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


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.”


* 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


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 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 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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

M/M Dancing Dirty by Ryan Field

The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books is releasing Dancing Dirty by best-selling Lambda Award winning author Ryan Fields, a retelling of the classic film Dirty Dancing using gay characters, just prior to the ABC live airing on May 24th.

Dancing Dirty takes place in the summer of 1978, the middle of the disco era, and dancing is one of the hottest trends. But 18-year-old Junior has never seen the inside of a gay bar or danced with another man. His mother and father think he's just shy about meeting girls and that he'll grow out of it. All Junior cares about is meeting the right man and falling in love.

But when his parents buy a summer home in an exclusive resort community in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, his prospects of finding love don't look too promising. While his mother and father enjoy all the amenities of the resort, and his sister is flirting with one of the waiters, Junior mopes around watching everyone else have fun. That is until he meets a handsome young dance instructor named Carlo who changes his life in ways he'd never dreamed were possible.

From the minute Junior lays eyes on Carlo, he knows he's in love. In order to prove his love, he's willing to make personal sacrifices that no one else has ever been willing to make for Carlo.

“Dirty Dancing is a timeless classic whose themes of doing the right things no matter who you love transcend gender, ”said Publisher Lori Perkins.

“I was excited to retell this tale with a gay twist,” said Author Ryan Field. “I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I did when I wrote it.”

Monday, May 1, 2017

Gone with the Dead Comes to RT Convention

Riverdale Avenue Books has joined forces with the Romantic Times convention, held in Atlanta this weekend, to give all participants of the upcoming conference a free ebook entitled Gone with the Dead edited by Lori Perkins. The new anthology includes stories based on both Atlanta, Georgia classics Gone with the Wind and The Walking Dead.

The Gone with the Dead anthology includes 16 stories from multiple New York Times and USA Today best-selling writers. Each one is a unique interpretation of this concept of Southern love and death.  There is profound love and extreme gore--some even in the same story, and all sorts of undead from the expected zombies to vampires and shapeshifters, ghosts, devils, and even bugs and gators.

“So it was no surprise that we received more than 100 short stories in a mere two-month deadline when we put the call out for contributions.  Some stories were sent in the very first day this anthology was announced,” said Publisher and Editor Lori Perkins. “Of course, that meant that the range of stories was wide, as well.  I expected a lot of zombie stories – and you will see your fair share of them in here – but there are many kinds of zombies.  Because of the Gone with the Wind angle, I was really looking for stories that had a Civil War flavor, and you’ll find some truly clever ways these writers have woven that in as well.”

A reading with authors will be held on May 4th at The Downtown Atlanta Hyatt from 5:45 to 6:45 The readers will include: Xio Axelrod, R.L. Merrill, Isabelle Drake and Kimberlie Faye. Riverdale Avenue Books will also hold their signature dirty word raffle for awesome prizes, which will include Aftermath Makeup kits from Dear Bloody Mary,  Crated With Love Boxes date night subscription box for couples and Infectious Love personalized zombie romance novel from

The book is FREE to Romantic Times attendees and their friends from May 3rd through May 8th on website with the code GWTDRT2017.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

First American Book on Canadian Rock Band The Tragically Hip

On August 20th, 2016 11.7 million Canadians stood transfixed, watching the final concert of The Tragically Hip, and the rest of the world asked, “Who is this band?” New York Times best-selling pop journalist Marc Shapiro answers that question in the first American book about this Canadian rock band that largely shunned the spotlight but has become the standard bearer of a resurgent sense of Canadian pride and patriotism.

What is Hip? The Life And Times Of The Tragically Hip delves deep beneath the surface of this rock and roll story to discover how a band that spent more than three decades in the rock and roll trenches selling millions of albums and opening for the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin’s Page & Plant, remained almost unknown outside their home country, even as they rose to the level of rock royalty in Canada.

Through extensive research and some well-placed sources, author Shapiro has put together a complete look at The Tragically Hip’s rise from humble Kingston roots to endless tours, the internal struggles to keep their music fresh and the fanatic loyalty they fostered in millions of Canadian fans of all ages and generations. Fans that would unite to honor the band and shed more than a few tears when it was announced that singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with brain cancer and that The Hip were about to embark on what may well be their final tour.

