Top 100 Indie Authors for August + 46 Authors to Watch

It is time again for another of our monthly Top Indie Authors posts. This month, we’ll be considering July sales for August’s ranking.

We’ve added last month’s top 25 with this month’s numbers to the list. Take a look, it might give you some interesting perspective.

Thank you to all of the authors and readers who make these lists possible. If you notice any discrepancies in this month’s list, please email us at ireaderreview@gmail.com or leave a comment below. Thank you.

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TOP 100 AUTHORS LIST (with Sales/Estimated Sales)

  1. Bella Andre – 168,481
  2. Colleen Hoover – 132,498
  3. Marie Force – 130,000
  4. Sara Fawkes – 121,919
  5. CJ Lyons
  6. Stephanie Bond (Estimated) – 100,740
  7. Antoinette Stockenberg – 80,492
  8. Nick Spalding
  9. Ruth Cardello – 60,000+
  10. Abbi Glines
  11. Diane Capri
  12. Bob Mayer – 45,000
  13. Sydney Landon – 44,733
  14. Hugh Howey – 44,165
  15. Kristen Ashley
  16. H.P. Mallory – 43,000
  17. Jessica Sorensen (Estimated) – 42,750
  18. John Locke – Approximately 38,000
  19. Liliana Hart
  20. Tammara Webber (Estimated) – 35,250
  21. Gemma Halliday
  22. Kathy Bennett (Estimated) – 31,500
  23. Barbara Freethy (Estimated) – 30,150
  24. J.R. Rain – 27,810
  25. Patricia Ryan/P.B. Ryan – 26,115
  26. Quinn Loftis – Around 26,000
  27. Lawrence Kelter – 25,011
  28. Rebecca Donovan – Approximately 25,000
  29. Rebecca Forster – 24,760
  30. Rachel Astor (Estimated) – 23,100
  31. Denise Grover Swank – 23,014
  32. Shadonna Richards – 22,814
  33. Catherine Bybee
  34. Ryk Brown – 21,593
  35. Kathleen Brooks – 20,500
  36. Judy Angelo – 17,352
  37. Addison Moore
  38. Chanda Hahn (Estimated) – 15,900
  39. Tina Reber
  40. Catherine Ryan Hyde
  41. Carolyn McCray – 12,059
  42. RJ Parker
  43. David Dalglish – Approximately 12,000
  44. Jinx Jamison – 11,613
  45. Cheryl Bolen – 11,500
  46. Aphrodite Hunt/Artemis Hunt – 11,215
  47. Stephanie Rowe – 11,200
  48. Debora Geary (Estimated) – 11,070
  49. H.T. Night – 11,023
  50. Lisa Mondello
  51. Kristie Cook
  52. Lisa Renee Jones (Estimated) – 10,200
  53. Eve Langlais – 9,786
  54. Shayne Parkinson
  55. Michael Prescott – 9,213
  56. Joseph Lallo – 8,917
  57. Mark Tufo
  58. Brett Battles – Around 8,750
  59. Kathleen Long
  60. Connie Suttle
  61. Terri Reid (Estimated) – 7,620
  62. Elizabeth Reyes (Estimated) – 7,530
  63. Sarah Woodbury
  64. Joel Goldman – 7,108
  65. Robert Gregory Browne – 7,088
  66. Camilla Chafer – 7,029
  67. Alexa Grace
  68. Sibel Hodge
  69. Gerri Russell – 6,703
  70. Jason Letts – About 6,000
  71. Debra Holland (Estimated) – 5,700
  72. Elle Casey – 5,655
  73. Heather Killough-Walden (Estimated) – 5,100
  74. Gary Ponzo – 5,500
  75. SM Reine – 5,010
  76. T.R. Ragan
  77. Amber Lynn Natusch – 5,000
  78. LJ Sellers (Estimated) – 4,950
  79. Angie Stanton – 4,900
  80. Sandra Edwards – 4,481
  81. Diane Darcy – Approximately 4,440
  82. Minx Malone – 4,392
  83. Jillian Dodd
  84. Teresa Wilde/Teresa Morgan – 4,028 Amazon + Other retailers unreported
  85. Lizzy Ford – 4,247
  86. Deanna Chase – 4,200
  87. N. Gemini Sasson – 4,200
  88. Alexandra Sokoloff
  89. Lacey Weatherford (Estimated) – 3,990
  90. Dani Amore (Estimated) – 3,960
  91. Allan Guthrie – 3,944
  92. Lauren Royal – 3,642
  93. J.A. Konrath – 3,630
  94. Aiden James – 3,539
  95. John O’Brien
  96. Stephanie Abbott/Emma Jameson – About 3,495
  97. Russell Blake (Estimated) – 3,390
  98. Monique Martin – 3,300
  99. Rose Pressey (Estimated) – 3,210
  100. Scott Nicholson (Estimated) – 3,090
  101. Beverley Kendall (Estimated) – 3,060

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Last month’s top 25 (With this month’s rankings & sales)

1. CJ Lyons – #5
Joint-2. Nick Spalding – #8
2. Bella Andre – #1 – 168,481
3. Jamie McGuire – No longer indie
4. Antoinette Stockenberg – #7 – 80,492
5. Marie Force – #3 – 130,000
6. Barbara Freethy – #23 – (Estimated) 30,150
Joint-6. Sara Fawkes – #4 – 121,919
7. Hugh Howey – #14 – 44,165
8. Kristen Ashley – #15
9. Colleen Hoover – #2 – 132,498
10. Gemma Halliday – #21
11. Stephanie Bond – #6 – (Estimated) 100,740
12. Liliana Hart – #19
13. John Locke – #18 – Approximately 38,000
14. Rebecca Forster – #29 – 24,760
15. Bob Mayer – #12 – 45,000
16. Lisa Renee Jones – #52 – (Estimated) 10,200
17. Jon F. Merz – Did not submit sales; estimates did not qualify for the list
18. Judy Angelo – #36 – 17,352
19. Ruth Cardello – #9 – 60,000+<
20. Kathleen Brooks – #35 – 20,500
21. Alexis Harrington – Montlake Romance
22. Addison Moore – #37
23. Andrew E. Kaufman – #14 Authors To Watch – (Estimated) 2,490
Joint-23. Elizabeth Reyes – #62 – (Estimated) 7,530
24. H.P. Mallory – #16 – 43,000
25. Stephanie Rowe – #47 – 11,200

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Genre List

Romance

Thrillers & Mysteries

Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

Various Genres (Fiction) including Adventure

Non Fiction

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1. Bella Andre

July 2012 Sales – 168,481

Featured Book
IF YOU WERE MINE (Sullivans #5). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Sexy, Family Drama. Rated 4.5 stars on 42 reviews. 194 pages.

Bella Andre’s If You Were Mine, Can’t Help Falling in Love, and I Only Have Eyes For You were on the New York Times ebook Bestseller List at #22, #23, and #24. The same books were on the New York Time combined ebook and print Bestseller List at #29, #31, and #32.

The Look of Love, Can’t Help Falling in Love, and If You Were Mine were on the USA Today Bestseller List at #28, #51, and #56.

For more, see Bella Andre’s website.

*****

2. Colleen Hoover

July 2012 Sales – 132,498

Featured Book
Point of Retreat (Slammed Series). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, American Drama, Poetry, Emotional. Rated 5 stars on 206 reviews. 302 pages.

For more, see Colleen Hoover’s website.

*****

3. Marie Force

July 2012 Sales – 130,000

Featured Book
Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1). Current Price: $0. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series, Resort, Charming. Rated 4.5 stars on 139 reviews. 264 pages.

Maid for Love has been free since mid-June, causing Marie Force’s sales of other books to dramatically increase. She says, “Once again, a freebie has been a game-changer for me.”

For more, see Marie Force’s website.

*****

4. Sara Fawkes

July 2012 Sales – 121,919

Featured Book
Anything He Wants (Dominated By The Billionaire). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Erotica, Romance, Series. Rated 3.5 stars on 54 reviews. 28 pages.

Sara Fawkes’s Anything He Wants debuted on the USA Today Bestseller List at #85. Anything He Wants 4 was released July 25 and is currently sitting at #60 on Amazon’s Kindle Top 100. It broke the Top 100 within the first 24 hours of its release.

