Welcome to 2016! Last year was a fantastic year for SELF-e. We’ve had thousands of submissions from all over the world and we continue to receive new submissions every day. With so many great titles making their way into SELF-e Select, a top 10 list wouldn’t have done the year-end list justice. Instead, here are the top 3 most read books for each genre in 2015. The list includes award-winning authors, SELF-e Ambassadors, international authors and other great independent and self-published writers. We’re so pleased that SELF-e is helping authors and libraries to engage their local community and we look forward to seeing what this next year has in store. Read on!
Across the Mekong River paints a vivid picture of the Hmong immigrant experience, exploring family love, sacrifice, and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances.
Jeanne reluctantly returns to the Island of Guernsey, a place she almost died in a boating accident 15 years ago, to sell the house she inherited and leave. But a secret is unearthed that could lead to the truth of her tragic accident, pulling her right back into dangerous waters.
Aspiring writer David Moore spent his 20s waiting for the world to recognize and applaud his unique literary talent, but at 29 he’s still unpublished, still scraping to pay his bills, still “just another nobody.” But how can David move forward, when pursuing that future feels like accepting that he’s failed?
Drawn into an epic struggle of good versus evil with a mysterious sorcerer, protagonist Panon, his son Jaime, and the whole Caribbean fishing village of La Croix must battle the walking dead, malicious spirits and potent Voodoo to redeem themselves.
Private investigator Drew Maddox deals in the hard facts of life, so when a faerie falls in the middle of the highway, his world is knocked off kilter. He pursues the mystery of who she is, putting his human life at peril as he follows her to a hidden world he never knew existed, a world he could get lost inside forever if he makes a wrong choice.
A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Can only evil defeat evil?
Wouldn’t you feel cheated if the woman you’d imagined was the villain of your childhood turned out to be someone rather extraordinary?
By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love and death. From the colorful theatrical world of late-Victorian London to the American wilderness, Sybil’s travels will test her mettle—and her heart.
A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.
With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. Major, Kole and Mara, new companions also trapped in this strange place, realize they must outrun the ominous cloud eating away at their world before it collapses upon itself. Samuel must find a way to escape the reversion.
When evil overflows from the deepest, fiery pits, the battle will be at Hell’s Gates. Whether you’re a zombie aficionado or you feed on horror, there is something for everyone. Dare you look, let alone approach, the dreaded gates?
In this gritty future-noir, debt collectors take your life energy and give it to someone more “worthy”… all while paying the price with black marks on their souls. Lirium plays his part and collects his cut, staying sane through addiction and routine. But when a sex worker who isn’t what she seems asks him to collect illegally, he’ll have to choose between risking his neck for a stranger, or descending deeper into a pit of addiction he may not be able to climb back out of.
Detective Mike Anderson must rely on the insights of sexy English Professor Suzanne Kelly to help him solve the mystery when the dismembered body of a murder victim is found with a note from a classic work of literature.
In 1972, ninety-one men were killed in a mining “accident” sparked by a fire lit nearly a mile underground: the mystery was never solved. After the rest escaped, only three miners survived underground. More than 20 years later, sheriff’s lieutenant Matt Worthson, disgraced son of one of the survivors, expects to finish out his years on the force in quiet ignominy. But when the gruesomely dismembered body of a police chaplain is found at the swanky Coeur d’Alene Resort, Matt is tapped to find the murderer.
When octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover discovers Naomi Pelter’s dead body during a book club meeting, her investigation will take a more novel approach than her police chief son’s by-the-book methods. Can Myrtle and her sidekick find the killer before he writes them off for good?
After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, Oriel goes to live with her duchess relative and falls in love with Herron, a young duke with a past. When dangerous accidents start to befall both Herron and Oriel, however, she realizes that someone may be trying to stop them from discovering the truth about the past. And when someone from her past comes back into her life, she learns that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all…
Beth Lamont hates the Army for what it’s done to her family. After leaving the Army, Noah Warren goes back to college to fulfill a promise. Beth agrees to tutor Noah despite their differences, but a simple arrangement turns into something neither of them can deny. And a war that neither of them can forget could destroy them both.
An orphaned, small-town Southern girl held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt. A Hollywood A-list mega-star on the run from his latest scandal, and with everything to lose. A chance encounters that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
Paftoo is a ‘bod’; made to serve. He is a groundsman on the last remaining countryside estate, once known as Harkaway Hall—now a theme park. Paftoo holds scattered memories of the old days, but they are regularly deleted to keep him productive. When he starts to have dreams of the Lost Lands’ past and his cherished connection with Lifeform Three, Paftoo is propelled into a nocturnal battle to reclaim his memories, his former companions and his soul.
The Reset is a story of perseverance. It examines a future in which fragmentation and devolution have decimated society, and in which terrorism represents the final desperate attempt at shuffling the deck. With thematic elements similar to Stephen King’s The Stand and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, it’s a post-apocalyptic story about the survivors of humanity’s cruelest intentions, and their essential impulse to rebuild.
Plagued: The Mid-America Zombie Half-Breed Experiment, Plagued States of America Series, Book One
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When Tom, the son of a powerful Senator, becomes stranded in the Plagued States while searching for his lost sister, his only hope of survival rests in the hands of a few grizzled veteran zombie hunters and a mysterious half-breed zombie woman he thinks may know where to find his sister…
A deadly ambush leaves two soldiers in terrorist hands, and their only chance at rescue is the connection between Army intelligence officer Eric Ritter and the Al Qaeda mastermind behind the attack.
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A delayed coming-of-age story. Corporate-backed invasions, foreign agents, secret weapons, urban chaos, mass murder, cult worship, weird sex, ghostly apparitions…Cecelia “Moose” Pacheco had expected plenty of stress in her new job as assistant manager of a San Diego auto repair shop, but this was more than any hourly employee should have to endure.
Mackenzy earned a doctorate in forensic psychology, specializing in serial killers. She wants to understand them beyond the textbooks. Will a DNA sample give her a clue? It looks like Oscar night at the house in Malibu as she hosts her A-list clients. Caitland returns to LA for the party while Jake stays in Phoenix. She is caught totally by surprise when the party’s over. But will Jake get there in time?