Monday, September 11, 2017

In Love with Amorous Congress (Guest post by F. Leonora Solomon)

Amorous Congress is my third anthology with Riverdale Avenue Books (preceded by the award-winning Tie Me Up and Bases Loaded). As an editor, I have published over a dozen anthologies, but the just published feeling is something that I can never get over–the feeling is close to orgasmic! Anthologies are special, you get several authors giving you their take on the theme–and in my case their erotic take on the theme. A hard, but layered with pleasure job, to go through all of them to find the creme de la creme for you!

I wanted to do this anthology, because at the time I was very obsessed with the dearly departed Museum of Morbid Anatomy in Brooklyn, New York. Repeated visits there, filled me with a sensualism that I was not expecting and that kept me enthralled. The Victorian era was very sensual–even with its intimate observation of death. I had gone to the Met at this time as well, and saw their exhibition Death Becomes Her which focused on the Victorian-era fashions for widows. I even felt that the mourning ritual was sensual, which was solidified by getting to speak to one of the Met curators at Morbid Anatomy who confirmed this.

Or maybe I just feel everything is sensual?!

But seeing what had been going on at that time, I wanted to focus a bit more on it, and the idea for Amorous Congress was born–since erotica is my thing. The stories I got, were more varied than I ever expected. They are contemporary, steampunk and historical erotica–including a rewrite of a character from a period classic. Every story in Amorous Congress is sensual, and left me breathless. I am a seasoned pro, but good erotica does that to you!

I wanted the cover to be special too, so I asked my friend and graphic artist extraordinaire Oleander Plume to design the cover for me. She did an AMAZING job!  Yes, you have to judge this book by its cover! It is my most photographed cover ever, and it is worth it. The cover is amazing–worthy of the period–and the inside will blow you away! There is nothing dusty or stodgy about this collection, the period if nothing else makes the stories even more sensual…

I know you are drooling over the cover! Go get your own copy to drool over here in bed!

Friday, August 11, 2017

RAB Seeking Publicity Intern, Virtual or RL

Description

Love books? Or maybe you are yearning to make your big break into public relations? Either way, we’ve got you covered!
Our P.R. dynamo is looking for a virtual intern (or RL in our NYC offices) who could help build and maintain press lists, do some heavy duty research and learn the ins and outs of the industry, and maybe help plan a book launch party. Depending on your interests, we could tailor your experience to be more literary-oriented or PR oriented. We’ll let you choose “your own adventure.”

Requirements

* Experience in PR industry is preferred but not a must
* Must be able to take direction well
* Must be organized and professional
* Looking for candidates familiar with the NYC Metro area (even though this position is virtual, I’d love to meet)
* Needs to be comfortable with the content
* Can fulfill 5-7 hours a week
* College credits only, but you get free books

Skills

Required - Research, Event Organizer

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

RAB Releases Watergate Book Preview for Free on 43rd Anniversary of Nixon's Resignation

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask” Published for the 43rd Anniversary of Richard Nixon Resignation by Riverdale Avenue Books

- Free Chapters of the Book Available on August 8th, New Book will be Released on August 14th -

New York, NY - August 8th, 2017 - The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books  is releasing Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask by Brian J. O’Connor and Lori Perkins on August 14th. Select chapters will be available for free to read on RiverdaleAveBooks.com on August 8th, the 43rd anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resigning from office.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watergate *But Were Afraid to Ask goes against the grain. 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 several exclusive interviews including Rep. Charles Rangel, the African American junior Representative on the House Judiciary Committee.

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, 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.” said Author Brian O’Connor. “ We also  found some interesting parallels between Trump and Nixon, and some disturbing trivia that includes meatloaf as an indicator of presidential fitness.”

Author and Publisher Lori Perkins added, “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.” 

