Stiff Arm Steal: Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series

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USA Today Bestselling Series

The prize possession of former football hero, part-time media personality and full-time blowhard BJ Baker has been stolen from his palatial Palm Beach home. Baker has called in the Mayor, the police, the sheriff and everyone else he can co-opt into the search. But if he really wants the person who can find it, once name keeps coming up. Miami Jones. Problem is, he can't stand Jones. And the feeling is mutual.

Miami takes on a jealous husband, a feisty ex-con and a police detective desperate to claim everyone else's 15 minutes of fame, and he finds that Florida is home to so many retired athletes he could start a pensioner football league. But who is prepared to kill to get their hands on college football's highest honor?

Series praise:

"...strong, unstereotyped, and engaging..." Kirkus Reviews


"a well-balanced mix of intrigue, dry humor, and wit..."  Manhattan Book Review


"Robert B. Parker meets Carl Hiaasen." - Bookbub


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"A five-star romp by one of the best mystery writers around." - Charles Ray Reviews

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About the author

 A.J. Stewart is the USA Today bestselling author of the Miami Jones Florida mystery series and the John Flynn action thriller series.

He has lived and worked in Australia, Japan, UK, Norway, and South Africa, as well as San Francisco, Connecticut and of course Florida. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his two favorite people, his wife and son. 


AJ is working on a screenplay that he never plans to produce, but it gives him something to talk about at parties in LA.

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Publisher
Jacaranda Drive
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Published on
Dec 12, 2012
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Pages
270
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ISBN
9780985945503
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Sports
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A university president with delusions of grandeur. A property developer with mob ties. A crooked politician fast-tracking projects for cash. Just another day in South Florida.

When Miami Jones is hired by an old college friend to investigate the drug overdose of a star student-athlete, he is thrust into the dark intersection of academia, politics and the Miami drug world, where he finds himself fighting to not just solve the crime, but to save those he loves most.

˃˃˃ "Put Spenser and Travis McGee together, and you have Miami Jones..." - Amazon reviewer for the Miami Jones series.

˃˃˃ Q&A with the Author:

Q: Why a Florida mystery series?

A: A lot of things came together to make the series happen. Of course I always loved Florida mystery novels, there’s a whole lineage of them. And all those crazy Florida adventures of Mssrs Hiaasen and Dorsey and co. My family moved to the Sunshine State, and everything about the place made me want to create a bunch of fun loving characters. The kinds of people you’d love to share a beer with, in a casual place with a plate of smoked fish dip. But the kinds of folks who live by their convictions - salt of the earth you might say. There’s a lot of folks like that in Florida, along with more whack jobs per square miles than anywhere I’ve ever been.

Q: Who is Miami Jones? Is he you?

A: He’s not me, let’s start there. He’s got a bucket load more bravado than me. But he’s a thinker. His baseball career didn’t define him, but it did help form him, and I wanted to explore that side of it - the fact that most college sportsmen and women don’t go pro, and those that do mostly don’t last, and somehow that gets looked on as a sad thing. Miami doesn’t believe it is. Pro sports taught Miami to fake it until you make it, but at the same time to never believe your own press. Mostly he doesn’t. He’s too cheeky by half, but don’t we all like the idea of serving up a good one liner when we don’t really have the guts to do it? He’s not one of these private investigators who shoot to kill without repercussions. He feels bad when he acts bad, but it doesn’t stop him doing it if required.

Q: Is he a hard boiled detective?

A: I call him soft boiled. It’s what happens to normal people when left out in the Florida sun. He calls them as he sees them, but he’d never call his girlfriend a dame. She’d tear him a new one if he did.

Q: There’s a sports theme in the series. Is it a men’s adventure?

A: Yes and no. Lots of ladies enjoy sports so that doesn’t mean anything. But the sports are infused in Miami’s thinking, rather than being pervasive in the stories. More than half of my readers on my email list are women, so it might be a men’s adventure, but it’s not just for male readers.

Q: Speaking of women, Miami’s girlfriend knows how to handle him.

A: That she does. I hate those stories and movies where the love interest is nothing more than someone to serve the martinis. Danielle is Miami’s equal in every way. She’ll out think him most days, and she even has his measure in most physical endeavors. But she’s still a woman, so she doesn’t see the world in the same way as Miami and ”�the boys’. And that’s a good thing.

Q: Will we see her in her own private eye series?

A: No. For a start, she’s not a gumshoe, she’s a sheriff’s deputy. She believes in the rule of law and doing things by the book. Mostly. That creates some tension between them because Miami can be a little too keen to go off reservation. Danielle would be in a police procedural, and I’m not sure that’s somewhere I want to go. But I like her, so maybe one day she’ll have a wicked sister who becomes a bounty hunter. On second thought, Janet already did that.

— “INTENSE AND GRIPPING NOVEL, SAVED has it all, mystery, intrigue, deception, romance, and the truly uncomfortable realities of human trafficking. It is a fantastic read.”

— “Eckhart knocks one out of the park with this great story.” RT Book Reviews

—“Taken! Okay you had me at the first page”....Katy M.

—God Bless our Military Men! It takes a horrible, but real tragedy and shows how love can be a true healer. We need more men like the Captain!! Reviewer, Spring Hale

OVERVIEW:
“Growing up I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start a family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped and I was saved. Eric didn't see me as damaged. He didn't see my baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe ... he saved me.”

Don't miss VANISHED, the next book in the Saved Series, 'A 2016 Readers' Favorite Award Winner' She thought her nightmare was over.

THE SAVED SERIES:
Saved
Vanished
Captured

If you enjoy THE SAVED SERIES, you may also enjoy, WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES.

WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA.
"Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen

Other Series you may enjoy:
THE OUTSIDER SERIES: An Emotionally charged romance series beginning with the Bestseller, The Forgotten Child.
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES.
THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga.


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Ex-CIA analyst, Kurt Vetter is no stranger to tragedy and loss.  Swearing off any connections to a life he once lead, he retreats to South America--on a self-imposed exile.  But when he receives a mysterious package of encrypted files from his dead brother, he's drawn back into a dangerous world of treason and espionage--a world he swore he'd left behind for good. 

It's up to Kurt to uncover the message that his brother was desperate to convey--a message that could be the difference between life and death.  When the files lead him across the world, he encounters Amanda Carter, an enigmatic woman linked directly to his brother, who just might have the information he needs to decipher what's hidden inside the files.  Together, they uncover a plot far bigger than anything he ever anticipated--a rogue CIA mission to detonate a nuclear bomb.

But with time running out and his brother's assassins closing in, Amanda and Kurt must face this alone. With millions of innocent lives at stake, they race against the clock to stop the attack.  If they fail, the results could be explosive.

The Patriot Paradox is the first book in the Reluctant Hero Trilogy, an espionage thriller and political mystery series that features gripping suspense, international intrigue, and a cast of characters whose exploits will enthrall you. If you enjoy action-packed spy stories by the likes of Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy, you’ll love the story!


Get the first book in this gripping spy thriller series for free today!


Suggested reading order:

1. The Patriot Paradox
2. Pressed
3. Blood in the Streets
  or get all three in The Kurt Vetter Trilogy

The Patriot Paradox is set in a world that could be our own, where shadowy deep state government operatives scheme to shift the balance of power to suit their needs by whatever means necessary. Conspiracies abound.
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Miami Jones knows that South Florida has its fair share of sharks, and not all of them live in the ocean. When a young boy is dumped in the water off the coast, Miami goes looking for answers. What he finds is a world of crooked bookmakers, slick Las Vegas Casino moguls and a desperate band of brothers playing a forgotten sport. Forgotten by everyone except the person who wants the players dead.

Miami takes Florida sliding down a sinkhole rather personally, so now he’ll stop at nothing to prevent the circling sharks from consuming his beloved home.

˃˃˃ "Put Spenser and Travis McGee together, and you have Miami Jones..." - Amazon reviewer for the Miami Jones series.

˃˃˃ Q&A with the Author:

Q: Why a Florida mystery series?

A: A lot of things came together to make the series happen. Of course I always loved Florida mystery novels, there’s a whole lineage of them. And all those crazy Florida adventures of and Mssrs Hiaasen and Dorsey and co. My family moved to the Sunshine State, and everything about the place made me want to create a bunch of fun loving characters. The kinds of people you’d love to share a beer with, in a casual place with a plate of smoked fish dip. But the kinds of folks who live by their convictions - salt of the earth you might say. There’s a lot of folks like that in Florida, along with more whack jobs per square miles than anywhere I’ve ever been.

Q: Who is Miami Jones? Is he you?

A: He’s not me, let’s start there. He’s got a bucket load more bravado than me. But he’s a thinker. His baseball career didn’t define him, but it did help form him, and I wanted to explore that side of it - the fact that most college sportsmen and women don’t go pro, and those that do mostly don’t last, and somehow that gets looked on as a sad thing. Miami doesn’t believe it is. Pro sports taught Miami to fake it until you make it, but at the same time to never believe your own press. Mostly he doesn’t. He’s too cheeky by half, but don’t we all like the idea of serving up a good one liner when we don’t really have the guts to do it? He’s not one of these private investigators who shoot to kill without repercussions. He feels bad when he acts bad, but it doesn’t stop him doing it if required.

Q: Is he a hard boiled detective?

A: I call him soft boiled. It’s what happens to normal people when left out in the Florida sun. He calls them as he sees them, but he’d never call his girlfriend a dame. She’d tear him a new one if he did.

Q: There’s a sports theme in the series. Is it a men’s adventure?

A: Yes and no. Lots of ladies enjoy sports so that doesn’t mean anything. But the sports are infused in Miami’s thinking, rather than being pervasive in the stories. More than half of my readers on my email list are women, so it might be a men’s adventure, but it’s not just for male readers.

Q: Speaking of women, Miami’s girlfriend knows how to handle him.

A: That she does. I hate those stories and movies where the love interest is nothing more than someone to serve the martinis. Danielle is Miami’s equal in every way. She’ll out think him most days, and she even has his measure in most physical endeavors. But she’s still a woman, so she doesn’t see the world in the same way as Miami and 'the boys’. And that’s a good thing.

Q: Will we see her in her own private eye series?

A: No. For a start, she’s not a gumshoe, she’s a sheriff’s deputy. She believes in the rule of law and doing things by the book. Mostly. That creates some tension between them because Miami can be a little too keen to go off reservation. Danielle would be in a police procedural, and I’m not sure that’s somewhere I want to go. But I like her, so maybe one day she’ll have a wicked sister who becomes a bounty hunter.

He can't have her. And he can't tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he's inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they'd planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane’s frightening secret and Willow’s tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love. 

"Sarina Bowen is a fantastically gifted storyteller."

-- Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author.

 

"Bowen writes great dialogue and wonderfully realistic characters"

-- Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for Kirkus Review 

 

"A powerful, redemptive love story that churned my insides, but also left me absolutely satisfied"

-- The Bookish Babe

 

"A deeply romantic story that warms with slow-burn eroticism and genuine insight into loss and love. Sarina Bowen's debut glows with intelligence and a lovely sweetness."

-- Mary Ann Rivers, author of The Story Guy

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