For more, see Sara Fawkes’s blog.

*****

5. CJ Lyons

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
BLIND FAITH. Current Price: $7.99. Genre: Medical, Thriller, Mystery, Women Sleuth. Rated 4.5 stars on 3 reviews. 416 pages.

No Longer Indie Next Month: Last year, Blind Faith debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List. St. Martin’s bought Blind Faith and re-released it with a new ending on July 31. “A true happy ending to a book of my heart and a great demonstration of indy and traditional publishers working together to give readers great books!”

CJ Lyons will be donating funds to three charities and “providing scholarships to police officers from underserved communities to receive forensic training as part of my Buy a Book, MAKE A DIFFERENCE campaign. You can learn more about it here.”

For more, see CJ Lyons’s website.

*****

6. Stephanie Bond

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 100,740

Featured Book
[New Release] Baby, Hold On (Southern Roads). Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella, Summer Read, Opposites Attract. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 69 pages.

For more, see Stephanie Bond’s website.

*****

7. Antoinette Stockenberg

July 2012 Sales – 80,492

Featured Book
Embers. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Murder Mystery, Family drama, Maine Setting, Summer Book. Rated 4.5 stars on 4 reviews. 509 pages.

Since March 1, 2012, Antoinette Stockenberg has sold over 317,000 ebooks on Barnes & Noble alone. Ten of her ebooks have ranked #1-#10 in PubIt mysteries. Antoinette’s July sales at Amazon have increased 50% over June.

For more, see Antoinette Stockenberg’s website.

*****

8. Nick Spalding

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Love… From Both Sides (A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy). Current Price: $2.29. Genre: Humor, Women’s Fiction, Single Women. Rated 5 stars on 34 reviews. 143 pages.

For more, see Nick Spalding’s blog.

*****

9. Ruth Cardello

July 2012 Sales – 60,000+

Featured Book
Bedding the Billionaire. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Drama, Series. Rated 5 stars on 43 reviews.

Ruth Cardello made the New York Times Bestseller List this month.

For more, see Ruth Cardello’s website.

*****

10. Abbi Glines

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
[New Release] While It Lasts. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Adult. Rated 5 stars on 88 reviews. 222 pages.

For more, see Abbi Glines’s website.

*****

11. Diane Capri

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Fatal Distraction. Current Price: $5.99. Genre: Thriller, Legal, Mystery, Hard-Boiled. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. 265 pages.

This month, Diane Capri was #1 on several Amazon Kindle Bestseller lists “including Legal Thrillers (US and UK), Mystery, Police Procedural, Hard-boiled mystery, and more.” She has four titles in the Kindle Top 20 for Legal Thrillers at #1, #3, #9, and #15. Check out her latest short, Jack and Kill.

For more, see Diane Capri’s website.

*****

12. Bob Mayer

July 2012 Sales – 45,000

Featured Book
ATLANTIS. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Adventure, Thriller. Rated 4 stars on 136 reviews. 218 pages.

For more, see Bob Mayer’s website.

*****

13. Sydney Landon

July 2012 Sales – 44,733

Featured Book
Weekends Required (Danvers Book 1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series, Drama, Office. Rated 4.5 stars on 279 reviews. 187 pages.

For more, see Sydney Landon’s website.

*****

14. Hugh Howey

July 2012 Sales – 44,165

Featured Book
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5). Current Price: $5.99. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Adventure. Rated 5 stars on 1,480 reviews. 550 pages.

Hugh Howey’s I, Zombie is due out on August 15, 2012.

For more, see Hugh Howey’s website.

*****

15. Kristen Ashley

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Breathe (Colorado Mountain Series). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 42 reviews. 554 pages.

For more, see Kristen Ashley’s website.

*****

16. H.P. Mallory

July 2012 Sales – 43,000

Featured Book
Toil and Trouble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book # 2). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Series, Time Travel. Rated 4.5 stars on 215 reviews. 272 pages.

For more, see H.P. Mallory website.

*****

17. Jessica Sorensen

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 42,750

Featured Book
The Fallen Star (Fallen Star Series Book 1). Current Price: $0. Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance. Rated 4 stars on 186 reviews. 419 pages.

For more, see Jessica Sorensen’s blog.

*****

18. John Locke

July 2012 Sales – Approximately 38,000

Featured Book
BOX. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure, Psychological. Unrated. 277 pages.

For more, see John Locke’s website.

*****

19. Liliana Hart

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
CADE: A MacKenzie Novel (Erotic Suspense). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Spy Stories, Tales of Intrigue, Erotic. Rated 4 stars on 16 reviews. 217 pages.

For more, see Liliana Hart’s website.

*****

20. Tammara Webber

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 35,250

Featured Book
Easy. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Mature Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Drama. Rated 4.5 stars on 426 reviews. 318 pages.

For more, see Tammara Webber’s blog.

*****

21. Gemma Halliday

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Unbreakable Bond (Jamie Bond Mysteries). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Women Sleuths. Rated 4.5 stars on 3 reviews. 184 pages.

Gemma Halliday’s Unbreakable Bond was #7 on Barnes & Noble’s Nook Top 100.

For more, see Gemma Halliday’s website.

*****

22. Kathy Bennett

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 31,500

Featured Book
A Deadly Blessing (LAPD Detective Maddie Divine). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Police Procedural. Rated 4.5 stars on 19 reviews. 251 pages.

For more, see Kathy Bennett’s website.

*****

23. Barbara Freethy

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 30,150

Featured Book
A Secret Wish (Wish Series #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Series, Reunion. Rated 4 stars on 32 reviews. 228 pages.

For more, see Barbara Freethy’s website.

*****

24. J.R. Rain

July 2012 Sales – 27,810

Featured Book
Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire #5). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Vampire, Romance. Rated 4.5 stars on 69 reviews. 148 pages.

For more, see J.R. Rain’s website.

*****

25. Patricia Ryan/P.B. Ryan

July 2012 Sales – 26,115

Featured Book
Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 1). Current Price: $0. Genre: Historical Mystery, Women Sleuths, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 109 reviews. 324 pages.

For more, see Patricia Ryan’s website.

*****

26. Quinn Loftis

July 2012 Sales – Around 26,000

Featured Book
Out Of The Dark (The Grey Wolves Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Werewolves, Mythology. Rated 5 stars on 73 reviews. 319 pages.

“I would not be where I am today without all the amazing readers and bloggers and other indie authors who have been so kind, supportive and encouraging.”

For more, see Quinn Loftis’s website.

*****

27. Lawrence Kelter

July 2012 Sales – 25,011

Featured Book
[New Release] Palindrome (The Palindrome Trilogy). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Police Procedural. Rated 5 stars on 16 reviews. 185 pages.

Lawrence Kelter’s Palindrome was a Top 5 New Release in Amazon’s Young Adult Category.

Don’t Close Your Eyes, the first book in the Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series hit the Top 20 on Amazon UK almost one year after being released as an ebook. Chalice #4, Our Honored Dead will be released at the end of September.

For more, see Lawrence Kelter’s website.

*****

28. Rebecca Donovan

July 2012 Sales – Approximately 25,000

Featured Book
Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series #1). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Drama. Rated 4.5 stars on 259 reviews. 374 pages.

“I attribute the phenomenal sales to my fans. Their enthusiasm and passion are what get others to read this series. Word of mouth is powerful!”

For more, see Rebecca Donovan’s website.

*****

29. Rebecca Forster

July 2012 Sales – 24,760

Featured Book
SILENT WITNESS (legal thriller, thriller) (The Witness Series,#2). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Thriller, Legal, Romantic Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 63 reviews. 368 pages.

For more, see Rebecca Forster’s website.

*****

30. Rachel Astor

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 23,100

Featured Book
McMaster the Disaster Trilogy. Current Price: $5.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews. 515 pages.

For more, see Rachel Astor’s website.

*****

31. Denise Grover Swank

July 2012 Sales – 23,014

Featured Book
Chosen (The Chosen #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 135 reviews. 366 pages.

Denise Grover Swank’s Turkish rights to The Chosen series were recently sold to Marti. An audiobook of Chosen was released on July 16.

For more, see Denise Grover Swank’s website.

*****

32. Shadonna Richards

July 2012 Sales – 22,814

Featured Book
Accidentally Married to the Billionaire (Whirlwind Romance Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Women’s Fiction, Single Women, Humor, Contemporary Romance. Rated 3.5 stars on 8 reviews. 42 pages.

