Saturday, October 13, 2012

Romanceapocalypse Has Begun! Sylvia Day Takes Over #1 Spot from J.K. Rowling

It's an explosive week for the New York Times best selling book chart. Sylvia Day came out with Reflected in You, the second book in her Crossfire series on 10/2. It's only available in ebook and you won't believe the numbers. The ebook alone sold 286,000 copies and pushed J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy off the #1 spot in ebook and Combine Print and Ebook!

Sylvia Day beat the iconic J.K. Rowling! What makes this so epic is that not only Reflected in You a romance (which most of the lit-fic snobs must be so bent out of shape about) but it was only released in digital and not in print! The print release will be available on October 23rd with a initial 630,000 print run!

Check out the press release Berkley sent:


Day’s Crossfire Series Now a Global Phenomenon and Top 5 Seller in Its First 10 Countries of Release

New York, NY; October 11, 2012—The digital edition of Berkley’s REFLECTED IN YOU by Sylvia Day sold an amazing 286,000 copies in the U.S. during the e-book’s first week of sales.  Following a storm of pre-release buzz, REFLECTED IN YOU held the #1 spot at every major e-book retailer during its first week, and continues to gain momentum in the days leading up to the paperback release.

Released on October 2nd, the e-book edition of REFLECTED IN YOU will debut at #1 on the New York Times e-book fiction list and the combined print and e-book fiction list on Sunday, October 21st.  REFLECTED IN YOU knocks J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy out of the #1 spot on both lists.  REFLECTED IN YOU also jumped to #1 on Amazon’s Kindle Top 100, and Day is ranked #1 on Amazon’s Most Popular Author list.  A trade paperback edition of REFLECTED IN YOU, with a first printing of 630,000 copies, will hit stores on October 23rd.

The second book in Day’s Crossfire series, REFLECTED IN YOU is the follow-up to the international bestseller BARED TO YOU.  The books have been sold in 34 territories around the world, and BARED TO YOU is a Top 5 Bestseller in all ten countries where it has been published, including the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and Brazil.

The Crossfire novels are published in English by Penguin Group imprints in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.  With the release of the trade paperback edition of REFLECTED IN YOU on October 23rd, there will be 4 million English-language copies of the Crossfire novels in print (including actual e-book sales).

I'm such a goofball, but when I read this, tears sprang to my eyes. It's the Romanceapocalypse everyone! The romance genre is taking over! Major le woots all around! Sylvia is a double hitter this week in the top ten with Bared to You at #10.

But JK shouldn't be too upset. She's holds the #2 spot (#1 in hard cover and #4 in ebook) and probably sold over 200,000 copies at least. I'm forecasting The Casual Vacancy will have sold 1 million copies in digital and print by the end of this year.

John Sandford comes in at #1 for the first week with Mad River and Dark Storm, the 23rd book in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series comes in at #9.

I see a big 6 publisher picking up M. Leighton soon. Down to You is at #12. Another book that has many mixed reviews and yet has made this list. Also she writes young adult and yet keeps her same name when writing sexy, semi erotic romance. Looks like this had become the norm that I really don't agree with. *shrugs*

Jennifer Probst doesn't seem to be a one hit wonder. The Marriage Trap, the second book in her Marriage to a Billionaire series debuts on the list at #21 and #16 in ebook.

E.L. James has had a major dip in sales, but her Fifty Shades trilogy is still in the top 10. I would say these books have peaked and will continue to see larger drops as the weeks go on.

In ebook, self publisher author Teresa Mummert is still holding strong for a second week at #31 with White Trash Beautiful.

Unto the USA Today list...

The USA Today best selling list has a bit of a shake up as well and very different from the New York Times. The #1 book there is Rick Riordans' Heroes of Olympus followed by Sylvia Day's Reflected in You.

For the first time in a very long time, The Hunger Games books aren't in the top 10.

Adorable Looking Book That Caught My Eye Based on the Cover: Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino is at #149 and was originally released in 1998 and is a perfect seasonal book to read to that special toddler in your life.

Synopsis: Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! Toddlers will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again. Dan Yaccarino's vibrant and bold illustrations bring these pumpkins to life with personality and style. Toddlers are sure to laugh out loud as these pumpkins roll out of sight!

 Other books making waves and should end up on charting at one point:

Raine Miller's Naked (The Blackstone Affair, part 1) was released at the end of August, is 115 pages and costs $2.99. This seems to be very much like Fifty Shades but the multimillionaire love interest ala Christian Grey wants to end up claiming the heroine and won't take the word "no" for an answer. The second book, All In will be released sometime this month.

Synopsis: Brynne Bennett is living the good life. An American art student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s putting her life back on track with school and lots of hard work. When ultra successful London businessman, Ethan Blackstone, buys her nude portrait, he isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. He wants Brynne in his bed and makes plans to keep her there no matter what. His dominant nature captivates and ensnares despite the demons she carries inside her. But there are secrets in this relationship. Huge ones. Can Ethan free Brynne from the past that has marked her? Will Brynne let him or will the specters tormenting her resurface to destroy them both…

The cover for Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre makes you stop and want to investigate. This was released in July, only on Amazon. It's 300 pages at $2.99 and from some of the reviews, the characters don't have too many emotional problems and the love interest hero is forty and sleeps around (so what we want in a romantic hero), the heroine is twenty years younger them him (daddy issues, anyone?) and here's a MFM menage in this one and the possibility of these two entering the swingers lifestyle. Sounds saucy! But then again the reviews for this one are all over the place.

Synopsis: Brad De Luca is incorrigible. The premier divorce attorney in town, he is a forty-year old walking hunk of sex, bedding half the town, including his own clients. Brad is used to getting whatever, and whomever, he wants, and when the newest intern arrives - Julia Campbell, a pre-law student fresh off a failed engagement - he embraces the challenge. Only, happy in her new independence, the last thing Julia wants, or needs, is an older man who could destroy her job prospects, and possibly her innocence.

Julia is confident in her sexuality, and her effect on men. But she is far out of her league. Before she knows it, Brad is stretching her boundaries and opening up a forbidden world of sensual and sexual exploration.

And there you have it! This week's chart topping books. 



Mandi said...


Go romance! :)

KB/KT Grant said...

Woot! :)

Amy J said...

M Leighton actually has been contracted with Berkley now. It is on her blog. She does have a good writing style. Down To You was great!

Also, I heard JK Rowling is going back to young adult books. I guess Casual Vacancy didn't do as well as she was hoping. That is just what I read somewhere.

KB/KT Grant said...

Amy J: For M's recent books or a new series altogether?

Amy J said...

For Down To You....Wild Ones might also be included but not sure. I know that she will be continuing the Down To You series with them plus she still gets to publish independently as well.