Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water Is No Fluke

May 13, 2017 by

Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water Is No Fluke

This week not too much in woo-woo in terms of adult fiction. Non-Fiction and Children’s Fiction is slaying all the competition, but there are some rising above most, such as James Patterson’s 16th Seduction with over 60,000 in combined sales, and Paula Hawkins’ sophomore follow up to the massive hit to Girl on the Train almost beat out Patterson for top honors. Into the Water, sold over 38,000 in print, so around the 50K plus combined sales. And Danielle Steel, like always, makes the usual sales killing with Against All Odds.



In the romance realm, Susan Wiggs’ Family Tree, Tami Hoag’s The Bitter Season and Debbie Macomber’s Orchard Valley Grooms all sold in the 20K plus sales range.


Over at the USA today top 100 chart toppers this week, new romances hitting here are very slim this week.

#64- Red Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

#72- Hundreds by Pepper Winters

#78- Spellbound box set with 20 authors

#83- Reckless by Amanda Quick (originally published in 1992)


Let’s look at romances heating up the charts at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords:

Amazon: Wanted by the Devil by Joanna Blake, .99 cents Romantic Suspense



I’ve waited years for her to grow up. Now it’s time. I won’t be gentle and I won’t be kind. I’m taking what is mine.


Wherever I went, I heard it: the sound of a purring motorcycle behind me. They never bothered me or said a word. But I knew they were there because of him. Devlin McRae, the head of the local MC.

Being followed all the time like this was disconcerting. And lately, the bikes had been getting closer, less secretive, more obvious. What would I do if Devlin ever caught me?


The first time I saw her she was too young.

I had to wait. I hated it, but I’d promised her mother I would wait for her to grow up. The sweet little waitress from Mae’s diner was going to be mine.

She just didn’t know it yet.


Amazon: Royal Player by Katie McCoy, $2.99 Contemporary Romance

Charlie Davenport is the bad boy of British tennis – and third in line to the throne. He’s a beast on the courts, and a wild animal in bed (according to all the tabloids). Girls are lining up for chance at his crown jewels, and when I stumble into the wrong Wimbledon dressing room and catch a glimpse of his game, set, AND match, I can see why.

So what’s a little good luck kiss between f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶s̶ strangers?

I know better than to get involved with a bad boy like Charlie. But now he’s on a winning streak, he thinks I’m his lucky charm – and you know what’s luckier than a kiss?


Suddenly, I’ve got paparazzi on my trail, exes coming out of the woodwork — and you don’t know ‘cutthroat’ until you’ve seen a pack of hungry socialites set loose near the Royal Family.

I’m in way over my head, and even worse – I’m falling in love. Can this American girl win her Prince Charming? Or will we both crash out of the championships in flames?

Amazon: Violent Cravings by Linnea May, 99 cents Erotic Romance



I will break every single rule to make her mine.

My life has always been defined by the extreme. I don’t balance – I’m an all or nothing kind of man.

Doesn’t sound healthy? It sure as hell isn’t.

Giving in to my cravings has almost ruined my life before and I’m not going to let it happen again.

That’s why I need rules. A strict regulation to keep my head in place.

Once a year. A different girl each time. No exclusivity – no addiction.

Laura is fueling my hunger like no girl ever has before.

But she’s not on the menu.

Taking her is against the rules.

Keeping her could ruin me.

…Or finally appease the monster within me.



Barnes and Noble: Real Dirty by Megan March, $3.99 Contemporary Romance

I have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.
Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.
The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.
The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.
I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place.
Now the only place I want to put her is under me.
I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started.

Smashwords: Thaw by Elyse Springer, $4.99 Lesbian Romance

Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she’s invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she’s ever met. Abby’s sure she’ll never see her again, but then Gabrielle calls and asks her on a date. And soon after, another.

Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque has a reputation as the Ice Queen—cold and untouchable—except she warms up whenever she’s with Abby. Only Abby isn’t interested in the heat between them; she’s asexual, and she’s worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance.

They’re two different women from two very different worlds, but Abby knows she can love Gabrielle. Her passion for books, travel, and theater prove there’s more to the Ice Queen than meets the eye. But they’ll have to overcome Abby’s fears—and Gabrielle’s own threatening secrets—in order to find their way to love.


An upcoming release to keep your eye on….

(June 27th, William Morrow)

Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…



  1. Maybe it’s the angle, or maybe I’m over naked torsos, but…that six-pack on the Still Dirty cover looks really unappealing.

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