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The main character, BLACK, is the fictional son of Nat Turner. Nat Turner (October, 1800 - November, 1831) was an enslaved African American who led a rebellion of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia. Nat Turner is widely regarded as one of the most complex figures in American history and American literature.

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* Black by Joan Vassar
* Elbert: The Uncaged Mind by Joan Vassar
* Emancipating James by Joan Vassar

Romance. Suspense. Adventure. Historical.
Sexy Black Men in love with Sexy Black Women

Emancipating James by Joan Vassar
New Release!  Book 3 in the Black Series

Emancipating James reveals the complicated facets of the human soul exposed against the backdrops of Civil War, slavery, and romance.

In this compelling third saga of the BLACK series, Joan Vassar returns to Upper Canada-1862. While on a mission with the legendary Black, James comes face to face with a dark beauty enslaved on the Mickerson plantation. Freedom and love are within his grasp, until ill-fated circumstances separate the two. When he is severely wounded in a violent uprising, James' life is forever changed. Scarred, both physically and emotionally, he tries to put behind him the failures of the last year.

When life at the fort is threatened, James and his brothers are called upon for a dangerous mission that could jeopardize their hard-earned freedom. The men embark on a treacherous journey that will take them to Union Capital and then on to their final stop: The Hunter plantation, where bitter enemies and reckonings await payment. As the men follow a path of murder and intrigue, who will live and who will die remains to be seen.

Black Series Kirkus Book Review  
Antebellum romance between a heroic liberator and the enslaved woman he loves.

Nat Turner was led to the gallows in 1831 after incepting the largest slave revolt in American history. But in Vassar's (Introduction to Love and Self, 2006) latest romance, Nat's story doesn't end there. Unbeknownst to his tormentors, he fathered a son, also named Nat, who later, as secretive liberator, is nicknamed Black. He runs a branch of the Underground Railroad that opens into safe, free northern Canada, where he communicates with John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and other major figures of emancipation.

As the novel begins, Black has decided to insist on the liberation of the woman who raised him, Big Mama, his co-coordinator on the ground. She stipulates that he bring along Sunday, a child raised by Big Mama after Sunday's mother "collapsed in the fields and died from exhaustion."

After arriving successfully in the north, Black and Sunday fall deeply in love: "she offered him her love and silence as he worked through his feelings." But Black's struggle only becomes more fraught when plantation owner Turner (who lusts for Big Mama) and his callow son, Will (who lusts for Sunday), plan on getting them back.   
Historians have long debated how inspirational and admirable Nat Turner truly was, and Vassar's imaginings are a powerful addition to his legacy. In the smooth, eloquent history lesson, a number of abolitionist debates are well-dramatized, e.g., violence vs. patience.

Vassar shows a practiced hand at keeping the narrative moving forward and the pages turning with pleasure. There's sex, too, and it's effectively steamy: it takes a special talent to eroticize pantaloons. A daring romance full of adventure and striking period detail.
Written by Reviewer from Kirkus Media LLC  

Review Written By Michele Hallahan

I loved everything about Elbert:The Uncaged Mind by Joan Vassar (Black Series Book 2), starting with the page count. We get hundreds of pages of fantastically written, heart pounding, heartwarming, tear jerking, swoon worthy, panty melting...the book just gives us everything. So to me, the page count was just the opening act.

Elbert, Elbert, Elbert...I knew I'd love his character from first meeting him in the novel that started it all ''Black''. His menacing eyes, his powerful build and his dangerous ways made for a perfect character, add to it a softer side, hidden in the background and he's complete. In this story, he and Anna are both fighting inner demons, demons that make him even more dangerous and her, a frightened shell of her former self.

We get so much in this novel. Dangerous, heart stopping, can't-turn-pages-fast-enough action. We meet fantastic new friends and disgusting foes. Fort Independence is growing by leaps and bounds and it's a beautiful thing to see.

