Principles for Written English, Workbook 1 by Maggie Sokolik topped the Smashwords self-published bestsellers list this week. Author Penelope Ward took the top spot on our Self-Published Bestsellers List with Jake Undone for books published through Amazon. Her novel Gemini held the No. 7 spot.
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Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 12, 2013
1. Jake Undone by Penelope Ward: “Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him. Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias.”
2. The Agreement by S.E. Lund: “While journalism graduate student Kate McDermott waits in a Manhattan cafe to meet the Dom who will help with her research on BDSM, she reads the letter again, telling herself that her interest is strictly academic. Writing about popular culture for the college paper, Kate is trying to recover from a disastrous relationship with a bad boy, who tried to introduce kink into their relationship and who broke her heart.”
3. Truce (Neighbor from Hell) by R.L. Mathewson: “Elizabeth knows what’s expected of her, perfection. She’s the daughter of an Earl and expected to marry well, say and do the right things with a smile on her face when inside she’s dying for a chance to escape. Thanks to an inheritance her godmother left her years ago, her chance will come with her next birthday. Her hopes of escape abruptly end when Robert, her childhood nemesis that she hasn’t seen in over fourteen years, comes back into her life and does everything he can to drive her out of her mind even as he steals her heart.”
4. Sweet Surrendering by Chelsea M. Cameron: “When Rory Clarke ends up hiring the guy she spent one steamy night with to be her administrative assistant, she’s determined to keep things professional.”
5. Rebel by Elle Casey: “Teagan Cross, college senior, rebel, and wiseass extraordinaire, goes from princess to pauper in a single phone call. Overnight, her life of privilege becomes one of survival, and no matter where she turns, it seems like the world is out to get her. She’s not going to fall apart, though. She’s a rebel and she’s strong … determined to live life on her own terms … and nothing’s going to stop her from getting things done and making things right.”
6. Wired by Douglas E. Richards: “David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions. But when Desh learns that the bioterror plot is just the tip of the iceberg, he is thrust into a byzantine maze of deception and intrigue, and he becomes a key player in a deadly game he can’t begin to understand. A game that is certain to have a dramatic impact on the future course of human history. . .”
7. Gemini by Penelope Ward: “Diner waitress Allison Abraham had no idea her mundane life was about to dramatically change the day she serves a devastatingly handsome customer. Allison is immediately captivated by the mysterious man who stared through her soul with his electric blue eyes. After he abruptly leaves the restaurant, she can’t get him out of her head.”
8. Treasure Your Love by J.C. Reed: “Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, was never in love until she met the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god, Jett. The man to whom she surrendered. The man who hurt her once only to conquer her heart again. Sexy, handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has found his match. Brooke is like no other woman he’s ever met and he has every intention of keeping her in his bed.”
9. Making Faces by Amy Harmon: “Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore. Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss.”
10. Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley : “Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator John Clay to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history. Alison Shaw and her team are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with another animal species, but they are about to discover much more than they ever expected.”
Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 12, 2013
1. Principles for Written English, Workbook 1 by Maggie Sokolik
2. Nine Goblins by T Kingfisher
3. Open Shading Language for Blender by Michel Anders
4. Splendiferous by Patrick Harding
5. Generals, Troops & Diplomats by Mark Madden
6. Touring Under Pressure by Vincent Berg
7. True Nature by Jae
8. The Aspiring Actor’s Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known by Molly Cheek
9. Stories for Amanda by Kelly Elliott, Kahlen Aymes,Michelle A. Valentine, Jessica Prince, Karina Halle, Nina Lane,Madeline Sheehan, Karen Avivi, Alexa Nazzaro, & Raine Miller
10. WebRTC: APIs and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web by Alan B. Johnston
For the Amazon list, we found the highest ranked self-published bestsellers in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid Kindle Books list. 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.
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