“What drew me to The Tragically Hip was a lot of questions I had,” author Shapiro said. “The most enticing to me being ‘How did they do it?’ “This was a band that almost completely avoided compromises creatively and business wise. And to be honest, their career might have turned out easier and different if they hadn’t. But you’ve got to admire anyone, band or mortal, who forges their own path regardless of the consequences. I had to know what makes rugged individualists tick and this book answers those questions.”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

RAB Publication Party Tonight at NYC’s KGB Lit Bar for “1984 in the 21st Century” Anthology

New York, NY: (April 5, 2017)—The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books will hold a publication and launch party for 1984 in the 21st Century with readings from the essay collection from a selection of the authors at New York City’s quirky literary bar, KGB’s, in the East Village.

The new anthology features essays on how George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 still resonates nearly seven decades after it was published. The anthology will be published on April 4th, 2017, the date on which the novel begins in the classic dystopian novel, and will be free online at

After the novel 1984 made the #1 spot on Amazon’s best-seller list, Riverdale Avenue Books put out an international call for submissions of essays. Articles in the book include such notable writers as science fiction legend David Brin, Yahoo News columnist Matt Bai, feminist academic Melissa Febos, and 20 others authors, as well as average citizens.

“We thought the location of a former Soviet watering hole was the perfect place for a reading of essays about surveillance and ThoughtCrime in the 21st century,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

Anticipated readers include Perry Brass, Sherri Donovan, David Jester, Marc Polite and Alexander Urbelis and Aaron Zwintscher. Print books will be available for sale (and signing).

Monday, April 3, 2017

1984 in the 21st Century FREE on RAB Website TODAY ONLY

Riverdale Avenue Books Partners with Alamo Draft House and the Anthology Film Archives for Free Copies of 1984 in the 21st Century Anthology

-Free Digital Downloads of the New Book will be given to Audience Attending 1984 Showings on April 4th -

Riverdale Avenue Books will give audiences at the Alamo Draft House in Yonkers and Anthology Film Archives in NYC free digital copies of 1984 in the 21st Century as part of a national protest showing of the movie 1984 at 200 theaters. The new anthology features essays on how George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 still resonates nearly seven decades after it was published. The anthology will be published on April 4th, 2017, the date on which the novel begins in the classic dystopian novel, and will be free online at

After the novel 1984 made the #1 spot on Amazon’s best-seller list, Riverdale Avenue Books put out an international call for submissions of essays. Articles in the book include such notable writers as science fiction legend David Brin, Yahoo News columnist Matt Bai, feminist academic Melissa Febos, and 20 others authors, as well as average citizens.

“With the current political climate, it’s no wonder that 1984 is now #1 on the best-seller lists,” said Publisher and Anthology Editor Lori Perkins. “Readers and writers relate to the political zeitgeist in the novel in current events right now. It gives us all something to think about!”

On April 4th, 2017, audiences at the Alamo Draft House in Yonkers and Anthology Film Archives will receive a card with a code for their free book. Fans of 1984 can still receive a digital ebook of 1984 in the 21st Century by entering the code 1984FREE on on April 4th.

Downloads of the book are available for sale after the release date at and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Beast's Belle, BDSM Beauty and the Beast, Just Pubbed

Riverdale Avenue Books has released A Beast’s Belle, a BDSM retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, by first-time novelist j. Gambardella. A Beast’s Belle’s release coincides with Disney’s live-action version of the movie that opens theaters March 17th.

A Beast’s Belle offers a twist on a classic story; Isabel is the daughter of a widowed inventor and tinkerer, but leaves home to join the indentured staff of a manor. Upon arriving, she explores the rigid structure of domestic servitude and discipline in the manor, and eventually grows fascinated with the Master of the house, a feral man with curious proclivities and voracious appetites. Isabel tries to find her way in a new life at the manor, but quickly finds herself bound up with the Master of the house and engrossed in the lifestyle and ritual the manor’s occupants share.

