Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rainbow Award M/M SoulShares Series to Pub at RAB

Rory combines male hotness and a fabulous sense of the unknown in her SoulShares series. I eagerly await every new release. Talk about being a page turner.” 
Susan Mac Nicol, international best-selling author of Saving Alexander and Worth Keeping
RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, March 26, 2015
-- Riverdale Avenue Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of the award-winning eight book SoulShares series by Rory Ni Coileain.  The first title in the series, Hard as Stone, will be released on Wednesday, May 27, which features the story of a powerful love between a disgraced Fae noble and a mortal lawyer. All eight titles will receive brand new covers.
The SoulShares series begins more than two thousand years ago, when the Fae of the Realm walled themselves off from the human world, in a last-ditch attempt to save the Realm from the unimaginable malevolence of the Marfach. The wisest among the Fae were able to foretell that only Fae in the human world had any chance of destroying the Marfach. So they left one path by which Fae –exiles, misfits, rebels – could make their way to the human world.
At a terrible cost. A Fae passing through the Pattern loses half his soul. That half is reborn, somewhere in human time and human space, in a human. In order to be whole, in order to stand a chance in the final battle against the race’s most ancient enemy, an exiled Fae must find – and mate with – and love – the human who bears the other half of his sundered soul.
The problem? Fae don’t love.
Hard as Stone was a finalist for Best Debut Novel and Best Gay Erotic Romance in the 2012 Rainbow Awards and was also a finalist for Best Erotica, in the 2012 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll.
Gale Force, the second novel in the SoulShares series will be released on June  10th, followed by Deep Plunge, the third novel in the series on June 24th, and Fire Storm, the series’ fourth title, on July 8th.  Blowing Smoke, the first new novel in the series, will launch on July 22nd.
It’s so exciting to be partnering with Riverdale Avenue Books to give the SoulShares series the treatment I’ve always wanted to give it, with everything they need to make their world come alive,” said the author. “I like to think of the SoulShares as a gateway drug – urban fantasy for lovers of erotic romance, erotic romance for lovers of urban fantasy.”

The titles are available for review on Netgalley.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Showtimes's Gigolos Cowboys4Angels Team Up with RAB for Erotic Romance

Internationally renowned male escort service Cowboys4Angels has teamed up with innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books to publish The Vegas Virgin by Lissa Trevor, a pseudonym for a USA Today best-selling erotic romance writer.
“Once I saw the Cowboy4Angels website, the men there reminded me of my cover models, except more accessible," said Trevor. "It sparked my creativity.  What if the reader could have their own adventure with the man on the cover of their book? What would you do if the rules didn't apply to you?"

 Riverdale Avenue Books’ Publisher Lori Perkins said “The story is so powerfully sensual – every woman’s Vegas naughty daydream – and yet Trevor manages to bring it all together with an erotic romance twist.”

Garren James, founder and President of Cowboys4angels said “I always imagined these amazing gentleman who love to make women happy as the perfect characters for a series of novels for women.  We hope that this becomes a vehicle for women’s fantasies featuring our fabulous men.”

Saturday, May 2, 2015

RAB/Magnus Publishes Simon Sheppard's Jockboys Saga, Literary Smut

Simon Sheppard’s The JockBoys Saga:
The Director’s Cut Premiers from
 Riverdale Avenue’s Magnus Books
                        “Our Erotica King” – San Francisco Magazine

Riverdale Avenue Books’ Magnus imprint has just released the complete omnibus collection of Lambda-Award-winning erotic writer Simon Shepperd’s Jockboys Saga featuring his raunchy yet literary (yes, you read that right) stories about porn stars, queer politics, and postmodern penis play. Join Vin Stroker, Casey O’Toole and the rest of the well-hung, fun-loving gang for a smart, smutty romp guaranteed to make you wish you were there watching the jockboys perform.

Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins said of the work. “Simon is such a smut master that he effortlessly combines a number of clever literary feats with hot M/M stories that both male and female readers have found irresistible.”

Says the author of his new collection, "I had a great time writing Jockboys. It's kind of meta-porn: full of literary devices, socio-political overtones, and funny I hope. But still loaded with balls-out sex."

