Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Celebrate Keanu Reeves' Birthday with This New Bio

 

No one has a cult following quite like Keanu Reeves. There’s more to the real Keanu than pop culture talking points and, in Keanu Reeves’ Excellent Adventure: An Unauthorized Biography by New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro, the star of the Matrix trilogy, Speed, John Wick, Point Break and countless big and small films proves to be a lot more contrary and anti-establishment than most Hollywood cookie cutter celebrities.

 

Equal parts biography and character study, Keanu Reeves’ Excellent Adventure: An Unauthorized Biography is a journey as the actor deals with his life and times in a straightforward, often philosophical and spiritual manner. He can be shy, self-effacing, an introvert and somebody who has been a pain in the side of the Hollywood establishment. He’s also found time to be an all around good guy as he deals with life’s ups and downs. At the end of the day, Keanu Reeves is nothing less than human.

 

Keanu Reeves dealt with the deaths of those he’s loved the most. He makes no bones about the fact that he comes from a dysfunctional upbringing. He’s walked away from big-budget studio films in favor of doing Hamlet for peanuts. Early on, he didn’t think twice about starring in the overtly gay-themed way out of the mainstream theater production Wolfboy. He readily admits to having done drugs and has had his run-ins with the law. And along the way his risen to that rarified air of international star.

 

“He’s come through all manner of triumphs and tragedies,” said author Marc Shapiro. “Emotionally he’s a complex guy who deals with things as only he can. Keanu is a tough person to put a finger on because, in every possible way, he’s always on the move and always seeking the next big thing that will bring him joy.”

 

“We’ve all been watching Keanu for decades, and it's so great to see him hitting his grown-up stride now, while he goes back to his Bill & Ted roots in Bill & Ted Face the Music,” said publisher Lori Perkins.” He’s shown us what a versatile actor he is, as well as what a great internet boyfriend he can be for us all."




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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Call for Stories for Hanukkah Erotica Anthology

 

Hanukkah Erotica

An anthology of sexy Hanukkah stories

It’s time for a little balance this holiday season romance with latkes, candles and eight passionate nights. Hanukkah is a wonderful festival that gets little play in books and movies, so Riverdale Avenue Books is looking for your HOT sexy romances which feature characters celebrating this holiday.  How about a game of strip dreidel? The challenge of blending family traditions? Gelt or guilt? Eight nights to change someone’s mind? Have fun and help us celebrate love and miracles.

Please – do not submit stories like the ones attempted last year by Hallmark. We will not accept Christmas stories in disguise.

LGBTQ+ and under-represented characters/voices are welcome and encouraged.

Any setting – contemporary, historical, fantasy – acceptable but traditional celebration of Hanukah must be included.

The higher the heat level – the better!

All submissions will receive an acknowledgement email and a response by or before September 25, 2020. Please inquire about reprints. Original, previously unpublished work is preferred. Payment is prorated share of the epub, print and audio royalties split evenly among all contributors, a pdf and print copy of the book. Rights are for seven (7) years, reusable during that time with permission and notification.

All submissions should:

  • Be submitted as a Word document
  • Be between 4000-8000 words long (query for longer stories)
  • Be proofread and edited
  • Include a HEA or HFN ending
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point and underline italics
  • Use ### or *** centered for scene breaks with a blank line above and below
  • Include title, last name and page numbers in upper right hand corner using the ‘header’ feature.

Submission deadline: September 12, 2020

Expected publication: December 10, 2020 (to coincide with the first night of Hanukkah)

Send submissions via attachment to submissions@riverdaleavenuebooks.com



Thursday, August 13, 2020

LGBTQ Classic GenderQueer Republished after 18 Years

When GenderQueer was first published in 2002, it was groundbreaking, even inventing a new word for those whose voices had been hidden behind the walls of the gender binary.  Now—finally!—it's republished by innovative book publisher Riverdale Avenue Books, and those voices are still fresh and compelling in a volume that can take its place as one of the field's early and most original "classics."

 

Perhaps more than any other issue, gender identity has galvanized the queer community in recent years. The questions go beyond the nature of male/female to a yet-to-be-traversed region that lies somewhere between and beyond biologically determined gender. In this groundbreaking anthology, first published nearly two decades ago, three experts in gender studies and politics navigate around rigid, societally imposed concepts of two genders to discover and illuminate the limitless possibilities of identity. Thirty first-person accounts of gender construction, exploration, and questioning provide the groundwork for cultural discussion, political action, and even greater possibilities of autonomous gender choices.

 

Joan Nestle is the cofounder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York and the writer and editor of six books including the groundbreaking Women on Women series. Riki Wilchins is the executive director of GenderPAC, the national gender advocacy group, and the cofounder of the Gender Identity Project of New York City's Lesbian and Gay Center. She is the author of read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender, Gender Theory, Burn the Binary and TransGRESSIVE. Clare Howell is a senior librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

“We are thrilled to be republishing this LGBTQ classic that actually defined the term ‘genderqueer’ two decades ago,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “Riki Wilchins was ahead of her time.”

