Hidden Sea Book Blog Tour and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

October 16, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways 0

  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.

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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ICYWWA few of Miles’ favorite things, Volume 1:



Miles Arceneaux is nothing if not a man of distinct but idiosyncratic tastes. Most of his favorite items, places, and people revolve around the Texas Gulf Coast, although he retains an enduring fondness for the White Horse Tavern in New York City, La Posada Milagro guesthouse in the West Texas ghost town of Terlingua, and a nameless palapa bar on Ambergris Caye in Belize. That being said, here are a few of Miles’ Greatest Hits.

BOOKS—Miles grew up with an early appreciation for the Travis McGee mysteries by John D. MacDonald and Louis L’Amour’s Western sagas. His current favorite is James R. Dennis’ Correspondence In D Minor.

 MUSIC: Charlie Parker With Strings. Willie Nelson’s Phases and Stages. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook. Fiyo on the Bayou by the Neville Brothers. Jeez, where do you start? But somehow, Miles always circles back to Guy Clark’s masterful Boats To Build.

LIBATION: At the end of a long, hot day of fishing for tarpon or redfish, Miles has been known to kick back with a Papa Doble daiquiri, courtesy of the La Floridita Bar in Havana: 2 ½ jiggers Bacardi rum; Juice of two limes and half a grapefruit; 6 drops Luxardo maraschino liqueur. Shake with ice and serve up in a stemmed coupe glass.

FAVORITE COMPADRES: Cops, rodeo bull riders, beautiful female boat repo specialists, reporters (especially sportswriters), songwriters (especially from Texas), shrimp boat captains, and whitewater river guides all know good stories.

VEXING JERKS: Fundamentalist preachers, most politicians, some millennials, noisy run-on drunks, hedge fund managers, the asshole who decided to place the vastly polluting Formosa Plastics complex on Lavaca Bay, two-faced hypocrites, and moms who whip their kids in public all tend to make Miles’ ass hurt.

MOVIE: The Maltese Falcon, 1941. Directed by John Huston. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre.  “Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in about 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.”

MILES’ TEN STAGES OF DRUNKENESS (Courtesy of author Dan Jenkins)

        Witty and Charming

        Rich and Powerful



        Fuck Dinner!


        Crank Up the Enola Gay

        Witty and Charming, Pt. 2



WATERING HOLES: Since Ransom Island is just a decent memory, Miles has acquired an old and new array of drinking establishments: Jimmy’s Just Beer icehouse in Houston, the pre-yuppified Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, Shorty’s in Port Aransas, and the Cedar Door in Austin (home of the Mexican Martini!), to name but a few.



“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.
Grand Prize: Autographed copies of all five Gulf Coast series books by Miles Arceneaux + a copy of Geoff Winningham’s Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea — The Gulf Coast of Texas and Mexico
Two Runners-Up: Each win an autographed copy of Hidden Sea

October 11-October 20, 2017
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