Sweet Deals!

Awesomely, Barnes and Noble has discounted No Proper Lady to 99 cents, from now until April 28th. If you’d like to buy a copy, or know someone who might, this is an excellent chance! Goes great on Spring Break-style bus trips and for upcoming beach reading! 

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About isabelcooper

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 No Proper Lady, published September 2011 by Sourcebooks Lessons After Dark, forthcoming in April 2012 from Sourcebooks 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.
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4 Responses to Sweet Deals!

  1. Gennie Callard says:

    Hi! On Goodreads it says that Curious Affairs at Midnight (Englefield, #3) is coming out June 1. I thought that might be odd because it’s a Saturday. But I checked and it’s not out anywhere. Do you know when I’ll be able to find it? Thank you!!!

    • isabelcooper says:

      Thanks very much for writing, and sorry I didn’t see this comment before!
      Curious Affairs is a bit in limbo at the moment. It’ll definitely come out sometime soon, though–I’m very excited about Englefield and writing in that series!

  2. AnonMoos says:

    Hi, I came across “No Proper Lady” kind of by accident (it’s not really in any of my usual genres), but once I started reading it, I became semi-obsessed with it for about a month, and read it about ten times. It’s quite well done in many ways (for instance, you very wisely keep the focus on the personalities, rather than the technical occult details), and the character Joan comes alive vividly. It might have been good to spell out a few small details that casual readers of the book might assume are loose ends (such as that the priests in Joan’s time have very little idea about most twentieth-century history, much less nineteenth, but they’re able to feel where and when to send Joan to have the most impact; or that Eleanor in Reynell’s house is wearing maidservant clothes, etc.). One thing that might stretch credibility a little, is that Simon must have pretty firm control over the gossipping of his servants (and the dressmaker), if he’s able to pass off a mysteriously-rescued female of unknown origins and at first semi-emaciated appearance to the neighborhood as an ordinary genteel visitor within a few weeks. Also, you may have some misconceptions about male physiology — we don’t really have a “tightening somewhat lower” every time a pretty girl we’re attracted to smiles at us (it definitely could happen, but not every time). When a historical novel is of overall good quality, I don’t worry too much about possibly pedantically anachronistic details, but one thing that did strike me was the word “automobile”. This apparently didn’t acquire its modern meaning until about 1895 (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22378819 ), and it wasn’t much used by ordinary non-technical people in Britain until at least the 1930s. To see what “automobile” meant in 1888, look at
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hotchkiss_Ordnance_Co_advertisement_clipping_for_Howell_torpedoes_11-24-1888.jpg

    I really loved the book. Thank you for writing it!

    • isabelcooper says:

      Thank you very much for writing to me, and I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed No Proper Lady!

      One of the interesting things about writing romance is that there’s often a fairly strong fantasy aspect–not just in genre, but in terms of idealism v. gritty realism–especially where the hero’s concerned. Being ready to go at the drop of a hat comes into play there for many of us. 😉

      Interesting stuff about automobiles! I didn’t know that, and I suspect I’ll use it in the future. Many thanks!

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