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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Gay Historical Romance

by Lindsey A. Historical romance is one of my favorite genres to read but let’s face it – it’s not very diverse. Fortunately, though traditional publishing still has a long way to go, it’s starting to acknowledge that many readers want to see more representation (of all kinds) in their romance. One of the biggest […]

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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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Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

by Michelle C. Wedding season is starting. A great way to learn the dos and don’ts of wedding etiquette is to watch the horrific, but hilarious, outcomes of the wedding gone wrong in movies. Some of my favorite tropes in the wedding genre are the bride and switch, childhood marriage promise, crazy in-laws, and the bridesmaid’s […]

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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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Jane Austen Movie Adaptations

By Michelle C. Are you obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels? Have you watched the movie versions over and over, eagerly awaiting each new release? Do you have fights with your friends about which version of Pride and Prejudice is best (Colin Firth–always Colin Firth)? Then this is the blog post for you! Some of my favorite […]

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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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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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