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. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

19 Romance Titles on SALE for Christmas in July at RAB

Riverdale Avenue Books celebrates summer with its annual Christmas in July sale featuring  FREE Holiday-themed Give-aways titles on Goodreads and a an entire month of half price title sales on the Riverdaleavebooks.com website using the promo code XMAS717.
Said Riverdale Avenue Publisher Lori Perkins, “Everyone knows that Christmas is the most romantic holiday of the year, but most women are too busy shopping, taking care of family and decorating to enjoy the sales.  RAB gives you a whole summer month to curl up with as many hot holiday hunks as you possibly can.”
Below is a list of titles on in this promotion:
Scoring with Santa
A Christmas Carl
A Scarlet Christmas
Forever Bound with Tinsel
Christmas Magic
Her Stepbrother’s Christmas Gift
The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men
Naughty Mommy and Santa’s Helpers
The Naughty Stepbrothers
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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

RAB Releases “The Photographer’s Assistant” by Andrew Grey to Celebrate His Centennial Award from RWA


Riverdale Avenue Books just published Andrew Gray’s novella, The Photographer’s Assistant as he prepares to accept the coveted Romance Writers of America Centennial Award, for having published 100 romance novels. Andrew Grey is the only male author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award and the only M/M author

In The Photographer’s Assistant, Christian Coulliet is the premier gay erotic photographer in the country.  His pictures are spectacular because he will go to whatever length is necessary to get the photographs he wants, including having sex with his models.  His assistant, David Weatherby is attracted to Christian in a big way, but has seen Christian brush off so many men, and he doesn’t want to be another notch on Christian’s photographic bedpost.  What David doesn’t realize is that Christian has noticed and watches, but stays away because David works for him, and because he feels that David deserves someone better. 

“Andrew Grey is a unique talent in the M/M romance world and we are honored to be re-publishing this sexy novella as he receives his much-deserved Romance Writer’s of America Centennial Award for being the only male author, and the only author of M/M romance, to publish 100 romance titles,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

“I had a ball writing this story. It’s a secret fantasy of mine to have been able to be a model and I definitely would have taken a handsome photographer for a spin if I had gotten the chance, ” said Author Andrew Grey.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We're Doing a TOP SECRET Book on Watergate

We’re looking for interns who want to be a a part of this fast-paced, in-your-face literary experience.  Think Pentagon Papers meets The Daily Show.

We need interns to do research in the next 10 days.  If you know of others who might be interested in helped, please let me know.

We’re hoping to publish REALLY SOON.

Please have anyone who wants to help email me asap. Virtual interns are fine.

All interns will get an acknowledgment in the book, as well as a copy of both the print and ebook.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

TRANS/gressive by Riki Wilchins Just Pubbed


Before Caitlyn Jenner became America’s most famous transgender personality, Riki Wilchins was leading the fight for transgender rights.  Riverdale Avenue Books, a leading LGBT publisher, is releasing a new book by Riki Wilchins documenting the history of transgender activism titled TRANS/gressive: How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media & Congress...and Won! on June 1st to kick off Pride Month.

In this first person history-memoir, Riki Wilchins takes the reader through the long and winding road of trans rights from the early days of anti-trans rights in segments of the feminist movement, to the murder of transwomen such as Brandon Teena, through the fight to include trans rights amongst those of the ‘Gay and Lesbian” community. Wilchins shares early photos and documents from those days of protest from the 1900’s to the present.

“As America focuses more on trans rights, and becomes more aware of the impact of these gender issues, this comprehensive, in-your-face, first-person account of the trans rights movement is an important document, both for its historic record and personal story.” said Lori Perkins, Publisher. “There is nothing else like it, and Riki Wilchins is the only one who could tell this tale so comprehensibly and compassionately.”

“This was a story that I thought might get lost forever. When we did the things in this book – protesting, forming groups, demonstrating — they were obscure current events — even the gay press ignored us. Two decades later they've become history, but one in danger of being lost for good,” explained author Riki Wilchins.  “Folks today see Caitlyn and Janet and Laverne and they think it's always been this way. It hasn't. There's a backstory to all of that. There’s a place it all started. This book is that story. This is how a handful of genderqueers started a gender revolution