Fantasy Novelist Wendy Raven McNair Debuts Her New African American Tale ASLEEP at Borders

A new novel featuring African American teens as the main characters joins the popular fantasy genre at Borders October Book Signing event
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Sept. 29, 2009 - PRLog -- Fantasy novelist Wendy Raven McNair’s Borders book signing is significant due to the limited availability of fantasy stories portraying African Americans as the main characters. McNair’s new novel, ASLEEP, is a suspenseful tale of super beings which chronicles the experiences of an engaging group of teens.

“I was inspired to write ASLEEP when I couldn’t find fantasy novels for my teen, containing main characters who reflect her, an African American natural girl. As readers, we purchase a variety of genres, including books like Harry Potter and Twilight, and I found the lack of diversity frustrating. This inspired me to write a story, celebrating diversity, which can be enjoyed by the whole family, teens as well as adults.” – McNair

The lack of variety in African American titles has been a long standing complaint of many readers. The street lit, erotica, and poetry domination in African American literature is similar to the Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B domination in the music world. This lack of variety is due in large part to the limited selections traditional disseminators of African American titles choose to produce which severely decreases the availability of varied works by and about African Americans.

There is an audience for a broader range of relatable African American titles. This is evidenced in part by the reception and glowing reviews of the fantasy novel, ASLEEP:

“…the book was captivating right from the start… It was reminiscent of the Heroes TV show and Twilight series, however ASLEEP comes across as a little more down to earth with much deeper character development. Humor and suspense abound on every page, keeping the reader interested and constantly wondering what’s going to happen next. A real treat.” – Leslie

“Your book was fantastic – I love the characters, the way they are developed and how the story moves along. It is the right balance of all the things that make a book worth reading.” – Nathalie

"(My daughter) took the book from me... She read it in two days and since then she has been rereading her favorite passages instead of moving on to a new book (like she did with Twilight). I asked her tonight if she liked it as much as Twilight and she said yes! -- She is anxiously awaiting the sequels."
[Update] "I finished the book this afternoon. I just loved it also! – I agree (with my daughter) that I enjoyed it as much as Twilight which we both loved. – we will be anxiously awaiting the next installment." – Christie

“Okay, to say my stepdaughter loved the book would be an understatement. She finished it in two days and now her friend has asked to borrow the book. They both want to know where I can find part II and III ASAP.  Let me know what book store carries them and the titles.” – Yvette

“Excellent book - you have to let me know when the second one is out... very well written - captivating - suspenseful...  – I couldn’t put it down. -- You definitely have a hit on your hands and I'm going to purchase the trilogy. Congrats to you for an awesome job!” – Bernette

Start your Halloween festivities early by coming out for the supernatural love story, ASLEEP, by Wendy Raven McNair. The author will sign copies of her fantasy novel on October 17, starting at noon, at the Borders book store located at 4475 Roswell Rd. in Marietta, Georgia. ASLEEP can be purchased there and is also available on

For more details on McNair’s Borders book signing, call John Alford at (770) 565-0947.
For additional information on the author, her books, and much more, visit her website at

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About Wendy Raven McNair A fantasy author based in the Atlanta area. For more information on the author and her novels, visit She has two published novels out, ASLEEP and GIANT SLAYERS, both available for sale at (

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