Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Interview with Sephera Giron, Author of the New 12 –Book Witch Upon a Star Romance/Horror/Astrology Serie

So Capricorn: Cursed is the First Book in the series? How did you come up with the idea for this series?

The idea for this series evolved out of my general interests in the occult arts and a couple of trips to Salem. RAB publisher Lori Perkins has always encouraged me to embrace my witchy ways and translate them onto the page. She was a huge force in helping me organize my thoughts to bring these ideas to life.

I’ve been a tarot counsellor and astrologist for years and have read for hundreds of people looking for love, looking for money, and looking for happiness. I’ve been an eclectic witch for over 20 years and though I’ve been invited to join covens, I remain solitary. However, the idea of covens and love spells always intrigues me and so I thought, why not write about them?

It seemed like a fun idea to have a coven of single lady witches who represent each sign of the zodiac. The lady of each sign will have an opportunity to cast a love spell with the coven during her birth month. Each book will follow a lady through her spell and romance.

Although all of the ladies are witches, they are all very different, much like real witches. Since most of them live in Hermana, a fictional magical little town like Salem, most of them have metaphysical jobs as well such as tarot reading, or ghost hunter and there’s a waitress, art teacher, and even a flight attendant.

Through the series, we also discover that some of them might not even be human.

What’s in store for these characters?

As the series progresses, we will learn more about many of the ladies, not just the “star of the month.” Their exploits will bring them to the brink of danger, often supernatural, and they will have to battle ghosts, demons, and other creatures while they sort out their love lives.

We will also learn more about how the town of Hermana was founded, who Lucy is, and what secrets she keeps hidden from her coven.

You have such an interesting background.  How does that dovetail with your writing?

I’m filled with curiosity and if something intrigues me, I will explore it and most of the time, it ends up in my writing work. I learned how to read tarot cards because I was a suddenly single mother and needed another part time job that I could do freelance while I raised my kids. Through tarot, I’ve met so many interesting people and it’s true that everyone has a story to tell. I become very inspired by some of my clients. Only after I explored my own metaphysical gifts, that I learned I’m descended from Spanish fortune-telling gypsies on my father’s side and my maternal Finnish great-grandmother was the neighbourhood dream interpreter.

What else are you working on?

I’ve been writing horror novellas for Samhain. I’m the Canadian Chapter Head of the Horror Writers Association for the past 20 years which keeps me pretty busy. In February, we’ll be launching our new podcast, just in time to highlight Women in Horror Month. My story, “The Lodge” will be part of the Frankenstein Project anthology that Rothco Press has put together from our recent trip to the Stanley Hotel. I’m co-editing an anthology with Christopher Jones about Toronto horror stories that will be released  Halloween, 2017. I’m also working on a story that will be in a Ouija Board anthology next year.

What’s the future of publishing (can you read it in the stars?)

We are in a wild west right now, which, as an Aquarius, I find very exciting!

There will always be publishing and the inventive and creative writers will always find a way to be published.

I believe that people will always love to hold and smell a book even though we all love our technological devices. I think hybrid publishing is here to stay, as in paper co-existing with ebooks. I also believe savvy authors will publish with several houses as well as self-publish their own backlists and weird little projects that don’t fit into a specific marketing slot.

Consumers have already figured out that stuffing a kindle full of free books means nothing. Readers have gotten over the shiny new toy phase of e-readers and are now back to demanding quality editing and a damn good story.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Two of a Kind? Best Kept Boy and Literary Playboy Lioness were Cousins

The New York Times today ran a lengthy obituary of Alice Denham,  

Alice was the cousin of Denham Fouts, the subject of Arthur Vanderbilt's  first biography of Denham  Best-Kept Boy in the World:  The Short, Scandalous Life of Denny Fouts, Muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal and Christopher Isherwood.

According to Vanderbilt, Alice and Denny were the mirror reflections of each other:  both extremely good looking, sexy, and sexually active.   In her book  Sleeping with Bad Boys, Alice, once a Playboy  centerfold Playmate, describes her affairs with James Dean, Marlon Brando, Hugh Heffner, Norman Mailer, etc.   "Every month I had a mad new crush, a fabulous new romance. Sex was my great adventure."   

