Saturday, July 14, 2012

Self Published Authors and Women Take Over the New York Times Best Sellers!

This week's charting topping books on the New York Times is chock full of goodies!

For the 19th week in the row, Fifty Shades of Grey still holds the top spot for Combined Print and E-book Fiction followed by Darker and Freed.

There's a few new faces in the top ten this week:

Bared to You by Sylvia Day is #5, Criminal by Karin Slaugher is #6, Samurai Game by Christine Feehan is #7 and Jennifer Weiner, who isn't too fond of the NY Times, made #8 with The Next Best Thing (the book she must have mentioned every 5 seconds at BEA Blogger Con). Maya Bank is at #11 with Echoes at Dawn.

How great it is that the top 9 spots are all women and the majority are romance centric books?

Now even John Grisham can unseat Fifty Shades for his 1st week at # 10 with The Litigators.

Notable Mention: A new self-published author I never heard of made the list at #22 and #13 in ebook. Her name is Colleen Hoover and the book is Slammed (Slammed #1). This is a Young Adult.

Synopsis: Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope. 

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Notable Mention #2: Can I get a big whoop for self published author, R. L. Mathewson for making the ebook list at #33 with Playing for Keeps (A Neighbor from Hell #1)! This book has been out since April 2011, and through word of mouth and the low price of .99 cents, it has gained major readership! The book is on the silly side and the hero is kind of a jerk (finally tamed by the lovable heroine) but I loved it. Overall a great romance with smoldering hot love scenes. I should give this one a re-read. A recommended read for any contemporary romance reader.

Maybe R.L. will be the next author one of the Big 6 publishers pick up?

 Only .99 cents and well worth the price! Needs a better cover though...

Synopsis: Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of. The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but that notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

This week's USA Today's top 10 has the familiar suspects and hasn't changed all that much from last week. No books really stand out for me.

Are there any books are your radar or you've read that may appear on the NY Times or USA Today Best Seller list in the future?



Pam Margolis said...

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

JenM said...

I've been thinking about picking up Slammed, but I don't read much YA, so that keeps putting me off. Tammara Webber's self-pubbed book, Easy, has been getting lots of buzz and I wouldn't be surprised if it starts making the lists. As for RL Mathewson, I love those books. They are like book crack for me. The over-the-top characters kind of remind me of Shelly Laurenston's writing.

mepamelia said...

I really enjoyed "Playing for Keeps" plus for only 99 cents?! Did you read the sequel "Perfection"? I think I liked that one even better. It continues on the whole hysterical trope that the family is banned from all you can eat buffets.

KB/KT Grant said...

Pam: My next read will be Gone Girl. I heard it's an awesome book.

Jen: Easy has some of the best reviews and buzz out of any book I've heard of this year. I'm close to buying it for my Kindle.

OMG RL's romances are off the hook funny and sexy. I was moar!

Mepamelia: Perfection was even loopier than Playing for Keeps. I found the hero of that to be a major jackass, but it has this cuteness factor to it that I liked.