Saturday, October 21, 2017

LUBBOCK BOOK FESTIVAL


Y'all come on out to the first annual Lubbock Book Festival on October 28! I'll be there refereeing--I mean moderating--a panel with three-of-a-kind author Miles Arceneaux. We'll talk about his (their?) newest Gulf Coast noir novel, Hidden Sea, and not whether, but how many times, they were dropped on their heads as children. Come join the fun!

                           

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: ACCIDENTAL ACTIVISTS by David Collins

I reviewed Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas (University of North Texas Press) by David Collins for Lone Star Literary Life. This is an important addition to a more complete understanding and appreciation of the history of all Texans, and Mark and Vic's personalities shine from the pages.

CIVIL RIGHTS
David Collins, with foreword by Evan Wolfson and Julian Castro
Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas
University of North Texas Press
Hardcover, 978-1-5744-1692-3 (also available as an e-book and on Audible), 480 pgs., $29.95
August 15, 2017

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the right to marry for all Americans in Obergefell v. Hodges, after forty years of “struggle and engagement, combat and persuasion, activism and conversation.” Almost six hundred couples have been plaintiffs in same-sex marriage cases since 1970. In 2013, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes of Plano, along with Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman of Austin, agreed to become named plaintiffs for a Texas case. Phariss and Holmes were denied a marriage license in Bexar County, and powerhouse international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, promptly filed suit. (Full disclosure: this reviewer proudly worked for Akin Gump for ten years.)

Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas by David Collins, with a foreword by Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, and Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, is the newest volume in the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series from the University of North Texas Press. Accidental Activists is an important addition to a more complete understanding and appreciation of the history of all Texans.

Collins’s writing is entertaining, employing a literary-nonfiction style that makes Accidental Activists read like a novel. Don’t expect neutrality; Accidental Activists is not journalism. Collins engagingly relates the biographies of “reluctant rebels” Phariss, a corporate attorney and human rights activist, and Holmes, a physician’s assistant, professor, and twenty-three-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Collins commands empathy as he tells the story of Mark and Vic’s eighteen-year relationship, a tale of breathtaking prejudice and dumbfounding ignorance, as well as a tale of passionate love, precious kindness, and enduring commitment.

There are moments in Accidental Activists when the narrative threatens to bog down in legal terminology, quotes from Justice Antonin Scalia’s scorching dissents, and repetition, but such is the nature of the law, and proof of Collins’s exhaustive research. A more careful copyedit of this title before its next printing might fix the occasional typo, but one particular instance deserves note, to remedy likely confusion: incorrect citation of 2015 for the United States v. Windsor case on page 188 throws off the timeline and sent me scrambling to the index for the correct year, 2013.

Elsewhere, Collins’s weaving of national, state, and personal history is quite skillful. His analysis of future challenges involving the chimera of threats to religious freedom, and the “dark comedy” of simultaneous claims to, and abandonment of, the concept of local control, is clear. As noted in the foreword by Wolfson and Castro, Americans need to remain vigilant in the struggle with “bad policies, bad politics, [and] bad politicians,” because, as President Barack Obama warned, and we have witnessed during the last several months, progress isn’t “inevitable … History doesn’t just travel forward; it can go backwards if we don’t work hard.”

But for now, for just a little while, let’s enjoy Accidental Activists. Collins’s exuberant love of Shakespeare is infectious, and through his judicious use of anecdotes—no small number starring the beloved beagles (see photographs)—the personalities of Phariss and Holmes beam from these pages.

Originally published by Lone Star Literary Life.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Excerpt: LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS by Joanna Davidson Politano

LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS
by
JOANNA DAVIDSON POLITANO
  Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 416

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When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet house guest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance—and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

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Praise for Lady Jayne Disappears:

“Emotional. Intriguing. Both haunting and romantic. . . In her historical fiction debut, Joanna Davidson Politano delivers a smart plot that navigates twists and turns with a mixture of wit, intelligent characters, and a refreshingly original voice. Reminiscent of Dickens’ classic storytelling, Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut to remember!”
Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice

“Wonderfully unique, this compelling debut grabs you from the first intriguing line. The evocative English setting, textured characters, literary theme, and unusual romance make Lady Jayne Disappears a standout, the lovely cover offering a hint of the gem within. A must read!”
Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night



Excerpt from
Lady Jayne Disappears
By Joanna Davidson Politano
  
I pinched my lips to keep from spilling my delicious secret—the one that gave me more worth than anyone could guess. If only I dared say the words aloud. Pardon, sir. Have you heard of Nathaniel Droll? Well, I happen to know the real man who masquerades under that pen name. Ah, the look of shock that would splay over his arrogant face.