Shadonna Richards has sold over 120,000 ebooks in 11 months on Kindle.

For more, see Shadonna Richards’s blog.

*****

33. Catherine Bybee

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Married by Monday (Weekday Brides). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Women’s Fiction, Single Women, Humor, Contemporary Romance. Rated 4.5 stars on 27 reviews. 296 pages.

For more, see Catherine Bybee’s website.

*****

34. Ryk Brown

July 2012 Sales – 21,593

Featured Book
Ep.#4 – “Freedom’s Dawn” (The Frontiers Saga). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, High Tech, Adventure, Series. Rated 4 stars on 48 reviews. 256 pages.

Since his publishing journey began on December 19, 2011, Ryk Brown has sold 84,111 copies worldwide. “One of these days I’m going to wake up and find out it’s all been a wonderful dream.”

For more, see Ryk Brown’s Goodreads.

*****

35. Kathleen Brooks

July 2012 Sales – 20,500

Featured Book
Bluegrass Undercover (Bluegrass Brothers). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Series. Rated 5 stars on 27 reviews. 185 pages.

Kathleen Brooks’s Rising Storm will be released in mid-August.

For more, see Kathleen Brooks’s website.

*****

36. Judy Angelo

July 2012 Sales – 17,352

Featured Book
To Tame a Tycoon (The BAD BOY BILLIONAIRES Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Women’s Fiction, Single Women, Humor, Contemporary Romance. Rated 4 stars on 5 reviews. 116 pages.

Judy Angelo says that the key to success it to “keep churning out more books.”

For more, see Judy Angelo’s Goodreads.

*****

37. Addison Moore

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1). Current Price: $0. Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fantasy, Romance. Rated 4 stars on 221 reviews. 191 pages.

Film options for the Celestra series sold to 20th Century Fox.

For more, see Addison Moore’s blog.

*****

38. Chanda Hahn

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 15,900

Featured Book
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale). Current Price: $0. Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance. Rated 4 stars on 121 reviews. 225 pages.

For more, see Chanda Hahn’s website.

*****

39. Tina Reber

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Love Unscripted. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama, Adult. Rated 4.5 stars on 387 reviews. 659 pages.

For more, see Tina Reber’s website.

*****

40. Catherine Ryan Hyde

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Don’t Let Me Go. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Drama, Literary. Rated 5 stars on 92 reviews. 422 pages.

Don’t Let Me Go has the highest consistent reviews, even higher than Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Pay It Forward. Don’t Let Me Go was borrowed over 3,000 times in the first nine days of July.

For more, see Catherine Ryan Hyde’s website.

*****

41. Carolyn McCray

July 2012 Sales – 12,059

Featured Book
30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller. Current Price: $5.99. Genre: Thriller, Historical, Action, Adventure. Rated 3.5 stars on 507 reviews. 441 pages.

For more, see Carolyn McCray’s website.

*****

42. RJ Parker

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
TOP CASES of The FBI (American Criminal History). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Non Fiction, U.S. History and True Crime. Rated 4 stars on 21 reviews. 196 pages.

RJ Parker’s Top Cases of the FBI was #1 in the U.K. Kindle store during July. It has also been in the Top 10 of its genres all month.

For more, see RJ Parker’s website.

*****

43. David Dalglish

July 2012 Sales – Approximately 12,000

Featured Book
Blood of the Underworld (The Watcher’s Blade, Book 1). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Crime. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 404 pages.

David Dalglish has sold over 250,000 self-published books.

For more, see David Dalglish’s website.

*****

44. Jinx Jamison

July 2012 Sales – 11,613

Featured Book
Seducing Sarah (The Madame X School of Sex) (BDSM, erotic romance). Current PRice: $4.99. Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Sensuality. Rated 4 stars on 34 reviews. 115 pages.

For more, see Jinx Jamison’s blog.

*****

45. Cheryl Bolen

July 2012 Sales – 11,500

Featured Book
My Lord Wicked (Historical Regency Romance). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Romance, Regency, Historical, Gothic. Rated 4stars on 17 reviews. 226 pages.

My Lord Wicked was just named Best Historical in the 1st International Digital Awards competition. Capitol Offense is now free.

For more, see Cheryl Bolen’s website.

*****

46. Aphrodite Hunt/Artemis Hunt

July 2012 Sales – 11,215

Featured Book
His Indecent Proposition (‘Bound and Shackled to the Billionaire’ BDSM erotic romance). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Erotica, Business, Romance. Unrated. 39 pages.

Aphrodite/Artemis Hunt has achieved over 85,000 sales already.

For more, see Aphrodiet Hunt’s Smashwords.

*****

47. Stephanie Rowe

July 2012 Sales – 11,200

Featured Book
Dawn at Birch Crossing (Book 1). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Alpha Male, Series. Rated 5 stars on 9 reviews. 320 pages.

For more, see Stephanie Rowe’s website.

*****

48. Debora Geary

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 11,070

Featured Book
A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch Series: Book 1). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Witches, Magic, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 459 reviews. 305 pages.

For more, see Debora Geary’s website.

*****

49. H.T. Night

July 2012 Sales – 11,023

Featured Book
Box Set: Vampire Love Story Series (Four paranormal romance novels). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Vampires, Romance, Fantasy. Rated 4 stars on 100 reviews. 513 pages.

For more, see H.T. Night’s website.

*****

50. Lisa Mondello

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Material Witness (A Romantic Suspense Novel) (or here). Current Price: $3.49. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Action, Adventure. Rated 4.5 stars on 4 reviews. 227 pages.

For more, see Lisa Mondello’s blog.

*****

51. Kristie Cook

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Promise (Soul Savers). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Series. Rated 4 stars on 128 reviews. 369 pages.

For more see Kristie Cook’s website.

*****

52. Lisa Renee Jones

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 10,200

Featured Book
Secrets Exposed (Prelude to the sexy romance suspense series Tall, Dark, and Deadly). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Drama, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 201 pages.

For more, see Lisa Renee Jones’s website.

*****

53. Eve Langlais

July 2012 Sales – 9,786

Featured Book
[New Release] A Demon And His Witch (Welcome To Hell). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Demon, Witch. Rated 4.5 stars on 14 reviews. 159 pages.

For more, see Eve Langlais’s website.

*****

54. Shayne Parkinson

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Settling the Account (Promises to Keep). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Historical Fiction, Series, Drama. Rated 5 stars on 21 reviews. 454 pages.

For more, see Shayne Parkinson’s website.

*****

55. Michael Prescott

July 2012 Sales – 9,213

Featured Book
Deadly Pursuit. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Psychological. Rated 4 stars on 7 reviews. 305 pages.

For more, see Michael Prescott’s website.

*****

56. Joseph Lallo

July 2012 Sales – 8,917

Featured Book
The Book of Deacon. Current Price: $0. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, War, Wizards. Rated 4.5 stars on 211 reviews. 323 pages.

Joseph Lallo, along with others on this list, was selected as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012 contest for his novel, Bypass Gemini.

For more, see Joseph Lallo’s website.

*****

57. Mark Tufo

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Zombie Fallout. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Zombie. Rated 4.5 stars on 264 reviews. 308 pages.

For more, see Mark Tufo’s website.

*****

58. Brett Battles

July 2012 Sales – Around 8,750

Featured Book
Pale Horse (A Project Eden Thriller). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Drama. Rated 3.5 stars on 9 reviews. 251 pages.

For more, see Brett Battles’s website.

*****

59. Kathleen Long

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Featured Book
Chasing Rainbows: A Novel. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Relatable, Emotional, Honest. Rated 4 stars on 158 reviews. 264 pages.

Kathleen Long’s Chasing Rainbows will be re-released by AmazonEncore in August.

For more, see Kathleen Long’s website.

*****

60. Connie Suttle

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Featured Book
[New Release] Vendetta (Legend of the Ir’Indicti #4). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Series, Paranormal. Rated 5 stars on 12 reviews. 204 pages.

For more, see Connie Suttle’s website.

*****

61. Terri Reid

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 7,620

Featured Book
Secret Hollows – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery (Book 7). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Paranormal, Series. Rated 5 stars on 77 reviews. 222 pages.

