Love Addict E-Store open! Special release discount!

I had this idea that I was going to hold off releasing Love Addict through the webshop until we’d revamped my website and made it more functional.
These days, I mostly use Facebook or Tumblr to advertise my writing, so there’s not even a speck of info on the website about Love Addict… And frankly, the CS webstore isn’t very functional either, since there’s a separate web store for each book.

But, there hasn’t been much time to think of a functional way of refurbishing the site, much less pulling it off… And I know that my international readers are waiting for the webstore to be launched. At least I hope you haven’t given up on me yet!

So I decided to go ahead and open the webstore, almost five months after Love Addict’s initial release date.

You can now purchase Love Addict here!

However, to make it up to all of you who were patient enough to wait for me, I’ve decided that as an apology, Love Addict will be sold at a special discount of $8 off until March 7th!
All you need to do is to apply the following discount code: 7SW6E3Q3 when placing your order.
Remember that if you want to place an order through CreateSpace, you’ll need to make an account, which takes about 5 minutes, so please do that first!

I am so sorry it took so long to get the webstore on its feet, but I hope it was worth the wait!

Please don’t hesitate to share this offer with all your BL-lovng friends as well!
If you’d like to place an order for either ‘SNOW’ or ‘Jaded’, you’ll find links to their webstores in the sidebar to the right.

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Love Addict Mail Orders!

Okay so I am a horrible person for having forgotten all about this! Love Addict has been out for two months, and I have yet to open my webstore – This has to do with the fact that we’re planning on revamping my website, in order to make purchasing novels easier. As you know, ordering from CreateSpace means that you’ll need an account on there, and I think many people aren’t up for that, which isn’t helping my sales.

So, what I’m finally going to do, is that I’ll open for mail orders!
This means that you can order the novel directly from me, and get it signed!

How to do this:

* Send an e-mail to carola@jadedsnow.com, with the subject “Love Addict Mail Order”

* Fill in the following:

Your Name:
How many copies:
Address:
Country
Paypal Address:

What message you want written in the book (Optional)

* Mail orders will be open until December 25th!

* The books will be $28 (NOK 200;-) a piece, ex. shipping. Shipment costs depends on where you live in the world.

Almost there..

The other night, I wrote a blog post, added it to drafts…and scrapped the whole thing.

There is something peculiar about the feeling as a release date approaches. As an avid fan of pre-ordering, the final weeks or days for me are mostly spent waiting; an exhausting, agonizing wait with frequent trips to the mail box, hoping that today….

As an author, the same period of time looks a little bit different.

I can’t really recall how I felt before the releases of SNOW and Jaded. I think… With SNOW it was all so sudden, I didn’t have time to prepare. While Jaded was more like finally.

Up until a couple of days ago, I didn’t think much of the release at all. Maybe I’m getting used to doing these kind of events, or maybe it’s just because I am so busy these days, I hardly have time to sit down and think; I mostly find myself running around frantically trying to cram more hours into my day.

But when I sat down and tried to think and feel.. There’s definitely something there.
It’s anticipation, and admittedly, some nerves.
The latter didn’t exactly decrease when I stumbled across a rather cross review. As an author I am prepared for all kinds of opinions; and all books are not for all people. Still, that’s not to say it didn’t hurt. That said, it’s something that’s probably unavoidable, even though I wish I hadn’t come across it only days before a new release.

I’m excited to finally share Love Addict with you, but at the same time it’s kind of terrifying.
It always is.
There’s something really strange about having kept something to yourself for so long, something that has been yours alone for so long, and then allowing people to parttake in it; to read it and form an opinion on it.

I’m excited, but also nervous. Maybe because Love Addict is so different from the other two novels?
But it would be. All my novels are shaped by the characters that parttake in the story. Although Love Addict has the same universe and characters as Jaded, it’s a vastly different story, because Aki and Miya are such different people. The characters’ personalities and traits ultimately shape the narrative and the story.
I find that rather fascinating.

Love Addict was really fun to work on, compared to the struggles I had with Jaded and Aki’s complex nature. Miya is simpler and way more honest, so it was really relieving to write this story.
Hopefully, you will enjoy reading it as well!

Part of me is terrified to let this project go and see it in other people’s hands, but I know how great this is all going to feel tomorrow, when the release event commences.
There’s definitely a peculiar feeling on the night before a release, but I don’t think I’d want to miss out on it. Not at all.

