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USA Today Bestseller List, Ending August 26, 2007


The boy wizard is still defeating the needy teenage girl but she’s still hanging on to the number two spot. The new entry to the list was To Scotland, With Love by Karen Hawkins. It was a mid month release and debuted at number 41. Next week should be more interesting as August 28 was a big release day.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $34.99, No. 1 (Peak 1).
Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $18.99, No. 2 (Peak 1).
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), $8.99, No. 7 (Peak 7). Moved up from position No. 9 from last week.
New Moon, Stephenie Meyer (Little Brown for Young Readers), $17.99, No. 10 (Peak 10). Was 17 last week.
Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 12 (Peak 2).
Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No. 15 (Peak 5). Paperback release of hardcover.

Play Dirty, Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster), $26.95, No. 18 (Peak 8).
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (Mira) $7.99, No. 25 (Peak 10). This is a reprint/reissue.
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 28 (Peak 4). This is a reprint/reissue.

Dockside, Susan Wiggs (Mira) $7.99, No. 34 (Peak 14).
To Scotland, With Love, Karen Hawkins (Pocket), $6.99, No. 41 (debut).
Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich (HarperCollins), $7.99, No. 47 (Peak 7). Paperback release of a hardcover.
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 59 (Peak 36). Trade paperback release of hardcover.
Touch of Darkness, Christina Dodd (Signet), $7.99, No. 64 (Peak 17).
Tangled Up In You, Rachel Gibson (Avon), $6.99, No. 68 (Peak 25).

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.

Devil May Cry, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s Press), $19.95, No.93 (Peak 8).

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).


Out of the list:

Tanner’s Scheme, Lora Leigh (Berkley), $7.99, No. 83 (Peak 47).
Country Brides, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 84 (Peak 5).
Embraced By Darkness, Keri Arthur (Dell), $6.99, No. 85 (Peak 33).

The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke, Jillian Hunter (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 97 (Peak 42).

Never Deceive a Duke, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 122 (Peak 27).

On the Prowl, Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, Sunny ( Berkley), $7.99, No. 134 (Peak 73). I can’t say whether this is a disappointment or not. It didn’t have much staying power.
Highlander Untamed, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 139 (Peak 92). Still lingering on the bestseller list which is great for a debut author.
Mercy, Julie Garwood (Pocket), $7.99, No. 147 (Peak 5 in hardcover).
The Perfect Bride (de Warenne Dynasty), Brenda Joyce (Harlequin Books), $7.99, No. 148 (Peak 42).

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. sherry thomas
    Aug 30, 2007 @ 15:59:12

    Finally got around to buying the Bookscan numbers from RWA. No surprises that Nora has so many books in the top 100 romance list. But I was surprised that Debbie Macomber had just about as many, if not more (Didn’t sit down to do a count). Don’t think her readers hang out at romance sites and blogs I visit, cuz I hardly ever hear her name mentioned but it’s obvious she’s got a huge fan base.

    And I’m beginning to wonder just what percentage of sales Bookscan captures, cuz one big-name author’s numbers for her latest isn’t anywhere near what I’ve heard about her print run, not even if Bookscan only captures about 25% of the sales.

  2. Jackie
    Aug 30, 2007 @ 18:44:50

    I’ve heard that Bookscan captures anywhere from 40% to 70% of sales.

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