Monday, December 23, 2019

Just Pubbed - Not Home for the Holidays - A Reverse Hallmark Christmas Movie Plot

Riverdale Avenue Books has just published Not Home for the Holidays by Isabelle Drake, a reverse-Hallmark Christmas movie where the country girl finds her city happy ever after.

The week before Christmas, quirky, country girl Emma Lopez is in New York City, aiming to win a social media contest for small-business owners. Minutes before her high-stakes interview, an impulsive, sizzling kiss under the mistletoe with a handsome businessman turns into an even bigger surprise 

She goes all-in enjoying the holiday excitement of the city and shaking up a certain dapper businessman. Thanks to a snowstorm, her phone, and a couple more kisses, she counts herself a winner. Then, her high-spirited attitude leads to an unexpected opportunity of a lifetime, one she’s certain she can’t accept.

“Small towns aren't always the places for people with big dreams, that's something I learned by living in one. I wanted to write a fun, heart-warming Christmas romance for people like me, people who don't 'fit in' to that stereotypical country town,” explained author Isabelle Drake.

 “I love binging on the Hallmark Christmas movies, but after a while I always wonder if it’s possible to find love in the big city.  Not Home for the Holidays does just that in the same feel-good way,” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Join us for a Victorian Holiday Party at the Historic Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan on 12/14

Riverdale Avenue Books partners with lifestyle magazine Romance Daily News to co-sponsor the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s annual Victorian holiday party. The event will be held on Saturday, December 14th, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace from noon until 5:00 p.m.

The Victorian Holiday Party will feature hands-on family activities (sponsored by Con Edison), a Victorian Christmas themed tour, a holiday reading and Victorian trivia quiz with prizes (sponsored by Riverdale Avenue Books), caroling, and a Victorian Costume Contest with prizes for both adults and children. Light refreshments, cider and mulled wine, will be served. Victorian-style dress is encouraged, but not required.
“Christmas at the Morris-Jumel Mansion is one of the most magical times of the year, and Riverdale Avenue Books is always thrilled to partner with its historic neighbor to present a special holiday event. We are especially excited about the challenging trivia contest,” said Riverdale Avenue Books publisher, Lori Perkins.

Tickets are $10, $5 for members and students, and are available in advance on evite,

About the Morris-Jumel Mansion
Built in 1765, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a historic house museum, is Manhattan’s oldest residence. George Washington was there for five weeks during Revolutionary War and hosted a dinner for his cabinet in 1890. In 1810 it became home to Eliza Jumel, one of America’s wealthiest women. Aaron Burr, her second husband, lived in the room where, more recently, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote portions of his musical Hamilton. Through historic site tours, educational, culture and arts programming, the museum interprets the mansion from Colonial times through the Victorian era. Our modern experience of the holiday season has its roots in Victorian holiday traditions brought into fashion by Queen Victoria that were adopted by Americans like Eliza Jumel.