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Mercedes "Mer" Lexus Jackson is leaving Atlanta and traveling home to a small Georgia town to spend the summer taking care of her mother, Miss Betty. They have a tumultuous relationship because during Mer's childhood, she witnessed her mother's unscrupulous lifestyle with anger and fear. Mercedes has lived her adult life with feelings of low self-worth and behaved as if she neither needs nor deserves a man or loving relationship. When she meets the handsome, churchgoing, and hardworking Darius, he challenges her self-destructive behavior and self-deprecating attitudes. After spending every available moment with him and sharing secrets about her family, she discovers that he has not been honest with her. His revelation confirms all of her negative feelings about men and relationships. Yet, even with the hurt and disappointment, she acknowledges her destructive behavior and vows to make changes. The summer proves to be a turning point for Mercedes--she repairs her relationship with her mother and takes real inventory of her self-worth and feelings about men and relationships. Lillian Lewis
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About the Author

Electa Rome Parks lives with her husband, Nelson, and two children. With a B.A. in marketing, she is currently working on her next novel and fulfilling her passion as a writer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; First Edition edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045121515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451215154
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,467,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After successfully self-publishing her debut novels, The Ties That Bind and Loose Ends, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, bought the rights. Electa signed a three-book deal with New American Library. All three books were immediately chosen as Black Expressions Book Club main selections and embraced as Books of the Month by book clubs across the country. Dubbed a "book club favorite," avid readers have embraced Electa's true to life characters that tackle prevalent and heavy hitting issues.

Since then Electa has become a best-selling author of several mainstream and erotic novels, Almost Doesn't Count, Ladies' Night Out, These Are My Confessions (anthology), Diary of a Stalker, True Confessions and The Stalker Chronicles(dropping 2-1-12)with Penguin Group, HarperCollins and Kensington. Electa has been a frequent guest on radio shows, has been nominated for many industry awards and has been interviewed by newspapers and several national magazines.

Electa is currently following her passion and working on her next novel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Electa Rome Parks introduces readers to the dysfunctional life of Mercedes in her third literary offering, Almost Doesn't Count. Mercedes is independent and happily living the single life. After growing up with her promiscuous mother, she decided that she was not going to allow any man to get close to her heart so she developed a sex `em and leave `em mentality toward relationships. Childhood memories and secrets that come to light when she is forced to return home to care for her ailing mother, Miss Betty, also haunt Mercedes. Miss Betty was not an ideal mother figure and paraded her lovers both men and women around Mercedes. It is because of this Mercedes has a twisted view of relationships and the male species...until she meets Darius. Darius is everything that Mercedes has shied away from in the past. He is a good church going man that is genuinely interested in all that she has to offer, but he too has secrets that if exposed threaten to ruin any possibilities of a relationship.

Almost Doesn't Count is an excellent novel that shows how deep the wounds of a dysfunctional family can cut. The author's vivid character descriptions had me feeling as if they were personal friends and on more than one occasion, I found myself scolding or laughing at their actions. The book was definitely a page-turner and had a unique twist. This book is a must read for anyone looking for an intriguing story that has elements of love, sex, familial relationships and lots of drama.

Reviewed by Latoya Carter-Qawiyy

APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori Holman on August 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a much read! Electa has woven a story like only she can. She touched on some real issues, that some are truly afraid to venture to. Every character and their situation were so very real to me.

Mercedes (the main character, who had issues to work through), Miss Betty (the mother that we can all relate to), Redman (the maintenance man in your life) and of course Mr. Darius (Mr. Right if you'll allow him to be).

Electa pulls you in from page one, and the two explosive scenes with the women (Mercedes & her best friend) fighting back were hilarious!!

Always remember that holding on to past hurt will only hinder who you are as a person. What's done in the dark will come to light! Always tell your children what they mean to you and show it before its too late!! And finally, Almost Doesn't Count!!

Keep up the good work Electa!! - Your #1 fan forever!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Covington on August 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Electa Rome Parks delightfully and gracefully enters the realm of "third repeat offenders" ready to take over the summer wave of fresh new literature with a stellar third novel release. Her crime, writing chart- topping best sellers one after the other. Electa's latest, Almost Doesn't Count," with an easily eye- catching and memorable title reminiscent of song sensation, Brandy's top similar entitled hit single on her prior album, provides a refreshing twist to chic-lit, blinged out, ghetto and urban gangster books on the market that readers love too, but there is just something about ELECTA! The author of books like hit selling titles, "The Ties That Bind" and "Loose Ends," returns with another one.

"Almost Doesn't Count" by Electa Parks takes place in the heart of Georgia and focuses on a young lady named Mercedes whose come to visit her mama, Miss. Betty, post surgery, and decides to restore nuances with past fling, Redman, who is rather brash and insensitive, but makes Mercedes feel comfortable around her just like a good old piece of furniture. I was reminded of the embracing moments of the Inkwell featuring Jada Pinkett. "Almost Doesn't Count" is on from page one.

Along comes Darius who is ready to sweep her feet off the ground and cross boundaries Mercedes has never experienced. She's reluctant when it comes to experiencing new love. Underlying memories of a painful childhood come back to haunt Mercedes, plus heavily heated tension with Miss. Betty who is always putting her down. She copes by conversing with her closest friends on occasion who is experiencing some high-rolling drama in her own relationship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJCS Mom VINE VOICE on August 16, 2005
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Electa Rome Parks has been a favorite of mine since reading "The Ties that Bind and Loose Ends". Her latest release "Almost Doesn't Count" does not disappoint. It grabs your attention from the first page, what I love about Ms. Parks's books is the way that she addresses issues that affect "real" people. Issues that people otherwise don't like to talk about.

Mercedes is a woman who knows what she wants and who she is. But under that tough exterior is a woman with a painful secret. After her mother has surgery, she returns home to take care of her......the mother with whom, she has a strained relationship and who she calls "Miss Betty", not Mama. Back home to the place that she couldn't wait to get away from, the place that is full of bad and painful memories. While at the store one day, she meets "Darius", the man who makes her break all rules, let down her defense, and and think about taking a chance on love until the day all of his secrets come falling out of the closet. However, Mercedes learns that in order to prepare for the future, you must confront and let go of the past.

Almost Doesn't Count is a riveting look at one woman's journey to escape her past and embrace the future and the love of a good man. It will make you laugh, cry, and you find yourself rooting for Mercedes as she begins to find her way. Ms. Parks has done it again! As this book will have you thinking LONG after you put it down. I give it 5 stars! Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks
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