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Angela Townsend Is a Fraud

In the business of self-publication, reputation is everything.  As an Indie Author myself, I have taken the True Review Pledge and committed myself to integrity above everything else – as every author of integrity should.  It is unfortunate and hurtful for the entire industry I represent though when one of our own chooses to lie, cheat and steal – not only from her fellows, but from the public at large.  It hurts our profession and it reflects poorly upon each and every one of us.

Such a person is Angela Townsend.

First, a disclaimer: I have a personal conflict with Angela Townsend.  As readers of my blog are aware, her and I are in court over a trademark – the title “The Forlorned” – which she contracted from me and then stole for herself.  But her duplicity and deception go far and beyond this, and I feel – in light of ongoing attacks made by her against me in retaliation for my filing suit against her for my creation – that it is time for me to speak in full disclosure as a cautionary tale against anyone else doing business with this woman in any capacity.  I note that this article is being written now in defense of ongoing personal attacks Townsend has had leveled against me for some time, as this places all attributable information about her in one place.

Absolutely nothing about the woman is honest.  Yet she presents herself to the public as a pillar of integrity while trying to destroy the reputation of others.  Even her own personal pubic biography is a complete fabrication.  For instance, on Amazon, her author profile reads:

“Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music, and Irish dancing. She resides on a ranch in rural Montana with her two children.”*

Angela Townsend has never written anything credible involving historical research nor writing, and she certainly does not have a career in it – much less writings in “local community circulations”.  She has no published genealogical nor historical material, save for the fabricated content in her fictional stories.  She has even confessed to me personally that teaching research seminars is an ambition, not something she has actually ever done.  Her division of time may include writing, but it is around her work schedule, not around Celtic music and Irish dancing.  She does not, nor has she ever, lived on a ranch with her children.  Every bit of this is fabricated to create an illusion to hide the real person who is Angela Townsend.

Townsend is a paralegal and has worked for Dale McGarvey – a ninety year old attorney – for years.  Her illicit relationship with this attorney – rumored to be carnal in nature, though I have no personal knowledge one way or the other – has led to him becoming her sugar daddy, backing financially the bulk of her publishing and production enterprises.  This influence has most recently led to her getting him to create a joint movie making business, McGarvey and Townsend, Inc. – of which she is the chief executive officer of the corporation.  Every bit of her business success is reliant upon Dale McGarvey and his financial backing, not upon any actual personal accomplishments.

I have personally been involved in fact checking Townsend’s fictional writing.  Though she loves to write about historical themed stories, the truth is she is abhorrently wrong about just about every historical fact she claims to be true.  For instance, when working on proof-reading her original book entitled Fears of a Fisherman (which I created the new name The Forlorned for), I found hundreds of completely fabricated historical points, including mad reckoning about the speed of communications between England, France and North America during the War of 1812.  Townsend’s response to complaints of historical inaccuracies was always, “No one will check.”  Literally, the entire foundation for her story was based upon fabricated history.  And yet she represents herself as an historian.

Angela Townsend lives in a property purchased for her by Dale McGarvey, again as an extension of her illicit relationship, not on a ranch.  You can look to her legal address on her business filing with the Montana Secretary of State, which is 1997 S Meadows Dr, Kalispell, Montana, where she has lived since 2012.  A Google Map search will show this residence is not a ranch.

To make matters worse, Townsend is not even creative on her own.  She posits an idea, then has other local writers help her frame her ideas into an intelligible format.  I know, because for years I was one of these people “helping” her refine her work.  I worked with her for two years before she came to me for help in rebranding her story – and then she took my creation, presented it as her own so she alone would gain recognition, and had Dale McGarvey raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a movie production – using my intellectual creation!

Finally, as if what has come before was not enough, Townsend fluffs her own reviews and books to lend a false degree of credibility.  The bulk of her “positive” reviews on Amazon are either created by her under duplicate accounts, or by friends of hers trying to “help her out”.  To her friends, she presents herself as a woeful, struggling single mother, and uses this wounded-duck routine to get sympathy and support in her efforts.  Not many of her supporters have actually read her work, and those that have are only throwing their support behind her because of  Townsend’s victim stance.  She has also created online business accounts (or had friends do so on her behalf) to offer her books at ridiculous amounts to perpetuate a demand for the books that does not exist.

Recently, Angela Townsend tried to silence my speaking out against her trademark infringement.  She actually wrote to WordPress and tried to claim that I was infringing upon her trademark and to have my blog shut down to quash the information about her fraudulent misconduct.  Wordpress denied her request, finding no trademark infringement on my part, and sent me a text of her transgression.  I sent her another cease and desist notice, and Townsend immediately went to Craigslist and tried to start another smear campaign against me for it.

This is not the first time Townsend has sought to slander me and silence my claims against her fraud – she successfully had both my Facebook author page and Goodreads account closed when she claimed I was “stalking” her on those sites by reporting that her title was purloined.  Interestingly enough, the latter was only a mirrored post of a blog entry on this site – not on Goodreads itself.