For more, see Terri Reid’s website.

*****

62. Elizabeth Reyes

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 7,530

Featured Book
Making You Mine (The Moreno Brothers). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 42 reviews. 493 pages.

For more, see Elizabeth Reyes’s blog.

*****

63. Sarah Woodbury

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Featured Book
The Bard’s Daughter (A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery). Current Price: $0. Genre: Mystery, British, Historical Fiction. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. 75 pages.

For more, see Sarah Woodbury’s website.

*****

64. Joel Goldman

July 2012 Sales – 7,108

Featured Book
Deadlocked (Lou Mason Thrillers). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Legal, Hard-Boiled. Rated 4.5 stars on 13 reviews. 390 pages.

For more, see Joel Goldman’s website.

*****

Joint-64. Robert Gregory Browne

Updated August 21

July 2012 Sales – 7,088

Featured Book
Trial Junkies (A Thriller). Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Thriller, Murder Mystery, Legal, Crime Drama. Rated 4 stars on 70 reviews. 481 kb in size.

Robert Gregory Browne has sold over 33,000 books since mid-May.

For more, see Robert Gregory Browne’s website.

*****

65. Camilla Chafer

July 2012 Sales – 7,029

Featured Book
[New Release] Who Glares Wins (Lexi Graves Mysteries). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Romantic Suspense. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 266 pages.

During August, Camilla Chafer will bring her Lexi Graces Mysteries to other retailers.

For more, see Camilla Chafer’s website.

*****

66. Alexa Grace

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Featured Book
Deadly Deception (Deadly Trilogy). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Drama, Series. Rated 5 stars on 49 reviews. 315 pages.

For more, see Alexa Grace’s website.

*****

67. Sibel Hodge

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Featured Book
Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Psychological Thriller, Violence, Sociology. Rated 4.5 stars on 45 reviews. 98 pages.

For more, see Sibel Hodge’s website.

*****

68. Gerri Russell

July 2012 Sales – 6,703

Featured Book
Border Lord’s Bride (The Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Historical Fantasy, Romance, Loyalty. Rated 4.5 stars on 13 reviews. 82 pages.

For more, see Gerri Russell’s website.

*****

69. Jason Letts

July 2012 Sales – About 6,000

Featured Book
Powerless: The Synthesis. Current Price: $0. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Young Adult. Rated 4 stars on 41 reviews. 274 pages.

For more, see Jason Letts’s blog.

*****

70. Debra Holland

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 5,700

Featured Book
Stormy Montana Sky (Montana Sky Series). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Western Romance, Series, Montana. Rated 4.5 stars on 15 reviews. 246 pages.

For more, see Debra Holland’s website.

*****

71. Elle Casey

July 2012 Sales – 5,655

Featured Book
[New Release] Apocalypsis: Book 2 (Warpaint). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Adventure, Series. Rated 5 stars on 8 reviews. 234 pages.

Elle Casey recently sold translation rights for her War of the Fae series to a Brazilian publisher for translation into Brazilian Portuguese. Those books will launch in paperback and ebook in 2013 in Brazil.

For more, see Elle Casey’s website.

*****

72. Heather Killough-Walden

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 5,100

Featured Book
[New Release] Vampire, Vampire. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Vampires, Romance, Fantasy, Erotic. Rated 4.5 stars on 58 reviews. 208 pages.

For more, see Heather Killough-Walden’s website.

*****

73. Gary Ponzo

July 2012 Sales – 5,500

Featured Book
A Touch of Greed (A Nick Bracco Thriller). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Spy Stories, Tales of Intrigue, Police Procedural. Rated 5 stars on 21 reviews. 204 pages.

“I went into self-publishing kicking and screaming. My agent at the time suggested I try to go it alone and I’m forever in debt to him.”

For more, see Gary Ponzo’s website.

*****

74. SM Reine

July 2012 Sales – 5,010

Featured Book
Dark Union (The Descent Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Occult, Contemporary Fantasy, Magic. Rated 5 stars on 3 reviews. 115 pages.

For more, see SM Reine’s website.

*****

75. T.R. Ragan

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Featured Book
Return of the Rose. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Fantasy, Historical Fiction. Rated 4 stars on 85 reviews. 311 pages.

Theresa Ragan signed a seven-book deal with Audible. All of her romances are available in audio.

NOTE: Thomas & Mercer took over two of Theresa’s bestsellers in mid-July. These numbers only represent her self-published sales. Her two novels with Thomas & Mercer are #1 and #2 in Amazon’s Mystery & Thriller Series.

For more, see T.R. Ragan’s website.

*****

76. Amber Lynn Natusch

July 2012 Sales – 5,000

Featured Book
CAGED (Book 1, The Caged Series). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, Supernatural. Rated 4.5 stars on 122 reviews. 240 pages.

The fourth novel in Amber Lynn Natusch’s Caged Series releases on September 24, 2012.

For more, see Amber Lynn Natusch’s website.

*****

77. LJ Sellers

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 4,950

Featured Book
Dying for Justice (A Detective Jackson Mystery/Thriller). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Thriller, Police Procedural, Series, Mystery. Rated 5 stars on 60 reviews. 312 pages.

For more, see LJ Sellers’s website.

*****

78. Angie Stanton

July 2012 Sales – 4,900

Featured Book
Snapshot (The Jamieson Collection). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rock Music. Rated 4.5 stars on 33 reviews. 285 pages.

For more, see Angie Stanton’s website.

*****

79. Sandra Edwards

July 2012 Sales – 4,481

Featured Book
Party Girl (West Coast Girlz: Book Three). Current Price: $0. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series, Novella. Rated 4.5 stars on 5 reviews. 26 pages.

For more, see Sandra Edwards’s website.

*****

80. Diane Darcy

July 2012 Sales – Approximately 4,440

Featured Book
She Owns the Knight (A Medieval Time Travel Romance). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romance, Historical Fantasy, Time Travel, Medieval. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews. 351 pages.

Diane Darcy started self-publishing in April 2011 and has currently published six novels and one novella, The Christmas Star which is # 1 in Western Romance at Amazon UK.

For more, see Diane Darcy’s website.

*****

81. Minx Malone

July 2012 Sales – 4,392

Featured Book
Teasing Trent – An Erotic Romance. Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Short Story, Erotic, Romance. Rated 4 stars on 16 reviews. 47 pages.

For more, see Minx Malone’s website.

*****

82. Jillian Dodd

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Featured Book
That Boy. Current Price: $7.99. Genre: Romance, Series, Young Adult. Rated 4.5 stars on 99 reviews. 359 pages.

For more, see Jillian Dodd’s website.

*****

83. Teresa Wilde/Teresa Morgan

July 2012 Sales – 4,028 Amazon + Other retailers unreported

Featured Book
Strange Academy (Hot Paranormal Romance). Current Price: $1.49. Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal, Gothic. Rated 5 stars on 3 reviews. 297 pages.

For more, see Teresa Wilde’s website.

*****

84. Lizzy Ford

July 2012 Sales – 4,247

Featured Book
[New Release] The Grey God (Book IV, War of Gods). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Series. Rated 5 stars on 19 reviews. 208 pages.

The Grey God is Lizzy Ford’s recent release. It is the fourth and final book in the War of Gods series.

For more, see Lizzy Ford’s website.

*****

85. Deanna Chase

July 2012 Sales – 4,200

Featured Book
Jade Calhoun Series, Book 1 and 2. Current Price: $5.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Fantasy, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 12 reviews. 446 pages.

For more, see Deanna Chase’s website.

*****

86. N. Gemini Sasson

July 2012 Sales – 4,200

Featured Book
The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy). Current Price: $0. Genre: Historical Fiction, Men’s Adventure, War, Series. Rated 4 stars on 36 reviews. 301 pages.

For more, see N. Gemini Sasson’s website.

*****

87. Alexandra Sokoloff

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Featured Book
Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural, Hard-Boiled, Thriller. Rated 5 stars on 28 reviews. 353 pages.

Huntress Moon has been powering up the Kindle Top 100s of its catergories. It has been between 80 and 275 in paid all month and was listed for two weeks as an Amazon Hot New Release and Most Wished For Mystery. It was picked up by Shelfari’s Mystery and Suspense book group as their August read.

For more, see Alexandra Sokoloff’s website.

