Saturday, July 21, 2012

20 Weeks Running and More Self Published Authors Making Waves

20 weeks. 20 Weeks now that Fifty Shades of Grey has been #1 on the New York Times best selling Combined Print and E-Book Fiction list followed by Darker and Freed. Again, just wow.

It should be no surprise that Deborah Harkness' Shadow of Night, the sequel to her hit book A Discovery of Witches is at #4 and #1 for best selling Hardcover this week.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips must over the moon that The Great Escape is at #10.

For the first time ever since I started charting this list, a self published author has 2 of her books on this list.

Colleen Hoover's Slammed is at #15 (last week it hit the ebook list) and the sequel, Point of Retreat is at #32.

The best selling Ebook fiction list is pretty much the same except for one notable mention:

A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh is at #24 for the first week. I never heard of Courtney or the publisher of this book, Guidepost Books, but the cover and the story is perfect for the beach.

Synopsis: Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven in search of answers about her mother's history. Just before losing a battle with cancer, Suzanne Carter sent letters to childhood friends from her hometown of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's three friends -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, yet each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together as girls. Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets from the past, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored -- just as Suzanne intended.

Notable Mention #2: A new to me self published author has made this list at #34. Bedding the Billionaire is book 3 in Ruth Cardello's Legacy Collection. There's not many reviews for this book on Goodreads or Amazon, so it makes you wonder how popular this book and Ruth's series is? Perhaps reviews don't matter in the long wrong and it's just good old fashioned word of mouth? Has anyone read Ruth before? Should I give her a try?

Synopsis: Lil Dartley’s life is upside down. Her previously steadfast and predictable sister is marrying an influential billionaire and needs help planning the wedding of the century in less than a month. Years of middle class rebellion have not prepared Lil for handling billionaires or paparazzi.

Jake Walton knows a train wreck when he sees one. Lil was trouble from the first day he met her, but since her sister is marrying his best friend, he has no choice but to help her or this wedding will be in the news for all the wrong reasons. Keeping Lil safe would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t drive him crazy both in and out of the bedroom.

The most shocking thing this week on the USA Today best selling list is that The Hunger Games Trilogy is slowing being pushed out of the top 10. But not the Fifty Shades Trilogy. It holds the top 3 spots yet again. Not even James Patterson with his new release, I, Michael Bennett can push Fifty Shades off.

Notable Mention #1: Self published author, Lyla Sinclair is here for her 1st week in what seems to be naughty BDSM office boss/employee erotica. I saw this book in the #78 spot and did a double take. It's only .99 cents at Amazon and B&N, so the price makes it affordable enough for people to buy.

Good to know BDSM erotica is hit the best selling book list, right? Not the "unconventional use of office supplies" in the synopsis. O.o

Synopsis: After her employer goes out of business, Tessa Greer is so desperate for work she leaves Michigan and travels to Houston where jobs seem more available. She’s thrilled to land the “Receptionist Plus” position at Maddox Brothers Inc. Now she can continue to pay the bills for her mentally ill mother’s care facility.

But Tessa is shocked by the punishments her handsome new bosses dole out for her very minor mistakes. She’s even more shocked at how aroused she becomes when they discipline her.

The stakes seem to get higher with each round of punishments. How far will this one-upmanship between the brothers go? And with one of them, Tessa finds herself wanting him to take her farther than she’s ever gone before.

Content Warning: Not for readers offended by fantasy inappropriate office behavior. Like many Lyla Sinclair stories, this novella contains various BDSM elements, including domination, restraint, corporal punishment, anal sex as well as unconventional use of office supplies

Notable Mention #2: More former semi BDSM erotic Twilight fan fiction has made this list with the very much buzzed about, Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard at #100. Omnific is the publisher, the #1 epublisher of Twilight fan fic.

The fan fic was once called, The University of Edward Masen by Sebastien Robichaud.

Synopsis: Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, "Gabriel's Inferno" is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love.

There you have it! Great to see more self published authors are making their mark and getting noticed. 



Nancy Lee Badger also writes as Nancy Lennea said...

KT, I am so happy to see success being broadcast about these authors who, like myself, took the plunge into self-puBlishing. I still believe in 'the Big Six'& still submit manuscripts, but until they wake up, I will continue to self-pub.
Nancy Lee Badger

KB/KT Grant said...

Nancy: Isn't it great? I love looking at these lists every Friday and seeing new authors, especially Indie authors making waves and selling books.