Idol Pursuits

A Coming of Age Trilogy

Set in the Vivid World of Pop Music

With a shimmering personality, powerful voice, and magnetic stage presence, 18-year-old Heather Moon's future seemed bright. An unwanted liaison with a company executive, however, left those aspirations in shambles. Booted from a Korean entertainment agency that had long nurtured her talent, Heather returns to Los Angeles for college, but dreams of stardom seldom die easily.

Bolstered by a plucky band of misfits, she forms Made in Heaven, a seven-member K-Pop girl group. But while their initial efforts seem promising, it's clear not everyone shares the vision. To make matters worse, Heather's father issues an ultimatum that will shape the rest of her life. Can she and her friends realize their ambitions before they're derailed once and for all by the pressures of impending adulthood?

Girl Band Performing
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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.

Book One Playlist

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Morning Finds the Breeze

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

Book Two Playlist

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Arrows Pierce the Sun

The dramatic conclusion to the series follows the group to Korea where they face their biggest challenge yet.

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

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About the Author

Upon graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, R. P. Rioux spent two decades working in the Hollywood entertainment industry, rubbing shoulders with struggling dreamers and successful achievers alike. A year spent circumnavigating the globe taught that regardless of where we live, our commonalities far outweigh our differences.

Now married and living in Cascadia, Idol Pursuits marks R. P. Rioux's first literary trilogy. The author is a lifelong admirer of female vocalists, and believes nothing has the power to unite, inspire, and heal quite like music does.

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