Saturday, November 21, 2015

Q & A with Rachel Kenley on the Publication of Her Beastly Stepbrother

How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Lori Perkins and I were talking about how popular the stepbrother trope was becoming for readers.  Since I'm a writer who loves to play with fairy tales it seemed like a great combination.  For Her Beastly Stepbrother it was a matter of creating a hero who was not beautiful to look at but strong within and a heroine who has always seen the good in him and not cared about the outside package.

What else can we expect from you?
I am doing at least six more stepbrother fairy tale retellings. Next up is a sexy new version of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.  I'm also going to be having fun with Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Snow Queen (the basis for the Disney movie Frozen) as well as a few others.

Why do you write about fairy tales and erotic romance?
Each time I revisit a fairy tale I discover something new in the story I want to explore - and something new about myself.  Fairy tales shine a light on both our greatest fears and our greatest dreams and hopes.  With so much fear and negativity in the news these days, I love the opportunity to be one of the people focused on creating stories about dreams and hopes coming true.

And what is it with Stepbrothers? 
I think it's a combination of things - the first is the slightly illicit aspect of the relationship.  There's nothing so tempting as that which has been forbidden.  Of course there's nothing actually wrong with having a relationship with your stepbrother but it's just a little to the left of acceptable.  In addition, I think there is something special about a relationship that started when two people were very young - before thoughts of sex or marriage would ever have entered the picture. The connection is made over a long period of time in many different ways, including important shared experiences.  It creates a deep bond, a lasting love that few real-world relationships are able to enjoy.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Guest Post by Louisa Blacio - Why Re-Release?

The first full-length novel I had published was Sex University: Physical Education in 2010. I’d had a few short stories come out in anthology through Ravenous Romance, and had to opportunity to meet Lori Perkins at Downtown Disney in California. Over a glass of something delicious, she leaned over and asked, “What else do you have?”
From there, a dream and friendship was born. Lori was willing to work with an unpublished author, on spec (and she still is). Me? Having the contract gave me that extra PUSH needed to finish the damn book! (I’m sure many relate to the feeling.)
Since then I’ve had more than 30 novels, novellas and short stories published, with 14 publishers. I’ve learned a lot about the business and the craft, and I’ve also helped a number of others achieve their goals.
While my third book The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome went on to grant me membership into RWA’s PAN (Published Author Network), Physical Education never lived up to its potential.
It may be because of the original cover, which always seemed to appeal more to men than women (traditional readers of romance), or the market (a BDSM novel a few years before 50 Shades of Grey). The second book All-Girls Academy should have pushed even more sales, and then a hoopla with books featuring underage sex hit and the book was pulled from eRetailers because of the title. Note: Everyone is above age; it’s a F/F title with “girls” in the title.
Although I had planned for a book 3, The Master Class, it never happened. (Until next year!).
When the opportunity came to re-release (including re-editing and adding in new material) to Physical Education, I jumped at the chance, and Lori once again was there, believing in this novel.
The series started with the all-new short Summer School, and the novella Christian Mingle. Next, stay tuned for Learning Curves (retitled) and finally The Master Class
Note: The book released last Friday, but with the violence in Paris and other parts of the world, I’ve held back on doing a lot of marketing.
Here’s to second chances!

Friday, November 6, 2015

RAB Teams Up with Geeky Kink Convention to Publish First Annual Anthology

To kick off the fifth annual Geeky Kink Event (GKE) in New Jersey, Riverdale Avenue Books and Jeff Mach, the creator of the event, have joined forces to publish The First Annual Geeky Kink Anthology.

"As a geek of literature, I'm incredibly excited to be part of a project that's going to bring geek and kink together in book form,” said Mach on the eve of the book’s publication. “We've had the pleasure of working with Riverdale Avenue Books at GKE, and I'm really happy to have a chance to work with them in their native medium."

The anthology, which will be published as both an ebook and a trade paperback, features the work of 19 authors with such well-know writers as multiple award-winner Cecilia Tan, and erotica mavens I.G. Frederick and Tamsin Flowers. There are also a number of first-time authors making their publishing debut in the collection.

