About Miles

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

The author of three 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.


ABOUT BRENT
International businessman Brent Douglass writes in airports, hotel rooms and drinking establishments around the world. At present he is a principal owner of KBC Networks and peddles data transmission equipment in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the cultured, cosmopolitan writer of the Miles Arceneaux trio.

ABOUT JOHN T.
John T. Davis has been writing about the music, culture and personalities of Austin and the Southwest for more than 30 years for local, regional and national publications. He is the streetwise and roguishly irreverent co-author of the Miles Arceneaux canon, albeit its most discerning.

ABOUT JAMES
James R. Dennis, a Dominican friar, practices law in San Antonio and across Texas. He writes and teaches on spiritual matters and lives with his two ill-behaved dogs. Of the three writers, he is the good-looking, funny one.




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Books



Ransom Island
Coming October 2014

Ransom Island


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LaSalle’s Ghost
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LaSalles Ghost


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Thin Slice of Life
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La Salle's Ghost now in stores.
Download an audio sample of La Salle's Ghost Prologue.


LA SALLE'S GHOST

PROLOGUE


Thin Slice of Life
Download an audio sample of the first chapter and a couple of juicy tidbits.


Thin Slice of Life


CHAPTER ONE





CHARLIE SWEETWATER




O.B. HADNOTT





MIGUEL NEGRON





LEON GUIDRY




FULTON TEXAS



Press

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RANSOM ISLAND
“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
MILES ARCENEAUX
Writing a Book with Friends
    —Rachel Pauerstein, Sam Says, April 4, 2014

Interview with Miles Arceneaux
    —Writers’ League of Texas, 2013

Q&A with Miles Arceneaux
    —Scott Montgomery, MysteryPeople, October 2, 2013

LASALLE’S GHOST
“‘LaSalle’s Ghost’ captures (the) gritty feel of coastal Texas…one Miles Arceneaux story leaves you wanting another one.”
    — Mark Larda, The Galveston County Daily News, February 2, 2014
“The author has captured the Texas Gulf Coast area color perfectly.”
    — Caryn St. Clair, Mysteries Galore Book Reviews, January 25, 2014
“Readers who enjoy historical fiction-especially archeological mysteries, books with regional flavor and those who just plainly love a well crafted mystery should find this book appealing.”
    — Caryn St. Clair, Bestsellersworld.com, January 25, 2014
LaSalle’s Ghost a must-have Christmas gift.”
    — Abilene Reporter News, December 15, 2013
“Arceneaux creates a savory bouillabaisse of characters...and stews them brilliantly on a fire of excellent historical research and Gulf Coast social savvy.”
    — Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News, September 12, 2013
“Arceneaux keeps the story moving and the suspense building, working in plenty of
humor along the way.”
    — Glenn Dromgoole, Texas Reads, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 7, 2013
“A seriously good story set in a fascinating location that’s on the edge of Texas—literally
and figuratively.”
    — Sam Carrol, My Agent Sam, August 30, 2013
“A jaw-dropping page-turner.”
    — Courtney Bell, Austin Man Magazine Fall 2013: 5 Things We’re Loving Right Now
“Explorer Robert La Salle’s Exploits on Exhibit in Rockport.”
    — KIII TV, Channel 3, August 30, 2013
“Readers get a taste of mystery, humor and Texas salt water...”
    —Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 2013

“An original, one-of-a-kind work of imagination...the contruction is seamless. Call it Gulf Coast Noir”
    —The Girlfriends Book Club, 2013
“A new novel from the writer that is being called ‘The Dashiell Hammett of the Texas Gulf Coast.’”
    —Stephen Harrigan,
       Author of the NYTIMES Bestseller The Gates of the Alamo, 2013


