Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Angela Kulig gives stuff away, talks about herself in the third person. 4k Twitter Follower Giveaway!

If you are one of the people who often reads my blog, you are aware of far too many personal details about me--including the fact I often speak about myself in the third person.

Angela would like to say thank you.

When I started twitter and had <100 followers for PRACTICALLY FOREVER I never thought I'd see one thousand, or two thousand, or 3250 which is where I was this morning. BUT as I am never happy with anything I do, that just isn't good enough. So I am going to have a Twitter follower drive to hurry on up to 4k! It's not that far really. I'm giving away at least a $40 e-giftcard no matter where I end up, but if I reach 5k I will make it $50 and if I reach 6k I will make it $60 and so on and so forth.

I am also giving away a SURPRISE! Prize pack that with multiply with the number of entries. This might include books, swag, and other awesomeness.

Basically, you should enter and then tell everyone you know!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The difference in readers: SKEPTICS VS TRUE BELIEVERS

In my head, when I first started to write this post there, I titled it: WHAT MY AUDIENCE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME BEFORE READING MY NEXT 2 BOOKS

Which was kind of silly.

What I really wanted to do, was talk to you about the different kind of book readers and challenge you to think about which category you fall into.

In my mind, there are only two kinds. Skeptics and Believers, though you can have characteristics of both.

Skeptics, want, no need to know everything. I once belonged to a writers group who always demanded to know EVERYTHING by the first chapter. I mean everything--like the entire book should all somehow be in first two thousand words. In my opinion, if everyone somehow managed to pull that off I'd metaphorically slit my wrists.

That's because I am a believer. Magic can exist, dragons breathe fire with out further explanation. I don't have to know everything until I need to know and I don't get hung up on the details. Like WHY do vampires exist and how come the sun is falling from the sky. Sometimes it just is, because that is how it is. I don't question the laws of gravity if I have never been to that world.

At the same time, sometimes things just don't make sense. I'd rather not know than to be told something that makes me put the book down.

As a writer, I promise to always tell you things you need to know before you need to know them. I can't promise it will be when you want to know, but it will happen.

For me, writing SKELETON SONG was the hardest thing I have ever done. We know how Marlow's story ends--and we know nothing about it is happy. Maintaining hope and light when all their should be is darkness and despair was a task that I don't think I understood until I wrote the first draft. Which is why it hasn't come out yet. Red Iris is letting me make it perfect and it needs to be.The glistening pieces are in the bits that you haven't heard yet. Hope comes from the fact that her pain still hurts, that her cuts still bleed.

Like Panic at the Disco says, there is nothing worse than knowing how it ends. At least the Skeptics should be happy.

There are four full length novels in the Skeleton Lake series. The Skeleton Song is the prequel to the first book in the series. And I am about to share with you, the other titles that have not been announced until now. The only people who know about them before you are Sara, at Red Iris and my husband. I want your imagination to wonder. I want you to believe.


Very soon, my publisher will pry SKELETON SONG from my anxiety ridden fingers--and shortly after that release Dust of the Dead Sea will come out. I promise. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

#TeaserTrain with G.E. Johnson's LOVE & WRATH

You know you have to take a book seriously when the title contains the word wrath. It's a good word that means anger, and fury, and several other serious sounding nouns and adjectives. Pair it with love and you know you're in trouble.

This week #TeaserTrain is stopping here with G.E. Johnson's Love & Wrath

GENRE: Women's Lit (or Contemporary Romance)
AMAZON LINK: http://amzn.to/qOYdMk
BLOG LINK: http://gejohnson.blogspot.com
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/writermom2011

     Lily really was just anxious to get to Sheila’s and find out more about what exactly
had happened. She hoped that they could really help Keisha out of this situation
for good. As Lily was lost in thought, she noticed that Marco had made a left on 9th
toward their building instead of a right toward Sheila’s place.
     “Hey, you know I’m going to Sheila’s, right?”
     “Yeah, I know,” Marco answered quietly.
     Lily looked at his face and was unsettled at how tense and serious he had become.
     “You’re going the wrong way…,” she said as she let her voice trail off.
     “I know that, too,” Marco answered quietly, again. “Give me just a second.”
     His voice was calm - almost too calm. Lily knew that something was wrong.
     “What’s going on?” she asked with mounting concern.
     Marco did not answer right away and was quiet for several seconds. Lily
noticed that he kept checking his rearview mirror and that he had made a couple of
unnecessary turns down the one way streets in the downtown area.
     Finally, Marco answered, “I think somebody is following us.”
     Lily’s heart sped up as she sat up in her seat and tried to see behind them through
the passenger side mirror.
     “Act normal,” Marco instructed. “If they are following us, I don’t want them to
know that we noticed.”
      Lily sat back in her seat tensely. “Can you see who it is or what the person looks
like?” Lily asked.
     “Not really. It looks like a man, but it’s dark in the car,” Marco answered.
      Marco made another turn and headed out of the downtown area toward Grand
     “Is the car still there?” Lily asked nervously.
     “Yeah. I’m gonna see if I can lose them at Grand.”
      Lily had started to shiver and she began to pray that this was all just a coincidence.
     She thought that maybe the person was lost and had chosen to follow them to try to
find their way out of downtown. When the light turned green, Marco made a left turn
onto Grand. The car that had been trailing them made a right turn. As they were
turning, Lily caught a glimpse of the car. It was a dark colored Nissan.
     “They went the other way,” Lily announced with a slight sigh of relief. “Maybe
they were just lost and followed us to find their way out. It can be pretty confusing
down here if you don’t know your way through all the one ways,” Lily said hopefully.
     Marco still seemed very tense and continued to glance in his rearview. “Could
be,” he said. “But just in case, I’m going to take the scenic route to Sheila’s.”
     After taking several more unnecessary streets and turns, Marco and Lily pulled up
in front of Sheila’s building. Normally, they would park on the street and walk the
short distance to the building, but tonight, Marco decided to use the valet service. He
didn’t want to take any chances of having someone pull up on them while they were
walking up the sidewalk to the doors.

