Thursday, May 17, 2018

Romance Daily News to Launch in June to Carry-on RT Reviews Traditions


I was a little surprised that I announced that I am starting Romance Daily News (which we already affectionately refer to as RDN) at this morning’s opening breakfast for Romantic Times.  I had been asked to talk about how much Kathryn Falk has influenced my life in publishing. I wanted everyone to know that she has been a role model for me, a friend, and a constant force of positive energy for everyone who falls under the romance umbrella for three decades in this ever-changing book world, but I hadn’t really anticipated that I would just blurt out the news.  It’s just not how these things are done.  But when I saw how sad so many of the attendees of the convention were at the news that this would be the last RT convention and that RT Reviews would be closing, I couldn’t keep the exciting news to myself, and I didn’t want anyone to think that Kathryn’s legacy would fail to go on.  I have been on the phone with Kathryn, late nights and weekends, talking about how I could fill the gap with a new publication so there would be no void left by the closing of RT.

My vision for Romance Daily News will include a lot of what RT Reviews did – reviews, interviews, trends, free reads, etc., but it will be a little more expansive in its definition of what romance news is.  As I’ve gotten older I can see the romantic in places I never saw it before.  And as my world gets more complicated, and often darker, I want to share the joy that romance brings in everything I do.

So, Romance Daily News will have a lot of new elements, more like a print women’s magazine -- horoscopes, This Day in Romance, an editorial cartoon by Last Kiss artist John Lustig, but also features on trends in romance on everything from books to films and TV and theater, as well as clothing, vacations, food and drink, friendships, real life romance, and even romance in art, history, gaming, sex, politics, science and math.  Romance and the romantic is everywhere, and we, as the readers and writers who love romance, need to show the world that there’s another way to see things every minute of every day. For many, romance is an escape.  For me, it’s a reality.

We’re putting together columns and features and new sections.  We’ll need reviewers and writers, and all kinds of input, so please feel free to write me with suggestions at submissions@riverdaleavebooks.com.

We are hoping to launch in June, just as RT Reviews winds down.

Some of you may be asking, “Why is Lori Perkins doing this?”  Aside from the fact that I personally want Kathryn Falk’s legacy to continue, journalism is my first love (see there’s some romance for you, right there).  I have a B.A. in journalism from N.Y.U., and I started the local newspaper in upper Manhattan when I was 22. I also taught journalism at NYU when I was 23 because, as the feminist that I was then, I mentioned that there were no female professors teaching journalism and they asked me if I wanted to teach.  I taught at NYU on and off for the next 20 years.

I believe in the power of the press, and I believe in the power of women’s voices and perspectives.  We need our own presses where we can express ourselves, and we need women-centered spaces that are inclusive.  Kathryn Falk created that space 37 years ago.  I want it to go on.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RAB Publishes Third Erotic Mash-Up by IPPY-Award Winning Author Lissa Trevor, Domme Quixote




Riverdale Avenue Books has just published Domme Quixote by IPPY-Award winner Lissa Trevor, her third erotic romance mash-up wherein she creates a fem domme re-imaging of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Dulcinea del Toboso runs a nightclub that's part dungeon/part live-action theater.  Her exclusive clientele pay a great deal to be told erotic stories at Chivalry and be led on sexual adventures that includes BDSM, voyeurism and multiple partners. In addition to her harem of slaves, Dulcinea has her eye on conquering her chief of security, Alonso Quixano.

Alonso, however, doesn't mix work with pleasure—no matter how much Dulcinea gets under his skin.  He would like nothing more than to spend endless nights of pleasure with her.  However, he's not one to wait in line.  And the line for Dulcinea's bed is varied and never ending.

When mobster Gino de Pasamonte decides his money can buy the best Dominatrix in the tri-state area, he's in for a big surprise when she puts him in a chastity cage and punts him out of her club, naked, for disrespecting her.  Now, Gino is out for revenge and it's up to Dulcinea and Alonso to stop him from destroying Chivalry, her reputation, and her devoted slaves.

“Unlike my other mash-ups, it was virtually impossible to tell an erotic story in between Cervantes' prose.  So I took his wonderful stories instead and modernized them with a "play within a play" motif,” said Author Lissa Trevor. “Dulcinea may be putting on a show using Don Quixote's famous escapades, but it's often she that is "tilting at windmills" as she goes about running her club and managing her slaves.”
“Trevor’s creative wit never ceases to amaze me as she weaves together these classics we know and love with contemporary erotic imaginings. ” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

Lissa is the author of Menage a Musketeer which won the 2016 IPPY erotica gold medal, as well as Spank Me, Mr. Darcy.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Screening and Pub Party in Manhattan March 28th for ViceLand TV Episode on Monster Sex

We're on national TV!

