Saturday, November 24, 2012

Your Weekly Top Charting Best Selling Books Week in Review

This week the New York Times Print and E-Book Fiction list has been shaken up by many mainstays in the publishing industry. These would be the heavy hitter authors who always end up selling hundred of thousands of books a year.

#1 and #2 is Vince Flynn with The Last Man, and the unstoppable James Patterson with Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. #3 is John Grisham with The Racketeer, last week's #1, followed by Nora Roberts. The best selling E-book list corresponds to this one.

The Secret of Ella and Micha is still going strong at #14, #7 in ebook (that .99 cent price is so appealing not to pass up).

Another self published author making waves with her erotic romance is Raine Miller. She finally makes the list not once but twice this week with All In is at #7 and #5 in ebook. Naked, the second book in the The Blackstone trilogy is #15  and #8 in ebook. These both came out this month. The covers are very appealing both at $2.99. The review have been for the most part praising, although some believe these books are riding the Fifty Shades bandwagon with a rich, alpha dominant hero who won't take the word "no" from the heroine.

Samhain Publishing superstar, Cherrie Lynn is on for a second week in a row at #19 with Leave Me Breathless, a book that's leaving  many readers breathless (it did for me!). Kate Dawes is here again at #32 with Fade Into You. She's a double hitter this week on the book list with Fade Into Me also.

Synopsis: With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She’s running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there’s always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.

Resident company womanizer, Aidan Fitzgerald, is used to always getting what he wants, especially in the bedroom. When Emma spurns his advances at the company Christmas party, he's determined to have her no matter what it takes. After Aidan learns of Emma's predicament, he is quick to offer a proposition that will benefit them both. He will father Emma's child, but she must conceive it with him naturally. Not one for hook-ups or casual sex, Emma is reluctant to take him up on his offer, but his charm, coupled with her intense desire for motherhood, wins out.

Soon their baby-making sessions become more than just physical. Aidan can't seem to walk away from her while Emma begins to wonder if Aidan could be the one. But can Aidan leave his past behind to become the man Emma needs him to be?

The best selling E-book list is always nice to many self published authors. A new self published author hits this list this week at #27. The Proposition by Katie Ashley. At .99 cents, this is a great price, and the reviews have been pretty good. I started reading this one, but ultimately gave it a DNF. It's probably totally subjective on my part, but I'm not a fan of the heroine wanting babies to the point that's all she can think about. Baby making romance books just don't do it for me as a reader.

Synopsis: Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, and even though her other roommates adore him, she wants him gone before it's too late.

Hunter himself has been been burned before, but the fact that Taylor calls him out on his crap and has the sexiest laugh ever make him decide maybe love isn't a lost cause. They make a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment--and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.

But when the man who holds the key to Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces and threatens to wreck everything, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever

Cameron Chelsea's My Favorite Mistake is at #35. This is a New Adult romance that came out at the end of September and is priced at $3.99. The reviews have been so-so, although there are many.  But like most self publish authors who sell really well, My Favorite Mistake and the second novel in the series was picked up by HQN. Expect the price to jump to at least $5.99, so I would buy this one now before it does.

Onto the USA Today best sellers...

Jeff Kinley must bathe with all the money he's made from his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. This takes over the top spot, as well as multiple Wimpy Kids book popping up on various spots on this list.

Reached, the final book in Ally Condie's Matched series is at #6. I believe Reached also hit the #2 spot for teen fiction on the New York Times.

Fifty Shades of Grey is at #9, while the other two in the trilogy are now out of the top 10.

Raine Miller's All In is at #16 and Naked is at #29. I really expect these books and the series to get picked up soon by a Big 6 (or is it now the Big 5?) soon.

Marie Force and Carina Press must be over the moon. Marie's Fatal Deception, book #5 in her Fatal series is at #90.

A few books to keep your eye on that may or may not hit the book lists...

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is a New Adult book that recently has a great deal of buzz behind it. The reviews overall have been fantastic and it's moving up the Amazon book chart very quickly. It's priced at $1.99 and the heroine's love interest isn't over the top alpha, although the heroine seems to be in a bad place emotionally from some trauma. I went ahead and bought it. Let's hope it's a winner for me.

Synopsis: Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

One Goodreads review called Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis a "darker Bridget Jones". At 357 pages, the price is right at .99 cents for this seemingly typical romance we see so often. There are 42 5 star reviews on Amazon and the Goodreads reviews have been praising.

Synopsis: Emmy thinks her boss Kyle Sterling of Sterling Corporations is a jerk.

So, she sleeps with him.

Emmy tries to put the mistake behind her, but then finds herself snowed in with Kyle. As the snow builds, so does the heat in the house between the two. The problem is that Kyle has a steady girlfriend that he is unwilling to break up with. Emmy cuts Kyle off and starts dating Luke. Even as their relationship takes off, Emmy is finding Kyle hard to shake. He is blatant in his feelings and desires for Emmy, putting her in an awkward situation. She tries hard to resist Kyle, but deep down inside Emmy's motives are shady. When Emmy succumbs to her hidden feelings for Kyle without setting Luke free, devastating consequences ensue.

In addition to her two men, Emmy daydreams about doing violent things to her loud mouthed, opinionated mother.

With some humor and sarcasm, and of course, some tequila, Emmy's world will flip upside down as she deals with the results of "accidentally on purpose" falling for two men at once.

And there you have it! Your top charting books for the week.