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 RiverdaleAveBooks.com and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

You Must Remember This, a Gay Retelling of Casablanca, Pubs on 75th Anniversary of Classic Film

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the movie classic Casablanca’s release, Riverdale Avenue Books is releasing You Must Remember This by John Michael Curlovich, a gay retelling of Casablanca.  

In this retelling of the WW II love story, the author supposes that the nightclub owner, Frank, and his close friend the jazz singer, Dan, were lovers in the military, which brought  them to Morroco.  But Frank fell in love with a woman when they were in Paris, and she failed to follow him to Morocco, until the novel opens. You Must Remember This asks the reader to wonder if Frank will end up with Dan or Lilli or even the handsome French Prefect of Police. 

 From the very first time I saw Casablanca I knew it was something special, a pitch-perfect blend of script, direction, acting, design and cinematography.  But there was something else, something that spoke to me on an intimate level,” said author John Michael Curlovich. “I had learned very early to decode the signals that directors and screenwriters used to suggest gayness without ever being explicit about it.”

“I had read an earlier version of this novel years ago, and I just loved it,” said Publisher Lori Perkins added. “I wanted to bring it back to publication for this important anniversary.”
Downloads of this book are available at RiverdaleAveBooks.com and also at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and where digital and print books are sold.

Monday, November 6, 2017

#MeToo Essay Book is OUT!


Riverdale Avenue Books, an award-winning woman-owned leading hybrid publisher, is releasing a collection of 26 essays in reaction to the hastag MeToo on twitter after the multiple revelations of sexual predation in Hollywood, and elsewhere. The authors see #MeToo as the tipping point of the need for change and the book calls for ways to figure out how to drive that change forward making the movement more than a hashtag.

More than 16 million people had posted their #MeToo story and support against sexual harassment by mid-October as a reaction to Rose McGowan’s brave admission that she had allegedly been raped by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.  A groundswell of reaction to and exposure of this sexual predation was unleashed that has spread throughout Europe and beyond. New revelations of unacceptable behavior in every industry break every day as people come forward in response to the viral #MeToo posts. Protests are scheduled such as the “Take back the Workplace” Hollywood march in November of 2017, and legislation is being drafted in New York and California to finally change the way things have been for far too long.

This is the turning point. Things are going to change.
 Said Publisher and Editor Lori Perkins. “While I was encouraging everyone to speak up and do something about #MeToo, I realized I have a press, I can publish a book. This is an historic moment and it needs to be memorialized, passed around and passed on. Although social media is a fantastic means of igniting a fire, it needs to keep burning, like a torch.”

The essays were donated by the authors and the ebook will be avaiable free wherever ebooks can be downlaoded.  The print editon is being released at cost for $6.99.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Llamada para ensayos #YO TAMBIÉN:


Llamada para ensayos

#YO TAMBIÉN:
Ensayos sobre cómo y por qué sucedió esto,
Lo que significa, y cómo asegurarse de que nunca vuelva a suceder

Fecha de vencimiento: 23 de octubre de 2017

Todas las mujeres que conozco están hablando de las acusaciones de acoso sexual y violación de Harvey Weinstein, y la oleada de reacción y exposición que ha desatado.

Ninguna mujer se sorprendió por la respuesta al apagón de Twitter que pidió Rose McGowan, o por la cantidad de tweets que dibujó la campaña #MeToo.

Pero ahora que?

Este es un punto de inflexión, y debe ser memorializado y transmitido   y pasado, y aunque Twitter es un medio fantástico de encender un fuego, debe seguir ardiendo, como una antorcha.

Soy una mujer de palabra Como periodista entrenado, propietario de un periódico, escritor y ahora editor de Riverdale Avenue Books, creo en el poder y la permanencia de las palabras impresas.

Entonces, Riverdale Avenue Books, una mujer propietaria de la principal editorial de libros electrónicos, está poniendo su dinero, palabras y poder detrás de esto y publicando una colección de ensayos titulada

#YO TAMBIÉN:
Ensayos sobre cómo y por qué sucedió esto,
Lo que significa, y cómo asegurarse de que nunca vuelva a ocurrir.

Este libro trata sobre el futuro, no una colección de recuerdos de hostigamiento. Necesitamos voces, nuestras voces, para descubrir qué podemos hacer y hacerlo, y para transmitirlo de manera viral.

