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Forsaken: The Journey Home Ch1&2 published

Forsaken: The Journey Home Ch1&2 publishedForsaken: The Journey Home Ch1&2 published! After getting Crystal Cove Chronicles’ first two chapters published yesterday, today we have something a bit more sci-fi! Forsaken is a story about seven girls coming together for the Year 3000 celebrations and taking part in a special lesbian event. Unfortunately, they don’t quite manage to make it there:

Seven girls are brought together by a year-end trip arranged by the exotic Lesbian Liaisons company for the imminent Year 3000 celebrations.

As their special trip gets underway, a spacial anomaly causes one of the vessels to veer off course during its flight through the Warpway. Rushing to the escape pods, the seven girls are split up from the rest of the group, crash landing on an alien world.

They must now work together to survive and figure out a way to return to known space. But this world holds secrets lost to time, secrets the girls will have to uncover if they want to escape…

A story inspired in part by the classic movie Mysterious Island and also by the excellent anime Uninhabited Planet Survive (which itself was clearly inspired by Mysterious Island). Survival, mystery, and cute yuri relationships abound in this web serial! A new chapter or two will be published every Saturday.

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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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Crystal Cove Chronicles Ch1&2 are Published – New Fantasy Web Serial

Crystal Cove Chronicles Ch1&2 are Published

I’ve been working on a new story for a while now, something relaxed and chilled out, something rather more slice of life than Starlight was. As such, allow me to announce that Crystal Cove Chronicles Ch1&2 are Published.

Isadora Myerscough has always dreamed of action and adventure and an exciting life of fighting pirates and searching for treasure. But when she finally decides to try her hand at this life of excitement, all does not go quite according to plan…
Leaving her home in the capital city of Herencia under less than ideal circumstances, she finds herself on the nearby Efnir Island, a relaxed and welcoming place where she might just discover the adventure she craves. But not necessarily the adventure she expects.

 

If you’ve ever played the Rune Factory games (specifically Oceans) then this story has kind of a similar tone to it. Albeit with at least one cute yuri/lesbian relationship, something RF was sadly lacking. Yeah, I wanted to marry Odette as Sonia, leave me alone ;p

Anyway, this story will be published on Fridays. Plus there’s a second web serial story of a sci-fi flavour (talking year 3000 here, aw yeah) with a rather different tone coming tomorrow as well! Hope you enjoy!

And if you’d like to support me on Patreon, a dollar or two a month would be mighty appreciated, cheers!

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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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.

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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Starlight Book 1 is Complete! What Did I Learn? + New Work

Out With the Old Cover…

After some two years, the first book of my magical girl (urban fantasy/paranormal) trilogy, Starlight, is complete! Well, the first draft is. Now comes a second draft and many edits in readiness for… well, something I’ll announce in another post, something I’ll be needing some help with. But before that, I want to chat a bit about what I learned while writing this book.

First, the most obvious thing: I suck at maintaining schedules where I have to actively write something on a week by week basis. It’s part of my general personality, I switch between projects pretty frequently, writing one thing for a day or two, then another thing for another day or two, and so on. If I’m not feeling a particular work, I find it helpful to write something else for a while.

Needless to say, that doesn’t work so well for something I was intending to have published weekly like Starlight. The story that will be replacing Starlight for the Saturday slot, a slice of life yuri fantasy I’ll talk about in a moment, will be easier to deal with on that front. Why? Because it’s slow-paced slice of life that will focus on a different character or situation each week, making it easier to write in small chunks.

Starlight was a fast-paced novel with continual forward momentum and required a lot of foreknowledge of how the later events would go—knowledge I had, I always have a solid grasp of the shape of things in my mind regardless of whatever notes I keep—but the individual scenes to get to those later story beats were largely written as I went.

Foreshadowing and hints as to future events were placed as necessary because I already had those figured out (though they can definitely be improved), but some weeks would see me dithering on what to write for entire days at a time, making for horrible delays.

That’s to say nothing of my personal situation, which I won’t bore you with here. Suffice to say that I don’t have a home right now and am intruding on family, which isn’t exactly conducive to being able to write interrupted. I’m getting that sorted out right now, but it’s still something I have to bear in mind for my writing life.

The other major thing I learned is that I need way more practice in certain areas of writing. Normally I write pretty light-hearted yuri romance stories (Aida, for example), which have minimal conflict and instead focus on fun characters and situations with a healthy dose of humour arising from the interactions between characters. Starlight was my first real foray into something with more serious conflict.

With Book 2 of the trilogy effectively being my Empire Strikes Back, the experience of writing Book 1 will help a great deal, given it’ll have a much darker and more serious tone. The girls will have to confront aspects of themselves they might not like much, will have to really come together as a team to survive a harsh environment, and will have to conquer one or two pretty serious personal demons from their past. And I can’t wait 😀

But while it’s true that I’m super pumped for Book 2, I also need a break so I can write some other things for a while. And, more importantly, so that Book 2 can be published without missing any beats, and that means writing the whole thing in advance this time. So that’s a project for much later this year.