If you’re in Trondheim, don’t hesitate to drop by Outland! I’ll be there signing books from 12:00 pm!
And if you’re on time, you can leave with a bunch of these sexy freebies as well:

Imagination

There’s something in the air.
This past year has been long and dreary on my part. I’ve been too busy to think, to busy to breathe. And by breathe….I mean write.
Horrified, I realized the other day that I couldn’t remember the last time I actually sat down and wrote something. Up until August, I don’t think I’d written a single creative word since November 2013. That’s a very long time for someone whose head explodes unless it gets some kind of release for all the ideas and stories that are floating around inside.

I’ve written small pieces, and while you never forget how to ride a bicycle, isn’t the truth that when you haven’t been on one for a very, very long time, your balance will be a bit off? Your pedaling will be hesitant and awkward? That’s what it felt like. And even when writing the characters that I now so well, I couldn’t connect with them properly.
It takes time if you want to get back in the saddle again. So although I am swamped, I will write more from here on. Autumn is the perfect season for melancholic music and unpaved virtual roads.

It’s also the time to start gearing up for NaNo. I’m dreading it to be honest. This year I haven’t got a clue what I’ll be writing, or if I will have any time to write at all. To begin with, I’ll fall behind right off the bat, as I’m busy on the first weekend. So we’ll see how that goes. But even when I tell myself “No, I’m not doing it this year.” I end up doing it anyway. I know myself. So I need to practice, to allow myself to tamper with plots and characters and let the ideas flow.

I ran into some kids today – and spoke with them for quite a long time. I’m no good with children, but my hair always attracts them. Of course, it helps when these kids are students at my own school, and I’m already conversing with teachers who worked there when I was a kid their age. It also helps when I happen to know the families of some of these kids, and we actually have something to talk about.
This little girl, whose family I’m very fond of, asked me – because I knew her family, if I could give her a present. I told her that I have no money because I’m an adult. She wanted something still, so I asked if she wanted a story – to which she replied “NO.”
Then I told her that I write novels. Suddenly, they all wanted a story. As expected, one about princesses, and princes, a scary dragon and a terrifying vampire. And by all means, I don’t know the faintest thing about children’s stories. I don’t think the kind of stuff I do is suited for anyone who haven’t yet fallen into the pits of temptation that adolescence offers. And I said that I couldn’t make it up right then and there, but I could feel the wheels turning. Perhaps I’m way out of my field here, but maybe I’ll do it. I did kind of promise them. And challenging oneself out of the comfort zone is never a bad thing, right?
It’s just a lovely feeling to have the creativity flowing again, to be able to utilize it, and let it free.

Speaking of coming out of the comfort zone; the release for Love Addict is steadily approaching, and I’m sort of terrified.
I’ve more or less picked the winners of the give-away.
The release date has been decided.
And right as I’m typing up this entry, I am making arrangements with Outland, laying out the details.

It’s such an odd feeling, when you’re about to share something with the world that you haven’t shared with anyone before. Even though there are more people involved in the process, I always want to try to keep the project to myself for as long as I can – to protect it. To treasure it.
But we’re at the end of the road here. I want to share Love Addict with you all. I want Miya’s determination, his trials and his challenges to reach all of you, to make you smile (and maybe cry).
It’s time. And still I anxiously hesitate before opening my e-mails, before opening an IM window with work-related messages, or before sending out a message to a fan.

It’s such an odd and exciting time.

Do you want a free copy of Love Addict or Jaded?

[Edit: give-away is now closed! Winners will be contacted via mail!]

 

That’s right! I’m giving away free books – and one of them hasn’t even been released yet!
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“Love Addict” is my new novel, coming out in October (actual release date will be revealed shortly).

Synopsis:
The story revolves around 28 year old Miya, who thought he was pleased with his life just the way it was. Being a kid from the sticks of Kamigori, he quickly embraced the thrills of the city when he moved to Kobe, abandoning his teenage heart breaks at home. Nowadays, he is leading a life style that can only be described as hazardous – but free. He’s financially stable, he’s got the best of friends and there are few worries in his life.
And yet…

What Miya thought he wanted turned out to be far from what he really wants. And when his heart’s desire enters his life, he finds that he’ll have to fight for it.

Love Addict is a side-story to “Jaded”, which was released on December 1st, 2012, and thus becomes the third installment in the “Jaded SNOW project.”
Unlike its predecessors however, “Love Addict” is a more lighthearted novel, with a simpler story. The main character is someone easily recognized by those of you who’ve already read “Jaded”, and a character who’s easy to fall in love with.

