Author Archives: Jocelyn Redel

Beyond Bestsellers: Epic Fantasy, Part 2

by Jocelyn R. Welcome back, fantasy readers! The month is half gone already, and I wanted to check in. How goes the epic fantasy challenge? Have you fallen for any new authors or series? Or done a re-read of an old favorite? In my post at the beginning of the month, I mentioned that Robert […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Epic Fantasy

by Jocelyn R. Welcome to 2018! Now that January is upon us, we’re back with the first Beyond Bestsellers theme of the new year. New to Beyond Bestsellers? This reading challenge highlights a different theme each month, along with some titles to get you started. To participate, readers sign up here, then simply read at least one […]

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Wonderful Dogs in Romance Novels

by Jocelyn R. Dogs, lovable pets often named a person’s best friend, are wonderful characters who wiggle their way into our hearts. Just like their human counterparts, dogs have unique personalities and foibles that shine off the page. And since I absolutely adore dogs, it’s always a pleasure to read the heartwarming antics of these […]

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Microhistories: Sating Our Curiosity One Book at a Time

by Jocelyn R. Sometimes kids go through a phase where “why” is their favorite question. But kids aren’t the only ones who like to ask that question. Some of us adults also seek knowledge about the world by asking why, and wondering how things came to be the way they are. Luckily for us, others […]

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Parallel Narratives, or Entwined Storylines

by Jocelyn R. (SnoIsleLib_JocelynR) I recently realized that I find some novels appealing because they contain parallel narratives. Parallel narratives are generally entwined storylines that are connected to a person, place or object like a diary or piece of art. Why do I enjoy reading stories with parallel narratives? Well, often one of the parallel […]

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Kiss or Kill: Enemies-to-Lovers Romances

by Jocelyn (SnoIsleLib_JocelynR) Last month we took at a look at second-chance romances. This month, let’s talk about another popular romance trope, enemies-to-lovers. In these novels, the two mains begin the story as enemies but eventually realize that they love each other. Why are they enemies? Let me count the ways…perhaps they are business rivals, […]

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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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