With the Pandemic it’s been a tough year for everyone. Here in Texas, where I reside, we’ve also had two hurricanes, a tropical storm and, more recently, a winter storm that shut down power and water for days on end. But, we’re finding ways to get through it. One way to cope with all this is to lose yourself in a good book. So, for one week there will be a free eBook giveaway for Jett Landry: Urban Legend. Starting tomorrow, March 5th, you can download this awesome book for zero dollars. That’s a 100% discount. It’s $2.99 off. However you want to look at it. So if you’ve been holding out buying this book, reward yourself by getting it for free. You’ll have five days to take advantage of this opportunity. This promotion runs from March 5th through March 9th. All I ask in return is, after you read the book, leave an honest review and rating on the Urban Legend sales page on Amazon. I’ve included the link below:
Volume Three in the works!
It’s hard times in Port City, Texas. A dark evil has taken hold and no one is safe. Standing between the people of Port City and this evil is Jett Landry, the daughter of the infamous Port City private eye Markus Jackson and his partner, Ashley Garcia. Join Jett and her friends as they take on the challenge and become the heroes of a new generation.
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Jett Landry: Urban Legend. Volume Two in the Jett Landry Saga. By Stephan Oak. Cover art by Micky Mitchell.
It’s been four years since The Fuse was lit.
Everything has changed.
Melinda is a first-year law student at Baylor. Jett Landry, still reeling from tragedy, leads a lonely existence in downtown Port City. Mike Krayton Sr. is the Regional Director for the Port City Region and right-hand man of the charismatic “Governor” of the new Texas Republic. Mike Krayton Jr. works for his father, managing the controversial Workfare program. Human Trafficking is out of control. Danger is everywhere and the new government ignores the problem.
But something strange is happening in the county north of Port City: A mysterious woman on a motorcycle is rescuing victims of a human trafficking ring. They say she comes out of nowhere and brings fury and vengeance to all those who try to stop her. No one knows who she is. Rumors circulate all over Port City about the woman’s identity. Some say she’s a survivor of human trafficking, out for revenge. Others believe she belongs to a reclusive cult that lives deep in the woods. There is another rumor about this mysterious hero; a rumor that involves the girl from Port City High who won all those karate tournaments years ago. The Co-Valedictorian. The daughter of the infamous private detectives, Markus Jackson and Ashley Garcia.
Urban Legend is the story of courage, friendship and sacrifice. It’s the story of corruption and evil. It’s the story of a new generation of heroes and the villains determined to take them down.
Urban Legend is coming soon. Artist Micky Mitchell is working on the cover art. Above I’ve attached a cropped version of the cover. I don’t want to give it all away too soon.
The cover will feature two important characters in Urban Legend. Jett Landry (right) and Melinda Brown (left). Jett and Melinda are best friends. In Urban Legend their friendship continues amidst an adventure the likes of which neither Jett nor Melinda could have anticipated. This image portrays the characteristics Melinda and Jett bring to the story. Micky is doing an amazing job of bringing these characters to life and giving you a glimpse of what you can expect without giving the story away.
Jett Landry: Urban Legend is coming soon to Amazon. It’s gonna be a wild ride.
If you haven’t already, be sure to order your copy of Jett Landry: The Fuse so you can be caught up for Jett Landry: Urban Legend. Order your eBook below (you can read it for free on Kindle Unlimited):
Need something to do this weekend? Are you Netflixed out? Read a book! Remember when we were kids and we spent hours in our rooms reading our favorite novels and comics? I read everything from Star Wars, to James Bond (by Ian Fleming, the original Bond novels) to whatever science fiction, mystery or spy novels I could get my hands on. I’d read them over and over again, trying to get every detail of the story, find things I may have missed, figure out the characters. The first book I checked out at the public library was “A Wrinkle in Time.” I enjoyed the movie, but there is just something about reading the book. You get so much more. You get a feel for the characters’ thoughts and motivations. You get details that can’t be portrayed on a screen. You get scenes that, for practical or time reasons, didn’t make it into the movie. You get the WHOLE story. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good movie. I’ll watch a good movie over and over. But you invest in a good book, and the payoff is astronomical.
I discovered two things in my teens: Film Noir and novels by writers such as Raymond Chandler. First person accounts by gritty, no nonsense characters who live hard lives and try to make sense of a sleazy, violent world. A character who doesn’t really want to be a hero, but they end sacrificing themselves for the greater good anyway. I have this belief that Han Solo (Star Wars, duh) is the cleaned up science fiction version of this same character. When he shot Greedo under the table at the cantina he was playing the part of the classic film noir anti-hero. Or maybe not, I don’t know. It’s a matter of opinion, I guess. But Han shot first, I don’t care how Lucas tried to revise the story later. But I digress.
