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Fantasy continues to swirl in works by notable writers.

KINDRED (Beacon Press, $14.00) by Octavia Butler is the story of Dana Franklin, a 20th century Black woman who is drawn from her Los Angeles home and transported back to the Maryland plantation of her White slave-owning ancestor. This is the 25th anniversary edition of the acclaimed story of Franklin's trips back in time, where she is forced to witness the humiliation and cruelty of slavery in order to save her ancestor's life and her own family line.

THE AWAKENING (St. Martin's Press/Griffin Paperback Original, $12.95) by L.A. Banks is the second book in this vampire huntress series that was launched with Minion. Damali Richards is a spoken word artist for Warriors of Light Records. After dark, she hunts vampires who threaten the souls of the innocent. Now a civil war among the vampires is about to spill over in the streets and Damali must place her trust in an ex-lover-turned-vampire to prevail.

Fantasies of a different sort are featured in three collections of erotica. CHOCOLATE FLAVA: THE EROTICANOIR.COM ANTHOLOGY (Atria Books, $15.00, trade paperback) edited by Zane, is the first in a series of collections of erotica by the best-selling author of such titles as Addicted and The Sex Chronicles. This one is a "his and hers" collection of stories by leading Black writers of erotica. BROWN SUGAR 3 WHEN OPPOSITES ATTRACT: A COLLECTION OF EROTIC BLACK FICTION (Washington Square Press, $15.00 trade paperback), edited by Carol Taylor, is the third installment in this best-selling, award-winning series, delving into "liaisons that are impulsive, forbidden or simply unexpected. …