October 13, 2007
Dear Airleaf Victims,
I would like to welcome our five new members which brings our number to 83 and growing weekly. People are finding us through the Google ads which appear on the Airleaf page on Google. It's amazing how different we all are, but how similar our stories are.
I have had the opportunity to speak to four of you on the telephone this week. I think it's great when we can connect via phone just for support. If any of you would like to have a conversation with me, please let me know and I'll be happy to call you or give you my number.
Several new stories are on our website at www.AirleafVictims.com. Please check this each week so you can see new stories going up. If you would like your story on the website, just let me know. I'm also happy to advertise your website.
This week, rather than share a story about an author with you, I would like to share some information that will make you even more angry than you already are. One of the stories has become a victory for us. But allow me to start with another Airleaf tragedy.
Several months ago, most of you received this email advertising the upcoming Airleaf Carnival Cruise:
Walk the Red Carpet with Airleaf on the Carnival Sensation
For a limited time only, Airleaf has made arrangements to secure an audience with film producer Al Smith of LiteStone Entertainment. This weekend will guarantee a one-on-one meeting with you and LiteStone Entertainment offering you the opportunity to see what the film industry is looking for and if your book has what it takes to make the red carpet.
September 27-30, hear world-class speakers and attend valuable workshops promoting book sales. Schedule your time with Airleaf Executives, including Carl Lau, to discuss national exposure and enjoy benefiting from other authors’ experiences while cruising to Nassau, Bahamas.
There are only 13 cabins available as of today and due to limited availability on board the ship, they must be reserved by Friday, June 29, 2007. Get your passports ready and call Dawn directly at 1-800-342-6068 or email email@example.com.
Welcome aboard! Dawn Duncan-Rodgers Author Consultant
1-800-342-6068 Airleaf Publishing and Book Selling www.airleaf.com
About a week before the trip was to take place, people were getting calls that there might be a cancellation due to "stormy weather" and hurricane season. This seemed odd to me, so I called Carnival myself to inquire if they were planning on cancellations due to this. They informed me that cruises are never canceled, but rather "rerouted" if there are hurricanes causing problems. I remember this happened to some of my friends two years ago where they ended up going to Nova Scotia instead of the Caribbean. So, I knew there was problems on the horizon. Two couples informed me that the trip was canceled. They had already invested money in airline tickets to get to the cruise as well as paid upfront for the cruise. Now, two weeks later, the money still has not been returned to them despite promises from Airleaf. What can I say?
Please keep in mind that this trip was going to provide an audience with Al Smith, president of LiteStone Entertainment, which leads me to the next story which is a victory for innocent victims of fraud.
This issue with you started last week when Airleaf authors received thisnotice:We are proud to announce our latest movie venture! You can view the trailer for another Airleaf feature film The Touch on our website www.airleaf.com. How would you like to see your book made into a feature film? Have you envisioned your book as a movie? Our promotions department can take your work and create a film treatment that will be presented directly to decision makers in film and television. These one on one meetings have already produced over 30 options for film.The cost for this service is normally $699.00 but you can participate for only $450.00. Join us in the leap to the big screen!Dawn Duncan Author Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org 800.342.6068 AirleafPublishing and BookSelling 35 Industrial Drive Martinsville, IN 46151
After receiving a copy of this from nine different members of this group, I decided to check out the information. This is because we have all been fooled into believing that Airleaf had taken an Airleaf Author's book called "Jessie's Girl" and turned it into an upcoming movie. All of Airleaf's promotional material misleads you into believing this. I was able to find out from reliable sources that Jessie's Girl was not written by an Airleaf author; rather it was a movie trailer with a script that was given to Airleaf by Lawrence Dixon, the Vice President of Litestone Entertainment, to be turned into a book by Airleaf. In other words, Lawrence Dixon is not an Airleaf author who had his book turned into a film. He is a screen writer who went to Airleaf after this deal and asked them to turn his script into a book. To my knowledge, there is no movie "Jessie's Girl," but there is a film trailer.
After revealing this issue with you all several weeks ago, a number of you sent me out the new announcement about "The Touch," asking me to investigate the truth.I was rather shocked to find that the movie had been released as a movie in 2005, but not a book. I found the information on Google rather easily as you can do. Quite frankly, I believed that the producer, Mr. Art Ayris, was incollaboration in this Airleaf fraud, just like Jessie's Girl. On the Airleaf website, there is no mention about a book by the name "The Touch," just a film being advertised with the headline: Books to Film - The Next Great Adventure From Airleaf Publishing. Then you see a picture of "The Touch" and a trailer for the movie. I was getting very angry as I kept researching this.One of our Airleaf Victim authors contacted me to tell me he actually met the producer of the film and had a copy of it. He told me that they both had met two years ago where he, the author, obtained a copy of the film. He believed that Mr. Ayris, who owns a Christian publishing company called Kingstone Media which produces films and comic books for the Christian community, was an honest man with integrity. He felt sure Mr. Aryis was being misled or not informed about how he was being "used" by Airleaf to promotetheir high priced promotional packages of taking people's books and turningthem into Hollywood movies. Based on his high regard for Mr. Ayris, I called Mr. Ayris at his home in Florida to find out the truth.
I am so glad I had the chance to talk to Mr. Ayris about his movie because it assured me that he is NOT in collaboration with Airleaf and their criminal fraudulence. I realized that he didn't know how he was being unknowingly manipulated by Airleaf and Litestone Entertainment. He explained that Litestone Entertainment, in conjunction with Airleaf, had negotiated a deal with him to make his film into a book. Remember, the movie was released in 2005 long before Mr. Aryis ever heard of Airleaf. He was NOT an Airleaf author having his book made into a film as Airleaf alludes to.I sent him a copy the weekly emails that I have been sending out to our groupgiving him all of the examples of fraud that we have fallen prey to. I also had him view our website, as well as a summary of complaints sent to me by many of you. I also explained how being part of this Airleaf scam can leave a bad stigma on his company when our case breaks open through the police and Attorney General's office.
Today I received a response from Mr. Aryis which he said I can share with you. He wrote:
Bonnie-Thanks for taking the time to contact me yesterday.Yes, I am going to be sending a note back with the contract that I will not be doing a book with Airleaf until this case and suit are settled.Will also be sending them a letter to take The Touch off their site.Also plan to have a conversation with Mr. Smith at Litestone in regards allof this.Thanks again.Art AyrisOn behalf of our Airleaf Victims group, I would like to applaud the action of Mr. Ayris to remove himself from the fraudulent stench of Airleaf. Every time a new author logs on to Airleaf, he/she is being misled about these "books to films" ventures--much like you were when you were told "Only 12 books are going to Hollywood--and yours can be one of them."
As far as Litestone Entertainment, it is very clear that they are working with Carl Lau to mislead innocent people. As you saw on the cruise notice, Al Smith of Litestone Entertainment was going to give each of the lucky 13 authors a private meeting to hear about their books. It seems that Al Smith of Litestone turns up at a lot at Airleaf events. As our investigation into Airleaf proceeds, I will be requesting an investigation of this company who is conspiring with Airleaf to mislead Airleaf Authors into believing that their books are Hollywood bound.
That's it for this week, my friends. Keep the faith and hope. We are moving ahead nicely, and soon there will be some interesting news to report.
Love and hope to you all!