“It’s so important to see GenderQueer back in print. It’s hard to how things were back then now, but back when it first came out, it was the only outlet for an emerging generation of nonbinary, genderfluid, and genderqueer writers to be heard,” said Editor Riki Wilchins. “This was the “bleeding edge” of a gender revolution beyond the four-box model of L-G-B-T few of us could see coming, and even fewer could articulate. And even now, many of their voices still resonate in new and exciting ways.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Under the Cape, Our New Superhero Romance Anthology Just Pubbed


What superpower would you choose if you could? Would you be the hero or the villain? And how would it affect your relationships?

Under the Cape edited by Rachel Kenley features 11 stories that explore the different aspects of romances between caped heroes.

The challenge of connection, secret identities and the murky line between good and evil are explored in this collection of original romances. From heat levels mild to wild, and all sexualities, these authors explore the universal truths of love and romance and the happy endings we all desire.

"It's clear from the last decade plus of movies and television that we never tire of superhero stories, but during this pandemic, it seems even more powerful than usual to think about how and when we use that term. To notice the heroes who are all around us,” said Author Rachel Kenley. I hope that when they read this anthology, people not only enjoy the romances, but will see some of the hero that lives within us all."

Published during the Corona Virus Pandemic, a portion of the profits from this book will be donated to the CDC Foundation.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

It's Christmas in July!


 Riverdale Avenue Books celebrates summer with its annual Christmas in July sale featuring 20 holiday-themed books titles at 30% off on the Riverdaleavebooks.com website using the promo code 30OFFEBOOKS. These titles will also be available at 50% off on Overdrive for sale to the nation’s libraries. Four of their LGBTQ+ titles will be offered as FREE give-aways on Erie Gay News.
Said Riverdale Avenue Publisher Lori Perkins, “This year, more than any other, we need Christmas in July as a magical escape. Since we’re staying in, we might as well curl up with as many hot holiday hunks as we possibly can.”
Below is a list of titles on in this promotion:
Hot for Xmas by Trinity Blacio
A Christmas Carl by Ryan Field
Forever Bound with Tinsel by Chloe Stowe
Christmas Magic by Cecilia Tan
The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men by Trinity Blacio
Naughty Mommy and Santa’s Helpers by Trinity Blacio
The Naughty Stepbrothers by Trinity Blacio
A Christmas Tail: Book Four of the Masters of the Cats Series by Trinity Blacio
Holiday Smut edited by Lori Perkins
Whips & Chains & Candy Canes by F.L. Bicknell
Her Three Men by Trinity Blacio
Hot for Winter by Trinity Blacio
A Scarlet Christmas: A Femdom Christmas Carol by DL King
Bad Santa by Lise Horton
Her Stepbrother’s Christmas Gift: A Once upon a Stepbrothers Novella by Rachel Kenley
Home Alone for Christmas by Lori Perkins
Wrapped Around Your Handlebars by Ana Lee Kennedy
Frosty, Inc. by Trinity Blacio
Holiday Gay edited by Maitland McDonagh
Not Home for the Holidays by Isabelle Drake

Thursday, May 21, 2020

RAB Wins Four Awards

As the annual book awards season rolls in, Riverdale Avenue Books announced that four of their titles have received awards.

Riverdale Avenue Books won a Bronze Medal from The Independent Publisher Book Awards, affectionately called the IPPY Awards, in Erotica for No Safewords 2, edited by Laura Antoniou, and a second Bronze Medal in Horror for The Armageddon Chord, by Jeremy Wagner.

The Golden Crown Awards, the leading lesbian literary awards, choose Find Someone to Love by Divya Sood as a Finalist in their General Fiction Category.

The Armageddon Chord by Jeremy Wagner also was selected as a Finalist in the Horror Category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards

“We are honored to receive these awards for the ground-breaking books we publish across the erotica, LGBTQ and horror landscapes” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “The breath of this years’ awards shows the diversity of our publishing company across our 15 imprints. It is especially gratifying that our newest imprint, Circlet Books, which highlights erotic science fiction and fantasy, received an IPPY award.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Best-selling Romance Author Trinity Blacio Pens Twist on Popular Documentary with Release of “The Tiger King”



Inspired by the headlines of the popular Netflix documentary, Tiger King, best selling paranormal erotic romance author Trinity Blacio has given an already bizarre story a supernatural twist using the real-life characters of this feline tale as the basis for her eighth installment of her Masters of the Cats series from publisher Riverdale Avenue Books.

Dominik Schmidt, the man people referred to as “The Tiger King,” which just pissed him off, was perfectly happy with his polyamorous male foursome until she came along.  His mates Hariku, Trank and Ando had never even looked at a woman before, but as soon as that female vet came on the scene, all chaos broke loose.  Not to mention the police sticking their noses where they didn’t belong and accusing him of all sorts of “animal rights” violations.

Dr. Sandy Cree was perfectly happy saving wild animals from collectors who couldn’t take care of them.  She didn’t need anyone, especially the pompous “Tiger King” and his three bad ass, but hot, boyfriends. So why was she such a hot mess whenever they came around?

"One of my editors mentioned that the people in the Joe Exotic documentary would make great characters in one of best-selling author Trinity Blacio’s paranormal erotic romances, if they weren't such bad people, so Trinity decided to give them a better life and turn them into heroes in her 8th installment of her paranormal cat shifter series, The Master of the Cats.  This is compelling reading.  Anyone who loved the docuseries will not be able to put it down,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.
The first installment of this three-part story is now available for download at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords, as well as through libraries through Overdrive.