“Novel characters make the finest friends, so I can hardly fault your attachment.” Silas Rotherham straightened the hat that jostled on his head to the rhythm of the carriage wheels and smiled. “Flesh-and-blood people are more complicated and difficult to know.”

“I should say not. So many people are closed up, all tucked inside themselves, yet they bloom open in beautiful ways if you would only take interest in them.”

The flick of his eyebrow hinted at disapproval, driving me deeper back into my seat as my face heated. I had done it again.

I tipped my head back against the cushioned seat and allowed the carriage to carry me and my heavy thoughts toward a life where this disapproval would be normal fare. “I hope I did not offend you, sir.”

“It was merely a surprisingly deep answer to what I believed a simple question.”

“Life is deep, Mr. Rotherham.” Oh so deep. Especially when it is a series of intense moments all piling on top of you, fighting for your urgent attention every day. “Which is why books are such a lifeline. Stepping into the pages of someone else’s story means joining them in their normal life and pretending that you, for one liberating moment, will also become whole and healthy and wonderfully normal by the end.”

His eyes, lifting into a pleasant crescent shape with his smile, assessed me with the softness of grace. “You’ve managed quite well in the life you were dealt. How were you not mired in sadness every day at a place like that?”

“There are many good days that outweigh the bad. And besides, imaginations are transportable. They even follow one into poverty.”

His face dipped back into the shadows. Laughing? Or disapproving?

No matter. The stress of the week weighed me down much like the wet dress I wore. We’d only buried Papa days ago. “And might I ask who has the pleasure of escorting me?”

“I am a family friend staying at Lynhurst for the summer.” He cleared his throat. “They did not feel they could trust so delicate a matter to a servant, no matter how faithful.”

“I see.” But I did not. What was delicate about the matter of bringing one’s niece home?

Long, silent moments passed before the carriage paused for an iron gate to grind open. I leaned into the window for a glimpse of the place, but the muted glow of lamplight showed precious little. Three . . . no, four cupolas speared the dark clouds shrouding the roofline. Surely the estate couldn’t be as fanciful and amazing as Papa’s wild stories, but anything less would not have captured the imagination of such a man. Propping myself higher, I strained to see the outline of the fabled Lynhurst Manor through the muggy dark.

After endless minutes of rolling up the unlit gravel drive, the carriage veered left and halted mere feet from the great house. A large hanging light illuminated an arched stone entryway with double wooden doors not unlike the solid front entrance of the prison. Perhaps I’d feel at home here after all. The mansion’s gray exterior wall extended far outside the little circle of lantern light, into what seemed to be eternity.

It was true, then. I’d hardly believed Papa’s stories of this place, for what family could live in such wealth while their brother languished in poverty? A mere pittance of their wealth might have freed Papa years ago. Steeling myself against bitterness, I tried to summon an explanation, but could not.
Mr. Rotherham alighted. As I pushed off the seat, he held up a palm to stop me. “You’d best let me prepare them first, Miss Harcourt.”

I sank into the seat, the damp feel of my thick skirts beneath me. “Prepare them for what?”

He paused just outside the carriage, a rare smile flicking over his face. “We all rather believed you to be a collection of bags and trunks.”

“I beg your pardon?”

“The solicitor had instructed Lady Pochard to collect the belongings of the distant relative who had died in debtor’s prison. You can imagine her surprise when she finds out exactly what this relative’s belongings include.” He shook his hat and replaced it. “Wait here. I’ll return for you when I’ve broken the news to her.” 