In Best Kept Boy in the World,  we learn all about how Denham Fouts was pursued by a shipping tycoon, a Greek prince,an English lord, one of the wealthiest men in Great Britain,and many others. He was, as Truman Capote said, "beyond being good looking; he was the single most charming looking person I've ever seen" 

Alice died on January 27 of this year  at the age of 89.  Denham died in 1948 at the age of 34.  Both of their lives are worthy of a television movie.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WWE Wrestling DIVA Tammy "Sunny" Sytch Publishes Tell-All AutoBio


“I Spilled My Guts Out In This Book,” Says Sunny

New York City– (Feb. 4, 2016) –  World famous wrestling diva Tammy Lynn “Sunny” Sytch has written a tell-all autobiography titled A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Wrestling Diva Tammy “Sunny” Sytch which will debut online on
A Star Shattered: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Wrestling Diva Tammy “Sunny” Sytch from RiverdaleAveBooks.

The legendary Sunny is known as the original WWE Diva and she is one of the most popular female wrestling personalities of all time. Her achievements include being a two time Slammy Award Winner, a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and Pro Wrestling Illustrated Manager of the Year.

All of her loyal fans know that her career has had more than its share of dramatic highs and lows.  For the first time, Sunny takes the reader behind the scenes to learn what was really going on with this incredibly talented and vulnerable athlete.

“I didn’t hold anything back,” says Sunny.  “I spilled my guts out in this book.  I think it’s raunchy, obscene, racy and heartfelt.  Readers will go with me in the ring and on the road, through my romantic relationships, my domestic abuse, my battling cancer, my incarceration, getting sober and much more. I don’t regret one moment of my life.  I’ve been battered and should be bitter but instead, I learn from my experiences and move on. I’m excited about what the future holds for me.”

Sunny’s story is so real and raw and inspirational.  She gives the honest truth about the inside world of wrestling in the 90s and 00s, as well as what it was like to be a woman in an abusive relationship battling her own demons and taking control of her life in the aftermath,” said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins. “Everyone  will see a piece of themselves in Sunny’s story.”

This week, Vivid Entertainment, the world’s leading adult film company, is releasing Sunny Side Up, a celebrity sex tape starring Sunny at Vivid.Com  She will be joining such celebrities as  Kim Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson, Pamela Anderson and the legendary Chyna who have also starred in movies.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Queer Latina New Adult First Novel Published by RAB

“Even if Holden Caulfield was born in the Bronx in the 1980’s,

he could never be this awesome.”

Inga Muscio, author of Cunt

Riverdale, NY – January 28 9, 2016 – The just-published queer first novel, Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera features a young, newly out Puerto Rican protagonist, Juliet Milagros Palante. Obsessed with her first feminist book, Juliet contacts the author, Harlowe Brisbane, and sets up a summer internship. Out of the Bronx, and off to Portland, Oregon, Juliet confronts white feminism and coming out to her family while navigating the world of queer politics.

Juliet Milagros Palante is my new hero. Rivera pours her heart into ours with this story. Juliet Takes a Breath shows us that we must be vulnerable to survive the learning and un-learning necessary to become who we are, especially when we carry many identities on our strong, soft shoulders.

Phoenix Danger, co-creator of Phresh Cutz, Brooklyn

Rivera explained why she wrote this book, “I never experienced a character like Juliet Palante in my life. Not in a book or a movie. There were no brave, kinda awkward, thick-bodied, girl-loving Latinas from the Bronx in literature or media. And so, I'm super honored that she gets to run free and be out in the world. Riverdale Ave Books made my queer brown dreams come alive by publishing my first novel, Juliet Takes a Breath.”

Riverdale’s Publisher Lori Perkins said, "I am truly proud to be publishing this novel. It brings first wave feminism and fourth wave feminism together, and all the issues we juggle, to the forefront in a really positive way.”

“Rivera cuts your heart right open with the most original young lesbian character I've read in years, seamlessly weaving together racial politics, awkward teenage romance and a queer coming-of-age that manages to both center on and transcend the identities it represents."
Riese Bernard, CEO of Autostraddle

About the Author

This is Gabby Rivera’s first published novel. Gabby has worked with Autostraddle for almost five years. In that time, she’s written about feminism, kissing girls, Nicki Minaj, radical politics and falling in love with queer brown communities. She is currently working for a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth populations. She’s fostered LGBTQ youth groups, QTPOC healing spaces, and taught as a multi-media artist for arts and social justice-based organizations. She was born and raised in the Bronx.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Interview with Award-Winning Author of the M/M SoulShares Fae Series on the Publication of the 6th Book

Rory Ni Coileain has given us a world where macho hunky faes come to Earth and must find their human soulmate... or die.  And the fate of the world lies upon their completion of this bond.

