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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending May 20, 2007


It was a short stay at the stop for Patterson. Rhonda Byrnes, The Secret, wrestles her number one position back from Patterson’s, The 6th Target.

It was a slow week for romance book sales. Only the really big names and Hannah Howell’s, Highland Savage, are on the list.


Susannah’s Garden, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 10 (Peak No. 4 ).

Cover of Night, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $7.99, No. 17 (Peak No. 6). Paperback release.
Born in Death, J.D. Robb (Berkley), $7.99, No. 27 (Peak No. 5).
The Witness, Sandra Brown (Warner), $6.99, No. 30 (Peak 13). Last week, the book was 45 and the week before it was 60. This book has legs.

The Wrong Hostage, Elizabeth Lowell (Avon), $7.99, No. 32 (Peak No. 11) paperback release.
Baby Proof, Emily Giffin (St. Martin’s Griffin) $13.95, No. 34. I saw this at the front of the store at my Barnes and Noble in its own little stand.

Captive of My Desires (Malory Family), Johanna Lindsey (Pocket), $7.99, No. 42 (Peak 11) paperback release
Hot Stuff, Janet Evanovich, Leanne Banks (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 50 (Peak 4).

Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer (St. Martin’s Press). $7.99 No. 55 (Peak 40). The paperback showed up on the extended NYT List. It is still selling strong though my eyebrows shot up when I received the arc to their next book and the back cover proclaimed a hardcover print run of 150,000.

Outsider, Diana Palmer (HQN), $7.99, No. 76 (Peak 21).
Don’t Scream, Wendy Corsi Staub (Zebra), $6.99, No. 79 (Peak 66).

Raintree: Inferno, Linda Howard (Silhouette Nocturne), $5.25, No. 92 (Peak 40). I saw this make it on the extended paperback NYT list.
Highland Savage, Hannah Howell (Zebra), $6.99, No. 98 (Peak 59). I vow I am buying this book this week. Maybe even today.

Wolf River, Jill Gregory, Bantam, $6.99, No. 103 (Peak No. 75).
When I Fall in Love, Lynn Kurland (Jove), $7.99, No. 112 (Peak 63).
The Duke’s Indiscretion, Adele Ashworth (Avon), $6.99, No. 114 (Peak No. 63).

All Together Dead, Charlaine Harris (Ace), $24.95, No. 116 (Peak No. 20).
Back On Blossom Street, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $24.95, No. 122 (Peak 26).

Dark Seduction, Brenda Joyce (HQN), $7.99, No. 133 (Peak 80).
Homecoming, Janet Dailey, Dinah McCall, Fern Michaels. Deborah Bedford, (HarperMonogram), $5.99, No. 141 (Peak 121).
Night Lost, Lynn Viehl (Signet), $6.99, No. 142 (Peak 48).
The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, Julia London, Pocket Star, $6.99, No. 144 (Peak 50). This was out of the list last week.


Out of the list

The Third Victim, Lisa Gardner (Bantam), $6.99, No. 29 (debut). This was 29 last week. Eek. It fell fast.
The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 132 (Peak 16).

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. Holly
    May 24, 2007 @ 10:42:49

    I bought Highland Savage a few weeks ago and haven’t read it yet. I started it numerous times but wasn’t able to get into it.

  2. sherry thomas
    May 25, 2007 @ 20:49:55

    You are right. This is a really, really short list. I think on some other weeks I’ve seen nearly three times as many romances on the list.

    Thanks again for this service, Jane. Like Karen Scott says, I love it like a fat kid loves cake.

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