Saturday, February 9, 2013

So Many Romances and Self Published Books Making Big Waves

Both the New York Times and USA Today chart book list for this week is chockful of goodies. This time around USA Today is more exciting then the NYT because of the large amount of romance and self published books that appear.

The New York Times Combined Fiction and E-Book list has some new faces. Nicholas Sparks still holds the #1 spot with Safe Haven. I wonder if this book will stay in the #1 spot after the movie is in theaters? A familiar face to romance, although she says she doesn't write romance is Danielle Steel with Until the End of Time, charting for the first time.

Gone Girl and Fifty Shades of Grey are still in the top 50 with Gail McHugh, who has come out of nowhere with her debut, Collide. Collide has moved up quite a bit at #6 in combined and #4 in ebook. Colleen Hoover's Hopeless is still in the top 10 at #8.

The very popular Debbie Macomber appears at #11 with Heartstrong, a book that came out in 1984. Avon's own Sarah MacLean is #21 with her newest release, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover.

The top 3 books in Ebook
are the same as in the Combined.

Notable Self Published Author Mention: Lexi Ryan's Text Appeal is at #28. This one came out back in June and is priced at $2.99. Richy rich good girl hooks up with smoking hot poker player. Mentions of sexting is involved with some hot results between the main couple.

On the NYT Young Adult list
, Marie Lu is doing the snoopy dance with Prodigy that is in the #2 spot, right behind John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

Onto the USA Today list...

The books I mentioned on the NYT are also on the USA Today in various spots.

Elizabeth Naughton's Wait for Me breaks the top 10 at #7 and Gail McHugh's Collide is at #10.

Notable Self Published Author Mention: K.A. Robinson's Torn is at #99. Came out in January and is priced at $3.99. Reviews are so-so, making mention of the book, Beautiful Disaster in comparison and the "same old cliched bad boy-good boy-love triangle".

New Epublished Author Mention: A.L. Jackson's Lost to You is at #139. This one came out a few weeks ago and is priced at .99 cents. Also a prequel to Jackson's Take This Regret. This is not a self published book, but published by Sapphire Star Publishing. About the main couple when they first fell in love with one another. Words like, "fast paced, "hot" and "sexy" have been used to describe this one.

One book that may chart in the future...

Beauty from Pain (Beauty #1) by Georgie Cates has been rising on the charts. Priced at $3.99 at 322 pages and released two weeks ago, this one has a very appealing cover and over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads. This one has another familiar trope with a rich, handsome love interest (but a single Australian and a winemaking magnate. Hello, hot dude who knows his wine?) who gets involved with an American musician. The reviews on Amazon are all very positive.

One Amazon review says in a very LOL way: "BEAUTY FROM PAIN is like a cross between PRETTY WOMAN, INDECENT PROPOSAL, and unicorn tap dancing on a double rainbow. Why a unicorn tap dancing on a double rainbow? Cause that would be freakin awesome right? Mix those 3 together and you have this fascinating book with all its sexy glory. And this book is scorching hot. These two are like friggin rabbits...constantly going at it. Kudos for their race horse stamina."

And Goodreads reviewer Jessica says: "I absolutely loved the female lead, Laurelyn. She was feisty and funny and sassy. There was nothing about her that drove me bananas which is odd because female leads seem to bug me. And Jack Henry. Well, he's a hot Australian that knows his wine. Pretty much enough said. There was no insta-love, no 'I love yous' right off the bat. There was getting to know each other and falling in love from that. It was great seeing the back and forth with each other. They are fantastic together."

Synopsis: Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

And there you have it! Your chart topping books for the week!