THIN SLICE OF LIFE
WINNER WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS AWARD BEST MYSTERY MANUSCRIPT
“An engaging crime caper. This book hits the mark.”
    —Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012
“The story is involving, exciting. It would make a good film...seamlessly plotted and beautifully told.”
    —Lubbock Avalanch Journal, 2013
“Texas coastal fishermen who read fiction, especially the Carl Hiaasen genre, may well be entertained by a new book published by Texas A&M consortium. The action is strictly coastal from Matagorda Island down to the Land Cut, below Baffin Bay. It’s centered around Rockport/Fulton's shrimpboat fleet, but the chase scenes, shootouts, bar fights, general ass-whuppings, a major hurricane, fishing, shrimping, cussing and drinking happen in locations very familiar to Texas saltwater anglers.”
    —Captain Joe Richard, Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine, January 2013
“The big difference between this and other thrillers is the telling. Rather than a slick commercial page-turner, this book is an original, one-of-a-kind, locally grown, artisanal, take-your-time work of imagination.”
    —Girlfriends Book Club, December 15, 2012
“Three Texas writers have pooled their talents and produced a very readable and entertaining
first novel.”
    —San Angelo Standard Times, October 25, 2012
“In the Rockport-set novel, readers get a taste of mystery, humor, and Texas salt water as they follow a variety of characters on both sides of the law.”
    —Corpus Christi Caller Times, October 17, 2012
“KUT NPR’s Emily Donahue recently interviewed Brent Douglass and John T. Davis about how their storytelling alter ego Miles Arceneaux came to be.”
    —KUT Interview, October 1, 2012
KAZI Book Review contributor Tim Chamberlain recently interviewed John T. Davis and Brent Douglass, two of the three Texas based writers that make up their alter ego Miles Arceneaux.
    —KAZI Interview, September 30, 2012
“I have read Thin Slice of Life, with growing pleasure. If the Texas Institute of Letters had a Melodrama Award these guys would win. We have the average guy, Charlie, who rises to revenge and just keeps rising; the young orphan; the sidekick; the Texas Ranger; and the sinister Asian villain.
    What animates this story is what we used to call verisimilitude: These people know all about boats and engines and tides and gears and such, just as Louis L'Amour knows every weapon his character carries. It is an interesting story and full of life along the Coast.”
    —Marshall Terry,
       Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English (SMU); 2012 Literati Award Recipient
The book’s title is a line from Guy Clark’s song “South Coast of Texas:” “The south coast of Texas, that’s a hard slice of life. It’s salty and hard. It’s as stern as a knife.”
    —My San Antonio, September 21, 2012
“The best stories are ones you do not want to stop reading. When the time comes to go to sleep, or meet a friend, or leave for work, the reader counters with, “Just one more chapter.”
    “Thin Slice of Life,” a novel by Miles Arceneaux, is that sort of story, a salt water-flavored mystery set on the Texas coast.”
    —Lubbock Avalanche Journal, September 16, 2012
“[One of the] new books with local ties to warm you up as autumn approaches.”
    —Austin Monthly, September 2012
“Smart, funny and tough...brims with insight...The best suspense novel I’ve read since Cormac What’s-His-Name.”
    —Kinky Friedman, Governor of the Heart of Texas
One of the hallmarks of an excellent mystery novel—which A Thin Slice of Life most definitely is—is a memorable sense of place. If Dashiell Hammett had grown up on the Texas Gulf Coast, in a fishing shack on some nameless spoil island along the Laguna Madre—well, I’m not sure what would have happened.
    But back to Miles Arceneaux: he has written his own classic, a surf and turf romp steeped in a salt-air atmosphere that just can’t be faked.
    —Stephen Harrigan
“A great romp with a bunch of true-to-life coastal characters. The plot is almost as outrageous as reality down there. You can smell the Gulf of Mexico when you open the book.”
    —Marcia Ball
“A sizzler hotter than a Texas July!”
    —Concha De La Torres, Miles Arceneaux’s one true love
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:

RANSOM ISLAND
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
5:00 – 7:00pm
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
Austin, Texas
Galveston Bookshop website
Location and Directions






MILES ARCENEAUX
FRANKLIN PARK
March 26, 2014
7:00 – 7:30am
18323 Sonterra Pl
San Antonio, Texas
78258
Location and Directions







LA SALLE’S GHOST
SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL
Conversation and Book signing
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:00am – 5:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Book Festival Website
Location and Directions

GALVESTON BOOKSHOP
Conversation and Book signing
Saturday, March 22, 2014
2:00 – 4:00pm
Galveston, Texas
Galveston Bookshop website
Location and Directions

VIVA! BOOKSTORE
Conversation and Book signing
December 7, 2013
3:00 – 5:00pm
Houston, Texas
Viva Bookstore website
Location and Directions

MUSEUM of the COASTAL BEND
Conversation and Book signing
October 24, 2013
5:30
Victoria, Texas
Museum webiste
Location and Directions

MURDER BY THE BOOK
Conversation and Book signing
October 18, 2013
6:30 – 7:30pm
Houston, Texas
Murder by the Book website
Location and Directions

LOCKHART PUBLIC LIBRARY
Conversation and Book signing
October 5, 2013
6:00 – 8:00pm
Lockhart, Texas
Lockhart Public Library website
Location and Directions

BOOK PEOPLE
Conversation and Book signing
October 2, 2013
7:00 – 8:00pm
Austin, Texas
Book People website
Location and Directions

THE TWIG BOOK SHOP
Conversation and Book signing
September 19, 2013
7:00 – 8:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
The Twig Book Shop website
Location and Directions

OFFICIAL BOOK PRE-RELEASE at
TEXAS MARITIME MUSEUM
August 29, 2013
5:30 – 8:00pm
Rockport, Texas
Texas Maritime Museum website
Location and Directions








THIN SLICE OF LIFE
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL: DALLAS
Guest panelists for the "Where Done It?" session
May 11, 2013
10:00 – 11:00am
Dallas, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions
 

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL:
SAN ANTONIO

Guest panelists for the "Where Done It?" session
April 13, 2013
10:00am – 5:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions
 


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Book Clubs

Miles is highly sought after by book clubs, visiting in person and by phone about his wickedly witty first novel, his upcoming books, and/or the vagaries of his unorthodox life as a writer. If your book club is interested drop him a line. Or, if you prefer, we've prepared a few questions [for La Salle’s Ghost  book] you are welcome to download and discuss at your next gathering.

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