Danielle Steel and Veronica Roth Rise to the Top, But Not Karen Marie Moning

Jan 28, 2017 by

Danielle Steel and Veronica Roth Rise to the Top, But Not Karen Marie Moning

With the New York Times cutting some of their best seller lists (click here for details), I will continue to report best selling adult fiction from Publishers Weekly, and go back to the USA Today list, including those books doing well at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords.



Danielle Steel continues to do well with The Apartment, with over 25,000 in sales. Veronica Roth’s newest release, Carve the Mark, sold 19,500 in print for it’s first week, which is a respectable number. But Karen Marie Moning, and her publisher must be disappointed that her latest, Feversong, barely sold 7,000 in hard cover, unless the digital sales are more than triple print. If not, what does that mean for KMM’s series?

Romance authors, such as Catherine Anderson, Fern Michaels, and Diana Palmer are selling well in mass market with over 6,000 (I would say close to 15,000 total sales for them).


Let’s take a look at the latest romance novels that hit the top 100 for the USA Today this week…

#4- Karen Marie Moning’s Firesong (even with her lowest print sales to date)

#11- Vi Keeland’s Egomaniac

#19- Aleatha Roming’s Fidelity

#20 Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde’s Big Shot

#37- Megan March’s Real Good Love

#42- JA Huss’s Taking Turns

#45- Dark Legends box set with 20 authors

#50- Lily Kate’s Delivery Girl

#59- Jordan Marie’s Shafted

#81- Alessandra Torre’s Love in Lingerie


Let’s check the books heating up the books on the romance charts on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords:


Every Night Without You by Violet Duke, $4.99 and a New Adult Romance.



EVERY NIGHT WITHOUT YOU (Bk 2 of 2), Caine & Addison’s story of love, sacrifice, and the lengths one will run–and chase–when their past threatens their future.

Note: The Unfinished Love series follows four brothers, each fighting for their second first chance at love. Each of the couples have two books (duets) that take place years apart. This is Caine & Addison’s Book 1; Book 2 reunites them seven years later, and concludes their story.


Riding Wood by Abigail Graham and Vanessa Waltz, .99 cents and Contemporary Romance.



I’m stuck in the woods with a mountain man. And he wants to make a baby!

I got lost in the forest and met the man of my dreams. Lucas Wood is six-feet of strapping, hot, lumberjack. One look at him chopping firewood, sweaty muscles flexing, and mmmmm. Then he saw me. Our eyes met, and my panties melted.

I want to give him my v-card, but he won’t touch me until I agree to be his wife.

Good thing we’re stuck in this log cabin with only one way to keep warm…


She took my wood. I’ll keep her.

I thought a sign and a forest would be enough to keep people away, but she trespassed on my land and took pictures without my permission… and she’s gorgeous.

Sweet, innocent Alexa wandered onto my property, her head filled with big dreams. I’m a recluse—a mountain man who’s been alone for too long. I need a woman to keep me company, and Alexa’s perfect.

All she wanted was my wood to keep her warm. I’ll give it to her and make her my wife. She’s the one I’ve been waiting for.

Alexa’s good girl days are officially over.

Author’s Note: If you’re looking to stay warm, this sticky-sweet novella will do the trick! It consists of an over-the-top alpha male and a clueless ingenue. Sweet & Smutty Quickies always end with a HEA. No cheating, ever.



The Journalist by Tia Lewis, .99 cents and a Contemporary Romance.



Dylan has hit rock bottom. Despite being a womanizer, he is lonely. He’s broke and is struggling to revive his once flourishing journalism career. Then he meets Alexa Grant, and Dylan realizes she could be the answer to his dilemma.

As a former call girl, Alexa has had it tough. She wants to turn her life around, working tirelessly to get her degree in Business Management at Stanford. When Dylan proposes that she lets him write a piece about her experiences, she is hesitant to expose herself. Letting him into her life isn’t a walk in the park, but his earnestness and wit get through her defenses.

The more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the attraction simmering between them, but is it enough for Alexa to open her heart?


The Do-Over by Julie Richman, $3.99 and Contemporary Romance.


We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs… attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met.

Until…we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my luck, that client’s CEO is none other than…Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most – a Do-Over with Wes.


All I Want Forever by Clare Lydon, $6.99,  and a Lesbian Romance.



When we left our London duo they were on top of their hill, and Holly had just asked Tori to marry her. But then, Tori left for San Francisco, so nothing was ever going to be straight forward, now was it?

