Holiday Romance Takes Over Everywhere and One Direction P2P Fan Fiction Continues to Disappoint
There’s a lot of new books and movement on the charts this week, and overall great for romance. Although a heavily buzz and promoted One Direction fan fiction found on Wattpad (the author was given a big 6 figure deal) that was released 2 weeks ago is nowhere to be found (based on print sales, not even 10,000 copies were sold and only less than 500 digital copies sold on Amazon).
Romance sales are on fire this week. La Nora, the queen of romance holds the top spot for most adult fiction sales, even beating out last week’s #1 John Grisham. Blood Magick, in it’s first week has sold over 100,000 copies in both digital and print. But Grisham’s Gray Mountain has incredible sales also with close to 300,000 copies sold in only 2 weeks. Grisham’s controversial opinion about 60 year old white men who look at child porn on the internet shouldn’t be punished by the law didn’t hurt his sales in the least.
On the New York Times Combined Fiction list, Blood Magick (GO ROMANCE) is #1, followed by Gray Mountain. Gone Girl is still holding strong at #3 and spots 4 and 5 are held by new books- The Slow Regard of Silent by Patrick Rothfuss and Havana Storm by Clive and Dirk Cussler. Anne Rice returns at #6 with Prince Lestat (close to 40,000 copies sold in it’s first week. Anne is another example like Grisham who can say whatever she wants, calls reviewers bullies and supports STGRB blog and can still sell well regardless).
More romance fills the top 10 with Danielle Steel at #8 with Pegasus and Susan Mallery at #9 with Yours For Christmas.
Rounding out the top 20: Mary Balogh’s Only Enchanting, Laurann Dohner’s Smiley, Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh, Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews and Tall, Dark and Deadly 1-4 by Lisa Renee Jones all hit big this week.
On the Ebook list, the top 5 is pretty much the same as the Combined, with some books just shifting in placement. Blood Magick is #1. The only new book here is Deborah Bladon’s Ruin Part Three at #13 (keep in mind the Ruin books are all priced at .99 cents, which is a great incentive for buyers and makes it easier to chart).
Blood Magick is #1, followed by Gray Mountain. The cookbook, Make It Ahead is #3, then Gone Girl and Amy Poehler’s Yes Please is #5.
New books charting begins at #29 with Diana Palmer’s Wyoming Strong and Debbie Macomber’s A Country Christmas is #33. RaeAnne Thayne’s Snow Angel Cove is #43, Until the End by Abbi Glines is #45, By Winter’s Light by Stephanie Laurens is #60, The Hart Family box set by Ella Fox is #72, Sudden Backtrack by Kim Harrison is #76 (this is a 21 page story O.O). ‘Tis the Season by Robyn Carr is #83, Melanie Marchande’s His Secretary: Undone is #84.
Rounding out the rest: Brenda Novak’s The Heart of Christmas, Elizabeth Boyle’s The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane, The Last Hero Standing box set by Diana Love and 10 other authors, Transcendence by Shay Savage, a P2P Twilight fan fiction with Edward as a caveman is here (WTF?). Mary Burton’s Cover Your Eyes, Beverly Jenkins’ Destiny’s Captive, Cherished by Lexi Blake, The Arrangement 17 by H.M, Ward (first time this series release didn’t hit the NYT?) and Lori Wilde’s Christmas at Twilight.
TO NOTE: Anna Todd’s After, the much promoted One Direction Fan Fiction on Wattpad with an alleged billion reads for free was #107 on the USA Today last week. This week it dropped out. I guess those billions who read After in it’s fan fiction form don’t want to shell out the $8 for digital and $16 for print? I wonder what this means for books 2-4 coming in the next months? Simon and Schuster who shelled out the big $$$ must not be pleased that After didn’t hit the NYT or was even in the top 100 on the USA Today.
A book that could chart in the future…
For the Love of a Duke by Christi Caldwell is a historical romance, priced at $3.99. The review have been very positive.
Author Penny Reid loved this one: “ it gave me more feels than any book has in a very long time.”
Synopsis: After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.
With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper…
In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts.
Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.