The Science Behind Dark Gothic Feels — Lady Smut

by Madeline Iva Hello lovely people! How are you? I’m pretty obsessed these days with one thing and one thing only: dark, gothic feels. I like all aspects of suspense–preferably set in intriguingly gloomy surroundings, and chock full of complex, morally ambiguous or hard to read characters. I love how gothic reads make the heart…

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Endorphin Rush: Post-VDay Sale Ending

Need to quell your post-Vday chocolate cravings? (I do. Seriously.) Here’s just the thing to distract you from binging at the candy store — this Valentine’s Day Speculative Fiction Sale is STILL going on!!! It was supposed to run from Feb 13th to the 15th, but I just checked the link and lots of the books…

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Dragons DuJour: Shifter Romances Are Having a Dragon-y Moment — Lady Smut

By Madeline Iva We seem to be having a dragon moment in Romance-landia, so let’s take a wee look at three books doing the dragon thing and talk about why someone like me–who may be somewhat like you–finds myself diving into dragons even though I’m usually not into the shifter thing. 1,363 more words

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You Had Me At ‘Psycho-Sexual Unravelling’ RAW: Feminist Horror Movie — Lady Smut

by Madeline Iva There’s nothing like a good feminist horror movie to get you in the mood for Halloween. And such is our society that for the first thirty minutes of Julie Ducournau’s feminist allegorical film RAW, she doesn’t even have to go out of her way to create horror–she just turns the camera on…

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Hello, I’m Madeline and I’m a Plotting Dork. (Mumbles from crowd: ‘Hi Madeline’)

Morning lovely people!

I’m bubbling with joy because on September 16th, I’ll be in Leesburg, VA for the 2017 Publishing Summit where I’ll give a 90 minute workshop on plotting

Did I have you at ‘Publishing Summit?’ REGISTER HERE.

Here are topics I’ll cover:

  • Understanding Aristotle’s theory of drama in 5 minutes.
  • How and when to use backstory and flashbacks & how to avoid info dumps
  • What’s the difference between action arcs, narrative arcs, & character arcs–and how should you use all 3 of them in your story?
  • What if your plot doesn’t fit the hero’s journey?
  • Fun ways to brainstorm your plot with friends
  • Why are endings so hard? What’s a coda?

Why should you take this workshop if you’re an advanced writer and already published? It’s a stretch to say that one workshop is ideal for every writer, yet many published authors are very intuitive when it comes to writing.  The downside with being an intuitive writer is that when you get stuck at some point in your novel you’ve no idea how to analyze what’s wrong and fix it. This workshop will help you to clarify your understanding of the elements of narrative structure so you’ll have a knowledge base to lean on in times of trouble.  Register now.

Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

What’s Your Name, Princess? — Lady Smut

WICKED APPRENTICE – Your perfect summer fantasy read. Only .99 cents. ONE LINK TO RULE THEM ALL: “What’s your name?” She asked, nervous. She had to get his name and go. She was in over his head. “But you haven’t even told me yours, Princess,” he said in his quiet voice. She gave a little […]

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A Dirty Job Calls For Dirty Sex…Heroes Who Drive a Tractor — Lady Smut

by Madeline Iva Men who drive tractors kinda get me hot. I like their competence combined with patience and persistence. I’ve worked on a farm. I’ve shoveled shit, stacked hay bales, emptied ice out of water buckets with a hammer. Hard muscles come from daily physical labor, and a soul-aching beauty from the quiet surroundings. […]

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“Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk? — Lady Smut

by Madeline Iva I do. I do feel lucky. I’ve got two new TV actor obsessions this summer. AND WE’RE CELEBRATING Elizabeth Sa Fleur’s new book release LUCKY. (See more below.) Todays post is about two weird punks, among other things. Thankfully people rarely toss around the term ‘punk’ anymore. Some older man or jock […]

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