Monday, April 13, 2009

Smart Bitches stop in for a chat

Today, we are pleased as punch, tickled pink, squeeing with delight, (pick the cliché of your choice), to welcome Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, of the popular romance review blog, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, to Drunk Writer Talk. They're here to celebrate the release of their book BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS: THE SMART BITCHES' GUIDE TO ROMANCE NOVELS that hits the shelves tomorrow -- April 14, 2009.

DWT: Candy and Sarah, thanks for stopping by. Before we get started, what can we get you to drink?

Candy: I'm allergic to alcohol, sadly enough, so a tall glass of cold water is awesome for me.

Sarah: Wine. Love wine. Not so much a fan of hard liquor but red, white, rose and even green? Bring it on.

DWT: Hey, we don't discriminate against non-drinkers (green wine drinkers, maybe). A water and wine coming up.
What sparked you to start a romance review site?

Candy: Honestly? There weren't enough romance review sites out there that were uncensored. I'm not just talking honest, because sites like The Romance Reader and All About Romance existed, and they were fair and honest, but there was this air of constraint and politeness. I wanted a site where I was free to talk the way I normally do, which includes creative profanity (usually for the sake of comedy), and where I could air my unvarnished opinions without fear of offending an editor or website owner. And it turned out that Sarah was in favor of the same thing, too, so lo, Smart Bitches was born.

Sarah: See above re: cussing, and unvarnished opinion. Plus, the two of us approach romances from very different perspectives, and our writing styles are very different. On top of that, we crack each other up like holy cow. It ended up being a kind of perfect storm of fun.

DWT: It's a perfect storm of fun reading, too. Did you anticipate the popularity of your site? The book deal?

Candy: Hell, no. And HELL, NO. It always astounds me that we became as popular as we did, as fast as we did, because neither Sarah nor I advertised. Behold the power of word-of-mouth! We figured we'd be a two-bit blog with a small audience consisting of a couple of friends and family members, but six months after we'd started, we were smack dab in the middle of this insanely active, smart, funny community.

Sarah: NEVER did I think it would be as big as it is. Never. Not a chance. I remember it was me, Candy, her friend in Singapore and my husband reading in the first month. Then, word spread – mostly from the cover snark and the reviews using creative cussing a la Candy.

DWT: We're not averse to creative cussing, here, either. ;-) At times, your site has been a lightning rod for controversy. Do you ever find you need to rein in the comments or get people back on track?

Candy: I'm really hesitant to rein in comments unless people really start to go over the line, because I really think that fostering healthy debate means people should be allowed the space to be assholes. Mostly, however, I think our commenters do a great job of self-policing. For a site known for being bitchy, our commenters are some of the most polite and reasonable around.

Sarah: Our commenters value the community as much as we do, and often they shut down the more obnoxious and awful attacks before I even get to the keyboard to say a word about it. We definitely have contentious debates but most of the time, there are two major points of which I am most proud. One: saying “I disagree with you” very rarely means “I don’t like you,” nor does it mean “You’re wrong and I’m right.” “I disagree” are not words upon which to detonate massive bombs and shit. Two: “I didn’t enjoy your book” does not mean “I deplore the fact that you’re breathing.” There are plenty of people who do the exact opposite of what I recommend – they love what I don’t like, and they don’t like what I adore. I’m as full of shit as anybody. I stick up for my opinion but unless it’s truly, awfully egregiously shitful, I don’t discount your right to your own opinion.

DWT: So, speaking of opinions, here's a more in-depth topic. Clinch covers: for or against?

Candy: By and large, I'm against them, because they're so hard to do well, and they send entirely the wrong message about the genre. They scream: "HEY LOOK AT THE OILED TITTY ISN'T IT GREAT GET YOUR BODICES RIPPED AND PRESSED UP AGAINST THE OILED TITTY RIGHT HERE FOLKS." I do have a sneaking personal fondness for them, though—they're so bad, they're kind of good. I love them the way I love bad reality TV, or schlocky horror movies.

Sarah: Depends. Sometimes, they’re creative and evocative and visually stunning. But that doesn’t change the fact that, as Candy said, it’s shorthand for ROMANCE AHOY AND SEXXING INSIDE, MATEYS. It’s become a conundrum: do the clinch covers sell because they represent romance, or is romance so often represented by the clinch that it can’t help but sell?

DWT: Ah! The chicken and egg question--only with arched backs, bosoms and man-titty. What are your favorite romances of all time?

