I am not a fan of horror, but I do dabble in the "dark arts." The Journey has a bite to it. Andrew and I met over a horror novel. To this day, he knows to warn me away from certain chapters. Even in the Doe and The Dragon, which is a delightful romance, there were chapters I skipped.

A lot of paranormal fiction is edgy and has horror elements. And I know Alice has been brainstorming a novel that contains some very dark content. Some folks consider certain types of erotica dark--BDSM in particular--and I even strayed into that territory with The Journey.

What is it that readers like--or don't like about horror and dark fantasy elements in romance fiction? Do we avoid it because romance is supposed to be escapist? Or do we read it because it embraces the dark side we all have?

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Stay tuned for excerpts tomorrow.