Serious about Series … by Darla Luke
Let’s get serious about series. There was a time, not that long ago, that I shunned reading any book that was part of a series 😕 My thinking (while skewed somewhat, LOL), was that I didn’t want to get caught up in a multi-book saga, I just wanted to read one book. Hmmm … I say my thinking was skewed because I never read just one book, in the winter I read multitudes of books, one right after the other.
It was, ironically enough, a novel by Michelle Sagara that changed my mind. Her Chronicles of Elantra series has to be my all-time favorite. It’s never been a policy of mine to go back and re-read a book either. I mean, once you know the ending, what’s the point? But when I finished Cast in Shadow I immediately started it over again. I didn’t want to leave the fictional world of Elantra. The struggles of Kaylin, as she helps police a world populated with Lions, winged Aerians, Dragons, and the immortal Barrani, all while dealing with a threat from her past, was too gripping to leave.
Obviously, I’m not alone. Self-published books that are part of a series have been showing up regularly on this list. When a reader buys into a fictional world, it’s familiar and – if the author has done their job – they want to visit it again and again.
Here are the self-published books that reached the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through the week ending Sunday 11-11-12*:
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #15 (last week #13) $0.99
Fade Into You by Kate Dawes (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #43 (last week #62) $0.99
Fade Into Me by Kate Dawes (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #73 (last week #80) $0.99
Checkmate by R.L. Mathewson (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #74 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
Down to You by M. Leighton (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #79 (last week #61) $3.99
My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #129 (last week #98) $3.99
I want to break away from highlighting self-published books for just a moment to give a shout-out to Elisabeth Naughton, a fellow member of the Rose City Romance Writers, for reaching the USA Today list for the first time! Enslaved, from her Eternal Guardians series (see, series again) reached #110 yesterday! Congrats, Elisabeth!!
*I’m human and make mistakes (a shock to my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.
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