Thursday, March 2, 2017

E. Michael Helms Presents Another Mac McClellan Mystery - DEADLY SPIRITS Blitz & #Giveaway

Is Mac Investigating the Paranormal now?
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E. Michael Helms and Mac McClellan are back with ANOTHER 
Hard-boiled Mystery!
Deadly Spirits
by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan - Book 4
Publisher: Camel Press (January 15, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1603813497
ISBN-13: 978-1603813495
Genre: Mystery
Paperback: 266 pages
*Each book in the series reads well as a Standalone*
Available from: Amazon
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When PI Mac McClellan's girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man's secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts--no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there's more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.


 Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms
(Mac McClellan Mystery - #4)
Deadly SpiritsHard boiled and flip on the outside, soft-hearted and just a good ole’ boy on the inside, Mac McClellan is to private investigators what grit is to sandpaper, rough, sometimes abrasive but able to uncover the beauty of truth under all of the lies. Is Mac dabbling in the paranormal? Doesn’t he have enough to investigate among the living world? Follow Mac as he uncovers who did the deed of death in DEADLY SPIRITS by E. Michael Helms, a ghost story with more ghosts in everyone’s closets than in the local cemetery.

Kate convinces Mac to join her at the Palmetto Paranormal Society, a group of amateur ghost hunters whose latest “fieldtrip” takes them to an old hotel, claimed to be haunted. While they found no evidence of ghosts, they did find the Society president dead from a fall, his neck broken and nobody knows what happened? Was he pushed by the spirit of a hotel guest? Or is the evil alive and breathing and ready to kill again? When another member is sent to the other side, Mac is quick to pick up that something foul is afoot and he is determined to keep digging until he uncovers the answers. What he didn’t expect was that his digging would find him neck deep in secrets, affairs and the webs people weave, or that he would become the next target for death.

Fear not, our crusty ex-Marine is on the case and this old dog has more lives than a cat on a hot tin roof. To call Mac a character is an understatement! He’s a charmer, a good ole boy, a sly fox and nothing gets past his suspicious nature, including the hot women who try to use their wiles to win his favor!

E. Michael Helms blends the grit of old time Private Investigators with the laid back Southern Charm of Florida’s Panhandle and pours it all into every word, thought and action that makes Mac, well, MAC! Filled with wry humor, and characters that all smell pretty fishy to me, follow along as Mac does what he does best, noses around like a hound on the hunt for a hidden bone! Mr. Helms can write and as a multi-genre author, he has never let me down yet! Dare I say Mac has his own brand of sex appeal?



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.


From Historical Civil War Fiction to the Viet Nam War and its aftermath, every book by E. Michael Helms is powerful and entertaining from this Award Winning Author


Bonus Giveaway on Goodreads! 
Enter for ANOTHER chance to win more of Mac!


E. Michael Helms is back with ANOTHER Amazing Giveaway!

GRAND PRIZE - One(1) $25 Amazon Gift Card * INTERNATIONAL*
Six (6) ecopies of DEADLY SPIRITS (Mobi-ePub-PDF formats) *INTERNATIONAL*
Two (2) AUTOGRAPHED copies of DEADLY SPIRITS *US Only*
Ends March 16, 2017 @ 11:59 PM



45 comments:

  1. New author for me. Love a good mystery.

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    1. Hi Kim, I really think you'll enjoy Mac and his girlfriend/Girl Friday Kate Bell. Best of luck in the giveaway! --Michael :-)

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  2. Thanks for the introduction to this author.

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Steph--good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  3. Michael is so gifted, his books are fantastic! I am your number one fan! :)

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    1. Um, I think it is a tie!

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    2. Sheri, thanks so much. You're a doll! Hmm, cat fight, anyone??? :-)
      --Michael

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  4. Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Beth Ann--best of luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  5. I like the title. Do they come easily to you?

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    1. Hello, Mary! So glad you like the title (& hope you enjoy the book!). Yeah, the titles do seem to come fairly easily. I just think about the plot and it goes from there. Thanks, and good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  6. Do you prefer coffee or tea?

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    1. Scotch. Oh, wait--coffee, strong & black. I like ice tea with lemon, no sugar, but coffee wins out. How about you? Best of luck in the giveaway, Rhi! :-) --Michael

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  7. I love mystery books. This one sounds super intriguing. Love the creepy house on the cover!

