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.
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).
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).