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USA Today Bestseller List, Week Ending April 1, 2007


Despite the April Fool’s date, the list shows no surprises. Oprah Winfrey continues to show her dominance as a purveyor of goods as The Road debuts at No. 2 and The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography climbs from 17 to No. 3 after Oprah’s dinner party for author Sidney Poitier.

The big names and reprints continue to sell with Linda Lael Miller’s McKettrick’s Heart climbing to No. 5 and Amanda Quick’s paperback release, Second Sight, debuting at No. 11. It seems that that the public’s desire for the familiar can never be fed enough. Miller’s McKettrick releases have all placed within the top five. Harlequin is offering an ebook bundle with the three McKettrick releases.

Both Feather’s A Wicked Gentleman and Quick’s release, Second Sight, show similar sales numbers. At least in late March, early April, sales of under 10,000 is sufficient to get you within the top 50 for the printed list. In fact, based on Bookscan numbers, less than 500 copies separated Samantha James’ The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell and the No. 11 spot.


McKettrick’s Heart, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 5 (Peak 5).
Second Sight, Amanda Quick (Jove), $7.99, No. 11. (debut)

The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 16 (debut)
The Alibi Man, Tami Hoag (Bantam), $26.0, No. 19 (debut).
Prior Bad Acts, Tami Hoag (Bantam), $7.99, No. 20 (Peak 8).
Fear No Evil: A Novel, Allison Brennan (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 22 (debut).
Shiver, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 25 (Peak No. 9).
A Wicked Gentleman, Jane Feather (Pocket Star), $7.99, No. 26 (Peak 11). Bookscan shows this behind Keri Arthur and Samantha James in sales numbers so I wonder whether USA Today is capturing more or less sales.

Absolute Fear, Lisa Jackson (Kensington), $19.99, No. 30 (debut).
Dangerous Games, Keri Arthur (Dell), $6.99, No. 38 (debut).
The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell, Samantha James (Avon), $6.99,No. 45 (debut).

Morning Comes Softly, Debbie Macomber, Avon, $7.99, No. 52 (Peak 5).
For a Few Demons More,Kim Harrison (Eos), $21.95, No. 53 (Peak No. 14).
Bedding the Heiress, Cathy Maxwell (Avon), $6.99, No. 59 (debut).
McKettrick’s Pride, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 60 (Peak 11).
The Dying Game, Beverly Barton (Zebra), $6.99, No. 62 (debut).
Her Only Desire: A Novel, Gaelen Foley (Ballantine), $7.99, No. 64 (debut).

Hey, Good Looking, Fern Michaels, Pocket, $7.99, No. 87 (Peak No. 16).
Feels Like Family, Sherryl Woods (Mira), $6.99, No. 91 (debut).
Be Still My Vampire Heart, Kerrelyn Sparks (Avon), $5.99, No. 93 (debut).

Beauty and the Beast, Hannah Howell (Zebra), $4.99, No. 102 (debut).
McKettrick’s Luck, Linda Lael Miller (HQN), $7.99, No. 115 (Peak 63).

The Taste of Night: The Second Sign of the Zodiac, Vicki Pettersson (EOS), $6.99, No. 124 (debut).
Irish Dreams, Nora Roberts (Silh Special Releasees), $7.99, No. 130 (Peak 2).

Definitely Dead, Charlaine Harris (Ace), $7.99, No. 134 (debut).
Deadly Game, Christine Feehan, Jove, $7.99, No. 135 (Peak No. 2).
Table For Two, Nora Roberts, Silhouette Special Releases, No. 147(Peak 28).


Out of the list

Innocent in Death, J.D.Robb, Putnam, $25.95, No. 88 (Peak 2).
Simply Love, Mary Balogh, Dell, $6.99, No. 91 (Peak 3).
Lover Revealed, J.R. Ward (Onyx), $7.99, No. 96 (Peak No. 17). This fell dramatically again.
The Island, Heather Graham, Mira, $7.99, No. 101 (Peak 45).
See No Evil Allison Brennan, Ballantine, $6.99, No. 108 (Peak 41).
Plum Lovin’, Janet Evanovich, (St. Martin’s Press), $16.95 No. 112, (Peak 1)

Cut And Run, Carla Neggers, Mira, $7.99, No. 117 (Peak 37).

A Slice Of Heaven, Sheryl Woods, Mira, $6.99, No. 126 (Peak 54).
Tempting Evil, Keri Arthur, Dell, $6.99, No. 128 (debut 29).
Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Andrea Kane (Avon), $7.99, No. 129 (Peak 92).

The Survivors, Dinah McCall (Mira), $6.99, No. 143 (Peak 61).
The Scent of Shadows, Vicki Pettersson (Eos), $6.99, No. 147 (Peak 82).

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

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