About the Author: Simon Sheppard is the author of Man on Man: The Best of Simon Sheppard, the novel The Dirty Boys Club, and of three previous short story collections: Sodomy!, In Deep, and Hotter Than Hell and Other Stories, winner of the Erotic Authors Association Award. His anthology Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica won the Lambda Literary Award. Sheppard’s work has appeared in well over 300 anthologies, including eighteen editions of the Best Gay Erotica series and several editions of the Best American Erotica. He lives in San Francisco and hangs out at www.simonsheppard.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Tale of Book Ressurection on Easter Sunday

People are often surprised that I always close my office for Good Friday and that I go to church on Easter Sunday.  Just because I am a sex positive feminist doesn't mean that I have has no spirituality.

I am a P.K. (preacher's kid).  The preacher is my mom, who was a feminist minster in the United Church of Christ who was part of that group of feminists that rewrote the Bible without pronouns.  She used to play Yoko Ono's Woman is the Nigger of the World while writing her Biblical term papers (and I will always love Yoko for that song and my mom for making it part of the soundtrack of my life).

So this year, I was excited that we, at Riverdale Avenue Books, were finally going to publish Blessed Assurance, a collection of prayers for the LGBT community. Coming of age in a progressive church family during a time of changing religious mores, I knew this book was sorely needed.  I was proud to be a part of it.

But the book was late again, and we would miss the Lenten season.  The book had been late a number of times, and I was growing disheartened.

I finally talked to the author (as the book had been acquired by another editor) and told her in no uncertain terms that I wanted this book and I wanted it NOW.  She explained that the reason she was so late on the book was that she actually thought it was two books - a prayer book and a workbook - and I said, "OK, then.  Let's do them both."

And she said, "Are you kidding me?"

So, we are now publishing two books - one for the Thanksgiving season and one for Lent next year.

And she said to me, "You are my Easter. This book project was dead to me and you have resurrected it."

I was almost moved to tears.

I don't get the chance to save a book very often.   Sure, I can sign up a book that means a lot to someone, or I can save a poorly written book from bad reviews with my super-powered editing, but breathing new life into a dead project - this was a first.

And during Holy Week!

She was my Easter too!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RAB Publishes The Provocateur's Payback, An International Erotic Thriller

Riverdale Avenue Books’ Publishes The Provocateur’s Payback, an Acclaimed International LGBT thriller
“A fantastic portrait of decadence filled with wit.” — Vanity Fair (Spanish edition)

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, March 27, 2015  -- Riverdale Avenue Books is pleased to announce the publication of The Provocateur’s Payback by Paco Munoz-Botas under the its LGBT Magnus imprint.  Previously published in Spain, the international thriller received rave reviews in Europe.

The Provocateur’s Payback, an erotic thriller of international intrigue, introduces a trio of memorable characters: Curro, disillusioned playboy who’s left the club scene behind in search of a new life purpose after losing his beloved dog; Dima, handsome martial arts champion who’s fled from goons in the Russian Mafia; and Eugenia, elegant super-model with stunning green eyes whom the witless gossips of Madrid society have long pegged as Curro’s ideal consort.
The action opens on a warm spring afternoon, as Curro’s driving his convertible sports car, heading back to Madrid from a country house weekend. His world is turned upside down when he hears a desperate plea: “Hurry, please! Quickly! Get going, they want to kill me.” Before Curro can protest, Dima’s flopped in to the passenger seat. Abandoning caution, Curro agreeably floors the gas with the mysterious stranger next to him.

The action speeds along from Curro’s apartment, where Dima finds safe haven to recover from the stab wounds he suffered that fateful night; to Madrid’s Royal Opera House, where Russian thugs stalk Dima; to a posh Madrid night spot where Dima meets Eugenia, and an instant attraction sparks between them. Curro, with his keen sense of sexual chemistry, detects a special link between them, even as he hopes that Dima might save a spark for him.