“Beauty and the Beast has become a classic story, constantly retold; my goal here is to change some of the elements of the story to explore the emotions and personalities of the beloved characters more deeply, as well as find and express the romance in BDSM and power dynamics that are such a compelling (though often under-appreciated) motif in the story," said the author.

 “A Beast’s Belle is a classic fairy tale told in a new light,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.  “This novel reminds me of Anne Rice’s Beauty Trilogy where she retells the story of Sleeping Beauty with BDSM themes.”

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

About J. Gambardella
J. Gambardella was born and raised in northern California, where he was fortunate to be raised around a rich library in a single-parent home, affording him enormous time to read. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to work in a bookstore where he interacted with some of the greatest literary minds northern and central California had to offer, taking their advice and applying it to his own fancies and fantasies. He adopted a pseudonym to work in erotic romance, and looks forward to an illustrious career sharing his perverted and idealistic imagination with a new audience.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 RAB Books Featured in HOT Snow Sale

If you're snowed in, or just not going out for a few days, we picked five of our hottest books to warm you up and put them on sale at 50% OFF. Sale prices can be found on Kobo, Nook and the RAB website, (use codes in brackets below). Sale ends midnight Thursday, so stock up!

Trinity Blacio always writes blazing hot paranormal menage, so we put two of her seasonal classics, HOT FOR WINTER( WINTERHOT1) and HOT FOR XMAS (WINTERHOT2) at half price on Nook, Kobo and the RAB website.

Cecilia Tan, Romantic Times Pioneer and erotic romance author of the year (2015) just loves baseball, so she wrote a wicked hot erotic romance that should get you in the mood for Opening Day, THE HOT STREAK (WINTERHOT3).

Rory NiCoiliean's M/M Celtic fairy soulmate series, SOULSHARES, will burn your fingers as you turn the pages, so we put the fourth book in the series, FIRESTORM (WINTERHOT4), on sale (but read them all - USA Today choose the most recent novel in the series, UNDERTOW, as one of it's top M/M titles of 2016).

And Ana Lee Kennedy's THE SORCERER KING AND THE FIRE QUEEN (WINTERHOT5) should leave you needing to throw some cold water all over yourself.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What I Really Want for International Women's Day

So, it's International Women's Day and we women are supposed to go on strike (unless, of course, we work for ourselves) to show the world just how much they need us and how much we do.

With the international spotlight on women and work today (and the global lack of pay equity, let alone lack of respect), I spent some extra time reading newspapers and blogs about how various companies were covering and celebrating the day. Although it was charming to see that some female-centric websites (such as Jezebel) were leaving reporting to their male colleagues for the day, or repurposing already-written material, I found myself asking, "what would I want for International Women's Day?" Now besides real world peace, and affordable health care (thank you for leading, Justin Trudeau), what I'd really like from all the places that make their fortunes off of my work, is something wonderful for FREE. Just a little bit of what comes around, goes around,  a spin on the karma wheel. I'd like an extra issue of O Magazine as a loyal subscriber (if I wrote in today), or free shipping from the places I order from, or maybe some free dessert or even fruit from the supermarket where I shop most often.

Ideally, though, it would be super awesome if I could get something that was affirming and empowering for FREE on International Women's Day.

In light of this personal revelation, I decided that I had the power, as the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, so we are giving away a downloadable copy of the ebook SMOKE DRINK F*#K by Esme Oliver all day through midnight, PST.  (It's the riveting story of a 40-something year old who goes to Italy to SMOKE DRINK F*#K after a break-up, and finds herself!) Right now, you can download it on our website at, and it should soon be free on nook, kobo, and hopefully, Amazon.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Riverdale Avenue Books Launches Hera Books Women’s Imprint

Riverdale Avenue Books just launched Hera Books, a new imprint featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up. The new imprint is named after Hera, the Greek goddess of goddesses, and the goddess of marriage (also Zeus’ jealous wife).

Said Publisher Lori Perkins. “We want to re-frame Hera in the 21st century because we believe she has been portrayed unjustly. She’s the Hilary Clinton of mythology.  I like to think that Hera is just female for hero.”

