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:
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.
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.
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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.
The third installment in the Jett Landry Saga, The Fierce Warrior, is coming soon. I’m hoping for a release sometime this summer. This book is the exciting finale of the first Jett Landry trilogy and opens the door for more stories from the Port City Universe. I’m excited about this book. There are some emotional moments, some exciting sequences and a lot of story to tell about our heroes and villains in Port City. I’m looking forward to getting it to you. I’m still in the revision process and soon I’ll send on to the Beta Readers and Editor while Micky, the cover artist, and I work on an exciting cover.
Meanwhile, I started the next phase of the Jett Landry Saga. A new series that takes place after “The Fierce Warrior.” It’s a new beginning, of sorts, for Jett and her friends. It’s “Book-Noir,” mystery and intrigue with colorful characters and strange, mysterious settings.
Stay tuned to The Jett Landry Saga. A lot of cool stuff is coming your way!
Here is a link to the series page on Amazon for The Jett Landry Saga. You can read for free on Kindle Unlimited, download the eBook or order paperbacks.
For those of you who have read Jett Landry: The Fuse and Jett Landry: Urban Legend, thank you. And to those who have left a review, thank you as well! I appreciate the support and the feedback on these books.
Yesterday I did a read through of the current draft of the third book in the Jett Landry Saga: The Fierce Warrior. So far so good. It has emotion, action, relationships, suspense… pretty much what you expect from a Jett Landry novel and a lot of twists and turns along the way. It’s gonna be an intense adventure. I’m excited about this novel, but there is still a lot of work ahead. I’m making revisions before I send it to the editor and Beta Readers. Soon Micky and I will sit down to talk about the cover art. So it’s in the works and I can’t wait to get it to out there for you to read.
After The Fierce Warrior, there will be a new series of Jett Landry stories in the Port City universe. We’re just getting started and there are a lot of stories to tell.
Please tell your friends about The Jett Landry Saga. Leave a review if you’ve read the book, both here and on Amazon. Follow me here to keep up with the latest Jett Landry news. You can also follow me on Twitter and there is a Facebook page for The Jett Landry Saga. Leave a comment and say hello. If you have any questions, please send me a message or, even better, ask on twitter or here on Goodreads. I’m always open for questions!
Okay, thank you for reading these books and thank you for reading this blog. Have a great day!
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.
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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!
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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.