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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending August 5, 2007

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Lisa Jackson muscled her way past the first 6 harry potter books but couldn’t quite topple the heavy weight to gain the number one spot. Being number 2 with Almost Dead to the hottest selling author of our age? Not so bad.

New release Tuesday netted some new faces with Monica McCarty’s debut effort, Highlander Untamed, grabbing a spot at 92 and Joy Nash’s contribution to the successful Immortals series, Immortals: The Awakening (Book 3), appearing at 117. The interesting thing about the Immortals series is that all the authors of the series appeared on the USA Today list for the first time through this series. Dorchester was innovative in creating these connected books by different authors and I would love to see other houses do something like this.

Wouldn’t it be fun to read a connected series with Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Marjorie Liu from Berkley?

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $34.99, No. 1 (Peak 1).
Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 2 (debut).
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 4 (Peak 1). 95 weeks on list.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 4 (Peak 1). 289 weeks on the list.
Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No. 7 (Peak 5). Paperback release of hardcover.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 8 (Peak 1). 251 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 10 (Peak 1). 171 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $7.99, No. 11 (Peak 1). 261 weeks on the list.
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (Mira) $7.99, No. 12 (Peak 10). This is a reprint/reissue.
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 13 (Peak 4). This is a reprint/reissue.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $8.99, No. 16 (Peak 1). 263 weeks on the list.
Dockside, Susan Wiggs (Mira) $7.99, No. 20 (Peak 14). This is a “free” book at Fictionwise this week. Free in that you get a 100% rebate to spend on future purchases at Fictionwise.
Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich (HarperCollins), $7.99, No. 22 (Peak 7). Paperback release of a hardcover.
Tangled Up In You, Rachel Gibson (Avon), $6.99, No. 25 (debut).

Embraced By Darkness, Keri Arthur (Dell), $6.99, No. 33 (debut).
High Noon, Nora Roberts (Putnam), $26.95, No. 36 (Peak 2).
The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke, Jillian Hunter (Ballantine), $6.99 (debut).
Into the Storm, Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine), $7.99 (Peak 15). Paperback release of hardcover.
Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press), $27.50, No. 47 (Peak 1).

Beyond Reach, Karin Slaughter (Delacorte Press), $25.00, No. 53 (debut). Obviously, I will be watching this one with interest. As word of mouth spreads about the disappointing ending, I wonder how many will wait for the library copy or a used book store version?
Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 56 (peak 3 as a paperback release). Paperback release of hardcover
Tami Hoag, Straight from the Heart (Bantam), $6.99, No. 57 (debut).
Never Deceive a Duke, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 60 (Peak 27).
Country Brides, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 64 (Peak 5).
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn (Avon), $7.99, No. 67 (Peak 4).
The Perfect Bride (de Warenne Dynasty), Brenda Joyce (Harlequin Books), $7.99, No. 69 (Peak 42).
Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $25.95, No. 71 (Peak 19).

Twice the Temptation, Suzanne Enoch (Avon), $6.99, No. 82 (debut). Sins of a Duke, her last release, was her highest placement on the list at 40. I think its interesting that her historicals appear to sell better than her contemporaries.
Angels Fall, Nora Roberts, (Jove), $7.99, No. 84 (Peak 1 – as a hardcover release). Paperback release.
Highlander Untamed, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 92 (debut). This is very high placement for a debut author. McCarty is receiving the back to back to back release treatment so next month should be even higher.
Mercy, Julie Garwood (Pocket), $7.99, No. 100 (Peak 5 in hardcover). This release placement is really fascinating because while Mercy in hardcover spent several weeks on the USAToday list, most times, the paperback releases of a successful hardcover appear much much higher on the list. I find Garwood’s suspenses virtually unreadable.
The Pleasure Trap, Elizabeth Thornton (Bantam), $6.99, No. 102 (debut). I think Thornton is an underrated author. She has had 7 appearances on the USA Today list but has never cracked the top 50 (which is the print version).
Up Close and Personal, Fern Michaels (Kensington), $19.95, No. 105 (debut).I can’t help but wonder if it is the hardcover price of this book that made it appear so low on the list. She’s debuted much higher before.
Hidden Moon, Lori Handeland (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 106 (debut).
Sandcastles, Luanne Rice (Bantam), $7.50, No. 108 (Peak 19). Paperback release.

Immortals: The Awakening (Book 3), Joy Nash (Leisure Books), $6.99, No. 117 (debut). I think this is a Dorchester success. All three books from the Immortals series appeared on the USA Today list, the first for each author (Ashley, Popp and Nash). Ashley closes out the series with book 4 next month.
Fool Me Once, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $7.99, No. 134 (Peak 9).
Scent of Darkness, Christina Dodd, Signet, $7.99, No. 145 (Peak 25). The second in this series, Touch of Darkness, was released on Tuesday and I expect to see it in the top 25 next week. This is a good series for Dodd (and for paranormal readers).

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Out of the list:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Deluxe edition, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $65.00, No. 25 (Peak 3).
Safe Harbor, Christine Feehan (Jove), $7.99, No. 69 (Peak 3).
Last Words, Mariah Stewart (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 105 (Peak 21).
Double Take, Catherine Coulter (Putnam), $25.95 No. 121 (Peak 10).
Simon Says, Lori Foster, Berkley, $7.99, No. 131 (Peak 26).
Someone to Love, Jude Deveraux (Atria), $25.95, No. 150 (debut).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

5 Comments

  1. sherry thomas
    Aug 09, 2007 @ 19:29:08

    According to last years PW article featureing 10 fresh voices in romance (authors debuting in 2007), Monica McCarty’s print run is 250,000. Even if one gives it a 20% discount, since publishers tend to puff up the print run number when speaking to PW, that is still 200,000 books. I expected to see her on the list.

    I found the link to the article on Meljean Brook’s website, if anyone’s interested.

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  2. Melanie
    Aug 09, 2007 @ 22:59:00

    Wouldn't it be fun to read a connected series with Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Marjorie Liu from Berkley?

    What an awesome series that would be!

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  3. Laura Vivanco
    Aug 10, 2007 @ 05:40:28

    Dorchester was innovative in creating these connected books by different authors and I would love to see other houses do something like this.

    Harlequin Mills & Boon have been publishing connected books by different authors for a while. What’s different about this Dorchester set of connected books?

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  4. Jane
    Aug 10, 2007 @ 09:05:21

    The Dorchester books are connected paranormals which I view to be more difficult to craft than modern contemporaries with connected families. I think the first similar series that Harlequin did was Raintree series which I thought was a mess. As I am not a writer, perhaps the effort is the same but I view detailed world building harder to accomplish than creating a realistic contemporary setting.

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  5. Laura Vivanco
    Aug 10, 2007 @ 09:48:40

    Oh I see. I hadn’t worked out that it was the paranormal aspect that was innovative.

    I’m not sure that paranormal world-building is more difficult. It requires an initial effort, I’m sure, but once it’s set up, all the authors would be working from, one hopes, fairly detailed guidelines. I imagine that one of the problems that may arise when creating a connected series of contemporaries is that people may make assumptions about the contemporary world precisely because it is contemporary, and that may mean that they trip up over details which differ from one location/culture/social group to another.

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