Stephen King Takes Over And Wins This Week
Traditionally published authors wit a big fan base are having an upswing as summer arrived. Jojo Moyes loses her perch from #1 in adult fiction for Me Before You, even though this week the book has over 50,000 in print and digital sales combined. Stephen King is responsible with his new release, End of Watch with over 74,000 print sales, and probably double that in digital, making him the big winner this week. Stuart Woods and James Paterson also had big wins this week.
On the NYT Combined Fiction list, End of Watch takes the top spot, followed by Me Before You, Cross Kill, Stuart Woods’ Dishonorable Intentions, and After You (sequel to Me Before You) at #5. Other than Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas, the only new release is by romance authors, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (better known as Laura Kaye) with America’s First Daughter at #17.
Over on the Ebook list, End of Watch takes top honors, followed by Cross Kill, Me Before You, Dishonorable Intentions, and After You. Surprisingly here no new romance release have hit this week.
The top 5 here is almost identical to the NYT Combined: End of Watch, Me Before You, Cross Kill, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (pops in again in the top 10), and Dishonorable Intentions.
New romances start hitting at #19 with Billionaire Undaunted by J.S. Scott (didn’t hit the NYT, which is odd considering the placement on the USA Today). Overall a weak showing for new releases hitting.
#22- The Cowboy’s Lady by Debbie Macomber (reprint from 1990)
#38- Idol by Kristen Callihan
#83- F*cking Awkward by 24 authors. I guess an anthology?
#117- Montana Brides box set by Leeanna Morgan
#123- Wicked Burn by Rebecca Zanetti
#130- Enchanted Immortals box set by C.J. Pinard
A book you should keep your eye on…
I love, love this cover! Weightless by Kandi Steiner, 285 pages, priced at $2.99 ad categorized as New Adult and Sports Romance. Sounds like a heavy read featuring an rich, heroine with body issues who has just graduated from high school, is nursing a broken heart, and meets the hero, a trainer who will get her into shape so she can get her ex back. Complex and compelling are two words to describe this new to me author’s book.
One review: “This is the first book by Kandi Steiner I’ve read, but I can tell you right now it won’t be the last. It was so refreshing to read about a main character who wasn’t perfect, who saw her flaws and really wrestled with them. And Rhodes… Dear God, Rhodes. He was the beautiful asshole you can’t help but love. Thought-provoking, angsty and terribly sexy, Weightless is a fantastic coming of age story you don’t want to miss.”
I remember the lights.
I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.
I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.
But then everything changed.
He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.
I remember the lights.
The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.
They symbolized everything I endured that summer.
And everything I would never face again.