J.D. Robb’s Creation in Death is the top selling romance. Even though the publishers market this book as a mystery (all the publicity material I received highlighted cover quotes from male authors) and is shelved in the mystery section, Robb herself claims this as a romance. Therefore so do I.
CL Wilson’s, Lady of Light and Shadows, dropped out of her list but the book generated enough interest that her first book, Lord of the Fading Lands, crept back into the bookscan romance top 100 list.
Most importantly, though, is the appearance of Brenda Jackson’s Slow Burn on the extended list. This is the first time for Jackson. I can’t help but wonder where she is shelved and if she is not solely shelved in the AA section of the bookstore, it makes a strong argument for complete integration.
Creation in Death J.D. Robb (Putnam), $25.95, No. 5 (debut)
Wife for Hire, Janet Evanovich (Harper), $7.99, No. 12 (Peak 7).
Dead of Night, J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas (Jove), $7.99, No. 28 (Peak 13).
Upon the Midnight Clear, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $6.99, No. 34 (Peak 6). This was number 1 on the NYT List.
Santa Cruise, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark (Pocket), $7.99, No. 37 (Peak 35).
Comfort and Joy, Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Cathy Lamb, Deborah J. Wolf (Zebra), $7.99, No. 39 (Peak 27).
Christmas Wishes, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 40 (Peak 11).
The Taste of Innocence, Stephanie Laurens (Avon), $7.99, No. 46 (Peak 25). Paperback release of hardcover.
The Marriage Game, Fern Michaels (Pocket Star), $7.99, No. 51 (Peak 15).
Holy Smokes, Katie MacAlister (Signet), $7.99 No. 52 (debut).
The Gift: Home For Christmas\All I Want For Christmas\Gabriel’s Angel, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 61 (Peak 7).
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).
Truly, Madly Manhattan, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $14.95, No. 111 (Peak 41).
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).
Out of the list:
All Through the Night, Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine), $16.95, No. 66 (debut).
Lady of Light and Shadows, C.L. Wilson (Love Spell), $7.99, No. 88 (debut).
Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 95 (Peak 5).
On the Loose, Tara Janzen (Dell), $6.99, No. 96 (debut).
Cut Throat, Sharon Sala (Mira), $7.99, No. 113 (Peak 59).
Forever After, Catherine Anderson (Avon), $5.99, No. 134 (debut).
The Heir, Barbara Taylor Bradford (St.Martin’s Press), $25.95, No. 136 (debut). I’m not sure whether this is even romance.
Pandora's Daughter, Iris Johansen (St. Martin’s Press), $25.95, No. 139 (Peak 58).