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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending September 2, 2007


Debbie Macomber triumphs over the wizard, the teen love triangle, and Oprah with 74 Seaside Avenue. There are alot of new entries into the list, mostly reprints but several AVON and Harlequin releases. There are no new faces and I was disappointed to not see Jo Goodman here and the low presence of Karen Rose. These are two good authors who aren’t getting the readership they deserve.

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74 Seaside Avenue, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 1 (debut).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $34.99, No. 2 (Peak 2)
Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $18.99, No. 6 (Peak 1).
Beyond Seduction, Stephanie Laurens (Avon), $7.99, No. 8 (debut).
Innocent in Death, J.D. Robb, (Berkley), $7.99, No. 9 (debut). Paperback release of a hardcover.
Dark Possession, Christine Feehan (Berkley), $24.95 No. 10 (debut).

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $8.99, No. 18 (Peak 7).
Silver Master, $7.99, No. 20 (debut).
New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (Little Brown for Young Readers), $17.99, No. 24 (Peak 10).

Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No. 34(Peak 5). Paperback release of hardcover.

Play Dirty, Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster), $26.95, No. 39 (Peak 8).
Darkfever, Karen Marie Moning (Dell), $6.99, No. 46 (debut). This is a paperback release of a hardcover. I am interested in this but I can’t recall what the reviews were for it. It’s probably an ebook so I might just pick it up.
Copycat, Erica Spindler (Mira), $7.99, No. 49 (debut). Mira is putting out a ton of suspense but I am not quite sure how much is romantic suspense and how much is just suspense.

Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 50 (Peak 2).

C.J.’s Fate, Kay Hooper (Bantam), $6.99, No. 52 (debut). This is another of the Loveswept books that Bantam owns the rights to. I love that they are reissuing them, particularly in ebook format.
Heart Of Texas Vol. 2: Caroline’s Child\Dr. Texas, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $9.99, No. 54 (debut). Reissue.
Coming Undone, Susan Andersen (HQN), $7.95, No. 59 (debut). Sadly, I think I’ve outgrown Andersen.
Primal Desires , Susan Sizemore (Pocket Star), $6.99, No. 61 (debut). I forgot she had a new book out. I might have to pop over to Simon Says and buy it. Of course, Sizemore’s romance books have never been the quality of her “Companions of the Blood” series.
The Marriage Wager, Candace Camp (HQN), $6.99, No. 64 (debut).
Love Letters From a Duke, Elizabeth Boyle (Avon), $6.99, No. 66 (debut).
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Diana Gabaldon, No. 68 (debut).
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 73 (Peak 4). This is a reprint/reissue.
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 74 (Peak 36). Trade paperback release of hardcover.

To Scotland, With Love, Karen Hawkins (Pocket), $6.99, No. 79 (Peak 41).
Dockside, Susan Wiggs (Mira) $7.99, No. 83 (Peak 14).
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (Mira) $7.99, No. 84 (Peak 10). This is a reprint/reissue.
Highlander Unmasked, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 87 (debut). McCarty’s first book appeared last month and peaked at 92.
Die for Me, Karen Rose (Grand Central Publishing), $6.99, No. 91 (debut). I think Karen Rose writes as good as Karen Robards and Sandra Brown for romantic suspense. People should be buying her more.

The Gathering (Immortals, Book 4), Jennifer Ashley (Leisure Books), $6.99, No. 109 (debut). This is the fourth in a connected series and the second appearance for Ashley on the list.
The Dream Thief, Shana Abe (Bantam), $6.99, No. 110 (debut). Paperback release of hardcover.
Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich (HarperCollins), $7.99, No. 114 (Peak 7). Paperback release of a hardcover.
Wicked Magic, Cheyenne McCray (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 115 (debut).

Tangled Up In You, Rachel Gibson (Avon), $6.99, No. 141 (Peak 25).
Touch of Darkness, Christina Dodd (Signet), $7.99, No. 142 (Peak 17).

My Immortal Highlander, Hannah Howell, Lynsay Sands (Zebra), No. 148 (debut).
Devil May Cry, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s Press), $19.95, No.149 (Peak 8).


Out of the list:

Force of Nature, Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine), $21.95, No. 69 (Peak 22).I am not sure what is happening with Brockmann’s books but I am guessing she’s lost a number of her romance readers and hasn’t made up for it from the mainstream reader.
Straight from the Heart, Tami Hoag, (Bantam), $6.99, No. 103 (Peak 57). Reissue
Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 107 (peak 3 as a paperback release). Paperback release of hardcover
High Noon, Nora Roberts (Putnam), $26.95, No. 109 (Peak 2).
Into the Storm, Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine), $7.99, No. 114 (Peak 15). Paperback release of hardcover.
Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press), $27.50, No. 150 (Peak 1).

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. jmc
    Sep 06, 2007 @ 14:28:50

    What kind of numbers did Brockmann’s last hard back have? Do you think the fall-off is a delayed result of the transition to hardback or because of the slow shift in content? (I think there’s less romance and more adventure/suspense, personally.) Or is it the fear/threat of the m/m secondary story that put off some of the romance readers who might otherwise be interested?

  2. Jane
    Sep 07, 2007 @ 15:42:19

    I don’t know what her last hardback had and I can’t say whether it was the m/m secondary story that deterred people. It could be that the people don’t really know who the characters are now that she has left the SEAL team behind.

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