Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hockey Book about 1993 Canadiens Just Pubbed

Riverdale Avenue Books has just published The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Unlikely Heroes and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions by K.P. Wee on the heels of the annual NHL All-Star games.  This hockey title by veteran sports writer K.P. Wee chronicles the amazing turn of events that gave Canada its last Stanley Cup Championship 27 years ago.

The 1992-1993 Canadiens, whose lone superstar was future Hall-of-Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, were essentially a nondescript team coming off an embarrassing second-round playoff series sweep against the Boston Bruins the previous spring. Yet these Habs, led by the goaltending of Roy and with timely goals from various unlikely heroes, stunned the hockey world by winning a record 10 consecutive playoff overtime games over a magical seven-week run during the spring of 1993. Montreal ultimately captured hockey’s ultimate prize that June—the 24th championship in franchise history—in the last Stanley Cup Finals series ever played at the venerable Montreal Forum.

While the Canadiens had veteran presence in Kirk Muller, Vincent Damphousse, Brian Bellows, Denis Savard and Guy Carbonneau, Montreal might not have won the Cup without unlikely heroes like Gilbert Dionne, Stephan Lebeau and Paul DiPietro scoring goals in the clutch. Others such as Gary Leeman and Mario Roberge, despite not always being in the lineup, contributed in ways that didn’t necessarily show up on the scoresheet. And behind the bench, while Jacques Demers made all the right moves that spring, he isn’t even considered today among the top 50 coaches of all-time.
“If you’re not a Montreal fan, you hated seeing them win. But as time as gone by, you learn to appreciate the fact that this group of men exemplified teamwork perfectly,” said author K.P. Wee. “Yes, their goalie, Patrick Roy, stood on his head. But they had so many overtime heroes along the way, guys scoring big goals playing hurt or contributing even when they weren’t regularly in the lineup. Half the guys were Francophones and the other half were Anglophones, and that could have caused a problem in the locker room... and playing in that media market in Montreal, where hockey is religion and there’s so much scrutiny and so much pressure... it’s amazing they pulled together and won that Cup.”

More than a quarter century later, these Habs remain the last Canadian-based team to win the Cup—and in The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Unlikely Heroes and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions, K. P. Wee relives the story of this incredible season.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Wickedly Ever After Anthology Just Pubbed

Riverdale Avenue Books has just released Wickedly Ever After by romance writer, Rachel Kenley. The new collection of twisted fairy tales in Wickedly Ever After in which the villains are the main characters of the story.

Villains are the heroines and heroes of their stories and in this anthology, they are going to be the leading players–and finally find love. In these 10 stories you will find villains from fairy tale, folklore and myth. From the familiar to the fantastic from Hades to Grendel. Stories include:

● A man who gets more than he expected by binding himself to a selkie,
● A woman who discovers the loveable Beast in the young man she once knew,
● A mermaid who is not meant to be with a prince,
● A witch who has so much more to offer than a cabin made of sweets,
● A singer who has promised something she cannot deliver and gets help from an unexpected source, ● And more. If you’ve ever rooted for a witch, an evil fairy or a wolf, this anthology is for

“This has been one of my favorite anthologies to edit. Villains can be so much more interesting than heroes that the opportunity to give them the lead was clearly a fun experience for the contributors,” said Author Rachel Kenley. “It was also a wonderful surprise to read retold folklore and myth as well as fairy tales. I think readers are going to enjoy the twists and passion in these stories."

“A wonderful collection of stories where the bad guys are the good guys…or at least the guys you want! And the M/M selkie story is just perfect!” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

Kenley previously edited Dangerous Curves Ahead for Riverdale Avenue Books and is currently looking for stories for an anthology on Sexy Superheroes.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Binge Watcher's Guide to Doctor Who Just Pubbed

Riverdale Avenue Books just pubbed the first book in the new series The Binge Watchers Guide to Doctor Who, featuring Jodi Whittaker’s Doctor, just in time for the international premiere of the new season on January 1.

