Smart Bitches on All Things Considered: Now With More Stuff!

NPR The extra content is online, even though All Things Considered isn’t scheduled to air for another half hour. Have a look! There’s Mavis, an illustration by Joanne Renaud, who represents our vision of the “stereotypical romance reader.” Check out the book for the truth about Mavis’ smarty smartness.

There’s also an excerpt from the introduction to the book, the Old Skool vs. New Skool Romance Flowchart, and an audio clip of Candy and I recommending romances to the host, including Lord of Scoundrels and some of the Save the Contemporary features, including Smooth Talking Stranger, Instant Attraction, Talk Me Down and Flat Out Sexy

My stomach probably looks like a balloon poodle, I am so nervous. Holy crap.

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    Robin says:

    Just finished listening to the segment here: http://tinyurl.com/dl7sqq

    It’s the section where Candy and Sarah give book recs; it’s about 3 minutes and it’s GREAT!

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    Robin says:

    Okay, scratch that; it’s just a segment of the piece.

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    The segment was wonderful!  Kudos!  Turgid kudos all ‘round!

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    Chris says:

    I’m on page 31 and I swear I’ve already laughed out loud more times than I have reading any book ever. *dives back in*

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    Rebecca says:

    I’m in the misdt of listening to the afternoon edition now – and awaiting the SBTB segment. Oh, if folks navigate to the NPR page, they should click on the Recommended link. This story, after a while, will then show up as a Recommended story in the books section.

    There’s also an opportunity to comment. I am awaiting my book and plan to comment there later.

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    Elaine says:

    So will it look okay on the kindle?

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    Rebecca says:

    Nicely done, ladies! I especially liked the refernence to heteronormativity.

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    Sean says:

    They just aired the interview on Pittsburgh’s NPR station. Congratulations! Of course, hearing about the “magic hoo-hah” with my mom also listening to the interview was a little uncomfortable!

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    AgTigress says:

    Just had a look at the flow-chart.  It has tipped the balance for me:  I am going to have to get this book.  Going to Amazon UK now…

  10. 10
    Rebecca says:

    Anyone listen to Prairie Home Companion here? Did you hear the plug for Romance in the faux bookstore commercial?

    It was pretty good.

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    Blue Angel says:

    I thought you did very well!  You sounded intelligent and reasonable and very knowledgeable.  Hardly surprising. . .

    I wasn’t really wild about the interviewer going out of her way at least TWICE to assure us that she didn’t read romances (of COURSE not!) and her prejudice showed when she asked for recommendations (this is on the NPR site, not broadcast), characterizing bad romances as “more vile than we can possibly imagine.”  The worst romances are hardly vile, and if that’s as far as she can imagine, then she needs to read more broadly.

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    darlynne says:

    Sarah and Candy, you were great, and hopefully the wide NPR audience will run out to purchase the book and more copies will need to be printed before mine finally ships.

    When Rebecca Roberts asked about the reason for the embarrassment that seems to accompany the revelation that one reads romance novels, I wish she’d have listened to herself. Twice, as Blue Angel pointed out, she made it very clear she doesn’t read the genre: why flee when no one was pursuing, when no one shouted j’accuse! Worse, why the need to distance herself from the subject matter about which she was interviewing you? It’s as if romance reading is contagious (it certainly is) and everyone’s afraid we’re going to sneeze on them.

    The hard work never stops, does it.

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    earthgirl says:

    @ Blue Angel and darlynne—

    NPR is wonderful, but the people there can be slightly pretentious at times, bless their hearts. I can’t throw stones too hard, though, as I used to feel the same way as Rebecca Roberts about romance novels. Hopefully she’ll take some of the suggestions. Also, it could be that she was acting as the audience proxy. If many in the audience were thinking, “Why the hell would I waste my time on this?”, hopefully she brought forth their concerns and Candy and Sarah answered them.

    You guys did great! I loved the interview, but I wish we could hear the whole thing that you recorded.

    Can’t wait for the book to ship!

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    JenD says:

    Oh you guys were great!  I wish the segment had been longer because I was really enjoying picturing her face when you guys were talking about the majick hoo-hoo.

    Congrats! *tossing confetti*

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    Magdalen says:

    I didn’t know about this website—which I’m really loving!—before hearing that bit on the radio.  Great plug, really—I’m an old (in human and romance-reading years, as I started in the 60s with what passed as romance novels in my local library) reader who’s lost the thread a bit with newer authors.  It’s wonderful to having smart bitches like you to read all these authors for me so I don’t have to!  I particularly liked the explanation of “magic hoo-hoo,” which explains so much, like why my gorgeous, younger, thinner, English husband loves me.  I have the right hoo-hoo for him.  Works for me!  Thanks again—Magdalen

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    Trix says:

    Ok, ok, I surrender: I was going to get the book anyway, but that flowchart had me at “process/decision/termination”.

    /her85 – her 88 what? Orgasms? Yes please.

  17. 17

    I managed to catch most of it. The dh and I were out and about when it came on. Well done!

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    Nora Roberts says:

    Nice job, Sarah and Candy. You really are smart bitches.

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    Caty M says:

    Great interview!  Well done Candy and Sarah.

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    Alem says:

    I loved it and now that I have moved you can say you have fans in Ethiopia.

    strong29: Exactly right!

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