Tag Team Event Giveaway – Deadly Catch by E Michael Helms @EMichaelHelms

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This is where myself (Sherry at fundinmental) and Laura at fuonlyknew tag team authors and their books. We share our reviews and giveaways, giving you two perspsectives of the book and two chances to win!


Today, we will be sharing E Michael Helm’s Deadly Catch, a mystery novel set on the Gulf Coast of the United States.


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Everything about Deadly Catch by E Michael Helms talks to me, from the cover to the title to the setting on the US Gulf Coast to the murder mystery inside.

Mac McClellan had retired from the military and as he sat in the boat, fishing, and thinking, is this what my life will be like now…

“Thought I’d finally hooked my ‘gator’ trout…”

Kate, his love interest, works at the marina and knows her fishing.

Sheriff Bo, what other name would he have in the south, is a bully with a bad attitude. I can see him now, smirking, drawing his own conclusions before the evidence is even collected.

In a small town, everyone knows everyone and all their business, but Mac’s peeps love him and stand by him.

Small fishing villages, oysters, romance, lighthouses, gators, fried green tomatoes, drugs, corruption, murder and mystery are only a few of the things this story will share. I love that E Michael Helms mentions the stingray shuffle. I also have done the dance and anyone who has visited the Gulf Coast will know what he means. It’s those small details that make me want more of Mac.

I loved riding the waves with him, feeling the warm sun on my face, the wind caressing my body, having cocktails at the Green Parrot. Actually, I believe I live this life, so it’s very easy to walk in his shoes, except when it comes to murder. I haven’t hooked a dead body…yet. 😆

I thought I knew where this story was going, but planned on enjoying it anyway. Just because it’s predictable, doesn’t mean it can’t be a great read. I figured this was a cozy mystery, fun and easy reading. BUT…E Michael Helms caught me offguard when I was only a quarter of the way in. The direction of the story changed and it isn’t so cozy any more.

Summer is the perfect time to read this fantastic mystery series…so come one…let’s take a ride on Highway 98. Just follow the dead bodies…

I received a copy of Deadly Catch from E Michael Helms in return for an honest review.

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After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.

Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac’s plans for a more laid-back life must be put on hold while he works to clear his name as the number one suspect.

Mac launches an investigation with the help of Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship. Along the way he must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smuggler and killer to justice.


E.Michael Helms

I was born in Georgia way back in the last century but grew up and lived most of my life on the Gulf Coast of Florida in Panama City (beautiful beaches, girls galore–ah, the memories!). In 2004 my wife and I moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a land of stunning vistas and numerous waterfalls.
I’ve been traditionally published since 1990 when my Vietnam War memoir, The Proud Bastards, launched. TPB chronicles my time as a combat U.S. Marine in 1967-68. It’s still in print after all these years, currently with Simon & Schuster/Pocket. I’ve since written a few novels in different genres. I’m also working on a collection of “Dinger, PI” short stories that are being published on Motive Means Opportunity, a crime/mystery blog I share with two other writers of the same ilk. Currently I’m writing the Mac McClellan Mystery series which is set along the coast of the Florida Panhandle where I grew up.

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Michael is offering a fabulous giveaway and we will have 7 winners:

  • 1st Prize – $20 Amazon GC (International, where legal)
  • 2nd & 3rd Prize – Print copies of DEADLY CATCH (U.S. only)
  • 4th – 7th – .pdf ebooks of DEADLY CATCH (International, where legal)

To enter, simply answer the question and leave your email, letting us know if you are US or International:

If you could be on any beach in the world, which one would you choose?

For another entry and review perspective, hop over to fuonlyknew and say hi to Laura.

Giveaway runs from 8/23/16 – 8/31/16.

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51 thoughts on “Tag Team Event Giveaway – Deadly Catch by E Michael Helms @EMichaelHelms

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    • With a promo like that, I want to see it. I have never been to a bad beach, just some aren’t as good as others. 🙂

    • I’m with ya Peggy. I have walked on that beach. The only black beach I have ever seen. It was eerie.

    • I haven’t checked your out yet, but you are right. We usually look for different things.

    • Well, Darby, I wish for you to make it there. I am lucky enough to have visited. Thought I would want to live in California, but quickly changed my mind. I knew it had to be Florida.

