Tuesday, June 23, 2015

50 Greatest Dodgers Games Just Pubbed at RAB

"As I get older, it's nice to look back at some of my best moments as a player, and some that came before my time. The memories fade, but the games live on in this wonderfully written book." - Orel Hershiser
RIVERDALE, NY —June 23, 2015— Innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB) has just released The 50 Greatest Dodgers Games by acclaimed sports writer J.P. Hoornstra.
This beloved and yet controversial baseball team, known for abandoning Brooklyn and giving the world Jackie Robinson, has played more than 10,000 as a franchise over three centuries! Dodgers beat reporter J.P. Hoornstra sorts through all the history and hysteria to present the most memorable games in the tradition of The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games by Cecilia Tan and Bill Nowlin (also published by Riverdale Avenue Books). For the first time, these legendary Dodger games are laid side-by-side and compared. Which game ranks number one?

Publisher Lori Perkins says, “This Dodgers history is a compelling read and J.P. truly puts the games in their social and sports context.  You won’t be able to put it down!”

Some of the book’s highlights include:

  • A doubleheader that lasted six and a half innings combined
  • A single game that featured three teams on the field
  • A game in which the Dodgers didn’t record a hit – and won
  • The games in which the single-season and career home run records were broken
  • Three perfect games and two no-hitters
  • The longest game in major league history
  • The first major league game ever televised
  • A game in which the Dodgers’ pitcher lost consciousness on the field
  • An exhibition game that drew 93,103 spectators
  • The first integrated game in major league history

The 50 Greatest Dodgers Games features such iconic Dodger players as Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Kirk Gibson, Zack Wheat, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw, Steve Garvey, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese and more. It also features some of the unsung heroes of baseball history, like Cookie Lavagetto, Vic Davalillo, Sandy Amoros, Al Gionfriddo and Joe McGinnity.

About the Author
J.P. Hoornstra reports on the Dodgers for the Los Angeles News Group and is a regular media commentator on the team for major news outlets such as ESPN and MLB Network. He has written about sports and travel for more than a dozen newspapers and several periodicals since he was an undergraduate psychology student at UCLA. His interview subjects include some of the most famous names in sports, music and entertainment, as well as experts in medicine, psychology, architecture and business. When he is not writing at the ballpark, he is at home in Los Angeles ...writing. Visit his website at www.jphoornstra.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Mystery Series by Robert J. Randisi Lauches at Dagger Imprint

Riverdale Avenue Books Gets Cozy with P.I. Master Robert J. Randisi

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, June 16, 2015 -- Riverdale Avenue Books is pleased to announce the publication of DRY STONE WALLS, the first book in a new mystery series by Robert J. Randisi, under the new Dagger imprint.
“Mature Male Available for Housesitting, Non-Smoker, No Pets, Widower.”

With this listing, Randisi introduces readers to a retired captain of the NYPD who now spends his time housesitting wherever the job takes him…and learns that he can never fully leave the job behind.

Truxton “Tru” Lewis is looking after a house in Bluegrass Country, Kentucky, a simple enough task within a tight-knit community. But it’s his encounter with octogenarian Max Beasley, who spends his days reconstructing stone walls that will alert Tru that not everything is right here. His fears are confirmed when the body a local, reviled realtor turns up, buried under one of Max’s precious walls. With Max under suspicion for the crime, Tru ingratiates himself with the local cops and a colorful lawyer, as well as with Max’s widowed daughter, as he searches for the truth that will clear the old man of a most heinous crime.

But the farther he stretches his investigative net, Tru finds himself being reeled back to the original suspect…his new friend. The thing about housesitting, Tru has learned, is you can’t know what goes on behind your neighbor’s closed doors.


JP: First of all, thanks for being a part of the Dagger launch.

RR: I’m very excited to be part of this new line with my old friend. Here's hoping Dagger Books cuts through all the competition like a hot knife through butter.

JP: Tell me about your new character, Truxton Lewis. Not your everyday name.

RR: We were driving on the highway one day and saw an exit sign with the names of two towns on it, one above the other. TRUXTON and then LEWIS. I thought, what a great name for a character.

JP: Is DRY STONE WALLS Tru’s first appearance?

RR: No. I was invited to contribute to a Florida anthology. I have always thought housesitting would be a great way to see the country without paying for hotels. So the idea of a housesitter, and the two town names came together in the Florida anthology in a story called "Midnight Pass."

JP: What about Truxton appeals to you?

RR: I so enjoyed writing the Truxton Lewis story, about a retired Captain of Detective in the NYPD who came to Florida to "sit" in a condo on the beach, and got involved in a mystery. So I decided to make it a series.

JP: How would you categorize the series? You’re known for the P.I. novel. Have you written…a cozy?

RR: It never occurred to me that I was writing a "cozy" series. Instead, I think I'm combining "cozy" and "hardboiled," or "cozy" and "procedural," in that Tru Lewis was a cop for many years, but now was trying to live a more sedate and simple life.

JP: Yet he keeps finding bodies wherever he lands.

RR: No bodies, no series…

Dagger has committed to an additional two books in the series, so look for more “Tru” adventures in early 2016.

