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USA Today Bestseller List, Week Ending October 21, 2007


A number of non fiction, biographies, and more “serious” books fill up the top fifteen slots with Quill Book of the Year winner, Nora Roberts, making the first romance book showing with The Gift at 20. Next week looks to be the same with no new book releases until October 30.

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. 20 (Peak 7).
Free Fall, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $6.99, No. 26 (Peak 8).
Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 31 (Peak 5).
Bloodfever, Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte), $22.00, No. 41 (debut). This is the second in her new series.

74 Seaside Avenue, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 68 (Peak 1).

The Seance, Heather Graham (Mira), $7.99, No. 80 (Peak 18).
The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory (Pocket Star), $7.99, No. 85 (Peak 94).
Secrets of a Proper Lady, Victoria Alexander (Avon), $7.99, No. 96 (Peak 27).

Lover Unbound, J.R. Ward (Signet), $7.99, No. 105 (Peak 10). This book isn’t doing worse than the predecessors according to the USAToday archives. This is the fourth week on the list for LU and it is likely to be on the list for another week with few new books released this week to supplant her. The Peak of 10 is the highest that any Ward book has appeared on the USAToday list.

Where Angels Go, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $16.95, No. 112 (Peak 56).
Mistletoe and Molly, Janet Dailey (Zebra), $6.99, No. 120 (Peak 61).
The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 136 (Peak 36).
On Tall Pine Lake, Dorothy Garlock (Grand Central Publishing), $6.99, No. 145 (Peak 113).
Mending Fences, Sherryl Woods (Mira), $6.99, No. 149 (Peak 51).


Out of the list:

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

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. Brenna
    Oct 25, 2007 @ 20:03:55

    I agree regarding Ward’s book. Barring any serious big drop, LU could indeed break Ward’s 4 weeks maximum tenure in the top 150.

  2. Joy
    Oct 25, 2007 @ 20:07:47

    I bought Lady of Light and Shadows today. Hopefully the early shelving will not affect the measured sales.

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