Penelope Bloom Replied To My Blog Post

It´s a rare moment when authors read your blog posts.

As a book blogger, you don´t really expect it to happen. Because it doesn´t happen to the insignificant micro bloggers ( Yupp, I just called myself a micro blogger ). Not every author goes out of their way to read what´s been written about them ( or their books ) online.

Lucky for me, though, Penelope Bloom googled herself for * cough cough * purely professional reasons ( which is awesome, if you ask me ) and spotted my blog post regarding the book covers for her Objects Of Attraction series.

Without having read the books I took it upon myself to write about them and break down why I believe the covers are actually great ( feel free to read that blog post here )

So, you can imagine how floored I was when I received a comment from Penelope Bloom.

I´m grateful for every comment left on my blog. Having a direct response from an author I talked about…

And because of this, I went out to buy `His Banana ( Objects Of Attraction #1 ).

Yes, this is me and my newly purchased `His Banana` copy. Yes, I bought the book because the author left me a wonderful and in-depth comment. It was great. It was sweet. I appreciated the reach out. I already had this beauty on my “books to read in 2020” list so I´m happy the author took some time off to respond, involuntarily helping me ignore my TBR pile so I can read her rom-com.

Penelope Bloom,
If you read this I would like to say THANK YOU. Please, keep commenting under posts written about you and your books. It´s a small act that makes a book blogger´s day/week/month. ❤
Much bookish love and many virtual hugs,
May the bananas be blessed * cough cough *

And this, my dear book – loving – friends, is another reason why I book blog.

I guess that´s all for today. I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to stalk Penelope Bloom online and leave her some much needed author love on social media ( links below ).

Until next time,

Mucho book love,

`His Banana` Book #1

`Her Cherry` Book #2

`His Treat` Book #3

`His Package ` Book #4

`Her Secret ` Book #5

`Her Bush ` Book #6

Anyone But Rich ( Anyone But… #1 )

Anyone But Cade ( Anyone But… #2 )

Anyone But Nick to be released soon!

The Golden Pecker

Ruthless Love

Go ahead and stalk Penelope Bloom!

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Becoming A Bilingual Book Blogger

English. French. German. Spanish.

 

The languages I speak fluently. I guess this can be blamed on the fact that I live here, in Germany. How I would love to blame this on ( what I lovingly nicknamed to be ) the “European curse”. Everything´s so multicultural here that it´s impossible to speak just one language. It´s not the curse, though. I´m a cultural mutt who happens to have a knack for speaking languages.

“You should become a translator!”, they said when I first started applying for jobs. Back then, I couldn´t have thought of anything more boring than translating. Now, I kind of regret not having gone that route. To be able to speak four languages does have its perks. It comes in handy when going on vacation, watching TV shows in OT, etc. But with perks also come downfalls: Out of the four languages, I´ve only mastered the art of writing in two. English ( which is my native language ) and Spanish. German and French? Not so much, if at all. So, that´s my personal burden. This explains why I only blog in English – Why I only read English written books.

Just recently, I started to dabble into German romances. Never, not even in my wildest dreams, did I believe I´d pick up a romance written by a German romance author. I mean, why would I? The language is hard enough as it is to speak. Reading a German romance novel would take me months, or so I thought.

Since I´ve been spending lots of time in bookstores lately ( gotta support your local bookstore ) I´ve been noticing lots of new romance releases by German authors squished in between translated novels by American writers. Which is great for German readers. It´s nice to see the niche branching out over here and not just in the U.S and U.K.

 

German romance writers are stepping up their game.

 

It was only a matter of time before I´d stop before one of the German romance titles. One thing I´ve noticed was:  German romance novels definitely know how to grab someone´s attention with their covers. Bright colors and great contrasts with fun elements ( glitter, metallics, prints ). Personally, I feel like the Germans have visual book marketing down to a T. You can´t walk past a beautiful book cover (s).

I began to think. What if I started to read a German romance novel? But then a little voice inside my head reminded me that I´d only be reading a German book, not reading & reviewing it. Because I´m a total disaster when it comes to writing anything in German. The book blogger in me wants to review everything I read, though. It´s become a second nature for me to give feedback. How weird would it feel to only read and not review, especially for a new release?