Candy: The Windflower by Laura London (a.k.a. Sharon and Tom Curtis), because it's a very traditional romance done really, really well—it's a coming-of-age story for the heroine, and she's kidnapped by pirates, oh noes, but never fear, she charms every damn thing she comes in contact with, up to and including the pet pig on the ship. But the authors never let you lose sight that Merry, despite being a bit Mary Sue-ish, is also this awkward, dorky girl in a difficult situation. A few other notable titles are Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, To Love and to Cherish by Patricia Gaffney (I have a bit of a Thing about forbidden sex with the hot young pastor, and Anne is an agnostic, which makes it all even more fun) and The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale. As for contemporaries, Jennifer Crusie's solo work reigns supreme in my heart and on my bookshelf—I've read everything she's published so far, and only a couple of titles aren't on my keeper shelves.

Sarah: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong is absorbing and I can’t go near it without reading six or seven chapters. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. I love Daphne because she’s smart and used to men and aware of their foibles having more male siblings than Celine Dion, and I love that the courtship is both angsty and funny, lighthearted and serious – and has some hilariously funny scenes. Born in Ice by Nora Roberts. I love that the heroine is good at making a home welcoming – a skill and art not nearly as appreciated as it should be, and that the hero doesn’t like people and is a curmudgeon. And since I started reading Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, I’ve found myself yearning to kick more ass than I ought to. The heroines are strong and carry sharp wits and even sharper weapons, and Cole’s narratives explore evil and power and aggression and strength in new and terribly subversive ways. And I’m unable to touch Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis without reading more of it. It’s like Crazy Glue, that book.

DWT: Fabulous choices. I have a feeling your choices will spark some comment discussion. Also Kelley Armstrong is a friend here at DWT. (Although whether or not she'd admit in public to knowing us isn't clear.) What are your favorite movies and TV shows?

Candy: I love Pushing Daisies. Love love love. Love the premise, love the characters (I just about died when they revealed Emerson Cod loves to knit), love the storylines, love the camerawork and the gorgeous color saturation, love Chuck's wardrobe. Also: I want to hug Lee Pace, then lick him all over. I mean, damn. As for movies: Wes Anderson before he became kind of a parody of himself has a special place in my heart, because his movies focus on these incredibly brilliant, awkward, quirky characters.

Sarah: Movies: All incarnations of Pride & Prejudice. TV: Bones. Love the sexually unambiguous heroine and the smoldering attraction between the protagonists. I love the shifting definition of “intelligent” and “smart” and the manner in which the characters all care for one another. And this might make me a 60 year old on my Barcalounger, but I absolutely love NCIS. There’s a colleague of mine at my office with whom I have very, very little in common except a rabid crush on Mark Harmon. He brings all the girls to the yard.

DWT: I love, love, loved Pushing Daisies, too. (Not to mention P&P, and Mark Harmon...) What changes—good or bad—have you seen in the romance genre recently? What, if anything, are you hoping to see more of? Less of?

Candy: Y'know, in the past two years, I've had pretty much zero time left for leisure reading. I mean this quite literally. Between law school, the book and trying to maintain a healthy social life so I don't become too much of a hermit, my reading rate has plummeted. So I can't really speak about new trends. Although that's an incredibly boring answer, so let's see if I can make something up that's kind of convincing…. less demon tentacle rape, and more romance novels featuring gay, bisexual and generally queer characters. DOH, wait, that was only partially made-up.

Sarah: Jane from DearAuthor.com and I spoke about this in one of our early podcasts, but the lack of secure economy and profit in publishing means that we seem to be seeing more of the same repeated tropes and plots, with very little risk – which is why it’s so amazing when I see heroines doing it differently, like Maya Banks’ heroine in her May ’09 Silhouette The Tycoons Rebel Bride. She’s the sexual aggressor? RWOR. I love subversive heroines like Claudia Dain’s anchor character in the Courtesan Chronicles. I love explorations of what it really meant to be female in English history, like in Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal. I love, as I mentioned, Kresley Cole’s heroines who can and will be evil when the situation calls for it. That said, my cup of awesome is not nearly that of everyone else, so I fear the awesome subversion of expectations of female archetypes will be fewer and farther between. But I can still hope.

DWT: We love heroines who aren't so "perfect", too. What romance device(s) would you like to see die a painful death?

