Shannon Stacey

Hiding and seeking Forever Again

We just got back from the trek to our big city Borders (Concord, NH) and I am wicked, wicked annoyed.

It was annoying enough to find out they’d pulled all of the EC books out of romance and stuck them in the wasteland of Erotica. Which they’re not. But they put Forever Again there! Yes, that’s right. My traditional romance with no sexual content has been pulled from Romance and stuck in Erotica. As they say in my favorite beer commercials: BRILL-YUNT! And interestingly enough, Forever Again was the only Samhain book moved. The others all remain in the romance section, with NCP and Loose-ID and Brava and whatnot.

This annoys me for two reasons:

1—I have never, ever seen anybody in the Erotica aisle of my Borders. But one practically has to take a number to get into the romance aisle. I don’t wanna be in the Erotica aisle, thanks.

2—If a reader should happen into the Erotica aisle and should happen to choose my book, guess who’s going to be blamed when it’s not what she thought it was going to be? Me. My name’s on the cover.

And they won’t let me put it back. “Ummm…yeah…we’re working on that.” Working on what? Tanking sales and aggravating readers? Yeah, pisser job, dude.

See Shan. See Shan’s blood pressure skyrocket. See Shan’s head explode.


UPDATE: My mistake was in being a good girl and asking. Next time I’m just going to move them myself.

Still fuming. It bothers me they have so little regard for readers as to not care enough to even have a decent discussion with me about it.


13 comments to “Hiding and seeking Forever Again”

  1. Charli
      · June 11th, 2006 at 11:38 pm · Link

    My Waldenbooks has moved Ellora’s Cave out of romance and into a section of its own next to fantasy and SF. Now I’m picturing all the SFF fans getting romance cooties. :crazy:

    I can’t find the Samhain books, dunno where they put them. I know they have mine, but can I find it? Hopefully not in SFF, although The Gripping Beast would probably find a crossover audience there. Except for the romance cooties…

  2. Sharon
      · June 12th, 2006 at 12:22 am · Link

    Very interesting. I wonder if this is a widespread corporate move or just local to your bookstore. Maybe some old blue hair bought an EC book thinking traditional romance and nearly had a stroke :lmao:

  3. Nicole
      · June 12th, 2006 at 9:20 am · Link

    I was just at Waldenbooks and the EC, Samhain, NCP, Aphrodisia whatnot were all at the end of romance next to the categories taking up half the row of shelves (category had the other half).

  4. Karen
      · June 12th, 2006 at 9:22 am · Link

    I would have exloded as well.

    *hugs* and I hope they get it changed back quickly!

  5. Lauren
      · June 12th, 2006 at 5:38 pm · Link

    I was just in the Borders nearest to my house and the EC books were in the trade sized “hot” romance section, right near the cash register. I shop in the erotica section of Borders but it’s oftentimes way the heck out of the way and nothing that belongs in that section is erotic romance.


  6. Lori
      · June 12th, 2006 at 8:22 pm · Link

    That’s outrageous. In my Borders, EC has its own section right next to the trade size, which is right at the beginning of the romance section, before the A’s. Samhain and Aphrodisia, etc are all mixed in with the trade size. Go figure. :shrug:

  7. Shannon
      · June 12th, 2006 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Ours were shelved exactly like Lori’s until this most recent visit.

    Over on Angie’s blog, Sherry said in the comments:

    I noticed they had moved all the EC books to erotica section at my Borders 6 weeks ago or so.

    So, unfortunately, it’s not just my Borders. I’d love to know if this is a Borders-wide directive.

    And the conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of a backlash against the amount of very explicit sex flooding the market.


    What I do know is that even The Sisters of the Immaculate Love Scene (&#169 PBW) wouldn’t put Forever Again in the erotica aisle.

    WHY? :cry:

    Is there an assumption on the part of booksellers that any trade-sized, non-NY romance is erotic?

    I swear it makes me wanna cry. :cry:

  8. sybil
      · June 13th, 2006 at 11:09 am · Link

    oddness… I shall have to go look later today.

    LOL and will move it back if it is there as well as complain to the manager. Cuz I am nice like that. :devil:

  9. Heather Rae
      · June 13th, 2006 at 11:40 am · Link

    :rant: I haven’t seen any of our books when I’ve been to Borders–of course mine isn’t out in print yet. But it seems like Pa doesn’t have Samhain–unless they’re selling out in a snap.

  10. sybil
      · June 14th, 2006 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I must report that in San Antonio the borders still has all the romance trades two stand up shelves (five rows I think) with the books mixed by author. Oh and some hardbacks mixed in too.

    There was one copy of Forever Again. Sorry there wasn’t anyone around to pimp you to *g*. I couldn’t remember who was all in print but a quick scan I found about four copies of samhain books.

    my work here is done :diva:

  11. Shannon
      · June 14th, 2006 at 11:14 pm · Link

    :clap: and :kiss:

    I haven’t had a chance to get back to my Borders yet, but I will soon. :nod:

  12. Annmarie Mckenna
      · June 20th, 2006 at 3:11 pm · Link

    The Borders in St. Peter’s MO still has them with the Romance. All the trades are together including Ellora’s, in alphebetical order.:cheer:

  13. Leigh Ellwood
      · June 20th, 2006 at 3:55 pm · Link

    I check my Borders often. The ECs, Phaze, Samhain, NCP, Loose Id, etc are still in encap shelves in romance. I hope they don’t get moved, our erotic section is in the boonies.

    BTW, if you’re in Virginia Beach, they have my Truth or Dare shelved. Look for the $20 bill I stuck in a copy. LOL j/k

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