So, I asked my husband. He´s German. He´d be able to help me with my feedback, right? “I think I want to write reviews in German.”, I started. The look on his face said more than he did. “Please, don´t.”, was his reply. I couldn´t help but laugh at his horrified expression. “I´m serious. I think it wouldn´t hurt to try. Maybe you can spell-check my reviews before I upload them.” 

After a short, panicked discussion ( hubby was panicking, not me ) he agreed to help me out. We agreed on one German book review per month. That´s more than acceptable for me. If I´m honest, I don´t think I´d be capable of doing more.

So, that´s it. The start of a new chapter in my book blogging career. A new challenge. I can officially call myself a bilingual book blogger now. Even if the majority of my book reviews will be in English, I´ll have one German review each month to offer.

Do I have any doubts about my new blog feature? Kind of, yes. I´m normally a confident person. I´m nowhere near confident when I even think about writing in a different language, though. Maybe what I´m feeling isn´t self-doubt. Maybe it´s just a weird sense of excitement for the unknown. Something like being nervous in a positive way. Who knows what´ll happen. I might end up filing for a divorce after the first review. Perhaps I´ll slay the German review thing. Whatever will happen, I´ll be prepared.

 


 

What about you? Do you speak more than one language? If so, which ones do you speak? Do you blog in a different language? Let´s chat. ❤


 

Thank you so much for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

Share the book love,

Morgana

 

Sorry, I Won´t Buy Your Paperback.

It´s time to take off my ever understanding book blogger glasses and become the everyday reader. The consumer. The poor sucker who doesn´t earn enough money to afford all the physical books I´d like to have. Well, that´s not entirely true. I could, but, you know… Life and all that.

 

Isn´t that who we all are?

Just normal book-loving people who want to read? 

 

To be honest, I don´t necessarily want to take my book blogger glasses off. By doing so I´d have to be the rational person I am. The one who weighs out options and often has to say no. Because more often than not- Many things deserve a big fat no.

It´s common knowledge that authors are starving artists. Everyone knows this whether they care about it or not. And this is where the problem lies:

 

  • The people who care are often the ones who have a lot more insight into what it means to be an author. We know. We understand. We try to support this artistry.
  • The people who don´t care lack the background info or just flat out don´t give a hoot for whatever reason.

 

Many either belong to one or the other. I belong to both except…

Today, I´m going to be the one who´ll turn two blind eyes towards everything I know about struggling artists/authors because I can´t be anyone else regarding this topic. Because it involves my wallet.

 

Self-published book prices. 

 

Now, I´m the type of book blogger who´s chosen to remove all sorts of easy book access ( ARCs, betas, review considerations ) from my book blogging life because I want to support authors by purchasing their books. Their physical books. I´ll consider an ebook purchase if there´s no other way but will otherwise avoid ebook editions. What can I say? I´m a paperback girl.

I know books aren´t always cheap. Reading is an expensive past time activity.

But this… This takes the cake.

 

 

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You´ll have to excuse me for not wanting to shit all over the author. It´s not the name I dislike- It´s the price I´m allergic to.  16.23 Euros for a 370-page paperback?

And this book is the first book in a trilogy. This means that price ( give or take a few cents ) x 3.  I´d be spending somewhere around 50 Euros ( $ 55.00 or 43 GBP ) for 3 books.

 

No. 

 

At this point, I don´t even want to think about the author because I´m a normal Amazon shopper. I´m disappointed that the price is considered to be okay enough to demand. And without my ever understanding book blogging glasses, I´d even go so far and say this is rude.

This is another reason why many readers pick Kindle editions- Because they´re the cheaper option. Which isn´t horrible, by any means. This just means readers can´t afford printed books. Well, no wonder. If they weren´t able to afford them before they sure as Hell won´t be able to afford them now.

I´ve spoken with a few book bloggers about this topic and many said the majority of the self-published authors they´re in contact with are saddened that their printed editions are never purchased. I have a wild guess as to why that is.

Sadly, after having seen this shocking price, I began noticing so many other over-priced printed novels by other self-published authors.

As an everyday consumer, I find it difficult to accept this. A novel written by a novelist who´s demanding almost hardcover prices for a self-published work.

 

Now, for the sake of saving my own ass, I´m going to slip my book blogger glasses back on and see this from a kinder perspective.

