Saturday, December 15, 2012

Your Top Charting Books This Week and Some Notable Self Published Mentions

There's not much movement on the New York Times Combined Print and E-Book List. It's the best sellers on the E-Book, specifically once self published book that is close to take over the top spot. But first let's look at the combined list, shall we?

Tom Clancy is no stranger to being on the list and he's done it again along with Mark Greaney. Threat Victory is at #1. Gone Girl has suddenly taken over the #2 spot. It would be nice if this book took #1 at one point because it so awesome.

James Patterson is in the top 10 (no big surprise there) with Mark Pearson. Private London is at #5. Diana Gabaldon makes an appearance at #15 with A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows.

The best selling E-Book list is filled with a lot of fun. J.A. Redmerski is on a roll with Edge of Never. It's charted at #2 and is the #1 best selling book in Fiction on Amazon. Can we say cha-ching for J.A.?

Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis is at #22 and Kate Dawes and Raine Miller are still holding strong in the top 30.

Carina Press finally has one of their authors on the list with Jaci Burton at #34 with The Best Thing.

Self Published Author Notable Mention: Another debut from a self published author with no following is at #33. Rock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine was released in mid- November and priced at .99 cents. Readers overall seem to like this rock star romance.

Synopsis: For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.

Onto the USA Today Best Selling List...

The top 10 is pretty much the same as it has been over the recent weeks. Diary of a Wimpy Kid rules the roost and Gone Girl is back in the top 10.

Edge of Never is at #20 and The Fifty Shades book continues to drop steadily.

I missed this last week. Bella Andre's Come a Little Bit Closer at #108.

This one has me dying from the funny. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano at #125. It's under $8 at Amazon. 112 pages. A great gag book for that cat lover in your life, or for yourself.

Synopsis: Cat lovers will laugh out loud at the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular minds of housecats. In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans. With titles like "Who Is That on Your Lap?," "This Is My Chair," "Kneel Before Me," "Nudge," and "Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs," the poems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche. With photos of the cat authors throughout, this whimsical volume reveals kitties at their wackiest, and most exasperating (but always lovable).

Book to keep your eye on that could possibly hit one of these lists in the future...

This Beautiful Thing (Young Love #1) by Amanda Heath. Deemed a New Adult, although the cover is racy and makes me think otherwise. This is a debut that was released in mid-November and priced at $2.99. Some are comparing this one to Crash and Beautiful Disaster.

Synopsis: Teagan Harper doesn’t have much experience with guys. Her twin brothers have made sure of that. Until one night at a college party she gives them the slip, finding herself in the arms of the most amazing guy she has ever met. Now she's on a mission to find him since she ran from his bed. And forgot to ask his name...

Declan Sage has had control over his entire life. But that is all about to change when the girl who ran out of his bed turns his life upside down. She is about to throw that control out the window. But he’s pretty sure that’s a good thing seeing as she stole his heart..

The reviews for this one are so-so with many having issues with the lack of editing which is a big no-no for mean when purchasing a book. Goodreads reviewer Akanksha states:  

"The book has SOOOO MANY grammatical and spelling errors! to instead of two, miss instead of mess. Author.. get a new editor. I read many YA, but this was like immature adult! The chick is like 18-19, but behaves like she is 13!"

And some of the reviews on Amazon agree with this assessment:
"This book was anything but "Beautiful". I am by no means a professional editor, nor did I major in English in college, but I can say with certainty that this book needs to go back for MAJOR fine tuning. It started out halfway decent, but as the book went on, the grammatical errors and the authors inability to form a cohesive sentence ruined any chance this book had of becoming good. I felt like I was reading a first draft, it was that bad."

There's your weekly top charting book mentions!