Candy: There's this tendency in genre fiction to use certain characteristics that serve as shorthand for how incredibly evil or virtuous or sexy a character must be. Some of the more popular uses in romance include homosexuality or a love of kinky sex in villains, or virginity in a heroine, or hypertrophied, shouty masculinity in a hero. I think over-reliance on this sort of shorthand is lazy, and it creates facile, uninteresting fiction. I'm much more interested in fiction that dares to take well-known tropes and forms, then inverts them or does something unexpected with them—or, if it uses the familiar forms, then does it really, really well.

Sarah: Shorthand blows. I would also like to see less reliance on the “I’m the hero; that’s why” and “I’m the heroine, that’s why” complacency. It’s related to shorthand but not quite the same, and shows up when motivation isn’t quite as clear as one might think, and the reader has to navigate nebulous plotslines by resting on the idea that the individual is the hero and therefore must have a shining glowy moral core of sternest golden strength. SHOW me the strength. Don’t just presume I know it because he’s the hero, that’s why.

DWT: Thanks so much for stopping by to chat! I'm hoping my copy of BEYOND HEAVING BOSOMS arrives today. Or tomorrow. It better.

Finally, some great news! Sarah and Candy are giving away a copy of their book to one random commenter! Let us know your answer to any of the above questions to enter the contest!

Thanks again to Candy and Sarah and here's hoping your book will bring some new smart-bitch readers to the romance genre!

**Update** D'oh! I just realized I failed to put a deadline for the contest... Leave a comment before midnight Wednesday April 15, 2009 to be eligible to win! Winner will be announced round about Friday. Drunk writers and smart bitches ineligible. Okay, you can still win if you're drunk... But Molly, Sinead and I can't win :-(

73 comments:

Kimber Chin said...

Well, I'm just about as random as you get and I'm a commenter (grinning).

Love the Smart Bitches site, love the interview, looking forward to reading the book!

Anonymous said...

Interesting interview.

My favourite novel? Thanks for asking. Easy. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. Such a thrilling page turner.

Susanne

Amy Ruttan said...

Great interview!!

I also lurk at Smart Bitches, rarely comment, usually cause I'm too busy laughing at the creative cursing. :)

Stephanie Doyle said...

Oh my gosh... the Smart Bitches... I'm all giggling. It's like being around famous people! If I wasn't going to be the buy the book before... and of course I was... I would now because you mentioned Kresely Cole, Pushing Daisies and Bones all in one blog post. That's like a hatrick for me.

I can't answer the favorite book question - way too many to chose from. Although if a gun was held to my head Born in Ice would rank up there.

I'll go with things I want to see die... repetitiveness. I have to say I'm getting a little upset with favorite authors who keep telling the same story over and over again. I get the idea you have to deliver the same experience but can't we mix it up a bit? It's sort of what I have loved about Cole. I feel as if the story is different every time.

So authors - lets shake it up a little bit!

Annette Gallant said...

Congratulations on the book! Can't wait to check it out.

Louisa Edwards said...

Fabulous interview! I'm with you on the m/m storylines and the need for fewer virginal heroines and shouty heroes.

Barrie said...

Loved the interview. And good luck on your book!

Pamela Cayne said...

Thanks for a great interview! I'm left wondering if Sarah and Candy could do consulting on other non-fiction books to make them as sharp and funny as their blog. If they re-wrote my Basic Principles of Accounting book, I'd learn it in no time!

Marilyn Brant said...

Just popping in to say--great interview! SO fun to read Sarah and Candy's answers to DWT's questions :-). Well done, all!

Eileen said...

Don't discriminate against green wine too fast! I had a sauvignon vert that rocked.

Maureen McGowan said...

Okay, okay... Green wine it is :-)

Eileen said...

Oooh I can be random.

Favorite drink would also be wine- but not a huge fan of the pink. Red or white. No wishy washy pink

My least favorite thing to see in romance fiction (or any fiction for that matter) is the heroine too stupid to live.

SB Sarah said...

Hi folks! I want to win a book!

Wait, crap, I can't. Well, I'll show up anyway.

If you're curious about green wine, in the summer you can buy vinho verde, which is Portuguese, and SO GOOD when served ice-hella-cold. It's like drinking green apples on ice. Delicious!

Thank you to the drunk writing talkers for having us!

Karen W. said...

Fun interview, and I WANT THE BOOK! :)

Question about favorite TV shows and movies:
Current TV faves: Supernatural, Lost, Medium, Bones, and Grey's.

