Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Continuing Rise of Self Published Authors on the Major Best Selling Book Lists

For the 21st week in a row, E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey still holds the #1 spot, followed by Dark and Freed on the New York Times Combined Print and Ebook list.

Not even Daniel Silva with The Fallen Angel for the first week can unseat Fifty or the other 2 books in the trilogy.

Self published author, Colleen Hoover has risen up the chart and is now at #11 with Slammed. The sequel, Point of No Return is at number 23.

Speaking of self published authors, they're taking over the chart!

R.L. Matthewson's Playing for Keeps also has gotten a bump and is at #20, as well as Lyla Sinclair with Training Tessa.

Self publishing author phenom, Bella Andre has 3 of her books on the chart this week! Go Bella!

If You Were Mine is at #29, Can't Help Falling in Love is at #31 and I Only Have Eyes for You at #32

Notable Mention: Elizabeth Haynes is a new to me author who has made the list this week at #35 with the dark sexual thriller, Into the Corner. This should interest readers who enjoy a book with a more darker element about a woman with OCD stalked by her former psycho boyfriend who may have the possibility of finding love with another man. May have a twist also... dum dum dum.

Synopsis: Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine--now Cathy--compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee's impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee's old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover's sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.

Best sellers on the Ebook list:

Let's just say the ebook list has been taken over for the most part by self published authors, which I've mentioned above. Ruth Cardello who hit the list last week is at #32 with Bedding the Billionaire and Sylvain Reynard is at #35 with her former Twilight fan fiction, Gabriel's Inferno. 

And yes, if I find out a piece of work is former fan fiction, I don't see a problem in point this out because some take exception to those who make a profit off their fan fiction. But then again this is a heated discussion from many whether it's ethical or not. Perhaps I have bitter grapes about the whole thing. *coughfiftyshadescough*. Oh well.

Other notable mentions:

Sandra Brown has made the mass market paperback list this week with her latest release, Lethal at #6. It's been such a long time since I've read her books. I'm not a big fan of mystery thrillers with romantic elements. Has anyone read or is reading Sandra's thrillers/mysteries and can recommend a few I may enjoy reading? 

Over on the best selling trade fiction list, A. N. Roquelaure aka Anne Rice is at #26 with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Plume, the published sent me this book and the other 2 in the trilogy. I've heard many, many opinions about these books and I'm not sure if I should give them a read because of the hard cover BDSM erotica and something I heard called pony play is involved. You may ask, what is pony play?

Wikipedia:  "Pony-play is sometimes referred to as "The Aristotelian Perversion," in reference to legend that Aristotle had a penchant for being ridden like a horse. Ponies (people involved in pony-play) generally divide themselves to three groups although some will participate in two or perhaps all three: Cart ponies: ponies who pull a sulky with their owner. Riding ponies: ponies who are ridden, either on all fours or on two legs, with the "rider" on the shoulders of the "pony" (also known as Shoulder riding). Note that a human back is generally not strong enough to take the weight of another adult without risk of injury, so four-legged "riding" is generally symbolic, with the "rider" taking most of their weight on their own legs. Show ponies: ponies who show off their dressage skills and often wear elaborate harnessess, plumes and so on.

There's also puppy and kitten play if you fancy reading that. O.o

The usual suspects are on the USA Today best selling list.

One Notable Mention: Another self published author, Sara Fawkes with Anything He Wants has made the list this week for the first time at #85. I find this surprisingly that a 28 page short story would hit the USA Today list. I don't feel this is right, as I mentioned before when Laurell K. Hamilton made the NY Times lists a few weeks ago with a deleted sex scene from one of her book. I don't think this is right, but that's just my opinion.

Synopsis: Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills...barely. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings: she always manages to time it so that she sees the handsome stranger every day. He's fuel for her fantasies and way out of her league, but a girl can look, right?

Everything changes however the day the handsome stranger seduces a stunned Lucy, first in the elevator then again in the parking garage after work. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will start a sensual chain of events that forever change her life. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste of the hot little temp isn't near enough to satisfy his need. 

Has anyone read any awesome books they want to recommend? 



Bitchie said...

Just a quick note, Sylvain Reynard (of Gabriel's Inferno/Rapture) is actually male, not female.

KB/KT Grant said...

Hi Bitchie: Really? I had no idea! Thanks for the clarification.

Tez Miller said...

Ooh, Karin Slaughter blurbed that Elizabeth Haynes book! Well, she was right to recommend Mo Hayder, so perhaps this'll be a good book, too :-)