As Amazon states, the most popular author list is updated hourly. So who are the reigning queens of the pen this time? Some of the regulars remain, while some new releases have pushed others back up the ladder. Here they are with their most popular books:
Caroline Fyffe (Heart of Mine)
Dragonblade Publishing (This is a collection of various authors – The Wicked Baron by Mary Lancaster leads the group.)
Amy Harmon (What the Wind Knows)
Christi Caldwell (The Governess)
Samantha Holt (Once a Wallflower, Always a Wallflower)
If you watched PBS’s recent show, The Great American Read, you’re probably aware that Diana Galbaldon came in second with her Outlander series, and To Kill a Mockingbird came in first. Other historicals that made the top ten were Pride & Prejudice,Gone with the Wind, and Jane Eyre. Is the Outlander book series truly a great American read compared to its hefty competition of literary classics? Honestly, ladies, just admit you’ve fallen in love with Jamie Fraser as portrayed in the Starz series. Being his lass is all you really want whether it’s a book or film.
Nevertheless, as I check the Amazon author rank just now, I see Diana Galbaldon is now number one in historical romance, even though she doesn’t consider her series a true historical romance. Regardless, her recent win has pushed her to the top…again.
So who else is there? Since I haven’t checked in a while, there a few regulars but also some new ones have appeared. Of course, like the shifting sands of the desert, the wind blows and changes appear to the top ten of this genre as authors spend money on advertising or have a hot new release. If you can show the $$$ in marketing, you can inch your way upward. I once ended up in the top because of a huge sale. Should have taken a screenshot of my one day of glory.
Nevertheless, drum roll, please.
Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander Series
Kathryn Le Veque
Dragonblade Publishing (Elizabeth Ellen Carter, Maggie Anderson, Violetta Rand, Anna Markland)
Like shifting sands on a beach, so are the top-ten historical romance authors on Amazon. Much of the move has to do with sales, of course, having pushed them upward into higher ranks.
Okay, who are the current ladies that write the stories that make you swoon prior to Valentine’s Day? Here are the top ten authors and their most popular books as of February 2018. It’s interesting to note that only two authors who were on our December list remain in the top ten – Christi Caldwell and Bridget Barton. As you can see, marketing is everything.
Bridget Barton – A Damsel for the Mysterious Duke, Kind Ella and the Duke, A Beauty for the Scarred Duke, A Governness for the Brooding Duke, A Bride of the Betrayed Earl.