When 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.
Thankfully, customers have the second book in Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series to look forward to in April (The Sweetest Thing), Rachel Gibson’s Any Man of Mine in May, and the third in Christie Ridgway’s Baci series to get in July (Can’t Hurry Love), as well as Too Hot To Touch from Louisa Edwards in August.
Julia London’s A Light at Winter’s End is a contemporary romance with a far more emotional feel. It takes a skilled writer to pull off a book like this, and London does it beautifully. Emily March’s first book in the Eternity Springs series, Angel’s Rest, is another emotional contemporary, and is selling well. The other paranormal doing well this month, Regan Hastings’ Vision Of Magic is also rather emotional in tone, although it’s also got a suspense element.
March is also proving that readers still love their historicals. As predicted, Nicole Jordan’s finale to her Courtship Wars series, To Desire a Wicked Duke, is hitting the mark. Julie Anne Long’s What I Did for a Duke and Anne Mallory’s One Night is Never Enough are also top sellers. And new to the store is author Tiffany Clare’s second book, The Seduction of His Wife, which is also doing well.
Of course the biggest news in paranormal is that J.R. Ward’s Lover Unleashed will release at the end of the month. But she’ll have some paranormal competition from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s new League Novel, Born of Shadows and Molly Harper’s The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf. Philip K Dick nominee Sara Creasy’s second book in her Scarabaeus series, Children of Scarabaeus, is released, and will likely appeal to traditional SF/F fans as well as paranormal romance fans. Contemporary will remain strong with Emily March’s second Eternity Springs book, Hummingbird Lake. And historical fans will be absolutely thrilled to see the It Happened One Season anthology featuring Candice Hern, Mary Balogh, Stephanie Laurens, and Jacquie D’Alessandro.
Happy reading and see you in April!
A Lot Like Love—Julie James (March 1, 2011)
The Sweetest Thing—Jill Shalvis (April 1, 2011)
Any Man of Mine—Rachel Gibson (April 26, 2011)
Can’t Hurry Love—Christie Ridgway (July 1, 2011)
Too Hot to Touch—Louisa Edwards (August 2, 2011)
How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf—Molly Harper (February 22, 2011)
And One Last Thing—Molly Harper (July 27, 2010)
A Light at Winter’s End—Julia London (February 22, 2011)
Angel’s Rest—Emily March (February 15, 2011)
Vision of Magic—Regan Hastings (February 1, 2011)
To Desire a Wicked Duke—Nicole Jordan (February 22, 2011)
What I Did for a Duke—Julie Anne Long (February 22, 2011)
One Night is Never Enough—Anne Mallory(February 22, 2011)
The Seduction of His Wife—Tiffany Clare (February 1, 2011)
Lover Unleashed—J.R. Ward (March 29, 2011)
Born of Shadows—Sherrilyn Kenyon (April 26, 2011)
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf—Molly Harper (March 29, 2011)
Children of Scarabaeus—Sara Creasy (March 29, 2011)
Hummingbird Lake—Emily March (March 22, 2011)
It Happened One Season—Balogh, D’Alessandro, Hern, Laurens (March 29, 2011)
Stacey Agdern @nystacey