When I started writing “The Fuse” I intended for Markus Jackson, Port City Private Eye, to be that guy. He lives in a sleazy world, trying to make sense of things that don’t add up but isn’t shy about punching a problem in the mouth if he runs out of more reasonable options. Or if he just feels like a problem needs a punch in the mouth. He’s a throwback to the film noir troubled protagonist who works in the shadows. The prologue opens like many noir stories: He’s sitting at a bar, telling his story in first person narrative, when a beautiful woman walks in and changes his life forever. He knows it the minute he sees her; when she sits next to him at the bar and asks for a light for her cigarette.
Chapter One cuts to fourteen years later and now Markus Jackson has a teenage daughter who gets bullied at school. The story is no longer in first person narrative as told by Markus Jackson, because the story is no longer about him. It’s about his daughter, Jett. As parenting goes, when you have a kid, your life is about their story, and that’s how Jackson sees it. But Jackson is working on a case where he recognizes some creepy parallels between Jett’s experience with bullies, how the school district (mis)handles the bullying, and the corruption he is uncovering in his missing persons investigation. Are these two plots related? I don’t know. Read the book and find out. The answers are shocking! (Ha ha. Using dramatic words to get your attention).
The sequel, Jett Landry: Urban Legend, will be out soon. Artist Micky Mitchell and I are working on the cover and it’s gonna be awesome. It’s also a good story. A wild ride through Port City and beyond. Read Jett Landry: The Fuse first so you’ll be ready for Jett Landry: Urban Legend.
Read the book, write a review on Amazon, and let me know here, on Twitter or Facebook what you think. If you like the book, recommend it to your friends.
Thank you for reading this blog and thank you for reading my book!
Jett Landry: Urban Legend is coming soon. The original plan was for a late summer release but Hurricane Laura put us behind a little as some of us skipped town, others rode out the storm and lived without electricity for a while. We’re about a month away. I’ve been working to promote this project. I appeared on the Podcast Beaumont Y2Z recently. I did a book signing and discussion at Shabby Shabby Antiques for First Thursdays on Calder here in Beaumont in August.
Urban Legend is the second book in the Jett Landry Saga. It picks up four years after the events of Jett Landry: The Fuse. It’s wild ride. Lots of action, emotion, character development and an introduction to some new characters I think you will enjoy getting to know.
I’ll update everyone again as we get closer to publishing.
Check out this review of Jett Landry: Urban Legend by The Prairies Book Review. Urban Legend is available as a free eBook download for one week only, March 5th to March 9th. Link to order after the review.
Jett Landry: Urban Legend: Volume 2 in the Jett Landry Saga by Stephan Oak
Thrilling… and impossible to put down.
Oak pumps new life into familiar action thriller trope in his second Jett Landry Saga, featuring the troubled vigilante Jett Landry. It’s been four years since Jett lost her parents, the pair of the infamous private detectives Marcus Jackson and his partner Ashley Garcia, to a shootout. Still reeling from tragedy, Jett leads a lonely existence in downtown Port City. When a lone vigilante begins to wreak havoc on human traffickers in the county north of Port City, Mike Krayton Sr., the Regional Director for the Port City Region and right-hand man of the charismatic “Governor” of the new Texas Republic, is convinced it is Jett, but taking the lone warrior down is not as easy as it seems. Oak expertly builds tension, balancing Jett’s inner turmoil with her quest to clean the Port City of human traffickers. Oak’s steady escalation of the risks and personal tragedies that Jett faces, and her courage in the face of relentless harrowing circumstances along with her ability to outthink and outgun the scores of dangerous criminals on her trail, make her a memorable heroine. The secondary characters, including Diana, Melinda, Mike among others are equally convincing. Blood-soaked battles add to the thrill, and the concrete plotting and precise prose keep readers flipping pages. The novel’s tone is dark and melancholy which suits Jett’s tragic circumstances. Loaded on action as well as emotions, this swiftly-paced action thriller argues that even the most vicious battles with criminals are less harrowing than the struggles within the psyche. This is a winner.
Download a free eBook between March 5th and March 9th at the link below:
Check out the review of Jett Landry: The Fuse by Prairie Books Review.
As we kick 2020 out the door let’s not worry about letting that door hit 2020 on the way out. That being said, I wish every one of you a healthy, happy new year in 2021. It’s got to be better, the 2020 bar is low.
Set your goals, have fun, make a plan, be spontaneous and, when this pandemic thing is over, hug your friends. We all need to have one big party to make up for lost time.
To all my friends all over the world, Peace, prosperity and friendship. Drink to it. Pass it on!
By the way, read my books in 2021. Volume I and II are out, and more to come!
Click on the link below to win your free eBook download of Jett Landry: Urban Legend. I will be giving away 100 free eBooks! If you’re a member of GoodReads, then you’re eligible to join this giveaway. If you’re not a member of GoodReads, but you enjoy reading, I highly recommend you sign up. You can enter free book giveaways, read reviews of books you want to read, and find many books you didn’t know were out there. It’s a great way to find great books!
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Giveaway ends January 06, 2021.
First off, I want to thank all the people from all over the world who check into this blog. It’s really cool to know that people in the USA, China, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Canada, England, Ireland, and Singapore have read my words. Leave a comment if you want. I would love to hear from you!
Now is the time in my blog where I try to convince you, the reader, to buy and read my books, if you haven’t done so already. I understand it’s almost Christmas and who has time to read a book, right? We’re all busy getting ready for the holidays. Of course, I’m not going to try to guess what everyone’s Christmas will be like in these trying times, with the COVID Pandemic. I do hope you, your families and your friends are safe and healthy. Once all the excitement and stress is over, I hope you get some downtime to relax, rest and recharge. That would be a good time to start a new book series. (hint hint) …
Okay. Here it is: Links to purchase my books. This time I’m going to link you to an Amazon page for the Jett Landry Saga. From there you can click on both books. I’m currently working on the third book in the series. Read the first two so you’ll be ready for the third. It’s gonna be so cool. The coolest …
The Jett Landry Saga is, at it’s heart, the story of a young woman who goes from being oppressed to empowering herself in a very dangerous world. The Fuse takes place in fictional Port City, Texas. Jett, a teenager, is the only kid in her school that isn’t wealthy and white. A small group of kids bully her and make her living at school very difficult. One other kid, Melinda, reaches out to her and their friendship changes the direction of both of their lives. They begin to discover there is something evil lurking in Port City that directly affects Jett. Jett’s dad, private investigator Marcus Jackson, knows more about what’s going in Port City but is determined to protect Jett, who is biracial and the target of racism and bullying, from the reality of what’s happening as he tries to expose the corruption that protects a human trafficking operation.
Urban Legend takes place four years later the events of The Fuse. Melinda is off to law school while Jett remains in Port City, trying to come to terms with a tragedy and make sense of her life. But a mysterious hero, a woman on a motorcycle, is rescuing victims of a human trafficking ring in the rural counties north of Port City. No one knows who she is, but rumors abound. They say she seems to know their secrets she brings fury and vengeance to anyone who tries to stop her.
The Jett Landry Saga is about friendship, loyalty and the heroes of a new generation. It’s about the fight between good and evil and everything in between.
I have the honor and I am humbled to have 100% five star Amazon ratings (as of the moment I’m writing this) for the Jett Landry Saga (The Fuse and Urban Legend). My goal is to make you, the people reading this blog, feel like you want to read these books. Or I, at least, want to give you an idea what the books are about so that you can decide for yourself if you want to read these books. So I thought it would be cool to post a few samples of reviews I’ve received about each book so far.
Jett Landry: The Fuse
“This story of good versus evil is as gripping as it is timely. The evil that lurks in Port City is alive and completely relatable and relevant to the climate of today’s society. As a reader, I celebrated with every victory scored by Jett Landry and her family and friends, turned every page longing for that triumph of good versus evil. This book will bring you on a rollercoaster ride, it’s anything but predictable. The last chapter took my breath away and I will be thinking about it for a long time.”
“This story introduces a wonderfully complex character, who is thrown into a world of dark politics and violent abuses.”
Character development was solid.
I would recommend to my friends (and have!).”
“I love the way the story develops. It draws you in and you become emotionally connected to the characters whether you love them or hate them. Film noir vibe with a modern setting.”
“This action packed read kept me on the edge of my seat!”
So far, people in the following countries have purchased/downloaded the eBook of Jett Landry: The Fuse
USA, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Denmark, France, Spain and Australia
Order Jett Landry: The Fuse today.
Jett Landry: Urban Legend has been out one week as of today. So far there are two reviews. Both reviewers gave the book five stars and said they were unable to put the book down.
Leave a comment and a review of this blog! Or just tell me what you think.
Writing and publishing a novel is a huge task. I never realized how huge a task it was until I wrote Jett Landry: The Fuse. It takes a team of people to make it work. Writing it is only one part of getting this project out to the public. So, now that I’ve released Jett Landry: Urban Legend, I decided to take a moment and explain the contributions of everyone on the Acknowledgements Page.
Micky Mitchell: Micky is the artist who did the covers of both The Fuse and Urban Legend. She’s an amazing artist. She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She has this ability to create images that bring these characters to life. The cover of a book is the first thing people notice before they know anything about the book. It’s what generates interest. Micky knocks it out of the park every time. She puts her heart and soul into every picture she draws. Look her up if you’re interested in seeing more of her work. Or drive around downtown; you’ll see some of her murals.
Theresa Anderson Ener: Theresa edited this book. I learned a lot from Theresa. Not only did she proofread the book and find things I missed (it’s hard to proofread your own work because you know what you expect to see) she also provided notes that were very helpful in putting this story together. I enjoy our conversations, both in person and on social media, about books, writing, liquor and board games.
David S. McRae: David reviewed The Fuse. But not only did he review The Fuse, he contacted me to provide a lot of guidance, encouragement and advice for a first time author. A lot of his advice is manifested in Urban Legend. I appreciate him taking the time to help me get started on this journey as a storyteller. He’s also the author of the Vagrant Summer series. Check it out!
Sunni Sonnier: Sunni allowed me to base a character on her personality. If you live in Southeast Texas, or now in Southeast Louisiana, you probably know Sunni. She’s a bar manager and music promoter. She’s a force of nature. One of the most genuinely nicest people you ever want to meet, she doesn’t just promote music; she promotes people and communities. The unconventional and hip field agent “Steampunk” Sonya is based on Sunni. If you know Sunni, you know she is perfect for this character. Sonya is going to be a recurring character in the Jett Landry/Port City universe. She’s just too cool not to be. Wait until you see what she gets to do in Volume 3!
Rob Flurry: Rob also allowed me to base a character on his likeness. Richard, Jett’s new mentor, is based on Rob. Again, if you live in Southeast Texas you probably know Rob. He’s a cool guy. The kind of guy who always looks out for his friends. He’s also a Blacksmith who has been featured on an Amazon short film and in The Texas Tribune. Sunni and Rob are iconic parts of Southeast Texas culture and it was an honor to create characters based on their contributions to our community.
Franora Anderson: Franora owns Shabby Shabby Antiques in Beaumont, Texas. In her shop in the Old Town section of Beaumont (one of my favorite parts of town) she also sells records. I stopped in one Saturday to buy some vinyl records and, after a long conversation with Fran about music and art and local happenings, I came back and gave her a copy of Jett Landry: The Fuse. She read it, made a video review of the book, recommended it to her friends and customers, promoted and help the sell the book from her shop and even set up a book signing event. She offered all of this before I ever had a chance to ask. It’s that kind of passionate support that keeps local arts alive in Beaumont. Beaumont has vibrant art, music, theatre scenes because of people like Franora who get involved in promoting local artists. Look for her shop on Facebook and check it out! She has some great deals!
Aaron Barnhill and Zach Bowman at Beaumont Y2Z Podast: Aaron and Zach are also iconic members of the Southeast Texas community. They promote anything and everything that makes Beaumont, Texas a great place to live. Through their podcast they put the spotlight on local artists, musicians, authors like me, small business owners and really anyone doing anything in Beaumont that is unique and/or interesting. They reached out to do a podcast on Jett Landry: The Fuse. Go on YouTube and check out their Podcasts. It’s a great Podcast series.
Michelle Cate, Stephanie Orta, Greg Buscemi: Michelle and Stephanie engaged me from the Art Studio Inc, another iconic part of the Southeast Texas Art community, to participate in a virtual book fair for local authors. Greg is the Director of The Art Studio Inc. They do so many great things and contribute so much for the local culture in Beaumont.
Annalee Zenkner: Annalee is a poet, a podcaster and a master of wine. She’s also a good friend. A former resident of Southeast Texas, she’s now back home in Washington State. When she found out I published a book, she reached out to me with an invitation to be on her podcast. Exposure on the West coast, a market where I haven’t made any ground yet, would be huge.
Mary Eileen: Mary has knowledge and skills in areas that are valuable when writing a novel about crime. A retired detective, she’s an invaluable source of information about procedure and ethics. She’s also really cool and a good friend. The character of “Mary,” the cop who shows up at the diner in The Fuse, is a tribute to Mary Eileen.
Toye Babb: Toye is a martial arts expert. With a blackbelt in Akido and a vast working knowledge of Martial Arts in general, Toye helped me work out many of the fight scenes in both The Fuse and Urban Legend. She’s also a Beta Reader, a reader who reads the book before editing to comment on story, plot, grammar, etc. Toye also has to listen to me talk about this book incessantly when we go out to dinner after work. I get caught up in things I’m doing and she’s a good listener.
Shanon Chambers Shaw: Shanon has been one of the most supportive people I know in the development of this project. She’s been a Beta Reader, and a sounding board for ideas. She corrects my grammar and shows up at every event and helps promote the book. Shanon and I go all the back to Nederland High School. Thanks Shanon!
Of course, I would like to thank the people who read The Fuse and are now reading Urban Legend. You make this happen! Thank you so much!!!
Thanks to everyone who helped make get this book series developed and who keep pushing it upstream. I honestly cannot do this without all of your support and enthusiasm.
Below is a link to the Amazon site for the Jett Landry Saga. I encourage anyone reading this blog to click on the link and see if you wanna join the adventure!