Friday, January 20, 2017

Demon with a Comb-Over Publishes on Inauguration Day


Riverdale Avenue Books Re-releases “Demon With A Comb-Over” by Stuart R. West

Louis CK meets Supernatural…an excellently crafted tale that will also have you keeping the lights on!"
-Meradeth Houston, author of the Sary Society series.


New York, NY: (January 20, 2017)--The innovative, hybrid book publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books is re-releasing the comedic horror novel, Demon With A Comb-Over by Stuart R. West. This book launches Riverdale Avenue Books’ Afraid horror imprint and upcoming podcast. 


In this humorous horror novel described as “Seinfeld meets Paradise Lost,” Charlie Broadmoor, a struggling stand-up comedian, decides to single out someone in the audience with a particularly bad hair-do–who turns out to actually be a demon who makes his life a living hell. Charlie has a hard time coming up with new material while terrorized at every waking moment by a poorly-coiffed, thin-skilled eldritch evil whose appreciation of humor is dwarfed by his monumental pettiness. 

Charlie quickly learns that making light of the supernatural is no joke.  The new edition will feature The Book of Kobal, which will give previous fans of the book a new glimpse into the origin of the short-tempered demon. 


“We are thrilled to be publishing this in sync with the presidential inauguration. It’s a funny look at the consequences of pissing off the very powerful wrong person,” said Publisher, Lori Perkins. “The timing couldn’t be better.”

About the Author

Stuart R. West writes thrillers, horror and mysteries usually tinged with humor. Demon with a Comb-Over/The Book of Kobal is his fifteenth title. Stuart spent 25 years in the corporate sector and now writes full time.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bringing Back Running in Fear, Best-Selling Series about Abused Women and the Shifters That Love Them

When I published the first Running in Fear title in 2009, I was a little surprised at how popular it was, even among all the bad reviews. Why did women love it so much (and why did others hate it so passionately)?

The Running in Fear series features an intergalactic crisis to save humans as told through the adventures of a variety of different kinds of shifters who are all multiply mated to human women, who it turns out have all survived some kind of abuse, which makes them stronger.

To my knowledge, this is the only romance series that gives that empowerment to abused women. The series does have BDSM elements, which some of the readers felt were awkward in light of the female characters having survived abuse, but the author sees that as finding men who are strong enough to give pleasure in the adrenaline rush of a good spanking and take care of business.

I became aware of Trinity Blacio’s work after a rabid batch of mean girls eviscerated her writing in 2009.  I wrote to her and asked her to send me something because after 20 years as both a newspaper and fiction editor, I felt that I could edit anything.  It turns out that her publisher had published her writing without any editing, which is just plain wrong.  I edited a short story of her’s (just republished today as Searching for the Perfect Mate: Remi’s Story) and was impressed by the sex.  It was my first exposure to werewolf ménage (I was so innocent once!).

I then met Trinity at Lori Foster’s annual romance conference in Ohio where I learned that this short story was just the tip of the iceberg in a series about shifters and their multiple partner romances (every human woman has at least two, but more often three, hot male shifters in Trinity’s universe).  I was beginning to see the appeal.

The author’s eyes glowed as she talked about her series and I could see that she was in another world when she told me about her books. It reminded me of the time two decades earlier when I had stayed over Anne’s Rice’s house in New Orleans and she had walked through the streets of that city (and the churches) and told me that the Mayfair witches and her vampires had been part of her world from the time she was a kid. I could see that Trinity had the same kind of inter-connected characters and universe.  I decided to acquire the entire series, and am so glad I did. Each volume surprised and amazed me.

Looking back (because we were all knee deep in the exciting explosion of female-centered erotic romance on the web then), I didn’t realize how unique the series was to feature abused survivors who overcame their personal histories to find sex positive soul mates (of other species, no less) and become the warrior queens that save us all.  Yes, I know it’s fantasy, but how awesome is that story line? It's only with a little hindsight that I can see just how progressive (and creative) this series was.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Classics and Republishing Favorites

by Lori Perkins, Publisher

I've been creating books in epublishing for close to a decade now, and as an editor and publisher, I''ve published a lot of Christmas titles.  It always amazes me that the Christmas zeitgeist can be re-interpreted (and recycled, if you will) so consistently and enthusiastically every year.

Every once in a while, something stands out and a new Christmas classic is born.  We see this most often in the movies we watch every year.  When I was growing up it was just A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street. Then A Christmas Story came along and that became a TBS annual classic.  The 90's brought us Home Alone and The Santa Clause, and the 2000's Elf.  My son and I are also partial to Die Hard on Christmas Eve and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but we know that they are not on everybody's must-see list. We rotate through the list every year but each time we re-watch one, it brings back all the old joy (we always say how well-written The Santa Clause and Elf are) and we find new things we missed or didn't appreciate the first or second time around.