Also a beautiful thing to see is Anna and Elbert become a solid, loving family. Their relationship is sexy and hot as hell, even eating was something enjoyable to see. I use the word "see" because I can vividly see everyone and everything going on in this book. It's as clear as an HD movie to me, and that is why I absolutely love this brilliant author.

Although Elbert is my favorite and waiting to read this was eating me up, I can honestly say I'm already itching to get to James's story. Just with a few lines in a chapter I'm hooked. Thank you Joan for another fantastic novel, you've wowed me three times already and I'm excitedly waiting for more.

Intimate Conversation with Joan Vassar

New York native, Joan Vassar is an avid reader and storyteller.

Joan Vassar graduated from the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in NYC, which heightened interest in journalism. She has always had the in-depth ability to astutely relate, interpret and bring words to life. Joan works as a software analyst by day, but her true passion is
storytelling. She enjoys writing narratives that bring to life the African American experience both past and present.

Joan is the author of Introduction to Love and Self and the Black Series, which are her latest publications. "I love to hear from my readers. When a man tells me that my character made him feel a heightened sense of pride, or a woman shares with me that she enjoyed the romance rarely seen among African Americans in literature, I know I've done my characters justice."  Joan currently resides in Georgia and is happily weaving great tales.


BPM:  Tell us about your new book and the main characters. Available on Nook and Kindle?

The Black Series is a historical fiction/romance piece that takes place just before the American Civil War. The main character in book one is the fictional son of Nat Turner. The 3 novels Black, Elbert: The Uncaged Mind and Emancipating James are available on Kindle and in paperback.

BPM:  What topics are discussed?
In the Black Series I attempt to personalize the stories of black folks living during the 1860's. I unapologetically love black men and try to show it in my work. I explore black family, black love and black orgasm with no shame.

BPM:  What was your hardest scene to write, the opening or the close?
The hardest scene to write was the closing scene of book one, because I felt remorse that sorry ended. I missed the characters, which led to book two and three.

BPM:  Do you try to deliver to readers what they want or let the characters guide your writing?
I try to deliver what I believe my readers want-strong black male characters who are sexy, intelligent and who will do anything to protect the women they love. I have tried to give my readers a sense of pride in my characters.

BPM:  Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? 
I don't want to write a story that belittles or tears Black people down.

BPM:  Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
Everyday life is hard to write about, but the small stuff is necessary. When a character ties his shoes or brushes his teeth, these actions make the story real. As a writer, it's the mundane that is hardest to convey to readers.

BPM:  What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
I have written since third grade, which is a long time. I love to tell a good story and capture the imagination of others-I love to write.

BPM:  How has writing impacted your life?
Writing offers relief from stress. It also allows me to connect with my inner self, as well people I don't know through art.

BPM:  Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Yes, I view art as spiritual. When art is accepted or rejected both energies bring the work to life. Art lives on emotion.

BPM:  What was one of the most surprising things you learned from this project?
Writing can be draining, because you have to be all the characters. Bringing your characters to life is important for the artist and the readers.

BPM:  Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
In book one, the moment when Black realizes love made him stronger resonated with me. In book two, the moment when Elbert realizes that his manhood is not fragile after all also resonated with me. I have experienced defining moments that made me stronger like my characters and I am attempting to share these moments with my readers.

BPM:  Is there a specific space that you find inspiration in?
My favorite space is my bedroom with my computer and my thoughts.

BPM:  Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing both energizes and exhausts me, still I love it.

BPM:  What are the top three things that make you feel happy and fulfilled?
My children, my family and writing a better book than my last, makes me happy and fulfilled.

BPM:  What makes you forget about the world around you?
Writing helps me travel without leaving the room.

BPM:  What strengths did you use to achieve two major goals in life?
Discipline helped me complete my novel "Black". I made sure to write one page a day. I have raised four children and I consider it a major accomplishment.

BPM:  What other projects are you working on at the present time?
I am currently working on a contemporary love story call "Perceptions".

BPM:  How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I am on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



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