This Week on the USA Today Top 150 Best Sellers

4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Young adult: First in vampire love saga: Isabella falls for a vampire

5. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Young adult: Second in the vampire love saga

7. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Young adult: Third in vampire love saga

25. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
The further adventures of fry cook Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead

37. Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
Sixth installment of the the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series

56. Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
Latest in vampire/werewolf series featuring vampire hunter Anita Blake

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This Week on the NYT Bestsellers Lists

HARDCOVER FICTION
8. ODD HOURS by Dean R. Koontz.
Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, confronts evil forces in a California coastal town.

12. BLOOD NOIR by Laurell K. Hamilton.
The vampire hunter Anita Blake is involved in a scandal that threatens the master vampire Jean-Claude’s power.

PAPERBACK MASS MARKET
2. LOVER ENSHRINED by J. R. Ward.
A vampire warrior must decide between duty and love; Book 6 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

14. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Christine Warren.
A woman gets in touch with her were-lion side; an Others supernatural romance.

23. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC by Simon R. Green (Roc)

Melissa Marr with 2 books on the NY Times Bestseller lists and more!

AUTHORS

Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange is #5 on the NY Times Children’s Hardcover list and Wicked Lovely is at #10 on the NY Times Children’s Paperback list. Congratulations Melissa!

Rachel Vincent interviews Jeri Smith-Ready over at Fangs, Fur & Fey. Here is a snippet:

RACHEL: Jeri, the biggest surprise for me when I read Wicked Game was that it’s told in present tense. Because of that, I honestly wasn’t sure how much I’d like it. But I loved it! What made you decide to write this particular novel in present tense? Were there any particular challenges associated with that choice? Will future Ciara Griffin novels also be written in present tense?

JERI: It was a decision based on the character and the story.Ciara, the first-person narrator, is a former(-ish) con artist.Lying is second nature to her (or possibly first nature).If she tells the story in past tense, a reader might not trust her account of events—she might be coloring things to put herself in a better light.But if readers experience the events with her, they can trust her more.So basically, I used present tense to get around the problem of the unreliable narrator.I’ll continue to do so, unless Ciara suddenly becomes a saint.

Kelly at Wyrdsmiths interviews Jeri Smith-Ready as well.

BOOK REVIEWS

Jes Battis reviews Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt.

Books4Ever reviews Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Kimberly reviews Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward.

Scooper reviews Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Gladiolii reviews One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

TV NEWS

CBS has canceled the vampire television series Moonlight. From Entertainment Weekly:

Pink slips were handed out today to CBS dramas Shark and Moonlight. Shark, which starred James Woods as a prosecutor, was averaging 10.3 million viewers, while Moonlight, the sexy vampire series, only attracted 7.5 million this season. CBS will officially announce its schedule Wednesday in New York City.

Notable Winners of the Romantic Times Awards

Romantic Times 2007 Reviewers Choice Awards of note to urban fantasy lovers, as announced at the recent RT Convention:

BEST CONTEMPORARY & PARANORMAL
CONTEMPORARY PARANORMAL ROMANCE
TOUCH OF MADNESS by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp –TOR Paranormal Romance (June 2007)

 

FUTURISTIC/FANTASY ROMANCE
DRIVEN by Eve Kenin — Shomi (September 2007)

PARANORMAL ACTION-ADVENTURE ROMANCE
CARESSED BY ICE by Nalini Singh — Berkley Sensation (September 2007)

SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE
HOLY SMOKES by Katie MacAlister — Signet (November 2007)

VAMPIRE ROMANCE
LOVER UNBOUND by J.R. Ward — Signet (October 2007)

BEST EROTIC ROMANCE & EROTICA
PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCI-FI EROTIC ROMANCE
DAMNATION by Nathalie Gray — EllorasCave.com (July 2007)

BEST MAINSTREAM & CHICK LIT FICTION
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
MARKED by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast — St. Martin’s Griffin (May 2007)

BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE/INTRIGUE NOVELS
PARANORMAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
THE SURVIVORS by Dinah McCall — Mira (March 2007)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY NOVELS
URBAN FANTASY NOVEL
HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost — Avon (November 2007)

URBAN FANTASY PROTAGONIST
Rachel Morgan — FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE by Kim Harrison — EOS (March 2007)

Romantic Times 2007 Career Achievement Award Winners:

CONTEMPORARY
PARANORMAL ROMANCE Angela Knight
URBAN FANTASY Jim Butcher

Briefs: Marr, Ward, Kessler and Kane, and Armstrong

Romance Writers of America has posted its list of RITA finalists. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is listed in the Young Adult Romance category and J.R. Ward is listed in the Paranormal Romance category with Lover Revealed.

Jackie Kessler’s Jezebel interviews Stacia Kane as Dr. Megan Chase over at Cat and Muse.

Breezing Through reviews Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong.