Sunday, December 15, 2013

BOOK BLITZ:Of Blood & Brothers (E. Michael Helms)

Book Synopsis

In the spring of 1927, ambitious cub reporter Calvin Hogue covers a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle. He learns two Malburn brothers fought on opposing sides during the Civil War, and encourages them to tell their stories. Before the night is over, Calvin realizes he has a far greater story than a run-of-the-mill family reunion.

Thus begins the first of many sessions with the Malburn brothers. The saga unfolds in their own words with wit, wisdom and sometimes, sadness. Before long the brothers are confronting troubled pasts and conjuring up ghosts laid buried throughout the long post-war years. Calvin is swept along by the harrowing eyewitness account of our nation’s most trying era, through bloody battles, personal trials and losses, and the mutual love of a beautiful young woman.

Book One follows the exploits of Daniel Malburn and the 6th FL Infantry through the battles of Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain/Missionary Ridge. While working at the salt works along St. Andrew Bay, Elijah is taken prisoner by Union forces. Faced with imprisonment, he reluctantly chooses to join the 2nd US FL Cavalry as a scout, only to learn he must lead a destructive raid on the Econfina Valley—his lifelong home.



Book Details

Author: E. Michael Helms
Edition: First Edition
Format: eBook and Paperback
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Publisher: Koehler Books
ISBN: 1938467515
ISBN13: 9781938467516

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About the Author

E. Michael Helms is a USMC combat veteran. His memoir of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written ... a modern military classic,” and has been in print for most of the past 20 years.

His work has also appeared in the books: Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003); Soldier’s Heart: Survivors’ Views of Combat Trauma (The Sidran Press, 1995); and Two Score and Ten: The Third Marine Division History (Turner Publishing, 1992).

Book One of his two-part historical saga, Of Blood and Brothers, will be released Septemeber 1, 2013, with Book Two following in March 2014.
The first novel of his Mac McClellan Mystery series, Deadly Catch, is scheduled for a Fall 2013 release.

Helms lives with his wife in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 


  1. Thanks so much ladies! I love this book (one of my favorites). I love being able to offer two autographed copies in the giveaway! Amazing. :-)

  2. Lisa & LeAnn, thank you both for hosting the tour for "Of Blood and Brothers: Book One" -- I truly appreciate it! -- Michael Helms

    1. Any time! Thank you for sharing with us and thank your CTC for allowing us to participate in sharing great works! We love it!