Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Classics and Republishing Favorites

by Lori Perkins, Publisher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas comes to Magic University (, Cecilia Tan's breath-taking paranormal tale set in a college of supernatural learning, in Christmas Magic (  This amazing series is a box set.  Imagine Harry Potter goes to college and they all study sex magic.  A must-read!

I am also quite taken with Rachel Kenley's Her Stepbrother's Christmas Gift (, which is a charming retelling of The Nutcracker with the added naughty bonus of stepbrother intrigue.  It's part of Rachel's whole Once Upon a Stepbrother series, which is fabulously romantic.

And I love our new Scoring with Santa ( by Theresa Roemer and Renee Rose. It's a Hallmark quality contemporary Christmas romance, but with the expected amount of Riverdale Avenue Books eroticism.  This Santa is hot!

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

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

Monday, December 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

4 New Editors and an Art Director named at RAB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Xmas Books ON SALE at RAB

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

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, December 14, 2016 – Innovative hybrid award-winning publisher Riverdale Avenue Books celebrates the holiday season with its annual Twelve Days of Christmas sale featuring an Xmas-themed book at 50% off from December 14th through the 25th on both its own website and at AllRomance Ebooks.
Said Riverdale Avenue Publisher Lori Perkins, “Everyone knows that Christmas is the most romantic holiday of the year, but most women are too busy shopping, taking care of family and decorating to enjoy the sales.  RAB gives you a whole 12 days to curl up with as many hot holiday hunks as you possibly can to get in the holiday spirit.”
Below are the titles & dates on the RAB website and AllRomance EBooks:
Holiday Smut – Lori Perkins
Hot for Xmas – Trinity Blacio
Her Three Men – Trinity Blacio
A Christmas Tail – Trinity Blacio
Whips Chains and Candy Canes – FL Bicknell
Capricorn: Cursed, Book One of the Witch Upon a Star series – Sephera Giron
A Scarlet Christmas – DL King
Scoring with Santa – Theresa Roemer and Renee Rose
Forever Bound with Tinsel
Magic University Box Set – Cecilia Tan
A Christmas Carl – Ryan Field
Her Stepbrother’s Christmas Gift – Rachel Kenley

Monday, December 12, 2016

Scoring With Santa Up for Pre-Sale with Gift Card

Fitness Expert Theresa Roemer and USA Today Best-Selling Author Renee Rose Release Sports Romance “Scoring with Santa”

“Flaming hot sports romance with a dash of Desperate Housewives--Roemer and Rose truly delight!"
--USA Today Bestselling Author Lee Savino

New York, NY: (December 12, 2016)—International fitness expert Theresa Roemer and USA Today best-selling author Renee Rose have teamed up to collaborate on Scoring with Santa, the first novel in the Second Chance sizzling hot sports romance series, that will be published by Riverdale Avenue Books right before Christmas.

The novel features a searing romance between a divorced career-driven mom who owns a chain of fitness clubs and Houston’s most eligible bachelor, a high school football coach. The irresistible attraction between the two could destroy both their careers.

The heroine and some of the material for this book was based on co-author Theresa Roemer’s life. Theresa owned a chain of fitness clubs called Body by Design and personal training services called Phenomenal Physiques, and won the U.S. Open title in bodybuilding at the age of 40, and held the titles of Mrs. Houston U.A., Mrs. Texas U.A., and was the first runner up for Mrs. United America concurrently.

“I was so excited to combine the back story of a real-life woman of substance and sports romance. And we all agree that Coach Charming is a perfect book boyfriend,” Said author Renee Rose of working on the project with Theresa Roemer.

The official publication date is December 20th and the ebook is available now for a pre-pub price of $.99 for a limited time. After Christmas the ebook will be sold for $4.99.  The trade paperback can be purchased for $16.99 wherever books are sold.

The authors are also offering a $100 Amazon giftcard on their Facebook page to help readings get in the mood for Christmas, and will be appearing on various blogs and interview sites before publication

Friday, December 9, 2016

Remembering Jenni Rivera on the 4th Anniversary of Her Death

We Miss You Jenni!

It's been four years since Jenni Rivera passed away, and to honor her memory we're putting her unauthorized biography on sale for 50% off all December with coupon code Jenni2016

We Love Jenni is a frank and revealing biography of the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera written by The New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro and journalist Charles Vazquez that goes behind the scenes to tell the riveting story of the iconic Latina, who was killed December 9, 2012 in a plane crash in Mexico.

Shapiro, author of popular biographies of celebrities such as J. K. Rowling and Justin Bieber, says the book tells the story of a woman "who never shied away from any of the huge problems she faced in life – her rough and tumble childhood, her cheating husband, her first love who in reality was a child molesting monster, her son's indiscretion with an underage girl and so much more.

