May 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.
In Paranormal, Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound is the top seller. But Christine Feehan’s Savage Nature has been selling, as well as Lynn Kurland’s One Magic Moment. Both Nalini Singh and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s backlists have seen a bump due to the upcoming releases Kiss of Snow (May 31) and Retribution (August 2), respectively. Of course, readers who want to get into a classic battle of good vs. evil should investigate Vowed in Shadows, the third in Jessa Slade’s Marked Souls series.
Historical is represented with titles like Mary Jo Putney’s Nowhere Near Respectable , and Anna Campbell’s Midnight’s Wild Passion. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean and Madeline Hunter’s Provocative in Pearls have seen sales increases because of their appearance on the in-store RITA display. As a result, it’s helped fuel sales of their current titles, MacLean’s Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart and Madeline Hunter’s Dangerous in Diamonds.
Next column, find out what to watch for in June. Until then, happy reading!
Stacey Agdern, @nystacey