I usually write light-hearted erotic romances so for the Dark Mocha Bites line at Mocha Memoirs Press, I wanted to try something a little different. A little darker. I have loved horror and dark fiction long before I became interested in erotica. Sadly, there isn't much of a market for erotic horror. Erotica and erotic romance readers don't like the dark stories. They want a Happily Ever After ending and erotic horror doesn't necessarily end that way. Horror readers don't like the sex in their stories unless they like splatterpunk which can be both violent and erotic. And splatterpunk hasn't been popular since the '90s.
Still, I wanted to try something a little darker, and that's how "Alicia" came to be. I based the story in part on personal experience and on my prior work as an advocate for abused women. Sometimes real life is scarier than fiction, but fiction can provide a buffer for the pain and anguish of the real world. Romance novels let women live out a fantasy in the midst of their ordinary lives. Overcoming difficult situations is one way that these stories resolve themselves. Plus the odd, not-quite-right qualities of "Alicia" make the story much more interesting. You (and Eric the hero) aren't quite sure exactly what's going on. I like those kinds of stories; the ones that leave you a bit off-kilter. I write that kind of thing mainly in my horror stories but occasionally it works in erotic romance.
So, be ready for something a little different when you read "Alicia". It's a surreal story that will have you doing double-takes as you read it. What's actually going on? You the reader and Eric the hero have quite a ride ahead of you.
Alicia (Dark Mocha Bites)
Release Date: October 6, 2012
Mocha Memoirs Press: http://mochamemoirspress.com/alicia/
When the love of his life, Alicia, calls him in the middle of the night to report she had been raped, Eric drops everything to come to her rescue. She takes him on an eerie ride through turbulent hours he can't quite comprehend. Alicia may need his help, but her situation is not what it seems.
Eric ran to the bathroom to brush his hair and teeth. His heart hammered in his chest. He tried to shake off his frightening dream, but he had difficulty doing it. Seeing Alicia standing before him as she brushed her ragged gums alarmed him. Why did she act as if nothing had happened?
This dream was much different from the pleasant dreams he had been having of her lately. He’d dreamt about her ever since he met her one month ago. Each night he dreamed of mundane things they would do as they lived their daily lives together. Showering in the morning. Watching a movie with the kids as they ate popcorn. Making love. Tending to Alicia when she had the flu. Sitting next to each other in the living room, as she played the game Myst and he built a model airplane. He cherished those dreams. They were of another life he could have had if Alicia had been his wife. Vivid and vibrant, those dreams energized him each morning. Full of scent and color, they seemed so real he felt disoriented when he awakened. He had never had dreams like that before. He could not remember most of his dreams, but those of Alicia were so vivid that he thought about them all day long. He felt as if she were a part of his life in another universe. Maybe she was.
Now, he dreamed of her as if she had been pummeled within one inch of her life. What did it mean? Alicia called to tell him that she had been raped. Did he see the aftermath of her rape in his dream? He desperately needed to see her to know that she was unhurt, but he had a sinking feeling in his gut that she was in great danger.