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USA Today Bestseller List, Week Ending November 25, 2007


The representation of romance on the list is sparse this week. The top fifteen is full of non fiction books and male penned mysteries. There are a few Harlequin books that have appeared on the list, a week before their official release date, although those books are readily found in advance at drugstores and other retailers.

Tuesday was a big release date so the list should look differently next week.


Stars: Hidden Star\Captive Star, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 15 (debut).

Dakota Home (Dakota Series #2), Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 19 (debut).

The Widow, Carla Neggers (Mira), $7.99, No. 45 (debut). This is the paperback release of the hardcover. I liked the book.

Wife for Hire, Janet Evanovich (Harper), $7.99, No. 51 (Peak 7).
Creation in Death J.D. Robb (Putnam), $25.95, No. 52 (Peak 5).

Christmas Wishes, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 63 (Peak 11).

An Affair Before Christmas“>An Affair Before Christmas, Eloisa James (Avon), $7.99, No. 65 (Peak 44). I’m surprised she didn’t place higher. I’m pretty sure that Avon move James to a mid month release to highlight her and give her a chance to place higher on the bestseller list. She did place at No. 15 on the NYT list and I think her highest placement on that list previously was 17. However, her best placement on the USA Today list was No. 18 with Taming of the Duke.

The McKettrick Way (The McKettrick Series #9), Linda Lael Miller (Silhouette Special Edition), $4.99, No. 69 (debut).
Comfort and Joy, Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Cathy Lamb, Deborah J. Wolf (Zebra), $7.99, No. 70 (Peak 27).

Dead of Night, J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas (Jove), $7.99, No. 77 (Peak 13).
The Gift: Home For Christmas\All I Want For Christmas\Gabriel’s Angel, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 86 (Peak 7).
Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven Trilogy, Book 1), Nora Roberts (Jove), $7.99, No. 87 (debut). As the official release date of Blood Brothers was Tuesday, November 27, I would expect this to climb next week.

Upon the Midnight Clear, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 94 (Peak 6).

The Taste of Innocence, Stephanie Laurens (Avon), $7.99, No. 123 (Peak 25). Paperback release of hardcover.
Truly, Madly Manhattan, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $14.95, No. 131 (Peak 41).

Demon’s Kiss, Maggie Shayne (Mira), $7.99, No. 142 (debut).


Out of the list:

Santa Cruise, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark (Pocket), $7.99, No. 37 (Peak 35).
The Marriage Game, Fern Michaels (Pocket Star), $7.99, No. 51 (Peak 15).
Holy Smokes, Katie MacAlister (Signet), $7.99 No. 52 (debut).
Taken By Storm, Tami Hoag (Bantam), $6.99, No. 81 (No. 63).
Holidays Are Hell, Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Vicki Pettersson, Marjorie M. Liu (Harper), $7.99, No. 90 (Peak 59).
Highland Wedding, Hannah Howell (Zebra), $4.99, No. 94 (Peak 79).
Warriors of Poseidon: Atlantis Awakening, Alyssa Day (Berkley), $6.99, No. 97 (debut).
Howl at the Moon, Christine Warren (St. Martin’s Press), No. 99 (debut).
Everlasting, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (William Morrow), $24.95, No. 105 (Peak 53).
Halfway to the Grave, Jeaniene Frost (Avon), $6.99, No. 108 (Peak 73).
The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount, Julia London (Pocket), $6.99, No. 115 (Peak 42).
Texas Princess, Jodi Thomas (Berkley), $6.99, No. 117 (debut).
My Fair Mistress, Tracy Anne Warren (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 126 (Peak 92).
Slow Burn, Brenda Jackson (St. Martin’s Press), $6.99, No. 128 (debut).
Free Fall, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $6.99, No. 146 (Peak 8).
Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night, Kresley Cole (Pocket Star), $6.99, No. 148 (Peak 60).
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 150 (Peak 36).
Demon’s Kiss

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. Jill Myles
    Nov 29, 2007 @ 10:27:32

    I am surprised Eloisa James didn’t place higher. I thought the cover was lovely and the fact that it was a ‘christmas’ novel really appealed to me. Maybe people ARE getting tired of the ensemble thing. Who knows.

    I’m also surprised at how much stuff dropped out of the list. And that Katie Macalister’s new one didn’t last longer. Huh. All of those on the list are old favorites and all the newbies dropped off the list.

    So does this mean that when holiday crunch time hits, people spend their money only on the perennial authors (IE Nora) rather than give the new kids a try?

  2. Jane
    Nov 29, 2007 @ 10:42:19

    One of my bookseller friends told me that the big names, like Nora’s, sell very well during the holiday season because the gift buyers recognize those names. She would have sons and boyfriends and husbands come in and buy those because they recognized the name as one that their SO had read before.

    As for the drop offs, I didn’t do a list last week (weak from the tryptophan) so there is a greater representation.

  3. Jill Myles
    Nov 29, 2007 @ 11:38:29

    That makes a lot of sense – though I always tell my husband NOT to buy me books because to me it’s a lot like buying clothes – you don’t really know what I like/want/fits and in the end I’m just going to have to take it back. *g*

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