Book Promo ~ Catboat Road

Rich Tapestry of Townspeople and
Offbeat Humor Buoy Catboat Road

 In the Massachusetts seaside town of Horton, cut off from the world, boats sway on their moorings, while beneath the surface bubbles a primal brew of salt and sea life — much like the family at the center of Catboat Road, the quirky, sometimes racy new novel from Kate Rounds.

The Ragsdales, unmoored from social convention, well-meaning and decidedly modern, have learned to surf a wave of family tumult and weave their way into the rich tapestry of townspeople — often to comic effect.

“Early readers flatteringly pronounced Catboat Road sexy, funny and smart,” Rounds said. “Of these, I love funny best. Our world is brutal, and if readers laugh out loud, as one blurbist did, that would make me happy.”

Catboat Road immerses readers in the journey of teenager Candace “Ace” Ragsdale. Infatuated with her mother’s best friend, Ace sees Mrs. Forest as an irresistible force of nature, luscious, tantalizing — and maybe not completely out of reach.

Rounding out Ace’s family is her “Irish twin” brother Sawyer, who gives the best pedicures in town, and her laidback but loving parents.

Into this eccentric New England household careens a rebel grandmother who shows up to help the Ragsdales save the town windmill, whose mysterious energy has been blamed for everything from night sweats to nymphomania. As this spectacle of public conflict and private anguish unfolds, readers will be fully on Ace’s side as she navigates the turbulent waters of love, sex and small-town values.

Readers will race toward the finish line as this sly, seductive narrative moves at breakneck speed. 

“Spoiler alert: Catboat Road doesn’t end as you might expect,” Rounds said. “For every raised eyebrow, there will be raised hopes for a fresh vision of what it means to be family.”


“It’s not often that a voice opens a world. Catboat Road, both “tightly knit and out of the box” as the author writes, describes a story we haven’t heard before. Here is an author who tells the truth of relationships in a way so few do.” —Stacey Donovan, bestselling book editor and author of Dive, the Red Shoe Diaries series, and many other ghostwritten books

Catboat Road

Publisher: Bywater Books 
ISBN-10: ‎ 1612942458
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1612942452

Available from
and some independent booksellers

About the Author 

A veteran journalist, Kate Rounds has been a freelance writer, staff reporter, staff writer and editor in chief of a trade publication. She hit her stride at Ms. Magazine, where she was senior editor, news editor and Gloria Steinem’s editor — an experience that put her in the orbit of great feminist writers, artists and thinkers.

A stint as executive editor at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America followed, connecting Rounds with stellar activists and brave advocates for women’s health and safety.

For 15 years, as editor in chief of the Hudson Reporter organization, she mentored young reporters cutting their teeth on local news. 

Rounds has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She lives in Jersey City — without a cat.

For more information, please visit, or follow the author on Facebook (, Twitter (@RoundsKate) or Instagram (@katerounds96).

Book Promo: “Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes” by Boze Hadleigh

“Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes”
by Boze Hadleigh
Published by Riverdale Avenue Books

Riverdale Avenue Books has just published Boze Hadleigh’s new book Inside the Hollywood Closet: A Book of Quotes. The author is well-known for interviews with some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters and his classic works Hollywood Gays and Hollywood Lesbians.

Join legendary Hollywood scribe Boze Hadleigh in this journey back in time as he examines what it was like to be gay in Hollywood during Tinseltown’s heyday, as well as how things have changed and what the future of gay Hollywood looks like today.  Hadleigh examines both the obvious and hidden costs of being queer in Hollywood from both the inside looking out, and the outside looking in.

Hadleigh brings us quotes and statements from such stars as Rock Hudson, Truman Capote, Gary Grant, Neil Patrick Harris, k.d. lang, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodi Foster, Queen Latifah, Little Naz, Oscar Wilde, Sammy Davis Jr., Ellen Page, Rosie O’Donnell, Ian McKellan, Bea Arthur, Buttlerfy McQueen, Chaz Bono, Elton John, Remi Malik, Wanda Sykes, among others.

“This is a great book for the current generation of LGBTQ+  to read and see what queer life in America used to be like.  It’s also a great reminder of how far we have come, ” said Publisher Lori Perkins.

Books and downloads are available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, and Kobo.

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