Said RAB Publisher Lori Perkins, “This anthology is perfect! It has everything a geeky kinky reader could want — from alien anal probing to comic book super heroes and villains, and even such slightly obscure nerdishness as a new take on Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear and Elvin sex. And of course, there are ample references to Doctor Who, Star Trek, Harry Potter and Devo.”

Geeky Kink is a three-day convention held in Northern New Jersey featuring lectures, panels, gaming and cosplay for adults. There is a sister convention held in Rhode Island in every summer.

About Jeff Mach

Jeff Mach is one of the country's leading producers of alternative events. His company is one of very few which create shows both for adult-only audiences and for family audiences. They run The Steampunk World's Fair, the world's largest Steampunk event. (Steampunk is a re-imagining of Victorian ideas and concepts, married to a deep sense of whimsy and creative possibility.) They also run the world's largest indoor Renfaire, the Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire, and The Geeky Kink Event, the first and premier event in the world for geeky, kinky people.

Jeff is an award-winning playwright, and author of the seminal Steampunk rock opera "Absinthe Heroes." He's also a musician and songwriter. In his spare time, Jeff runs benefits for nonprofits like Historic Speedwell and the New England-based Warmer Winters.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Why I am in Love with a Zombie Novel - Scott Smith's An Outcast State

You might think it a bit unusual that RAB is publishing a young adult dystopian novel, but there's always a good story behind anything out of the ordinary.

This week's book is AN OUTCAST STATE by Scott Smith, a first novel by an English teacher, who just happened to have won the 2014 Dante Rossetti war or Best Young adult dystopian novel.  Now i it in it's way to us?

Scott sent in a short story submission to my second zombie romance story, STILL HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE, which I loved.  It was both romantic and horrific, perfect for my short story collection.  I asked him if he was working on anything else, and, lo and behold, he was and gave me AN OUTCAST STATE, which you will see is also very romantic and pretty gruesome.  I told our cover artist to think of it as Zombieland meets The Walking Dead.

I love finding new authors and giving them a start in their careers, and I am so proud to have published both Scott's first piece of fiction in my anthology, and now, is first novel.

This is a very special experience, an one I hope I will do often.

But I think you'll find that this novel is a page-turner of a tale.

An I am especially in fond the last line!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Guest Post from Ryan Field on Fangsters: Gang Bang Fangsters

 I love our Fangsters series.  I mean, who can resist M/M vampire Gangsters in New Jersey by one of my favorite  authors, because he combines hot gay sex with sweeping romance.  So, I;ve turned the blog over to his capable hands:

Fangsters Book 2: Gang Bang Fangsters

Here's a new release in the Fangsters series I started working on with the publisher, Riverdale Ave. Books, when they first launched. It's LGBT+ vampire erotic romance and has 70,000 words.

As you can see from the subtitle, there will be sex in the book.

Gay sex.

And plenty of it.

Rough and dirty sometimes...NSFW. Real sex with real men.

With no apologies. 

I didn't hold back with this one. Just as I removed the sex scenes from Meadows Are Not Forever because sex scenes didn't work in that book, I added more than a few sex scenes to this Fangsters book because I thought they worked in the book and with the story line.

I'll post links below as they come in, and here's the blurb.


Fangsters - Gang Bang Fangsters (Fangsters) by Ryan Field - Romance>Erotic Romance
In this riveting sequel to Fangsters: Clan of the Jersey Boys, Anton and Digger find themselves in a dangerous situation. After they turn their beloved Leo in haste, his transition doesn't go as planned and he's left with an intense side effect. Leo can't get enough passion, sex, or men. He's an over-sexed gay vampire so completely out of control they consider locking him up in a chained coffin for eternity.

While Anton and Digger search for a solution to Leo's problem, they continue to pursue a peaceful arrangement with the vampire clan in Atlantic City that once tried to kill them. The goal is to avoid a war between the two New Jersey clans, and with the help of a brand new character named Kane who steals Anton's heart the instant he meets him, their goal is to accomplish a temporary agreement.

