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Fifty Shades Darker Celebration & Valentine’s Giveaway

9 Feb

by Madeline Iva

Are you going to see FIFTY SHADES DARKER this weekend? We are!fifty-ball

Well, Elizabeth SaFleur and I are. We’ve already got our tickets and we’re taking our spouses.  Not only that–we’re holding a celebration event on Facebook to chat with y’all about the FIFTY SHADES DARKER movie.  We hope you join us!50shadesshouldersleeping

Go to our event on facebook, press the *interested* button, then tell us what you thought about the movie:

  • What did you love? The actors, characters, settings, costumes, plot?
  • How did FIFTY SHADES DARKER compared to the book and the first movie?
  • Do you love billionaire romance themes in general? Or BDSM romances in particular? ; >

We’re also blogging about fascinating aspects of the movie here.  (Don’t worry, we’ll post everything over at the fb event too.)

  • Reasons Why Billionaire Romances Are Never Going Away
  • My obsession with Jamie Dornan
  • 5 Ways In Which Real Life Millionaires Aren’t Like Us
  • Jackie Horne from ROMANCE NOVELS WITH FEMINISTS will stop by. We’re discussing where young women are going with BDSM and how this is or isn’t reflected in the movie.
  • Joey Hill shares with us how to get kinky with her 10 favorite kitchen items.


Admittedly, not all of us at the blog are 50 Shades lovers.  You might not be either — that’s why we have other smexy Valentine’s Day posts to offer you this month.  pantiesCheck out our posts on:


This Valentine’s Day weekend, we’re offering a Kama Sutra giveaway from Lux Aromatica that includes massage oil, soap, a candle, and lip balm.

To enter the giveaway, hit the SUBSCRIBE button on our blog now–it’s the pink button up at the top on the right–and fill out the form.  One random winner will be chosen from central Virginia where Kerensa’s stores are located and one random winner from the nation at large. (Continental US only, please!)

We look forward to seeing you all this weekend, even if you’re just stopping by to say hi. — xoxo

wickedapprenticefinal-fjm_low_res_500x750Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.



Charlotte Stein’s Criminal Mind

19 Feb

by Madeline Iva


Click to buy that bad boy.

First of all, INTRUSION is on sale for .99.   If I were you, I’d totally hit that while it lasts.

Second — have I told you about my latest obsession with CRIMINAL MINDS? I will perseverate on my Dr. Reid fixation later, but for now, let me just note that it’s so fascinating to see Charlotte Stein branching out and embrace a more serial-killer-y sort of background plot in this novel.

The narrator meets the neighborhood recluse, Noah Gideon Grant.  Gideon–Gideon, people! You think Charlotte likes CRIMINAL MINDS too?

Of course, this novel has the classic inner-achey Stein heroine voice.  The voice that knows only tortured pain, and loneliness until–

We are hung up on that pause while our fairly inexperienced Stein-i-an heroine crawls intimate moment by intimate moment from repressed to erotic as all git.  I have to admit I love all of Stein’s heroines.  They are low maintenance.  They are rounded, usually, and they enjoy sex like nobody’s business.  The guys are never ever slut shaming as the heroine’s desires ramp up to white hot lust.  Yes, they often just like each other right away.  You gotta a problem with that? I didn’t think so.

In fact, there’s often a kind of innocence about the whole relationship–if not the heroine herself.

Buy me 'cause I'm Irrrrrrrrrish!

Buy me ’cause I’m Irrrrrrrrrish!

That is, of course, unless she’s evil.

Stein’s latest, “Forbidden” is about a young woman/girl in need of a little exorcism when she’s rescued by an almost-a-priest.  Who’s hot by the by.  It’s like an alternative version of CARRIE, complete with the bat-sh** crazy mom.

I know the question you’re dying to ask: does that almost-a-priest end up taking his vows?  Vows of pleasure, perhaps? Wink wink, nudge nudge. I won’t tell.

For those who are on top of things, have already read these new releases, enjoyed them, and want to wade a little further into the Stein’s back list–try TELLING TALES.  My friend Adriana Anders assures me it is filthy goodness.

My favorites are still RESTRAINT, SHELTERED, and BEYOND REPAIR.

So much Charlotte Stein–so little time!


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