Book Cover Talk – `His Banana`by Penelope Bloom

Have you ever heard of author Penelope Bloom before? I haven´t. Maybe that can be blamed on me not spending enough time in the rom-com department. Which is a shame. I love humor and I love romance. Hmm…

A few days ago I received a Whatsapp text from my book babe, Sabrina @Brina And the Books with this cover.

His Banana

 

I admit I laughed. I laughed so much that I had trouble breathing. Not because the cover is terrible – The cover is actually decent. It´s simple and… in combination with the title, I´d say it´s brilliant! It´s the title that had me cracking up. HIS Banana. What an amusing title- Amusing enough for me to want to read the synopsis.

It looks like the story has an actual banana in it. The banana at hand is HIS. I have tears in my eyes while typing this.

 

Part of the synopsis

`My new boss likes rules, but there’s one nobody dares to break…
No touching his banana. 
Seriously. The guy is like a potassium addict. 
Of course, I touched it. 
If you want to get technical, I actually put it in my mouth. 
I chewed it up, too… I even swallowed.
I know. Bad, bad, girl.
Then I saw him, and believe it or not, choking on a guy’s banana does not make the best first impression. `

 

I´m the type of person who LOVES to see the humor in everything. I make inappropriate jokes at uncalled for times, etc. So, my opinion regarding this hilarious cover ( and synopsis ) comes from a positive place.

I think I sent a 1:30 minute Whatsapp message back, laughing my ass off.

Now, back to the book.

`His Banana `is the first installment from the Objects of Attraction series.

 

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Objects Of Attraction Series by Penelope Bloom

 

 

Here´s the deal – These images aren´t anything we haven´t seen on book covers before. I could, right off the bat, give you a list of 20 books that have cherries on the cover. Same with cupcakes, gifts/packages, and lipsticks. These objects are a staple in the romance genre. But, I have to say, I haven´t been seeing any bananas or… bushes on book covers lately. Especially a single bush ( would someone already bring me a cocktail? ). Let alone with a stark white background.

The subtle – not so subtle font is also a good match. It draws attention. It´s prominent but it still doesn´t distract from the objects.

Now, what do these covers tell me, the person who´s looking for their next read?

 

  • There´s a high possibility humor is included.
  • Double entendres, sexual innuendos
  • romance

 

This is a good thing! The less a cover tells me the better.

Knowing all this is fine but we still haven´t gotten to what´s important:

Do the covers excite me enough to want to read this book / the series? Not really ( The banana and bush ones do, though ). But the covers, paired with their titles do. When seeing this from a marketing point of view, there really isn´t anything wrong with the designs. This is perfection. The book covers for `The Objects of Attraction` are designed to leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished, I´d say. I´ll definitely call my other book babes and tell them about these books.

Would I, as a dedicated romance reader, buy these books based on the covers ( and title )?  Sure, why not?  They´re not what I would consider out – of – this – world – fabulous, but I´m amused and interested.


 

What are your thoughts on this cover / the covers for the series? Are they a YAY or NAY for you? Are you a fan of the author? Let´s chat. xx

 


Go ahead and stalk Penelope Bloom!

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Purchase Links for the `Objects of Attraction` series

`His Banana`  Book #1

`Her Cherry`  Book #2

`His Treat`   Book #3

`His Package `  Book #4

`Her Secret `  Book #5

`Her Bush `  Book #6

 

Book Review: The Mother Road – Meghan Quinn

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Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago. 

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.


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I´ve gotta hand it to the author… Meghan Quinn has a way with words. Her writing is hilarious. It´s so full of positive energy and full of life that you really can´t help but enjoy what she wrote.

`The Mother Road`, a standalone rom – com told in dual POVs ( Hero & Heroine ). Or, it´s a road trip romance that screams of disastrous moments and funny as hell banters.

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It was good. Really entertaining. I certainly haven´t read a story like this one before. But I have watched a gazillion rom – com road trip movies.

So, what´s the difference between a rom – com road trip movie and a rom – com road trip novel? There isn´t one. Which isn´t a problem. I like road trip romances.

But, did I like `The Mother Road` by Meghan Quinn? Yeah… no… Well, I´m not sure.

There were parts I definitely enjoyed. Some parts made me laugh so hard I had to set my cereal bowl down for a moment just to catch my breath. And then there were those moments that had me feeling all kinds of awkward. My guess is those awkward parts were, indeed, funny only I wasn´t able to see the humor.