*****

88. Lacey Weatherford

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,990

Featured Book
The Trouble With Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1). Current Price: $0. Genre: Young Adult, Family Saga, Fantasy, Magic. Rated 4 stars on 140 reviews. 324 pages.

For more, see Lacey Weatherford’s website.

*****

89. Dani Amore

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,960

Featured Book
To Find A Mountain. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: War, Historical Fiction, Based on True Events. Rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews. 177 pages.

For more, see Dani Amore’s website.

*****

90. Allan Guthrie

July 2012 Sales – 3,944

Featured Book
Bye Bye Baby (a Detective Frank Collins police thriller). Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural, Hard-Boiled, Thriller. Rated 4 stars on 25 reviews. 128 pages.

The lifetime Kindle sales of Allan Guthrie’s Bye Bye Baby hit 40,000 during July.

For more, see Allan Guthrie’s website.

*****

91. Lauren Royal

July 2012 Sales – 3,642

Featured Book
Violet (Flower Trilogy, Book 1). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Historical Romance, Passion, Drama. Rated 4 stars on 14 reviews. 339 pages.

On B&N in July, Lauren Royal’s Violet and Rose both hit the Top 100 store-wide.

On Amazon and Apple, Lauren’s books hit Top 100 lists in Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden, as well as the U.S.

For more, see Lauren Royal’s website.

*****

92. J.A. Konrath

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,630

Featured Book
Endurance (A Novel of Terror). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary Horror. Rated 4 stars on 206 reviews. 338 pages.

For more, see J.A. Konrath’s website.

*****

93. Aiden James

July 2012 Sales – 3,539

Featured Book
Deadly Night: The Murder of Candi Starr (Ghost Hunters 101 Series #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Action, Adventure, Suspense. Rated 4 stars on 17 reviews. 360 pages.

Aiden James has new covers for Deadly Night, Cades Cove, and The Raven Mocker. He says, “Much better artwork, and the esteemed Neil Jackson was involved with all three covers (all were created in July).”

For more, see Aiden James’s website.

*****

94. John O’Brien

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Featured Book
[New Release] A New World: Awakening. Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Survival. Rated 5 stars on 48 reviews. 242 pages.

For more, see John O’Brien’s Smashwords.

*****

95. Stephanie Abbott/Emma Jameson

July 2012 Sales – About 3,495

Featured Book
Blue Murder (Lord & Lady Hetheridge). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Mystery, British Detectives, Women Sleuths. Rated 4.5 stars on 11 reviews. 202 pages.

For more, see Stephanie Abbott’s website.

*****

96. Russell Blake

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,390

Featured Book
The Voynich Cypher (Dr. Steven Cross Series #2). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure. Rated 4 stars on 57 reviews. 357 pages.

For more, see Russell Blake’s website.

*****

97. Monique Martin

July 2012 Sales – 3,300

Featured Book
Fragments (Out of Time). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Historical Mystery, Romance, London. Rated 5 stars on 20 reviews. 175 pages.

Monique Martin has sold over 50,000 books.

For more, see Monique Martin’s website.

*****

98. Rose Pressey

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,210

Featured Book
[New Release] The Ghoul Next Door (Larue Donavan). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Series, Psychic, Ghosts. Rated 5 stars on 27 reviews. 280 pages.

For more, see Rose Pressey’s website.

*****

99. Scott Nicholson

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,090

Featured Book
The Red Church. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Horror, Occult, Suspense, Thriller. Rated 4 stars on 198 reviews. 362 pages.

For more, see Scott Nicholson’s website.

*****

100. Beverley Kendall

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,060

Featured Book
An Heir of Deception (The Elusive Lords). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Regency. Rated 4.5 stars on 39 reviews. 324 pages.

For more, see Beverley Kendall’s website.

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1. Mainak Dhar

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 3,030

Featured Book
Off With Their Heads: The Prequel to Alice in Deadland. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Horror, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy. Unrated. 151 pages.

For more, see Mainak Dhar’s website.

*****

2. Cheryl Bradshaw

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Featured Book
Sinnerman (A Sloane Monroe Novel, Book Two). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Spy Stories, Tales of Intrigue, Thriller. Rated 4.5 stars on 24 reviews. 241 pages.

For more, see Cheryl Bradshaw’s website.

*****

3. Mel Comley

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 2,910

Featured Book
Cruel Justice (Justice series (Book one)). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Police Procedural, Series. Rated 4 stars on 31 reviews. 344 pages.

For more, see Mel Comley’s blog.

*****

4. Meg Harris/Gem Frost

July 2012 Sales – 2,894

Featured Book
Hot Lover (erotic romance). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Short Story. Unrated. 36 pages.

For more, see Meg Harris’s website.

*****

5. Claire Ridgway

July 2012 Sales – 2,884

Featured Book
[New Release] Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Writing Skills, Interviews, Indie, Publishing. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. 179 pages. Many of the authors featured appear regularly in the Top 100 Indie Authors list.

For more, see Claire Ridgway’s website.

*****

6. Andrew Peterson

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 2,850

Featured Book
First to Kill (Nathan McBride Series). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Action, Adventure, Series, Thriller. Rated 4.5 stars on 83 reviews. 356 pages.

For more, see Andrew Peterson’s website.

*****

7. Doug Farren

July 2012 Sales – 2,850

Featured Book
Off Course. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Travel. Rated 5 stars on 4 reviews. 201 pages.

For more, see Doug Farren’s Smashwords.

*****

8. Cheryl Douglas

July 2012 Sales – 2,808

Featured Book
Shameless (Nashville Nights). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Country Music, Series. Rated 4 stars on 13 reviews. 187 pages.

Nashville Nights is an eight book contemporary romance series with an eight book spin-off series, Nashville Nights Next Generation, planned for the winter of 2012.

For more, see Cheryl Douglas’s website.

*****

9. Julia Crane

July 2012 Sales – 2,798

Featured Book
Dark Promise (Between Worlds #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance. Rated 5 stars on 6 reviews. 176 pages.

For more, see Julia Crane’s website.

*****

10. Robert W. Walker

July 2012 Sales – 2,752

Featured Book
Children of Salem. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Horror, Thriller, Ghosts, Romance. Rated 4 stars on 25 reviews. 441 pages.

“I have not spent a dime on advertising and do all my own smart marketing.”

For more, see Robert W. Walker’s website.

*****

11. Linda Welch

July 2012 Sales – 2,705

Featured Book
Along Came a Demon (Whisperings) (Whisperings Paranormal Mystery). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Women Sleuths, Mystery. Rated 4.5 stars on 44 reviews. 205 pages.

For more, see Linda Welch’s website.

*****

12. Barbara Samuel

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 2,700

Featured Book
In the Midnight Rain. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, Southern. Rated 4.5 stars on 78 reviews. 420 pages.

For more, see Barbara Samuel’s website.

*****

13. Blake Crouch

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 2,520

Featured Book
Run. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Horror. Rated 4 stars on 340 reviews. 290 pages.

For more, see Blake Crouch’s website.

*****

14. Andrew E. Kaufman

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 2,490

Featured Book
The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 230 reviews. 263 pages.

For more, see Andrew E. Kaufman’s website.

*****

15. J.T. Cross

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
Lost Valley: The Discovery (A Serial Novel, Part 1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Romantic Suspense, Action, Adventure, Thriller. Rated 3.5 stars on 20 reviews. 145 pages.

For more, see J.T. Cross’s Facebook.

*****

16. Dee Ernst

July 2012 Sales – 2,268

Featured Book
Better Off Without Him (Romantic Comedy). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Humor, Romance, Women’s Fiction. Rated 4.5 stars on 119 reviews. 267 pages.

For more, see Dee Ernst’s blog.

*****

17. Tori Scott

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 2,250

Featured Book
Blue Moon Over Texas (Lone Star Cowboys). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Romance, Western, Cowboy, Texas. Rated 5 stars on 7 reviews. 303 kb in size, or about 150 pages.

For more, see Tori Scott’s blog.

*****

18. Suzan Tisdale

July 2012 Sales – 2,232

Featured Book
Laiden’s Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series). Current Price: $1.99. Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Scottish, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 64 reviews. 227 pages.

For more, see Suzan Tisdale’s blog.

