Saturday, November 17, 2012

Indie and Self Published Books Rule on the Chart Topping Books Lists This Week

The best selling books this week on the New York Times is full of crazy fun, mainly on the best selling E-book list where it has been taken over by Indie and Self Published authors. How awesome is that?

But first, to the Combined Print and E-Book Print list where La Nora, aka Nora Roberts has taken over the #1 spot with The Perfect Hope, the final book in her Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. This year have been the biggest year where romance novels have taken over the #1 spot, more so than any other genre I can think of. Wonderful, just wonderful.

The Fifty Shades trilogy is still in the top 10 followed by Reflected in You by Sylvia Day and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Jennifer Probst is definitely not a fluke. She's at #10 with The Marriage Mistake, the third book in her Marriage to the Billionaire series. The Secret of Ella and Micha drops to #11. You better buy this one now at the basement bargain price of .99 cents because Jessica has sold this book and the next two in this series to Grand Central. I can tell you right now, none of these books will be under .99 cents, probably more around the six dollar ranges. And when The Secret of Ella and Micha increases in price, I wonder if it will continue to drop from this list? It's a really good book I recommend any reader buy.

Nelson Demille is a double hitter this week at #13 and #14 respectively with The Panther and Plum Island.

The buzz about Cherrie Lynn's Leave Me Breathless and the raves is what has catapulted this book to #18. The is the first book in a very long time from Samhain Publishing that has hit the list here. Word of mouth for Leave Me Breathless has been intense and I just bought it, and whoa, whoa hotness to the max whoa. Talk about a steamy and well written contemporary romance. The hero Seth, aka Ghost is bald, tattooed and has piercings, especially in one area that will make you sigh. This is one excellent book and the sex burns up the pages. Also the story about friendship and family is very poignant, especially when it comes to Seth and his Nana who is very sick. BUY THIS BOOK NOW!

 R.L Matthewson is on for a second week with Checkmate at #26. Cora Cormack's Losing It is at #29 and has sold this book to HarperCollins. Expect the price for Losing It to rise soon, so go buy it before it does, especially if you're  fan of New Adult books that may not necessarily be New Adult even though the author labels the book New Adult because of the sensuality factor. But to be honest, I haven't read Losing It, so if anyone has, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book and if it does fit the New Adult mold.

Many of these book are also on the E-book best selling list. As I said last week, the Fifty Shades trilogy continues to drop and now the first two books in the trilogy are out of the top ten. The third, Freed is #10.

Laura Kaye is still holding strong with One Night With a Hero at #19 and Kate Dawes is a triple threat with three of her books from her series with Fade Into You at #22, Fade Into Me at #27 and Fade Into Always at #29. I expect this series to get bought for a big advance, if it hasn't already.

Onto the USA Today Best Selling Book List...

Nora Roberts is #1 here also with The Perfect Hope and the Fifty Shades Trilogy and Reflected in You with some non-fiction is in the top 10.

For some reason Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight, her follow up to the very popular and praised Daughter of Smoke and Bone is at #64 but didn't appear on the NYT's Childrens' list, but then again the NYT only posts the top 10 best selling children's books and goes no further unlike the adult best sellers. I'm assuming it has hit the NYT this week. Anyone know what spot?

Notable New Author Mention: The Devil Takes a Bride by Rachel Van Dyken is at #125. I've never heard of this author or Astraea Press, which is a non-erotic epublisher. Also it's the 4th book in House of Renwick series. But a really nice price at .99 cents for 200 pages.

Synopsis: Benedict Devlyn, Duke of Banbury, has one thing on his mind and it isn't marriage. But things take a turn for the worse when his menacing aunt throws a hitch in his plans to remain the most sinful and talked about man in the ton. After all, a man cannot keep the reputation of being The Devil Duke when he is leg-shackled to some simpering spinster.

But his aunt, bless her heart, thinks she's dying, and believes her nephew’s behavior is the only thing standing in the way between her entrance to heaven or hell. So she very lovingly and selflessly sets him up. With his childhood nemesis.

A young woman who, though she claims it was an accident, has nearly killed him thrice through her lack of grace and manners. It matters not that the minute he sets eyes on her at the Christmas ball, his blood boils with lust. He refuses to allow himself to fall prey to his aunt’s ministrations.

That is, until he is compromised and stuck in an engagement to a girl who claims she'd rather jump from a moving carriage than marry him. Funny thing that, for the very minute she says no, he finds his heart very much wants to say yes. When she doesn't leap at the chance to marry him, he sets about to not only prove that he's worthy of her favor, but also worthy of her heart.

Some buzzed books that may or may not hit one of these lists in the future:

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas has been gaining speed by word of mouth. It takes the usual Fifty Shades, erotic romance slick and rich emo alpha hero and has him sexxorin the heroine all over the place. There are very mixed reviews on this one, including the issue of poor writing and lack of editing at certain points.  Also the cover is so blah to me. A flower. Woo.

It's also very pricey, IMO for a debut self published author. 448 pages at $5.99. I would maybe pay that much for an establish authors, but a newbie self published one? No thanks.

Goodreads reviewer Mia Bella says (which made LOL) "The Hero was sexy. His task was to saunter in & have sex."

And Jane L from Dear author has a priceless reaction (again I LOL): "I don't know if I can finish. The editing is so terrible in this book: "My waist is griped and I'm lifted out of the pooling dress."  **can someone tell me what a pooling dress looks like?**

Synopsis: Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

Come Away with Me, the first book in the With Me in Seattle series is by Kristen Proby, another debut self published author. This one is more reasonably priced at $2.99, but the reviews are all over the places and not all complementary.

Goodreads reviewer, Baba has a big issue with the times the word "beautiful" is used in the story: "Come Away With Me is one of the worst books I've read this year. 46 Kindle pages refer to the term beautiful."

But then Aestes has a totally different opinion: "I still can’t believe this was a debut novel! The flow, the writing style, the feel of the story, the characters, everything just instantly hooked me from the first scene. Seriously, I read most of this book with this happy little smile on my face and my heart a-fluttering."

Synopsis: Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.

Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?

And there you have it, you're top charting books for the week!



Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Laini hit #4 on the list! :)