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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending September 9, 2007


I’ve heard alot of Democratic pundits say that when you vote for Hilary, you are getting a twofer. Certainly Bill Clinton’s popularity seems undiminished since his residency in the Oval office. His most recent book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, debuts at number 1. Despite last week being a big release week, there were very few new authors/books on the list. It’s actually kind of depressing.

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74 Seaside Avenue, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 2 (Peak 1).
Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $18.99, No. 7 (Peak 1)
Innocent in Death, J.D. Robb, (Berkley), $7.99, No. 12 (Peak 9). Paperback release of a hardcover.
Beyond Seduction, Stephanie Laurens (Avon), $7.99, No. 14 (Peak 8).
.New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (Little Brown for Young Readers), $17.99, No. 22 (Peak 10).

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $8.99, No. 16 (Peak 7).

Dark Possession, Christine Feehan (Berkley), $24.95 No. 38 (Peak 10).
Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No. 42 (Peak 5). Paperback release of hardcover.
Silver Master, $7.99, No. 47 (Peak 20).

Darkfever, Karen Marie Moning (Dell), $6.99, No. 57 (Peak 46). I did buy this in ebook form but I haven’t read it yet. Oh, so many books, so little time.
Calder Storm, Janet Dailey (Zebra), $7.99, No. 58 (debut). Who still buys this woman?
Sorceress, Lisa Jackson, No. 64 (debut). This is very surprising and shows that there might not be much cross over between romantic suspense/suspense to paranormal romance. Lisa Jackson writes RS for Kensington and is a perennial top 10 bestseller for those books.
Play Dirty, Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster), $26.95, No. 67 (Peak 8).
Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 72 (Peak 2).See! This would have been a number one had it not been for the Boy Wizard.

C.J.’s Fate, Kay Hooper (Bantam), $6.99, No. 76 (Peak 52). This is another of the Loveswept books that Bantam owns the rights to. I love that they are reissuing them, particularly in ebook format.
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 86 (Peak 36). Trade paperback release of hardcover.
Heart Of Texas Vol. 2: Caroline’s Child\Dr. Texas, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $9.99, No. 87 (Peak 54). Reissue.
Love Letters From a Duke, Elizabeth Boyle (Avon), $6.99, No. 91 (Peak 66).
The Marriage Wager, Candace Camp (HQN), $6.99, No. 92 (Peak 64).
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (MIRA), $7.99 No. 96 (Peak 10).
To Scotland, With Love, Karen Hawkins (Pocket), $6.99, No. 98 (Peak 41).

Coming Undone, Susan Andersen (HQN), $7.95, No. 102 (Peak 59). Sadly, I think I’ve outgrown Andersen.
Highlander Unmasked, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 107 (Peak 87). McCarty’s first book appeared last month and peaked at 92.
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Diana Gabaldon, No. 111 (Peak 68).
Primal Desires , Susan Sizemore (Pocket Star), $6.99, No. 115 (Peak 61).

The Dream Thief, Shana Abe (Bantam), $6.99, No. 117 (Peak 110). Paperback release of hardcover.
Die for Me, Karen Rose (Grand Central Publishing), $6.99, No. 119 (Peak 91). I think Karen Rose writes as good as Karen Robards and Sandra Brown for romantic suspense. People should be buying her more.
Dockside, Susan Wiggs (Mira) $7.99, No. 122 (Peak 14).


Out of the list:

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.
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 73 (Peak 4). This is a reprint/reissue.
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.
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).

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. Jaci Burton
    Sep 13, 2007 @ 11:27:31

    I’d have bet money we’d see Nalini on the list this time. I’m disappointed. Caressed by Ice was a great book. All 3 in her series have been awesome.

  2. Jennifer Ashley
    Sep 13, 2007 @ 13:56:11

    There were a couple of people I was surprised not to see–Nalini one of them. But making the USA Today list is often as much a product of print run and distribution as popularity. If all three work together, you have a bestseller. If one is lacking, you don’t. I keep hearing that Walmart is ordering fewer romances (I can’t confirm that), or at least fewer romances that aren’t lead titles/established names. A low order from Walmart and other chains like Target and Kmart can keep a book from hitting USA Today. Scary, no? Fortunately, it’s not making a bestseller list that determines the success of a book, it’s sell-through (percentage of the print run sold). If you hit no lists but sell 80% of your run–celebrate!

  3. sherry thomas
    Sep 13, 2007 @ 16:36:53

    According to Bookscan, Nalini’s latest was the 13th bestselling romance last week. Only big marquee names were ahead of her.

    What really surprises me when I read the bookscan numbers is that Outlander is still in the top 100, in 2 out of the 3 weeks since my subscription first started Talk about LONGEVITY.

  4. Jennifer Ashley
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 14:02:42

    Sherry: I saw the Bookscan list, which is one reason I was surprised Nalini’s book didn’t show up on USA Today. But Bookscan doesn’t report Walmart/Anderson sales. Another author is on Bookscan at #34 (up from #40), and she has spent 2 weeks on USA Today. USA Today does pick up Walmart/Anderson sales. So Anderson distribution can make a big difference. It’s just crazy! You can lose sleep over this stuff if you let yourself. :-)

    I blogged about “what makes a bestseller” and what can keep a book off the list (the tiniest mistake, outside of the author’s control). If anyone cares:

  5. sherry thomas
    Sep 14, 2007 @ 18:42:19

    Woo! Just checked. Jennifer, I share a publisher with the author you mentioned at #34. Now that’s heartening.

    Your blog entry is great.

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