The Black Series (4 Book Series)

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The Black Series (4 Book Series) by Joan Vassar

Black shares the appealing tale of a passionate love between a man and a woman bound together to change their destiny.

Elbert: The Uncaged Mind is a passionate story of love and healing despite the ugly backdrop of slavery.

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

Anthony: Unshackled is a gripping tale of redemption, love and liberty. Join Joan Vassar, Black and the men on yet another nail biting, heart-pounding journey. Download here:

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Anthony: Unshackled by Joan Vassar

Anthony: Unshackled by Joan Vassar - Book 4 in the BLACK Series

Joan Vassar’s captivating Black series picks up on the gritty streets of New York City during the height of the Civil War. Anthony, mired in pain and still reeling from the death of his best friend, travels to Manhattan on an errand for the legendary Black. Once the task is complete, he finds himself at a brothel specializing in dark women.

When circumstances lead Anthony to steal a young woman from the infamous Hen House, he forever changes the course of his life and the lives of the people of Fort Independence. Fresh out of options, Anthony is forced to seek assistance to right the wrongs his actions have caused. Black comes to his aid and the men ride out to keep peril away from the fort.

Anthony: Unshackled is a gripping tale of redemption, love and liberty. Join Joan Vassar, Black and the men on yet another nail biting, heart-pounding journey.

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Excerpt from BLACK Series Book 4


The Hen House

New York, September 1862

The blue room had a canopy bed large enough for five people. There were pillows everywhere, and the satin sheets were a powder blue. Anthony had two drinks in his ass, enough to dull the pain, but not enough to put his dick to sleep. He was seated in a blue, velvet-upholstered chair that put him in the mind of a throne. Standing before him was a brown-skinned, curvy woman, he figured to be about twenty summers. He had been to Miss Cherry’s House of Comfort once or twice. The woman before him was fresh, not hard in appearance like the women who worked the pussy parlor back home.

Anthony didn’t want to talk; he wanted to ease into her body and feel something other than pain. He didn’t even want to know her name, but he would keep her all night. She stood about five-feet, six-inches. Her hair was braided in one thick French braid with a blue ribbon at the end. She had dark eyes that seemed void of emotion, a small nose and big juicy lips. She lingered by the door and he liked the illusion of her innocence. She wore a black, gauzy gown that clung to her beautiful body. Her nipples were visible, and he thought her striking.

“You gonna help me undress?”

“Yes,” she responded, her voice throaty, but hesitant.

He watched the sway of her hips as she moved toward him. When she was close enough, he reached out for her. She accepted his hand, and he pulled her onto his lap. The woman smelled of roses, but it wasn’t overpowering. He kissed her, and she accepted his tongue. When she whimpered, he pulled back and gazed at her. He touched her lips with the pad of his thumb, and she smiled nervously. He leaned in, kissing her again, and she was even more receptive. He groaned.

Anthony stood to his full height of six feet and allowed her to slide down his body. He removed his guns and placed them on a small table next to the chair. She reached up and unbuttoned his white shirt. When it fell to the floor, he removed his own trousers and boots. He was already hard, but he would pace himself. She was his for the night.

His manhood jutted out between them, and he took her by the hand and showed her how he wanted to be touched. The action caused him to close his eyes and revel in the feel of her fingers wrapped about him. It had been a while since he had been with a woman, for he had been immersed in grief. He was in danger of spilling his seed where they stood. Backing away, he lifted her night dress over her head and carried her naked body to the bed. He climbed right between her legs and kissed her deeply.

Leaning down, he allowed his tongue to play with a brown nipple. She cried out, and Anthony found that while he did not want to know her name, he wanted her to know his.

“My name is Anthony,” he said against her ear.

When he took her other nipple into his mouth, she panted, “Anthony–Anthony.”

Hearing her chant his name almost brought him to conclusion, but he had a plan. He would sink deep within her, take the edge off and then enjoy the rest of the night. Placing himself at her core, he could feel the promise of her heat, and he pressed forward. Taking her mouth in a stormy kiss, he plunged deep within her sweetness, until he was buried to the hilt.

