Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

Books

The Accidental Road

The Accidental Road

It’s 1954, and teenager 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 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.

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Blackberry Road

Blackberry Road

Trouble sneaks in one Oklahoma afternoon in 1934 like an oily twister. A beloved neighbor is murdered, and a single piece of evidence sends the sheriff to arrest a black man Biddy, a sharecropper’s daughter, knows is innocent. Hauntingly terrifying sounds seeping from the woods lead Biddy into even deeper mysteries and despair and finally into the shocking truths of that fateful summer.

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Summer of the Ancient

Summer of the Ancient

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?

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Canyon of Doom

Canyon of Doom

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 at 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.

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Valley of Shadows

Valley of Shadows

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?

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