Don't you love it when nature writers tirelessly research and pen articles about, say, black-footed ferrets only to find years later that their words have been lifted verbatim and used in romance paperbacks like, say, Shadow Bear? It happened.
Aside from the above link to the Newsweek.com story, the nature writer in question (Paul Tolme) also talks (rather amusingly) about "2008's sexiest plagiarism scandal" on NPR's Talk of the Nation, in which he claims that hot-and-bothered romance readers have been requesting pictures of him with his shirt off and a ferret on his shoulder. Who knew nerds would be considered dead sexy by the romance set? I guess I have something to look forward to.