“Shit,” he hissed as she pushed at his chest trying to dislodge him.

Ohhh,” she cried out. “Anthony, ya hurt me.”

Backing out of her tightness caused him to ache. He had not expected to find a virgin at a damn whorehouse. Dazed, he rolled off her and tried to collect himself.

“What’s yo’ name?”

He lay facing her as she looked up at the ceiling. “Emma,” she answered.

Anthony allowed her to pull the covers over her, but not before he saw the blood on her thighs. She cried softly as they lay in silence. He started to rise from the bed not feeling good about the situation.

“Please give me another chance,” she whispered, “I’ll do betta.”

He sighed. “How you come to be here?”

Emma looked afraid, but she did not answer. He stood and walked over to the window, naked. Looking down onto the dark street, he knew he needed to leave this place. He also knew he couldn’t leave the girl. His mind was going through the floor plan of the gentleman’s club on the first floor. Turning away from the window, he grabbed his clothes from the floor and began dressing. Emma sat up in bed wrapped in a sheet, watching him.

“Please,” she said. “Are you gonna complain?”

His eyes narrowed. “How old is you?”

“Twenty summers.”

He was relieved. “Get dressed.”

She went to reach for the night gown, and he asked, “Do you has anything else to wear?”

“No.” He stopped moving and glared at her. She looked away.

“You will leave here wit’ me. This ain’t no place for you.”

“I cain’t leave. They owns me,” she answered anxiously.

“Who is ‘they’?” She didn’t answer, but he wouldn’t leave her. He went back to dressing himself and when his guns were in place, he moved to the bed and yanked the sheet from the mattress.

“Cover yoself,” he ordered. Emma did as he asked, and he took her by the hand, leading her to the door. She pulled away from him.

“I cain’t leave here; they will kill you.”

Even if she wanted to stay, he wasn’t going to allow it, but he asked anyway, “Ya wanna stay here?”


Anthony nodded, and then backed away from all emotion. Taking her by the hand once more, he pulled the door open and stepped into the dimly lit corridor. An oil lamp sat on a table to the left of the door and just beyond the light, he could hear the moans of a satisfied customer. On the opposite end of the hall, he heard giggling. He moved toward the stairs with Emma in tow. The combination of piano playing, and plush carpet helped drown out the frenzy of his footfalls.

At the top of the landing, he looked about. The steps curved to the right at the bottom, giving way to a well-lit parlor. The Hen House was an upscale brothel, and colored women were the main attraction. His back was to the wall as he dragged Emma along in his wake. Her steps faltered twice, and he had to stand her back on her feet. Holding her with his left hand kept his right hand free for business. He moved into the curve of the staircase, and out in front of him was the saloon. A few tables dotted the area. Beyond the tables, male patrons sat on overstuffed couches while scantily clad women vied for their coin.

Left of the bar, an older colored fellow played the piano accompanied by a young, dark-skinned woman who sang. She was dressed in nothing but yellow feathers. If the situation had been less stressful, Anthony would have appreciated the scene before him. His eyes fell to Jeremiah, who stood with his back to the bar. E.J. sat at a table a few feet away speaking with a white man in a dark suit. When Jeremiah spied him on the stairs, he moved, ever so slightly, away from the bar.

Anthony stepped down into the saloon and moved toward the entrance. He could see Frank posted up at the door, but not Lou. Still, Anthony knew Lou wasn’t far. A white man wearing a brown suit stood and stepped forward. He had blond hair, small eyes and lips that were proportionate to the rest of his face. The man looked to be about forty summers, and his speech was educated.

“Boy, where is it you think you’re going with Moonbeam?”

Anthony did not answer the question, countering with his own question. “How much for the girl?”

“You can’t afford her,” the man replied. “You aren’t the first patron who has fancied himself in love with one of our girls.”

E.J. walked over. “I will pay for the girl. What is the price?”

The man in the brown suit never took his eyes from Anthony. “Moonbeam isn’t for sale, gentlemen. Let’s stop here and go back to having a good evening.”

