy Dark in Northern Heat by Helene Young
Natalie Wright from The Saddler Boys by Fiona Palmer
Rosalina in Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot

Favourite New Romance Author for 2015

Abbie Jackson
Elyse Huntington
Joanne Dannon
Kerrie Paterson
Lizzy Chandler
Nicolette Hugo
Sue-Ellen Pashley

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BOOK REVIEW: Life and Death (Twilight Reimagined) by Stephenie Meyer (Review by Ashley Sime)

Life and DeathLoyal Twilight fans, take a deep breath and release a collective sigh… Stephenie Meyer’s Life and Death is not the long-awaited Midnight Sun (the expected ‘Twilight as told from Edward Cullen’s perspective’) but an exploration into gender roles – a theory that Meyer wanted to indulge.

Stephenie Meyer describes the novel as ‘a pretty straight-across-the-board gender swap’, which it is, but she also wrote it to address the criticism that Bella Swan received in the original Twilight novel, as consistently being the ‘damsel in distress’.

In Life and Death, we are introduced to Beaufort Swan and Edythe Cullen, male human and female vampire respectively, with Meyer striving to highlight the species juxtaposition where Beaufort is depicted simply as a ‘human in distress’ who only appears weak due to the fact that he is constantly surrounded by superhuman characters.

While the novel follows a similar path to the original storyline, it is refreshing to see events recounted from a male perspective. Beau is an insightful protagonist who is less flowery with his words and less emotional than Bella. Life and Death also puts forward a whole new development of character personalities; including changing tough vampire Emmett to intimidating Eleanor and a pack of female werewolves that prove a force to be reckoned with.

Some may see this new installment as Meyer trying to resurrect the series and fit in with society’s current interest with gender fluidity or a thought-provoking new take on the popular novel. Either way, Stephenie Meyer proves a point, making it clear that gender and species has no effect on intense passion which is first love.

Grab your copy Life and Death as a part of the
Special Tenth Anniversary Edition of Twilight here

Grab your copy Life and Death as a part of the
Special Tenth Anniversary Edition of Twilight here

Winners of the 2014 Australian Romance Readers Awards!

The 2015 Australian Romance Readers Convention has come and gone, but we are not sad because we are left with a great list of award winning authors and having met so many new authors, hundreds of new books to read.

See what Booktopia’s John Purcell and Andrew Cattanach got up to at the convention here.


Favourite Cover: the winner was Play by Kylie Scott.outback-ghost

Sexiest Hero: the winner was Adam in Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns.

Favourite New Romance Author: Alli Sinclair.

shield-of-winterFavourite Paranormal Romance for 2014: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh.

Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2014: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews.

Favourite Short Category Romance 2014: The Honeymoon Trap by Kelly Hunter.

Favourite Historical Romance 2014: The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie.

Favourite Contemporary Romance 2014: Play by Kylie Scott.lick

The Favourite Erotic Romance 2014: Down and Dirty by Rhian Cahill, Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee and Sami Lee.

Favourite Romantic Suspense 2014: Safe Harbour by Helene Young.

Favourite Continuing Romance Series 2014: Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott.

The Favourite Australian Romance Author 2014: Kylie Scott.

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Nicola Moriarty, author of Captivation and Paper Chains, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Guru asks

Nicola Moriarty

author of Captivation and Paper Chains

Ten Terrifying Questions


1.    To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born, raised and schooled in Sydney – but as that sounds a bit boring, I’ll be a little more specific. Let’s see, I was born in Hornsby, raised in Kellyville and schooled in Baulkham Hills. Nope, still not overly exciting. Ahh, if only I was born on a yacht in the Caribbean, raised in a jungle in Brazil and schooled in a boarding house in the country. Oh well.

2.    What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve I wanted to write and illustrate children’s books because one of my primary school teachers  (Mrs Walsh – she had cascading curly hair and I adored her) had made a big fuss over a story I wrote. When I was eighteen I wanted to be an actress because I was performing in various amateur theatre productions at the time and I loved the rush of being up in front of an audience and becoming a different person. At thirty I very much wanted to be a writer – so it’s lucky that that’s what I seem to be doing!