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Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her on her website.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/16-22

Bookish events in Texas for the week of October 16-22, 2017: 

Special Events:
9th DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference, Fort Worth, October 20

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center 20th Anniversary, College Station, October 20-21

Iran in the World Conference, San Antonio, October 20-21

Houston Writers Guild Masquerade Gala Evening, Houston, October 21

Tweens Read, South Houston, October 21

Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest, North Richland Hills, October 21

4th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Victorian Halloween, Dallas, October 21

Ongoing Exhibits:
Austin
BookPeople, EDITH EGER speaking & signing The Choice, 7PM

Dallas
Interabang Books, Brit Bennett reads and signs THE MOTHERS, 7PM

Frisco
B&N - Stonebriar, Never Say Die book signing with Anthony Horowitz, 7PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Jennifer Mathieu reading and signing MOXIE, 7PM

The Junior League, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, 7PM

Richardson
Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Fighting Demons: Internal vs External Conflict" with Jaye Wells, 7PM

Tuesday, October 17:
Austin
Dallas
CBS Performance Showroom, World Affairs Council-DFW hosts Francine Klagsbrun discussing and signing Lioness: Golda Meir and The Nation of Israel, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, "Artistic Detours: Unexpected Art Careers" panel discussion with graduates of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Susan K. Hamm and Vonda Klimaszewski, author and photographer/editor, respectively, of FULFILLING THE VISION: CELEBRATING ONE DALLAS ART SCHOOL’S IMPACT ON THE WORLD, 7PM

SMU - McCord Auditorium, "Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and our Fate on Earth" with Adam Frank, author of About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang, 5PM

SMU - Owen Arts Center, 18th annual Sammons Media Ethics Lecture with attorney Bruce Sanford, author of Don’t Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us, 8PM

The Wild Detectives, best-selling author Jami Attenberg reading and signing All Grown Up (with local author Sarah Hepola), 7:30PM

Galveston
The Bryan Museum, Carolyn Boyd, PhD, will give a talk on "Pecos River-Style Rock Art (Earliest Dated Art in North America)," followed by a book signing of Rock Art of the Lower Pecos and The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative, 5:30PM

Houston
The Black Labrador, Spider Road Press birthday party and flash awards ceremony, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Tom Batiuk discusses and signs LISA’S STORY, 7PM

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, CAMH Lecture “Annabeth Rosen in Context: Ceramics in the 1980s and Beyond” with Jenni Sorkin, author of Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community, 6:30PM

Fix Coffeebar, Poetry Fix as Houston Poetry Fest satellite reading featuring Margo Davis and John Gorman, 6:30PM

MidInMod, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Mustafa Akyol discussing and signing The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of Muslims, 7:15PM

Murder By the Book, Bonnie MacBird will sign and discuss Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder, 6:30PM


San Antonio

The Korova, Puroslam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

San Antonio Public Library - Memorial, Barbara Renaud Gonzalez reads and signs Las Nalgas de JLO/JLO’s Booty, 6:30PM

Wednesday, October 18:
Austin
Ballinger
Carnegie Library, Dana Glossbrenner, author of The Lark, presents "One Writer's Trip" for the Ballinger Women's Club, 9:30AM

Dallas
Deep Vellum Books, Funky Winkerbean creater Tom Batiuk presents two new titles: Prelude: Lisa’s Story and The Last Leaf: Lisa’s Story Concludes, 6PM



Monkeywrench Books, BOOK LAUNCH: Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South with editor Dave Mitchell, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents Rapture, 8PM

Women & Their Work Gallery, launch of Lisa Olstein’s Late Empire and Julie Carr’s Objects from a Borrowed Confession, with readings by Olstein and Carr, followed by food, drinks, and signings, 7PM

Brenham
Unity Theatre, 9th Annual Washington County Read & Reception: meet Paulette Jiles and enjoy a dramatic reading of her novel News of the World, 5:30PM

Bryan
SEAD Gallery & Bookshop, Author Talk Series hosts Rhonda Brinkmann, author of the Darla King mystery series, 6:30PM

Canyon
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Garry L. Nall Lecture: “The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History” with Professor Brian DeLay, author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War, 7PM

Dallas


Galveston
George W. Bush Childhood Home, Laura Bush Literacy Program Reading Event, 4:30PM

San Antonio
B&N - La Cantera, Warrior Pups: True Stories of America's K9 Heroes book signing with Jeff Kamen, 7PM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Friday, October 20:
Austin
Cedar Park

El Paso
El Paso Museum of History, Focus on Perspectives: Dr. Christina Palmer will discuss her book, For Love of Dance: The Early Years of UTEP Ballet, 6PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Breast Cancer Awareness with Karla Antoinette Baptiste, author of Dig in Your Heels, 7:30PM

Grapevine
Embassy Suites Hotel, 88th Texas Archeological Society Lecture with Dr. Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, author of The More We Learn the More Interesting It Becomes. A Current of Thought on the Peopling of the Americas, 7PM

