Friday, August 24, 2007

A Great List

Hey folks, check out this month's bestseller list. It's exciting for a number of reasons.

First, major congratulations to Zondervan author and pal Terri Blackstock, for her latest novel, True Light, hitting #1! Not only is it #1 on the fiction list, it's at #1 on the TOP FIFTY LIST of all CBA books, fiction and nonfiction. (The number in parentheses refers to the book's placement on the Top Fifty list.) Only a few novelists have enjoyed the distinction of hitting #1 on the Top Fifty list, as nonfiction tends to outsell fiction within our market. This is a first for Terri.

Waytago, girl!

Second, it's interesting to note that True Light, which is book #3 in Terri's Restoration series, is the first book within that series to hit the top spot on the fiction list. The first two Restoration novels sold well and were close to the top, but not quite there. We hear that subsequent books in a series don't sell as well, and often that's the case. But this indicates the sticking power of novels in this series. As books 1 and 2 have continued to sell, all the more readers apparently lined up to snatch #3 off the shelves as soon as it released. And now this month, Last Light, first book in the series, has come back to the list at #7.

Third, this fiction bestseller list is the first I've seen in which 18 out of the 20 novels made it onto the Top Fifty list. That's way cool. Another indication that fiction sales within CBA continues to climb.

Let's have a yeehaw for all us novelists!

This week's blog tour: Don't miss The Void, by cop novelist and all around great guy Mark Mynheir. I enjoyed this book. Cool premise--if humans are cloned, what about their souls? Or lack of one ...

Someone’s trying to play God…and he’s turning Palm Bay into hell.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Robbie Sanchez devotes her life to crime prevention, and it shows: She has no personal life and doesn’t know the meaning of a day off.

After all, someone has to be around to clean up the mess crime leaves behind.So when Officer Brad Worthington is brutally murdered, Agent Sanchez is called to the scene along with Brad’s best friend, Detective Eric Casey. The two turn to Lifetex, the genetics lab near the scene, hoping their elaborate security system might have captured the crime outside.

But what’s going on inside the lab is far worse: a renegade scientist is cloning humans. As Robbie and Eric pursue clues–and a growing attraction–they are caught in a deadly battle as the clones begin to act on their own volition…but this battle threatens to claim more than human life; the clones are vying for human souls.


Lynette Sowell said...

I notice that 18 of the top 50 books are FICTION tiles. Not quite 50%, but I think that says a lot. :)

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Yea Brandilyn...way to go! LOL...that's between us!

Kaye Dacus said...

I'm one of those who came to Terri's series late--picked it up back in June after someone recommended it in a comment on my blog. I can't wait to read the other two and add to those best-seller numbers!