3.    What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?NicolaMoriarty

I believed that I would never get married because I thought that marriage was too conventional for me. Ha! I’ve been married now for just coming up to eight years.

4.    What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

First off, Coldplay’s song ‘Warning Sign’ definitely helped me to write my first novel. I love listening to emotional music as I write, it helps me to get into the right head-space. Secondly, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult – I can specifically remember exactly where I was when I was reading the final chapter of this book. I remember being outside on our balcony in the apartment we used to rent in Parramatta, and there was a huge storm and when I read the final twist I absolutely SOBBED. And I thought, I would love to be able to affect readers in this way. Finally, the play ‘Death of a Salesman’ – however it wasn’t the actual play that reached me, it was while I was involved in an amateur theatre production of it. I had a very minor role, and while I and the rest of the cast were backstage I decided to write a spin-off for all the minor characters. Creating the small play and then watching it come to life (we performed it for the rest of the cast and crew on closing night) reminded me how much I loved creating something.

5.    Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I love to write, it makes me happy, it’s hard to stop – simple as that!

paper-chains6.    Please tell us about your latest novel…

My latest release was a supernatural romance novella called Captivation… But my latest full-length novel was called Paper Chains, and that’s about fate, friendship, post-natal depression, loss, love, London and Luna Park.

Grab a copy of Paper Chains here

7.    What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

First I want them to use my book to escape from the world for just a little while. And then I want them to be left with that feel-good glow, even if it’s just for the rest of the day after they finish reading. Finally I want them to be hungry for more words – and not necessarily just my words!

8.    Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

captivationCan I name two people, is that okay? Liane and Jaclyn Moriarty – my two wildly successful author sisters who encourage and support me and who’s novels I absolutely adore. When I read Liane’s books for the first time, I generally end up neglecting other things in my life because I can’t put it down – my writing, the washing that needs to be hung out, my children… her books make me laugh out loud and they make me cry and they twist my stomach. Jaci has an amazing ability to constantly reinvent herself. One minute she is writing YA fiction that connects with her readers on an unprecedented level, next she is creating a novel that is quirky and clever and sweet and sad. Now she’s moved on yet again – to a magical realism trilogy that is utterly delightful. How does she do that?!

9.    Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

Here is my most ambitious and ridiculously unachievable goal: I want to write a book that EVERYONE loves. I mean every single person who reads it, thinks that it is amazing. And even those people that haven’t read it, they just love the look of it. Oh and even those people that haven’t seen it or heard of it, they have this strange, psychic connection with it that they don’t quite understand, but they can identify that it is love for a work of fiction somewhere in the world. Too much? Yeah, I guess I got a bit carried away there didn’t I?

10.    What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Write when you want to write, when you’re in the mood and you’re feeling creative. Let your fingers trip across the keyboard, let your pen run away with your hand. Try out different styles and different genres. Take a creative writing course. Eat chocolate. Quit smoking (contrary to Hollywood movies, you don’t need to be a sleep-deprived, chain-smoking, coffee-drinking struggling romantic to be a writer – although cappuccinos are okay).

Nicola, thank you for playing.

Check out Nicola’s books here

Vote For Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – Final Round of Voting

There is only one more week of voting left to decide who is Australia’s Favourite Novelist!

This is the longlist as voted by you, congratulations to all the novelists for making it onto this extraordinary list.

But the job isn’t finished. We need your final vote to decide the order of the top 50.

Vote for all your favourite authors, and spread the word, tell your friends and family to get voting! The poll closes 5pm Saturday.

Next week we’ll announce the Top 50 as voted by you and decide who, in 2014, is Australia’s Favourite Novelist!



Vote For Australia’s Favourite Novelist 2014 – Heat 5

January is the month of Australian Stories at Booktopia, and to celebrate we need your help to discover Australia’s Favourite Novelist for 2014!

This is it folks. Your last chance to push your favourite authors into next week’s final round of voting. Last year’s winner Kate Morton is also in this heat!

Next week we’ll have the top 100 authors from all the heats for you to vote for!

Remember you can select as many authors as you like with your vote and give them the chance to become Australia’s Favourite Novelist!



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