    • Hi D. How’s it going? I haven’t been to St John, but I have been to St Thomas, Tortola and several other Caribbean Islands. I have to say that the Gulf Coast of Florida and the Caribbean are my favorite places to visit.

  2. Alas, so many beautiful beaches to visit, but so little time. How I would love to visit them all! Thanks for hosting, Sherry, and thank you to all who’ve entered. Good luck! 🙂

    • I know what you mean. I would too, the Florida Gulf Coast and the Caribbean will always be at the top of my list. Happy to share your wonderful book and looking forward to ‘many’ more. 🙂

    • I recently say a show about the Maldives. Beautiful and I would love to visit there too.

  3. I’ve never been to a beach off the east coast, but I like to Imagine the ones on the Pacific are beautiful. Definitely Hawaii from what I have heard, maybe Bali aswell.

    • I’ve been to Hawaii and it was everything I thought it would be. I only saw two islands and I know each one is known for something special, so given the chance I would visit them all. And Bali…just the name plants all kinds of tropical images in my head and I want to be there. 🙂

  4. Hmm. A beach anywhere in the world…I don’t know. There are so many places I’d like to go to. I enjoy beaches, of course, but if I could choose whether to go to the beach or a woodsy place, I’d go to the woods.

    • I have a passion for trees, so I can see why you would love the woods, but I am a water girl, so the beach is always my first choice. Thanks for dropping in Chrys.

    • Hi Chrys! I grew up in Panama City, FL on the beautiful panhandle coast. If you drive about fifteen or twenty miles north, you’ll find the hilly (for FL) Econfina valley with beautiful, spring-fed Econfina Creek running swiftly through it to the bay and Gulf. Along Econfina Creek are numerous clear springs that remain a constant 68-72 degrees year round. It’s a paradise, with beautiful hardwood forests and those springs bubbling out of the surrounding limestone. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s like swimming in an aquarium. The water is crystal clear, and the springs are numerous. If you ever get that way, check it out! The only problem now is the crowds. Oh, how I long for the days when very few people knew about the place. So, there are beautiful beaches and woodlands all within a short drive of each other. Thanks for participating, and best of luck! 🙂

      • I lived in PCB for two years and never heard about it. Too bad, because I lived there in the early nineties and it may not have been found yet. Sounds awesome!

    • I do love saying that, Bora Bora. Never been there, but if it’s a beach it’s always on my list. I love Cocoa Beach too, but the Gulf side is still my favorite. Thanks for stopping in Dii.

    • Cocoa??? Nah, I much prefer Bourbon Beach. I can’t divulge its secret location, but I’m sure you’d love it. There are places along it with rocks, and also no rocks. And the water is indescribable! 🙂

      • Hmmm, don’t believe I have heard of Bourbon Beach. Whisper in my ear, Michael. I’ll never tell. 🙂

  5. Looks like a fun read. Happy to enter the contest and promote the novel.

    Fav. beach would be Poipu on Kawaii.

  6. I’d love to go back to Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s the first beach I was able to go to on my own when I lived there as a teenager.

  7. I have had to go to the local beach multiple times on study field trips (seed collection) for my thesis. I have had enough of beaches for now. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • I’m with you. There is something about the Caribbean that speaks to me. I LOVE anywhere there too.

  8. The beaches of Mississippi are some of the cleanest and sureal sights, especially off Gulf Port. Last time I was there was right before my dad died 3 years ago with my kids. Must go back soon. Made great memories. – Michelle

    • I make many visits to Biloxi and Gulfport…but only have taken pics of the beaches. The scenery is awesome and when you see the pics, you know where you are…most of the time. 🙂

  9. Fantastic book cover, and the story sounds awesome.

    When it comes to beaches, I love the Caribbean. I’ve never been to Hawaii and would love to give that a go too 🙂
    I’m in the US at maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

    • I have been to Hawaii and it was everything I thought it would be. Would love to go back, but the Caribbean is still my fave.

  10. My favorite beach is a tiny beach near Half Moon Bay California. I can’t remember the name of it but we go camping there almost every year. It is a small camping area with Sand Dunes and a beautiful beach that rarely has anyone there. It is one of my favorite places. [email protected] USA

    • I love when you have a beach all to yourself. I sometimes forget it isn’t there just for me. LOL Good luck.

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