About Madeline Iva

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Weekend Laziness…Not

What are you up to this weekend, dear readers?

I’m staring out the window at a giant ash tree. The doggies are lying on the couch taking their second mid-morning nap. There’s cinnamon chai in my tea pot, and…I’m getting to work. Sigh.bored now cup

Got a deadline. Agggggh.

What are you gonna do? It’s my own fault that I have to work this weekend, revising revising revising, but there it is.  IMG_8674

Ohhhh, I’d love to have some good friends over this morning, would love to serve them my new brunch obsession: stuffed french toast. Would love to go see a matinee of MAGIC MIKE XXL afterwards, but (whimper,) I can’t.magic-mike-xxl-trailer

So go out there and have fun for me, folks. Go to the bookstore after the movie and buy that pretty new romance with the hot cover that makes your insides squeeze and a gourmet coffee for me. Hang out in bed sucking up hours on Pinterest this afternoon. Go check out the tomatoes in the garden, or lie under the trees in the hammock with your sweetie. Enjoy the day for me, please, while I sit here and pay for my sins, writing hot, hot romance. :)

xoxo, M.

Your New Romance Cover Model Is Here: Grigoris Drakakis

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My friend the famous historical romance author would occasionally bemoan the fact that her cover model for two of her books had many, many more facebook followers than she had…

And indeed, her cover model-turned-online-cheff Nathan Kamp occupied that coveted Fabio spot for awhile when it came to romance covers.

http://www.nathankamp.com/

But who will take his place? Well, peeps, one day an email popped up in my inbox introducing me to a new contender for Supremely Hot Romance Cover Super-model. He is Greek and his name is Grigoris Drakackis – and he is every paranormal author’s dream come true.

Hot. Broody. Dark.   He belongs in a decaying weird castle, festering with tortured secrets.

There’s something dangerous about his look, something wild. He’s a serious bad boy.

Well, on the cover of a romance novel at least. Here’s what he had to say to us at Lady Smut.

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Far From The Madding Crowd: Alone Time with Mr. Oat

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Mr. Oat, if Carey Mulligan doesn't get it, she's an idiot. Mr. Oat, if Carey Mulligan doesn’t get it, she’s an idiot.

by Madeline Iva

Here’s my blurb for the movie: Determined young heiress can’t appreciate gentle jewel of a man who’s right under her nose until life beats the stuffing out of her.

Which sounds annoying, doesn’t it? But there’s much to appreciate and much to find annoying together in this movie. I bet you’ll love it — I bet you’ll go see it and think I’m being too picky. But let me snark away for a moment.

First of all, this film is definitely NOT a romance—Though our heroine is aspirational, though three men clearly want her, she says she’s not looking for love.  And I believed her.  Because it would be really annoying, wouldn’t it–if she were looking for love after being soooooo sure she wasn’t? Right.  I actually liked her best when she wasn’t dealing with the men.

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Summer Fun: Stylish Vampire Movies

 

imagesIt’s summer and it’s hot! I’ve been reading Travis Leudke’s The Nightlife San Antonio

(it’s free on Amazon right now, btw.  We’re talking fast paced erotica. The main character is an ex-soldier/possible sociopath who saves petite vampira with all the Mexican Drug Cartels after her. Think of it as lite dark erotica, if that makes sense.)

–which was making me think of True Blood.  That started me thinking about all my favorite vampire movies–and how some are set in the heat (True Blood and Interview With A Vampire take place close to New Orleans) and some are dipped in cool.

Since it’s hot outside, this is a list of stylish vampire films dipped in cool.  They are all as pleasing to look at as they are to experience.

UNDERWORLD 1 & 4 –Kate Beckinsale is sleek and chic in her portrayal of cold, pissed off Celine, who shamefully falls for a lycan in this action adventure film. (Why only two out of four? Because 2 was a less good version of 1 and 3 went back into the past and wasn’t Urban Fantasy. 4 is not as good as 1 but it’s not bad, plus it has Theo James in it.) imgres

THE HUNGER –Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, and David Bowie star in this 80’s minimalist classic of rich NYC vampires, bittersweet betrayal, and how the more things change, the more they stay the same.images-1

NOSFORATU THE VAMPYRE — A German film, by a famous German director, with famous German actors. (Note the references to the paintings of the Pre-Raphealites!) A romantic, suspenseful film.  This is the film that Coppola tried to imitate with Keanu (what was he thinking???) images-3

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE  — If you’ve seen Nosforatu, then this movie takes on even more layers–but it’s not necessary. This film is two parts edgy, one part satire, one part daffy, one part scary.  You really don’t know just exactly what’s going to happen next.images-2

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN — Vampires, Swedish style.  images-4

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE — Cool vampires looking back while avoiding death in a toxic world.  I could look at Tilda Swinton and her hair all day.  Meanwhile, Tom Huddleston sends me.images

 

Sharing the Love

Hello Monday!  I just wanted to celebrate with you, dear readers, how great things are in general and share the love.  I’ve been offered a contract for my fantasy romance WICKED APPRENTICE! We have a Goodreads giveaway for our Lady Smut Anthology HERE. Plus, there’s talk of a sequel in the works for ‘Sexsomnia’.  Woot!

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I’ve also really been enjoying all my romance writing pals lately.  I feel super blessed not only by their company and their advice, but one of the best benefits of having awesome romance writing buddies is that they are full of excellent reading recommendations.  So this week I wanted to pass them onto you.

