From Tabetha Jones Henley

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Laying the Past to Rest

Two years ago I took over Mystic Press unknowing what I was getting myself into. When I shut down many authors got hurt and since then it has been one battle after another. I never meant to hurt anyone, nor was it my intention.Mystic was tainted from the beginning. I did everything I could but nothing could save it. In the process things have spiraled out of control. I have come in contact with several people and yes I have lost my temper.For the authors that got caught in the crossfire i do apologize. It was never my intention for anyone to get hurt, but things were out of my control.

To Janrae Frank if i had the wrong information about you I apologize. I understand you have been in this business for a long time but you have been where I am. I do hope we can put our differences aside and talk things through.

To JT Larson, you and I have had our share of words but I am trying to be the bigger person and move on. I am sorry your daughter got hurt. I will make sure she is taken care of and will do my best to ensure that she gets what is hers.

Thea Larson, I wish you the best of luck and even though we did not see eye to eye on your writing I wish you the best. I sincerely apologize for all the previous actions. I think its fair to say that what happened between Thea and myself was an unfortunate series of miscommunications. I take responsibility for my part and my actions. I assure you that you will receive what you deserve and I guarantee it. I do apologize but this is the time for it to all end. I wish you the best with your book and hope you do well. I am trying to make this right and I do hope you see that. I am trying to solve the problem and I see this is the way to do it.

I am putting this to rest and I sincerely apologize for what has happened this past couple of years. You have your own style of writing and just because I don’t agree doesn’t mean that you won’t have a ton of fans. I do wish you the best.

You will receive what is owed to you. And if I can do anything for you or your mother please let me know.

I am being the better person here and doing what i believe is right. I wish you all the best. I do hope we can move on and forgot this horrible experience. I do believe we all want it to end.

I wish all of you the best and I do hope we can grow and learn from this. I have. Being a young publisher it is hard. But please understand this, the things you have said about me are not true. Yes i have made mistakes, i am not perfect, but my authors are taken care of.

I am not saying nothing is my fault, I am not saying that I am innocent. I am saying we all make mistakes. I took over a tainted company and did the best I could with what I had. For those that got hurt my deepest apologies. I wish you all the best, and please accept this apology. I do hope this will end the hate and we can all move forward.

I am doing this and making a formerly apology for all those that were hurt through Mystic Press. I wish things could have ended differently but unfortunately I can not fix the past but i can show a better future, which i am doing now with Phoenix Fire. I have a wonderful group of authors.

For those that got hurt with the closing of Mystic, i do apologize, but at the time i had no other choice. I wish you all the best. I can only apologize for my actions no one else’s. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me.

~Tabetha Jones~

When I got involved with all of this, my only desire was to protect my daughter’s interests.
If Tabetha’s willing to make good on her debt to my daughter, accept responsibility and issue an apology, I consider my affairs with her square and finished.  I hope that everybody involved reaches the same level of resolution.

Decency’s sake

Because there’s a child involved, as well as a member of the armed forces and other parties that are blameless, I’ve decided to remove a recent blog post. They should not suffer for the actions of somebody else.

So much for trust?

After Tabetha tripped over herself to post her entire family history after I pointed out here that she uses them to rip people off, “Emerald” sent me a private message telling me about it. Just to make sure I saw it, I guess. *shrugs*

Today, I got another private message from “Emerald” saying “Took a look at your blog so much for trust.” And she either blocked me or disabled that account. I truly don’t care which.

Who the hell does she think she’s kidding? I can’t find any author that goes by the real name she gave me and we’ve got proof up, down and sideways that her “Emerald” persona is just another recycled Tabetha alt.

During the course of our long conversation, I offered to Skype with “Emerald” so that we could set the record straight about her not being an alt, and she refused. What else am I supposed to conclude but that she’s an alt?

Yet she still tries to put up this facade of being a real person? Really?

I knew that broad was unstable, but it still surprises me, the lengths to which she’ll go to fight for her delusions, to the bitter end.

I really and truly hope that she gets some professional help. I really do. And I’m not being sarcastic or insulting. She seriously needs help, and I hope she gets it. She’ll have a happier life, and so will the people around her.

Lunacy cycle

Time for another installment of “Why Tabetha Jones Henley is a liar.”