"Jenni was such an amazing woman – it’s reflected in her fiery live performances and the music that would set many millions on the course for equal rights for women in a long male-dominated Mexican culture,” Shapiro added. "She was a star in a world that many of us did not know and only her sad, untimely death kept her from breaking out and having it all.”

This sale is also available at

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RAB Trump Bio FREE through Inauguration Day

Free Downloads of “Trump This!”
An Unauthorized Bio of President-elect Donald Trump
Available Now Through Inauguration Day

New York, New York - November 29, 2016 – Who is Donald Trump? In an effort to give readers the chance to discover what kind of president Donald Trump might be, Riverdale Avenue Books, the award-winning hybrid publishing company, will offer free digital downloads of their new unauthorized bio e-book of President-elect Donald Trump written by New York Times best-selling entertainment journalist Marc Shapiro. The free download will be available from now through Inauguration Day on January 20th, 2017.
Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography digs deep into the truth that is Donald Trump looking into his family, childhood and early years in New York City, all of which made him the man he is today. All of this is interlaced with the tale of the rise and fall of and rise of his New York real estate empire.
“There have been many books written by and about Donald Trump, but no one has looked at him through the pop culture prism.  As a native New Yorker, Donald Trump has been an almost daily part of the city’s landscape. Now the whole country gets to really see this larger than life New Yorker. I think this makes Trump This! a unique biography,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.
Even with the barrage of media in the race for President of the United States, and the many seasons of The Apprentice, Donald Trump’s back-story has been largely untold.
"The reality is that Trump, outside of the tight knit business community, was a well kept secret to the man and woman on the street until The Apprentice went on the air,” said Author Marc Shapiro. “For those people, this book will definitely fill in the blanks."
The original book was published in February 2016 and has been updated to include Trump winning the election.
Downloads of this book will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, Kobo and wherever e-books are downloaded.

Friday, November 25, 2016

CYBER MONDAY Half Price Sale on RAB titles

We're offering 50% off on all our titles on our website, for Cyber Monday by using the code BFRYCYMON2016.

The half price discount includes Amazon bestsellers In Bed with Gore Vidal and 50 Shades of Gay, and the IPPY award-winning Ménage a Musketeers, as well as the critically claimed Juliet Takes a Breath, The Magic University series by best-selling author Cecilia Tan and Trump This! by New York Times best-selling Marc Shapiro.

“Due to the overwhelming success of prior Black Friday sale, we have decided to offer our readers this exciting opportunity to buy all our books at half price. This is the perfect time to hunt for one-day-a-year sales, and this half price sale on all our books is the best deal of the year,” said Publisher, Lori Perkins. “The best part is you don’t even have to leave your home to find a book you or your friend will love.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Spend Thanksgiving with Family You Really LOVE - 50% Off on Stepbrothers, MILFs and DILFs

Spend this Thanksgiving with your favorite dysfunctional family with the help of Riverdale Avenue Books with is 50% off of all MILF, DILF, and Stepbrother titles to kick off the holiday season.

“We know how crazy your family can get during Thanksgiving, so we wanted to offer our readers a great discount and a laugh,” said Publisher, Lori Perkins. “Our readers love MILFS, DILFS and stepbrothers, and I know they rather be with them over their own dysfunctional families.”

Each book has a unique code for the 50% discount that can be redeemed on The tiles and discount codes include:

· Happy MILF Day, edited by Lori Perkins - MILFTG2016

· Happy DILF Day, edited by Lori Perkins - DILFTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers’ Demands, by Trinity Blacio - HSDTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Aliens, by Trinity Blacio - HSAATG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Blood Suckers, by Trinity Blacio - HSABSTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Angels, by Trinity Blacio - HSAATG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Demons, by Trinity Blacio - HSADMTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Dragons, by Trinity Blacio - HSADRTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Werewolves, by Trinity Blacio - HSAWTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers are Saber Tooth Tigers, by Trinity Blacio - HSASTTTG2016

· Her Stepbrothers Christmas Gift, by Rachel Kenley - HSCGTG2016

· Her Beastly Stepbrother, by Rachel Kenley - HBSTG2016

· Her Frozen Stepbrother, by Rachel Kenley - HFSTG2016

· Stepbrothers in the Attic, by Ryan Field - SITATG2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Half Price Veteran's Day Sale at RAB and ARE

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, award-winning publisher Riverdale Avenue books has put two of best-selling author Trinity Blacio’s titles on sale for half price through the weekend on both their website and on

Surrender Your Independence, the first title in the Surrender series, and Secrets Unwrapped are 50% off on the website using the codes VETDAYSU and VETDAYSYI.  Both titles are also half off on allromancebooks.

