Author Archives: Jocelyn Redel

Reuniting for Love: Second-Chance Romances

by Jocelyn (SnoIsleLib_JocelynR) Tropes, commonly used themes or storylines, are the backbone of many romance novels. This isn’t a bad thing; use of these tropes gives readers an idea of what they’re getting into before they even crack open a book. Alternately, it lets them know to steer clear if it’s a trope they don’t […]

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The Fiery Wings of Love: Dragon-Shifter Romance

by Jocelyn Is there a creature more magnificent than a dragon? Powerful, deadly, and acquisitive, these beasts have long captured my imagination. Starting in childhood with the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Hobbit, and Dragon’s Blood, I read as many books featuring dragons as I could get my hands on. In middle school I discovered Anne […]

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Revealing the Inner Eye: Psychics in Fiction

by Jocelyn Having psychic powers would be so cool! Doesn’t matter what kind of psychic powers – telepathy, telekinesis, empathy, foretelling the future, seeing the dead, having the ability to heal – to me, they’re all amazing. My fascination with these mental abilities began in childhood, so it’s no surprise that I’m always on the […]

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Prose Bowl Winner!

The votes are in, the smoke has cleared and the fat lady has sung — we have a winner! 16 books removed their dust jackets and grappled to be this year’s Prose Bowl champ, and the honor goes to… “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead! Thanks to all of you who participated; we’ll announce our prizewinners […]

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Feel Good, Easy Reads AKA Gentle Reads

by Jocelyn Looking for a book where sex, violence, and excessive profanity is left off the page? Look no further, we’ve got a category for you. It’s called Gentle Reads. These novels tend to be described with terms like “heart-warming,” “wholesome” or “hopeful,” and are entertaining stories full of encouragement and warmth. Often humorous, they […]

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Prose Bowl 2017: Will Your Favorite Win?

by Jocelyn Get your game face on! Sno-Isle Libraries’ second annual Prose Bowl begins on March 1. This online, bracket-style competition will decide our communities’ favorite read of 2016. We’ve narrowed it down to sixteen of the most popular, recent books and we’re looking for your help to find the winner. Here’s how it works: […]

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Magical Love in Fantasy Romance

by Jocelyn I’ve always enjoyed immersing myself in alternate worlds and cultures, so fantasy novels are a mainstay on my reading list. But for me, a fantasy novel is best when it also contains a romance within it. With fantasy romance, the growing romantic relationship is at the heart of the story, but it is […]

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Healing Hearts: Doctors in Romance

by Jocelyn The physicians in romance novels run the gamut from small town practitioners to big city ER doctors. While most doctors are caring and compassionate, some try to keep a shield between themselves and their patients in an effort to protect their hearts. Sometimes doctors have lives so busy there seems to be no […]

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Awards Round-up: December 2016

by Jocelyn Welcome to the December Awards Round-up! We are covering two different awards this month. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize The “First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and […]

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Fighting for Love: Military Romance

by Jocelyn Men and women in uniform are popular characters in romance novels, and for good reason. They’re real-life heroes who have volunteered to protect their country, and us. As characters, most are courageous, honorable, protective, physically fit, and competent. If something goes wrong, this hero has the skills to save the day. But it […]

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