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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending March 25, 2007


Last week I claimed that the only significant release to show up on list would be For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison. However, I forgot about the power of Jane Feather and her stalwart audience. Regency spies never lose their appeal, I guess, which is why the major publishers keep churning them out. Interestingly, Jane Feather was one of Simon & Schuster’s early ebook releases which goes to show that releasing an ebook ahead of a print book does not hurt sales. Her 2006 release, Almost a Lady peaked at No. 38 on the USAToday list.

The placement of A Wicked Gentleman also shows that a mid-month release can lead to making it on the list easier and higher than a release at the end of the month or the beginning of the month during the major Tuesday release dates. This week, a book could make it to No. 11 on the strength of under 10,000 books sold. Table for Two had similar bookscan numbers to the Feather release in the week ending March 04, 2007, but Nora Robert’s book was No. 28.

A Wicked Gentleman, Jane Feather (Pocket Star), $7.99, No. 11 (debut)
For a Few Demons More,Kim Harrison (Eos), $21.95, No. 14 (debut). I would guess this is a NYT Bestseller as well.

Morning Comes Softly, Debbie Macomber, Avon, $7.99, No. 16 (Peak 5).
Hey, Good Looking, Fern Michaels, Pocket, $7.99, No. 30 (Peak No. 16).

McKettrick’s Pride, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 35 (Peak 11).

Table For Two, Nora Roberts, Silhouette Special Releases, No. 54 (Peak 28).
Irish Dreams, Nora Roberts (Silh Special Releasees), $7.99, No. 57 (Peak 2).
Deadly Game, Christine Feehan, Jove, $7.99, No. 62 (Peak No. 2).

Innocent in Death, J.D.Robb, Putnam, $25.95, No. 88 (Peak 2).
Simply Love, Mary Balogh, Dell, $6.99, No. 91 (Peak 3).
Lover Revealed, J.R. Ward (Onyx), $7.99, No. 96 (Peak No. 17). This fell dramatically again.

The Island, Heather Graham, Mira, $7.99, No. 101 (Peak 45).
McKettrick’s Heart, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 102 (debut). These are westerns. And they are selling like crazy. Why don’t the publishers try to capitalize on this? Certainly the appetite for westerns are there.
See No Evil Allison Brennan, Ballantine, $6.99, No. 108 (Peak 41).
Plum Lovin’, Janet Evanovich, (St. Martin’s Press), $16.95 No. 112, (Peak 1)

Cut And Run, Carla Neggers, Mira, $7.99, No. 117 (Peak 37).
McKettrick’s Luck, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 121 (Peak 63).
A Slice Of Heaven, Sheryl Woods, Mira, $6.99, No. 126 (Peak 54).
Tempting Evil, Keri Arthur, Dell, $6.99, No. 128 (debut 29).
Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Andrea Kane (Avon), $7.99, No. 129 (Peak 92).

The Survivors, Dinah McCall (Mira), $6.99, No. 143 (Peak 61).
The Scent of Shadows, Vicki Pettersson (Eos), $6.99, No. 147 (Peak 82). I am going to read this one. Promise.

Out of the List

No Safe Place, JoAnn Ross (Pocket Books), $7.50, No. 99 (Peak 61).
And Then He Kissed Her, Laura Lee Guhrke, Avon, $6.99, No. 115 (Peak 51).
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).

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

One Comment

  1. sherry thomas
    Mar 30, 2007 @ 00:32:57

    Thanks for providing the report. I find the info fascinating.

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