The first book from the imprint will be Smoke, Drink, F*#k by Esme Oliver, described by the author as “the antithesis of Eat, Pray Love,” about a woman on the verge of 40 who goes to Italy to smoke, drink f*#k and ends up finding herself. “I wrote the book to reach women my age who were dating and not having a lot of success,” explained Oliver. “I thought this might help them. I also wrote it to show how despite heartbreaking pain, there is always light on the other side and at least for me, the pleasure was worth the pain.” 
“Romance novels usually have protagonists aged 27 years old, but the average age of a romance reader is 42,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “We want to make these books more relatable to the real romance reader. I find that the older women get, the wiser they get. “
One book a month will be published to the new imprint. To learn more about Hera Books, please visit

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Celebrate Galentine's Day with the Publication of Smoke Drink F*#K

“Smoke Drink F*#k” Book Launch at The Daisy NYC to Celebrate Galentine’s Day, Feb 13th

Riverdale Avenue Books will be launching the publication of Smoke Drink, F*#k by Esme Oliver at The Daisy, 1641 2nd Ave NYC from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to celebrate Galentine’s Day. This is the first book from their new Hera imprint featuring women over 35 defining who they are.

Esme Oliver, the author of Smoke Drink F*#k, will read an excerpt from the book along with Judi Fennell, author of Beefcake and Cupcakes.  The first 50 people will receive a bag of only the best Galentine’s Day goodies from Clipa handbag hangers, bookmarks from Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach  Marissa Vicario, Burju Shoes gift certificates and more. Pink cocktails will be served at a special price.

Galentine's Day is a holiday created by Amy Poehler on Parks & Rec. In the words of her character Leslie Knope, what is Galentine’s Day? “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Smoke Drink F*#k is a novel that showcases the spirit of strong driven women who go after what they want and know who they are,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “It’s the perfect book to launch our new Hera imprint featuring heroines over 35.”

One book a month will be published to the new imprint. To learn more about Hera Books, please visit

About Esme Oliver
Esme Oliver has worked as an attorney, a health-care lobbyist, and a legislative director for two US Senators; work which sharpened her left brain but just didn't quite fulfill her soul. Esme eventually left DC for her native Midwest, where she now writes grants (for money) and stories (for fun). She enjoys lots of travel and a long list of other activities that pair well with a nice Pinot.

About Judi Fennell
JUDI FENNELL, is the best-selling author and Prism Award and Golden Leaf winner of romantic comedies and paranormal romance. Her series include The Tritone Trilogy, Bottled Magic, Manley Maids, Once-Upon-A-Time Romance and BeefCake, Inc. Under the pseudonym, Raven Morris, she writes the erotic romance series, Tied With a Bow and Flirting With Thirty. She is the owner/operator of, a service to help authors self-publish their books. Judi lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two-legged and four-legged “menagerie,” and her very supportive fiancé. Check out Judi’s books at

Monday, February 6, 2017

RAB Announces Anthology on 1984 Today

Riverdale Avenue Books to Publish Anthology on George Orwell’s 1984 in the 21st Century

-       Innovative Book Publisher call for essays to be Released on April 4th, 2017 -

New York, NY: (February 6th, 2017)The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books has announced a call for essays to be included in a new anthology on how George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 still resonates nearly seven decades after it was published.

Riverdale Avenue Books’ call for submissions reaches out to a wide array of readers and writers requesting popular non-fiction essays, both personal and political, from high school English teachers and students, academics, science fiction/fantasy authors (adult and YA), scientists, politicians (liberal, conservative or otherwise), political theorists, government and factory workers, union members, linguists, librarians, news people, intelligence community, and social workers, feminists, LGBTQ individuals, people of all religious and irreligious persuasions and beliefs. Anyone who has read and been deeply influenced by Orwell’s greatest work and desires to share its impact.

“With the current political climate, it’s no wonder that 1984 is now #1 on the best-seller lists,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “Readers and writers relate to the political zeitgeist in the novel in current events right now. We want to let the people be heard!”

The essays should be a minimum of 500 words, and a maximum of 2,500.  Please include a brief autobiography with your submission by March 6, 2017 and send to The anthology will be published on April 4th, 2017, exactly 33 years after Winston Smith’s story begins in the classic dystopian novel.

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.