Want to read about all all the wrath? If your an Amazon Prime member you can read it now for free, otherwise it will cost you a mere 2.99 for your Kindle!

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Day Angela Kulig Became Properly Disillusioned

I am not one to hate on people involved in traditional publishing. You know; agents, editors, writers, publishers--there are several reasons for that. 1.) We must always try to be professional 2.) I do interact with them many times in a professional environment. 3.) One day I hope to have a book for sale 75% off at the Walmart.

Oh these lofty, unobtainable goals.

That being said, this weekend I found myself PISSED OFF!

One of my favorite agents, the agent that up until this point I always thought would one day by MY agent. Said some really--what I consider--unprofessional things about self published writers. I have never self published any of my books--so, why should I take offense to this as I'm a real "indie" writer--whatever that is? I mean other than I have more self pub'd friends than I can shake an iPhone at; but the hypocrisy of it is outlandish.

It wasn't just the usual--I don't believe in self publishing blah blah. Oh no, it was a Self Published books are ranked lower than the gum I just scraped off the bottom of my shoe and far more irksome. What is even worse is this wasn't even in a work related context--she was complaining about stumbling upon them while shoping for books.

It is troubling that, as writers, we must always be professional. I see agents rag about people who didn't follow their guidelines, or offended them in some other way--by doing what is usually something very slight, every single day online. They talk about these people in rash, demeaning words--and I used to understand.

Only the double standard has become too much. If we say anything remotely negative about them we find ourselves painted as the jilted lover, and threatened with blacklisting. We are always in the wrong. Always. They are not held to the same standards.

I understand the need for agents. If everyone could do as good of a job as an agent--often times a whole agency, a team of editors, and an entire publishing company then they wouldn't have a fucking job. One day, I will look for one again. Only not this one. It doesn't matter that she has requested every single manuscript I ever queried. It doesn't matter that she requested revisions--and even rerevisions on two of my books.

All that matters is, I think she is a bit of a bitch and I don't think I'd like to work with her anyway.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Newest Book Covers for Book Cover Lovers

Today I hope to hash out my next few months book release schedule with my publisher RED IRIS BOOKS until then enjoy my new book covers.

BTW The Skeleton Song is the prequel to SKELETON LAKE and it will be available on ebook absolutely free. Yep, FREE!

AND I hope to make it available pre-release date to skeleton fans that complete one easy (and free!) task! All the deets coming next week, as well as the synop book info.

Dust of the Dead Sea is the 2nd Book in the Skeleton Lake Series and the next new book cover you will see for me is for something completely different. I am DYING to tell you about it, but it is my new years resolution that I will be waiting no announce new releases until they are in stone.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

END Anthology Out TODAY {All Profits Benefit St. Jude}

There is a lot of stuff I should be saying, but I am still sick so lets skip on to the important info shall we? END is out today! It's a collection of short stories by really talented authors, and me. We get no money from this, it's all going to St. Jude where children are never turned away for their inability to pay. SO I don't feel bad at all begging you to buy it, give it as a gift for Christmas AND asking tell everyone you know.

It's available on Amazon, BN.com, and Smashwords!
I miss blogging! I expect to be well and caught up but not before Christmas. I will see you collected and in control by the new year though!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Angela Kulig is LOST in some sort of time paradox {Not the plot of a bad Mary-Sue Novel}

I sit here typing, and I have no idea what day it is. I think it might be Friday, I hold my breath and hope for the best but GASP it's only Tuesday. This keeps happening to me, last week I thought it was Wednesday when it was Friday. Friday should never feel like it's any other day but Friday! That is ludicrous!

And I have things to do.... many MANY things to do. Most of them could be accomplished in just one night of the husband watching the kids--but it's been weeks and my to do list only grows. Stuff that should take me hours fills days and days and they don't get done. Nothing gets done, everything I start is left uncompleted.

I am not sure if I ever announced it on the blog but I'm pregnant. It's a happy thing, but it's making me so tired I can't even see right after about 5pm, and I wouldn't last that long if I didn't have a nap or sleep in. I have 4 kids, but it hasn't ever been like this.

Honestly I don't want to do anything, but fall asleep until I don't feel like this anymore. I don't want to read, write, or launch books. I don't want to blog, or tweet, or learn anything. Then I hate myself for that, because that isn't who I am. I am the queen of mulitaskers. I am the patron saint of post its! I am just too tired. So be patient with me. If you need something from me soon, just poke me nicely. Luckily the first trimester is 2/3 over.