All Romance eBooks was at one time a leading romance ebook retailer, but by the time it shut down in late 2016 it was clouded in scandal. Not only had authors gone unpaid for months (some for over a year), ARe had also presold a number of marketing services right before it closed – and then kept the money.
ARe owner Lori James is being sued by a class of authors, so one would think she would maintain a low profile.
Apparently one would be mistaken.
According to the DragonCon website, Lori James has been invited to attend the con as an author guest. She will be coming under her pen name, Samantha Sommersby, but no matter what you call her this is still the same person who owes authors hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.
DragonCon was first made aware of this situation 3 weeks ago by authors who belong to the (closed) FB group Pissed Off former ARe Authors, and when I contacted DragonCon two weeks ago they told me:
We’re looking into the situation. That’s all we can say right now. We were just recently made aware of it, and our programming team is looking at it.
I checked last night and DragonCon has not decided whether to uninvite James. If you would like to help them make up their minds, you can contact DragonCon through its site.