Follow Tori & Holly on their journey to tying the knot through the highs and lows of a long distance relationship, and find out if they stay the course. Because the question is, in the end, do they both really get what they want


An upcoming release to keep you eye on…


(March 7th, Jove)


Rosamund Carrow has spent years learning the law by assisting her barrister father, despite the frustrating truth that the profession is closed to women. When he dies unexpectedly, necessity compels her to disguise herself as a man so she can step into the courtroom to finish his cases. She’s willing to put her reputation at risk, but she never expects that the greatest peril will be to her heart…

Lord Lawrence Byron is a rising star in London’s legal circles, despite his reputation as an unrepentant rakehell. When an upstart young barrister defeats him in court, he’s determined to discover everything he can about his rival. He’s stunned when he uncovers the shocking secret that his new opponent is actually a beguiling, brilliant woman, one he can’t help but want in his bed. Passion draws them together as they break all the rules, but it may lead to something more lasting like love…



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  1. Wonder if KMM’s low sales have anything to do with what happened in January 2016: http://jennytrout.com/?p=10022

    • KTGrant

      Perhaps that, but also her sales have dropped like other authors comparable to what she writes, such as JR Ward and LKH. In the past 2-3 years, all their hard cover sales have plummeted to under 10,000 for first week sales.

  2. [* WordPress Security Firewall plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (checkbox) *]
    KT, I sent this to you via email but as we’re not connected suspect it went to your spam:

    A fan forwarded me a link to your write up about Danielle Steel, Veronica Roth and me and was worried it meant the Fever Series wasn’t successful enough to continue. After I explained to her I realized I should probably clarify with you, too.

    This very issue is why many of us are concerned that the NYT recently eliminated a number of bestseller lists, including the Ebook Bestseller and Mass Market Bestseller lists.

    Seven years ago, the bulk—90% of my sales—were hardcover, with 5-10% digital. Those numbers have reversed for not only myself but many genre writers. The areas we’ve seen that still sell most in hardcover are the old “bigs” like James Patterson, Baldacci, Steel, Grisham, King, Koontz and the theory is they share an older market who reads less and prefers hardcover novels to Ebook. The second area selling well in hardcover is YA. The theory is this younger market doesn’t read quite as voraciously and prefers the tangible book.

    But for those of us with a fan base of romance readers, we’ve shifted into almost entirely Ebook. The theory is romance readers tend to be voracious readers, inhaling 5-10 books a week, with limited space to store them, so digital has a much higher appeal.

    If you analyze the lists, you’ll see Feversong is # 4 on the combined print and Ebook. Roth is not on that list. She sells more in hardcover than Ebook.* (see footnote amendment about this) * If you do some digging on the net, you’ll also find Feversong was the number 2 bestselling Ebook in the country, second to Patterson—which is how Feversong was the #4 bestselling book in the country on USA Today. My digital sales are what my hardcover used to be. Sales have flip-flopped.

    Which brings me back to the point of concern with the NYT’s new reporting practices: The NYT used to report two primary lists: Hardcover sales & Ebook sales, with a sub-list of combined sales.

    For unknown reasons, they’ve decided to eliminate one of those primary lists: The Ebook List. This is disturbing in the ramifications, not for me—I’ve already hit #1 and tend to continue hitting fairly high—but for many indie authors who are only digital. It’s made it that much harder for them to ever get the credibility of topping the NYT. The elimination of the mass market fiction list also hurts genre authors. That was where they had the chance to shine, gain publicity and advance their careers.

    I hope the NYT might reverse their decision to exclude those lists (and the comic book/graphic novel lists!) because there are many talented indie and genre writers out there struggling to carve out a place for themselves and the elimination of those lists seems counter-intuitive in a climate where the bulk of all sales are in Ebook format. Also because it gives people the impression you had—‘wow, her hardcover sales are low, is the series failing?’. The answer is ‘no.’ But I understand where you got that impression. The NYT’s new reporting practices make the reality of sales a bit difficult to tease out.

    All my best to you,

    *I need to amend an oversight: another list that was chopped from the NYT was the YA Ebook bestseller list. They used to report the top five. I believe Roth would have made or topped that list which means she has strong sales in both hardcover and Ebook. She debuted at #9 on USA Today, which gives a fair assessment that her ebook sales were also quite strong.

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