Así que estoy pidiendo ensayos de todos, no solo mujeres, sobre lo anterior desde 250 palabras en adelante. Enviar como una palabra doc con una breve biografía.

El libro se distribuirá gratis como un libro electrónico (Riverdale está en conversaciones con Amazon para asociarse con nosotros para regalar la edición impresa de manera gratuita; si no lo harán, solo le cobraremos el costo).

Entonces no hay paga. Pero nunca hay para un movimiento o para cambiar las opiniones de la sociedad.

Mi socio comercial me preguntó "¿Por qué estamos haciendo esto?" Le dije, porque podemos y porque podemos donar nuestro tiempo y recursos y cerrar este libro sin tener que ir a una junta directiva y explicar por qué estamos haciendo Esto, a diferencia de todas las otras casas editoriales que están llenas de conflictos y políticas internas de género.

Así que piensen en este libro como los Papeles del Pentágono del feminismo.

Vamos a publicar la próxima semana. Nuestra fecha objetivo es el 26 de octubre.

Así que cuéntales a tus amigos, a los escritores que admiras, a cualquier persona que conozcas que tenga una historia que contar o pensamientos para compartir, o que alguna vez haya dicho: "Sabes qué deberíamos hacer ...".

Hagamos historia. Vamos a cambiar nuestro mundo

¡Mostrémosle al mundo lo que realmente significa el adagio feminista "lo personal es político"!

Envíe sus ensayos a: submissions@riverdaleavebooks.com

Lori Perkins,
Publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books


Acerca de los libros de Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale Avenue Books es un editor híbrido premiado e innovador a la vanguardia de los cambios en la industria editorial. Publicamos libros electrónicos, impresos y audiolibros en 11 impresos: Deseo, una huella de romance erótico / erótico; Riverdale / Magnus, la galardonada marca de los títulos LGBT; Pop, con títulos de cultura pop; Miedo, una línea de terror; SFF, una línea de fantasía de ciencia ficción; Verdad, una línea de memorias erótica; Daga, una impresión de misterio de suspenso; Deportes y juegos con títulos de deportes y juegos; Verve, con títulos de estilo de vida; y Hera, con las vidas y los amores verdaderos y ficticios de las mujeres de 35 años en adelante.

Nuestros autores han sido finalistas y han ganado numerosos premios, incluidos IPPY's, Lambda Literary Awards, AMA Bloom Lista de ALA, la Asociación de Escritores Bíblicos, Golden Crown Literary Association, Rainbow Book Awards y Triangle Awards.
Visítenos en www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

Call for Essays for #ME TOO book


Call for Essays for

#ME TOO:
Essays About How and Why This Happened,
What it Means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again

Due Date: October 23, 2017

Every woman I know is talking about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and rape accusations, and the groundswell of reaction and exposure this has unleashed.

No woman was surprised by the response to the Twitter blackout that Rose McGowan called for, or the number of tweets the #MeToo campaign drew.

But now what?

This is a turning point, and it needs to be memorialized and passed around and passed on, and although Twitter is a fantastic means of igniting a fire, it needs to keep burning, like a torch.

I’m a word woman. As a trained journalist, a newspaper owner, a writer, and now the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books, I believe in the power and permanence of words in print.

So Riverdale Avenue Books, a woman owned leading e-book publisher, is putting its money, words and power, behind this and publishing a collection of essays titled

#ME TOO:
Essays About How and Why This Happened,
What it Means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again.

This book is about the future—not a collection of harassment memories.  We need voices—our voices—to figure out what we can do, and do it, and to pass it round virally.

So I’m asking for essays from everyone—not just women—about the above from 250 words and up. Send as a word doc with a brief bio. 

The book will be distributed free as an ebook (Riverdale is in discussions with Amazon to partner with us to give away the print edition for free—if they won’t, we’ll just charge cost).

So there’s no pay.  But there never is for a movement or for changing society’s views.

My business partner asked me “why are we doing this?”   I told him, because we can and because we can donate our time and resources and crash this book out without having to go before a board of directors and explain why we’re doing it, unlike all the other mainstream publishing houses that are rife with conflicts and internal gender politics.

So think of this book as feminism’s Pentagon Papers. 

We’re going to publish next week.  Our target date is October 26th.

So tell your friends, writers you admire, anyone who you know has a story to tell or thoughts to share, or who has ever said, “You know what we should do….”