However, in spite of gay orgies and gang bangs, there doesn't seem to be any hope for hypersexual Leo. And when this new character offers them a choice that could change all of them forever, even Digger can't resist the delicious temptation. Will the threats they face as vampires ruin their chances for a happy ending? But more important, will Anton find the emotional strength to do the right thing for his lovers and his clan? 

Here's a link for Allromanceebooks...

Here's the Amazon link...

And this is at the publisher's web site... 

Friday, October 9, 2015

RAB to Publish Lost and Found, a Heart-Breaking Take of a Mother/Son Reunion by Gaming Heavyweight

New York, New York (October 9, 2015) – Riverdale Avenue Books will publish Lost and Found, the autobiography of Micky Neilson, in the Spring of 2016, which the publisher describes as The Glass Castle meets Of Dice and Men.

Lost and Found is the harrowing and inspirational autobiography of the successful World of Warcraft contributor and N.Y. Times best-seller Micky Neilson; who was kidnapped by his schizophrenic father as a toddler, spending his earliest years on the run and his teenage years as a foster child. This autobiography chronicles Micky’s experience serving in the first Gulf War, the meteoric rise of Blizzard Entertainment and, most triumphantly, his reuniting with the family that was stolen from him as a child.

"No one who reads my fiction today or plays the video games I've contributed to knows that I was kidnapped at 8 months old, that I grew up with a schizophrenic father, that I didn't attend school until 7th grade, or that I never knew my true identity until I was reunited with my family after 38 years,” said the author. “It's such an honor to finally be able to share my life story."

“As soon as I heard Mickey’s story, I was amazed.’ said Publisher Lori Perkins. “I know that thousands of adopted and foster children are convinced that their parents are still alive or looking for them when everyone else has given up. Micky’s story is an overwhelmingly cathartic experience, with a happy ending that needs to be shared.”

Neilson added, "What I want people to take away from this story -- of me overcoming years of struggle to reunite with my family and achieve success, is this: believe in yourself. Every human being, regardless of circumstance or hardship, can make choices that will lead to a happier, better life. But it all starts with believing in you."

About the Author

Micky Neilson is a two-time New York Times best-selling author whose graphic novels, Ashbringer (#2 on the list) and Pearl of Pandaria (#3) have both been published in six languages, selling especially well in the German, Korean and Brazilian markets. As one of the earliest contributors to Blizzard Entertainment, he has more than two decades’ experiences on the cutting edge of the gaming industry. He is currently working on a graphic novel, Rook, as well as horror novel, The Turning, and a number of film projects.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

First Bio on Norman Reedus Pubished by RAB!

Just as the sixth ever-popular season of The Waling Dead is ready to premier, the first biography of the actor Norman Reedus has been published by the innovative hybrid publishing company, Riverdale Avenue Books, written by New York Times best-selling entertainment journalist Marc Shapiro.
“Everyone I know loves Norman Reedus’ Daryl character,” says Publisher Lori Perkins. “And most women I know, and some men, who gladly choose to spend the apocalypse under his alpha protection. In this biography, readers will get to see the real man behind the mythos.”
Although Norman Reedus has been playing the crossbow-wielding zombie hunter for six years now, few viewers know that he was once a very successful and sought after male model, as well as an artist.
“He’s a very interesting character,” said Marc Shapiro, author of the unauthorized biography, “both in the roles he plays and in the life he’s lead.”
This book chronicles his days as a defiant young man in a fractured but ultimately liberating family life, allegations of physical abuse from Reedus himself, to his struggles in the Los Angeles art underground, alcohol problems that saw him in AA and, for a time, homeless, his breakthrough in acting, modeling and the slow, steady and never boring journey through love, fatherhood and his often truly odd professional choices. You’ll discover why Reedus said thanks but no thanks to an offer to play opposite a reigning superstar, how he became Daryl Dixon and how The Walking Dead changed his life.