Movies: WIlly Wonka, Barefoot in the Park, Pretty Woman, When Harry Met Sally, Superman 2, and too many others to name!

Good luck with the book; I love the Smart Bitches site.

Candy said...

Random wine story: Several years ago, I was hanging out with several friends, many of whom were French, and the conversation turned to wine. One of my friends talked about the Spanish tradition of taking really, cheap, really bad red wine and adding "coca" to it.

I looked at her, mildly shocked, and said "REALLY?"

She said "Yes. It sounds disgusting, doesn't it? But it really doesn't taste that bad. The coca actually improves the wine."

And I said "Why? I mean, I hear it's pretty bitter."

She looked a bit confused, but said "No, not really. It's bad wine, but it's not bitter."

And I said "How is that legal in Spain?"

And she looked REALLY confused and said "Why shouldn't it be legal?"

That's when a light bulb went off in my head, and I realized she meant Coca-Cola, not coca leaves or cocaine.

The lesson here is: hooray cultural confusion!

emmad said...

I love heroines that are smart and not neccesarily stunningly beautiful.
Cannot stand the heroine that just simpers and looks pretty.

Must admit I get very turned off by the traditional bodice ripper covers and will normally not buy a book with a cover like that.

:)

PeggyP said...

Thanks for the link from Smart Bitches to this blog, I haven't been here before, it looks interesting. Loved the interview.

Malorie said...

I am so glad that a blog tour has commenced. It is a pleasure reading about these two as always.

And hooray for being a commenter!

Monica Kaye said...

Great interview! I love the Smart Bitches website and I totally go into shock if I don't check it out at least once a day. Loved Sarah at Lady Jane's Salon!

Can't wait until Heaving Bosoms is in my local bookstore. Thus far, my safari for a sighting has been unsuccessful.

Monica

Maureen McGowan said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I feel like we should have tidied, or baked a cake.

Anonymous said...

I love this website. It is hilarious and I enjoy the reviews! Please pick me for the giveaway (shamelessly begging)

runningmatey at hotmail.com

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

There needs to be more romances where the heroine throws the hero on the bed, floor, table and has her wicked way with him.

Lori said...

I'm random & a commenter and I wold love to win a copy of the book. None of the stores in my area are carrying it, so one way or another my copy is going to have to come int he mail.

rednikki said...

Thanks so much for this interview! It was a great read...and like every other commenter, I hope I'm the lucky winner of the book!

Kate Diamond said...

Yay! Smart Bitches!

I want the book.

And I don't have enough demon tentacle rape in my life. Clearly, I am not reading the right books!

alia said...

To answer a question: Anti clinch cover. (and as far as alcohol, a pint of baileys, but sangria will do in a pinch)

want the book want the book want the book pleeeease

Tina said...

I already own the book, so don't pick me. Just wanted to say that the interview was awesome!

For me, the trope I'm particularly tired of is the one where, if the heroine does have any sexual experience, it was either horrific or so incredibly bland that it was barely noteworthy. While I do believe that sex is generally better with love, I find it hard to believe that every heroine in Romancelandia is only capable of having even moderately good sex with her One True Love. /rant

Okay, that and the shouty hero.

Cynthia said...

I need a copy bad, so I can pass it around to the friends. Sharing the spicy goodness :)

Sinead M said...

Did someone mention Sangria....

Demon tentacle rape... so I wasn't the only person watching too much Japanese anime in university...

Carrie said...

Ooo, pick me, pick me! Loved the interview, love the Smart Bitches site, and really love that they hooked me up with a new site to love... drinking and reading, what's not to like?

mordreds-girl said...

Great interview! Eagerly awaiting the moment I have enough money to get the book.

Kris said...

Great interview! I'd love a copy of the book :)

M. said...

So, it's Drunk Bitches, Trashy Writers? Smart Drunks, Bookish Writers?

Could all work.

And check out the Canadian references! The Bitches really are smart, doing homework before they give interviews and everything. *g*

music-dissident said...

Clinch covers are just an opportunity for subversion waiting to happen. They are cheesy and they are terrible, yes; and there is an excellent novel out there that will use these qualities to its advantage.

Diane Whiddon-Brown said...

Thanks for the interview. Loved it! But seriously, green wine? Really? Never heard of a sauvignon vert until Eileen mentioned it, but am now very intrigued...

AmandaM said...

I was wandering aimlessly around the Internet and stumbled over the Smart Bitches website. Holy Crow! You wenches are funny!

