Release, Blog Tour, and Conan

First of all: No Proper Lady releases today! You can find it at Amazon , or at the Sourcebooks website or hopefully at your local bookstore!

I am very excited, obviously! I am also doing a blog tour, and will post links appropriately. Today I’m at Urban Girl Reader, talking about female assassins and the advantage of surprise.

I would put up links to everything, but that does not seem to be working so well.

In unrelated news, I went to see the new Conan film last night. The Cimmerian–not Ahnold, the text version–was one of my first crushes, so I was tentatively looking forward to the film despite some pretty bad reviews.


Good stuff:

1. The visuals. However you want to take that.
2. Um. Evil Utilikilt Guy and Marilyn Manson’s Creepy Girlfriend seem to be having a lot of fun here?

Bad stuff:

1. We seem to have sacrificed character development in favor of a lot of random fight scenes.
1a. Yes, this movie is rated R. We know. You don’t have to have sixteen decapitations and someone getting de-nosed to prove it. I don’t *mind* the blood, but it got tedious.
2. Likeable sidekicks? No. Bundles of Unfortunate Implications? Oh yes.
3. So there’s a random plot device. And the movie starts with Evil Utilikilt Guy getting the last bit. Except that there’s another, previously unmentioned part, because we need the chick to be a plot device, because God forbid a female character in this movie have agency.
4. Oh, the chick. I do not believe anyone ever watched the 1970s Conan and wished that Valeria could be more like Princess Useless von Hairstyle, aaaaannd yet…here we are. Snippy damsel-in-distress “monk” with Great Destiny. Sigh. Valeria, I miss you.
5. Someone on the scriptwriting team clearly has A Thing for chicks dangling from great heights while shrieking.
6. The Mask of Ultimate Power seems like it basically a) lets you stick your dead wife’s soul into another chick’s body, and b) makes your evil lair collapse. This is not a great bargain as artifacts go.
7. So, Pirate Sidekick? I appreciate that you want to get your buddy laid and all. Well wing-manned. However, when the chick in question is possibly the key to resurrecting the Dark Artifact of Actually Not Doing Anything and definitely has a bunch of guys looking for her? Maybe you should consider not encouraging her to go wandering off onto the mysteriously forested island.

Sigh. A more detailed post tomorrow, but for now…I do not recommend it. Especially not in 3D, unless you like severed noses in multiple dimensions.


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I'm Izzy. I write stuff: mostly vaguely fantasy stuff, and most notably the following books: Hickey of the Beast, published March 2011 by Candlemark and Gleam Romance novels from Sourcebooks: No Proper Lady Lessons After Dark Legend of the Highland Dragon The Highland Dragon's Lady Night of the Highland Dragon Highland Dragon Warrior Highland Dragon Rebel Highland Dragon Master I also like video games, ballroom dancing, and various geeky hobbies like LARPing. I have been known to voluntarily purchase and eat circus peanuts. Like, a whole bag at once.

10 thoughts on “Release, Blog Tour, and Conan”

  1. Congratulations!

    As for the film… how can you not like it, it has breasts! Everyone likes breasts, right? And it’s not as though there were any other way you could get to see them.

  2. Congratulations on the release! πŸ˜€ I’ll check if I can find your book in a bookstore; too bad it’s not available for my Kindle (I could’ve bought it in a matter of a few clicks!).

  3. HI! I have just found/read the blurb for your book and have instantly purchased it! Now I have the long wait for it to be shipped to Australia!!!
    After reading your blog posts I was left wondering where the “would you like to know more?” button was. (Forgive my bad Starship Troopers quote!). So now I am left with the ultimate question will there be more books?

  4. I read about this book and it sounds fascinating! Please contact me so you can visit us at the RomCon paranormal blog. Pretty please? I can’t wait. I just ordered it on Kindle.
    Michele C @ RomCon

  5. I just wanted to say FANTASTIC book!! It was refreshingly unique and soooo good. I read anywhere from 3-10 books a week so it takes a lot to really make me take notice of an author, especially new ones but you have just earned a spot on my must read list πŸ™‚ if you ever need a beta reader let me know!can’t wait to read the next book!!

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