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Tue
May 24 2011 1:41pm

The Bookstore Beat: June 2011

Bookstore BeatJune’s new releases see the return of old favorites mixed with some exciting debuts. Historical in June means the release of the first book in Julia Quinn’s long anticipated Smythe-Smith quartet, Just Like Heaven. Historical readers can also look forward to new titles from Elizabeth Boyle (Lord Langley’s Back in Town), Laurel McKee (Lady of Seduction), Tiffany Clare (Secret Desires of a Governess), and debut author Stefanie Sloane (Devil in Disguise).

For the reader who just can’t decide whether they want historical or contemporary, there’s the sparkling Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man, by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan, which has both elements.

[Click for more big releases...]

Tue
May 10 2011 11:16am

The Bookstore Beat: May 2011

Bookstore BeatMay might be unpredictable in terms of weather this year, but it's always the season for reading; here's what's selling in Romance in New York City's Posman Books:

Old favorites are reigning in contemporary sales; it’s the Stanley Cup playoffs, which means Rachel Gibson’s latest hockey related title, Any Man of Mine is on top. Sports fans who aren’t interested in hockey are looking towards Erin McCarthy’s lastest NASCAR themed title, The Chase.

Brenda Jackson’s Madaris series will always bring customers to the bookstore, as brand new title Inseparable shows through consistent sales. Jill Shalvis’s backlist has benefitted from Simply Irresistible’s inclusion in the in-store display of RITA award nominees. It’s also helped sales of the second book in the series, The Sweetest Thing. And you can’t count out the third in Roxanne St. Claire’s Guardian Angelino’s series, Face of Danger, for readers who want a little bit of thrill in their romance.

[Take the plunge...]

Tue
Apr 5 2011 9:00am

The Bookstore Beat: April 2011

Bookstore BeatSo they say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. In terms of book sales, that strangely translates to “March comes in like a comedy and out like a . . . western?”

Yep. Demand for titles like Linda Lael Miller’s Creed in Stone Creek and Tyler by C.H. Admirand eclipsed most everything contemporary through the month of March. But how can we blame readers for wanting visions of western perfection (and not just the cowboys) when the climate which surrounds them is anything but?

Thankfully, contemporary readers will be able to escape the weird weather this month with titles like Roxanne St. Claire’s Shiver of Fear, Robyn Carr’s Harvest Moon, Jill Sorenson’s Edge of Night, Emily March’s Hummingbird’s Rest, and Jill Shalvis’s The Sweetest Thing.

[More April releases...]

Tue
Mar 8 2011 9:00am

The Bookstore Beat: March 2011

Bookstore BeatWhen customers start asking, “Where are my books?” a bookseller knows there’s a problem. Unfortunately, it’s usually because publishers have decided to stop publishing the kinds of books these customers like to read. This happens when certain types of stories seem to go out of favor (at least in the publishers’ view). But this kind of decision-making leaves many customers out in the cold. A smart bookseller will end up searching through backlist titles and authors their customers might have missed to fill the gap.

But every once in a while, a month like March comes along. The biggest seller in March so far has been A Lot Like Love by Julie James. Julie James is a master at writing smart, sexy, contemporary romances. These are the kinds of books that are perennial sellers, but sometimes get extremely hard to find because publishers suddenly decide they’re unmarketable.

Even one of the paranormals that’s selling well this month has a sexy contemporary feel: Molly Harper’s How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. In fact, it’s selling so well that it’s fueling interest in her women’s fiction title, And One Last Thing.

[Plus J.R. Ward, Rachel Gibson, Nicole Jordan, and more—oh, happy day! . . .]

Wed
Feb 9 2011 7:55pm

The Bookstore Beat: February 2011

From the bookstore in the center of Grand Central Station in the center of New York City . . .

Bookstore Beat

The Romance section of Posman Books offers a respite from the outside, whether it’s the constant snowstorms and icy weather or the news of economic trouble that directly hits the regular customers.  They come in to peruse, to read and enjoy our selection of titles. And because of them, I gain an interesting perspective into what’s popular among readers, even though it might not be the latest trend.

[I'm impatient! What’s going on right now? . . .]