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    1. Thanks, Emily. I really like the cover, too. I believe this is my best Mac mystery yet. Lots of suspects, and Mac really struggles with this one. Hope you enjoy, and good luck in the giveaway! :-) --Michael

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  8. Hi Michael. I sure do hope you're working on the next book. I don't want to start feeling withdrawals! LOL

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    1. Thanks, Laura! FYI, I'm halfway finished with the next Mac mystery, tentatively titled DEADLY VERSE. I'm behind schedule so I've gotta really "up" my output the next couple of months. Hey, where's Sherry? Good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  9. Paranormal books are one of my favorite genres! I haven't read many that are also crime / mystery books, so I think this would be fun to read! :)

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    1. Hey there, Anonymous. Mac is a skeptic, but there's enough "creepiness" that by book's end, well, can't really give that away. Personally, I think it's a fun book; I really enjoyed writing it! Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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    1. Thanks for the congrats, Renee. Hmm, not sure what you mean by Respectable "Respite"! I can be a little "slow" sometimes.
      Hey, your name reminds me of a favorite song from the '60s -- "Just Walk Away Renee" by the Left Bank. Oops, I just dated myself. Might be why I'm slow at times!
      Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  11. I look forward to reading your book.

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Nancy! I sure hope you enjoy it, and best of luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  12. This looks a great read - Michael is a new to me author and I think I'll be reading his work from now on!

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    1. Thanks so much, patanne! I sure hope you jump on my bandwagon. There's plenty of room! :-)
      --Michael

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  13. I love mystery books! Beautiful cover!

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    1. Greetings, Carole! And thanks for making contact at my humble Facebook author page--I sure appreciate it! Yep, I like the cover a whole lot myself. Give Mac a chance and I'm pretty sure you'll like what you read. Good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  14. What's your favorite genre to read

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    1. Hi Courtney-- I've been reading mostly mysteries for the past several years (since I decided to try my hand at writing one). I was a big fan of the Hardy Boys mysteries as a kid. I also devoured many "classics", especially books by Mark Twain. In non-fiction I used to read a lot of war-related books; now I'm reading stuff on the JFK assassination and 9/11. Yep, I believe both events were "inside" jobs. That said, I'm not a "conspiracy theory" nut, simply a realist.
      Good luck in the giveaway! :-) --Michael

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  15. hope to be more books and then i hope to read soon

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    1. Hey there, desitheblonde. I sure hope you'll get read about Mac's adventures while solving the mysteries he investigates. I really think you'll like Mac and his books. Good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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    1. Thanks, Angela & Selene! I'm sure you'll enjoy Mac McClellan, Kate Bell, and the other recurring characters in the series. Good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  17. I would love to know what method he used to write such a wonderful book.

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    1. Hey there, Debra! I'm a "pantser", which means I don't outline. I simply have an idea of an opening, and usually how the story will end (loosely). Then, I sit down and write, depending on my characters to take over and "tell" the story from beginning to end. Yep, I know it sounds crazy, but it really works for me. I do keep a running "calendar" of sorts to help me know what scenes occur where; all that is recorded as it happens. I also keep a "notes & ideas" page for stuff that jumps into my feeble mind that might help advance the plot line--sort of a "cheat sheet."
      And that's it. My characters basically "tell" the story. That's what works for me!
      Thanks for the question, and good luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  18. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour! This book sounds like a very interesting! Looking forward to checking this book out! Also - excellent review!!

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  19. Hello Ally! Thanks for the good wishes for DEADLY SPIRITS. I had fun writing this one, and I think it's the best (so far) of the series. Yep, Dianne is a topnotch reviewer. Good luck in the giveaway! :-)
    --Michael

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    1. Thank YOU, Patty, and best of luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  21. Hoya, always great to find a new author - thanks!

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  22. Hello to you, Julia. Wishing you good luck in the giveaway! :-)
    --Michael

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    1. You're very welcome, Jolanda--best of luck in the giveaway! :-)
      --Michael

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  24. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Another Mac McClellan Mystery - DEADLY SPIRITS. I cannot wait to read the book. Thanks for throwing the Blitz and Giveaway.

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