Authors are struggling. They´re trying to turn their hobby/passion into a full-time profession that´ll pay the bills. I´ve spoken to many self-publishing authors and have felt their pains to want to make their dreams come to life. The struggle is real in this over-crowded literary world. There´s more at stake than just book sales. It´s also about making a name for themselves. It´s about growing a fanbase. It´s making sure they stay relevant so their dreams can carry them for as long as possible. Their dreams are just as important as anyone else´s. All the sweat, time and love invested in their carefully written stories has to be paid. Their efforts should be paid. I will support authors. I will help any way I´m able to and if that means I´d help more by purchasing their work then I will do that. All within reason.

But… ( removing my book blogger glasses again ), not like this. Not by asking for an unusual amount of money from a reader.

 

Sorry, I won´t buy your paperback.

 

The price is a little over the top. 16. 23 Euros for a paperback is definitely unreasonable for me. The same goes for any other overpriced self-published paperback.

 

Authors need to earn money. I need to save money. 

 

There´s no doubt that there are readers ( especially fans of authors ) who stand behind a self-publishing author´s price choice. They´ll justify the high amount by telling everyone else that “Their ( an author´s ) time is worth money. Authors are artists and books are written art.” 

Which is true. But does this mean I´m chopped liver?  It´s not about the art a person has unleashed upon us peasants. It´s about what they want for their work- money.

Of course, I could just ignore all this and go straight for the Kindle edition. But I won´t. Because I´m a paperback girl.

 

 

So, where does this leave me? If an author wants to be compensated for their hard work and I refuse to buy their overpriced book then I guess there won´t be any progress on either side. I, the stink normal consumer, can absolutely live with that.

 

On a kind note: Should anyone feel it´s okay to invest in overpriced books then by all means- You have my blessings.

 

I´d also like to add that whatever type of reader you are: You´re fine. I won´t judge you for wanting to support an author nor will I judge you if you couldn´t care less about an author. I understand both sides and find each is acceptable.

 


 

What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you have a book price limit? What´s an acceptable book price for you? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

As always, thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I´d Like To See More Of In NA Romance Novels

NA Romance-

If there´s ever been a genre that´s loved and hated in equal proportions then it´s definitely New Adult Romances. NA romance books are often tacky and full of unrealistic, unrelatable fluff no one needs- That´s what I´ve heard.

As a devoted NA Romance reader, I have to agree. There´s often too much of everything often squeezed into 350 pages. These books carry topics any of us would gladly walk away from without batting an eyelash yet we crave these things in our NA romance books. Weird. The usual tropes?  Virgins, rich characters, unrealistic sex, love heals the mentally unhinged, and instalove. In some cases, it´s a combination of all.

 

But do we really crave what NA romances offer?

 

I often wonder what NA romances would be like if there were less drama, less intensity, less cheesiness, less explosiveness. Would it really hurt to give the mountain gorillas disguised as gorgeous and powerful CEOs a break? Do characters always need to have dark pasts for us to love them? No and no.

I also wonder what kind of effect it would have on authors and readers if characters were suddenly 100% relatable. I mean- Let´s take the average Joe. He´s full of flaws and above all- doesn´t have an ass in his weird fitted jeans. He comes home, orders take-out then falls asleep on the sofa before the delivery guy arrives because he just came home after a 12-hour workday. Do authors want to write about your average Joe, who´s life is just as exciting as a slice of toast? Probably not. A reader could mistake them for someone they´re trying to forget while reading. Escapism is a thing.

Authors provide an outlet for readers with their stories. They offer us a way to forget our mundane lives and be a part of something that raises our blood pressure. This is done in the form of exaggeration. By amplifying emotions, reactions, and actions. Things are often so intense that a reader can often thank their lucky stars that average Joe is snoring in the next room.

But, what if…? Is there a possibility people could actually like a romance story they can relate to?  Would it be so terrible to read about an insta-attraction and to watch that form into more rather than being hit with an instalove? Hmm… I think it wouldn´t be terrible at all. Not sure what other readers think, though.

Personally, I like to see less exaggeration and more relatable stuff. Call me dull but sometimes less is more. Less drama can still have a positive effect on readers.