Anthony glanced at Jeremiah who had turned his back toward his brother. The black cracker spoke calmly to the bartender. “Get yo’ damn hands on the bar.”

The man in the brown suit looked at Emma. “Moonbeam, honey,” he said in a patronizing tone, “look at the trouble you’re causing. Get back upstairs until I come for you.”

Anthony’s grip tightened on her wrist as he made for the front door. The music and singing stopped. The woman dressed in the yellow feathers disappeared through a door behind the piano.

When the man in the brown suit reached for his gun, Anthony drew his weapon and shot the older fellow twice in the chest. Emma screamed and began hopping up and down. Anthony stepped to his victim and shot him once more, making certain the job was done.

He dragged Emma toward the door as Jeremiah brought the bartender down with one shot between the eyes. E.J., in the meantime, shot a man seated on the couch with two women. Jeremiah went over to E.J.’s companion still seated at the table and knocked him unconscious.

“This way!” Frank called out. They all made for the door, and Lou was out front with a carriage he had stolen. Frank drove, and Lou covered him. Anthony, Jeremiah and E.J. climbed into the carriage after tossing a shrieking Emma inside. The darkness engulfed them, still men pursued them on horseback. Stray bullets rang out, but Frank kept the carriage moving. They broke away, headed for upper New York, with the men inside the carriage taking turns shooting into the darkness from the windows.

The carriage continued at a breakneck speed. When they thought they were in the clear, one of the horses collapsed from a gunshot. Frank yelled, “Oooh shit!”

The other horses stumbled over the fallen animal, causing the carriage to shift violently to the left. Suddenly the cab itself began rolling, and Black’s first rule popped into Anthony’s head. Business and ass don’t go together.

The carriage came to an abrupt and brutal stop against a tree. Anthony heard the girl moan as he lay in the blackness of the cab taking inventory of his own person. When he found he wasn’t injured, he asked, “Emma, ya alright?”

“I think so,” she whispered.

“Jeremiah–E.J.!” Anthony called out.

“I’m good,” Jeremiah answered.

“Yeah,” E.J. said.

Jeremiah climbed out of the carriage; Anthony followed and called out for Frank and Lou.

Both brothers answered to his relief. They needed to keep moving. Frank put two of the horses down. The other two animals were cut loose and taken along. They headed on foot to the nearest farm where an old white man sold E.J. a rickety carriage and two older horses. The price he paid was robbery, but he couldn’t haggle. The old man’s wife took mercy on Emma, giving her a dress and boots that were too tight.

Lou took over driving the new carriage, and Frank covered him. The small posse headed for Canada. They had been traveling for about thirty minutes, when E.J. asked the question everyone was thinking.

“Which one of us is going to explain this shit to Black?”

( Continued... )

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Emancipating James by Joan Vassar

Emancipating James by Joan Vassar - Book 3 in the BLACK Series

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.

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

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Elbert: The Uncaged Mind by Joan Vassar (Black Series Book 2)

Canada, 1860—While on a mission for Black, Elbert notices the lovely Anna Baker for the first time. Unable to think of much else, he leaves Canada to pursue the beauty that has captured his thoughts.

Anna is unnerved by the man with the lifeless eyes, who is relentless and forward in his approach. She offers nothing of herself to the intimidating stranger, but fate has a different plan.

When Anna is assaulted by slave catchers on the streets of Boston, Elbert finds his manhood tested to the limit. He steps in to help, but the consequences prove devastating, and both are sold into bondage. As Anna learns the horrors of slavery, she comes to understand there is more to the foreboding stranger than meets the eye.

Elbert and Anna manage to escape—with the help of the legendary Black. But freedom is not enough to satisfy Elbert’s bruised ego. He wants the pound of flesh owed, and he will stop at nothing to collect.

The Uncaged Mind is a passionate story of love and healing despite the ugly backdrop of slavery. Native New Yorker Joan Vassar is an avid storyteller who enjoys weaving a great tale.

