Jodi Lea Stewart

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Genres:

Historical Fiction: Adventure, Multiple Timeline
Contemporary YA Fiction: Multicultural, Mystery, Adventure

Website:

JodiLeaStewart.com

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Bio

Jodi Lea Stewart is a fiction author who believes in and writes about the triumph of the human spirit through overcoming adversity. With an Okie mom and a Texas stepdad, her writing reflects her life beginning in Texas and Oklahoma, later moving as a youngster to an Arizona cattle ranch next door to the Navajo Nation, and, as a young adult, resuming in her native Texas. Growing up, she climbed petroglyph-etched boulders, bounced two feet in the air in the backend of pickups wrestling through washed-out terracotta roads, and rode horseback on the winds of her imagination through the arroyos and mountains of the Arizona high country. Her lifetime friendship with all human races, cow punchers, and the southern gentry allows Jodi to write comfortably about any aspect related to the Southwest and the South.

More from Jodi

My background is journalism and communication. I have helped numerous people with writing projects, but one I’m especially proud of is Tommie Mabry’s A Dark Journey to a Light Future (2012). I am listed as an editor.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON: What I’m working on next is another historical novel catapulting the reader from Texas to Mexico, Argentina, and China and into the epicenter of intriguing human drama. Look for it in 2021/2022.

WHY I WRITE IN A PARTICULAR GENRE: Though my YA trilogy is contemporary, I have fallen in love with writing historical fiction and have penned three historical novels back-to-back (as listed below). Why? In my opinion, historical fiction is both a tunnel by which to travel to and partake of as a tourist to a bygone era, and it is also a mirror reflecting and educating us about simpler — albeit, more challenging — times that are, quite frankly, gone forever. I believe historical fiction holds a special place not only in literature, but also in the social-study annals of humanity.


Books

Title: TRIUMPH, a Novel of the Human Spirit
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press (September 2020)
Genre: Historical Fiction

TRIUMPH, a novel of the Human Spirit weaves together three vivid storylines featuring two friends of different races defying the odds of 1950s bigotry. A family saga that resonates throughout decades of American history to illuminate some of the central questions of our time, dramatizing who we are, how we got here, and where the better angels of our nature impel us to go. The novel’s epic sweep sends you from the Louisiana Swamps to New Orleans, Texas, and St. Louis. It opens in 1903 as two children are ripped from their homes. One is abducted by a secretive voodoo sect; the other is presented to a former Texas Ranger as part of a life-changing plea for help. Their uncertain fates set in motion events that reverberate decades later.

Available for Sale

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Progressive Rising Phoenix Press


Title: The Accidental Road
Publisher: Prairie Rose Publications/Fire Star Press (2019)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Kat and her mother escape an abusive husband and stumble into the epicenter of crime peddlers invading Arizona and Nevada in the 1950s. Stranded hundreds of miles from their planned destination, they land in Holbrook, a dusty Arizona town. They soon discover the jubilant face of post-war America has another side, one peppered with corruption and packed with mobsters. Teenager Kat has always hidden herself in novels and movies and tries to be as inconspicuous as possible. How can she fade into the background when she has a beautiful social butterfly of a mother who just happens to resemble Marilyn Monroe? It’s embarrassing, and it could be the downfall of their plan to a new life.
*Note: This novel was a finalist in the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Historical Fiction.

Available for Sale

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Title: Blackberry Road
Publisher: Prairie Rose Publications/Sundown Press (2018)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Biddy Woodson, a sharecropper’s daughter, has learned how to sass and vinegar her way through life with eleven siblings in 1934 Oklahoma. Trouble sneaks in one afternoon like an oily twister when a beloved neighbor is murdered and a single piece of evidence sends the sheriff to arrest Mr. Leroy, a Black man Biddy knows is innocent. Though she vows to see Mr. Leroy freed, she’s up against more than she ever bargained for. Hauntingly terrifying sounds seeping from the woods lead her into deeper mysteries and despair—and finally into the shocking truths of that fateful summer.

Available for Sale

(Available in print, eBook, and Audiobook)
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Title: Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves — Valley of Shadows (Book Three)
Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (2018)
Genre: Contemporary YA Adventure

The theft of a famous horse catapults Silki and Birdie into a baffling adventure teeming with International undercurrents. What possible connection could Old Man Concho have to the Japanese tourists on the Rez, and can Silki discover an ancient truth in time to save the leader of the Ghost Herd, as well as salvage her own broken heart? Woven with Navajo language, tradition, and lore. Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: VALLEY OF SHADOWS is the final book in a trilogy of one girl’s adventures in the American Southwest. *Note: This novel was a finalist in the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in three categories: Multicultural, YA Fiction, and Cover Design.

Available for Sale

Amazon
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Title: Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves — Canyon of Doom (Book Two)
Publisher: Two Harbors Press (2013)
Genre: Contemporary YA Adventure

Stealing money isn’t the aim of the Mesa Redondo bank robbers. They want the mysterious metal object Silki and her best friend Birdie discovered in the bogs of Canyon Daacha. With Birdie headed up to Kayenta for the rest of the summer, Silki navigates wide-eyed and solo through a whirl of thievery, scary characters, lost artifacts, and a shadowy stranger Silki dubs Amber Eyes. Against a backdrop of monsoon season floods and quicksand, Silki’s plight is complicated by the hateful slurs of a rebellious cousin her family must rescue before it’s too late. Soon, Silki finds herself in the middle of a plot that stretches all the way back to World War II and reaches right into the very soul of her own family. Woven with Navajo language, tradition, and lore, Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: CANYON OF DOOM is the second book in a series of one girl’s adventures in the American Southwest.

Available for Sale

Amazon
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Title: Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves — Summer of the Ancient (Book One)
Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (2011)
Genre: Contemporary YA Adventure

Silki thinks she made up Wol-la-chee, the Ancient Ant Man, but he somehow shrieks into her life one fateful summer day. Her best friend accuses her of getting her real and unreal confused, and things are disappearing right and left from all over the Rez. How long can one girl handle the whole Ancient World by herself anyway? Woven with Navajo language, tradition, and lore, Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT is the first book in a series of one girl’s adventures in the American Southwest.

Available for Sale

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