image image In advance of next week’s release of Jim Butcher’s Skin Game (Roc Hardcover, 5/27), the newest installment in his #1 New York Times-bestselling Dresden Files series, this week 7 previous titles from Butcher’s series simultaneously hit The New York Times eBook fiction bestseller list: Storm Front at #6, Fool Moon at #9, Grave Peril at #12, Summer Knight at #14, Death Masks at #15, Blood Rites at #18, and Dead Beat at #24.
J.R. Ward is the first author featured in Berkley/NAL’s new Binge Reads social media campaign.  Through outlets on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram—all bearing the Binge Reads name and logo—Berkley/NAL will focus each month on a different popular author and his/her long-running series of books.  Content will be posted to engage fans leading up to the release of a new book.  The promotion launched with Ward and will continue with other bestselling Berkley/NAL authors, including Jim Butcher and Laurell K. Hamilton.
The latest novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The King, debuted at # 1 on the hardcover fiction list, the eBook fiction list, and the combined print and eBook fiction list. This past weekend in Cincinnati, nearly 800 of Ward’s fans joined the author for her annual Black Dagger Brotherhood event.  Fans lined up hours prior to her event at the Cincinnati Millennium Hotel Grand Ballroom to meet the author.  (NAL moved Ward’s book events to off-site venues last year, because the crowds were too big for any of the area bookstores.)  During the event, the author answered questions about her ongoing series and revealed the title of the next BDB book, The Shadows. Ward will also be the subject of an in-depth profile in The Boston Globe on April 13.