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USA Today Bestseller List, Week Ending September 30, 2007


I thought, based on the numbers, that Ward would be higher than her position at No. 10. Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice, John Grisham’s Playing for Pizza and James Patterson’s Cross were the top three. Nora Roberts, The Gift: Home For Christmas\All I Want For Christmas\Gabriel’s Angel, appeared at No. 7. There aren’t any surprises in the list. Two Avon authors appeared on the list; three Pocket; four Penguin (Berkley, Jove, Signet); two Zebra; and SIX Harlequin (Mira, HQN, Silh Special releases).

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The Gift: Home For Christmas\All I Want For Christmas\Gabriel’s Angel, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 7 (debut).
Free Fall, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $6.99, No. 8 (debut).
Lover Unbound, J.R. Ward (Signet), $7.99, No. 10 (debut).

The Seance, Heather Graham (Mira), $7.99, No. 18 (debut).
Secrets of a Proper Lady, Victoria Alexander (Avon), $7.99, No. 27 (debut).
Dark Celebration, Christine Feehan (Jove), $7.99, No. 29 (debut).

74 Seaside Avenue, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 36 (Peak 1).
Dark Rival, Brenda Joyce (HQN), $7.99, No. 47 (debut).

Mending Fences, Sherryl Woods (Mira), $6.99, No. 51 (debut).
Where Angels Go, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $16.95, No. 56 (debut).

Mistletoe and Molly, Janet Dailey (Zebra), $6.99, No. 61 (debut).
Forbidden, Suzanne Brockmann (Bantam), $6.99, No. 74.

Sealed With A Kiss, Carly Phillips (HQN), $7.99, No. 81 (debut).
Lessons of Desire,Madeline Hunter (Bantam), $6.99, No. 82 (debut).

Innocent in Death, J.D. Robb, (Berkley), $7.99, No. 84 (Peak 9). Paperback release of a hardcover.
Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 86 (debut).
Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story, Julia London with Alina Adams (Pocket), $22.00, No. 87 (No. 56).
Highlander Unchained, Monica McCarty (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 95 (debut).

The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 97 (Peak 36).

Ain’t Myth-behaving: Two Novellas, Katie MacAlister (Pocket Star), $6.99, No. 103 (debut).

The Scottish Companion, Karen Ranney (Avon), $6.99, No. 111 (debut).

Moon Fever, Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore, Lori Handeland, Caridad Pineiro (Pocket), $6.99, No. 123 (debut).
Beyond Seduction, Stephanie Laurens (Avon), $7.99, No. 123 (Peak 8).
On Tall Pine Lake, Dorothy Garlock (Grand Central Publishing), $6.99, No. 128 (debut).


Out of the list:

Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No.44 (Peak 5). Paperback release of hardcover.

The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory (Touchstone), $16.00, No. 78 (Peak 36). Trade paperback release of hardcover. This moved up from No. 92 last week and has spent 17 weeks on the list.
Darkfever, Karen Marie Moning (Dell), $6.99, No. 83 (Peak 46).
Sorceress, Lisa Jackson, No. 86 (Peak 64).

Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson (Zebra), $7.99, No. 97 (Peak 2).

The Marriage Wager, Candace Camp (HQN), $6.99, No. 112 (Peak 64).
Silver Master, Jayne Ann Krentz $7.99, No. 114 (Peak 20).
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (MIRA), $7.99 No. 115 (Peak 10).
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 122 (Peak 4).
Dark Possession, Christine Feehan (Berkley), $24.95 No. 125 (Peak 10).
To Scotland, With Love, Karen Hawkins (Pocket), $6.99, No. 135 (Peak 41).
C.J.’s Fate, Kay Hooper (Bantam), $6.99, No. 139 (Peak 52).
Die for Me, Karen Rose (Grand Central Publishing), $6.99, No. 142 (Peak 91).

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. sherry thomas
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 19:35:29

    I was just looking over the romance bookscan numbers and wondering why a bunch of titles that have been out a couple of weeks suddenly had their placement drop 40-50 places. Then I realized that this was the week the October category titles came out.

    Now I have a pretty healthy respect for Harlequin’s muscle and market share.

  2. Anne H
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 19:51:18

    I was expecting LU in the top 10 list, though not necessarily in the top 3. I heard at the BDB website that it is #2 in NYT and that Ward is thanking her supporters. I did feel that she has a bigger chance there to secure a better place as that list breaks down the books by fiction/non-fiction, etc… No wonder authors would always quote their NYT bestselling status more than the USA Today. The NYT list has not yet been updated, maybe they have inside information or maybe its not the list that was referred to in Ward’s website.

    I’m surprised that Nora Roberts book, a reissue, made it above LU. I’ve seen its rankings at Amazon, and it is way, way down the 10000+ rank.

  3. Jane
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 20:11:50

    Anne – the NY Time list isn’t updated online until a week after it is in print, I think although that may have changed but in any event, the results are printed in the Sunday Book Review section. All the results, though, are done by Wednesday and I think that the editors get the call from the Book Review as to the placement of their authors.

  4. Anne H
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 20:36:28

    Thanks Jane. That explains it then.

    BTW, what about Bookscan’s list for that week. Was it similar to USA Today?

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