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Dreaming of the Stars, Book 1 of Aida, is now live!

After something like two and a half years, the first novel I ever wrote is finally complete and available on Amazon! If you’re interested in yuri/lesbian romance with naughtiness and sexy shenanigans, set on a sci-fi future planet called Aida… well, this might well be right up your alley. Grab it here:

Dreaming of the Stars (Aida: An Idol Romance Book 1)

It’s also enrolled in KDP Select, so if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription you can grab it for free. And if you do buy or borrow, I’d love it if you could leave a quick review on Amazon. It doesn’t need to be anything long, just a simple ‘I enjoyed this book’ is plenty. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!

Now… let’s talk Amazon pre-orders and using them as a new and largely still unknown author. The short version first: don’t bother. Now the long version. Initially, I put the book up on Amazon with a three month pre-order window. This was primarily advice given by other authors I know, plus various websites I’d been visiting while researching.

However, pre-orders are a problem if you’re not that well-known just yet. Why? Because in order for pre-orders to have the desired effect—pushing your book straight up the Amazon rankings in hopes of a #1 bestseller the moment the book goes live—you need to have a lot of sales. I mean duh, kinda selling 101, right?

But I figured that over three months I’d be able to advertise and grow my readership, no worries, so I went for it anyway. Hah, still a problem. Why? Because going for a month or more without consistent sales actually harms your ranking, I learned a bit later. So while it’s technically possible to grow your audience during the pre-order period, chances are it’s still going to do more harm than good if you don’t have an established audience.

As such, I rethought my plans a bit and decided to kill the pre-order and simply put the book up for immediate sale. Except you can’t do that. For some unfathomable reason Amazon outright bans you from using pre-orders again for a full year if you cancel one. And not just for the author name, for all books under all author names you might put up. Nice, huh? And I might well want to use pre-order in a few months when Aida’s second book goes up, not to mention other works.

I therefore just had to bring the pre-order back to the earliest release date possible, which was today, the 9th. After all that rigmarole, the book is now live and ready to go, yay. And I’ve learned a good bit about what to do and what not to do when releasing a new book. All in all, it can be total minefield when navigating Amazon’s rules, but as they say… first time’s always the hardest.

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Yurika S. Grant is a writer and yuri lover who writes lesbian fiction and lives in the sunny yet unbelievably flat East Midlands. Secretly a witch.

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Aida: An Idol Romance

 

Aida: An Idol Romance is a light-hearted and playful take on lesbian relationships set on a far future world dedicated to entertainment—primarily idols. Not got much of an idea as to what the term ‘idols‘ means? Well, first of all it’s not the American type, nosirree! Aida’s setting is based more on the Japanese concept of idols, which you can read about here: Japanese Idols Wikipedia Page.

Initially taking place in and around the world’s capital city of Aida, but spreading much further afield as well, the story follows a number of idols, both rookie and experienced, as they grow and climb to greater heights, professionally and in their private relationships.

I’ll also be putting up pages with entries detailing some of the other colony worlds of this universe plus characters, locations, names, terms, and other useful information. This is going to be a pretty big work/world/setting (currently 10 books planned, the first five of which are all underway—book 1 is finished, book 2 is close to it), so having a codex of sorts will come in handy for refreshing memories.

The characters page is already up, covering some of the main girls. More detail and stuff like portrait images will be added over time; commissioning artists costs money, and I can’t afford that right now, sorry. I’m also dabbling in art myself, so one day I might even put some sketches of my own up, but writing is always my primary focus.

And if you enjoy the content here and would like to help me do more, you can support me on Patreon or MakerSupport (Patreon is the main, MakerSupport is a backup in the event Patreon do something stupid again), or you can buy me a coffee or two, sometimes known as Writer Fuel, if you’d rather not commit to a monthly payment.

All patrons get additional content in the form of spin-off stories for the main works that wouldn’t really fit in the main narrative. At $3 a month you get full access to all my novels and novellas several months before they go up on Amazon (at the current time this is Aida book 1 and book 2, plus two upcoming novellas).

And at $5 you get all of the above plus early access to drafts, sneak peaks, notification of upcoming works before anyone else, and maybe even a look at old drafts, notes, and other things I’d never normally share publically. If you support at this level, check out this post for a detailed breakdown of what I have planned for the next year.

 

Book 1: Dreaming of the Stars:

Transferring from their home on Mars, best friends Isla Ainsworth and Anise Kendall arrive on Aida, hopeful and eager. Isla is initially unsure of her direction, but soon meets someone who can help her discover her destiny, and Anise finally feels like she can truly be herself.

Alongside new friends and mentors, Aida’s latest arrivals quickly adjust to their new lives, beginning their ascent to idolhood. And along the way, they might both find some new and exciting interests of a more intimate nature.

(Read the free sample on Movellas! Comprises roughly the first quarter of the book. Or support me on Patreon at $3 a month to get access to the full book right now.)

 

Book 2: Starlet Sunrise:

Settling into new and enjoyable relationships, the girls start exploring some new idol pursuits. Millie gets involved with a stellarvision show and meets a new rival, Eva and Anise get to know each other over some modelling practice, and Isla prepares to challenge the academy’s top idol to a rematch.

(Coming soon to $3 patrons, then Amazon around early summer.)

 

Yurika

Yurika S. Grant is a writer and yuri lover who writes lesbian fiction and lives in the sunny yet unbelievably flat East Midlands. Secretly a witch.