Adriana Anders is a huge fan of Anne Calhoun.  I read Calhoun’s work LIBERATING LACEY yesterday and (fanning myself) I really liked it! It was fast, hot, and the hero was grrrrrreat! It was full of the best kind of sugar-kink.  Yowza.  If you are a fan–as I am–of classy erotic romance, then this book is for you.

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Click to buy.

Newly divorced Lacey Meyers wasted too many years yawning through sex in the missionary position. Now she’s looking for a hookup with a man who can make her shatter. What she gets is a hot younger cop with handcuffs…and he’s not afraid to use them.

Need I say more?  Adriana also poked at me and everybody else she knows to pick up Cara McKenna‘s book AFTER HOURS because it was .99 cents. I’ve read Cara McK’s work before.  She’s a great writer–intelligent and sexy-hot.  She’s a bit more gritty than Anne Calhoun, and loves her bad boys, but keeps away from skeeze.  I followed Adriana’s suggestion and got it pronto. Isn’t the cover yum?

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Click to buy.

Elizabeth SaFleur meanwhile, recommended Annika Martin whom she met at the Romantic Times conference.  Annika has this whole kinky bank robbers series.  I got the first one for free: THE HOSTAGE BARGAIN.

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Click to Buy.

Liz Everly is into everything Susanna Kearsley.  Hey, and you know what? So is Adriana Anders–both are completely obsessed with her, so even though it’s not exactly romance–it’s more women’s fic/lovestory I checked out THE WINTERSEA.  If you like your romance with a bit of the woo-woo factor, a takes-place-now-and-in-the-past-plot, and a lotta Scottish seaside scenery, then you’ll be gaga for this book.

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Click to buy.

Meanwhile, Sue London wanted me to check out Cara Vance, specifically THE NECROMANCER’S WIFE and so I am — and will report back soon.  I have to say, looking at Cara’s books I love the REALLY great sounding plots–just my cup ‘o tea.

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Click to buy.

Lydia Strom has an incredible love life. There’s just one small problem: she died three years ago.

Somehow her husband has found a way to bring her soul back for short periods. Each time Lydia awakens, she’s in control of a different body. 

But not everything is as it seems. As Lydia explores her new existence, she begins to suspect that her husband has been keeping secrets about his past, their marriage, and her death. Now she must confront these mysteries head-on.

Finally Joanna Bourne didn’t exactly recommend this book.  It was more like she said “Oh my goodness, look at what Liz Carlyle has written here!” It’s really funny — because Liz Carlyle’s book cover looks so tame for a historical — no hot naked man-flesh on the cover, no naked backed woman falling backwards out of her open dress.

Not so tame after all. But I'll bet you're curious. You know what to do.

Not so tame afterall. But I’ll be your curious. You know what to do.

Yet apparently it’s got some super-duper hot kink in it. Who knew, right? She’s raking in the one star reviews from her usual readers who are all like “riding crops and anal! WTH?!?”

But hey, maybe this is the start of a new direction for Liz.  Can you tell exactly what kind of sex you’re getting with this blurb?

New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle creates her darkest, most sensuous story yet, as a delectable but desperate governess runs headlong into the path of a notorious rake.

Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose daring exploits are only whispered about. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap, then stalks out, references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is burning.

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty—but the latter is no use to a servant. Her circumstances are desperate, and with Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . . her body.

But when fate sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice—draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

So my ducklings, that’s the Monday report.  Back to revisions for me! Hope you all pick up some of these great reads and enjoy the rest of your lovely week. Let me know what you thought xoxoxo, Madeline

P.S.  Fun fact: In 2012, my average blog reader read an average of 37 of my posts. Isn’t that crazy? Mmmmwah! Love you guys!

 

 

 

Mad Max: The Awesomest Movie That Almost Was

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by Madeline Iva

Call me an optimist.  I say 1/2 a good movie is better than none.  And Max Max is all kinds of half a good movie.***  Let me count the ways:

1) DESIGN DESIGN DESIGN: This movie’s best moments start and end with the look of the film.  The franchise is not just about costumes anymore.  Once upon a time we were sated by some 80’s white rocker desert costumes.  Once upon a time a bladed boomerang and hockey glove on a little kid’s paw did it for us.  One upon a time teddy bear effigies marching across desert sand and we cheered.  Now the best oscar for Post-Apocalyptic Macho Motifs in a Futuristic Dustbowl Series goes to brilliant yet repellant details such as:

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Death head steering wheelssteering wheel

Hedgehog spike-y carsspikey car

Cancerous punk boy cannon fodder — who spray their teeth and lips silver just before going all jihad on their…

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A Hand in the Bush: The Art of Vaginal Fisting

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Just a sweet little blog post about this tiny little sex shop I visited on my vacation.

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by Madeline Iva

I went to Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend.  Lurv Chicago! Down in Andersonville, a Swedish/Persian neighborhood I enjoyed falafel with fesenjan – a pomegranate walnut sauce. (I almost died with pleasure.) I was out with my friend–who dragged me over to this tiny sex store she’s been dying to check out for months.

Well *that* was fun! So many dildos, so little time!

Whether you like alien style penetration,

For some folks, it's not fun unless it looks like it came from another planet. For some folks, it’s not fun unless it looks like it came from another planet.

or prefer the more ‘natural’ look,imag0160

or the Betty White discount dildos bucket — you’ll be a happy camper in this shop.

The pic of Betty White kills me! The pic of Betty White kills me!

It’s such a small store, but has so much to offer.  Not just the more pricey items like lingerie, paddles, ropes, a sling set, but also some icy-cooling balm for the nipples call Nip Zip. $_35-1 (I’ve also heard sucking…

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