The issue over trademark infringement is still pending in federal court (See Glick v. Townsend, et al, 9th Circuit Cause No. 15-35587), but regardless of the resolution of that cause, it does not change the facts.  Angela Townsend stole my intellectual creation, abused my trust to profit off of it, and is using the financial clout of her relationship with Dale McGarvey to secure the theft.

Even if I do not prevail in court – even if the federal courts decide against my rightful claim – it does not stop me from speaking out against Angela Townsend’s duplicity and deceptive practices.  Irregardless of whether her financial wellspring and legal connections buy her a court win, it does not change that I used the name in commerce first (you can see that here), nor that it was presented as my creation then and never disputed until after I sent her a cease and desist notice.  Nothing changes that she stole the mark – and nothing will prevent me from speaking out against this incredibly duplicitous woman.

In truth, Townsend has many characteristics of antisocial personality disorder (something she recently tried to deflect onto myself when I prevailed in the WordPress claim).  She is crude, abusive and provokes unrealistic aggression against anyone who she sees as standing in the way of her “success”, which is why she expends so much effort attacking me personally.  She blasts me with vile accusations of deviant conduct on Craigslist and other public forums, and, as mentioned, slurs me to sites trying to shut down my pages.  In my opinion, if evil had a picture in the dictionary, it might look like this:

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I strongly urge anyone doing their due diligence to avoid doing business with Angela Townsend in any capacity.  Unless, of course, you like the prospect of having her steal from you, as well…

 

*Upon publication of this article, Townsend went into her Amazon account and changed her author profile drastically, obviously to remove some (but not all) of the more damaging elements I have reported here.  Unfortunately for Townsend, because she has print copies of her books, the original context of that bio still exists in her individual published books on Amazon.  So if she seeks to allege I made that up, I recommend looking to her individual books for verification.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Shadowstalker by Renee Scattergood

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Things go from bad to worse when the Galvadi Empire develops a new technology to use against the shadow stalkers. Now Kado and Makari are more determined than ever to keep Auren away from their enemies, but Auren decides enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. She turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow, they must get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.

Episode 13: Defiance

Three years have passed since Auren and Shai escaped the daily torture of the Galvadi. With Makari’s help, they have learned more about the Galvadi’s technology and discovered ways to overcome its effects on their power, which gave them an edge in the war. However, the Galvadi have spent that time developing new technology that could mean the end of the shadow stalkers.

Episode 14: Falling to Pieces

Things go from bad to worse after Cali is captured by the Galvadi. The new technology they have employed is making a rescue attempt impossible and endangering the lives of all the shadow stalkers. Auren refuses to give up though, but the more she tries to fix thing, the more Kado tightens the leash.

Episode 15: Into My Own

Just when Auren thinks she’d had enough of Kado’s overbearing and overprotective nature, he surprises her by apologizing and admitting he had been wrong. Auren finally accepts that she is not at fault for Cali’s death after visiting her in the shadow world, but Kado and Makari are still preventing her from confronting Drevin. They don’t feel she is ready, and Auren is beginning to believe they will never let her fulfil her destiny. It’s time she takes matters into her own hands.

Episode 16: A New Emperor

Makari is told the only way he can prove his loyalty is by torturing Auren, but he refuses to go through it. So Jharak, Drevin’s master interrogator, took the liberty to be the one to break her, but in the end, it would take forcing her to watch him torture and kill Makari.

Episode 17: Allies to Enemies Part 1

Traitors are weeded out and new allies are found. Auren and Makari are determined to bring peace once again to the Serpent Isles, but they have a deadline. If they don’t make it in time, they could end up at war with their own people.

Episode 18: Allies to Enemies Part 2

General Graves wants Auren and Makari dead. When Makari demands one of Graves’ men, who secretly supports Makari, is sent to him for extra security at the palace, Graves uses a mind control drug to get him to assassinate them. Will Auren and Makari learn what happened before it’s too late?

Buy Shadow Stalker Part 3 – http://reneescattergood.com/books/shadow-stalker-part-3-episodes-13-18/

If you haven’t read the Shadow Stalker serial yet, download Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) free – http://reneescattergood.com/books/shadow-stalker-part-1-episodes-1-6/

Excerpt

– Episode 13: Chapter 1 (feel free to use all or part of the excerpt)

Cali gave me a nudge as she took a seat next to me. “Do you have any idea what’s going on?”

“No idea,” I said, moving over a few inches so she had space to sit between me and Shai on the log someone had converted into a bench.

Shai slung an arm around her cousin and Cali returned the gesture, then wrapped her free arm around me. I smiled at her. Cali was the only one who had helped me maintain my sanity over the years. It drove me crazy never knowing what was happening to Makari. Kado kept me busy, as usual, but any time I had a free moment, all I could do was wonder if he was safe. I would know if he died. I would sense him again in the shadow world. He had been blocking me to keep me safe, though I had no idea how it was supposed to help. All it did was make me want to go to him, which would be more dangerous.

