Sarah and Candy on ABC Melbourne Sunday Morning

ABC Melbourne Sunday morning in Melbourne, Australia, Candy and I will be on the air with Alan Brough on 774 ABC Melbourne. I think we’re on around 11:30 AM there as part of the arts/books program, whereas it’ll be 9:30 Saturday night here, and like, a week ago last Tuesday in Oregon or something. Working out the time zone differences nearly did me in. It looks like there may be ways to listen in online, if you’re not in the Melbourne area.

Seems Alan is way into the Bosoms, and wants to talk to us about romance novels. And since I’m a huge fan of Australia, I’m so excited, I can’t even tell you. Candy and I both are plotzing all over the place, especially since, according to her bio, Hilary Harper, who contacted us initially, tosses haiku into her traffic reports. That’s just supreme excellent right there.

Think I ought to tell Alan that Freebird thinks the lyrics to “Waltzing Matilda” go: “Washing the tuba, washing the tuba, you’ll go a-washing the tuba with me”? This makes more sense to him than anything having to do with Matilda. Come to think of it, why aren’t there more romance heroines named Matilda? Yo Australian romance writers, we need more Matilda heroines. Particularly if they have hobo-style handbag collections. Because that wouldn’t be obvious or anything.

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    Sia McKye says:

    Sarah and Candy,

    Has anyone warned Australia?  Shouldn’t there be some sort of warning issued that the Smart Bitches are invading their country?  Just sayin’. Wouldn’t want an international incident, lol!

    I will have to see if there is a way to listen to the broadcast, so thank for the link.  (and why do they call it a ‘broad’cast? Does it have anything to do with broads, dames, and other old world terms?)

    Hey, best of luck, sounds like the two of you will have a lot of fun.

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    Lisa Hendrix says:

    Come to think of it, why aren’t there more romance heroines named Matilda?

    Your wish is my command.  The heroine of my June book, IMMORTAL OUTLAW, is named Matilda.

    Sometimes.

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    ghostgirl says:

    Very cool! Have to remember to try to listen…seeing as it almost one of my local stations.

    I think when you learn that Matilda in the song means a swag (basically the bag/bundle with all their belongings) that they used to wander around the bush, it becomes less glamorous as a name for a heroine… Plus the whole song is kind of morbid – the main character steals a sheep, gets caught then jumps into the billabong and drowns to avoid going to jail (and people think we should have this as our national anthem!!!!?!!!!)

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    SonomaLass says:

    Hurrah for streaming audio!  I hope I can get away from the family for a while on Saturday evening.  I’m in Candy’s time zone, so I think that’s 6:30 p.m.

    Hmm, a heroine named Matilda who “wander[s] around the bush?”  Sounds adventurous—possibly even f/f!

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    wendy says:

    SonomaLass, if it is on in Aust. on Sunday then in West Coast USA it would be nearly a full day later.
    Alan Brough looks scared on that page. Be gentle with him.

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    Hooray!
    Can’t wait. :-)

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    che says:

    Somewhat o/t- I went to Hastings bookstore today intending to buy
    BHB, if they had it, but when I got there I realized I had no idea
    where it would be shelved. I checked the new books and romance
    sections. No luck. Non-fictions are categorized into all sorts of
    sections as you probably know, too many sections, too little time, so I didn’t bother. Clerks were too busy to ask.

    I’ll probably end up ordering it online, but just for reference, where
    would it be shelved?

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    Marg says:

    Darn! It’s my city, my time zone, and I will be stuck at kids sport right when it is on!

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    Lisa Hendrix says:

    btw, Sarah—You just reviewed a book (He Called Her Doc) with a heroine named Maude — which is the old nickname for Matilda. Maybe there’s not such a dearth of Matilda’s after all.

    My captcha is fall77—which is precisely when I picked up a used copy of The Wolf and the Dove off a freebie shelf and discovered my future.

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    Saam says:

    Yay! I’m not it Melbourne, but will listen online. Alan Brough is a blast – he apperas on a music quiz show called Spicks & Specks on ABC TV – it’s my favourite show. I think you guys will have lots of fun!

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    Saam says:

    Sorry, that sould have been ‘appears’. Got a little excited while typing.

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    Tez Miller says:

    If you’re new to Alan Brough, he’s from New Zealand, which means his accent is far and above better than the Australian accent…and yes, I’m jealous ;-)

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    Mads says:

    Eeeeeee
    Alan is so awesome. He’s hilarious on Spicks and Specks which is a music comedy show here. If you youtube Alan Brough- six foot four kiwi you will get the very funny Alan adoration song from spicks and specks. Not that I’m a stalker. So excited to listen to smart bitches in my city, on my local radio station. Too cool!
    And Hilary Harper reads Smart Bitches? *mind boggles*

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    MeggieMacGroovie says:

    Spicks and Specks is AWESOME! One of my fav AU shows, hands down. Use the google, youtube, whatever you have to…but watch that show!! My fav ep- They stumped Lloyd Cole on one of his own songs!! A twisted version of, “Perfect Skin”. Its also always funny when they try to get Murray (the Wiggle, is a frequent guest) to be naughty. Good times, good times…

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    Keziah Hill says:

    Alan Brough knows everything, EVERYTHING, about music. He’s a riot. Have a great time! I’ll have to work out how to listen to it in Sydney.

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    JaniceG says:

    Yay! Finally, something in my time zone, and my city, even!

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    Mary G says:

    LOL that was one of the more hilarious interviews I’ve ever heard.  Nice job!

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    Sarah and Candy,
    you rocked!
    Thank you for the big laughs. Magic Hoo Hoo indeed!

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    Mads says:

    That was absolutely awesome. Sarah and Candy had Alan in stitches- and me at home. You were completely awesome. I’ve always wanted to hear Magic Hoo Hoo on the radio!

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    17catherines says:

    That was *so* much fun to listen to – especially when Alan couldn’t stop giggling!  And I loved the recommendations of Australian romance authors – I wish I’d had a pen handy to write down the ones I didn’t know about.  Another wonderful Australian writer who I can highly recommend is Anne Gracie – she has a delicious sense of humour and characterisation, her characters have historically-accurate opinions, and her stories are incredibly sweet.

    Also, I loved your book, and got very funny looks on public transport for giggling like a maniac at some of your heroines, plot cliches, choose your own adventures, and pretty much everything.  Thanks Sarah and Candy for your wonderful and hilarious work.

    Catherine

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    That was such a fun interview. I don’t think Alan knew what hit him, though he certainly should have been prepared from reading your book!

    Thanks for the plug for Downunder romance authors. I think most Australians don’t realize what huge successes they have in writers like Stephanie Laurens, Anna Campbell, Keri Arthur, et al.

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    It was a fantastic interview, Candy and Sarah. You were both brilliant – and so was Alan. You had him in stitches – and I’ll bet, most of the audience, too.

    And thanks, Sarah for mentioning Australian authors so positively. And for including me in the awe-inspiring company of Stephanie Laurens, Anna Campbell, Bronwyn Jameson and Keri Arthur!

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    Hey, Candy and Sarah, I missed the show, whaaaaah! But a wonderful little bird (the Christine Wells ibis, perhaps you know it? Very elegant representative of Aussie fauna) told me you did a fantastic job of talking about all the local talent! And the CWI also said you gave me a lovely plug. Thank you!

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