Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RAB Publishes Winner of 2013 NaNoWriMo Contest, Untrustworty, an LGBT Dystopian Sci-Fi

Untrustworthy is old-school political dystopia in the vein of Brave New World: Brilliant, gripping, frightening.  JR Gershen-Siegel tackles politics and gender and gender oppression with an unflinching eye. Untrustworthy is panned NaNoWriMo gold.”
--Cecilia Tan, Publisher of Circlet Press, award-winning author

Riverdale, NY – December 16, 2014 – Innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books has just published the winner of their first annual National Novel Writing Month Contest Untrustworthy, an LGBT science fiction thriller by Janet Gershen-Siegel.

“Untrustworthy is the perfect novel for Riverdale Avenue Books to publish with its cross genre elements of dystopian science fiction and gender politics. It’s a perfect fit for our company,” said Riverdale Avenue Books’ Publisher Lori Perkins. “I find is hard to believe that the author wrote this finely nuanced novel in a mere 30 days, but it’s amazing what NaNowWriMo can inspire.”

“I am over the moon with excitement and deeply honored to have won Riverdale Avenue Books' First Ever NaNoWriMo Contest,” said the new author. “Creative dreams should never be forgotten.”

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual event that takes place in the month of November to encourage aspiring writers to begin the novel they have always wanted to write. Participants start writing their 50,000-word novel at midnight on November 1st and they have the whole month of November to complete it.

About the Author

Janet Gershen-Siegel is a freelance science fiction author and blogger for Boldly Reading, an online book club. Her latest project is a near-future detective trilogy, The Obolonk Murders. She lives in Boston with her husband and more computers than they need. You can visit her at http://janetgershen-siegel.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Call for Stories for Apocalypse Today Anthology

APOCALYPSE TODAY: Love Among the Ruins (Deadline 1/12/15).

It's the End of the World and you're looking for Love, simple as that.

The world could have ended in nuclear disaster, environmental chaos, vampire/zombie apocalypse, Mayan prophecy predictions, Ebola outbreak, it’s your call. You can give us those old science fiction sex troupes - everyone has to have sex to re-populate the world (A Girl and Her Pussy, so to speak). This should be a lot of fun, and a wild ride. Be bold and go where NO MAN has ever gone before (because these stories are mainly for women readers). And please give me at least one all M/M future and one F/F world view.

Stories should run between 2000 and 5000 words.  Payment will be a pro rata share of royalties and subsidiary rights revenue paid quarterly. First time world rights, reprints OK.  To be published by RAB as both ebook and trade paperback in 2015.

Send submissions as a word doc attachment to submissions@riverdaleavebooks.com, titles Apocalypse Today.  Submissions should have your real name, pen name (if any), email address, and phone number, as well as a brief author bio.  All submissions should be Times Roman 12 point, double spaced.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

RAB/Magnus Publishes Bio of Most Famous Gay Escort of 20th Century

“Best-Kept Boy in the World: The Short, Scandalous Life of Denny Fouts, Muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Isherwood” by Arthur Vanderbilt Released Riverdale Avenue Books Magnus Imprint

Riverdale, NYOctober, 2014 -Best-Kept Boy in the World is the first book ever written about Denham “Denny” Fouts (1914-1948), the twentieth century's most famous male prostitute. He was a socialite and muse whose extraordinary life started off humbly in Jacksonville, Florida. But in short order, he befriended, and bedded, the rich and celebrated and in the process conquered the world.

No less an august figure than the young Gore Vidal was enchanted by Denny's special charms. He twice modeled characters on Denny in his fiction, saying it was a pity that Denny never wrote a memoir. To Vidal he was “un homme fatal.”

Truman Capote, who devoted a third of Answered Prayers to Denny's life story, found that “to watch him walk into a room was an experience. He was beyond being good-looking; he was the single most charming-looking person I've ever seen.”

Writer Christopher Isherwood was more to the point: he called Denny “the most expensive male prostitute in the world.” He thus served as the source for the character Paul in Isherwood's novel Down There on a Visit and appears frequently in Isherwood’s published diaries.
In his short life, Denny achieved a mythic status, and Best-Kept Boy in the World follows him into his rarefied world of barons and shipping tycoons, lords, princes, heirs of great fortunes, artists, and authors. Here is the story of an American original, a story with an amazing cast of unforgettable characters and extraordinary settings, the book Gore Vidal wished Denny had written.