Houston

Murder By the Book, M. Dressler will sign and discuss The Last To See Me, 6:30PM

Rudyard's Pub, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring John Andrews, Chris Murray, Charlotte Wyatt, Sam Thilen, 7PM

Vicent's, Chef's Dinner and Fundraiser: James Beard award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito will discuss his new healthy cookbook, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, 6PM #HarveyRelief

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Roseanne Montillo, author of Fire on the Track, 1PM [ticketed lunch 12PM]

Plano
Haggard Library, Roseanne Montillo discusses an signs Fire on the Track, 7PM [ticketed reception 6PM]

San Antonio
Apanas Coffee & Beer, NeoSoul Poetry Slam, 6PM

Austin Public Library - North Village, Austin Poetry Society meeting with guest poet Jena Kirkpatrick, 1:30PM


El Paso
El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "All About Animals" with Annette Velásquez, 12:45PM

Fort Worth
Half Price Books - Ridgmar/Westover Village, local author Matthew Gene will sell and sign his sci-fi books, Terminus X and Hope, 1PM

Houston
The Ballroom at Bayou Place, Scott Kelly reading from his book ENDURANCE, 7:30PM

Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

MATCHouston, Storytelling: Oral Fixation presents "Out from Under the Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion," 2PM & 7PM

Murder By the Book, Kevin Hearne will sign and discuss A Plague of Giants, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Judithe Little reads and signs Wickwythe Hall, 4PM


San Antonio
Trinity University Holt Center, Gemini Ink workshop: "The Stance of Wonder: Cultivating the Fiction Writer’s Habit of Readiness" with Kevin McIlvoy, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Max Knight signs Palo Duro, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Trita Parsi discusses and signs Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy, 6PM

South Padre IslandParagraphs on Padre, Christopher Carmona reads and signs 140: Twitter Poems (Bilingual Edition)
translated by Gerald Padilla, 1PM

Southlake
B&N - Town Square, Michael Dotsikas signing Benjamin Birdie Takes Flight, 11AM

Austin
Half Price Books Mothership, local author JB Bean will sell and sign her book Mister's Garden, a story about a wild Texas cottontail rabbit, and local author James L. Capra will sell and sign his books including Leadership at the Front Line, 1PM

Interabang Books, Terry Virts discusses and signs VIEW FROM ABOVE: AN ASTRONAUT PHOTOGRAPHS THE WORLD, 3PM

The Mix Co-Working Space, Writing Workshops Dallas presents "Scrivener 101 Seminar" with Blake Atwood, 3PM

Frisco
Frisco Public Library, Sisters In Crime - North Dallas meeting: "What To Expect When You're Publishing" with Kendel Lynn, 2PM

Houston

Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: A GOOD GIRL by Johnnie Bernhard

I reviewed A Good Girl (Texas Review Press) by Johnnie Bernhard for Lone Star Literary Life. This is a debut novel with a distinctive voice and rich detail.

HISTORICAL FICTION
Johnnie Bernhard
A Good Girl
Texas Review Press
Paperback, 978-1-6800-3121-8, (also available as an e-book), 288 pgs., $20.95
March 2017

Fifty-two-year-old Grace Reiter is returning home to South Texas, “a place she spent a lifetime running from,” as her father, Henry, “the last surviving patriarch of a chaotic gene pool,” lies in a hospital bed dying from colon cancer and a heart “shriveled from disease and disappointment.” Grace is the middle child, the dutiful peacemaker, sandwiched between her older brother, Tom, and her younger sister, Angela. Henry, the product of a legacy of alcoholism and abandonment, has been a difficult father; now that he’s dying, he wants devoted children. Grace knows she must learn to forgive Henry to save her troubled marriage, and avoid spending the remainder of her years embittered by regret and resentment.

A Good Girl is the debut novel, equal parts contemporary and historical fiction, from Johnnie Bernhard. I was instantly drawn in by Grace’s voice and Bernhard’s skillful use of small details to build a rich, dimensional portrait of a people and a place. Bernhard explores universal themes of redemption, hope, and forgiveness, as Grace progresses in her interior exploration of character and motivation.

Bernhard’s flawed characters are sympathetic, their dysfunctional family dynamics authentic. Grace sometimes provokes impatience as she indulges in self-pity, but her development is handled deftly. When the siblings meet at the house where they grew up, the scenes are fraught with the weight of secrets and misunderstandings. Irma, Henry’s girlfriend, “a love affair that began with a feud across a six-foot privacy fence,” is a hoot, a “mixture of post-WWII working woman and redneck hoarder” who doesn’t leave home without her personal ashtray.