Then came those scenes where I was slightly fed up with the humor. I was thinking

“Alrighty. Let´s move on.”

But the humor didn´t want to move on.

There was also the Heroine issue, again ( I´ve had a problem with the author´s Heroine from A Virgins Romance Novelist ). I don´t know what it is but this is the second time the author´s Heroine started out great and became extremely exhausting.

Marley was great. So great until it was obvious she was just being ridiculous with her attitude. There´s a fine line between being cute and being a total shit for a long period of time for no greater reason. The Heroine doesn´t take shit. She gives shit. She gives too much shit.

As for the Hero, Porter, I liked him. I liked his character so much so that I wished he´d be my BFF.

As for the romantic side of the story- Meeh * wave off * It could have been greater. It could have been less aggressive ( because when the Heroine says she´s the beat – them – then – treat – them type of girl then you know what you´re getting yourself into)

All in all not a terrible read. A little less tom boy, tough girly, all shit and balls behavior and I would have adored this book.

But I didn´t. So,…


 

Would I recommend this book? Yeah, sure. Why not? I know loads of people who love these types of stories and who also enjoy Heroine´s I´d rather stay away from. It´s a fun road trip romance with humor.

Would I reread this book? Probably not.


 

The Cover – 5 Stars: I´m living for this cover! So colorful, simple and quirky. A total eye catcher.

The Story – 3 Stars: Take away the road trip and you have yourself a story we´ve all read before. There´s nothing new, just told in a humorous way.

The Characters – 3 Stars: Yeah, no. I´m not going to put Marley on my list of worthy Heroines. But I will shine some light on Porter, though. Gotta love that guy.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Not impressed. Not disappointed.

3 stars

This book can be purchase on Amazon.com


 

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Book Review: The Virgin Romance Novelist ( book #1 ) – Meghan Quinn

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Her bosom heaved at an alarming rate as his rough hand found its way down to her soft, yet wiry briar patch…

Can you say briar patch in a romance novel? What about meat sword? That’s what it is…a meat sword, right, all meaty and sword like, slaying through the inner dungeons of a woman’s dark desires. What about breasts? Do bosoms really heave?

God, I have no idea what happens when private parts touch. 

I’m a virgin trying to write a romance novel and can’t seem to write past a sex scene thanks to my lack of experience. 

My two best friends encourage me to drop the pen for a while and gain some real life practice through multiple dating facets such as blind dates, online profiles, and random hookups.

But losing my virginity is proving to be tougher than expected…


My Thoughts 2

A funny and charming romance. Meghan Quinn delivers 311 pages full of wit, sass, humor and unique personality. This book is a piece of art.

`The Virgin Romance Novelist` by Meghan Quinn is a rom-com. A rom – com that wasn´t quite my cup of tea. the virgin romance novelist

While I enjoyed the humor and charisma this book had, I wasn´t fully blown out of my socks. It´s an okay novel. Nothing more. Nothing less.

I liked the idea of the story. A virgin wanting to write a romance novel and not having the slightest clue how to go about it because she lacks the know how in the sex department. Sounds good, right? I thought it sounded fantastic! Refreshing, even.

But sometimes you just don´t buy the virgin game with book characters. Like I did ( or didn´t ). Maybe the reason for my indifference for this story is because of the Heroine´s intelligence regarding sex ( she did come across as an air head ) or perhaps it was because this book felt like it was just too in – your – face….. I really can´t pinpoint why. All I know is that I didn´t find many parts as humorous as they were set out to be.

Or (!!!) maybe I´m just not the type of person who appreciates this kind of read.

My biggest issue was the Heroine. My second biggest issue was the weird romance between the Hero and Heroine. Were they a couple or were they not? Friends with benefits? Did he just do people favors? What happened? What did I miss? Uugh. I probably missed something. Which is fine. I´m not too hot on finding out what it was.

But with that being said – I can see why many others would find this book out of this world fantabulous.

`The Virgin Romance Novelist`( The Virgin Romance Novelist #1 ) wasn´t written for me. And because of this I´m just going to skip the second book. I can´t work up enough interest for more about Rosie. I´ll let others take the stand and gush their love for this book.


 

Would I recommend this book? Yeah. I would. Fans of chick – lit, rom – coms will enjoy this read.