The new line of books is dedicated to pop culture phenomenon from movies to TV shows and will include titles on the films of Harry Potter, Friends, Golden Girls, The Handmaid’s Tale, Riverdale, American Horror Story, Black Mirror, etc.

The first book in the series, The Binge Watcher's Guide to Doctor Who, Season 11 by Mackenzie Flohr, will take readers on a journey through time and space, showing how Doctor Who became the longest running show on television by weaving through its history, starting with the current incarnation of the Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. The book will examine the impact of having the first female Doctor in the show’s five decade-long history among fans and critics as well as In addition to exploring the details of creating this season of the show, the book will examine the impact of having the first female Doctor in the show’s five decade-long history among fans and critics, as well as include exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with Wendy Abrahams, Beth Axford, Christian Basel, Will Brooks, Ken Deep, Stephen Hatcher, Krystal Moore, David Solomons and Alisa Stern.

Publisher Lori Perkins has tapped different authors for each Binge Watcher Guide who are experts in pop culture and chose Mackenzie Flohr for The Doctor Who series.

“Working on this book with Mackenzie Flohr has been amazing. She has an almost comprehensive knowledge of the show, as well as an incredible passion for the world of Doctor Who,” said Publisher Lori Perkins

“2018 was a huge year for Doctor Who and Whovians around the world with the debut of our first female Doctor,” said Author Mackenzie Flohr. “It is an honor to start this nonfiction series on Jodie Whittaker and her 13th Doctor.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Just Pubbed - Not Home for the Holidays - A Reverse Hallmark Christmas Movie Plot

Riverdale Avenue Books has just published Not Home for the Holidays by Isabelle Drake, a reverse-Hallmark Christmas movie where the country girl finds her city happy ever after.

The week before Christmas, quirky, country girl Emma Lopez is in New York City, aiming to win a social media contest for small-business owners. Minutes before her high-stakes interview, an impulsive, sizzling kiss under the mistletoe with a handsome businessman turns into an even bigger surprise 

She goes all-in enjoying the holiday excitement of the city and shaking up a certain dapper businessman. Thanks to a snowstorm, her phone, and a couple more kisses, she counts herself a winner. Then, her high-spirited attitude leads to an unexpected opportunity of a lifetime, one she’s certain she can’t accept.

“Small towns aren't always the places for people with big dreams, that's something I learned by living in one. I wanted to write a fun, heart-warming Christmas romance for people like me, people who don't 'fit in' to that stereotypical country town,” explained author Isabelle Drake.

 “I love binging on the Hallmark Christmas movies, but after a while I always wonder if it’s possible to find love in the big city.  Not Home for the Holidays does just that in the same feel-good way,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Join us for a Victorian Holiday Party at the Historic Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan on 12/14

Riverdale Avenue Books partners with lifestyle magazine Romance Daily News to co-sponsor the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s annual Victorian holiday party. The event will be held on Saturday, December 14th, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace from noon until 5:00 p.m.

The Victorian Holiday Party will feature hands-on family activities (sponsored by Con Edison), a Victorian Christmas themed tour, a holiday reading and Victorian trivia quiz with prizes (sponsored by Riverdale Avenue Books), caroling, and a Victorian Costume Contest with prizes for both adults and children. Light refreshments, cider and mulled wine, will be served. Victorian-style dress is encouraged, but not required.
“Christmas at the Morris-Jumel Mansion is one of the most magical times of the year, and Riverdale Avenue Books is always thrilled to partner with its historic neighbor to present a special holiday event. We are especially excited about the challenging trivia contest,” said Riverdale Avenue Books publisher, Lori Perkins.

Tickets are $10, $5 for members and students, and are available in advance on evite, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victorian-holiday-party-tickets-82623443945.

