Confident Guys

These men have been spotted reading my book in a public place – and being confident about it at the same time! Let’s give them a round of applause!

Okay, so he thinks he’s on his own with no one to see – but he’s in public isn’t he? And he hasn’t put brown paper over the cover, has he?

I’m sure Love & Pollination isn’t a course book yet, but this student is studying it as though it were. Perhaps he’s a student of comedy and script writing? That would make sense as the book has so much witty, snappy dialogue and many comically visual scenes.

Well, although this man has his back to the room, it’s obvious he wants everyone else in the place to see what he’s reading. He’s basically showing off the fact that he’s about to start Love & Pollination! He might also be a film producer considering whether to make the book into a screenplay, having heard about its comic appeal.

I think this gentleman needs reading glasses as soon his arm won’t be long enough to get Love & Pollination into focus.

This guy can’t be separated from Love & Pollination for long so has the paperback at the ready for when his phone tells him it’s coffee time!

This guy enjoys Love & Pollination so much he’s sharing jokes with his mates in the office. They’re also considering performing sketches from the book for the annual entertainment bash. I wonder what role he’ll be playing?

Now this guy is super-confident, openly reading Love & Pollination in a public place. He’s also showing off that he knows about the 80-20 rule. Do you?

Another man caught on camera reading Love & Pollination outdoors – is this saying something about not wanting to read it at home but not minding if the rest of the world finds out?

Well, Love & Pollination is a love story so it’s fitting to end this post with a touch of romance. This couple met because they discovered they were reading the same book. Having the same taste in reading material as his partner was very important to Lucas.

Royal Mail Stamp

Royal Mail was inspired by the beautiful cover of Love & Pollination (obviously!) and so produced a stamp to commemorate Perdita’s unique coping mechanism for emotionally managing Setback Number One.

Many thanks to DuBois Publishing for having made this possible (they designed the fantastic cover). (Did you work out its meaning before reading the book?)

See the similarity between the bee and flower image on Love & Pollination and the Royal Mail stamp?

Buy the stamp online – with its fellows in the collection – here.

The things guys do to hide the real them

Even a top footballer can’t openly admit to having enjoyed Love & Pollination. But read on to see what lengths these men will go to in order to keep the secret!

This Mexican man is preparing to go abroad so that no one in his own country can catch him reading Love & Pollination.

This student was so worried someone would find out his secret that he stayed up all night to finish Love & Pollination – but now he’s wasted and can’t go to college.

This young man travelled to his late grandmother’s place in the middle of nowhere to read Love & Pollination. But now that he’s finished the book, he’s very sad as he knows he’ll never have that first experience of reading the book again.

Another guy escaping to read Love & Pollination. What is it with shy guys?

This elderly gentleman is considering embarking on another expedition to read Love & Pollination in secret.

Another man working out a good place to hide away – or perhaps he wants to introduce Love & Pollination to far flung places?

Discovered Secret!

Online enquiry: Mari Jane Law, 24 July 2020

Name: Anon
Email:anonymous5976@nili.ca
Phone:
Message: Dear Mari Jane,
What can I do? I thought my son’s tree house was a safe place to read Love & Pollination as he hasn’t played there for weeks. But today he found the book and he can’t wait for his mum to get home to show her his discovered treasure. How can I admit it was mine? Shall I say a stranger must have come through the woods, camped in the tree house and left it behind?

I would be grateful if you could give a speedy reply. My wife will be home in three hours.

Anon


24 July 2020

Dear Anon,

If you say a stranger could have been camping in the tree house she might suspect you of having an affair – some people consider Love & Pollination to be for women to read rather than men. It might be as much of a red flag as a cylinder of lipstick.

But there is no need to panic. Say you bought the book for her as a present and had decided to dip in to it to check whether it was her kind of thing – while getting some fresh air in the tree house. Then say that you decided to read the whole thing so you could discuss it with her after she’d read it as she often says you don’t pay her enough attention.

If you’ve finished the book, I’d appreciate a review!

All the best,

Mari Jane


24 July 2020

Dear Mari Jane,

Your idea was awful. She went ballistic: How could I have thought that a dog-eared cast-off was a good present for her?

She said she’s sleeping in the spare room tonight. It’s all your fault.

Anon


24 July 2020

Dear Anon,

You could have told me that the condition of the book made it no longer worthy of being given as a present. Look on the bright side, if she does sleep in the spare room, you will have an opportunity to finish Love & Pollination. Then you could compose your review.

Does she, by any chance belong to a book club? I shall wait up for your answer even though I’m normally in bed by now. I understand there’s quite a time difference between Canada and the UK.

Best wishes,

Mari Jane


24 July 2020

Dear Mari Jane,

We’ve just finished our evening meal. She does belong to a book club. How’s that going to help?

