Saturday, May 7, 2016

E. Michael Helms' DEADLY DUNES Blitz & Giveaway

Deadly Dunes (A Mac McClellan Mystery Book 3)
E. Michael Helms
Blog Tour
April 25 – May 25, 2016

Tour Extended!
Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card
One of FOUR eCopies of DEADLY DUNES - A SIGNED Print Copy  
Hours after hiring Mac McClellan to investigate the supposed suicide of her archaeologist brother, single-mom Jessie dies in a car accident. Jessie had just showed Mac artifacts and a copy of a map Jake found, items that indicate Hernando de Soto and his explorers might have camped on Five Mile Island during the winter of 1539-1540. Studying the map, Mac determines the site lies in the middle of a planned resort, The Dunes. Declaring the area an historic site could shut the project down. Suspicions aroused, he forges ahead, even though he no longer has a paying client.
Everywhere Mac turns, greed abounds, and no one he interviews seems innocent, even Jessie's closest friends the Deckers, who have adopted her teenage daughter. Ron Decker's construction company is building the Dunes, and he is heavily invested in its success. Then there is the oily son and ex-stripper wife of an old curmudgeon who won't sell the one lot the project still needs to acquire. Jake's estranged wife Laurel had plenty to gain from his death, and as Mac continues to dig, he begins to wonder if Jessie herself had more at stake than he was led to believe.
No one is happy about Mac's persistence, and someone is unhappy enough to crash his truck and frame him for yet another murder. But Mac isn't giving up, no matter what the cost.
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Inside, the Golden Pole was about what I’d imagined. Loud music, mirrored walls, and flashy neon lights of gold, pink and red dominating the joint.  A circular stage stood in the center of the room, with three polished brass dancing poles. Individual stools circled the stage front, with dozens of small tables backing them up. There were two U-shaped bars, one on either side of the room. Wide-screen TVs hung on the wall behind both bars, along with monitors so customers could keep up with the center-stage action without having to turn around to gawk. The joint was about half full, not bad for a Thursday night. . . .
The two dancers abandoned their poles, gathered their tips, and disappeared backstage as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey began to blare from the sound system. “Ladies and gentlemen,” a deep voice sounding like a ring announcer bellowed above the music, “fresh from wildly successful engagements in Baltimore, Charlotte, and Atlanta’s finest adult venues, please give a big round of applause for our featured performer, the beautiful, the luscious, the sexy . . . Miss . . . Kami . . .  Kae!”
Whoops and hollers and shrill whistles bounced off the walls as a gold sequined curtain parted and none other than Hot Pink herself pranced around the stage, throwing kisses to the audience with both hands. She’d completed two circuits when the music changed from the theme to a saucy Latino song I’d never heard.
Kami kicked off the high heels, swung the long robe she’d been wearing in a circle over her head a few times, and tossed it to the back of the stage. She was down to a tight powder blue midriff blouse and white mini skirt. The skimpy outfit lit up under the house lights like it’d been dusted with silver glitter. The mostly male crowd roared its approval as Kami leapt into the spotlight, deftly grabbed the pole with both hands and went to work.
For the next ten minutes Kami made sweet love to the pole, keeping perfect time with the music, spiraling and sliding and grinding. That pole wouldn’t need polishing for a month. To the delight of the crowd she slowly shed one article of clothing and then another, teasing the most vocal guys gathered around the stage with money in-hand, until finally only a wisp of a G-string separated Kami from her birthday suit. She made repeated trips to the stage edge and back, so many bills bulging from the strings of her tiny bottoms that she was forced to make a pile of greenbacks on the stage floor.
Finally the music began to fade. Kami treated the audience to one more seductive thrust and grind, and then gathered her pile of cash and strutted off the stage to wild applause, hips bouncing like a Victoria’s Secret model. Reaching the gold curtains, she turned and blew a final kiss and disappeared.

Mac McClellan investigates a young archaeologist’s death whose recent discovery threatens to kill a planned multi-million dollar Florida waterfront resort.
Kami made sweet love to the pole, sliding, spiraling, grinding. It wouldn’t need polishing for a month.

She gathered the money and strutted offstage to wild applause, hips bouncing like a Victoria’s Secret Model.
E. Michael Helms grew up in Panama City, FL, on the beautiful coast of the Florida Panhandle. He played football and excelled in baseball as a catcher. Turning down a scholarship offer from the local Junior college, he joined the Marines after high school graduation. He served as a rifleman during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War until wounded three times in one day. Helms discounts it as "waking up on the wrong side of the foxhole."
His memoir of the war, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written ... a modern military classic,” and remains in print after 25 years.
The Private War of Corporal Henson, a semi-autobiographical fictional sequel to The Proud Bastards, was published in August 2014.
A long-time Civil War buff, he is also the author of the historical saga, Of Blood and Brothers.
Seeking a respite from writing about war, Helms decided to give mysteries a try. The first novel of his Mac McClellan Mystery series, Deadly Catch, was published in November 2013 and was named Library Journal's "Debut Mystery of the Month." The second Mac McClellan Mystery, Deadly Ruse, premiered in November 2014. It won the 2015 RONE Award for "Best Mystery." Deadly Dunes was published in March 2016 by Camel Press. Deadly Spirits is scheduled for release in January 2017.
With his wife, Karen, Helms now lives in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys playing guitar, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, and is an avid birdwatcher. He continues to listen as Mac McClellan dictates his latest adventures in his mystery series.
Represented by Fred Tribuzzo, The Rudy agency.

Did you know Mr. Helms has written MORE than the Mac McClellan Series?
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  1. Dianne, thanks for supporting the DEADLY DUNES tour & giveaway. I really appreciate it! :-)

    1. Always a pleasure! Glad to help promote an awesome author!

  2. Dianne, thanks for supporting the DEADLY DUNES tour & giveaway. I really appreciate it! :-)

  3. Sounds like a really great mystery/suspense. Wish I could enter your giveaway, but I don't tweet. Sigh.

    1. LOL, I'm not laughing at you, Hebby, I'm laughing because, really, we are adults and we "TWEET?" Yeah, the options are limited...but thankfully, there are not a million of them! Mac McClellan is a character, so yes, these are good, not too dark or gritty!

    2. Hi, Hebby! I swore I would never "tweet" until my publisher(s) insisted I had to. I still feel like "Tweety Bird" from the old cartoons I watched as a kid. C'mon, simply go to Twitter and sign up. Simple/easy. Then you can join in with the rest of us "Tweetleledees!" :-)

  4. Thanks for hosting the Deadly Dunes Tour! :)

  5. This is such a wonderful series. Can't wait to read more:)

    1. Laura, next up is DEADLY SPIRITS where big skeptic Mac gets caught up in the world of the paranormal. Will he be a believer in "the other side" when the case wraps? Ah, THAT is the $64 question! :-)

  6. Thank you for the Giveaway
    Sounds really Good..

    1. Hey Lisa! This is a good series!

  7. Thank you for the Giveaway
    Sounds really Good..

  8. Oh gosh, I am not a very good stalker of E. Michael's!! Lol! I love this series, so nice to see a new book out!! Amazing how quickly he writes, for the quality!! Great blog post, Dii!! :)

    1. I'm so glad you made it! Deadly Dunes is fabulous! Love Mac!

  9. I love his books. Mac is a great character and the setting is in my neck of the woods, so I am very familiar with it. Makes it easier to visualize his surroundings. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. This sounds like a really good story! Looking forward to checking it out.