Would I reread this book? Nope.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars: I´m a little bit of a fan of the cover. Love the close up on the eyes. The filter used for the cover image, though… the whole things looks a tad over filtered.

The Story – 3 Stars: I liked the idea of the story.

The Characters – 3 Stars: I truly have no clue what to think of them.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Indifferent.

3 stars

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com


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The Spam Treasure Box: Part Three

Heya! Welcome back to The Spam Treasure Box special!

I guess I can go ahead and announce that I´ll be doing a monthly Spam Treasure feature from now on. How cool! Seriously, folks… The spam comments I´m getting are too hilarious. Far too hilarious to delete. There´s just no way I can ignore these because some of these are just too good to be true.

So, now it´s official. Be prepared for future spam post features!

 

For those who have no flipping clue what this is about: These are screenshots from my spam comments. No more info is needed. 🙂 If you end up enjoying these spams you also might want to check out my previous treasures Spam Box Treasures and More From The Spam Treasure Box. Trust me… they´re fab in their own special way.

So, now that we have that settled.. Why don´t we dive right in and see what my spam folder had to offer this month.

Ready?

 

 

  1. You needed 2 solid days for a 16 page children´s book? 

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2. Daddy, even the neighbor´s cat left town because of Larry´s worship singing. Do something! 

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3. So, the Bible has a talking snake but it´s not once mentioned what toys Mary and Joseph played with? Pfft. ( taking 2 stars away from Bible rating ). Thank you, Larry, for pointing that major detail out for me. 

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4. Okay, Flossie. How about I check out your shoe collection and tell you how I can see the reason for why you´re still single?

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5. What what what?? I did no such thing! And don´t you dare make use of my ideas. My pitch fork is polished and I´m not afraid to use it!

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6. Hello MargaritaJuicy. I´m sure other blogs protect their existing content with pitch forks, too. Now, go away! 

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7. Flossie, Margartia… See? This is how a spam needs to look like, you old hags! Irecssgsvaa… spam me anytime!

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8. Jeanie, sorry to hear about the job you weren´t good at yet.

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9. The conclusion? The supply? Am I at some weird drug dealer debate? Nevermind the compliment about my greatest monthly review… What supplies are we talking about here?

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That´s it for this month, bookish folks! I hope you enjoyed my spam treasures! I seriously cannot wait to see what more Larry the singer has in store for me.

 

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Spring Cleaning Book Tag

It´s the Spring Cleaning Book Tag, y´all!

For some reason, I totally missed out on my real Spring cleaning ( * snorts * not that I´ve ever cared about Spring cleaning before ) But I will keep the virtual tradition up and alive. I´ll even ignore the fact that it´s Summer. 🙂

I was tagged by the awesome @ The WebWeavers I advise you all to head on over there and leave some love because that blog is just brilliant!


RULES

  • Please link back to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Respond to the scenarios
  • Tag 5 people (or however many you like)

 


Let´s do this!

 

The Tag

 

  • It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?

I´d pick my personal romance Bible- Thoughtless by S. C. Stephens. There hasn´t been a book that´s reached the level of intensity this story has. And it´s really on my nightstand. And it won´t leave my nightstand. 

 

 

  • Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?

None. I really, REALLY don´t like audio books.

 

 

  • Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?

I´m not sure about which popular book I´d pick but I´d definitely use my mom´s Little House On The Prairie paperbacks to stop that leak. She tried to force me to read those books. She also tried to shove ABBA down my throat. I couldn´t escape ABBA but I escaped Laura Ingalls.

 

 

  • Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?

`Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body´s Most Underrated Organ` by Giulia Enders. It´s a light read about how everything is connected to our digestive system. I´ve read it. I bet many would find it enlightening while sitting on the loo.

 

 

  • Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?

Gone With The Wind. That ending never sat well with me.

 

 

  • Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?

This one is unfair. My amazon shopping list has at least 35 books I NEED.

 

  • Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?

My Thank You gift for my aunt would be `Learn How To Orgasm` by Betty Dodson. Because, I too, want to tell her something. * wink wink *

 

That´s it for this Spring Cleaning session! Now to the tags…

I´m tagging….

 

Of All The Books In All The Libraries

Books, Vertigo & Tea

Woodie´s Book Addiction

Have fun, ladies! ❤