Steamy Romance (borderline Erotica)


Coralie Watson, a British thirty-year-old living in San Francisco, has a tormented past with men. Physical and mental abuse, abandonment issues, incompatibility—she feels like she just can’t win, and constantly swears to herself that she’ll remain single so she can focus on her burgeoning singing/songwriting career. After twelve years in the United States, she often regrets leaving London, her friends, her habits, and dreams of what life might have been like had she not moved.

As she slowly settles into a new routine—and has, so far, kept her vow to stay celibate—her past refuses to give her a break. As she reencounters a former boss she’d had a crush on, someone else resurfaces into her life after many years of silence—a boy she met at fifteen, that she’d had deep feelings for. But now he’s all grown-up and irresistibly handsome. She always considered him the “one that got away”, and is shocked when he confesses he feels the same way about her. The problem? He’s a successful business man who can’t afford a scandal, he’s married to a supermodel wife, and has two beautiful daughters. Yet none of that seems to stop him from making Coralie promise that next time she’s in London, they need to meet and catch up…

What’s the harm in that?

Illicit is part of a three-book series, and is currently being uploaded to Wattpad (for free!!) on Wednesdays.

Oooooh Stephanie.

What have you done?

(if you know, please alert me, because I have no idea)

Look, this crazy year of 2020 has put us all through trials and events beyond our control, and I haven’t been spared from that. I went through a rough break-up end of March/early April, lost my dad in April, had to move end of April (okay so APRIL was the shittiest month, for me) & start anew on my own. And though it was scary at first, I truly embraced my new lifestyle and grew to enjoy my own company.

Also during all this crap I got to know myself again, and after years and years of being afraid of writing certain, ahem, daring scenes, I decided to take the leap and give myself a shot. I decided… to write… a steamy romance.

Understand this, friends—I don’t write Romance. I suck at it. Even in my other novels, whenever I have to describe a kiss or sexual tension or any kind of romantic feelings, I get stuck and my face turns beet red and I put it off for weeks until I have no choice. So this decision was a terrifying challenge that I thought I’d struggle with.

Did I struggle? A little, at first. But after writing the first steamy pieces—end of chapter five, by the way—and showed my friends (who praised me?!? said I did good?!? WHAT??) I slowly gained confidence. I learned how to write about those kisses, how to invoke that sexual tension, how to create those romantic feelings. And when I arrived at chapter sixteen (THE steamy scene) I shocked myself by… succeeding. I wrote it. I wrote it. And then I wrote more scenes, became increasingly comfortable… until I made a very Stephanie Rose-like decision to make this one torrid, turbulent adventure of a novel into a series.

Illicit does handle some troubling themes such adultery and rape (though not described in detail) and it is most definitely rated mature for the language and the fairly graphic descriptions/mentions of sex, but… if you wish to see how I’ve grown as an author, how I’ve come out of my shell and experimented with something way out of my comfort zone… please click on the link and follow Coralie’s crazy life!

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