Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Guest Post : The Appeal of Paranormal Romance by Abigail Owen

Today I'm delighted to welcome Abigail Owen, author of Andromeda's Fall, to my blog. As you read her post, you'll probably guess what attracted me to her book.

The Appeal of Paranormal Romance

Abigail Owen
I recently wrote a blog post about my relationship with romance. I started reading romance in junior high and it’s still one of my favorite genres at a high level. But today I want to concentrate on the paranormal piece of things. What exactly is the appeal – the fascination – with paranormal? With worlds where the rules don’t quite apply? With people that have extraordinary gifts?
For me, a good portion of the appeal is the pure imagination that goes into discovering a world like that – whether it’s reading, watching, or writing. I love the concept of each world I come across. I love the characters and powers and situations. It’s anything the creator can dream up. And that’s what I love – it’s limitless.
The world-builder can come up with the situation – is it an entirely different world? If so, how different? There are a lot of subgenres that do this. High fantasy like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. Space opera like Star Wars. They’re all great. The creator gets to set ALL the rules.
Paranormal romance – however tends to be set in contemporary Earth. So it’s a world secret from our own. It’s a world that is built on our rules, but breaks them in really interesting ways. Think X-Men only with love thrown in. Challenging for the creator, but in a different way from building completely new worlds. Paranormal writers have to blending the two. I really enjoy the thought of these coolly secret worlds.
What I also love about paranormal is the “it could happen” factor. The fantasy and science fiction genres are awesome, but obviously could never happen since they’re set in worlds that don’t exist. But with paranormal, because it’s built in our world, there’s always the possibility. No, I’m not crazy enough to believe it could really happen, then again, the “but maybe” mentality is what makes it so fun. It’s that imagination thing again.
I read these genres for the pure escapism. So escaping into a world that could be, that is secretly part of our own, and that stretches only the limits of the creator’s imagination – all while providing a romantic happy ending – makes paranormal romance one of my favorite genres. One that I never get tired of exploring and discovering.

Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance (18+)

Andie Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother's violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will try to force their Mating, seeking the added power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won't live long either way. Andie's only hope of survival is to Mate the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha's Protectors. The incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

Andie is running out of options and out of time. But risking the life of someone she loves - just to save herself - goes against every instinct she has.

About The Author

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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