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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending July 1, 2007


Janet Evanovich’s most recent Stephanie Plum story, Lean Mean Thirteen, is still number one. With the release of heavyweights like Feehan and Quinn, however, the USA Today is topped by romance authors with Feehan’s Safe Harbor at 2 and Quinn’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever at 4 and Debbie Macomber’s, Country Brides at 5.


Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press), $27.50, No. 1 (Peak 1).
Safe Harbor, Christine Feehan (Jove), $7.99, No. 3 (debut).
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn (Avon), $7.99, No. 4 (debut).
Country Brides, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 5 (debut).
Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 7 (peak 3 as a paperback release). Paperback release of hardcover
Fool Me Once, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $7.99, No. 9 (debut).
Angels Fall, Nora Roberts, (Jove), $7.99, No. 15 (Peak 1 – as a hardcover release). Paperback release.

Sandcastles, Luanne Rice (Bantam), $7.50, No. 19 (debut). Paperback release.
Last Words, Mariah Stewart (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 21 (debut).
Web of Love, Mary Balogh (Dell), $6.99, No. 23 (debut). (Reissue of out of print title).
Double Take, Catherine Coulter (Putnam), $25.95 No. 26 (Peak 10).

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 31 (debut). I found this placement to be a surprising because it didn’t even hit the top 100 on Bookscan.
Blood Red, Heather Graham (Mira), $7.99, No. 32 (debut).
The Summit, Kat Martin (Mira), $7.99, No. 44 (debut).

Hidden Agendas (Tempting Seals, Book 4), Lora Leigh (St.Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 51 (debut).
Never Lie to a Lady, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 68 (Peak 42).
Summer Pleasures: Second Nature\One Summer, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $14.95, No. 70 (Peak 31).
Code Name: Bikini (Code Name), Christina Skye (HQN), $6.99, No. 71 (debut).

Cross My Heart, Carly Phillips (HQN), $7.99, No. 79 (debut).

The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15) by Laurell K Hamilton (Berkley) $25.95, No. 80 (Peak 26).
Tempting, Susan Mallery (HQN), $6.99, No. 84 (debut).
The MacGregors: Robert & Cybil: The Winning Hand and The Perfect Neighbor, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 86 (Peak 13).

Raintree: Sanctuary, Beverly Barton (Silhouette Nocturne), $5.25, No. 106 (debut).
Night’s Touch, Amanda Ashley (Zebra), $6.99, No. 115 (debut).
Vanished, Karen Robards (Signet) $7.99, No. 119 (Peak 27). This is the paperback release of the hardcover.
Innocent as Sin, Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow), $24.95, No. 127 (Peak 41). Fell tremendously fast. I wonder with some other well known romantic suspense authors returning to the historical fold whether Lowell might try her hand at that.

The Devil Who Tamed Her, Johanna Lindsey (Pocket), $25.00, No. 134 (Peak 43).

Only For You, Hannah Howell (Zebra), $6.99, No. 145. (debut). We should take bets to see how long this Howell book stays on the list. 5?

Sleeping with Fear, Kay Hooper (Bantam), $7.50, No. 150 (Peak 9).


Out of the list:

The Man From Stone Creek, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 50 (Peak 8).
Desperate Duchesses, Eloisa James (Avon), No. 93 (Peak 27).
Last Look, Mariah Stewart (Ballantine Books), $6.99, No. 96 (Peak 28).
Abandon, Carla Neggers (Mira), $7.99, No. 111 (Peak 24).
Beware a Scot’s Revenge, Sabrina Jeffries (Pocket) $6.99, No. 120 (Peak 26).
Sins of a Duke, Suzanne Enoch (Avon), $6.99, No. 127 (Peak 40).
Lady Beware, Jo Beverley (Signet), $7.99, No. 133 (Peak 66).
Susannah’s Garden, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 137 (Peak No. 4 ).
Master of Dragons (Mageverse, Book 8 ), Angela Knight (Berkley), $7.99, No. 145 (Peak 34).

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. jaq
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 21:35:22

    You know what I find interesting about this list? No erotica, romantica and/or paranormals (with the exception of half a dozen titles for the latter). These are the books TPB *tell* us are in the greatest demand–ie best sellers. On the other hand, the majority of the romances represented here are your good ole run of the mill “dying and or dead –so the pundits say” vanilla contemporaries and historicals. Go figure.

    Yeah, i know the epubs have hard numbers and history to show that erotica/romantica/paras are their bestsellers, but maybe this is just another indication of divergence between online readership and the average reader. Stuff to ponder. Don’t mind me, I’m brain-dead and babbling. Time to hit the hay.

  2. Jackie
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 10:13:08

    The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart (St. Martin's Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 31 (debut). I found this placement to be a surprising because it didn't even hit the top 100 on Bookscan.

    For the life of me, I will never, ever understand the bestseller lists versus the actual hard sales. Actually — hang on, Bookscan does NOT include Wal-Mart, right? Maybe that’s the missing factor here…?

  3. Jane
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 10:17:58

    I don’t believe USA Today list captures Walmart sales either.

  4. Jackie
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 11:51:10

    Oh. Okay, back to me never, ever understanding the bestseller lists versus the actual hard sales.

  5. sherry thomas
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 14:21:50

    Why the bet about Hannah Howell’s book? Backstory, please.

  6. Jane
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 14:27:27

    Howell just has amazing staying power. Her last book, Highland Savage, stayed on the list for 5 weeks.

  7. LAmonkeygirl
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 18:10:56

    I’m confused. Amazon lists the Howell book as having been published in 1998. Why is it on the list now?

  8. Jane
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 19:53:37

    LAmonkeygirl – the Howell book is a reissue and I had the wrong amazon link but I’ve changed it.

  9. LAmonkeygirl
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 20:59:04

    Gotcha–thanks. But wow, not bad for a reissue. I thought only La Nora had those kinds of numbers with reissues (see almost everything in the list above).

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