Robert J. Randisi is the author of the “Miles Jacoby,” “Nick Delvecchio,” “Gil & Claire Hunt,” “Dennis McQueen,” “Joe Keough,” and “The Rat Pack,” mystery series.  THE HONKY TONK BIG HOSS BOOGIE, the first book in the Auggie Velez Nashville P.I. series, appeared in 2013.  UPON MY SOUL is the first book in the “Hitman with a Soul” Trilogy. The second book is SOULS OF THE DEAD. His recent novel MCKENNA’S HOUSE has been called is best book yet by several reviewers.  He is the editor of over 30 anthologies.  All told he is the author of more than 600 novels.  Randisi is the founder of the Private Eye Writers of America, the creator of the Shamus Award, the co-founder of Mystery Scene Magazine, the American Crime Writers League, and Western Fictioneers.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Join Us for a Gay Wedding in 'American Hunks', the 4th Installment in Our M/M Passport to a Fling Series

Innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB) has just released  American Hunks, the fourth novel in the best-selling M/M Passport to a Fling series by Adam Carpenter.
Once upon a time, three best friends journeyed to three separate foreign capitals in search of love. Now, the friends are getting ready to reunite for a wedding filled with surprises, sex, and seduction.

Matt Donovan and Anton Marcel have made the ultimate commitment: wishing to share their lives forever. Freddie Markson and Santo Mancusi have been growing apart ever since Santo’s movie career has taken off. Jake Westbury remains in search of love, going from one meaningless relationship to another. A joyous celebration will at last reunite the three friends, but not before a series of events threaten to undo their hard-fought happiness. With the aid of the Abbott siblings, all of whom have impacted the friends’ lives, the drama reaches its crescendo at a fabulous villa in the South of France.

From Paris to Los Angeles, New York to Tuscany, London to Nice, brimming with hot hunks and even hotter sex, the adventures of Matt, Freddie, and Jake continue in this fourth volume of the Passport to a Fling series.

Publisher Lori Perkins says, “I just loved this series and begged Adam for a June wedding, and boy, did he deliver!”

Said the author, “I never envisioned meeting these characters again…but had a blast I had writing about Matt, Freddie and Jake’s further exotic…and erotic adventures.  It’s great to write about a gay marriage without attaching all the political stuff.  This is just a book about men who love each other and want to share their lives together.  It’s honest, real, and very…well, hot.”

Monday, June 1, 2015

We're Having a HUGE Pride Sale - 30 Days of Discounts on ARE & Goodreads Give-Aways

Riverdale Avenue Books kicks off Pride month on June 1st with the first of 30 FREE LGBTQ Give-aways titles on Goodreads, as well as a daily half price title on sale ONLY at AllRomance Ebooks.
Said Riverdale Avenue Publisher Lori Perkins, “As one of the most prolific LGBTQ publishers, we think it’s important to get our books out there in every way possible.  Pride month is a time when publishing shines a spotlight on LGBTQ books, and we want to make sure that our titles are easy to find.”
Below is a list of titles and dates
June 1 Passionate Attention of an Interesting Man by Ethan Morden
June 2 The Circlet Treasury of Lesbian Science Fiction and Fantasy Edited by Cecilia Tan
June 3 50 Shades of Gay by Jeffery Self
June 4 What Every Man Needs to Know About Prostate Cancer by Dr. Gerald Perlman
June 5 French Men: Book One of the Passport to a Fling Series by Adam Carpenter
June 6 Fangsters: Clan of the Jersey Boys by Ryan Field
June 7 Read my Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender by Riki Wilchens
June 8 Your Queer Career: The Ultimate Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Job Seekers by Riley Folds III
June 9 The Red Shoes by John Stewart Wynne
June 10 Monarch Season by Mario Lopez-Cordero
June 11 Mordred and the King by John Michael Curlovich
June 12 The Jockboys Saga: The Director’s Cut by Simon Shepard
June 13 Leaving the Rest: Gay Men on Alcoholism, Addiction and Recovery by Leslie L. Smith
June 14 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives by Joe Kort Ph.D
June 15 Hollywood Gays: Conversations with Gray Grant, Anthony Perkins, Liberace, Caesar Romero and Others by Boze Hadleigh
June 16 Growing Up Golem: How I survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates by Donna Minkowitz
June 17 The Siren and the Sword: Book One in the Magic University Series by Cecilia Tan
June 18 Untrustworthy by JR Gershen-Seigel
June 19 Two Spirits: One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son and their Journey to Love and Acceptance by Marsha Aizumi and Aiden Takeo Aizumi
June 20 The Hunger Gays by Nathan Alexander
June 21 Memoirs of a Gigolo, First Omnibus Edition, Vol. 1-4 by Livia Ellis
June 22 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Find Love by Joe Kort, Ph.D
June 23 Cobra Killer: Gay Porn Murder, The Madness to Bring the Killers to Justice by Peter Conway and Andrew Stoner
June 24 Transition to Murder by Renee James
June 25 Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? By Kenneth Walsh
June 26 Queer Theory; Gender Theory: An Instant Primer by Riki Wilchens
June 27 Venomoid: Book One of the Night Code Saga by J.A. Kossler
June 28 Playing by the Book by S. Chris Shirley
June 29 50 Shades of Pink by KT Grant
June 30 Deeply Superficial: Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Me by Michael Menzies