Of course, Kado would never allow that. He saw my thoughts as I had them most of the time, and he would know as soon as I made the decision. I learned quickly not to allow my thoughts to go down that path too often. That’s where Cali came in. She distracted me by helping me forget the war and making me feel like a normal person once in a while. She was as good a friend as Jade, except she didn’t encourage me to disobey Kado when I was angry.

“Maybe the Galvadi have decided to give up,” Shai said, pulling me out of my thoughts.

Cali snorted.

“I know. It’s wishful thinking.”

I smiled at Shai. “I want this to be over too.”

“You’ll figure it out soon.” Cali gave my shoulder a squeeze.

All the shadow warriors knew the end of the war would not come until I stopped Drevin. The only problem was I had no idea what I was supposed to do, and no amount of training helped. Each day it seemed like I was further from my goal instead of closer.

After everyone had taken their seats, Kado held up a hand calling us all to silence. “Makari has just given me some disheartening news. The Galvadi have developed a—”

I tried to listen, but I couldn’t get past the fact that Makari had been here. “He didn’t even bother to see me?”

Kado glared at me, and I suddenly realized I’d blurted it aloud.

“Makari has to keep a low profile for his own safety, and they were not aware he had left. He couldn’t stay away long.”

“I think it’s time he left the Galvadi all together,” I said, folding my arms over my chest.

“It would be the healthier option,” Cali added on my behalf.

“Makari’s work has been invaluable to us, and would not be possible if he weren’t living among them for the time being,” Kado said, then leaned in my direction looking straight into my eyes. “And he knows what he is doing.”

Kado watched me, and I was sure he was waiting to see if I would continue to interrupt him. I remained silent, but neither he nor Makari would be able to convince me the man I loved wasn’t taking an unnecessary risk. They could get whatever information they needed from their missions.

When he was sure I wouldn’t interrupt again he finished explaining that the Galvadi had developed a new recinder and how it worked. “You will need to avoid capture at all costs. Once these recinders are placed on you, there is no known way to nullify its effects even after removal. Auren, I want you to visit Makari’s unit to steal the schematics, and if possible, one of the recinders along with any other information you can find about new technologies. Makari suspects there is more, but they are keeping him in the dark.”

I stood quickly, smacking my hands together. “When do I leave?”

“Wait a moment. I have other things I need to discuss with you first.”

I sat again, hoping I wasn’t in for one of his long lectures.

“The rest of you are dismissed. Sephir, you and Shai are clear to leave on that special mission you’ve been training for as soon as you’re ready, but please be careful.”

“We will,” Sephir said, bowing.

I leaned over Cali to give Shai a quick hug. Cali wrapped her arms around both of us. Shai stood as soon as we released her, and Sephir, who had been standing next to her, wrapped an arm around her as they headed off.

“Good luck,” Cali said, winking at me before following Sephir and her cousin.

Kado sat next to me. “Auren, you have been the most adept at overcoming the effects of the beryllonium. That’s why I’m sending you on this mission, but you need to be extra careful this time. Makari believes even you wouldn’t stand a chance with this new recinder. If they are looking for test subjects, they may also have new ways of detaining shadow stalkers that Makari might not be aware of. If you are discovered, do not take any risks. Makari will not be able to help you. You will need to leave immediately. Understood?”

“Yes, Kado. I’ll be fine.” I only just managed to stop my eyes from rolling.

“I’m serious, Auren. We can always return later, but if you are captured, you may be lost to us for good this time.”

The fear in Kado’s eyes sobered me. Things came easily to me now that I had completed my training, and though I had discovered abilities not even Kado had known about, I wasn’t foolish enough to believe I was all powerful. Sometimes my foster father seemed to worry more than he should, but I was beginning to think that wasn’t the case here.

“I’ll be careful, Kado. I promise.” It wouldn’t hurt to pay Makari a little visit too if he was alone.

Kado gripped my arm and tilted my head with his free hand so I was looking directly at him. “Under no circumstances are you to seek out Makari. If you attempt something so foolish, Auren, you will be punished and banned from future missions.”

My shoulders sagged. “It was an errant thought, Kado. I will focus on my mission.”

“The mission and nothing else, Auren. This is important.”

I nodded and averted my eyes. I just missed him. That’s all it was.

“I know you miss him, Auren, and that it’s been hard for you both to be apart, but it won’t be forever. You and Makari will have your time in this world if the shadow people will it, but not if you risk both your lives on foolishness.”

“I know. I’m sorry.” Makari was being the more foolish of us both, and yet Kado supported him. It didn’t make sense, but whenever I brought the subject up with either of them, they redirected the conversation.

Kado pulled me into a tight hug and whispered, “Come back to me in one piece, please.”

I returned his embrace. “I will.”

Bio

renee-scattergoods-bio-picRenee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com

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Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Uncategorized