An Amazonian Force to be Reckoned With

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by Madeline Iva

You’re coming to Love Fest at Virginia Festival of the Book on Saturday, right?

Okay, glad we got that settled.

I realize that we’re going to be like a bunch of Amazonian warriors on the stage.  I’m very tall, Jane Friedman is pretty tall, and I think Laura Kaye is tall too.  In my imagination we’re going to look like this:

by Howard David Johnson

by Howard David Johnson

You probably want to know what we’re going to be talking about.  I’m so glad you asked.  The panel is called PUBLISHING ALCHEMY: HOW ROMANCE AUTHORS QUICKLY MASTER NEW PUBLISHING TRENDS.  Now, some people on the panel, like Paige Wheeler and Jane Friedman don’t write romance at all, but they’ve got front row seats to this new age of publishing and will offer insights into what they observe going on in the industry.   I’ll give you a hint: what they’re witnessing…

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Contemporary VS. Paranormal: Who Do You Love?

Madeline Iva:

Crushing on Love Fest authors and considering whether indie contemporary romance is pushing my beloved paranormal sub-genre aside.

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a Mary Burton

Mary Burton brings some class to Love Fest on the Small Towns & Sweet Tea panel.

by Madeline Iva

Howdy ladies! This is my third year organizing romance panels at Virginia Festival of the Book–which is next Saturday, March 22nd.  Here’s what we’re offering this year:

Small Towns & Sweet Tea–The Charm of Southern Contemporary Romance

Hell on Heels: Bad Girls, Feminism, & Rebellion in Romance Fiction

Publishing Alchemy: How Romance Authors Quickly Master New Publishing Trends

and last, but not least:

Too Young to Fight It–Why we love YA Paranormal Romance.

What–no historical fiction this year??? OMG OMG OMG…

b Deanna Raybourne

Deanna Raybourne has a story about men, women, and a party game played with some sheets with holes in them–you will not want to miss her hair raising stories of what they actually did in your great grandmother’s day.

Keep yer panties on–three of the four authors on the Hell…

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It’s Definitely Hard: Q&A with Laura Kaye

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Book 1 --Laura's writes smokin' hot dudes.

Book 1 –Laura’s writes smokin’ hot dudes.

By Madeline Iva

Hello lovelies! Today I’m over-the-moon because we have Laura Kaye with us for Q&A.  Laura is one to watch when it comes to romance.  BTW, we’re going to be on a publishing panel publishing at the Virginia Festival of the Book, Saturday, March 22nd.  It’s free–and we promise to be witty and entertaining. Come check it out and say hello afterwards. ;>

MADELINE IVA: Laura, tell us all about your new book.

LAURA KAYE: Thanks! I’d love to! Hard As It Gets is the first in my sexy romantic suspense series called Hard Ink, which is about the surviving members of a disgraced Special Forces team fighting to regain their stolen honor. Hard As It Gets pairs Nick Rixey, second in command of the SF team, with Becca Merritt, the daughter of the deceased unit commander whose dirty black op led…

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SEXSOMNIA!

Madeline Iva:

I’m being published by HarperImpulse! Along with my Lady Smut gals, we’re doing an anthology — here’s what my story is about.

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8% of patients referred to a sleep disorders clinic reported having sleep sex.

I’m so excited about our big news that Lady Smut is getting an anthology published by HarperImpulse! The anthology is tentatively titled LADY SMUT’S BOOK OF DARK DESIRES.  The erotic romance stories are in that range of sexy-spooky-paranormal.

So what’s my story about, you ask? Why sexsomnia of course!

Yes, sexsomnia actually exists.  Yes, there are known, documented cases of people having sex in their sleep and waking up with amnesia not remembering a thing about it.  Sort of a horror story for our one-night-stand-nation. Though sometimes it’s more of a mercy not to remember, isn’t it?….

To me it seems so symbolic.  We LOVE paintings of women asleep where they are vulnerable and seemingly unable to resist.  There’s something deeply erotic about this state for artists.

Sleep 2 40 million people in the U.S. have a sleep…

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Swanky Xmas

tinselGod, I love an old fashioned Xmas tree.

My secret fantasy is being transported into The Thin Man, where I spend the holidays partying in swanky clothes. I’d be taking taxies from one gin joint to the next, dancing in the New Year.

While Nora’s character from The Thin Man is the perfect mix of fun– I think I wouldn’t mind being more the femme fatale type.

The women in the book are a more interesting than they are in the movie–esp. Mimi.  Think I’ll get the book down and start reading it again.

Meanwhile, have yourselves a merry little Christmas…see you in the New Year when I can hopefully finally…FINALLY….share my sooper sekrit news!

xo, Madeline