Come celebrate with us on Wednesday at Prof. Thom's where we'll be watching the live broadcast of Viceland TV's Slutever show where Riverdale Avenue Books and 5 of our authors are featured in their Monster Fantasies episode.  Party starts at 9:00 with our signature Dirty Word raffle for naughty prizes.

Or you can watch it at home at 10:00 p.m. (set our DVR's).

Prof. Thom's
219 2nd Ave.
NYC
9:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mystery/Thriller Imprint Gets Relaunch Under New Editor




Riverdale Avenue Books, known for embracing cultural and gender diversity, and winner of the Bi-Publisher of the Year award, is proud to announce the relaunch of their Dagger imprint under the direction of publishing maven Chantelle Aimée Osman, former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews.

Dagger will focus on mystery, thriller and suspense, with a solid appeal to the female reader. Riverdale is looking for Dagger to be synonymous with a range of strong and unique voices who truly represent the modern world.

“We live in exciting, constantly changing times and we are looking for edge-of-your seat fiction to tell those stories. Chantelle knows the suspense market and will bring that immediacy to the books we publish.” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

“I am thrilled to be working with Lori and joining Riverdale, a publisher who places such importance on cultural and social issues,” said Osman. “Using that as a lodestone for Dagger to discover new voices in mystery/suspense/thriller is exciting and overdue."

Mystery and thriller submissions can be sent to chantelle@riverdaleavebooks.com.

About the Editor
Chantelle Aimée Osman has been an editor specializing in crime fiction for over ten years, and teaches writing internationally for programs including Authors at Large, LitReactor and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. The author of numerous works of short fiction, including several collaborations with New York Times bestselling authors, she has also published a series of non-fiction writing guides, and edited several anthologies, including a forthcoming episodic thriller featuring authors Jeffery Deaver and Eoin Colfer. A 2017 Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor, and current Left Coast Crime board member, Chantelle was also nominated for an Anthony Award for her website, The Sirens of Suspense, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America. She co-hosts The Crime Friction podcast, available on iTunes, with author Jay Stringer.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate (But Were Afraid to Ask) Pubs



Riverdale Avenue Books has just released Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask. The new book from award-winning journalist Brian J. O’Connor and noted feminist author Lori Perkins exposes the Watergate Scandal 43 years after it happened with insights and wit.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask dives deep into the infamous scandal. In today’s newsfeed, the Watergate story is usually told from the perspective of straight, white male journalists and politicians who were at the center of the scandal—but Watergate happened to all of us – wives, mothers, children, black, white, queer, immigrants. Those voices and perceptions are rarely heard, until now. The book includes exclusive interviews from two members of the House Judiciary Committee that impeached Nixon including Former Representatives Charles Rangel and Senator Elizabeth Holtzman.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask looks at the wider ripples of the Watergate explosion and how it changed the way Americans saw themselves, their country and the world around them using a humor reminiscent of The Daily Show including witty, yet informative chapters such as How Watergate is Taught Today; Game of Quotes - Nixon or Trump; and Food for Thought, which offers actual recipes from Pat Nixon and the oddly-named pistachio-flavored Watergate salad.

“Events in Washington make the issues raised in Watergate so current, that we felt it was important to quickly put together a book to show how deeply Watergate has influenced the culture,” said Author Brian O’Connor. “From phrases such as ‘the smoking gun’ that are part of the political lexicon to the books and movies inspired by this major turning point in American history.”

“This is the one book to read if you never know what to say when people start talking about politics. It’s chock full of Watergate facts, both serious and frivolous, that will make you seem like a real Watergate aficionado and shut anyone else up,” said Author and Publisher Lori Perkins.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask is both a serious, and irreverent book, put together by a team of two newspaper journalists and ten college interns from throughout the country.

Downloads of the book are available now at RiverdaleAveBooks.com, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

About the Authors

Brian J. O’Connor is an award-winning nationally syndicated finance and economics columnist, as well as author of The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese from Portfolio-Penguin. In addition to garnering rave reviews, The $1,000 Challenge was named Best Money Management Book of the Year by The Institute for Financial Literacy. O’Connor is a three-time winner of humor-writing awards from the National Society of Newspaper columnists, among others, as well as three Best in Business awards for his column and news coverage from the Society of American Business Editors and Writer. He was the founding managing editor of Bankrate.com, the Web’s most popular finance site, and his freelance work has been featured in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Martha Stewart Living and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to his journalistic work, O’Connor is a respected consultant for white papers and corporate and branded content, as well as an executive ghostwriter. O’Connor holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and earned a master’s of science in journalism at Columbia University, where he was a 2001 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business.

