Saturday, May 5, 2012

Your Weekly Update on Chart Topping Best Selling Romance (and some notable mentions)

Your weekly FYI on the New Times and USA Today best selling romance for the week.

I thought I would never see the day when the master, Stephen King wasn't the #1 top selling book. He's #1 in hard cover for his first wee with, The Wind Through the Keyhole. But he probably didn't count on Fifty Shades of Grey STILL in the number 1 spot for 9 weeks in a row for Combined Print & E-Book Fiction, E-Book and Trade Fiction. Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free come in at #2 and #3 with King following the trilogy at #4.

There are many notable and familiar names on the charts this week for romance (hurrah!).

Sunrise Point by Susanne Carr for the first week comes in at #6 and Crystal Garden by Amanda Quick at #12 for her first week. Under the Harvest Moon by Lyndsay Sand is #14 for week one and Jennifer Probst is still going strong at #15 with the Marriage Bargain. It's been 4 weeks for Probst on the chart. (this is for combined fiction and ebook sales)

Rounding out the top 30 is Karen Marie Moning with Into the Dreaming (tons of bonus footage for her books. Maybe she explains why she made Barrons into such a douche) at #26 and Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins at #28.

Notable Mention: Not a romance but a book a first book in a series that has been out for a year and finally charted. It's #18 for best selling ebook. Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne. This should appeal to the fantasy readers.

Synopsis: Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

Another notable mention is Sylvia Day who is #35 on the ebook list for her self published, very much like Fifty Shades of Grey, so much so you'd think you were reading Fifty Shades, first in a trilogy just like Fifty Shades with a hero  much like Christian and a heroine like Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey (can you see where I'm going with this? Expect more books that are trying to be like Fifty Shades) with Bared to You. I ended up DNFing Bared to You because it was so much like Fifty Shades for me.

I really thought Bared to You would chart higher but it will probably gain momentum because fans of Fifty Shades are loving this book because it's eerily like Fifty Shades so much that it has me going, hmmm.

Fifty Shades of Grey is #1 for a second week in a row followed by Darker. Catching Fire is still holding on at #3.

Self publishing wonder turned traditional publishing wonder, Amanda Hocking is at #25 for her first week on the list with Ascend, the third and final book in her Trylle Trilogy.

Notable Mention: an old school Loveswept from 1988 is at #127. I used love Kay Hooper's Loveswepts. This is Unmasking Kelsey. *giggles over the description of the hero and his "unaccustomed savagery".

Synopsis: When Kelsey answered a mysterious call for help from a small southern town, he was prepared to charm or seduce Elizabeth Conner into telling him what he needed to know. But once his primitive male instinct sensed the wild spirit hidden beneath her delicate facade, he knew he would -- he must -- possess her! 

With unaccustomed savagery he swept her into a wild, hot, frantic embrace, revealing himself as he had with no other woman. Elizabeth feared letting any man know her soul, but daring to respond to Kelsey's explosive demands was a danger she just had to taste. Her quicksilver knight vowed to protect her, but as she could never catch the wind or chain the lightning, she knew her elusive lover was like a force of nature -- and not to be controlled. Though Kelsey promised that forever was too short a time for what they shared to last, Elizabeth saw the real test: until she knew how it felt to slay a dragon, she'd never be sure of his love.. 

There you have it! The latest chart toppers for this week. Have you read any of these books I've mentioned?



Ren said...

Hounded was very good. I've got the next one, Hexed, in my TBR pile :)

mepamelia said...

Yeah, even though I really enjoyed "Bared to You" it read to me like a response to FSOG. As if the author read the books and said, "no, that's not how you do this -- let me show you!". The structure, number of characters, key plot points were all really close. I would still recommend the book especially to those who couldn't get past the editing/writing problems with FSOG. Plus the heroine has a lot more agency than Ana.
I can't believe an oldschool Loveswept title made the list. I bet we'll see more as the backlists get digital!

KB/KT Grant said...

Ren: Lately I've been seeing this book everywhere.

mepamelia: I ended up DNFing after the hotel room of S&M scene. Bared to You didn't work for me on many levels, much like Fifty Shades didn't. But I seem to be in the minority.

I love LOVE old school Loveswept. I have a few on my keeper shelf.

mepamelia said...

If they are all being re-issued as ebooks now it would be great to see a list of your keeper-favorites! (hint and beg?!)
I'm sometimes leery of buying category books, but I know there are great ones out there.