Review Written By Keith Andes Woodard

After reading Joan Vassar's "Black" I didn't think that she would be able to write a better book. But she has proved me wrong!! "Elbert: The Uncaged Mind" was a page turner. I love how she was able to connect the dots between stories in "Black" and "Elbert". Read most of this book on a plane ride from Atlanta to Los Angeles and finished when I arrived at my hotel that night!! Engaging characters and well thought out scenes are laid out like watching a movie!!! Well done Miss Vassar. Can't wait for the continuation of the series with "James". Keep up the GREAT WORK!!

Review Written By Dee

Absolutely no disappointments with this book. I finished it in 2 days. I could not put it down. I thought the first book "Black" was a movie because the words formed a visual depiction of an actual film. This was definitely a sequel but gets better each chapter. The characters come to life right before your eyes. I'm a true fan of this series. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book. Who will be next?

Review Written By Sam Cherry

"Elbert" is NOT your typical slave story. Elbert, with ALL of his rough edges, is a man's man. I thought "Black" was good but, Elbert, Elbert was a whole nother story. Elbert appeared menecing but, there was a sweet side that he only shared with those that he loved. The characters vivid descriptions, were so life like, they literally came off of the pages. It was a great love story intertwined with the fight for freedom and unity. I love the cover, it's so fitting for this book. Joan Vassar has really outdone herself. I cannot wait to read the third installment of this series. It just gets better and better. I read this book literally in a couple of days it was a great read. -- EyeCU Book Club approved

Review Written By Michele Hallahan Ten stars for Elbert!!

I loved everything about this book, 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.

Elbert: The Uncaged Mind by Joan Vassar (Black Series Book 2)

Romance. Suspense. Adventure. Historical.

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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.

In August 1831, Nat Turner leads a group of escaped slaves in a rebellion that rocks the South. The revolt comes to a quick and violent end. In November, Nat is publicly hanged, and as his body swings, a false sense of peace washes over Jerusalem, Virginia.

Unbeknownst to the world, on the day Nat Turner dies, his son, Nat Hope Turner, is born. Reared by Big Mama on the Turner plantation, young Nat’s identity is kept secret to keep him safe. As Nat grows to manhood, he leads his own uprising against slavery and is forever after known as Black.

Fate-by way of Big Mama-leads Black to rescue a young female slave, Sunday, before the plantation owner can sell her. Black has lived for liberty until the day he comes face to face with the alluring Sunday. As the two embark on a sexually charged ride toward love and freedom, they set off a chain of events that forces Black to risk his own liberty for hers. Black shares the appealing tale of a passionate love between a man and a woman bound together to change their destiny.

The Black Series (4 Book Series) by Joan Vassar
#Romance. #Suspense. #Adventure. #Historical.

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Black educates with an honest yet aching style. Vassar’s outstanding novel reaches back in time, vivid, poignant, and absorbing. No one will walk away from this literary endeavor without unearthing a piece of history to serve as a reminder of what previous generations endured for the sake of universal emancipation and abiding love. --Written by Julia Ann Charpentier

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REVIEW: The Black Series by Joan Vassar

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

Black Pearls Magazine Interview

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BPM: Please share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.

I love Gangsta Rap–it’s me.

BPM: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Writing is ME.

BPM: Is writing your full-time career? How much time do you spend writing?

I am a software analyst and writer–I do both jobs full time. I devote 4 hours daily to writing and all day on the weekends. I never write at night.

BPM: Tell us about your first time being a featured author at the National Book Club Conference.

I was featured at the National Book Club Conference July 2019. It was a wonderful experience connecting with readers. Seeing black artists being celebrated was music to my soul.

BPM: Introduce us to your most recent work in the 4-book BLACK series. Available on Nook and Kindle?

Anthony Unshackled is book 4 in the Black Series. It is a story that showcases black thought, black family, black love, and black strength. All of my books are available on Amazon.

The Black Series is filled with Sexy Black Men in Love with Sexy Black Women

Black shares the appealing tale of a passionate love between a man and a woman bound together to change their destiny.

Elbert: The Uncaged Mind is a passionate story of love and healing despite the ugly backdrop of slavery.

