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DA/SB Bestseller List, Week Ending May 10

Time again for the best sellers list from Dear Author and Smart Bitches for the week ending May 10, 2011. As with last week’s list, we used our affiliate links, which reward the blog owner with 6-8% of the sale price for each item sold, to compile the list.  DearAuthor uses affiliate links for Amazon alone. SBTB uses affiliate links for both All Romance eBooks and Amazon, and Harlequin when reviewing a Harlequin novel.

So here is this week’s list. It doesn’t capture every sale out there or every sale that we might inspire, but it is a data point that might provide some interest to our readers and might help in discovering new and good books.

1. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
2. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean
3. Breaking Point by Pamela Clare
4. Dead By Morning by Beverly Barton
5. Collision Course by Zoe Archer
6. According to Luke (Gospel of Love 1) by Jackie Barbosa
7. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
8. Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee
9. The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham
10. Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

So, what books did you buy this week that you loved? Were any of them on the list? (And yes, we are still trying to finalize a name for our list – I am resisting Sarah’s efforts. She named the DABWAHA tournament).

For reference, last week’s list:

1. Wilder’s Mate by Moira Rogers
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
3. The Wind and the Sea by Marsha Canham
4. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean
5. Dead By Morning by Beverly Barton
6. Collision Course by Zoe Archer
7. Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
8. According to Luke (Gospel of Love 1) by Jackie Barbosa
9. Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee
10. A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. HellyBelly
    May 15, 2011 @ 13:15:59

    I bought, read and loved “The Restorer” by Amanda Stevens.

  2. DS
    May 15, 2011 @ 13:39:57

    I ordered The Winter Sea last year but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Kearsley is a favorite so I’m sure I’ll read it sooner rather than later. Nothing else on the list really tempted me.

  3. Manga Maniac
    May 15, 2011 @ 18:05:53

    I bought Dragon Bound after reading a review here, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m tempted to purchase Captive Bride for my “on the go” read after discovering the title here, too.

  4. Caitlin
    May 15, 2011 @ 20:06:12

    I totally second The Restorer by Amanda Stevens. Though cliffhanger haters beware. I’m also getting through the Hidden Goddess by MK Hobson which is excellent! It’s a fantasy, magical western featuring a hero with a most ridiculous name that totally fits.

  5. Julie M.
    May 15, 2011 @ 22:49:39

    I bought 3 Sarah MacLean’s books this week after reading the review of “Eleven Scandals…” I bought and read “Dragon Bound”, but it was so highly recommended on so many sites that I can’t give DA sole credit. I have “Kiss of Snow” on order but I’ve been reading Nalini Singh since her debut paranormal.

    I love DA and SBTB because I’ve found so many great authors through these sites and I’ve found other great blogs thanks to discussions on these blogs. Thanks to you my tbr list is even longer. But I’m not complaining.

  6. Brussel Sprout
    May 16, 2011 @ 02:39:17

    So far this year, I’ve bought two books definitely based on DA/SB recommendations and a third that I think was recommended by youse guys. All three have been winners for me. I have also checked out a lot of Kindle Samples thanks to the reviews, and that has stopped me from buying books I know just wouldn’t work for me.

    The three great books:

    Winter Sea/Sophia’s Secret by Susanna Kearsley
    Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
    Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James – I think it was DA/SB where I read about it, but I know there was also a rave review on AAR which definitely sent me to the sample chapter.

    I’ve also bought and have stacked up War for the Oaks which I know I’ll enjoy having flicked through it on arrival from amazon.

    I have to say that getting Kindle samples is the real deal-maker/breaker for me. I guess that I’ll check out 1 in 5-6 books reviewed, and I probably buy 1 in 12-15 after downloading the sample pages. Also author excerpts, but mostly Kindle samples.

  7. HellyBelly
    May 16, 2011 @ 04:21:55

    @Brussel Sprout: I also got “War of the Oaks” after reading about it on SB. Have had a little, little peak… and it looks good! (Have three other books going that I have promised myself to finish first).

  8. Franziska
    May 16, 2011 @ 20:12:07

    I read “Territory” by Emma Bull it was mentioned in the comments at SB. A great read, it just took me a chapter to get into it, and next thing I noticed it was 2 am. Don’t start at night!

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