Lori Perkins is a published author, book editor and literary agent with three decades experience in publishing newspapers and books. She was the owner and publisher of the Uptown Weekly News in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and Inwood in the 80’s, as well as an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU. She has written or edited 30 books, Including the very first zombie romance anthology, Hungry for Your Love and the nonfiction collection of essays 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey, as well as 1984 in the 21st Century. She is the founder of both the L. Perkins Agency, an established New York literary agency with numerous books on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, an award-winning hybrid publisher.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

So I went to a press screening of Fifty Shades Freed, the third installment in the Fifty Shades erotic romance saga last night with my movie reviewer friend.  It's been our pre-Valentine's Day date  for the past three years.

Now maybe it's that we've had a year of living in Trumpland and that's just dulled our reactions to everything, or that it was a cold and rainy night, or that anything to do with BDSM has become yesterday's thrill, but that movie was just tepid.  Sure, I got a few nice shots of Jamie Dornan's well proportioned ass, and there were multiple visits to the red room of pain, even one that involved glimpses of stainless steel butt plugs, but it was spectacularly forgettable, as was the music, and the acting by so many really amazing cast members (why did they even bother to hire Marsha Gay Harden and Rita Ora).

And they know it because before we get to the end credits there's actually a montage of the greatest hits form the previous movies set to a remix of the theme song from the first movie to remind you that this was once something that anyone cared about, or that millions of women throughout the world were obsessed with.

It was like a bad Hallmark movie, or the last installment of one of those made-for-TV movies from the late 70's and 80's where something that should have been two hours is stretched out to six.

The one truly amusing part of the film for me was the portrayal of Ana's publishing job.  There are manuscripts piled high on her desk (we ALL read digitally now - that is so 1990's).  The first novel she's acquired has a print run order of 200,000 (also so 1990's). But, hey, I have to remember that this is fantasy!

But I am glad I saw it.  I'm a completest that way.

If you're a real sucker for the this kind of thing, I hear some of the Alamo Draft houses are offering a Fifty Shades three-movie marathon tonight (my local one in Yonkers starts at 6:00.)  Enjoy!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Call for Stories for Women Who Love Monsters Anthology


Call for Stories for
Women Who Love Monsters Anthology

It’s a tale as old as time…Beauty and the Beast.

It actually goes back even further, if you consider Greek myths about Zeus and his human lovers, or those Renaissance stories of death and the Maiden.  But contemporary pop culture has been smitten with stories of women who love monsters since King Kong and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, as well as Shrek, Barnabas Collins, Lestat, Hellboy, Swampthing and that sparkly vampire dude, capped off by the recent love affair with The Shape of Water.

In the recent erotic romance novel boom, we’ve seen some wild stuff, like the T. Rex and Yeti loving that have become ebook best-sellers.

Let’s never forget fiction based off real-life stories of women who love incarcerated serial killers, hitmen and “bad boys” of unspeakable dimensions.

So, it should come as no surprise to you that ViceTV decided to do an episode on “Women Who Love Monsters” and they came to Riverdale Avenue Books to interview some of those authors.  We put together a reading of work by award-winning romance author Cecilia Tan, Laura Antoniou (author of erotic classic, The Marketplace), USA Today best-seller Jamie Schmidt, Forensic psychologist and Ripper expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland and Amazon best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio which will air late February/early March 2018.

We had a glorious wild time, which we want to share with the world, so we decided to collect the five pieces that were filmed, as well as new pieces (previously published or new) and publish them as one of our anthologies to tie in with the airing of the show.

We’ll have a NYC pub party too.

So, if you’ve written some glorious monster smut, or luscious metaphorical horror, please send it our way ASAP (or if you’ve read something you think we should know about for this volume). Tell your friends, tell your frenimies.

We’re looking for pieces between 2,000 and 5,000 words.  Can be previously published and can be excerpts from novels (as long as you write an intro that makes it clear what we are reading).

We pay a pro-rata share of the royalties to each author, as well as a copy f the ebook and a copy if the print book for one-time world rights.  Royalties re paid out quarterly.

We have an in house publicist and a social media director, so we will be promoting this aggressively.

Send submissions to submisions@riverdaleavebooks.com by Feb. 10, 2018.