A Novel of the Human Spirit

Seething with old prejudices, money, Vodou, race-mixing, and young hot blood, TRIUMPH will tromp you through the Louisiana swamps, in and out of bustling New Orleans, across the Texas prairies, and into the city streets of innovative but troubled St. Louis in the early and mid-twentieth century. At a time when the world needs more warmth and acceptance, two girls, Mercy and Annie, lead us to a place where color and creed do not matter, to a place where people are accepted because of character and heart ... nothing more, nothing less. Spanning from 1903 to 1968, TRIUMPH, a Novel of the Human Spirit has an interwoven plot, short, active chapters, and compelling characters that will keep you turning the pages. Two Vodou ceremonies put this book in the 18+ category. Dealing in a positive light with racial issues, TRIUMPH has been "Sensitivity Read and Approved."

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If Hate Is Taught, Love Can Be Learned

Two Youngsters Ignore the Narrow-mindedness of Society

At a time when the world needs more warmth and acceptance, two little girls – Mercy and Annie, take us on a journey where color doesn’t matter, and character and heart are the only things that do!

Deep in the Louisiana swamps in 1903, five-year-old Willy is kidnapped by a Voodoo Priestess. One day, he will fight bloody battles in France and come face-to-face with the horrors of voodoo.

While in bustling New Orleans, bachelor Jack—a former Texas Ranger—has an encounter with a young beauty hiding in his hotel room. What she wants and needs will change his life forever.

1958 St. Louis, two girls of different races, Mercy and Annie, meet in the fifth grade. Together, they secretly explore St. Louis via bus and streetcar, encountering cultural prejudices at every turn— including from within one girl’s own family. The turbulent times and the Civil Rights Movement will test the girls’ loyalty and affect their choices on the way to adulthood.

In a saga spanning from 1903 to 1968, three families navigate the stormy paths of life in New Orleans, St. Louis, and Texas until they all collide startlingly and dramatically.

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Aimed at the 18+ readers, and some content might be inappropriate for ages younger.

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About the Author
Jodi Lea Stewart

Jodi Lea Stewart grew up smelling cedar berries and cattle pens on a large ranch wedged between the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Her friends were Native American and Hispanic, with a few Anglos thrown in for good measure. Her pastimes were singing to chickens, climbing giant petroglyph-etched boulders, hanging on for dear life in the back end of rattly old pickups driven over terracotta roads so washed out they qualified as mini-Grand Canyons, and riding one of the orneriest horses God ever put on this planet. Many monsoon seasons later, Jodi writes adventure-mystery novels set in the Southwest, the South, and beyond..

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