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Ransom Island in stores October, 2014.


Ransom Island It’s 1953 and life is good at Shady’s, the Sweetwater brothers’ fish camp, dancehall, and beer joint on Ransom sland. The biggest event in the island’s history is coming up—an integrated dance featuring Duke Ellington. It’s a daring idea for fifties-era Texas, and not everyone is happy about it.

Interracial dancing soon becomes the least of the Sweetwaters’ problems, as Galveston mobsters track a runaway girl to Shady’s and decide the offbeat island is just the place to diversify their illegal rackets . . . And god help anyone who gets in their way.

Suddenly, life on sleepy little Ransom Island becomes crowded, complicated—and very, very dangerous.


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Thin Slice of Life the first novel by Miles Arceneaux to feature the Sweetwater clan, was published to acclaim in 2012. Kirkus Review called it “hold-onto-your-seat cinematic narrative.” The Girlfriends Book Club blog said, “The book is original, one of a kind, artisanal.”
La Salle’s Ghost, (2013) is set against the real-life excavation of French explorer Robert de La Salle’s sunken ship, La Belle, off Matagorda Island in 1995. “(The book) captures the gritty feel of coastal Texas,” said the Galveston County Daily News. “One Miles Arceneaux story leaves you wanting another one.
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“Ransom Island named among the most memorable books of 2014.”
    — San Antonio Express-News, Great reads from 2014, December 26, 2014

“A seamless, atmospheric and sardonic comic thriller.”
    — The Dallas Morning News, Book review: Four mysteries with Texas ties, December 26, 2014

“Miles Arceneaux named among the top five Texas authors of 2014.”
    — Mystery People, Top Five Texas Authors of 2014, December 23, 2014

Ft. Worth Star Telegram lists RANSOM ISLAND as one of its 2014 “notable books by Texas authors.”
    — Star Telegram, New & Notable: Books by Texas Authors, November 23, 2014
Austin Man Magazine calls Ransom Island a “must-read.”
    — Austin Man Magazine, Texas Book Festival Must-Reads, October, 2014
“A rollicking tale of crime, love and money.”
    — Austin American-Statesman, Austin Review of Books, October 19, 2014
“Reminiscent of James Lee Burke . . . wry humor . . . a fast and rollicking ride.”
    — Texas Book Lover, October 10, 2014
“Imaginative brilliance . . . full of intrigue and murder, love and music, signifying, if not everything, then quite a lot worth worth remembering.”
    — Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News, October 3, 2014
“Like Carl Hiaasen and John D. MacDonald, Miles Arceneaux sets his dark doings by blue water, and has a ball doing it. He makes me want to run away to the islands—Galveston, Mustang or Padre—and sip a tall, cold glass of gin-and-something while I read his latest tale. RANSOM ISLAND may be his best one yet.”
    — Sarah Bird, Best Selling Author of Above the East Sea China, September 2014
Events


Miles might be gone fishin’ or involved in some sort of international intrigue, but he’s well-represented by his associates at these fine venues:

OFFICIAL BOOK RELEASE at
THE TWIG BOOK SHOP
October 10, 2014
6:00 – 7:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
The Twig Book Shop website
Location and Directions

TEXAS MARITIME MUSEUM
Conversation and Book Signing
October 17, 2014
5:30 – 7:30pm
Rockport, Texas
Texas Maritime Museum website
Location and Directions

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
Conversation and Book Signing
October 25 – 26, 2014
11:00am – 5:00pm
Austin, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions

BOOK PEOPLE
Conversation and Book Signing
November 11, 2014
7:00 – 8:00pm
Austin, Texas
Book People website
Location and Directions


GALVESTON BOOKSHOP
Conversation and Book Signing
December 13, 2014
2:00 – 4:00pm
Galveston, Texas
Galveston Bookshop website
Location and Directions

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE
Conversation and Book Signing
Januray 15, 2015
7:00pm
Houston, Texas
Brazos Bookstore website
Location and Directions

ABILENE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Texas Author Series
April 9, 2015
12:00pm
Abilene, Texas
Abilene Public Library website
Location and Directions

BOOKS 'N' BOOTS
Conversation and Book Signing
April 12, 2015
2:00 – 5:00pm
Spring Branch, Texas
Abilene Public Library website
Location and Directions



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Brent Douglass, John T. Davis, James R. Dennis

The author of four funny, fast-paced novels of intrigue set on the Texas Gulf Coast, Miles Arceneaux is a one-of-a-kind writer. Or, to be precise, he is three-of-a-kind. The irreverent persona of “Miles” is the product of three friends, lifelong Texans, and Gulf Coast aficionados.

Brent Douglass’ inspiration for Miles’ tales stems from his family’s deep Texas coastal roots, and the iconoclastic characters he crossed paths with growing up there. James R. Dennis’ intimate knowledge of both sides of the law (he’s one of the good guys, it should be mentioned) and his deep appreciation for Texas Rangers lore helps keep Miles’ protagonists on the side of the angels. As a longtime journalist covering Texas and Texans, John T. Davis has sometimes been accused of writing fiction, but this is the first time he has set out to do it on purpose. Together, Douglass, Dennis and Davis make “Miles Arceneaux” truly more than the sum of his parts.


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