Well that also happens with re-reading old Christmas tales I published a few years ago when I was the Editorial Director of Ravenous Romance, but they faded into the past.  This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to republish four of my RR titles, and it is such a joy to reacquaint myself with the characters and situations, and remember how charmed I was by their innovation.

I had been working with Trinity Blacio on her Running in Fear series (which we will be reprinting starting January 2017 - all nine books, plus the last one in the series), and she shocked me by sending in a rather long Christmas book I wasn't expecting.  I had NO idea what it was about, and it started with some bizarre reference to an old Christmas legend.  As I read and edited on, I chuckled at how Trinity managed to bring her love of supernatural hotties to the Christmas story - two single women were going on an Xmas vacation to an island owned by vampires.  And I laughed a little more when it turned out that the main character's boss just happened to be a vampire, with a hot twin brother, whose family owned vampire island.  But as I read further into the novel, Trinity blew me away with her creative interpretation of the Christmas mythos.  Let's just say this is the kitchen sink of Christmas stories with every supernatural twist you could imagine, plus kink.  You will never read anything quite like The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thenaughtyangelandherthreeverywisemen-2192083-147.html), unless you count the sequel, Naughty Mommy and Santa's Helpers (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-naughtymommyandsantashelpers-2193099-340.html)  and the all new, The Naughty Stepbrothers (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thenaughtystepbrothers-2193166-340.html).

I had also been working with Ryan Field at Ravenous with his M/M retelling of straight classics.  He had paid homage to A Christmas Carol with A Christmas Carl (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-achristmascarl-2192087-340.html.) Set in contemporary New York instead of London of the 1840's, Ryan introduces us to Carl Smite, a miserly antiques dealer in Greenwich Village who gets visits from Christmas ghosts, including Quentin Crisp!  It's both funny and heart-warming.  I am just so glad to give this book a second chance.

Also republished this year is Forever Bound with Tinsel  (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html) by Chloe Stowe.  Chloe has a very hot M/M series set during Don't Ask, Don't Tell featuring a military doctor and an Air Force pilot. This was a novella set in that universe that took place over the holidays. It had been part of a three novella collection, but I remembered it being charmingly steamy and wanted to bring it back, before we re-released Chloe's entire Bound series, which we will do this year.

In addition to the books I mentioned, I have to suggest that everyone read DL King's A Scarlet Christmas (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html), which is a Femme Domme retelling of A Christmas Carol.  Let's face it - everyone knows Scrooge needs a spanking - and DL King really gives him one, and more.  This is a unique treasure (and there's also some Hanukah erotica in Festival of Lights).

Christmas comes to Magic University (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-magicuniversitythecompleteseriesamagicalnewadultromanceboxset-1950518-344.html), Cecilia Tan's breath-taking paranormal tale set in a college of supernatural learning, in Christmas Magic (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-christmasmagic-2180675-143.html).  This amazing series is a box set.  Imagine Harry Potter goes to college and they all study sex magic.  A must-read!

I am also quite taken with Rachel Kenley's Her Stepbrother's Christmas Gift (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-herstepbrotherschristmasgiftaonceuponastepbrothernovella-1951825-340.html), which is a charming retelling of The Nutcracker with the added naughty bonus of stepbrother intrigue.  It's part of Rachel's whole Once Upon a Stepbrother series, which is fabulously romantic.

And I love our new Scoring with Santa (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-scoringwithsanta-2184328-149.html) by Theresa Roemer and Renee Rose. It's a Hallmark quality contemporary Christmas romance, but with the expected amount of Riverdale Avenue Books eroticism.  This Santa is hot!

All these titles are 50% Off on Allromance ebooks through the holidays, so please indulge yourself. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hey Joe: The Unofficial Biography of a Rock Classic Just pubbed


The innovative, hybrid book publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books is pleased to announce the release of their new pop culture title based on the iconic rock song Hey Joe. The new book Hey Joe: The Unauthorized Biography of a Rock Classic is by New York Times best-selling author, Marc Shapiro, chronicles the history and origins of the song.
Legend goes that Hey Joe was a momentary blip on the pop music scene in 1965 courtesy of a Southern California band named The Leaves. It would be their only hit. But over the next 50-plus years, the quirky song about premediated murder went on to become something special, a musical rite of passage for legends like Jimi Hendrix, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, and countless others. Nearly 3,000 versions of Hey Joe have been recorded and release, which range from familiar, obscure and, in many cases, downright impossible to find.
“Marc’s deep research answers the questions listeners are dying to know such as who are the authors of the song and which musicians actually recorded it first,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “Plus aren’t we all are curious to know where Joe goes with that gun in his hand?”
Hey Joe was a rite of passage for me in the 60’s,” said Shapiro. “When I discovered the song it was literally on and off the radio in a matter of weeks and had gone on to have such a profound impact on the world of music on such a massive level. I knew it was a story that had to be told.”
The book is part, history, part mystery and part memoir. Hey Joe includes the memories of countless well known musicians who were part of the Hey Joe odyssey, a detailed look at the history of Hey Joe, the song that few have ever thought to think deeply about  and the rumors, legends and outlandish tales surrounding the song that ultimately culminate in the ultimate question.

