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Ms America and the Offing on Oahu (Beauty Queen Mysteries No. 1), by Diana Dempsey. (Still free?)

"The plot is fascinating. Each scene, for example when the chopper pilot--at altitude--gulps the poisoned drink meant for Happy, is refreshingly novel. The writing is vivid, crisp, fast paced and fun. Readers who enjoyed Sandra Bullock and the film Miss Congeniality will love Happy and this book. And for those who didn't care for the Bullock movie, get a sample of this great read because Offing on Oahu is more fully realized than the movie plot. For the men (like me) who steer clear of "chick lit," I advise you drive right up to this book if you enjoy a mystery, a pretty woman with brains, wit and spunk, and innovative situations beautifully described. The writing and story are as lean as a beauty queen, likewise beautifully toned and without an ounce of fat." -- Amazon reviewer

Customers who enjoy books by Janet Evanovich are sure to enjoy MS AMERICA AND THE OFFING ON OAHU, the debut mystery in a fast and hilariously funny series about how being a beauty queen can be murder...

Ms Ohio Happy Pennington finds out it's not all sequins and silicone when she competes on Oahu for the Ms America crown--the first national title of her life.

When her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the televised pageant finale, Honolulu PD gets to thinking Happy might have killed her.

What's the only thing a beauty queen worth her sash can do? Nab the real killer--even if that means tangling with snarky rival contestants, a local who claims to be Hawaiian royalty, a brooding helicopter pilot, and a pageant emcee hot enough to die for ...

296 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 71 reviews.

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The 22nd Secret, by Randal Lanser. (Still 0.99?)

"A compelling page turner. This thriller takes you to Alaska and the frozen north with a plane crash and mysterious circumstances. A very detailed and intricate plot with plenty of action combined with a romantic love story makes it a perfect read for both men and women. Really enjoyed this story of the selling of nuclear secrets to the Chinese. But not all is what it appears to be. Mr. Lanser has crafted a first class thriller and I look forward to the sequel." -- Amazon reviewer

Pamela Koller, America's leading nuclear computer scientist and top-secret undercover operative has to penetrate the heart of the Chinese ballistic nuclear arsenal. Using irresistible beauty and predatory sexual style she seduces her Chinese counterpart. Within a complicated plot of espionage and deception Pam convinces the Chinese she will help them disable the secret Star Wars programming embedded in the technology the Chinese stole from the United States.

The small plane delivering her to the Chinese crashes, leaving her snowbound in a remote part of Alaska. The romantic, passionate thirty-six hours she spends alone in a remote lodge with Jim Mitchell heats the arctic night and seals their everlasting love.

The Chinese want to use her, the Americans want her dead, but the small clandestine group she's part of wants her in China to complete her mission, the 22nd Secret.

296 pages, with a 5.0-star rating from 12 reviews.

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Where Petals Fall, by Melissa Foster. (Still 1.99?)

"Foster's latest novel is in the same league as books written by such authors as Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, and Kristin Hannah." -- Author Carrie Green

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." -- International bestseller, M.J. Rose

On the surface Junie Olson's life looks idyllic, from her handsome husband and beautiful daughter to her successful business, the bakery she'd always dreamed of opening. But in the past few months her world has slowly unraveled. Her precocious child is withdrawing, showing unexplainable signs of emotional regression, a condition that frays the bonds of Junie's once impenetrable marriage. When her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, Junie packs up her daughter and goes home to help her mother. Her homecoming stirs up memories of the nightmare she thought she had put behind her, the disappearance of her childhood friend, Ellen. Haunted by recurring memories of what happened on that fateful day, Junie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the secrets surrounding her missing friend, and the trauma that has caused her little girl to climb back into herself. As the pieces come together on the event that shook her small town, and at the risk of losing everyone she loves, Junie will question everything she thought she could rely on and everyone she thought she knew.

WHERE PETALS FALL is a gripping and emotional novel with an undercurrent of suspense, featuring a determined mother whose world slowly comes apart around her. Readers will root for Junie as they follow her transition into an indomitable heroine who must reconcile what she discovers about her husband and family's tragic past, and find a way to put the pieces of her family back together and carry on.

418 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 64 reviews.

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Doubt (Among Us Trilogy), by Anne-Rae Vasquez. (Still 0.99?)

"As a big fan of the show Fringe, this book appealed to me tremendously. The writing was well done, and the way the "supernatural" forces were introduced was great. The characters, primarily Harry and Cristal, were developed and built up very well, and had enough detail about their lives for us readers to understand them as people, not just characters. Genuinely looking forward to read the rest of the series when it comes out!" -- Melissa Greenberg, book reviewer

Do you love shows like J.J. Abrams' Fringe and read books like Cassandra Clare's City of Bones?

"Doubt" mashes fringe science, corporate espionage and paranormal encounters to catapult you into an out-of-this-world experience.

At 21 years old, Harry and Cristal are fresh out of university with their PhD's. Labeled all their lives as being 'weird' and 'geeky', they find true friendships with other outcasts by playing online virtual reality games.

Harry Doubt, a genius programmer and creator of the popular online game 'Truth Seekers', has a personal mission of his own; to find his mother who went mysteriously missing while volunteering on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine. His gaming friends and followers inadvertently join in helping him find her; believing that they are on missions to find out what has happened to their own missing loved ones. During Harry's missions, Cristal and the team of 'Truth Seekers' stumble upon things that make them doubt the reality of their own lives. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that there are spiritual forces among them both good and evil, but in learning this, they activate a chain of events that start the beginning of the 'end of the world' as they know it.


Doubt is Book 1 of the Among Us Trilogy. Among Us is a book series which delves into the world of the supernatural and how it intersects with the everyday lives of seemingly ordinary young people as catastrophic events on earth lead to the end of times. Among Us weaves the theme of a young man and woman, who while not fully understanding their 'abilities', are drawn together in their desire to find out the truth about the world they live in which is similar to themes used in J.J. Abrams' TV shows Fringe and Lost.

319 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 40 reviews.

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