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Yesterday, on November 27, Nigerian-American fantasy writer Tomi Adeyemi accused American novelist Nora Roberts of what she perceived to be an unfair use of her titled. In March, Adeyemi had published her blockbuster debut novel titled Children of Blood and Bone, which sounds very similar to Nora Roberts’ forthcoming book titled Of Blood and Bone and set for a December 4th release.

In a tweet, Adeyemi shared the two book covers and wrote: “It would be nice if an artist could create something special without another artist trying to shamelessly profit off it.”

Adeyemi has since cleared things up, even tendering an apology. Apparently, Roberts wasn’t aware of Adeyemi’s book when she came up with the title. In a follow-up tweet, Adeyemi said that, following talks with Roberts, she is convinced that they came up with the titles independently.

See the two tweets below.

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6 Responses to “Tomi Adeyemi Apologizes to Nora Roberts Following Accusations of Unfair Use of Title” Subscribe

  1. Joseph Wegesa 2018/11/29 at 10:23 #

    Actually, there are books and movies that share the exact same titles. Also, I don’t think either writer’s audience will confuse one for the other.

  2. Ellen 2018/11/29 at 23:25 #

    That was the weakest apology I’ve seen and Adeyemi didn’t even delete the original tweet. Roberts had been promoting her book – the second in a trilogy – by name months before Adeyemi’s book was even published. Not to mention there are DOZENS of books, movies, and creative works with the exact same title all published years before Adeyemi was even dreaming of her book.

    Either this is a completely shameless publicity stunt by Adeyemi in trying to use Nora Roberts’ name, or the intelligence and quality of English lit majors from Harvard has nosedived.

    What a truly classless and stupid move from Adeyemi. She has lost the respect of many readers and other authors in the publishing world.

  3. Wentra 2018/11/30 at 14:40 #

    Why is it that some of the most childish, overly-emotional people in the world are the ones with the most media presence and influence over others?

  4. guest 2018/11/30 at 20:59 #


  5. Rose Branham 2018/12/01 at 08:00 #

    Take the tweet down!! Shame on her for leaving it up!!

  6. Thuli 2018/12/03 at 08:20 #

    But where’s the apology? Some people clearly don’t know what an apology is. This author is a turn off for me. She sounds arrogant in this so called apology. She makes it sound as if Ms. Roberts should be apologetic for sharing a similar title. When the story first broke out, my first thought was does Nora Roberts know she even exists? Is this even a genre Ms. Roberts reads?

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