She's been working on the series for four years, and has won numerous awards and nominations for her unique world and view, most recently her 5th SoulShares novel, BLOWING SMOKE finished second in the Best Erotica Novel category in the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll and received an Honorable Mention in this years' Rainbow Awards.

What was the inspiration for the SoulShares series?

I'm not sure it was any one thing... I love the idea of fated mates, but I always thought it was just a little too easy to meet your happily-ever-after, fall blissfully in love, and ride off into the sunset. So I thought, what about fated mates, where one of the pair is from a race that doesn't believe in love and tends to think of humans as pretty toys?

Have you always been attracted to M/M fiction?
I actually didn't think I could write M/M. At all. I started as a favor to a dear friend, who had read a lot of my M/F role-play fiction and begged me to write some M/M. I wrote what was supposed to be a one-off story for her.... and here I am, four years later!

Why Fae?
They're very pushy. *winks* Seriously, the fey folk are in my Irish blood, and I love the range of possibilities. In my books, the "Fae" are the most human-appearing of the inhabitants of the Fae Realm, but there are others, based on Irish and Scottish legend and lore for the most part.

What’s in the future for SoulShares?
For Rory, the author? I'm currently working on UNDERTOW, SoulShares #7, and then the eight-book story arc will wrap with STONE COLD. And I have a few other stories in the hopper -- a few shapeshifters, a contemporary Christmas story, a contribution to an anthology commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, a set of Gille Dubh stories. I even have a few ideas for novellas set in the SoulShares world, if people want to see what happens next....

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Louisa Bacio Talks About Writing Lesbian Sex U Novel

Louisa Bacio just published the second novel in her Sex University series, Learning Curves, which features an all-girls school where women learn to explore and express their sexuality.   Previous tales in the series have included Christian Mingle, where the author sent a character much like Anna Duggar to Sex U after a national scandal, and Physical Education, Book One, as well as Summer School.

What inspired you to write a Lesbian novel in the Sex University Series?

When it comes to writing romance, the characters speak for themselves. They choose their love interests. After book 1, Physical Education, I wanted to revisit the character of Margaret, the police officer. She’s a bit dismissive of the school, and looks down on Amanda for attending.

There’s a bit of a turnabout that comes in book 2, where Margaret needs to find herself, and also feel protective toward someone else.

When did you publish your first lesbian story/novel?

My first F/F story came out in the anthology I Kissed a Girl in 2009. “Two’s Company” follows a progression of a ménage that eventually becomes F/F.

How did you come up with the idea for Sex University Series?

Honestly, undercurrents come from Anne Rice’s (writing as Anne Rampling) Exit to Eden. There is the connection to the freedom of sexuality. At Sex U. students get to explore their interests without any fear of censorship or ridicule.

We need more open communication about sexuality in the world. It’s one of the base human needs, and yet so many people prefer to hide it.

What’s in the future for the series?

So far, Ms. Lucy has been a secondary character. She’s found love with Clarissa, but their relationship is built on a rocky foundation. Next up is The Master Class, where someone from Clarissa’s past comes back and shakes things up.

Any more lesbian novels/stories in the works?

Always. I’m so close to finishing a F/F retelling of “Sleeping Beauty.” “The Master Class” is a F/F/M, which may not the most popular pairing, but I think it’s hot.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Call for Stories for SuperBowl smut!

When I was the Editorial Director at Ravenous Romance, we did an annual Superbowl anthology filled with delightfully smutty stories that could be read during the actual event or during half time (or that was my fantasy).  It always sold well, and I liked to think of it as my own personal contribution to the erotica world.

So I want to renew that tradition, and am calling for a whole new batch of football erotica stories for this year’s SUPERBOWL SMUT.  Reprints are most welcome.  This is a pansexual anthology, so Het, M/M, F/F, ménage and all combinations and variations. Hey, we’ll even take football-playing vampires, (if you’ve got some).

Our readers like multiple partners, so the more the merrier. Brings a new meaning to huddle! So think of high school football hunks (everyone has to be over 18), college trading, coaches, pro football, love amongst teammates and love between teammates and fans. And I want to see a really hot story about half time!!! We could even do one about people who write those great Superbowl commercials! Be creative, please!

As in all in-house RAB anthologies, there is no advance but we pay a pro rata share of all royalties which are 33% for ebook and 8% for print, and every contributor gets a print copy. We're looking for stories of 2500-5000 words. Pass the call around! Send stories attached as a word doc, with an up-to-date bio (even if you think I have it) to: Deadline is Jan. 15, 2016. Description: