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My Latest Obsession: Romance/Horror Books

I suppose it should come as no surprise that I enjoy reading romance/horror books. After all, I did write one! But so rarely do I find a story that achieves a beautiful balance between the two. 

It's not an easy thing to do--wooing romance lovers while, at the same time, gearing up for the next horror scene. You're constantly running hot and cold, and its easy to break tension when shifting from one mood to the next. For example, when writing a love scene, the romantic in me wants to enchant the reader with poetry and rainbows and butterflies, but go too far and risk losing the readers who roll their eyes at the gooey mushiness of it all and jump ship right then and there. Likewise, when writing a horror scene, excessive morbidness will send romance lovers screaming back to contemporary works.
So, how do you make it work?

How do you interweave romance and horror without breaking tension or losing tone? 
Tone is everything. Tone is what sets the overall mood for your story. It'…