Heroines of Destiny!

by Madeline Iva Go to college, have a career, get married, have children. Is this the modern woman’s destiny? What if you don’t tick one of those boxes? I’m moderating a panel called HEROINES OF DESTINY on Saturday, 10AM at Virginia Festival of the Book, so I’ve been questioning the concept of destiny lately, especially […]


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Alternative Endings To The Bachelorette

by Madeline Iva I saw the very first season of the Bachlorette while packing for a Big Move to the South. I made it through a few seasons after that because I was fascinated by watching grown women aggressively fight for the attention of one man–while pretending not to. So deliciously perverse! Alexa Day posted about […]

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Heroines of Destiny!!!

I’m going to be at Festival of the Book in just a few weeks time.  I’ll be moderating a wonderful panel called ‘HEROINES OF DESTINY’.  The title alone inspires me in about a hundred different ways.

How do we regard destiny as romance readers?

How do we in America feel about forging your own destiny? How do other cultures look at destiny?

What do we enjoy as romance readers about a woman fighting her destiny?

And–especially for paranormal readers–what are the joys of accepting one’s special destiny when one is –fill in the blank here–

  • becoming a shape shifter
  • fated true love of an alpha hero
  • turned into a vampire

Ooooh, it’s gonna be so good! Can’t wait to talk to the other authors about these fun topics.  I’ll be joined by Pintip Dunn–NYT bestselling YA author, Margaret Locke–who writes time travel historicals (sorta), and Natalina Reis, who writes what I would call alternative culture fantasy. (I.e. not just Ye Olde English fantasy).

You’re going to come and see us, right? ; >  You won’t regret it if you do.  As usual, all SFF and Romance panels are free to the public.

Never Sweeter: Sweet Darkness in Charlotte Stein’s Dark Obsessions Series

by Madeline Iva We posted a fun excerpt from Charlotte Stein’s story NEVER BETTER last Sunday. NEVER BETTER is the final book in her Dark Obsession trilogy, so of course, I read it first, and then worked my way backwards, cause I’m perverse like that. I gobbled down NEVER BETTER like a chocolate chip cookie and advise you […]

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I Was Enjoying DARK MATTER ‘Til They ****ing Killed My Favorite Character

by Madeline Iva ***Yeah, this post is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned.*** Dark Matter is a successful comic book made into a Canadian television show that you can binge watch on Netflix–which is what I did. The gloomy ship, the tough characters and the cloudy mystery about their identity sucked me right in until […]

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My Obsession with Jamie Dornan in THE FALL

by Madeline Iva I know, I know, some people worship Jamie Dornan for being Christian Grey in the 50 Shades franchise. I didn’t. I perfectly indifferent until I saw him in a television show called THE FALL. Then I got on board the Christian Grey/Jamie Dornan train. And how. THE FALL gripped me by the scruff […]

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Having Your Kink and Condemning It Too: A Discussion with Madeline Iva about 50 Shades of Grey –the film & books

A few months ago, Madeline Iva over at the Lady Smut blog asked me if I’d be interested in joining her for a conversation about the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon in February, on the weekend when the film of 50 Shades Darker opened. I had to admit to Madeline that I’d never read the books, or seen…

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