The Novels


A Contemporary coming-of-age tale set in the vivid world of K-Pop.

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Swimming Through The Dawn


Banished from an industry that had long nurtured her talents, an aspiring young singer forges her own destiny.



Morning Finds The Breeze


Can indie girl group Made in Heaven parlay a string of early successes into enduring pop music fame?



Debuting in 2022


Don't forget. The exciting finale to the Idol Pursuits Trilogy debuts in 2022.

Recommended for Young Adult/New Adult Readers 16+

Contains some moderate use of explicit language, casual reference to sexual situations,

and one violent but non-graphic moment.


 The Reviews Are In   


"Protagonist Heather Moon is an excellent heroine for the piece, vulnerable but tough and very easy to adore and root for."

 - K. C. Finn

"Anything related to K-pop is usually perceived as shallow but this story begs to differ. It has a classy and intellectual tone, tackles relevant social issues, and breaks stereotypes. The world-building is great and the imagery is fantastic. Mirroring today's sad reality, this coming-of-age debut novel is angsty, realistic, and relatable."

 - Risah Salazar

"A beautiful story for fans of music. The author passes a powerful message through this character: If you can’t fit, create your own path. That path becomes an inspiration for others. The writing is beautiful, with great prose and exciting dialogues. I was pulled in from the opening pages. It's a delightful read that feels like a movie; it is fast-paced, well-plotted, and features memorable characters."

 - Gobi Jane

"I'll certainly be recommending this to my friends! The tone and subject are so entertaining and fascinating, I have a hard time imagining who wouldn't like this story. It comes at a time of great interest in K-Pop, making its dive into the culture of idols and groups all the more intriguing. Rioux also confronts the issue of racism in the United States, though not in an overly complex way. The goal seemed to be simply to represent the truth while letting words and actions speak for themselves."

- Shai Palmer

"For readers seeking novels about female friends with ambitious goals, this is your nirvana. Ranging far beyond the familiar K-Pop theme of romance, Idol Pursuits passes the Bechdel test with flying colors."

- D. Manning

"This story touches on weighty topics without losing its overall sense of humor and fun. The constant character banter keeps scenes rolling along like an extended set of your favorite pop songs."

- Kai Lyell

Excerpted From the Preface

Note that Idol Pursuits is the story of a fictional K-Pop girl group told continuously over three volumes. Each book covers a different phase of Made in Heaven's career.

For the uninitiated, K-Pop is a form of popular music originating in South Korean culture but drawing upon many styles. Its distinct identity has been forged over decades to become a global juggernaut. This unique setting intrigued me. I found the ever-present dichotomy between cooperation and competition fascinating.

While Heather Moon's story drives the plot's throughline, I didn't want to give short shrift to her peers. With that in mind, each chapter is dedicated to a single character's viewpoint. By rotating through the players in this way, my intent was to illustrate how the contributions of individuals blend into a collaborative whole. Some are undoubtedly larger than life, but each is important in their own way.

Throughout this extraordinary journey, you will spend quality time with the young cast as they transition into adulthood. I hope by the end you will sympathize with their missteps and cheer for their victories.