Book Review: Deadly Ruse by E. Michael Helms—and a Giveaway!

Deadly RuseDeadly Ruse
A Mac McClellan Mystery #2
E. Michael Helms
Seventh Street Books, November 2014
ISBN 978-1-61614-009-0
Trade Paperback

Mac McClellan, retired Marine, is enjoying his life on the gulf coast of Florida. He’s got his camper trailer and is dating Kate Bell, a woman he met at the local marina. But when he and Kate attend a showing of “Dead Man Walking” at the local classic cinema, Kate faints when she sees a man in the lobby who looks like her former boyfriend.

Wes Harrison died in a boating accident twelve years ago, Kate tells Mac. Although Mac finds it hard to believe, Kate insists it was Wes they saw. When Mac begins to probe into the circumstances surrounding Harrison’s death, he finds that Kate’s former boyfriend was involved in some shady activities. Would he have staged his own death?

Readers who enjoy private eye novels set in Florida, like Stuart Kaminsky’s Lew Fonseca series, will like Mac McClellan’s action-packed adventures.

Reviewed by Susan Belsky, October 2014.


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Cover Reveal: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

Life Unaware


Title: Life Unaware
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: 04/28/15
Genres:  General Fiction, Young Adult



Regan Flay has been talking about you.

Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s
“plan” for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the
Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside
down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation,
and insult she’s ever said have been printed out and
taped to all the lockers in school.

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.

The only person who even speaks to her is her former best
friend’s hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he
knows what Regan’s going through, but what nobody knows is that
Regan isn’t really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she’s barely holding it together
under her mom’s pressure. But the consequences of Regan’s fall from
grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts,
no one will remain untouched…

Especially Regan Flay.



About the Author

Cole GibsenCole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

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