Cozy Mystery Rises on Self-Published Bestsellers List

By Jason Boog Comment

Novelist Leighann Dobbs took three spots on our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week with her cozy mystery, 3 Bodies and a Biscotti.

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 August 12, 2013

1. Pulse by Gail McHugh: “How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading? You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache?”

2. Bring Me Home by Cassia Leo: “Claire Nixon is a college student with a past full of secrets and heartbreak. She was saved once by her first love, and rock star, Chris Knight. But when she encouraged Chris to leave town to pursue his dreams, both Claire and Chris didn’t realize it would be the biggest mistake of their lives.”

3. The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott: “Needing nothing less than a miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s never met.”

4. When You’re Ready by J.L. Berg: “Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal.”
5. 3 Bodies and a Biscotti by Leighann Dobbs: “The bodies are piling up at the Brook Ridge Falls Retirement Center. Healthy people are dropping like flies. And yet no one believes a murderer is on the loose… except for Lexy Baker and the troupe of iPad-toting grandmothers who live at the center.”
6. Trust Me by Melanie Walker: “After escaping a fate that is worse than death Carrie and Noah settle in Gig Harbor with the taste of freedom on the tip of their tongues. Years of abuse so severe, left them both wounded, careful but stronger than life gave them credit for.”
7. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice: “Thor grapples with his legacy, battling to come to terms with who his father is, whether to reveal his secret, and what action he must take. Back home in the Ring, with Mycoples by his side and the Destiny Sword in hand, Thor is determined to wreak vengeance on Andronicus’ army and liberate his homeland—and to finally propose to Gwendolyn.”
8. Collide by Gail McHugh: “On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start. While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief.”
9. Fear of Falling by S.L. Jennings: “I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods.”
10. Breathless by Eve Carter: “Bad boy professional Motocross rider, Jesse Morrison, knows how to leave an impression. Except lately, it has mostly been bad impressions. Frustrated and wounded, he surrounds himself with women, booze and drugs.”

Barnes & Noble Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of August 12, 2013

1. So This Is Love by Barbara Freethy

2. On A Night Like This by Barbara Freethy

3. It’s Complicated by Julia Kent

4. 3 Bodies & a Biscotti by Leighann Dobbs

5. Into the Deep by Samantha Young

6. Falling For A Stranger by Barbara Freethy

7. Falling for the Good Guy by Violet Duke

8. Choosing the Right Man by Violet Duke

9. A Rite of Swords by Morgan Rice

10. Time for Love by Marie Force


Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of August 12, 2013

1. Chasing Paradise by Pamela Ann

2. Fulfillment by K.M. Golland

3. Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker

4. Natural Consequences    by Elliott Kay

5. Fate of the Kinunir by Robert E. Vardeman

6. Indelible Lovin’ – Max & Jane’s Story Vol. 2  by DW Cee

7. Blasphemous by Pamela Ann

8. Shadowed  by Evangeline Anderson

9. The Heiress Effect    by Courtney Milan

10. Scorned by Pamela Ann


Bestselling Self-Published Books at Apple for the Week of August 12, 2013

1. Choosing the Right Man by Violet Duke

2. Falling for the Good Guy by Violet Duke

3. Submit by Melody Anne

4. Wounded by Jasinda Wilder

5. Second Hearts by GJ Walker-Smith

6. Heller’s Decision by JD Nixon

7. 3 Bodies and a Biscotti by Leighann Dobbs

8. Seduced by Melody Anne

9. Mine for Tonight by J.S. Scott

10. Bring Me Home by Cassia Leo


These eBook lists were recorded on August 12, 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 take 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.