Monday, December 19, 2016

RAB and the Morris-Jumel Mansion Host Paranormal Victorian Event tomorrrow


The Morris-Jumel Mansion, in collaboration with Riverdale Avenue Books, will hold a Paranormal Victorian Holiday Event celebrating the publication of The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction on Tuesday, December 20th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Address: Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, 10032. C train to 163rd Street in Washington Heights.

The evening will include readings from the anthology by award-winning fantasy writer Leanna Renee Heiber, author Gina Marie Guadagnino, and the radio play “Eliza’s House.” Guests will be given an overview of paranormal activity at the Mansion, served hot spiced wine and cider, and holiday singing will close the evening’s festivities. Victorian attire is encouraged, but not required. Digital copies of the book are available for review, and books will be for sale at the event.

The anthology features 14 tales set in the Morris-Jumel 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. https://www.amazon.com/Morris-Jumel-Mansion-Anthology-Fantasy-Paranormal/dp/1626013071

What is particularly gratifying about this collection of stories is its diversity,” said Camilla Saly-Monzingo, editor of the anthology. “The contributing writers are Latino, African-American, white, gay, straight, bisexual. They are millenials, in mid-life, and older adults. They are parents, childfree, single and partnered.”

The Morris Jumel Mansion Anthology of Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction, edited by Camilla Saly-Monzingo, is available at Riverdale Avenue Books, Amazon, iTunes, and wherever books are sold. Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/106718393149248/

Friday, December 16, 2016

4 New Editors and an Art Director named at RAB



Riverdale Avenue Books Hires Four Editors and Promotes Scott Carpenter to Art Director


The award-winning hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books announced today the hiring of four new editors, Maximilian Ximenez, Camilla Saly-Monzingo, F. Leonora Solomon and Debra Hyde, and the promotion of Scott Carpenter to Art Director.

“I have worked with each Scott, Maximilian, Camilla, Leonora, and Debra in many different capacities over the years and we’re so excited to have their creative forces on our team,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “I know their vision and insight will bring new energy to our already innovative company.”

Cover artist Scott Carpenter has been promoted to Art Director, where he will oversee the creation of the publisher’s covers and artwork.  He was Art Director at Samhain Publishing and has worked for several other epublishers creating award-wining covers for best selling authors. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to create exciting covers across such a wide range of genres,“ said Carpenter.

Maximilian Ximenez had been named Editorial Director of the new horror imprint, Afraid. He comes to Riverdale Avenue Books with experience in the tie-in publishing department of the video game juggernaut Blizzard Entertainment. Maximilian is currently acquiring horror with “strong elements of satire or dark science fiction, as well as books featuring nontraditional antagonists like women and children who kill."

Camilla Saly-Monzingo has joined the company as an Assistant Editor.  After editing The Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction for Riverdale, she will be acquiring titles in both fiction and nonfiction with an interest in New York history and culture. “I’m looking for stories about the real New York from its seamy sexual underside to battles over real estate, stories of the City’s Gilded Age to uncensored women’s histories yet to be told.”

F. Leonora Solomon has been named Assistant Editor.  She has been compiling erotic romance anthologies for Riverdale Avenue Books, including the Golden Flogger award-winning collection Tie Me Up. She will be acquiring titles in the Desire imprint.

Lambda-award winning writer, Debra Hyde joins the team as an Assistant Editor acquiring contemporary erotica and “classic erotica” for a new imprint that will be re-issuing long-out-of-print American and Victorian erotic titles with a 21st Century perspective.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Xmas Books ON SALE at RAB



Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas with HALF-PRICE Sales at AllRomanceEbooks and Riverdale Avenue Books

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, December 14, 2016 – Innovative hybrid award-winning publisher Riverdale Avenue Books celebrates the holiday season with its annual Twelve Days of Christmas sale featuring an Xmas-themed book at 50% off from December 14th through the 25th on both its own website and at AllRomance Ebooks.
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 12 days to curl up with as many hot holiday hunks as you possibly can to get in the holiday spirit.”
Below are the titles & dates on the RAB website and AllRomance EBooks:
14th
Holiday Smut – Lori Perkins
15th
Hot for Xmas – Trinity Blacio
16th
Her Three Men – Trinity Blacio
17th
A Christmas Tail – Trinity Blacio
18th
Whips Chains and Candy Canes – FL Bicknell
19th
Capricorn: Cursed, Book One of the Witch Upon a Star series – Sephera Giron
20th
A Scarlet Christmas – DL King
21st
Scoring with Santa – Theresa Roemer and Renee Rose
22nd
Forever Bound with Tinsel
23rd
Magic University Box Set – Cecilia Tan
24th
A Christmas Carl – Ryan Field
25th
Her Stepbrother’s Christmas Gift – Rachel Kenley