This weeks chart topping books on the New York Times should excite in many ways. There's a lot of self published authors on this list, specifically the best selling E-Book list. You have to love how Indie books and those authors are making major waves in the publishing industry and giving the Big 6 (Or is it the Big 5 now?) a run for their money.
Let's start with the NYT Combined Print and E-Book Fiction list. It looks like one of the Fifty Shades book will finally drop out of the top 10. Fifty Shades of Grey is at #5 but Darker and Freed are both hovering near the 10th spot, and Grey is out of the top 10 in ebook at #12 already. I see these books dropping even more as the end of the year approaches, opening up these slots of many new books. Perhaps some more self published authors?
Sylvia Day is at #2 with Reflected in You. It looks like releasing a book in digital first and then in print is the new way of publishing since it's so hard to find shelf place for books. Sylvia's Crossfire series is a good example of this, and bumped Fifty Shades of Grey from the #1 spot in trade, but she couldn't reach #1 which goes to John Grisham with The Racketeer.
Danielle "don't call me a romance author" Steele is still very popular with I guess isn't a romance because she denies she writes romance with Sins of the Mother at #3. I wonder what she's think about not making #2 because of a steamy romance novel?
Jessica Sorensen continues to makes major waves with The Secret of Ella and Micha (mainly because of the super cheap price of .99 cents). This is at #6 and #2 in E-book.
Karen Marie Moning makes the list again with Iced at #13, #11 in ebook. I thought this would have been in the top 5 at least since her Fever series is so popular, of what I fondly call Le Douche. (Le Douche for Barrons because my my extreme dislike for him)
Synopsis: Beauty resents being labeled Gift Species. Everyone is way too overprotective, males aren’t even allowed to speak to her and so far true freedom eludes her. Then a big, sexy Species officer mistakes her for the enemy and takes her to the ground.
Shadow is dumbfounded. He has a Gift pinned under him—a big no-no. But Beauty is fascinated and wants to know Shadow a lot better. She is full of newly discovered, unrequited passion and he’s just what she needs to satisfy her curiosity.
For Shadow, sex means pain and revulsion. For Beauty, it was enslavement and ridicule. Two lonely souls who have never known a lover’s touch, together in a cabin in the woods. Each touch, every discovery brings them closer to a life they never thought possible…beyond even their dreams.
Ellora's Cave all time best selling author Laurann Dohner (or I would assume based on the amount of time she's charted on the NYT) is at #17 with Shadow and #9 in ebook. Surprising that so many would buy this one since EC's books are priced higher than most ebooks. This one is $6.99. Having a big fan base helps I guess regardless of the prices of books.
Synposis: There’s nothing worse than living next door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place.
As long as she has plenty of hot cocoa, a pair of pliers on hand and is able to resist Connor O’Neil’s bad boy charm then Rory James should be able to make it through this project with her sanity intact. If not…..
She’d probably face a few more nights in jail, have a few more restraining orders slapped against her and lose her heart to the man that ruined her life
I knew R.L. Mattewson was going to hit the lists this week with Checkmate, her latest in her Neighbors from Hell series. She's #21 in ebook. This book was a real hoot to read about former enemies, turned frenemies turned into much more. The first love scene between the main couple was hot and emotional and hotter than hot steamy hot, and R.L.'s editing has vastly improved from her last few books. I expect her to leave the self publishing world behind because we need more authors like her who write zany and adorable contemporary romances. Checkmate came out on 10/29 and is $2.99. I hate the cover though. R.L.'s covers are horrid and really need a rehaul.
Synopsis: Olivia Rowland leaves her Midwestern life behind after graduating from college and heads off to Los Angeles to work for a Hollywood talent agent. Life in L.A. is a culture shock, but nothing compared to the jolt she gets when Max enters her life.
Max Dalton is Hollywood's youngest and brightest movie producer/director/writer. He's wealthy, successful, hot, and there's never a shortage of women throwing themselves at him, but there’s only one woman he wants, and he intends to make it happen.
As Max pursues Olivia, he finds that she presents a whole new challenge for him. When Olivia finally gives in the stage is set for a perilous, yet passionate relationship. Together they discover each other’s deepest desires, and darkest secrets.
Notable Self Published Author Mention: Kate Dawes is a double hitter this week with Fade Into You at #33 and #26 in ebook. Fade Into Me didn't hit the combined list, but is #31 in ebook. Here's another example of two books under 100 pages and at .99 cents hitting the list. I guess this is a serial romance that's become a big trend lately? Pretty sneaky on Kate's part not to combine all 3 shorts at once to make a full length story.
Unto the USA Today best sellers this week...
The top ten has a mix of non-fiction, cooking books and the typical faces like usually. Again it looks like Fifty Shades is dropping out of the top 10 soon.
Please don't laugh at me, but I have never heard or read The Elf on the Shelf. It's at #24 and the cover looks so cute! Has anyone read about the elf on the shelf? Has it become a reading tradition in your family around the holidays?
Synopsis: The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed childrens book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.
Notable Self Publish Author Mention: Devoured by Emily Snow is at #116. Released on 10/9, 165 pages and is .99 cents. The first in a series about a Fifty Shades type rock star perhaps? I wonder, does he have a red sex guitar of pain? Watch this be considered a "New Adult."
Synopsis: Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.
When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.
Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.
Jennifer L. Armentrout best known for her young adult books, hits this week at #149 with a adult release under her pen name J. Lynn with Tempting the Best Man. Entangled Publishing is the only epublisher with multiples releases on the USA Today list. I wonder what other epublishers are thinking? Probably very emo about this.
There you have it, the top charting books this week. Any books on your radar that you think will hit a book chart soon?