Clinch covers? Ugh! Can't stand it. It's such a stereotype. Also, if they're going to do something so cheesy, couldn't they at least approach a likeness of the characters that are between the covers?

Fav romances? Gotta say that I have been devouring Kresley Cole as well. Love her bad ass characters. I have Kiss of a Demon King just waiting to be swallowed whole. Kresley is just evil because she gives a sneak peak of her upcoming book in the middle of the present book. This just leaves you jonesing for it well before it ever comes out. Evil, I say. I'm going to have to look over the favs mentioned here.

Glad I found you guys. Thanks!

AmandaM

Brianne said...

Thanks for the great interview.

I pick and choose my next romance novel based on what others say and what's out at my local library. Currently reading the Liar's Club Regency-era series by Celeste Bradley.

Molly O'Keefe said...

Holy cats! I'm late to the party! Thanks Smart Bitches (you just can't get tired of that can you) The drunk writers were very glad to have you answer some of the questions we've been mulling over! I clearly must try green wine!

Everytime I go home to visit my family my Dad and I watch NCIS - not a show I normally watch, but Mark Harmon is aging quite all right if you ask me.

Thanks for continuing to promote the best of the genre!

vicariousrising said...

Well, it seems I have something in common with both Smart Bitches besides the live of trashy novels: I love wine, but I am also allergic to it. Although when I say allergic, I should say "alcoholic". But I've been sober over three years, so I'm no longer a Drunk Writer. I'll take a sparkling water, if you have it.

I'm glad you aren't prejudiced against non-drinkers. It's a fun blog. ;)

Rachel D said...

Very cool interview, can't wait to check out more of your of this blog. The uber-slut of the English aristocracy and the stuttering as short hand for abusive childhood are way over used. On the other hand The Devil In Winter and The Duke and I are two on my keep shelf so it just goes to show that any cliche can work if done well.

Anonymous said...

Great interview -- great blog!

I am not overly adventurous with alcohol -- downright boring, actually. I'm not fond of the hard stuff or beer, and as Erma Bombeck used to say, I don't know good wine from last week's Koolaid. So I usually go for the frozen fruity types of things -- daiquiris, margaritas, Outback Wallaby Darneds, etc.

Diane :o)
aka Anonym2857 at aol

December said...

I've been a drunk friend of the Bitches for a few years now.

My fav tv shows - How I met your mother, Big Bang theory, The Soup, and of course The Daily Show.

most annoying heroine? I don't like the martyr. the do-gooder, the bleeding heart. blech phooey.

Give me feisty, spunky and saucy!

AlisonH said...

Love the Bitches and looking forward to seeing the book in person

Janicu said...

The one thing I'd like to see less of is the who "mate" concept. That two characters see each other and KNOW that this is the ONE. The idea works sometimes, when it's written well and the relationship has depth more than that, but too often it seems to be a way to skip the explanation as to why these two are compatible and what they actually like about each other.

EliG said...

Right about now I'm wishing that I raced into town to pick up the copy B&N has on hold for me.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Wine and Bones - two of my favorite things!

Great interview and much luck on the book.

Alison Heittman said...

Die a painful death?
I love you because... I just met you and I love you. No reason or foundation, and it doesn't matter that we have nothing in common and you are vapid and I am broody, I will love you forever. The fates have decided.

Lisa J said...

The book looks great. The outtakes and blurbs on the SB website are so funny. The website is wonderful. I check it several times a day.

Good luck with the book.

Kathy Wuebbels said...

Awesome interview ladies!

Cate said...

Great interview! I want to be a smart bitch when I grow up.

ksquard said...

Terrific interview! I'm trolling around behind you on this blog tour to try and catch it all. Can't wait to read the book!

Darlynne said...

I also loved Pushing Daisies, which meant, of course, that it would be canceled before its time. Thanks for a great chat, always a delight when the SBs get together.

Yvette Davis said...

Would love to win a copy for research purposes. This has got to be a great resource for all things heaving!

Christina said...

I can has book? Pretty plz?

J. Lewis said...

OK, I'm a sucker for a chance at a free book. And I lurk-love the Smart Bitches.

Die a painful death: small scars bisecting the hero's left eyebrow.

txvoodoo said...

Another sucker for a free book contest ;)

But I love concept of legitimizing romances! However, I still am glad my ebook reader means I don't display heaving bosom covers :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to see more stories that don't assume that all women want the same thing, such as children. Love is not necessarily a bead on a chain that's automatically followed by marriage, two children, and the suburbs. More stories featuring characters that aren't mainstream.

