May 31 2007
Khaled Hosseini’s sophomore effort, A Thousand Splendid Suns, won the No. 1 position. This book is the subject of a huge promotional push but that doesn’t always guarantee placement on a list, let alone the number one position. Hosseini’s debut book, The Kite Runner, is selling briskly and at No. 11.
Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber is the highest ranked romance and this book fell from 10 last week to 20 this week. This week and next marks the release of new romance books so we should see some new blood on the list. The USA Today list is illustrative of a well known fact: genre fiction books have short sales lives.
Susannah’s Garden, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 20 (Peak No. 4 ).
Beware a Scot’s Revenge, Sabrina Jeffries (Pocket) $6.99, No. 26 (debut)
Cover of Night, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $7.99, No. 28 (Peak No. 6). Paperback release.
The Witness, Sandra Brown (Warner), $6.99, No.37 (Peak 13). Last week, the book was 45 and the week before it was 60. This book has legs.
The Wrong Hostage, Elizabeth Lowell (Avon), $7.99, No. 39 (Peak No. 11) paperback release.
Born in Death, J.D. Robb (Berkley), $7.99, No. 42 (Peak No. 5).
Don’t Look Down, Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer (St. Martin’s Press). $7.99 No. 95 (Peak 40).
The Touch of Fire, Linda Howard (Pocket), $7.99, No. 93. Hey, I didn’t know this was being re-released. I hope it is in eform. No wonder we need a site like Romantic Advances!
Gideon: The Nightwalkers, Jacquelyn Frank (Zebra), No. 116 (debut). I’m not surprised to see her on the list given that she was 10 on the Romance Bookscan list with sales of 4424 units. This is her second book and first appearance on the USA Today list. Given the size of her print run (purported to be 200,000), she’ll need to sell lots more copies but Kensington is investing major promotional dollars in this author and this series. If you recall, she sold six books to Kensington and last year’s BEA booth featured towers of the Frank’s debut book.
Raintree: Inferno, Linda Howard (Silhouette Nocturne), $5.25, No. 120 (Peak 40). The sequel sold more copies on the Romance Bookscan list, but apparently not enough to show up here.
Highland Savage, Hannah Howell (Zebra), $6.99, No. 147 (Peak 59).Still have not purchased said book
Out of the list
The Duke’s Indiscretion, Adele Ashworth (Avon), $6.99, No. 114 (Peak No. 63).
Dark Seduction, Brenda Joyce (HQN), $7.99, No. 133 (Peak 80).
Homecoming, Janet Dailey, Dinah McCall, Fern Michaels. Deborah Bedford, (HarperMonogram), $5.99, No. 141 (Peak 121).
Night Lost, Lynn Viehl (Signet), $6.99, No. 142 (Peak 48).
The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, Julia London, Pocket Star, $6.99, No. 144 (Peak 50).