Are you settled in your beds, boys and girls? Ready for a story?
Good. We’ll start with the story of Thea Larson, a young woman who sent a book to Tabetha Jones at Mystic Press. Tabetha wrote Thea back, saying that she loved the book and offered Thea a contract. Thinking herself lucky that any publisher would have her, Thea jumped at it, signed the contract and paid the fees that the contract called for.
Shortly after that, Tabetha told Thea that the book was crap and refused to publish it. She also refused to return the money.
In their own contract, the up front fees were earmarked for Createspace, Lightningsource, and cover art. The book was never published, so Createspace and Lightningsource were never used. Arguments that it costs money to set up those accounts are invalid. Accounts on both Createspace and Lightningsource are free.
Yours truly did the cover art, so Tabetha agreed to send that money back to pay me. That never happened either, of course.
So, that alone makes Tabetha a scam artist and Thief, promising to publish a book, signing a contract saying she would, and refusing to do it, as well as keeping the money.

Several blogs were alerted to these actions, as well as questionable actions taken with and against other former Mystic Press authors as well. God bless Georgina Merry for having the courage to step forward and speak up on Emily Suess’s blog. That really started the snowball rolling.
Author Janrae Frank posted about it on her blog, too. And that’s where this story picks up.
It was on Emily Seuss’s blog that Tabetha first had an army of alts show up to defend her. Emily called her on it, posting that all of the comments had come from the same IP.
Tabetha laughably insisted that her friends had dropped by to support her, and hopped on her computer to defend her, outraged that dear, sweet Tabby-Scat was being so brutally and unfairly attacked.
She continued that trend on Cussedness Corner, Janrae Frank’s blog, trying to ping those IP numbers back to other locations, like Nasa. But she slipped and let enough show that she outed herself yet again as using an army of alts to defend herself. Then she jumped on to defend them. Such a clown. It’s ridiculous, of course, but that’s where it gets interesting within the context of this blog.
When unable to defend the fact that she kept money that was earmarked for services that were never supplied (or, in my case, never paid for), she tried to divert attention, and blame, to a mysterious submissions editor that had, Tabetha said, offered Thea a contract using Tabetha’s email, without even reading the book. Well, she had an alt do it.
The name of the submissions editor in question is Cindy Carlo. Tabetha’s mom. I pointed that out.
Tabetha showed up with guns blazing to defend her alt friend, and insisted that Cindy Carlo is NOT her mom, she’s somebody that used to date her dad, betrayed her trust and got fired for the fiasco over my daughter’s contract.
Couldn’t really argue with that. Until now.

As of September 3rd, 2013, Cindy Carlo is back with Phoenix fire as “editor, beta/reviewer, PR manager, and boss lady’s assistant.”
And, in case there’s any doubt about Tabetha’s claims that Cindy Carlo is NOT her mom in any fashion, just some chick her dad used to date, here’s a photo from Tabetha’s own blog. It shows her, Cindy Carlo and her dad, with Tabetha saying how glad she is to be spending time with her family. It’s dated. August 30th of this year.
I’ll grant you, that could be an old photo.
So I’ll include this photo of Tabby’s dad’s FB, capped today.
It clearly shows that her dad is still very much in a relationship with Cindy Carlo. So, while it’s technically accurate to say that Cindy Carlo is not her mother, Tabetha clearly lied when she tried to distance herself from Cindy Carlo by insisting that she’s somebody that used to date her father.
I’m not entirely comfortable posting her father’s photos on my blog. Ordinarily, it’s none of my business. But Tabetha made it my business when she used her parents and their relationship status to steal from my daughter. And from me. So her parents have their daughter to thank for appearing here. If they have any issues, they can take it up with her for using them to steal from people.

Any questions?

So quiet

Looks like Tabetha’s taking a new approach. She changed her name and moved to a new town. Or, according to “Emerald” she did. It’s not the first time she’s pulled the old switcheroo in the name game. When the heat got a little too intense for Mystic Press, what with the Attorney General getting sicced on her and all, she changed the name on all the accounts and, TA-DAHHH! There’s Phoenix Fire Publishing rising from the ashes. Not that Mystic Press ever really closed. She just changed the names on all the accounts. Which further suggests that the company never really existed in the first place as a legal entity. In the business world (the REAL world), when a business closes, all the accounts are settled. The business ceases to exist. All the contracts are null and void. And you can’t just keep the listings for books published under Mystic Press listed on sites like, which she did. It wasn’t until blogs like mine shed light on the fact that Mystic books were still listed with that she finally yanked them, switched the name to Phoenix Fire, and put ’em right back up, with the same ISBN number and everything. How many royalties has she raked in from those books? How much of that money have the authors seen?