Praise for The Provocateur’s Payback
 “The most delirious gay thriller in the history of [the] Spanish novel.”—Eñe Literary Magazine
“One of the season’s literary surprises.”—Shangay Magazine  
“A fascinating story filled with humor, violence, and eroticism.”—El Cultural Magazine

About the Author

Paco Muñoz-Botas is a Spanish writer born in Madrid in 1956. He studied journalism, enjoys international travel, collecting art and resides in Madrid and Málaga, Spain. This is his first novel.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Just Pubbed Award-Winning Debut Short Story Collection Blue Talk and Love by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Riverdale Avenue Books Publishes Award-Winning Debut Short
Story Collection

 Blue Talk and Love
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

“Blue Talk and Love’s voice, despite material that seems frankly
contemporary, is paradoxically lyrical, nearly Faulknerian."  --Rick Moody, judge for the American Short Fiction Short Story Contest

Riverdale, NY – March 20, 2015 – Innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books announces the publication of the award-wining short story collection Blue Talk and Love by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan in its Magnus imprint. The collection has already received praise from Rick Moody, Cheryl Clarke, Samuel R. Delany, Darryl Pinckney, LaShonda Katrice Barnett and Jewelle Gomez.
Blue Talk and Love tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban daily life. Set in various enclaves of New York City — including the middle-class Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, the black queer social world of the West Village, the Spanish-speaking borderland between Harlem and Washington Heights, and historic Tin Pan Alley — the collection uses magic realism, historical fiction, satire and more to highlight young black women's inner lives.
The storylines range widely: a big-bodied teenage girl from Harlem discovers her sexuality in the midst of racial tensions at her Upper East Side school; four young women from Newark, New Jersey, are charged with assaulting the man who threatens to rape them; a pair of conjoined black female twins born into slavery, make their fame as stage performers in the Big City.  In each story, the characters push past what is expected of them, learning to celebrate their voices and their lives. 

Praise for Blue Talk and Love

“Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is a sharp social observer as well as a bold experimentalist. She has an arresting ear and a courageous heart. Her language races with her intelligence and humanity.”
---Darryl Pinckney, author of High Cotton and Out There: Mavericks of Black Fiction   

"Sullivan’s prose shocks, intrigues, and transports us through fourteen artful and unique stories.  And so do her rich and inimitable characters, most of them young black women struggling in a world they did not make but one they must confront, tear down, and remake.  Black girls matter and Sullivan shows us just how much."

-- Cheryl Clarke, author of Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women and Living as a Lesbian

"Mecca Jamilah Sullivan's debut collection of fiction dazzles with images, language and heart.  She slips inside her characters and renders their inner lives with painterly precision so with each story we enter a complete world drawn with brilliant color and raw emotion.  Yet it is the mystery of life itself which she evokes so strongly and that holds us fast."                                    
-- Jewelle Gomez, author The Gilda Stories
"In a prose as rich and sumptuous as brocade, these stories hit with the
the force of primal myths. They can be tender, they can be funny, and
they can shock. This is a book that grabs you low on the spinal
column and rattles your teeth together. Sullivan is a powerful and impressive
    --Samuel R. Delany, author of Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders 
“Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s debut story collection is a remarkable work best described as elegiac blues… Blue Talk and Love stuns with subtle imagery, powerful linguistic energy, and chiseled, innovative control.”
 –LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of Jam on the Vine
About the Author
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, she received the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Fiction in New York City. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Best New Writing, American Fiction, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Feminist Studies, and elsewhere, and she is Associate Editor for Arts & Culture at The Feminist Wire.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Riverdale Avenue Books Publishes “The Glass Stiletto, A Kinky Cinderella Tale” to Tie-In with Disney Movie

"Ms. Kenley writes one sizzling Cinderella! Her sexy imagination improves a classic fairy tale.”--Ashlyn Chase, bestselling author of the Flirting With Fangs series

Riverdale, NY – March 12, 2015 – Innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books will publish The Glass Stiletto, A Kinky Fairy Tale by Rachel Kenley to tie-in with the world-wide release of the live action version of Disney’s Cinderella.
In this adult version of the classic fairy tale, Mariella isn’t sure she wants to actually marry the prince now that she has her freedom from her wicked stepfamily.  And the prince knows she is different than any other woman he has ever met, especially when she teaches him a thing or two about truly being free and letting go – while tied to her bed.  This femdom retelling is an enrapturing adult bedtime story.
“Riverdale Avenue Books’ Publisher Lori Perkins took a chance on The Glass Stiletto when I first submitted it to her and was the only publisher I'd met willing to consider a femdom novel,” explained romance author Rachel Kenley. “Even now, in most published BDSM stories, the hero is the dominant and the heroine finds her joy - and strength - in submission.  The heroines of fairy tales are always having such a tough time of it that I thought it was time for them to have the chance to be in charge, and Cinderella was the first to come to mind as a character who deserved a stronger role.”