Saturday, December 8, 2012

Chart Topping Books This Week and Some Book Predictions

There's a big shake up for the way the New York Times charts books. Publisher's Weekly announced on Twitter this week: "NYT splits its Children's Chapter Books bestseller list into two: Middle Grade and Young Adult; lists will now include e-book sales "

Do you know what this means? More self published authors will now pop up on the New York Times, especially those who sell their books on the cheap for .99 cents. It seems the self publishing work has exploded and is very beneficial for those authors who sell young adult, and in some cases, New Adult, depending on how adult the subject matter is and if the author decides to upload their book on Amazon and elsewhere in the Young Adult category. The Teen list started officially yesterday with the tracking this week's best sellers.

There are some new books on the Combined Fiction and E-Book list this week, with two new books in the first 2 spots. Michael Connelly's Black Box is at #1 while Jim Butcher's Cold Days is at #2. Fans of Harry Dresden fans celebrate! (I've read the first Harry Dresden book and just didn't like Harry at all, although I did love Bob, the snark skeleton head. What is it about Harry that readers love?)

Gillian Flynn is still holding strong in the top 10 with Gone Girl after 6 months and E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Gray is at #10 after 40 weeks.

Some wonderful faces in the 10 top like Kresley Cole at #11 with Shadow's Claim, #2 in mass-market, a book I had a ball reading. And self publisher author, J.A. Redmerski is #12 with Edge of Never for the first time this week on the combined list, #6 in Ebook. She's become a big seller on Amazon and I had no doubt she would be on the list again. I expect traditional publishing to come knocking on he door, if they haven't already.

New Self Published Author Alert: Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis at #35, #20 in Ebook.

This one came out in April this year and finally has charted. I guess word of mouth and the low price of .99 cents has helped. Boss is a sexy jerk, heroine has sex with him, sexy times madness ensues.

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

On the best selling ebook list, it's overrun like usually with self published authors such as Raine Miller, Katie Ashley, Kate Dawes and Jessica Sorensen. The only epublished author on the list is Samhain Publisher's Cherrie Lynn with Leave Me Breathless for 4 weeks now. Is this the longest a Samhain book has been on this list?

Onto the USA Today best seller list...

The Diary of the Wimpy Kid has taken over the USA Today list! I can't count the number of these books that are here, including holding the #1 spot. Did you know the author, Jeff Kinney has made a fortune off these books to the tune of $550 million! Check out CNN money about Jeff and his rise to fame and enough money to buy a small island somewhere.

The Fifty Shades books are now out of the top 10, with Darker and Freed in the top 30. Most of the books that ruled the summer in the top 10 have been steadily dropping.

There's really no big surprises this week here.

Now time for your favorite part of the post! My predictions for some self published books that may possibly hit one of these lists in the near future.

There's an author I've been keeping my eye on and that is going to take the contemporary romance genre by storm, at least in the self publishing world. Her name is K.A. Linde and she started writing on a site called Fiction Press that looks very much like Fan Fiction net, but with Fiction Press,  people aren't writing fan fiction. Writers will upload their own original stories like fan fiction and welcome feedback for each chapter they post. This is what K.A. Linde did for her two books she wrote over a 2 year period starting in 2010.

The Avoiding Series is about Lexi, a law student who over the course of 6 years, starting in college has a very toxic relationship with Jack who she loves desperately. Jack seems to love her but he can't commit to her and she always ends up back with him while he's in a relationship with another woman. The biggest questions are, why would Lexi do this to herself, allow Jack to treat her like this and why does she love him?

Avoiding Commitment is the first book sold of $1.99. The second book, Avoiding Responsibility is $3.99 and released at the end of November. I'm tell you now, buy these books because I believe K.A. Linde is going to be a big name next year. I just finished Avoiding Commitment and it made me rage, shake my head and feel for Lexi who can't break off from Jack, her first and only one true love.

Synopsis: Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he's ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can't believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. 

Throw in Bekah's hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.

Charade, the first book in the Game series by Nyrae Dawn is moving up the charts. This was released in October for .99 cents. I guess it's New Adult because any book with characters college age seems to be the perquisite for these types of books.

Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom's dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it's what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

There you have it! Your top charting books this week.