Jul 9 2011 12:37pm

The Bookstore Beat: Mid-July Report

Bookstore Beat Mid-July ReportPeople have been asking questions about what readers are looking for, but after taking a peek at what’s been selling in early July at Posman Books, the answer is not as clear as people might like.

There is constant debate between whether readers prefer darker or lighter historical romances, but after seeing how well both Loretta Chase’s Silk is for Seduction and Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal are doing, it’s rather clear that readers enjoy both. And of course, the beautiful writing contained in Grace Burrowes’s The Soldier is definitely worth a look.

The debate in contemporary centers around what kind of story readers are looking for. Various forms of the contemporary are constantly and consistently told don’t sell, yet authors like Stephanie Bond (Baby Drive South) and Christie Ridgway (Can’t Hurry Love) sell alongside Rachel Gibson (Any Man of Mine) and Julie James (Someone Like You). Which means that readers enjoy both the city and the small town stories. And Romantic Thriller readers everywhere are fretting about the rumored cliffhanger at the end of Cindy Gerard’s With No Remorse.

The question in paranormal is one of size. Do readers want big huge, world building paranormals or small ones? Heather Webber’s paranormal mystery Absolutely Positively stands as a lovely example of the latter. But then at the same time, sales at Posman books show that readers love L.A Banks’s Surrender the Dark, and adore the world building in Ava Gray’s Skin Dive as well as in Lara Adrian’s Deeper than Midnight. Maybe, like in historical, there’s room for them both. One example of a book which has beautiful, yet self contained world building is Michelle Rowen’s Something Wicked and the rest of the Living in Eden series. 

Where do you stand on these questions? What kind of books would you like to see in the future? Let me know. Then read, enjoy, and come back at the end of the month, when we round up what’s coming out in August.


Stacey aka @nystacey       

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1. joysann
Happily, this is an impossible question! I love all it. I can happily sit on a protagonist's front porch sipping iced tea, making plans to run over to Manhattan to shop for perfect shoes - to wear in the ultimate battle of good and evil at the end of the world. I'm sorry, I'm no help at all. :-)
2. Kat S
I would KILL for a good old-fashioned gothic. Sppoky mansion, dark hero, fey child and heroine fighting for her life. Really miss those.
3. Janga
In the past few weeks I've given five-star ratings to Loretta Chase's Silk Is for Seduction, Miranda Neville's The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, Kake Warner's Heartbreak Creek, and Deanna Raybourn's The Dark Enquiry. I'll be adding Meredith Duran's A Lady's Lesson in Scandal to that list this week. I'm a both/and reader, rather than an either/or one. Included among the reasons that I love romance fiction is that it offers a constantly replenished banquet with something that satisfies whatever I may be hungry for on any given day.
4. nystacey
@Joysann @Janga thank you both :D I'm with both of you in that I love it all, and I want to see more of everything. @KatS Books like Delilah Marvelle's Scandal series and the darker tone of Meljean Brook's Iron Duke (not to mention Anna Campbell's backlist) say that readers are ready for that too. And i'm excited to see what happens.
5. Maire Claremont
Well, I have a few of these packed already for Mexico. I love the fact that the market is open for the light and dark historicals! Yay! I need to read Chase's book. It looks so different!

Fabulous post! Thanks for the tips!
Carolyn Bright
6. carol1218
I hope people aren't spending too much time debating this question of either/or. There is room for all, as long as it's well-written. I don't want to read the same story over and over again. Variety is the spice of life and variety within and between genres keeps me going back to the bookstore over and over again. If that variety ends, my enjoyment of reading will diminish right along with the amount of my budget devoted to book buying.
7. Rose In RoseBear
I just discovered Grace Burrowes, and can't praise her enough! I found Soldier first while searching for material to feed to my Kindle, and, ohmyword, I fell for Dev St. Just from his first aristocratic utterance! I then went back and got Heir just as soon as I could! Five stars to both! Hurry up and write Val's story, please-please-please! Can't hardly wait!
8. Rose In RoseBear
And now that I've gotten my mash note to Grace Burrowes out of the way ...

I've just started delving into paranormals. A previous post here piqued my interest, and I purchased Lover Avenged to satify a purient interest in a pimped-out penis. I am now helplessly hooked on the Blood Dagger Brotherhood, and am about to test the Fallen Angel series. This, after years of ignoring anything based on vampires or shapeshifters.

I don't know why I have to choose between light and dark, big worlds and small. Some days I feel like a nut ... some days I don't. Fortunately, I live in a reality where I can have both Almond Joys and Mounds!
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