Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance – a Review

Hugs and MissesValentine’s Day is a time of love and romance, but not everyone wants to give his or her object of affection flowers.  Some people prefer to receive something that is a bit different, something that will last longer than a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of perfume, or a box of chocolates.

Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance, in case you can’t figure it out from the title, is a book of delightfully cute and funny postcards.  These are real postcards, so they can be mailed to others.  Some of them could possibly make your mail carrier blush though.

Made up of silhouettes against a full-color background, these postcards show some awkward moments in love that I’m sure most of us have experienced.  Since no faces are shown, you can picture the face of that special someone in the pictures.

If the object of your affection has a sense of humor and loves to laugh, I can see him or her getting a kick out of this little book.  If you love humor, you might just decide to keep this book for yourself, so it might be a good idea to get more than one copy.

How Writers Can Use This Book
If you are a writer, once you are done laughing at all the funny postcards, there are so many possibilities.  I’m sure you know what a picture writing prompt is.  Each postcard could be used as a prompt for part of a story or for a complete story.


How embarrassing it is when your loved one says something so sweet that you are sure is intended for you only to find out that it isn’t so.  Using the above setting – a couple having dessert outside – to write a short story where this happens.

What if neither one of them has a sense of humor?  What if only one of them finds it funny?

Turn it into a horror story.  What if one of them is a serial killer?  An alien in disguise?  What if the bloody tip of a finger is found in the dessert?

What about a mystery?  What if they hear a cry for help while enjoying their dessert?  Who cried out?  Why?


What if someone lovingly gives you flowers?  What if you discover that you are allergic to them?

I see humor in this postcard, but I also see a discontented, nagging woman.  What if there is a wife who is never content with any gift her husband brings her?  Is she about to learn that never being happy about anything has its price?  What happens?


How many of us, male or female, have dealt with a suitor whose eyes want to go where they don’t belong?

What if the one who is being ogled has come up with a humorous yet effective way to deal with the one doing the forbidden looking?  What is this way?  What happens?

These are only three of the thirty postcards in the book. These and other examples of the postcards in the book can be found at

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  If you would like to purchase your own copy, I have provided an Amazon link below.

Amazon link: Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance

About the Author
Wilhelm Staehle is a horribly disfigured gentleman who often frightens small children when passing by. While hermitting himself in his sprawling estate on the western coast of the Americas, he divides his free time between sporting for fox hunters and dressing his broad collection of taxidermy. He also finds time to craft silhouettes. He begs you to enjoy them. Or at least refrain from informing him if you do not. He thanks you for your time.

  2 comments for “Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance – a Review

  1. February 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    This looks fun and funny. The aouthor’s bio had me LOL!

  2. Lisa
    February 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Thank you, Teddy! This little book is a lot of fun to look through. I believe that even more of the author’s creative talent is shown in his bio.

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