No book character has to lose their job, their best friend since Kindergarten, their left leg and their unborn baby and have to deal with infidelity in 230 pages. Each of these things can be traumatic events on their own if delivered properly and with care. I mean- We often experience chain reactions in life but none as drastic as some authors like to paint out. Or, I´m just a fool living off the grid and have no flipping clue about real-life dramatics. Could be – Who knows. I´m no expert.

Losing your job can have a negative effect on someone´s relationship. This can lead to depression or break a marriage. I can see a second chance romance from this storyline.

You can lose your best friend if that friend has a new relationship that´s toxic. Let a new Hero swoop in and whisk the best friend off her feet.  This can be turned into a New Adult romance that includes abuse.

You can have an accident and be forced to become disabled. This can definitely be traumatic for any romantic relationship. I can see this as a new beginning NA romance.

Pregnancy loss or infertility has been a reason why couples split. Why not include this topic into a romance and draw that cruel event out?

Adultery is another topic that has no problem standing on its own. Cheating isn´t great but authors sure as hell can work this one into a romance and draw it out in a trilogy.

Or how about this: How about writing a  story about a couple who´ve grown apart? Simple. Effective. Realistic. People forget how to love each other if they´ve been together for some time.

 

 

 

I guess what I´m saying is that authors don´t need to stick with the usual tropes. They don´t need to bombard their characters with so much tragedy. One tragic event is enough to send average Joe to therapy.

Speaking of average Joe. He can be a desirable and flawed character if an author´s willing to make their readers see him as such.

Authors don´t need to over-exaggerate events for the sake of wanting to touch a reader´s heartstrings.

Less is often more. Simplicity can have a greater impact on readers than anything too intense.


 

For the record: Yes, I know there are authors who write less dramatic NA romances. Trust me when I say that I´ve read their books. But I think it wouldn´t hurt if more authors tried their luck with something as simple as a simple NA romance.

Also good to know: I´m not fully against overly dramatic NA romances. I´ll still read them if they sound interesting. I prefer simple stories, though. There are quite a few readers who wouldn´t want to change anything about the majority of NA romances… and that´s perfectly fine.

 


 

What do you think? Do you agree? Are NA romances too over the top or do you believe they´re perfect the way they are? What would you like to see more in NA romances?  Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat ❤

 


 

As always, I appreciate the time you´ve taken to read this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

 

Much bookish love,

Morgana

 

 

 

The Influencer Bookshelves

I never thought I´d see the day come…

But then again, I kind of saw this happening.

My beloved bookshop added a new category to my favorite book corner.

 

Influencer

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Huh. Well, slap me silly… This is a somewhat unpleasant surprise. Yeah, you guessed correctly- I´m not a fan. There was a time when I couldn´t´ve cared less about Influencers until I stumbled upon some on Youtube, Instagram, etc.

It goes without saying what an Influencer´s sole purpose is. These individuals influence their followers. And the larger the following the wider the influence can be. But do they need their own category in a bookshop? Hmm, not sure. That´s why I decided to check the new shelves out.

Low and behold- Influencers have branched out and are now authors of cookbooks, journals/diaries, self-help paperbacks, and memoirs. I´m not sure if I should feel impressed or saddened by this.

I know. I know. It´s all a matter of marketing. Let the young folk, who probably don´t have any other job options, have their shot at 15-minute fame. To each is their own, right? Right.

Of course, we all have the option to take all this in however we want to. I´m sure many think an influencer is no different from a celebrity. A job is a job no matter in what light you´re standing in. Celebrities write memoirs and publish them, why shouldn´t influencers be allowed to do the same?

From where I´m standing, though, influencers don´t have the appeal of a celebrity. Their word ( which is what they´re basically trying to sell ) isn´t gold. I find the two are on different levels.

From all the books I´ve seen from influencers on those shelves, it´s the memoirs that agitate me the most. I see a 25-year-old with the face of a 16-year-old trying to tell me about the hardships of life. Which brings me to my next point:

Do I even belong to the targetted audience? Me, a 37-year-old mother and wife with a job that gives me a steady income? Probably not. It´s the younger people they´re looking for. Which is fine. I don´t think an influencer can do much “influencing” on me, anyway.

I don´t know- The idea of a bookstore having a corner for influencers is just mind-boggling.

 


 

What are your thoughts on the topic? Do you care for this category in bookstores?  Let me know in the comments below ❤


 

 

Morgana