Some Stars Last Forever.
Aida: An Idol Romance is a sci-fi-themed story about Japanese-style idols. What are Japanese idols, you ask? In the context of Aida, they’re pretty much like the idols you might see in anime such as Idolm@ster or Aikatsu. In short: cute girls being the best they can be and making their fans happy.
In the west, idols have a negative connotation, they’re self-centred and narcissistic. That’s not what we’re talking about here. My idols live for their fans and always strive to be the best at what they do. It’s a positive, feel-good setting that’s perfect for some light reading after a hard day.
Anyway, I don’t want to get bogged down with details here, so how’s about you check out a free sample and see if you like it? Warning up front, this is lesbian erotic romance (sex in service to story, not the other way around), so you’re aware of the content going in 🙂
Points of Departure on Amazon (Link takes you to regional store).
That comprises the first four chapters of Book 1, and is a nice microcosm of the main work. A bit of sexy stuff, an intro to the setting, and should generally give you a good idea of the tone to expect from the rest. Interested in more? Books 1 & 2 are published and in Kindle Unlimited, so you can read using your subscription if you have one.
I’m using a plugin to hide the descriptions until you click, don’t want to go spoiling you. The later books (4 onwards) have vague blurbs to give you an idea of what’s coming up, but no overt spoilers in the event you want to check them out. I hope you’ll give them a try!
“A very entertaining read. Very unique setting, highly recommended!”
— Bryan, Amazon Reviewer
It is the year 2176 and idols—multi-talented individuals devoted to being inspirational role models—reign supreme in the world of entertainment.
A lone science ship returns to Earth after its five year mission to survey new worlds for colonisation. With the incredible discovery of a Gaia World—a planet so perfect it can be considered a one-in-a-trillion miracle—the next great Explorer Mission is given the go-ahead to proceed.
As this grand plan is put into motion, best friends Isla Ainsworth and Anise Kendall travel to planet Aida, entertainment capital of the stars, in order to become idols. When Anise originally suggested they try out for Aida’s prestigious Dreamstar Academy for Idols, Isla had thought herself wholly incapable of such a lofty goal. But despite her reservations, she agreed to give it a try.
Transferring from their home on Mars, Isla will learn what it means to be an idol, and along the way perhaps also discover some intimate aspects to herself and her relationships old and new. As the two rookie idols settle into their lives on Aida, they meet new friends and mentors Lisa Lawson and Mira Ananta Sundaram. Isla is initially unsure of her direction, but with some help from Mira she begins forging a path forward. Anise, meanwhile, struggles with secret feelings for her best friend…
Once the girls have settled into their new lives, Isla meets an energetic and bubbly girl called Millie Bright during a hard but enjoyable camp for rookie idols. While there, they get acquainted with gothic model Evangeline le Fay. Together, the three girls help each other through the gruelling camp while sparks of something beyond friendship come to the surface for two of them.
While Isla is being run ragged at her camp, Lisa takes Anise on a weekend trip to the neighbouring city of Slogh to meet some useful contacts. Enjoying a day at the picturesque city’s annual flower parade, they hook up with Lisa’s other best friend, a high class lady from the lush colony world of Gran Manillo.
Novel Length: ~83,000 Words
The release schedule for this whole series takes us to the end of 2019. I’m aiming roughly for one book every 1.25 months or so.