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USA Today Bestseller List, Week Ending October 14, 2007


C.L. Wilson’s debut novel, Lord of the Fading Lands, is still in the top 150, albeit at the extended part of the list. The JR Ward book fell another 30+ places out of the print USA Bestseller list to number 74. The lack of sustained sales post release may be the biggest fallout from the failure to enforce a strict street date.


The Gift: Home For Christmas\All I Want For Christmas\Gabriel’s Angel, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 17 (Peak 7).
Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 20 (Peak 5).
Free Fall, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $6.99, No. 21 (Peak 8).

The Parting, Beverly Lewis, Bethany House, $13.99, No. 58 (Peak 39). This is an inspirational romance.

74 Seaside Avenue, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 65 (Peak 1).
Lover Unbound, J.R. Ward (Signet), $7.99, No. 71 (Peak 10).
The Seance, Heather Graham (Mira), $7.99, No. 75 (Peak 18).

Secrets of a Proper Lady, Victoria Alexander (Avon), $7.99, No. 80 (Peak 27).
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory (Pocket Star), $7.99, No. 94 (Peak 94). This is a paperback release of the trade paperback and hardcover. It has spent 54 weeks on the list in total but never higher than 88.

Where Angels Go, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $16.95, No. 96 (Peak 56).
Mistletoe and Molly, Janet Dailey (Zebra), $6.99, No. 104 (Peak 61).
Dark Celebration, Christine Feehan (Jove), $7.99, No. 111 (Peak 29).
No Rest for the Witches, MaryJanice Davidson, Cheyenne McCray, Christine Warren, Lori Handeland (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 113 (Peak 76).

The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 117 (Peak 36).

Mending Fences, Sherryl Woods (Mira), $6.99, No. 123 (Peak 51).
On Tall Pine Lake, Dorothy Garlock (Grand Central Publishing), $6.99, No. 125 (Peak 113).
Sealed With A Kiss, Carly Phillips (HQN), $7.99, No. 134 (Peak 81).
Dark Rival, Brenda Joyce (HQN), $7.99, No. 137 (Peak 47).
Lord of the Fading Lands, C.L. Wilson (Leisure Books), $7.99, No. 138 (Peak 127). WOOT! I loved this book so am excited to see that other people are buying it.
Lessons of Desire,Madeline Hunter (Bantam), $6.99, No. 149 (Peak 82).


Out of the list:

Forbidden, Suzanne Brockmann (Bantam), $6.99, No. 105 (Peak 74).
Highlander Unchained, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 110 (Peak 95).
The Scottish Companion, Karen Ranney (Avon), $6.99, No. 111 (Peak 111).
Innocent in Death, J.D. Robb, (Berkley), $7.99, No. 120 (Peak 9). Paperback release of a hardcover.
A Very Merry Christmas, Lori Foster, Gemma Bruce, Janice Maynard (Brava),$6.99, No. 134 (debut).
Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story, Julia London with Alina Adams (Pocket), $22.00, No. 135 (No. 56).
Ain’t Myth-behaving: Two Novellas, Katie MacAlister (Pocket Star), $6.99, No. 142 (Peak 103).

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. LAmonkeygirl
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 15:14:44

    Perhaps Lover Unbound is falling because of the extreme reactions to the book itself, rather than the sell date issue.

  2. Brenna
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 20:54:44

    I think even if the street date of Lover Unbound was strictly enforced, it would have affected only the first week’s debut position. If enforced, those who want it eagerly would still try to get their copies on the date of its actual release or at least within the first week. Then, it may have ranked higher than #10. Her diehard fans would certainly go out in droves and buy it ASAP but by the second week, the sales would then drop significantly.

    I have looked at the BDB stats on the USA Today’s list and I did see that all previous 4 books lasted either 3 to 4 weeks max. None of her books made it longer than 4 weeks.

  3. Brenna
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 21:02:37

    An add-on – LU debuted #2 in the NYT list. It dropped to #6 the second week, with Kleypas and Roberts books going up instead. In fact, of the other 5 books which all debuted on the same week, only LU dropped while the others rose.

    Jane, why don’t you do a NYT BS list weekly summary also? Authors seem to prefer quoting their NYT bestselling status more that USA Today.

  4. Jane
    Oct 18, 2007 @ 21:27:37

    I haven’t done the NYT BS list because I don’t get the Sunday Times and it used to be that the list was so late online- like over a week or so late. It didn’t seem timely. But I suppose I could. You guys can usually talk me into anything.

  5. LAmonkeygirl
    Oct 19, 2007 @ 11:03:37

    Something else that occurred to me is that books that are part of expansive series might not do well past the first few weeks. In the case of LU, it’s book six out of God knows how many, so you can’t really attract new readers to purchase it. Only those fans who’ve read the previous five (and still want to continue reading the series) would queue up to buy the sixth book, and they would do so immediately after release. Thus, a book in a hugely ongoing series might not have any “legs.”

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