A Good Girl moves at a swift, steady pace. Though Grace’s musings become repetitive and overly sentimental during the middle of her third-person narration, her wry humor is the antidote. Her commentary on “a culture that based its world view on cable news and elementary-level geography lessons” is spot-on.

Bernhard can turn a phrase (“I-10 West was a 500-mile umbilical cord”), and her word choices are precise (“so much of her father’s life was hearsay”), her dialogue engaging (“[Mama] was dead at sixty, Tom, because she pushed a rock up a hill every day of her life. A rock called Henry”).

A Good Girl employs frequent, lengthy flashbacks, tracing “two hundred years of a chaotic family history [that] began with an Irish girl, Patricia Walsh of County Galway, Ireland.” The family tree inserted after the title page is a nice touch and proves useful. Bernhard does a neat job of fitting the fictional family biography into the chronicle of Texas history, and she’s obviously familiar with small-town Texas. Changes between contemporary settings and historical periods are appropriately marked by shifts in tone and style, though a light copyedit would improve the work before its next printing. That Grace’s daughter is marrying an Irishman she met at college, and moving to Ireland, is an inspired touch that bring the story full circle, enabling a satisfying ending.

Originally published in Lone Star Literary Life.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Promo: HIDDEN SEA by Miles Arceneaux

HIDDEN SEA
by
MILES ARCENEAUX

  Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Date of Publication: November 2017
Number of Pages: 384

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Charlie Sweetwater saw Mexico—especially the Mexican Gulf Coast—as a spiritual second home. He’d worked, played and lived there for much of his life, and thought the country suited him better than anywhere this side of his home on the Texas Coast.

But now a worrisome and potentially dangerous development has shown up on Charlie’s radar. Young Augustus Sweetwater, affectionately known as Augie, hasn’t reported in after completing a south-of-the-border sales trip for Sweetwater Marine. Raul, Augie’s father and Charlie’s nephew, is worried sick. Drug cartel violence in Mexico has reached epidemic proportions and Augie’s path took him through the heart of the narcotraficantes’ territory.

Charlie figures Augie just went off the grid to do some well-deserved fishing, surfing and beer-drinking at the end of his trip. He’d done the same in his time. But as Augie’s unexplained absence grows, Charlie and Raul become increasingly alarmed and set off for Mexico to bring their boy home.

What they unearth is far more than the sum of their fears. The familiar and friendly Gulf of Mexico has turned into a hidden sea plagued by smugglers, human traffickers, crooked politicians and even pirates. And Augie is lost somewhere in the middle of it all.

Charlie and Raul must summon an unlikely cast of characters to aid them, including a hilariously dissolute ex-pat musician, a priest whose faith struggles against the rising tide of refugee migration, a Mexican tycoon who may have secrets of his own and a beautiful maritime “repo man”. At the end of their quest, as the deepest secret of all is revealed, Charlie Sweetwater learns that neither Raul and Augie, nor the Gulf of Mexico, nor even himself, will ever be the same again.
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Praise for Hidden Sea:

“A riveting story from Texas that wanders down the cartel-invested Gulf Coast of Mexico and drifts across to lawless Cuba. The characters are as salty as the sea and the plot pulls you along as powerfully as the loop current.
W.F. Strong, Stories from Texas, Texas Standard Radio Network

Hidden Sea is a total blast: smart, funny, and riveting, with unforgettably colorful characters and a world so alive that you’ll swear you’re really there.”
Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
  
“In Hidden Sea, Miles Arceneaux tosses us in the drink of a timely contemporary adventure tale with the Sweetwater clan, complete with pirates, slave ships, family secrets, and the mother of all plot twists, in his patented Gulf Coast noir style.”
Michelle Newby Lancaster, Contributing Editor, Lone Star Literary Life, NBCC Literary Critic


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“Miles Arceneaux” is the pen name of three long-time Texas friends. James R. Dennis is a former attorney turned Dominican friar who lives in San Antonio. Brent Douglass is an international businessman from Austin. John T. Davis, also of Austin, is a journalist and author. Together, as “Miles,” they have been featured authors at the Texas Book Festival, the San Antonio Book Festival, and the Lubbock Book Festival.
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10/16
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10/16
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