Anon


24 July 2020

Dear Anon,

Tell her that you’d tried really hard to keep it a surprise but because she got so upset you’re going to let her know that you were actually planning to buy her, and all her book club friends, a copy of Love & Pollination so that they could discuss it at the next meeting. You’d planned to host a party and hold a competition for the best review they could write. (But they must all post them on Amazon afterwards.) Tell her that you’ve even written some book club questions to help her host the evening (see my web page). I’m sure the party will be a great success.

Goodnight,

Mari Jane


12 September 2020

Dear Mari Jane,

Purchasing that single copy of Love & Pollination has been the most expensive book purchase of my life – food, wine, eight more paperback copies – but also the most rewarding. The book club meeting was a huge hit, your book club questions were great, you got brilliant reviews for the competition we held and it was hard to pick a winner. The other wives were jealous that I joined in when their husbands had sniffed at coming. My wife was over the moon at the success of the event and said she was incredibly proud of me, and they all invited me to be included in future meetings. I don’t think my wife will be using the spare room again.

Oh, and we’re having a baby!

Ivan


12 September 2020

Dear Anon,

Congratulations on becoming a dad again. And I’m so pleased it worked out so well.

You mentioned lots of brilliant reviews. But I can’t see them on Amazon. Could you ask everyone to post them online?… Please?

Mari Jane

Shy Guy

Online enquiry: Mari Jane Law, 2 May 2020

Name: Ivan
Email:horvat_ivan451@net.hr
Message: Please can you help? I want to read Love & Pollination but Kindle books can’t be downloaded from my country. If I order a paperback the guys I share with will want to know what’s in the parcel. There is no privacy here – or where we work. They could also catch me reading it. What can I do?

Ivan


3 May 2020

Dear Ivan,

I’m sorry to hear about your dilemma. The easiest thing to do is to have the book delivered to a trusted female friend. She could dispose of the packaging for you. She could even cover the book in brown paper to help disguise what you are reading. If you are caught with Love & Pollination, you could say that you found it on a bus and considered it might be fun to find out what many women like to read.

Of course, there is no rule that the book is for women and not men – but this is how, unfortunately, much of the world views romantic comedies. Whilst many men might be persuaded – when accompanied by a woman – to watch a romantic film, they can be shy about admitting to others that they enjoy the genre.

It would be great if you felt close enough to your male friends that you could ‘come out’ and let them know that you like romantic comedies. Perhaps you could even share some of the jokes and offer to lend them Love & Pollination?

I hope this of help. If you do manage to get hold of a copy, I’d appreciate a review!

All the best,

Mari Jane


28 June 2020

Dear Mari Jane,

Thank you for your advice. I didn’t have a female friend to ask for help but I paid the woman who cleans our offices to receive the book – and now she’s blackmailing me.

This is your fault.

Ivan


1 July 2020

Dear Ivan,

I’m sorry that your cleaner is blackmailing you. I did advise a trusted friend, not someone you have to pay. And why choose someone from your workplace? Did you explain why you wanted Love & Pollination delivered to her? Could you say she misunderstood that it was for you to read and you wanted a surprise present for your girlfriend?

Best wishes,

Mari Jane


8 July 2020

Dear Mari Jane,

I was desperate for some female support. I asked a very quiet girl – who serves our lunch – for a date. I explained the situation and she has been very understanding. She visited me at the office with Love & Pollination in her hand and kissed me in front of the cleaner to say thank you for such a great present, that she’d just finished the book and had loved it.

Now I have a girlfriend. And the cleaner has stopped threatening me.

Ivan


10 July 2020

Dear Ivan,

That’s great news. I hope you will both be very happy together.

What about a review?

Best wishes,

Mari Jane

Would you let your dog drive your car?

Comedy is for everyone – including men. Watch with the sound on!

This guy was so keen to read, Love & Pollination that he asked his dog to take over the driving. Do you know a man you can recommend my whacky romantic comedy book to? – but only if he doesn’t own a dog.

A man contacted me after seeing this page and wrote: I take it the dog has already read your book? I replied: He’s the one who recommended it!

Updated TV Series and Film Pages


This family look like they are having such a great time together while watching something. Check out my pages to find something funny to watch – although very little is suitable for family viewing! For funny films click here. For funny TV series click here.

Frank’s Page

I’ve just added a new page to Frank’s Page – he wants to let everyone know his history. And he thanks Cats Protection in Bristol for looking after him while he waited for Perdita (Love & Pollination) to come and give him a new home.

Welcome to my blog!


What a great 5 star review from Jack Magnus!

Check out more fabulous reviews men are leaving! I think that it’s great so many guys are enjoying my book. Do you know a man you can recommend Love & Pollination to?

Sherlock Holmes has heard about the men reading my book and has nabbed a copy for himself to investigate the appeal to men’s sense of humour.

The scene in Saul’s study was making this guy a little bit hot under the collar so he nipped out to splash some cold water on his face.

This man has prepared for a his and hers read off. Or perhaps it’s a his and his?