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Aida: Characters Main

Isla Ainsworth:

Best friend of Anise. Born on Earth but moved to Mars at age 5, she has a healthy love of tennis and sports in general. Isla can hesitate with important decisions, but when she makes her mind up she’s focused like a laser.

Age: 18

Birthday: 1st December (Earth Calendar).

Likes: Sports, especially tennis, and puns.

Dislikes: Sour sweets, spicy foods.

Favourite Food: Olympus Buns.

Favourite Drink: Immersion, peach flavour for preference.

Hobbies: Tormenting Anise with horrible puns.

 

Anise Kendall:

Isla’s best friend, Anise is a natural-born Martian girl, growing up in the Sinai Colony Dome. She loves idols, idol culture, cute girls, and being a perv. Has an interest in video production, specifically music videos, and is an incredible singer.

Age: 18

Birthday: 7th May (Martian Calendar).

Likes: Idols, cute girls, scents.

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Favourite Food: Anything smoked, especially bacon and salmon.

Favourite Drink:

Hobbies: Photography, especially anything involving cute girls/idols.

 

Lisa Lawson:

A professional idol of some three years, Lisa has visited many worlds and colonies, DJ’ing, creating electronic music, and generally just enjoying herself to the fullest alongside her best friend, Mira.

Age: 19

Birthday: 18th June (Earth Calendar).

Likes: Anything sexy and naughty, electronic music.

Dislikes: People asking if she’s related to the Japanese convenience store chain.

Favourite Food: Anything with a strong flavour, especially curry. Enjoys unusual dishes.

Favourite Drink:

Hobbies: Stargazing and astronomy, especially when on-board a starship.

 

Mira Ananta Sundaram:

Both a producer and model, Mira enjoys Assam tea, her work, and teasing cute girls. Having spent several years travelling with Lisa, she has settled down on Aida to focus on her career.

Age: 19

Birthday: 20th September (Aidan Calendar).

Likes: Fashion, teasing.

Dislikes: Goodbyes.

Favourite Food: Plain and simple cooking.

Favourite Drink: Assam tea, alcoholic cocktails.

Hobbies: Teasing cute girls, occasional exhibitionism.

 

Millie Bright:

Energetic and bubbly, Millie runs through life at Warp Factor 9, occasionally managing to trip herself up or put her foot in it. She’s always willing to help, loves making others happy, and might have a hidden naughty side…

Age: 18

Birthday: 15th May (Aidan Calendar).

Likes: Dance, rhyming, old school video games.

Dislikes: Seeing her friends upset.

Favourite Food: Any and all weird combinations (Doughnut Burgers, etc.).

Favourite Drink: Quantum Flux isotonic sports drink.

Hobbies: Running.

 

Evangeline le Fay:

Lover of all things Gothic, Evangeline wants to be a model, wouldn’t mind acting, and has an intense interest in festivals, especially those originating in old Earth myths, legends, and folklore. Has a thing for skulls.

Age: 18

Birthday: 24th December (Aidan Calendar).

Likes: All things Gothic, festivals, folklore, legends, etc.

Dislikes: Her own shyness.

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Cassiopeia Luna:

Dreamstar Academy’s top idol, Luna’s background is shrouded in mystery, including her real name. She aims to become Aida’s top idol.

Age: 19

Birthday: 29th July (Aidan Calendar).

Likes:

Dislikes: Idols who don’t take their profession seriously.

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Hobbies: Tennis, badminton, and other racket sports.

 

Yana Anisimova:

Dreamstar Academy’s number one model, Yana is odds-on to become Aida’s next top model. Hailing originally from the Russian Consortium’s bipolar colony world of Lyapunov, she is icy cool and perfect, and focuses wholly on her career to the exclusion of all else.

Age: 20

Birthday: 27th April (Novian Calendar).

Likes:

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Favourite Drink: Vasiliev Royal Red brand Vodka imported from her homeworld.

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Grand Princess Dona Keliana Francisca Madeiras:

First princess of colony world Gran Manillo, Keliana – Kelly to her few close friends – loves flowers, plants, trees, flowers, trees, plants, more plants, and even more flowers. Entirely uninterested in the idea of inheriting the throne, she’d rather talk about flowers.

Age: 20

Birthday: 15th February (Manillan Calendar).

Likes: Flowers, plants, greenery in general, her beloved little sister, Liliana.

Dislikes: Anything that gets in the way of her and her flowers.

Favourite Food:

Favourite Drink: Tea brewed from edelweiss flowers.

Hobbies: Gardening, flower festivals.

 

Sophie Émilie Bellerose:

Mira’s partner, Sophie is a high level designer creating outfits for the academy’s top idols, including Cassiopeia Luna.

Age: 23

Birthday: 29th February (Earth Calendar)

Likes: Design, fine art.

Dislikes: Wasting time.

Favourite Food: Dinky Doughnuts™.

Favourite Drink:

Hobbies: Travel, for both design inspiration and simple enjoyment.

 

Azusa Kurosawa:

A clumsy yet talented girl, Azusa is Sophie’s apprentice, hoping to become a top designer and make her master proud.

Age: 17

Birthday: 7th April (Aidan Calendar)

Likes: Japanese culture, having some Japanese ancestry herself. Loves Tanabata.

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Yurika

Yurika S. Grant is a writer and yuri lover who writes lesbian fiction and lives in the sunny yet unbelievably flat East Midlands. Secretly a witch.

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