Barbara Freethy Tops Self-Published Bestsellers List

By Jason Boog Comment

Novelist Barbara Freethy leads our Self Published Bestsellers List this week with her romantic suspense title, Don’t Say a Word.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

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Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of May 13, 2013

1. Don’t Say A Word by Barbara Freethy: Julie De Marco is planning a perfect San Francisco wedding when she comes face-to-face with a famous photograph, the startling inage of a little girl behind the iron gate of a foreign orphanage — a girl who looks exactly like her.”

2. The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken: “‘I have a proposition for you…’ Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.”

3. Rock With Me by Kristen Proby: “Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She’s already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn’t signing up for another lesson.”

4. Father Found by Judith Arnold: “Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: thirty years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called “Guy Stuff.” Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort.”

5. Real by Katy Evans: “Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life. He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life.”

6. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder: “I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.”

7. Knight and Stay by Kitty French: “Lucien and Sophie’s erotic journey began in Knight & Play. Find out how it ends in Knight & Stay, the breathtaking conclusion to their story. Sophie Black has turned her back on both her cheating husband and her sexy, enigmatic boss Lucien Knight.”

8. Breathe Into Me by Amanda Stone: “Eighteen year-old Kelsey Rien is more than ready to leave her past behind her. Wanting nothing more than to walk into a room without everyone knowing the horrific details of an event that changed her life six years ago, she vows to concentrate on school and make something of herself.”

9. Promise Me Darkness by Paige Weaver: “For me, life was simple. I went to school and studied. I spent time with my friends and stayed out of trouble. I didn’t drink or swear and I only dated gentlemen. I was the typical good girl with a bright future. My world seemed perfect. But that was about to change.”
10. The Last Boyfriend by J. S. Cooper: “Lucky Morgan has had her share of heartbreak. She is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her after sleeping with him and she vows to herself that she won’t be used again. She decides that the next guy she dates and sleeps with, will be her one true love.”


Barnes & Noble Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of May 13, 2013

1. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

2. Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

3. The Marinara Murders by Erik Hanberg

4. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

5. Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

6. Dangerously Damaged by Lucy Covington

7. The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

8. Deeply Destructive by Lucy Covington

9. The Dig by Michael Siemsen

10. Don’t Say a Word by Barbara Freethy


Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of May 13, 2013

1. Unbeautifully    by Madeline Sheehan

2. The Apple Store by Seinfeld 2000

3. Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

4. Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More by Greta Christina

5. Real    by Katy Evans

6. Satisfaction by K.M. Golland 

7. Backwards to Oregon    by Jae

8. The Posterchildren: Origins    by Kitty Burroughs

9. Raid by Kristen Ashley

10. A Chain of Mothers 2 by Esmeralda Greene



Bestselling Self-Published Books at Apple for the Week of May 13, 2013

1. Father Found by Judith Arnold

2. After Math by Denise Grover Swank

3. Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

4. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

5. Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

6. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

7. The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

8. Real by Katy Evans

9. Always Been Mine by Elizabeth Reyes

10. The Marinara Murders by Erik Hanberg


These four eBook lists were recorded on Monday, May 13, 2013.

For the Amazon list, we found the highest ranked self-published bestsellers in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid Kindle Books list. For the Barnes & Noble list, we highlighted the bestselling PubIt! eBooks from self-published authors. Finally, the Smashwords list was drawn from the bestselling titles in the company’s fiction list. None of these companies have released actual sales figures for the individual books.

For our Apple list, we took the top titles in the Books section of the iBookstore.


If you believe your book should (or should not) be included in our rankings, feel free to email GalleyCat with your concerns.

(Image via Horia Varlan)