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

Anthony: Unshackled is a gripping tale of redemption, love and liberty. Join Joan Vassar, Black and the men on yet another nail biting, heart-pounding journey.

BPM: Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

I considered ending the series with Book 3–I’m glad I listened to my readers.

BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?

This series offers a look at black people that is rarely shown in books, TV or movies.

BPM: Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart?

Black holds a special place in my heart because he makes all the other characters come to life.

BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?

I learned that everyday I am proud to be black and able to tell my stories, my way.

BPM: Where do your book ideas come from?

History!!! I research, research, research – proud to be black.

BPM: What did you enjoy most about developing the characters for this book?

I get to promote black people how we truly are (beautiful, strong, sexual, and loving) and not the way this country depicts us with the news and entertainment

BPM: Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer?

Both - writing can be lonely, but good writing brings beautiful readers into my life.

BPM: Tell us a little about your creative process.

I get up at 4 am and write until 9 am–then I go to work. Mon-Fri. On Sat. and Sun., I write all day. I write on a laptop.

BPM: When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood?

I write about the black experience and researching our struggle puts me in the mood.

BPM: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips self-care for creative folks?

I back away from anything that drains my creativity.

BPM: How do you personally deal with emotional impact of a book as you are writing the story?

I remember that telling this story will make others proud to be black. My goal is to make the reader research–no matter who you are.

BPM: How much planning goes into writing a book in general?

It takes about a year for me–planning and researching a book from start to finish.

BPM: How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written?

I don’t have a glass jaw. Art is place where people can agree and disagree. I keep writing!

BPM: Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book?

My characters believe in equality by any means necessary.

BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present journey.

Black Lives Matter!

BPM: What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Learning to tell a black story, per my blackness. And doing so apologetically!

BPM: Do you have anything special for readers that you’ll focus on this year?

Black is coming to Audible in August, 2020!!! Look at each book's Amazon page and look for the audio-book format.

BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Come to my Facebook page and chat me up!

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Intimate Conversation with Joan Vassar

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

Joan 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 historical novels 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 novels Black, Elbert: The Uncaged Mind, Emancipating James and newly releases, Anthony: Unshackled, 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: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I am on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Black Series (4 Book Series) by Joan Vassar

The main character, BLACK, is the fictional son of Nat Turner. Nat Turner (October 2, 1800 – November 11, 1831) was an enslaved African American who led a rebellion of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831. Nat Turner is widely regarded as one of the most complex figures in American history and American literature.

Books in the Black Series (4 Book Series) by Joan Vassar

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Unfortunately Francine by Joan Vassar

Unfortunately Francine (Unfortunate Series Book 1) by Joan Vassar

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Georgia, 1995–A gentle push from her sister causes Francine Adams to agree to one date with the handsome, Jalal Dorsey. When his ex-girlfriend makes an appearance, a perfect evening takes a turn for the worse. Blinded by humiliation and desperate to put distance between herself and the drama, Francine flees the upscale eatery. Unfamiliar with Atlanta, she wanders down a dark side street and encounters a series of unfortunate events.

Troy Bryant has spent seven years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his release, he realizes the man he was before prison is gone. Now, he’s everything he was wrongfully accused of. After witnessing a young woman running from a restaurant in the heart of Atlanta, Troy follows her hasty retreat down an unlit side street, forever changing the course of both their lives.

Troy decides to keep her–no matter the cost, and Francine is forced to need the man who stole her from her life. Two souls collide, and a dark romance begins to bloom. Unfortunately Francine spins an erotic tale of anger, love and acceptance.

Excerpts: Unfortunately Francine by Joan Vassar

“Truce is for the man who approaches me from the front not from the back.” ~Troy

“All races commit crimes against their own. People perpetrate corruption where they are most comfortable. Statistically, black on black crime is no higher than any other race. It’s prejudice that keeps a slanted black experience in the forefront of the nightly news.”

“Troy almost laughed out loud as he came to understand that he would have to submit to her–to get her to submit to him.”

“Unfortunately, we live in a society that is unforgiving of the poor and people of color. And often times as black folks, we fall under both categories.”

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