Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good News, Bad News

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Let's start with the good news, shall we? Sterling is currently a bestseller in Mystery/Suspense and Vampire/Werewolf on ARe. Super! It is also ranking at #66 today on Bookstrand. (Last night it was #69 which amused me). And it already has 3 ratings (2 4's and a 5 :) ). I am very pleased with my sexy gay werewolves. And I am very thrilled and thankful to readers for making them so popular so fast!

Bad news on the Uncle Ed's Lap and the Father's Keeper front. Despite my titles, both of my books are in essence love stories between two consenting (non-blood related) adults. However, they are falling dead in the culling of anything that even smells of sorta-kinda-maybe incest. So far they are gone from ARe, Bookstrand and if they are not gone from Smashwords yet, they will be soon.

Both titles (print and Kindle) are currently still available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon and I believe Fictionwise. So, if you have any interest in getting them. You might want to do it now. We do not know how far this will spread. If you believe in the right to read what you want and some of what you want to read is books like mine, I encourage you to visit The Self Publishing Revolution to learn how you can stand up for your rights.

That being said, if anything, the last few weeks have made me blog more than ever.

Have a great week :-)


Saturday, February 25, 2012

happy making news

Sterling is a best seller in Mystery/Suspense at ARe. That's a first for me. Great start to my Saturday. If only I didn't have to work. Oh well, at least I'm smiling. :-)


Friday, February 24, 2012

Release day :)

Sterling is up at Excessica, Bookstrand and some other sites. Despite the current upheaval in erotica, it seems to be going up okay at the moment. It's still being loaded, so if you do not see it on your favorite sites, that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

I've heard through the grapevine that at least for the time being you must be logged in at ARe to see erotic titles. So if you don't have an account there but want to purchase (or see) your favorite erotic authors work, you have to set up an account. Which is free and takes only a minute, so it's not an unreasonable way to handle things while all the PP backlash is being dealt with.

I do urge you to buy right from Excessica if you can. It's always best to buy right from the source when possible. It means more money out of the cover price goes to your favorite publishers and authors.

TGIF! Trust me, I am glad to see it this week. :)


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Well, the censors are at it again...

A simple Google of Paypal and erotica should tell you what is what. In the rush and excess of "pseudo incest" of the last year, some of my books are probably going to be hard to get or damn near impossible. Despite Uncle Ed's Lap and Father's Keeper very much being erotic romance works where a young woman FALLS FOR her Uncle and in the other a stepdaughter realizes she's been in love with her step father for a very long time (no blood relation/no crime/just unusual love stories), they will be culled along with some of the racier/flashier/in your face titles out there.

I"m not one to place blame, but I truly do think that instead of folks just pushing the envelope and toeing the line, they were leaping over it and beating it with a baseball bat. And this is what happens. Everything that even smells of incest, pseudo or otherwise, is going to start disappearing off your screen.

So, if you love erotica, unusual love stories and the freedom to read what you wish, please speak up. Tell your independent book sellers and ask them to find alternative payment options for 'taboo titles'. Bottom line, if everyone found an alternative way, then the big guys would have to reassess their guidelines and their 'we can do what we like because we are in charge' attitudes.

That being said, I'm going to nostalgically look at some of what's been said about two of my favorite novels. I will also urge you to buy them now if you want them, seeing as this thing is spreading like a cancer and some people are being told that BDSM titles are also a no-no.

Uncle Ed's Lap:

Claudia R., Manic Readers Reviews, 4/5 STARS

"  Wow. This story is most definitely not for the faint of heart…. [T]his story is hot enough to burn the pages, but it also shows that with death you can also have love."

Dakota, Dark Diva Reviews, 4/5 DIVAS

"[Parker Ford] writes scorching hot love scenes to compliment the somber tone of a man dealing with his wife’s death… She has given her readers a near perfect balance… Who can resist the sexy older alpha male? Those alphas are like a fine wine and only get better with age."

 Patrice F., Joyfully Reviewed

"The writing is vivid, sharp, and precise as emotions (guilt, grief, passion) are examined…Overall, Uncle Ed’s Lap kept me engaged…it’s exceptional whenever an author is willing to bring taboo subject matter to life, and do it justice."

LynnMarie, HEA Reviews, 5/5 CUPS

"Parker Ford has mastered the technique of writing sexual tension. It explodes off the pages…The sex was fully described and scorching hot! ... If you want to push the boundaries of your erotic reading experience, Uncle Ed’s Lap is an excellent place to start."

Seriously Reviewed

"The writing is smooth and titillating… Parker did a wonderful job incorporating a taboo subject with arousing sexual content with the sometimes-unexpected places a person can find love and comfort… Don’t shy away from Uncle Ed’s Lap because of the content warning or you will miss out on a wonderful story that will have you sweating with the steamy love scenes and emotionally poignant moments…"

Father's Keeper:

Editorial Reviews:
From Sheila, Two Lips Reviews
Ms. Ford lets me make my own judgment on this very emotional subject. She handles it with dignity. I know I will read her again.
From Seriously Reviewed, 17/20 SCORE!

The words flow off the page and into your mind...I loved this story. It feeds the wicked woman inside me that loves to read about relationships outside of normal. Hot, graphic sex that left me aching, characters that touched my heart and a story that will stay on the keeper shelf with Parker's other works.
From Blackraven, BlackRaven's Reviews, 4/5 RAVENS

Father's Keeper by Parker Ford has everything, passion, raw emotion, pain, anguish, longing, but most importantly love. If you haven't read one of Ms. Ford's book, you should definitely give Father's Keeper a try.
From Claudia R., Manic Readers Reviews, 4.5/5 STARS

Father's Keeper was great from front to back... finished it in one sitting. I cannot wait for another Parker Ford taboo story that pushes the boundaries of sex, passion, and of course, love.
From Thomas, Sizzling Hot Books
...a good read. I loved the way that the author built up the relationship between Jen and her step father... people who like to see a relationship bloom will like this story.