Bestselling Indie e-Books (Literary Genre)

Short Fiction (20K words or fewer)

Charts compiled from sales data of English-language books on Smashwords for the week of January 31, 2016


#1

Fated Shorts(Boxed Set)

By Virginia Aird

When fate intervenes, life can become a chilling explosion of destiny. Coast along with these characters as they slip and slide through the mires of unfortunate circumstance. These three fated shorts are available individually or at this attractive boxed-set price.

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#2

Jalapeno Park

By Lee S Holt

Sun, beach, and palm trees as a setting sounds idyllic to many people and yet It has been said life is lived and that old age is not for the weak. When Arthur Donamann and Timothy Thornton meet in the park for their weekly visit, and play checkers, we are given a glimpse into the world of Past, Present, and Future. Their lives might parallel our own in many ways as they struggle to recall how life really unfolded: testing their ability to remain relevant to each other, to the present, and to prepare a course for the future.

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#3

Purgatory: A Good Way to Die (Butterworth)

By Dave Malone

College adjunct instructor Charles D. Butterworth lives a pleasant, though not terribly exciting, life in the rural Ozarks. A cuddly, bookish man, Butterworth seeks meaning through the Eastern philosophers and Mother Nature. Feeling his life has peaked, Mr. Butterworth plans his suicide. Bad weather and an unexpected infatuation slow his demise.

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#4

Deare Sister

By Chris Wind

This work of fiction consists of letters that might have been written by Lady Godiva, Milton's daughter, Rubens' model, Mozart's mother, Freud's wife, Plato's students, and others – assuming a feminist consciousness. (What would they say?)

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#5

Manchester Arms

By Rick Edelstein

College grad Lawrence Dunbar Harrison has aspirations to be a writer. To enrich his life experiences he gets a job at a residential hotel as a "courtesy assistant." His West-Indian-American father strenuously objects to his son being a bell boy. Despite such, Lawrence has unique experiences with hotel residents including: Gay Mgr. Andrew; Retired actress, Ms. Henderson with fantasies whose words may have been lifted from a script a-la "Nobody takes away all that I have danced."; Sr. Gutierrez, a brilliant iconoclast who has three computers: On one he writes porn for money; on the second he writes social political blogs a-la "Americans have lost our harmony. History is a thug with a bad limp. False optimism is hiding real stupidity," and on the third, a lengthy suicide note. Ultimately, Lawrence must make a life-changing decision.

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#6

Brothers of the Mountain: Savagery of the Blackfeet

By Jeremy Perry

Henry and Lucas McCarty have traveled to the High Lonesome of the Rocky Mountains to fulfill their wanton urges to seek out uncharted territories and gain desirable profits as respectable fur trappers and honorable mountain men. This time their hopes, dreams, and ultimately their lives hang in the balance when they come face to face with members of the blood thirsty Blackfeet tribe.

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#7

Their Final Argument

By Lian C. Wright

The end of a relationship is always traumatic. But not every final argument is so . . . final. Tragedy follows slice of life moment captured by narrator.

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#8

Eliza's Fancy (A Faery Romance Parts Four and Five)

By Zachary Harper

Eliza's Fancy is a poetic faery-romance set in a whimsical world full of sylphan magic and demonic temptation. When Eliza wanders into an enchanted forest, she sees amidst the trees a Black Knight who steals her heart before riding off into the unknown distance. Pulled by this sudden love, she sets out to find him once again. Along the way, she meets fantastic friends and faces formidable foes in an adventure that delves into both the life-giving power and the dark-sided danger of love.

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#9

Puss' Fortune

By Daniel R. Robichaud

We've all heard stories about the old woman leaving her money to her cat, but you've never read what happens afterward quite like "Puss' Fortune." Satiric, chilling, heartbreaking, and mind-bending, Daniel R. Robichaud offers a fabulist vision tackling questions of responsibility in the form of a not-quite faerie tale.

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#10

When The Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

By Tim W. Jackson

Angela sees nothing to live for after the love of her life high-tails it to Cuba with her life’s savings. Then, on a solo scuba dive she doesn’t plan on coming back from, a chance encounter changes her mind. A Tale From Blacktip Island by award-nominated novelist Tim W. Jackson

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