Monday, November 23, 2020

Crank Palace is the First New Work in Maze Runner Series from James Dashner in Four Years

At the request of his fans, author James Dashner began working on the story of what happened to Newt, one of the initial Maze Runner characters who were not immune to the fictional virus, The Flare.  However, once the world was plunged into a real-life viral pandemic of its own with the outbreak of COVID-19, Newt’s story really came to life as Crank Palace. Innovative Publisher Riverdale Avenue Books is excited to be publishing James Dashner’s first new work from his best-selling series this November 23rd, right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Taking place during the latter events of The Death Cure, Crank Palace tells the story of Newt like never before, from inside his own mind, as he searches for meaning in a life gone horribly wrong. He will try to fulfill a new-found destiny before his path leads to its inevitable conclusion—and one last meeting with his best friend.  

 

Leaving only a note, Newt departs the Berg before the Gladers return from their mission into Denver, Colorado. From there, he experiences the gritty nightmare of life on the streets, running from the infected and those hunting them, until he ends up in the Crank Palace, the last dumping ground of those without hope. Although Newt thought he was running away from his friends to save them from himself, along the way he meets a young mother named Keisha and her son, Dante, who end up saving Newt in a way he could never have imagined.

 

 “A large chunk of Crank Palace was written after the latest coronavirus began its mad spread across continents, seemingly sparing no corner of the Earth, no matter how far. That was an odd experience;” Dashner explained. “It added depth, a level of personal, relatable fear that might’ve been missing in earlier books.”

 

The author has pledged to donate all proceeds from the publication of the book to various charities designed to help those affected by the pandemic and cultural upheaval of the past year.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Just Pubbed The Binge Watcher's Guide to The Handmaid's Tale for Margaret Atwood's Birthday

To commemorate the 81st birthday of Canadian author Margaret Atwood, Riverdale Avenue Books has published the third title in their new Binge Watcher’s Guide series, The Binge Watchers Guide to The Handmaid’s Tale by USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmitt.

 

In the late 1980's Margaret Atwood's award-winning novel The Handmaid's Tale showed us the dystopian society of Gilead.  In 2017 Bruce Miller brought it to life on Hulu, and the parallels to the ultra religious patriarchal society to what is happening in the United States today is terrifyingly prophetical.

 

This Binge Watcher’s Guide is a companion guide that takes you through the first three seasons of the Hulu series with each episode reviewed with a gut punch rating and trigger warnings.  If you like to read the end of the book first or watch horror movies between your fingers, this book is for you. It is also for people who want a "couch buddy" to share all the WTF feelings that the show brings out.  At the end of each chapter is a short guide on how to process the emotions brought up during the episodes and provides hope for a future that does not mirror June and the rest of the Handmaids existence.

 

"The Handmaid's Tale has been a major part of my life ever since I read it when I was 16 years old.  When Hulu brought it to television, I wanted a front row seat.  This binge watcher's guide is the companion I wanted on the couch with me as I relived Gilead and cried, raged, and plotted,” explained author Schmidt.


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