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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending March 18, 2007

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It’s list day again. It surprises me how fast books fall, particularly the genre books. Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, remains at the top after 16 weeks on the list here. A Young Adult novel, It’s Not Easy Being Mean (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison (Little Brown For Young Readers), $9.99, is in the top 15 and Lisa Scottoline’s book, Daddy’s Girl, debuts at 15. The only significant release this week was Kim Harrison’s debut in hardcover, For a Few Demons More so we’ll look to see what effect that will have on next week’s list.

If there is a commonality amongst the genre fiction books on the list, minus a few exceptions, it is suspense and action. Nearly all of the books that have staying power since their debut has a suspense or action theme in its story, regardless of whether its paranormal or just us old humans.

Morning Comes Softly, Debbie Macomber, Avon, $7.99, No. 10 (Peak 5).
Hey, Good Looking, Fern Michaels, Pocket, $7.99, No. 21 (Peak No. 16).
McKettrick’s Pride, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 28 (Peak 11).

Deadly Game, Christine Feehan, Jove, $7.99, No. 33 (Peak No. 2).
Irish Dreams, Nora Roberts (Silh Special Releasees), $7.99, No. 38 (Peak 2). Sometimes I think people are buying these thinking they are new, despite the lack of the special Nora Roberts logo “First Time in Print.”
Table For Two, Nora Roberts, Silhouette Special Releases, No. 39 (Peak 28).
Lover Revealed, J.R. Ward (Onyx), $7.99, No. 43 (Peak No. 17). I am surprised this fell so quickly. My neighbor, though, doesn’t read her because of the violence in the book so I wonder if that is some of the reason for its decline. Ironically, on the Bookscan top 100 romance list, JR Ward’s previous three novels are selling at such a brisk pace that they all have appeared back on the list.

Innocent in Death, J.D.Robb, Putnam, $25.95, No. 55 (Peak 2).
Simply Love, Mary Balogh, Dell, $6.99, No. 70 (Peak 3).

See No Evil Allison Brennan, Ballantine, $6.99, No. 79 (Peak 41).
The Island, Heather Graham, Mira, $7.99, No. 87 (Peak 45).
Tempting Evil, Keri Arthur, Dell, $6.99, No. 90 (debut 29).
McKettrick’s Luck, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 93 (Peak 63).
Cut And Run, Carla Neggers, Mira, $7.99, No. 96 (Peak 37).
No Safe Place, JoAnn Ross (Pocket Books), $7.50, No. 99 (Peak 61).
Plum Lovin’, Janet Evanovich, (St. Martin’s Press), $16.95 No. 108, (Peak 1)
The Survivors, Dinah McCall (Mira), $6.99, No. 112 (Peak 61).
And Then He Kissed Her, Laura Lee Guhrke, Avon, $6.99, No. 115 (Peak 51).

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Andrea Kane (Avon), $7.99, No. 117 (Peak 92).
The Scent of Shadows, Vicki Pettersson (Eos), $6.99, No. 118 (Peak 82). This one is at the top of my TBR pile.
Final Truth, Mariah Stewart (Ballantine Books), $7.99, No. 122 (Peak 65).
The Dream-Hunter, Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99, No. 132 (Peak 3).
New Moon, Rebecca York (Berkley), $7.99, No. 136 (Peak 92)
A Dangerous Man, Candace Camp, HQN, $6.99, No. 137 (Peak 60).
Out of the List
A Slice Of Heaven, Sheryl Woods, Mira, $6.99, No. 67 (Peak 54).
Highland Warrior, Connie Mason (Leisure), $6.99, No. 100 (Peak 100).
Chosen Prey, Cheyenne McCray (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 115 (debut).
Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s), $19.95, No. 118 (debut). Despite this book being No. 14 on the NYT List pubished last Sunday, and No. 20 on the list to be published this Sunday, this book is not on the list this week. It sold about 2,000 copies less this week than last. The list is a fickle entity.
The Chronicles of the Warlands: Warlord (Book 3), Elizabeth Vaughan (Tor Paranormal Romance), $6.99, No. 126 (debut).
Secret Fantasy, Cheryl Holt (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 138 (debut).
Atlantis Rising, Atlantis Rising, Alyssa Day (Berkley), $6.99, No. 148 (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

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