The Stella Trilogy

Title: The Stella Trilogy
Author: Yecheilyah Ysrayl
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Twitter Handle: @yecheilyah

(1) Stella: Between Slavery and Freedom

Cynthia McNair and her boyfriend, Alex, express some racists’ feelings toward blacks in book one. They visit Cynthia’s Grandmother, Sidney McNair, who recounts the story of her ancestor, an enslaved woman named Stella. Cynthia has no idea of her African ancestry or how deep this rabbit hole goes.

(2) Stella: Beyond the Colored Line

In book two, we dig deeper into the McNair family’s legacy. Named after her great-grandmother, Stella has fair skin, which causes her classmates to tease her. Unable to find solace among her African American contemporaries, Stella finds it challenging to adjust to a world where she is too light to be “black.” After The Great Depression of the 1930s forces Stella’s family to move to Chicago, a conversation with Aunt Sara provokes Stella to do something that will dramatically affect not just her life but the life of her children and grandchildren.

(3) Stella: The Road to Freedom

Book three follows Stella’s son Joseph after a fight with his brother compels a young Joseph to leave his mother’s house and join his friends for a trip to Atlanta for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) second conference. Excited to live life on their own, Jo and his friends have left school and the lives they were living for a chance to become part of the movement. With no money and essentially no plan, the seven friends, three black and four white, set out for the road when they are stopped by a racist cop who makes them exit the car. The teens are unaware that a mob of Klansmen awaits them at the New Orleans bus terminal. Find out in the third installment of the Stella Trilogy how Joseph and his friends discover the hard way that freedom has never been free.


Lisa Tetting. 2nd Place Winner of The Stella Trilogy in the Stella Spring Giveaway, 2015.

About The Stella Trilogy:

First published between 2015-2016, The Stella Trilogy is a work of Historical Fiction. It is distinctive in its focus on one woman’s road to self-discovery against the backdrop of the African American fight for justice, racial equality, and freedom. In this three-part saga, we discover how three individuals living in separate periods strive to overcome the same struggle, carefully knit together by one blood.

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Book 1
“Yecheilyah Ysrayl takes us on a colorful and thought provoking journey through the eyes of a mulatto slave woman Stella. Generations later, Stella’s descendant Cynthia Mcnair has no idea of Stella’s life as a slave, nor the true identity of their bloodline. Since Cynthia is a racist she is in for a rude awakening. Stella is reminiscent of a wonderfully written slave narrative, a story of history and pain, it is brilliant opener of the Stella series.

-Kathryn Reed

Book 2

“Stella: Beyond the Colored Line is a fascinating walk through the ages–from slavery, to segregation, to the black power movement, to modern times. Through the eyes of one mixed race woman, the author touches on major events in African American history, allowing the reader to experience them in real time. The story deepens when Stella decides to live as a white woman and raise her children as whites. As her family grows and develops within a changing society, Stella and her children reveal complex perspectives and attitudes that make it clear that it doesn’t matter who your ancestors were. Nothing is just simply black or white.”

-Christa Wojo.

Book 3

“The third in a series, The Road to Freedom – Joseph’s Story is able to stand alone. However, in order to get the full experience of the story arc, it would be a good idea to start from the beginning. It was very well written. Historical without being boring. Accurate but not preachy. Brutal without over-dramatizing. It would be appropriate for teen and adult readers alike. In particular, I would recommend it for literature classes or history classes. It’s only 65 pages long and it provides ample discussion topics with authentic learning opportunities. Adults who want to read it for personal growth should absolutely do so. I finished this book days ago, and I’m still thinking about it.”

– Mama Pete

The Author

“Yecheilyah is a gifted poet and writer of which I have had the pleasure of getting to know the last couple of years. She writes evocative literature dedicated to the promotion of African American culture and American literature.”

– Colleen Chesebro

“I consider myself and anyone else aware of her to be pretty lucky already as this author has a pretty powerful perspective and is more than capable of articulating her experiences and thought processes as it relates to the cultural upbringing of the African American experience. Her name is Yecheilyah Ysrayl.”

– Dottie Daniels

57 thoughts on “The Stella Trilogy”

    1. Hey hun, I have been thinking about you! I think my foresight is kicking in *EC sees Lisa nominate her blog in the future* But no, how are things? Now you know I accept this award. I am totally epically awesome.OK let me stop playing lol 🙂

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  1. Oh my goodness, now if only I could write blurbs like this. I was on the edge of my seat for a summary! Historical fiction is so touchy for me as I am already an extremely emotional person but I am preparing myself for my waterworks. We just started a book club, I can’t wait to bring it to the table!

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  2. That is one crowd pulling blurb. Congratulations. I do not do historical books but will have to give at least one of them a try at some point. Who knows, I may get hooked. 🙂

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  3. Hi,
    I know Linds, Deb, and Lisa
    Concerns over racism are timely.
    I met you on Danny Ray’s site. Congratulations on being his featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too! Maybe you can check out my blog if you need a blogging tip or two. That’s what I write about.

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  4. Well I have officially received my books Stella 1&2 figured I’ll get caught up b4 the release of the “The Road to Freedom”. Just finished reading Stella 1 and I must say; different but loved it! You did it EC! Big ups 🙂

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  5. Hi Yecheilyah, I just read the preview to your newest book “Stella the Road to Freedom” and it captured me. I see the books are available on Kindle so it looks like I’ll have to visit Amazon. I’m glad Jason did your review. Steph

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  6. Your books sound dangerous for the boys, but an exciting adventure awaits I think! Stopping by from Marquessa’s party. Nice to meet you.


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