*****

Joint-18. Susan Kaye Quinn

Updated August 21

July 2012 Sales – 2,153

Featured Book
Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Series, Young Adult. Rated 4.5 stars on 116 reviews. 339 pages.

For more, see Susan Kaye Quinn’s website.

*****

19. Lani Wendt Young

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Featured Book
Telesa – The Covenant Keeper. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural. Rated 5 stars on 140 reviews. 443 pages.

Lani Wendt Young is “the first Pacific author to write and publish in this genre with books that are entirely set in a contemporary Pacific setting.”

For more, see Lani Wendt Young’s blog.

*****

20. M.H. Sargent

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Featured Book
Operation Spider Web (An MP-5 CIA Thriller, Book 3). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: War, Thriller, Espionage, Suspense. Rated 4.5 stars on 16 reviews. 301 pages.

For more, see M.H. Sargent’s Facebook.

*****

21. Lorhainne Eckhart

Note: Private sales figures were shared with iReaderReview for more accurate placement on the list.

Featured Book
[New Release] Lost and Found (Walk the Right Road, Book 2). Current Price: $0. Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Series. Rated 5 stars on 3 reviews. 234 pages.

For more, see Lorhainne Eckhart’s website.

*****

22. Caryn Moya Block

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,770

Featured Book
A Siberian Werewolf In London (Siberian Volkov Pack). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf, London. Rated 4 stars on 10 reviews. 139 pages.

For more, see Caryn Moya Block’s website.

*****

23. Steena Holmes

July 2012 Sales – About 1,750

Featured Book
Finding Emma. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Domestic Life, Women’s Fiction, Mothers & Children, Drama. Rated 5 stars on 107 reviews. 278 pages.

For more, see Steena Holmes’s website.

*****

24. T.I. Wade

July 2012 Sales – 1,671

Featured Book
INVASION USA (Book 4) – The Battle for Houston…The Aftermath. Current Price: $7.97. Genre: Thriller, Spy Stories, Tales of Intrigue, Series, War. Rated 4.5 stars on 2 reviews. 376 pages.

T.I. Wade’s INVASION USA IV has been launched and sold 50 copies on its debut, landing at #11,781 in the Kindle Store in 24 hours.

For more, see T.I. Wade’s website.

*****

25. Laurie Kellogg

July 2012 Sales – 1,667

Featured Book
[New Release] The Great Bedroom War (Return to Redemption). Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Drama. Rated 5 stars on 14 reviews. 234 pages.

Laurie Kellogg’s The Parent Pact will be released in September.

For more, see Laurie Kellogg’s website.

*****

26. Dannika Dark

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,650

Featured Book
Sterling (Mageri Series: Book 1). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Romance, Magic. Rated 4 stars on 137 reviews. 263 pages.

For more, see Dannika Dark’s website.

*****

27. Martin Parece

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,650

Featured Book
Blood and Steel (The Cor Chronicles). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Series. Rated 4.5 stars on 29 reviews. 414 pages.

For more, see Martin Parece’s Facebook.

*****

28. Christiana Miller

July 2012 Sales – 1,511

Featured Book
Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead. Current Price: $3.99. Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Ghosts. Rated 4.5 stars on 157 reviews. 332 pages.

For more, see Christiana Miller’s website.

*****

29. Darcie Chan

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,500

Featured Book
The Mill River Recluse. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary, Drama, Family. Rated 4 stars on 985 reviews. 308 pages.

For more, see Darcie Chan’s website.

*****

30. Meadow Taylor

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,500

Featured Book
The Billionaire’s Secrets. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Billionaire, Erotic. Rated 4 stars on 27 reviews. 189 pages.

For more, see Meadow Taylor’s Goodreads.

*****

31. Michael McCloskey

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Featured Book
[New Release] The Trilisk AI (Parker Interstellar Travels #2). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, High Tech. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews. 262 pages.

Michael McCloskey’s The Trilisk AI was #2 in popularity on Amazon US list of new releases in High Tech.

For more, see Michael McCloskey’s website.

*****

32. T.B. Christensen

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,440

Featured Book
Wielder’s Awakening (Wielder Trilogy: Book One). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Romance. Rated 3.5 stars on 57 reviews. 394 pages.

For more, see T.B. Christensen’s blog.

*****

33. V.K. Sykes

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Featured Book
Hardball. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Contemporary Romance, Affair, Sexy. Rated 4 stars on 15 reviews. 275 pages.

V.K. Sykes’s Hardball is the winner of the Silken Sands Self-Published Star Contest for best contemporary romance, and is a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012.

For more, see V.K. Sykes’s website.

*****

34. Nick Russell

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,410

Featured Book
Big Lake Lynching. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller. Rated 5 stars on 52 reviews. 293 pages.

For more, see Nick Russell’s website.

*****

35. Bryan James

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,410

Featured Book
LZR-1143: Infection (Book One of the LZR-1143 Series). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Zombies, Adventure, Suspense, Thriller. Rated 4 stars in 95 reviews. 297 pages.

For more, see Bryan James’s Goodreads.

*****

36. Paul Jones

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,350

Featured Book
Extinction Point – Book One. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic. Rated 4.5 stars on 235 reviews. 283 pages.

For more, see Paul Jones’s website.

*****

37. Sarah Burleton

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,350

Featured Book
Why Me?. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Child Abuse, Family Relationships, Dysfunctional. Rated 4.5 stars on 145 reviews. 116 pages.

For more, see Sarah Burleton’s website.

*****

38. Roger Stelljes

July 2012 Sales – Approximately 1,338

Featured Book
Deadly Stillwater – Thriller (McRyan Mystery Series #2). Current price: $0. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense. Rated 4 stars on 97 reviews. 378 pages.

For more information see Roger Stelljes’s blog.

*****

39. Armand Rosamilia

July 2012 Sales – 1,311

Featured Book
Death Metal. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Thriller, Occult, Novella. Rated 4.5 on 12 reviews. 76 pages.

For more, see Armand Rosamilia’s website.

*****

40. Elaine Babich

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You Never Called Me Princess (The Kaitlyn Chronicles #1). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Young Adult, Drama, Weight, Self-Image. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews. 141 pages.

For more, see Elaine Babich’s Goodreads.

*****

41. Jeff Shelby

July 2012 Sales – 1,177

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Drift Away (Noah Braddock Mysteries). Current Price: $4.99. Genre: Mystery, Hard-Boiled, Drama. Rated 4.5 stars on 20 reviews. 391 pages.

For more, see Jeff Shelby’s website.

*****

42. P O Dixon

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Still a Young Man: Darcy Is In Love. Current Price: $5.46. Genre: Historical Fiction, Classic, Romance. Rated 3.5 stars on 9 reviews. 204 pages.

For more, see P O Dixon’s website.

*****

43. Kristen James

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[New Release] Love Yourself & Live Your Dreams. Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Self-Help, Healing, Confidence. Rated 5 stars on 2 reviews. 32 pages.

For more, see Kristen James’s blog.

*****

44. P.J. Day

July 2012 Sales – 1,056

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King’s Blood: Vampire Revealed (A Serial Novel, Part 1). Current Price: $0.99. Genre: Fantasy, Vampires, Gothic, Romance. Rated 4 stars on 21 reviews. 73 pages.

For more, see P.J. Day’s Facebook.

*****

45. Chris Culver

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,050

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The Abbey (Ash Rashid). Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Police Procedural. Rated 4 stars on 586 reviews. 260 pages.

For more, see Chris Culver’s website.

*****

46. Susan Salluce

Estimated July 2012 Sales – 1,050

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Out of Breath. Current Price: $2.99. Genre: Psychological, Parental Grief, Literary Fiction. Rated 4.5 stars on 48 reviews. 249 pages.

For more, see Susan Salluce’s Facebook.

*****

Author Profile: The Brilliance of Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey is an award-winning and best-selling author. His adventurous life and unbounded imagination have provided readers with copious amounts of original and consuming material. We recently had a conversation with the well-loved author.

IReaderReview: What are five questions that interviewers never ask, but you wish they would. What would your answers be?

Hugh Howey: A chance to interview myself! Should I lob up softballs or be masochistic and cruel? I think the latter!

1: What is your greatest writing-related fear?

I watched my grandfather, after whom I was named, suffer and succumb to Alzheimer’s. My greatest fear is losing not only myself, but the awareness that this loss is taking place.