Let’s make history. Let’s change our world.

Let’s show the world what the feminist adage “the personal is political!” really means.

Submit your essays to: submissions@riverdaleavebooks.com

Lori Perkins,
Publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books


About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 11 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus, the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop, featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; Verve, featuring lifestyle titles; and Hera, featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up.

Our authors have been finalists and won numerous awards including IPPY’s, Lambda Literary Awards, ALA’s Amelia Bloom List, the Bi-Writers Association, Golden Crown Literary Association, Rainbow Book Awards, and Triangle Awards. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Burn the Binary! Collected Writing of Trans-Activist Riki Wilchins (with some awesome cover art)!




Riki Wilchins has been in the forefront of the the transgender movement for three decades leading the fight for rights before Caitlyn Jenner was a household name. Riverdale Avenue Books, the leading LGBT publisher, is releasing a collection of essays by Riki Wilchins documenting the struggle of transgender activism titled Burn the Binary! Select Writings on the Politics of Being Trans Genderqueer and Nonbinary.

Her incredible journey for fighting for transgender rights led Riki to author four books on genderqueer, transgender politics and queer theory. She has been a pioneer, influential thinker and writer for a quarter of a century. This single volume offers a selection of Riki’s most penetrating and insightful pieces, as well as the best of two decades of Riki’s online columns for The Advocate. Her pieces have reached millions of readers and included groundbreaking pieces like I have been told I’m no longer transsexual, Schlumpy White Guys, and the extremely successful essay Transexual Dinosaurs .

The cover features a unique portrait of Riki from artist Blake Chamberlain, a painter and trans man. The painting was originally a part of a grant based portrait series called “Trans American History,“ which featured ten American Trans activists. Riki was chosen as one of the ten due to her leadership and writings that created trans awareness, advancement, and inclusion.

“Riki Wilchins has been an important and powerfully consistent voice for transgender rights for a very long time,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. ”This collection shows that journey in an eloquent way."

Friday, September 29, 2017

Need Stories for Our Deadworld Tribute Anthology


We contracted to put together a Deadworld anthology and then Gary Reed, the founder, passed away.  Tom Monteleone wrote an intro, which is great, but we need more stories for this awesome 80's zombie comic book classic. We want this to be a real tribute, not a thin chapbook. 

We’re pubbing at the end of the month, but we can turn things around quickly. Previously published is fine, if they can tweak it to fit in the Deadworld universe. Also memories and tributes.  Get the word out please.

Call for Submissions on
Deadworld
Riverdale Avenue Books’ horror imprint, Afraid, is proud to announce an open call for submissions for short stories and essays on the world of the classic zombie apocalypse comic book, Deadworld. Deadworld was the original zombie apocalypse comic series, first published in 1987, featured a graphic, transgressive, heavy-metal world of ruined cities, biker gangs, demons and chilling hordes of the walking dead that captivated audiences at the dawn of the modern age of comic books.
Riverdale Avenue Books seeks prose fiction and essays alike that can recapture the energy, impact and themes of the original comic while bringing to the work the contemporary sensibilities and additional development that have arisen from the past thirty years of zombie fiction. Essays on the impact of the series, its place in zombie history and culture and tributes to the comic’s late creator, Gary Reed are welcome and appreciated.
Fiction submissions should range from 1,000 to 7,000 words, while essays should range from 500 to 2,5000. Please include a brief autiobiography with your submission.
Payment will be a pro-rata share of all revenue split equally among the authors. Each author will receive a digital copy of the book, as well as one print copy.
Riverdale Avenue Books is a hybrid publisher, with simultaneous publication in the English language throughout the world with 95 e-vendors, as well as print copies available to bookstores and libraries. We have an aggressive subrights agent who will be handling the audio and foreign rights.
                  All submissions must be sent to lori@riverdaleavebooks.com

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

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 YourNovel.com

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

Downloads of this book are available at RiverdaleAveBooks.com 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 RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

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 RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

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 RiverdaleAveBooks.com on April 4th.

Downloads of the book are available for sale after the release date at RiverdaleAveBooks.com 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 RiverdaleAveBooks.com 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, riverdaleavebooks.com (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.

ENJOY!

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 riverdaleavebooks.com, and it should soon be free on nook, kobo, and hopefully, Amazon.

Enjoy!

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 riverdaleavebooks.com.