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, 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, 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 by Feb. 10, 2018.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Erotic Reading of Women Who Love Monsters for Vice TV; Star Line-Up of Trinity Blacio, Cecilia Tan, Laura Antoniou, Jamie Schmidt and Katherine Ramsland

Best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio is coming into NYC to read her Yeti-loving menage from her Running in Fear series; joined by Dr. Katherine Ramsland reading from her Jack the Ripper thriller; Laura Antoniou reading form her Bear-shifter work in progress, Jamie Schmidt shares her Dragon-shifter smut, and Cecilia Tan just surprises us all.

This is a once in a life-time line-up (being televised for Vice TV, so you have to sign a permission slip). And we will have our signature dirty word raffle, so you'll have a chance to win a signed copy of some of the above-mentioned smut, as well as prizes donated by Doc Johnson, Pleasure Chest and Babeland.

The Daisy, 1641 2nd Ave, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

RAB to Co-Host Victorian Christmas Party at Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan on Dec. 17th

Riverdale Avenue Books will co-host The Morris Jumel-Mansion's annual Victorian holiday party on Sunday, December 17th, at 65 Jumel Terrace from 3:00-7:00pm. The Fireside Mystery Theatre, a top-rated live show and podcast, will perform their original story, “Eliza's House” featured in the book The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction (Riverdale Avenue Books) at 5:00pm.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction features 14 tales set in at the mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house, which quartered General George Washington during the Battle of Harlem Heights and was subsequently the home of the infamous Aaron Burr and his wife, Eliza Jumel, who reputedly still haunts the grounds. The anthology's tales are ghost stories, science fiction, mystery, romance, erotica, time travel, visions of the afterlife, and paranormal fantasy.

Light refreshments including hot spiced wine, apple cider and cookies will be served. Guests will be able to participate with carolers to sing-along to traditional Christmas carols. Victorian-style dress is welcomed! Tickets are $10 for members and $8 student, and are available in advance on Eventbrite.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

RAB Launches New LGBT Pulp Fiction Line, 120 Days, with Publication of Man Eater

The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books is launching 120 Days, a new imprint. The first book of the new imprint will be Man Eater, a 70’s gay pulp classic that follows a Vietnam vet turned detective who makes it his personal mission to find the deadly serial killer of gay men.

120 Days is an imprint of Magnus Books/Riverdale Avenue Books dedicated to reprinting classic erotica, especially the LGBT titles of the 20th century. These vintage gay erotic novels, many written by novelists unable to find other outlets for fiction about gay men and women, peaked between 1968 and 1982. As censorship laws were struck down across the US, the best of these writers continued to turn out well-plotted genre novels--spy thrillers, science-fiction tales, mysteries, swashbuckling adventures, gothic romances and even pre-“Brokeback Mountain” westerns--within whose conventions they were able to explore the full range of their characters' lives. Surprisingly modern with just a dash of retro appeal these largely-forgotten novels are both great, fun reads and a bracing reminder that times change but people don't.

120 Days founder Maitland McDonagh explained how the line came about. “I was drawn to gay adult novels of the 1970s by their teasing covers, but stayed for the books between them. They contained a world of entertaining and often slyly subversive thrillers, horror stories, coming-of-age tales and more, filled with characters who bucked demeaning stereotypes and followed their own dreams and desires wherever they led. I'm excited that Riverdale Avenue Books is bringing this queer pulp fiction to a wider audience: They're dispatches from the front lines of how we got here from there, and too much fun to remain hidden.”

Said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins, “We are thrilled to be able to bring these ‘lost’ stories to publication in the 21st century to an audience that might not be aware of their existance and place in LGBT and publishing history. Maitland has rediscovered some really unique and creative works.”

The next book in the 120 Days imprint will be Vampire’s Kiss.

Downloads of this book are available at and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Spanksgiving!

Riverdale Avenue Books just released an anthology of spanking stories for the Thanksgiving holidays entitled Spanksgiving. This is a tradition of similar titles in their innovative line of seasonal erotic romance short story collections such as Superbowl Smut and Happy MILF Day.

The book features Thanksgiving smut from Jack Stratton, Renee Rose, Ryan Field, Louisa Bacio, Oleander Plume, Lissa Trevor, Trinity Blacio, Jennifer Williams, and by DL King.

“I was thinking about how there isn’t much erotica about this time of year and then thought of how much fun it would be do just that for this holiday,” said publisher and anthology editor Lori Perkins. “Thanksgiving certainly has the right elements for naughty fun - four days off from work, too much of a good thing, and the possibility of chasing down an old flame.”

Downloads of this book are available at and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.