Gothic fiction of any sort is a delicious combination of horror and romanticism. Gothic romances just take it one step further. This type of novel flourished in the late 18th and 19th century, but more recent contributers would be Anne Rice. These dark novels normally involve paranormal elements set against an architectual backdrop that is almost a character in itself. Think of the First Street House from The Witching Hour, or any of the buildings from Jane Austen's novels.
Without realizing it, I made my own contribution to the gothic romance genre with my Spiritus Series. I thought I was just telling the story of a ghost haunting the reincarnation of the wife that killed him, but as the story grew, the gothic elements became harder to ignore or deny. What started out as a love story, became darker and darker. Hence, my own personal genre: Romantic Horror
If you've never read a gothic romance, or if you're looking for a new one, the first book in my Spiritus series is ♥FREE♥ in most ebook formats.
"As I watched him vanish into a soft mist that faded away, I knew that he was no ordinary spirit...I knew that he was a dangerous entity that could be in some corner of another realm planning his revenge, but I also knew that I was hopelessly in love with him."
When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last.
Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change.
But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home.
To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he has waited a century for--A second chance.
But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn't the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?