Author Archives: Jocelyn Redel

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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16 in ’16: Read a New Book Feedback

by Jocelyn We’re halfway through our final Reading Resolution, and I’m checking in to see how it’s going. What 2016 title(s) are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for us? I just finished reading When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I eagerly anticipate […]

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Veterinarians in Love

by Jocelyn When you think about veterinarians, what traits come to mind? Compassionate. Caring. Kind to animals. Physically and mentally strong…Great protagonists in romance novels? It’s hard to resist someone who loves animals, and that makes veterinarians very appealing characters. Don’t you agree? Now, for your reading pleasure, check out these love stories featuring veterinarians. […]

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16 in ’16: Read a New Book

by Jocelyn Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final challenge in the Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16 contest. For the next three weeks, we challenge you to read…a book published in 2016 (also known as a “New” book). With about 300,000 books published in the United States every year, that gives you A LOT of […]

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Making a Play: Sports Romance

by Jocelyn Let’s talk about sports romance! Featuring current or retired athletes who are being pushed to their limits, the sports stars in these romances tend to be at the top of their game physically and mentally, and are most often confident, stubborn, dedicated individuals. We get to see how they handle falling in love […]

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