About the Morris-Jumel Mansion
Built in 1765, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a historic house museum, is Manhattan’s oldest residence. George Washington was there for five weeks during Revolutionary War and hosted a dinner for his cabinet in 1890. In 1810 it became home to Eliza Jumel, one of America’s wealthiest women. Aaron Burr, her second husband, lived in the room where, more recently, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote portions of his musical Hamilton. Through historic site tours, educational, culture and arts programming, the museum interprets the mansion from Colonial times through the Victorian era. Our modern experience of the holiday season has its roots in Victorian holiday traditions brought into fashion by Queen Victoria that were adopted by Americans like Eliza Jumel.

Friday, November 29, 2019

50% OFF on all RAB Titles for Black Friday on Website with Code THANKS2019

Did you ever want to read the complete Magic University Series by Cecilia Tan (imagine Harry Potter goes to college to study sex magick)?  Catch up on the 12-title Running in Fear series by best-selling erotic paranormal author Trinity Blacio? Or indulge in some pop culture guilty pleasure about the Korean boy band BTS or breakout rock band Greta Van Fleet? Or read one of their award-winning LGBTQ titles in their Magnus imprint such as Queering Sexual Violence by Jennifer Patterson or Playing by the Book by S. Chris Shirley.
Well, now is the time to grab everything you’ve ever wanted from Riverdale Avenue Books at half price.
The award-winning hybrid publisher is offering its entire catalog at 50% off on Black Friday exclusively on its website, riverdaleavebooks.com, with the code THANKS2019.
“Black Friday is the time to hunt for one-day-a-year sales, and this half price sale on all our books is the best deal of the year,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “But the best thing is you don’t even have to leave your home.”
“Although I love all our books, if you are unsure of what to buy, I’d recommend Spank Me, Mr., Darcy, In Bed with Gore Vidal and 50 Shades of Gay.” In addition, Perkins mentioned that one of the hottest titles on her list is Sephora Giron’s Witch Upon a Star series, which combines astrology, witchcraft and romance. “But,” she added, “I am also a sucker for a good anthology and I highly recommend all of ours, especially Spanksgiving, which I edited.”

Saturday, November 16, 2019

First Book on Rock Band Greta Van Fleet Just Published

Riverdale Avenue Books has published the first mainstream book on the breakout rock band Greta Van Fleet.
Hard work is its own reward and nobody knows that better than the heavy rock band Greta Van Fleet who in a matter of years have raced from obscurity as teens growing up in the tiny Michigan town of Frankenmuth to the top of the international hard rock mountain. Hard Work: The Greta Van Fleet Story by New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro takes you along for this high wire ride to the top.
Equal parts biography and inspirational story, Hard Work: The Greta Van Fleet Story takes the band on an often surreal and edge-of-your seat journey. At a time when popular music had become predictable, pre-fab and the process of making it had been diluted by the likes of American Idol and America’s Got Talent, Greta Van Fleet brought their brand of guitar heavy, very Led Zeppelin-like heavy metal to the public in the trenches. These underage musicians made their bones playing very adult biker parties, dive bars where they often were not allowed inside except to play and spending countless hours driving in cramped vans to the middle of nowhere to play for an audience of 10. 
But persistence would ultimately pay off. They signed with Lava Records and put out a series of albums that captured the fantasy with music that paid homage to hard rock’s past and pointed the way to a joyous rocking future.
This book includes:

·      Exclusive interviews with local club owners from Greta Van Fleet's early days;
·      Complete Greta Van Fleet discography, including outtakes from recording sessions, live garage recordings, concert recordings and recordings of unreleased original songs 
·      The real story behind Greta Van Fleet's controversial Saturday Night Live appearance.
·      Greta Van Fleet's literary and musical influences--beyond Led Zeppelin!
·      And the real story of life on the road!

“This book is biography, but it is also a blueprint to anybody that wants to make real, believable music,” said author Marc Shapiro. “Greta Van Fleet slugged it out in the rock and roll trenches and their reward is that they are currently one of the biggest bands on the planet. If you follow their lead, you can get there too.”
“We think Great Van Fleet be a major force in music for years to come and are thrilled to publish the first rock biography in this incredible band.” said Publisher Lori Perkins.