The actual give-away:

Because I’m an independent author, I don’t have the opportunity to spend lots of funds on commercial ads, nor do I have a publishing agency behind me to help with the promotion, and so I figured I’ll give this little idea a go:
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I have two review-copies of Love Addict, which I will give out to lucky readers of this entry, as long as they match a few criteria:

*You have to run a BL/Yaoi blog (wordpress, tumblr, whichever platform).
Comment below that you’re interested, and link me to your blog, and I’ll contact you with the details, for further cooperation. I’ll be screening the comments, so you can leave your e-mail address as well. ^^

*The people I select will then receive a copy of Love Addict in the mail, prior to the actual release date. Within a reasonable time span, I require you to write a review of the novel and post it on your blog. Hopefully you will enjoy the novel enough to recommend it to your readers, and send them my way~ ❤️

* Finally, notify me when you’ve posted the review, and link me to it.

Since I also happen to sit on a spare copy of Jaded, this one will also be up for grabs, for anyone who would like a free novel in exchange for a review.
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Sounds good?
Please don’t hesitate to share this with fellow bloggers, and ask if there are any questions!

Yaoi 801 with grand announcement!

Right, so I forgot I was still trying to do this whole blog thing…

This weekend was Torucon, and you’d have to be living beneath a rock not to actually know this, or to have missed that I am part of the amazing crew at this great convention.
This year, I also doubled as a “guest” (quote marks on that because I still slaved around all weekend, like a proper Jarl), and hosted a panel titled Yaoi 801.

 

Considering the circumstances, my Kumagoro was a natural prop for the weekend

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First off: THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who attended! I must admit I didn’t expect the room to start filling up almost 30 minutes in advance, nor did I expect it to be that packed!
(Sorry about the heat, we had some aircon issues in that one room)
The panel consisted of BL as a genre, the history of BL as well as how it relates to society and popular culture, homosexuality in Japanese history and art, critique and conflict. I really pushed the borders time-wise, and even had to cut large portions of my script in order to have time for it all!
Even now, I’m sitting here festering in my own annoyance about having forgotten to talk about the differences in Japanese and Western Fujoshi-culture…. Somehow, I completely skipped it, even though it was right there on the boad.. sigh. Next time!
I also really wanted to take a photo of the crowd – but forgot my camera at the sound table. Curses!

I also made a grand announcement right at the start of the panel:

LOVE ADDICT will be released MID-OCTOBER! The specific date will be revealed as soon as Outland and I have scheduled a good date for a release signing!
I’m so excited! Because of Torucon, I’ve had very little time to finish up what was left to do in the proofing process, but now we’re finally at the goal line!

Torucon itsef was of course also immensely fun! I’m so proud of everyone in the crew, for continuing to make this event greater and greater each year!
Thanks to all the lovely feedback from readers I met at the panel and otherwise at the con itself, and for all the lovely messages you guys gave me!
I was saving ‘senpai noticed you’ cards for you all, but someone stole them.

Another thing I want to address which was amazing this year was the amount of male crossplayers – admittedly, a large minority in the convention crowd, but all the more each and every one of them were impressive, serious and great! Each and every one of you made me smile, and though I had no time to give out cards to all of you, if you’re reading this: You’re my hero!

I love that we’ve come to a point where boys are seriously crossplaying, solely for the sake of loving a character, wanting to challenge themselves in terms of new outfits, looks and styles, and wearing it all with their backs straight and a smile on their faces! THIS is progress, and I’m loving it!

Thanks for a great weekend!
See you in October!

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Love Addict announced!!

Writing this blogpost in case any of you missed the video below. I feel super awkward about having put up a Youtube video, but at the same time, I’m super excited about what’s going on lately, so please do check it out!

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, just as I was on my way out, the doorbell rang, and a much awaited package was finally delivered.
Inside of this package was the proof copy of Love Addict.
As I said in the video, I’ve been dropping hints for a while about this secret project of mine, without much luck. I am however delighted to announce that I’m finally in the final parts of preparation for release, which will be within months! Currently, the book is being proof read by a friend of mine, and the final details are being polished.
I’ll make sure to go into more detail once the release date has been confirmed. Please be patient until then~☆

For those of you who are using Goodreads, I’ve put up the profile for Love Addict on there, so you can add it to your to-read list! Yey!
Remember that you can also add your reviews to SNOW and Jaded while you’re on, and make sure to recommend them to your friends.
Independent author life is hard.

So anyway, I hope you’re as excited as me about this new release! I’m really looking forward to sharing it with you all, and to hearing your comments when it comes out!