2: What would be your greatest triumph as a writer?

Winning a Hugo Award. It’s given out by a combination of peers and fans, and when I dream of the impossible, this is what I dream of. And I’m embarrassed to admit it. Damn, this is the most difficult interview I’ve ever participated in. Do I have to go on?

Yes. Question 3: How are you dealing with expectations now that you have a solid readership?

Not very well, I don’t think. My response to the adulation WOOL has garnered has been to write a disgusting zombie novel that nobody in their right mind should enjoy. It’s almost like I got on this ride that I’ve always dreamed about, and now I’m hurtling myself through the door at top speed. With the release date just two weeks away, I’m bracing for impact.

4: Is Hugh Howey your real name? And why would anyone do that to their child?

Yes. And my middle name is Crocker. I try not to blame my parents, which means the therapy has been successful. My first and middle name came from my mother’s side. My last name, of course, came from my father. More thought could have gone into this on their first date. More thought should have gone into this.

Then again, I introduced myself to a lady once and she beamed and told me I should be a writer with a name like that. This was before WOOL took off, so she didn’t recognize it. I don’t think she believed me when I told her I was trying to do just that.

5: How hard is it to get up every single day and write?

It’s not hard, it’s nearly impossible. I’ve been doing it for over three years, and I often wonder what’s wrong with me that I can stomach such a grind. Granted, this is why someone of my limited skill set is able to make a living writing: most people with true talent have something better to do with their time.

IRR: You just finished writing I, Zombie, which will be released August 15. Can you share a bit about the story with us?

Hugh: It’s a gruesome story. Not for the faint of heart. In I, ZOMBIE, the main characters are the zombies. They retain all of their memories and feelings but have no control over their actions. And I’m not sure this is too much of a stretch, to be honest. Each chapter weaves in a thread of the human condition and reveals the reason I believe zombies have long been popular and will continue to enthrall us: we see ourselves in them. I’m recommending people to skip this book. It’s really bad.

IRR: How do you feel about the Wool series’ almost cult-like following?

Hugh: I love it! This is what you dream about as a writer. Complete strangers are discussing characters and plot points that used to exist solely within my skull. That just floors me. And the fans are so enthusiastic. Interacting with them on a daily basis keeps me pumped up and motivated.

IRR: With several novels, novellas, and short stories under your belt, you are the definition of a prolific author. What would you attribute to your consistent creativity?

Hugh: I’m very comfortable staring at a blank page. I think the most important part of the writing process is all that takes place when your fingers are perfectly still. I’ve spoken with struggling writers about what they are having troubles with, and the number one problem is the speed with which they give up writing and go distract themselves with something else. The key is to set aside hours that are for nothing but writing. And if you don’t get any writing done, that’s okay, but you’re not allowed to do anything else. If you stick to this every day of the week, even if it’s for only an hour at a time, you’ll write a novel or two a year, guaranteed.

IRRWool has flown up the charts and stayed there since fall of last year. How did you achieve such impressive success?

Hugh: I wish I knew! If I had that secret, every one of my books would be doing so well. Since WOOL was the one story I did nothing to promote, I have to give part of the credit to the setting and characters, both of which captivated me as much as they have the readers. It made the works easy to write and fun to go back to and revise over and over. The rest of the credit has to go to the fans who have been incredibly vocal and have worked tirelessly to infect others. WOOL took off due to word of mouth, and that’s what has been sustaining it ever since.

IRR: Please share your feelings regarding Wool being optioned for a film.

Hugh: I’m over the moon. You couldn’t ask for a better duo to snag your film rights than Steve Zaillian and Ridley Scott. They are both at the top of the heap. My other emotion is relief. The entire process was exhausting, as every day entailed hour-long conference calls with one studio or another and dozens of e-mails between interested parties, agents, and myself. I developed great bonds with several of these parties, which made the final decision incredibly stressful. When it was over, I was extremely happy with the deal, but sad for those whom I disappointed. I was also glad I could get back to concentrating on writing.

IRR: With Ridley Scott behind the wheel, do you feel that your novel is in safe hands in Hollywood?

Hugh: Allstate doesn’t have hands like this. And my take on Hollywood, as an author, is more upbeat than many might suspect. I spent a few years in a bookstore watching bad films sell as many books as good films. The important thing to remember is that the book doesn’t change. It’s still there. I’m just dying to see anything I made up realized on the silver screen. (I got a taste of this thrill recently with the book trailer from Random House UK).

IRR: Can you share any insight on when the film might be released?

Hugh: Never, for all I know. Thousands of books are optioned for every one that becomes a film. I think WOOL’s chances are better than that based on the interest level and the parties involved, but there’s no guarantee. Look at ENDER’S GAME, one of the bestselling works of all-time. It’s been optioned for twenty years and still no film. What I have heard is to be patient. Even if this was put together as fast as possible, it would be three years before it opened. We’d have to find some way of reminding everyone what this WOOL nonsense was all about, way back in 2012.

IRR: If you aren’t opposed to sharing, will you be receiving net points, gross points, or a lump sum?

Hugh: There’s a lump sum for the option and another lump sum if it goes into production. After that, it’s gross points. I think that’s vague enough to get away with, since I’m not listing numbers. 😉

IRR: Will you be involved in the film-making process at all? If so, how?

Hugh: Minimally, I hope. There’s been talk of flying out and sitting down to discuss the vision of the film, but these are the best of the best we’re talking about. I’d be ecstatic if Steve wrote the screenplay without consulting me on anything and if Ridley shot it however he liked. This is their area of expertise. I’d probably muck it all up. (Okay, having said that, I do have two shots I’d love to see: In the beginning, I’d want the children playing and Holston climbing the steps, some tight shots on the wear visible on both man and metal, squeals of laughter, and then a bright ball bouncing down the steps, through the railing, and into the abyss. That’s one shot. The other would be this monstrous one-take, a camera pushing down fifty or more levels to catch up with Jahns’s and Marnes’s descent and picking up the various action and dialogue on all these floors as it zipped past. See? These guys would shoot me if I was allowed to meddle!)

IRR: What advice would you offer to other authors who get approached by film executives?

Hugh: Get an agent, one who has read and believes in your work. And have a good lawyer besides. You need an entire team around you, because the people working to get your rights will have a team of their own. That doesn’t mean it has to be adversarial, but you’ll want some support.

IRR: You are very interactive with your fans. What do you think is the best way to connect? Why?

Hugh: Facebook has become the best tool for keeping up with my fans. Twitter and my website supplement this effort, but there’s nothing like Facebook. Why? Because that’s where my fans are. That’s where everyone is. When I share something with 1,600 friends, quite a few of them share to their friends, and suddenly you get a sense of where the word “viral” came from. I’ve seen all this advice to work with dozens of facets of your platform, but if all the people you want to reach are hanging out in one room, you might want to barge in with a funny hat on and do a dance. Maybe not literally, though. That would be embarrassing.

IRR: With all the writing you’ve done, you’ve seen a fair amount of the industry. What has your publishing experience been like?

Hugh: A smorgasbord. In just over three years, I think I’ve sampled every publishing avenue other than the paid-for variety (some call these scams or vanity presses. I think that’s harsh). My first experience was with NorLightsPress, a small house built on a traditional model. I then went on to self-publishing, which I now believe is the best way for writers of all skill levels to begin their careers. Finally, I’ve been working with Random House in the UK on a major hardback release, so I’ve been able to see how that model operates. My agent and I also went on a tour of most of the major publishers in New York as they made pitches for the rights to WOOL. This provided a great view of their internal machinations and how the businesses are structured, how they approach a work, etc. Again, it’s only been a little over three years, but the variety and quality of experiences has been astounding. On top of that, I’ve spent 30 years voraciously consuming books and 5 years selling them. I now feel I know enough to say, with all confidence and sincerity, that I have no f*cking clue what’s going on around here. I just make it up as I go.

IRR: How do you feel about the publishing industry today and in the future?