Said author Trinity Blacio, “I love our country and the men and women who defend us and keep us safe.  I am so happy to share my stories about military lovers and heroes with my readers.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Masquerade Ball and Seance at Morris-Jumel Mansion this Thursday

The Morris-Jumel Mansion Hosts Haunted
Masquerade October 27th with Best-Selling Gaslight Fantasy Author Leanna Renee Hieber

New York (October 24, 2016): The Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, and reportedly haunted, will host a masquerade ball and séance on Thursday evening, October 27th.

Guests will be asked to don appropriate mourning attire and will be treated to an evening of live music and dancing, liberal libations and ample hors-d’oeuvres. In addition, for those purchasing VIP tickets, an intimate séance will be led by Jesse Bravo, the celebrity on Psychic in NYC who has been featured on MTV, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, VICE Magazine and the Associated Press. 

Author Leanna Renee Hieber, actress, playwright, artist and award-winning, bestselling author, will be the guest of honor at the evening’s soiree. She is the introductory author in the newly published Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction. Hieber has written ten Gothic Victorian paranormal novels for adults and teens set in 1880s New York City and London. She is a devotee of the Mansion and its mission: to preserve, collect and interpret American life from the Colonial Era to the present, and to use the arts to engage and inspire diverse audiences.

"As the author of ten award-winning historical fantasy novels, I find that my imagination is at its best whenever I immerse myself in historical properties,” said Hieber. “There is no such property as important or immersive in beauty and spirit as the Morris-Jumel Mansion. It is my very favorite place. Having enjoyed several book launches under its eaves, I am a passionate advocate for this great New York treasure, and I am so very honored to be this year's Gala Guest of Honor. I look forward to joining fellow aficionados of history- and hauntings- as we share a thrilling evening in New York's oldest house.‎"

In addition to the music, séance and readings, The Mansion will offer its signature raffle with prizes, including tickets to “Fancy Me Mad,” the Mansion’s current production written by the Mansion’s events coordinator and resident ghost buster, Vincent Carbone, about Edgar Allen Poe. Other prizes include signed copies of the newly published Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction, original jewelry by the guest of honor, and a custom corset sculpture by renowned couturier and artist Camilla Huey.

According to Carol S. Ward, Executive Director of the Mansion, “Building on the success of our spring Lady J's Gala, our Haunted Masquerade combines theatrical elements with history to highlight the Mansion’s longest occupant: Madame Eliza Jumel. Our current reinterpretation of the interior brings the Mansion back to its mid-nineteenth century splendor, when Eliza made the house her home. Guests’ donations will go directly to the restoration of Eliza Jumel’s bedchamber and parlor."

About Morris-Jumel Mansion
Located in Washington Heights, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest standing house in New York City. It is a not-for-profit museum open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 am‒4 pm and weekends from 10 am‒5 pm. It was built in 1765, and served as headquarters to General George Washington during the battle of Harlem Heights. It has been host to presidents, senators, cabinet members, and royalty. The Morris-Jumel Mansion is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City and the American Alliance of Museums. Find it at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gary Reed of Deadworld has Passed Away; Deadworld Deadline Extended to include Tributes

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Gary Reed passed away suddenly early this month from a heart attack.

Riverdale Avenue Books  was working closely with Gary on the creation and publication of an original Deadworld anthology of short stories based on the Deadworld universe, which was to be published this Halloween. In light of his death, the project was postponed and has been expanded to be a tribute to Gary’s life and work, as well as an anthology of Deadworld stories.

With this new direction, we have been working with Gary’s estate to reach out to the many artists, authors and colleagues who have worked with Gary to see if they would like to contribute an essay (or short story) to be included in this collection. We are hoping to publish the tribute book in early 2017.

One of Gary’s colleagues also suggested that Gary could appear as a character in a Deadworld story in the tribute book, and we are looking for an author (or authors) to try their hand at that.  Some of the artists brought Gary zombie art to the memorial service and that could also make its way into the tribute book.

If there are authors or people you know who might be interested in being included in this book, please pass this notice on to them.

We believe that Gary would be proud of the direction this book is now taking and that it will reflect his contribution to the horror field appropriately, as well as his legacy.