Assaulting my pages with alts didn’t work, so now she’s trying another tactic. Changing her name, moving out of Waco. Posting her version of “I’m over it, I’m sweet and innocent, and look what MEANIES they are, still talking about poor li’l ole me” messages on her blogs, and hoping that people will buy it. Hoping that we’ll give up and go away. Hoping that she’ll be able to carry on under the radar for awhile until things quiet down and she can take right back up where she left off.

Sorry, hon. I don’t buy it for a second. For one thing, Tabetha Jones Henley was never little miss innocent. She steals from people. Every day that goes by is one more day that she’s still keeping money from authors, compounding interest. And using multiple addresses is nothing new to her. She’s been doing that for years, using different addresses on different contracts with authors, probably so that nobody knows where she really is to have her served.

Hell, for all we know, she could be quietly setting about even more changes than she admits. It’s been more than a year as Phoenix. Maybe it’s time for that name to change too. She changed her own name to Henley without the benefit of a registered marriage. But Texas is a common law state. If she and Eric want to be married, all they have to do is say they’re married and it’s legal. What Saying you’re married in Texas CAN’T do, though, is make that “legal” union retroactive to some past date. Those two announced their “marriage” (with Tabetha riding up the aisle on the back of her daddy’s Harley, no less) just recently, then promptly changed their statuses to read that they’ve been married since December of ’12. Those two just don’t seem to understand that reality doesn’t work that way. You can’t just SAY that the past is change and *POOF* it’s changed. Not when it comes to marriage, and not when it comes to business. They can say “I’m moving on” and wish that past victims would go away and quit bugging them, but that doesn’t happen in the real world.

I cite these as examples of their skewed view of reality. In truth, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass if Tabetha’s really married, or where she lives. All I care about is that she is a liar, a thief, and a scam artist. And no matter what she changes her name to, or where she claims to live this week or next, I’m not going to forget that. Neither are the people that she’s stolen royalties or withheld wages from.

And, by the way, I’m still waiting for your lawyer’s contact information.


This is what it says on Phoenix Fire’s “official” Facebook page, in the “about” section.
Phoenix Fire publishing/about


Where to start?

“We accept all genre’s and provide the best pr for our clients.”

First, there is no apostrophe in the word genre’s to make it plural. It only belongs there if the intent is to indicate a possessive. But such isn’t the case here. It’s a simple matter of poor punctuation.

Next, pr? Just like that? I’m sure she means Public Relations, but to just put pr in the middle of a sentence like that? Not even capped? Bad writing. Is she too lazy to write out the words “Public Relations” or does her lack of professionalism tell her that it’s okay to be so casual?

“Phoenix Fire offers the finest services of publishing, whic includes working one on one with each author.”

Whic? Really?

“…and also book you with bloggers and reviewers.”

I think it deserves note that the bloggers and reviewers TJ books her “authors” with consist of blogs owned by her own alts. It’s not a blog tour that an author is getting, no real exposure in the literary world. It’s just a few of Tabetha’s alts posting a review in what consists of little more than an incestuous circle jerk. An author is conned into thinking he or she is getting exposure, when it’s really just Tabetha’s own multiple personalities.

“We are small but have huge hearts and do what we can for our authors because it is their dreams in our hands!!!”

Any time a business resorts to sayings like “We treat you like family,” “We have huge hearts,” or ‘We make your dreams come true,” it’s because they don’t have anything truly professional to offer. These appeals to sentimentality are well and good, if you’re buying a kitten. If you’re a looking for a business that’s professional and capable of publishing a book, let’s see those credentials. Authors don’t want to dream. This isn’t Fantasy Island. They want a publisher, professional and capable.

And, three !!! marks? Really? Are we texting our bestie in Junior high about how cute the boy in third period English is? There’s no need for such an excess of punctuation, not in a professional presentation.

“Like the Phoenix rises from the ashes, we do the same for your books…”

Are we having book burning today? To state that an author’s book must rise from the ashes indicates that it’s going to crash and burn first.
But I guess that’s probably the most truthful thing on the page, because if an author, a real one, signs with Tabetha Jones – Henley  (whatever she’s calling herself this week), that’s exactly what’s going to happen to their books and their careers. They’re going to crash and burn. And to rise from the ashes, they’re going to have to part ways with Tabetha Jones and Phoenix Fire publishing. The best thing any author can do for his/her book and career is steer a very wide berth around Tabetha Jones and Phoenix fire publishing. If she can’t even write a blurb about her company, honestly, what’s she going to do with an author’s book? Seriously. Think about it.

All in all, it looks like her “finest editors” took a day off when she wrote that poorly conceived blurb.