Hugh: These are special times. Not since the printing press has writing and publishing been through such exciting turmoil. Readers and authors have it better today than quite possibly any time in human history. And I think it’s only going to get better. I believe publishers will soon be adding more authors to their stables with digital-only deals that consume less up-front costs while allowing winners to emerge according to the taste of readers. Those who thrive will get rushed into print. Publishing will be less of a gamble; there will be reduced waste, fewer returns, and a smarter allocation of resources. Also: all writers are going to feel the pressure to write more. Indies are forcing that issue (as well as prolific authors who began this trend much to the chagrin and against the best advice of their publishers. Look at the creation of J.D. Robb and the flak James Patterson takes, both incredibly hardworking and talented storytellers who had to fight for their right to produce more product!)

And this is a fact, not a prediction: The true winner in all of this will be the reader. I have no doubt. Greater variety, more ways to read, lower prices, instant delivery, interaction with and access to their favorite authors. Readers have much to rejoice.

IRR: Do you foresee a future in self-publishing?

Hugh: For myself? It’s the only future I foresee. If I gave my agent I, ZOMBIE to shop around, she could land me a deal. With WOOL as hot as it is right now and the demand from fans so great for this book, it would be an easy sell to some crazy house (probably the one that made an offer without reading it first).

However, doing this would mean readers had to wait a year before they got their hands on the book. It would mean over a year before I made a penny. With self-publishing, the book will be read and enjoyed in two weeks. I’ll get paid in another two months. That means I can keep writing for a living.

There are so many advantages to self-publishing right now over the traditional routes that I never gave even a sliver of a thought to shopping this around. There’s nothing to be gained. Which is a great indicator that change is afoot and that publishers will need to modify their contracts, their payment schedules, their royalty rates, and the licensing terms of their contracts. All of my translation deals overseas have a termination date in the contract. I get all the rights back after 5 or 7 years. This is the future for US publishing. It has to be.

IRR: Of all of your work, what are your five favorite pieces?

HughWOOL 4 is my favorite. I love the incorporation of the lines from Romeo and Juliet. There are two or three layers of meaning draped over every single paragraph of that book. It’s an English teacher’s dream and an English student’s nightmare: Yes, Billy, the author meant to convey that through metaphor, I’m not making it up.

HALF WAY HOME. I took a lot of risks with this book. It was my first NaNoWriMo; I chose to write a gay protagonist without allowing the story to be about his sexuality and instead having it incidental to the main plot; and it was my first departure from a successful and well-received series, which taught me that I could branch out.

MOLLY FYDE AND THE PARSONA RESCUE. My first book. I’ll never forget opening that box and holding a proof copy of something I’d written. The plotting for this book still amazes me. It fits together like a watch while always zigging when you expect it to zag. And I love the characters. They are real to me at this point.

FIRST SHIFT: I took even more risks with this one than I did with HALF WAY HOME. The natural move would have been to give readers what they wanted, the next scene after WOOL 5. But I have this much larger vision of a story I want to tell, and FIRST SHIFT allowed me to launch that even though the success of WOOL had me under all kinds of pressure to just keep planting numbers after my books, WOOL 18, WOOL 19, etc.

THE PLAGIARIST: This little story is a quiet burn, but everyone who reads it seems to love it. I think it’s my most prescient of pieces. We will one day loot our digital creations for their art. It will happen in my lifetime. This story also taught me that short works can be the most powerful (and the most successful).

IRR: Thank you so much for your time.

Hugh: Thank you! It was my pleasure!

Author Profile: The Beautiful Side of Life with Marie Force

Marie Force is the author of over twenty moving romances. She has mastered the art of touching readers’ hearts with sweet words and happy endings. We recently discussed her career, writing, and publishing.

IReaderReview: What are five questions that interviewers never seem to ask, but you wish that they would? What are your answers?
Marie Force: I can think of one question I get asked a lot–whether I’d ever again sign a traditional contract after having some decent success as a self-published author. The answer to that is YES. I just re-signed with Harlequin for two more Fatal Series books. I’m excited about Harlequin’s plans to bring the series out in mass market paperback beginning next fall, since I’ve never had a wide distribution print effort before. I’m also talking to other publishers about some intriguing opportunities that would help to expand my reach to the 50 percent of the reading population that doesn’t have e-readers. My motto is to never say never about anything. I’ve learned you end up eating your words with a fork and spoon when you use the word NEVER too freely. 🙂

IRR: Your stories are full of hardship and obstacles, but in the end, love always seems to triumph. Is that how you feel about life?
MF: Well, that’s the romance genre for you! The readers expect a happy ending and it’s our pleasure to give it to them. It’s a promise we make to our readers that no matter what hardships we put our couple through, they will end up happy in the end. That’s just one reason why the romance genre is so wildly popular with readers.

IRR: You’ve mentioned before that you’ve grown less shy with your characters in private scenarios. Has that helped you to get to know them better?
MF: I usually know them pretty well before they make it to the bedroom. 🙂

IRR: With two books in the Kindle Top 100 and many more in the top 500, what is your perspective on the Kindle store?
MF: I LOVE the Kindle store! Amazon has made so many things possible for authors by being the first to offer us the opportunity to publish direct to readers. Their marketing and recommendation features are second to none. They know how to sell books, and I’m delighted to be in business with Amazon.

IRR: What advice would you offer authors hoping to sell well in the Kindle store?
MF: Write more books. The only marketing strategy that has truly worked for me is writing more books. That’s the secret to success for all the authors I know who’ve done well as self-publishers and as traditionally published authors. I always say that quantity is job two–after quality, which of course is job ONE!

IRR: Your books are doing very well at the B&N Nook Store too. What do you think of the Nook Store?
MF: I’m also a big fan of the Nook store! My books don’t sell as well there as they do on Amazon, but I’ve seen a nice upswing this year on Nook, and I hope my numbers continue to grow there.

IRR: You’ve been writing since 2004. Tell us a bit about your self-publishing experiences.
MF: I’ve been traditionally published since 2008. The first book I sold was the seventh one I wrote, so I had others ready to go, readers asking for more and publishers reluctant to take on contemporary romance authors during the era of the vampire, as I refer to the decade of the 2000s. I self-published my first book in November of 2010 and my 13th in June of 2012, with much more to come. I’ve sold more than half a million books since November 2010, and found a legion of new readers as a result. The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series that has been so incredibly successful for me as a self-published author was rejected by every publisher in the romance business. With hindsight, those painful rejections turned out to be an astonishingly lucky break because the success of that series has allowed me to be self-employed much sooner than I expected to be and the McCarthys recently bought my dream home. I feel very lucky to have found my audience *finally* with my self-published books, and I’m thrilled to see my traditionally published books getting a nice bump thanks to what I’m doing on the self-pub side of the house.

IRR: How do you feel about self-publishing now and in the future?
MF: I’m all for it, and I believe it is going to grow tremendously as the avenue of choice for many authors whose books don’t fit neatly into publishers’ vision of what readers want.

IRR: What are your thoughts on the current state of the publishing industry?
MF: It’s in flux. Things are changing rapidly. No one really knows how it’s all going to shake out, but regardless of where the industry lands, it seems that authors will end up better off than they’ve been in the recent past with more choices and greater respect for what we bring to the equation. I’ve heard authors referred to in the past as “content providers.” I hope that after the dust settles, terms such as that one will be a thing of the past.

IRR: Where do you see yourself after one year? What state do you think the publishing industry will be in after one year?
MF: I hope to still be writing my McCarthy and Fatal Series as well as some other books that I think a lot about. I have an interesting idea for a series of follow-on stories to some of my earlier books that readers have told me repeatedly they’d like to see from me, and I’m all about giving the readers what they want! I’m very excited about the opportunities available for authors today. There’s something extremely satisfying about blazing my own path and calling my own shots. I refuse to make predictions about the industry as a whole except to say I expect it to continue to react to the changing environment.

IRR: Pick your five favorite novels that you’ve written.
MF: Ohhh, I can’t pick just five! I genuinely love all of my 22 books. My philosophy is that if I don’t love them, how can I expect anyone else to love them? However, if pressed, I will express a special affinity for my Treading Water series (Treading Water, Marking Time and Starting Over, with Coming Home out later this year), because they were my first three books, and I’m so very proud of them to this day. I’m also particularly fond of Fatal Affair, which launched the Fatal Series, and Maid for Love, which launched the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series. Incidentally, Maid for Love is currently free on all the major e-book sites.

*****

A thank you to Marie for her time and efforts. Also to the readers, without whom none of this would be possible.