Below is the link to the original call for stories. The deadline for this anthology is now December 15th, 2016.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Two Weeks of Horror/Paranormal Romance on SALE for Haloween

Riverdale Avenue Books Celebrates Halloween with 14 Days of 50% Off on AllRomanceEbooks and RAB Website

Starting Monday October 17th – October 31st,

New York (October 17, 2016) ­– To get into the Halloween spirit, Riverdale Avenue Books is offering 14 of their best-selling horror and paranormal romance titles on sale at half price for the final two weeks of October featuring such classic themes as zombies in love, gay vampires and prognosticating witches. Reader will also be able to enter a give-away for the same 14 titles.

Beginning on Monday, October 17th, one book a day will be featured for 50% off on both the website, as well as

An Outcast State
How to Throw a True Blood Party
Capricorn: Cursed - Book One of the Witch Upon a Star Series
Aquarius: Haunted Heart - Book Two of the Witch Upon a Star Series
Pisces: Teacher’s Pet – Book Three of The Witch Upon a Star Series
Aries: Swinging into Spring – Part Four of the Witch Upon a Star Series
Dead Sexy: The Unofficial WALKING DEAD Fan Guide to Zombie Style, Beauty, Parties
The Ripper Letter: Book One of the Hearts of Darkness Series
Still Hungry for Your Love: Further Adventures in Zombie Romance
Blood and Lust in NYC: A Lesbian Vampire Tryst
Venomoid: Book One of the Night Code Saga
Clan of The Jersey Boys, Book One of the Fangsters Series
Avalon Revisited: A Novel of Vampires, Murder, and Sex in Victorian England
Wedding Bells Times Four: Book One of The Virgin Witch and The Vampire King
Blood Burn

Said Publisher Lori Perkins, “Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to curl up with a scary book that keeps me turning the pages. I wanted to share some of our best scary tales at a special price.”

Monday, October 10, 2016

Launch Party for Morris Jumel Mansion Anthology on October 15

Morris Jumel Mansion and Riverdale Avenue Books Host Book Launch Party with Readings for New Paranormal Anthology on October 15th
Saturday, October 15th, 4pm-6pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032

“George Washington used the Morris-Jumel Mansion as a base while fleeing New York. I’ve had writing sessions and meetings for ‘Hamilton’ there. Some writers go to the Berkshires — I go to 162nd Street.”
—Lin Manuel Miranda, author of Hamilton
New York (October 11 29, 2016) –  To celebrate the release of the just published Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction, Riverdale Avenue Books and the Morris Jumel Mansion will hold a free book launch party at the historic mansion on Saturday, October 15th from 4:00 until 6 p.m. featuring readings by some of the book’s authors.
The Saturday afternoon event will feature six of the books’ authors reading from their short stories that take place in the historic mansion or feature some of the mansion’s legendary residents or events such as President George Washington’s first cabinet meeting, the alleged haunting by Madam and Stephen Jumel, as well as a servant girl and a Hessian soldier, and the story behind the assassination of Alexander Hamilton by Vice President Aaron Burr. Pulitzer and Tony-Award winning author Lin Manuel Miranda wrote his ground-breaking musical, Hamilton, in Aaron Burr’s bedroom. This will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with the books’ editors.
The book, published simultaneously as an ebook and a trade paperback, features 14 tales spanning the genres from romance to time travel, and historic fantasy from New York Times best selling writers as well as first time authors.
Camilla Saly-Monzingo, editor of the anthology, and a neighborhood resident who was married at the mansion in 2015, commented on the stories in this collection,  What is particularly gratifying about this collection of stories is its diversity. The contributing writers to the Anthology are Latino, African-American, white, gay, straight, bisexual. They are parents, they are childfree, they are single and partnered. They are young and hungry; they are settling into mid-life; they are older and wiser. What’s more, these tales are ghost stories, science fiction, mystery, romance, erotica, time travel, visions of the afterlife, and paranormal fantasy.”

Carol S. Ward, the Executive Director of the Mansion, added, “It is with great pride and excitement that the Morris-Jumel Mansion sees this anthology being published, turning history on its head a bit and creating more stories about the house. Although when you visit it, the Mansion may seem silent, it speaks through these authors’ words and characters. The Mansion itself is a character in all the stories you are about to read. “

Said Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher Lori Perkins, “I believe that this is the first time that a book like this has been published, creating fiction around the legends that have ground up around an historic location.  I hope it is the first of many, tying the past with the present.”
The free event is part of the Mansion’s day long Culture and Arts Festival, 65 Jumel Terrace, located between 160th and 163rd streets in Manhattan, one block east of St. Nicholas Avenue. For more information, visit:

The Morris Jumel Mansion Anthology of Paranormal and Fantasy Fiction, Edited by Camilla Saly-Monzingo, is available at Riverdale Avenue Books, and on Amazon and on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.