GUEST BLOG: JO ANDREWS

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People ask me why I write erotic paranormal romances instead of something else. The simple answer, of course, is that I just plain like reading and writing them. But the truth is a little more complicated than that.

Men lean toward books that have a lot of action and adventure, like spy stories or suspense or hard science fiction. They’re hunters and their instinct is to look outward. Women are nurturers and their instinct is to look inward – into people. They lean toward romances, which are about the dynamic between male and female, about how the hero and heroine interact with each other and with the world around them.

Romances are about the complexity of the human heart and mind. And because hearts and minds are so complicated and vary so much, romances are endlessly fascinating. Even one of the many dynamics possible can have dozens of stories written about it and none of those stories will be the same. With different protagonists, whole new dynamics happen, because each character is unique and won’t react in a similar fashion. All those variables are immensely satisfying to explore, which is why I love writing romances.

Why do I write paranormal romances? Because I also like action and adventure, and own a huge collection of spy stories, mysteries and science fiction myself. Romance becomes so much more intense when there is danger, when the hero and the heroine have to deal with real threats to their lives and have to make hard decisions to survive or to save each other. It shows what they’re made of and how much they’re willing to sacrifice or grow. The world of shape-shifters, vampires and other paranormal creatures is dangerous, full of conflict and exciting! All of which intensifies the romance – and intensity is what I’m after.

Why erotic paranormal romances? Because I love writing about sex. LOL. But the reason behind that is because one is most vulnerable during sex. That’s when one is most exposed. When the defenses either come down or are raised. When one surrenders oneself to one’s partner or hides and tries to deceive. When one shows most truly the kind of person one is. I write about passionate people who fight and love and care fiercely. Which is why my stories are erotic and have several intense love scenes.

I love mixing romance and sex with action and adventure. I hope you’ll take a look at my novel, Driving Force, and tell me how well I’ve succeeded. I’d love to hear from all of you.

You can email me at jo@jo-andrews.com or visit my website at www.jo-andrews.com to read an excerpt.

Sierra Wallace hates Ian Raeder for making her teenage years a misery with his mockery and constant teasing. But he’s so damn hot! Just the sight of him turns her insides to molten lava. Ian’s hunger for Sierra is driving him insane. But he’s a Shifter, a leopard in his other form, and she’s human. He has to stay away from her.

When enemy Shifters invade Wade County, Colorado, Sierra and Ian are caught in the crossfire. As they fight to keep each other alive in a war that threatens to destroy every Shifter in the county, barriers tumble. The driving force of their long-suppressed passion explodes into sheet-scorching animal lust. In the torrid nights that follow, they discover that their firestorm of love and desire is far more devastating to them than any war.

Driving Force is available at Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

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