Note, if you want to read the whole book, now would be a good time (link at the start of the post, no account needed to read). My plans for the book will necessitate unpublishing it for a period of 45 days, meaning you won’t be able to read it until those 45 days are up. If you have knowledge of indie publishing, you can probably guess what I’m planning for Starlight based on this 😉

… in With the New Cover.

I mentioned another project I’m planning to replace Starlight with, now it’s finished, so let’s talk about that quickly. It should be obvious to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of my works that I love slice of life stories with minimal conflict, so you probably won’t be surprised to learn that’s what the new work will be. There will be some conflict and drama—some pretty serious stuff, in fact—but mostly it’s going to be fairly fluffy.

The setting is fantasy with some level of magic, but less focused on systematic magic (casting fireballs and the like using a complex system of magical rules or similar) and more on magical technology. Primarily the story will be set around a trio of islands off the coast of a major city and the cast of characters who live there, as seen from the point of view of the main girl; an adventurous 18 year old from the city who feels like she wants a change of pace from the largely restrictive life she leads there.

I also have another story in the works, something far-future and sci-fi (and by far, I mean far, like year 3000 far) involving lesbian girls in a survival situation, but I’ll put a post up on that project at a later date. The aforementioned fantasy work will be coming in the next couple of weeks, so if you enjoy that type of story, stay tuned!

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: 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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Yurika’s Fiction

Yurika S. Grant's Fiction

My two major works for now are Aida and Starlight. Aida is an ongoing serial work focusing on a far future setting involving idols. It features descriptive adult content and will be published to Amazon (currently aiming for first quarter of 2018), but you can get instant access right now by pledging at $3 or higher on Patreon if you wish (see below notes).

There’s an ero-free sample of book 1 up for free reading as a taster of things to come, which covers approximately the first quarter of the book, cutting off right before the first ero scene, because I’m evil (more accurately, it just means I don’t have to use a mature rating for it on Movellas).

Starlight is a web serialised novel and is my take on Japan’s magical girl genre. This work features soft yuri/lesbian relationships, but mostly focuses on a plot involving magic, supernatural shenanigans, and fighting bad guys. Two further books and at least one spin-off are planned for this universe. Book 1 is nearing completion, with two new chapters per week going up and finishing on February 10th.

I also have a couple of other works planned for the near future, including a number of naughty novellas for $3 tier patrons and a couple of serial works to replace Starlight once it’s done.

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.

Starlight:

Book 1 nears completion, and Book 2 in the trilogy is planned for late 2018 into 2019.

Aida: An Idol Romance:

This is a cute and generally light-hearted romance story focusing heavily on idol culture. Set in 2177 on the titular world of Aida, the story follows multiple girls through their journey as idols – whether rookie or high level – and their relationships with each other.

Due to the serial nature of this work, the story will run over multiple books. As such, each book will have its own arcs fitting into larger, overarching stories. All Patreon supporters at $3 or higher will receive free copies of the books three months before their Amazon releases (3 months is the maximum time you can put a book up for pre-order).

Novellas, Short Stories, Other Works: Coming soon to $3 tier patrons, and later to Amazon.

Summertime Gals:

An erotic novella-length story set in a sleepy British village and featuring a girl called Gwen returning home from Japan for a visit. A family she dislikes and who never quite understood or accepted her lesbian nature is offset by her simultaneous meeting with a bubbly and attractive girl called Odette. And if Gwen’s sexual interests weren’t already problem enough for her family, her newfound love of Gyaru culture is likely to rock the boat even further.

Moonlight Becomes Her:

A young detective fresh from the Bath Detective Academy’s hallowed halls finds herself assigned to an unusual case at a local Catholic girls school. Strange puncture wounds in the neck of the victims indicate that this isn’t a normal case for young Shelly Holden.

As the rookie detective investigates, an enigmatic girl at the school takes an interest in her…

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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Starlight

Starlight - A Magical Girl Novel Trilogy

Starlight is a magical girl story with a hint of yuri and a melding of sci-fi and fantasy, running on a serial basis. If you’ve ever seen anime in the magical girl genre – Precure especially – then this might interest you. Or if you like the idea of cute girls fighting monsters and adjusting to a crazy new reality of magic, fairies, and gods, then this might also interest you. The closest western equivalent genre would be Urban Fantasy, or Paranormal… or both combined, to be fair.

I’m taking a more mature approach compared to the anime shows aimed at young girls, with older girls starring (20-23 years) and featuring various settings including the main character’s university, a fictional artificial island city off Japan’s coast, and the general environs of Kamogawa, an east coast Japanese town.

My non-Amazon/non-ero works are all published to Movellas. No account is needed to read, though if you sign up you can follow me to be notified of updates and things.

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.

 

Starlight, Volume 1 of the Starlight Trilogy: Read on Movellas

After an enjoyably peaceful year living and attending university in the east coast town of Kamogawa in Japan, Meg Momozono finds herself thrust into an exhilarating and terrifying adventure of magical girls, fairies, and gods. And the discovery that not everything can be easily explained by science…

Book 1 is nearly complete! Just four chapters to go, which are being published two per week and will conclude on Saturday, February 10th.

 

Eternal Night, Volume 2 of the Starlight Trilogy: Coming late 2018 into 2019.

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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