About Arthur Vanderbilt
A graduate of Wesleyan University and University of Virginia School of Law, Arthur Vanderbilt is the author of many books of history, biography, memoirs, and essays. His books have been
selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Readers Digest’s “Today’s Best Nonfiction,” the Easton.  Press series. He lives in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

RAB Launches 2nd Annual NaNoWriMo Contest

The innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books announces their second annual National Novel Writing Month Contest after hosting their first successful contest last year. Later this month, the winner of Riverdale Avenue Book’s National Novel Writing Month contest book, Untrustworthy by Janet Gershen-Siegel will be published on Riverdale’ Avenue Book’s HSF and Magnus imprint.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual event that takes place in the month of November to encourage aspiring writers to begin the novel they have always wanted to write. Participants start writing their 50,000-word novel at midnight on November 1st and they have the whole month of November to complete it

Riverdale Avenue Books will begin accepting submissions for the second annual NaNoWriMo contest for 50,000-80,000 word novels in the genres of erotica, erotic romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, and LGBT fiction to Riverdale Avenue Books on December 1st, 2014. The submission process will close at midnight on February 15th, 2015. Riverdale Avenue Books’ team of editors will evaluate the submissions and choose first place winners, as well as honorable mentions, from each genre for publication by Riverdale Avenue Books.

“Riverdale Avenue Books is always looking for new talented authors and I was blown away when I read Untrustworthy,” said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins. “We wanted to host another NaNoWriMo contest give other talented writers a chance.”

Winners will be notified by email by March 15, 2015. Each book chosen will be eligible for standard contract terms, including publication as both print and ebook. The winning books will be published in 2015.

Please submit completed novels in a word document format with a brief author bio and book synopsis to submissions@riverdaleavebooks.com.

Award-Winning Erotic Romance Author Cecilia Tan Relauches Magic U Series at Riverdale Avenue Books

LGBTQ New Adult for Fans of the Harry Potter Series

Riverdale, NY- October 22, 2014 – The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books will republish Cecilia Tan’s Magic University, an LGBTQ New Adult fantasy series for fans of Harry Potter, beginning with the first book in the series, The Siren and the Sword.

Tan, who recently won both the Magnolia Award from the Georgia Romance Writers of America and The Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times for best Erotic Romance, had been writing Harry Potter fan fiction undercover when she was approached by Riverdale’s editor Lori Perkins about turning her passion into publishable prose.  By creating all new protagonists in college, so that they were all over 18, Tan was able to create a secret university in Cambridge, Massachusetts where just about anything is possible. Through the course of four books that take place over Kyle Wadsworth’s undergraduate career, we study all sorts of adult magick and sorcery that would make J.K. Rowling blush, gasp and groan.

"I wrote these books for all my grown-up friends who loved Harry Potter but who felt that the Harry Potter books ended just when things were about to get complicated and interesting for Harry and all his friends," said author Cecilia Tan.

Riverdale is thrilled to re-introduce these titles to the reading public now that the New Adult label of books featuring 18-24 year old protagonists is getting so much attention and making the best-seller lists. “These books are the perfect blend of new adult angst, romantic fantasy and sex magic,” said RAB’s Publisher Lori Perkins. “They belong on the best-seller list.”

Tan added, “"When I wrote these originally, 'new adult' wasn't a genre yet, and I was asking myself why aren't there romances with protagonists who are 18, 19, 20 years old? That's the magical time of first love and experimentation. The magical time of love lessons. In Magic University, I made those lessons literal." 

Riverdale Avenue Books will be releasing a book a month from this series, as well as a collection of short stories in the Magic University universe.

The first book in the series is available in ebook format for $6.99 and in print for $16.99, as well as an audio book on Audible Books for ?

About Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature," according to Susie Bright. In 2013 she was a nominee for the Career Achievement Award in Erotica in the RT Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards and her novel Slow Surrender (Hachette/Forever, 2013) won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Erotic Romance and the Magnolia Award for Best Erotic Romance from the Georgia Chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). In addition to being a best-selling authors of erotic romance and science fiction, she has been the award-winning publisher of Circlet Books for two decades and has been indicted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2004, and won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for crowd-funded fiction in 2010 for her web fiction serial Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded just Pubbed; First Lohan Bio

                                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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“Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster: An Unauthorized Biography” 
                                            Released by Riverdale Avenue Books

- New York Times Best-selling Author Marc Shapiro Writes the First Book Chronicling Lindsay Lohan’s Adult Life -

Riverdale, NY- September 24, 2014 – The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Book just published the first biography of Lindsay Lohan as an adult recounting her bizarre free-fall from Disney princess to America’s favorite train wreck. Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster: An Unauthorized Biography is an update on the classic Hollywood tale of talent and promise cut short by well-chronicled alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, a dysfunctional childhood, emotional issues and the willingness of a shark-like media to attack at every turn.

As told by New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro, Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster tells the story of a child brought up in the midst of a dysfunctional and often violent and substance-abusing family. Lindsay’s talent ultimately brought her to Hollywood where hit movies and growing celebrity had the entertainment world pegging her as the next IT girl. What followed was a steady decline as Lindsay’s inability to cope with real world realities and the fantasy of ‘Tinsel Town’ manifested itself in countless stints in rehab and run-ins with the law as she slowly, but surely, burned every emotional and professional bridge on an odyssey that currently has her making a literal last stand in London.

"Writing this book was an emotional rollercoaster. One moment I was pulling for Lindsay to fight off her demons so I could write a happy ending. The next I was totally ticked off at the forces that were letting Lindsay slide through life. To be honest, I was pulling for Lindsay to face harsh reality and maybe a stint behind bars,” said author Marc Shapiro. “Lindsay continues to skate at the largesse of enablers, dysfunctional parents and a legal system that continues to let her slide. Consequently, this is a work in progress with no end in sight.”

“Lindsay Lohan’s fall fascinates us because we all watched her grow up from The Parent Trap and her Disney films to Mean Girls, and we’ve been somewhat stunned by her decade long free-fall. We are fascinated by her life because we all want to see her overcome the odds and prove the pundits wrong, but at the same time we shake our heads and say, 'we saw it coming.’ Lindsay Lohan is the favorite train wreck of her generation and yet, we are all still rooting for her,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded is a page-turner even though we know what happens on every page.”

The book is available in ebook format for $9.99 and in print with photos is $16.99.

About Marc Shapiro
Marc Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of We Love Jenni - An Unauthorized Biography, The Secret Life of EL James, Who is Katie Holmes? - An Unauthorized Biography, Legally Bieber: Justin Bieber at 18, J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever!, Game: The Resurrection of Tim Tebow and many other bestselling celebrity biographies. He is a freelance entertainment journalist covering film, television, and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Falling in Love with the Passport to a Fling Series

Sometimes you just want to curl up with a really good love story.

I was lucky enough to do that this holiday weekend, although I didn't know that was going to be on the agenda.

I had met Adam Carpenter a few years ago and encouraged him to start writing "smut," and he complied, selling his first erotic short story to me when I was the Editorial Director of Ravenous Romance in the Men in Shorts anthology I edited there.  From there, he went on to write a few short stories,  and then the Desperate Husbands series (which I still love).  But, as you all know, I left RR to start Riverdale Avenue Books, and I left a few of Adam's books there as well.

Passport to a Fling started as a short story about three gay friends who have been looking for nookie in all the wrong NY neighborhoods and challenge themselves to find love in Paris, Rome and London, respectively.   French Men, Italian Guys and English Lads were published under different titles, after my tenure as editor.

But I reconnected with Adam when I learned that he had sold some books to Ellora's Cave and he told me that he had gotten the rights to this earlier series back.  I jumped at the chance to publish them, especially over the long Labor  Day weekend when I was hoping that my readers could devour them like the delicious book man candy they are.

So I sat down to edit them fairly rapidly, and just fell in love with Matt, Freddie and Jake.  The settings were romantic and the situations were exciting.  I was honestly disappointed when the series ended, so I asked Adam to write us a Christmas story, which he will do (mark your calendar).

I hope you'll enjoy these hot m/m erotic romances as much as I did.  Or as much as one of my other favorite erotic romance writers, Ryan Field, did:

I love all of Adam Carpenter's work because there's a special quality that draws me into his stories with characters I can relate to on one level and fantasize about on another. [Passport] to a Fling, and the series, always takes me to places that I think we all dream about from time to time. And following the lives of these unforgettable characters is about as good and authentic as it gets nowadays.