Jill Shultz

lustyreader said...

sigh, i am ALSO allergic to alcohol. but a margarita is worth a few sneezes and blotches sometimes.

fave romance? Lindsey's Gentle Rogue. Pirate romances ahoy!

And definitely please enter me to win a copy!!!

Louisa Edwards said...

Hey there! Loved the interview. Do NOT enter me to win the contest, as BHB is already in my hot little hands.

Fave romance of all time? That's almost impossible. For sentimental reasons, I ought to say the first I ever read, which was Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale. But my current favorite is probably Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann. Or Kresley's paranormals. Shoot, too many choices!

Heather said...

The one good thing about the whole #amazonfail dustup is that I started seeing articles about it from some very intelligent people. People I had never heard of, like the Smart Bitches!

This feels like the time I "discovered" the great tea shop a mile from my house that everyone else was already going. What hadn't I already known? I feel like such a slacker.

Well, better late than never. So please enter me into the contest.

cutelilVictoria said...

I love anything by Jill Shalvis. Her heroines always have flaws but can laugh at themselves. And she loves to torture the heros. Great stuff!

I would love to win this book. I've heard nothing but good stuff about it!

wynddancer said...

My fave tv shows: Supernatural, Pushing Daisies (sad it's gone), Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl, Stargate Atlantis.

Fave movies: Spiderman (that kiss!), Matrix, Gross Pointe Blank.

Tropes that I wish would die: the gorgeous characters--I wish they'd be a little more average/realistic/representative of everyone (overweight, funky haircolors (red, pink, purple, etc), etc. I also want more in the way of gay, lesbian, bisexual, poly, etc. characters. I want characters who don't want the kids, dogs, etc. even though they have a HEA. I'm also tired of the heroine has had lousy sex, if sex at all, before she met her match. What's wrong with liking sex before you get married?

christina said...

i so love the smart bitches site. love that lillith saintcrow for mentioning it on her sight (and her kick ass characters, of course). as far as the favorite books? i love the urban fantasy and i have a severe sweet tooth for the paranormal romance that is truly trashy (ma patite, anyone?)

Charlotte Norman said...

Love you Smart Bitches! I have to say you guys made me laugh :)

My fav romance novel is, The Bride by Julie Garwood. It was of the first romance books that I had ever read, and I still see the characters vividly. I have reread it a few times over the years, and still love them (Alec and Jamie).

library addict said...

Thanks for the fun interview.

My fave movies and tv series are Leap of Faith, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Firth version of P&P, Firefly, Hill Street Blues, The West Wing, and Earth 2.

Of course, ask me on a different day and my answers may change - LOL.

fadedink said...

Usually lurk, but I'm looking forward to reading the book. :)

No Minimom said...

My favorite bodice-ripper will always be "Knight in Shining Armor" by Jude Devereaux. It was the first historical I'd ever read and I read it in high school. All of my girlfriends were all a-twitter about that one and even today we talk about how that story rocked our worlds.

limecello said...

Great interview, ladies! I'm very excited about BHB - and congratulations on the book release!

I've always enjoyed the conversations at SBTB when I've had the chance to stop by, and I like that you're unrestrained in the manner in which you discuss books.
As for the "shorthand" and "safe" stories you're referring to, YES! I get so annoyed when authors don't seem to properly develop their characters, and have been getting very weird feelings of "have I read this book before?" with books I've been reading recently. (And I know I haven't because they're new releases)

[Man, blogger won't let me post!!!]

SJ said...

Drink? I'll have a long island iced tea.

Fun interview, thanks.

noir said...

I am new to romance reading. Before seeing their site and Dear Author, I didn't realize there were, well, romance readers who are just like moi...

But I really, REALLY love what they did in the Cassie Edwards plagiarism case. Thank you!

Karen in Ohio said...

What a great interview! And since I found out about it through the SB site, now I have a new fun blog to read. Thanks, bitches. You're so smart. ;-)

Am looking forward to reading the book, one way or the other.

Christine said...

Great interview!

Let's see... favorite movies and television shows. I'll have to say West Side Story for movies, and as for television... love Pushing Daisies, Rome, and Dexter!

Anonymous said...

Great interview, can't wait to get my hands on a copy of BHB.

I can't drink alcohol either, makes me narcoleptic.

Favorite book is a tie between Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie and Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath (and a hundred others of course.)

Pat T.

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