Winds of Change 2015: The Road So Far


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Usually I write these posts after something major happens or to let my followers know what’s going on in my life, whether it’s my writing life or life in general.

This time, (again with the Supernatural references) I’m doing the ‘carry on my wayward son’ thing, even though I’m a girl. One day when I rest my weary head, I will know I did the best I could with the life I had. A lot has to go wrong before something can go right. I keep fighting for something to go right amidst a world that seems to be turned on its head more and more as time passes. So be it. I will continue on my slow path in the life journey.

I guess my path, with whatever forks I happen to choose, will always lead me somewhere and teach me something I was obviously meant to learn. I am at this juncture a freelance editor, formatter, and cover artist. That last one, I picked up with my time at Vigilante Publishing Group LLC. (Officially closed Feb 28, 2015.) I’ve spent my time trying my best not to take the loss of a place I built with a couple of friends too hard. I’ve done the customary keeping busy to try to stave off the depression of this loss. (Thank god for freelance work!) I can only try my best not to lose what is ever left of my mind in these situations. We will go on and we will be okay, but it’s hard to see what your hands created crumble back to the dust it was before you took the time to build and shape something. It’s almost like losing someone.

So, I’m doing my best to carry on, to keep fighting, working toward my ultimate goal of helping people. Even in my time of sorrow, I think about those who suffer losses in different ways and of course, my heart goes out to any and all.

The silver lining to this unfortunate time, maybe I will get back to writing. Maybe I will have time to cultivate ideas I’ve had for a couple of years since my mind was made to put them on hold. I just released a children’s book I had on my back list for a couple years because I wasn’t confident about drawing the pictures myself. I guess it takes a while to jump that hurdle and become comfortable with yourself. There are other projects I would love to have the time to finish, so, having devoted myself to others for so long, maybe it’s time to devote myself to me. (I know some might find that selfish, but when you devote so much of your time working with, for, and thinking about others, it’s only natural that you feel a little lost at times.)

I suppose what I mean to say is, that time really does and will heal us. We are meant to be ever-changing, always learning. This is just another chance for some of us to do that. The winds of change are blowing, you must carry on, fight your way through the hurdles, and then lay your weary head to rest. As the song goes, ‘don’t you cry no more.’

So, folks, that’s what’s going on, on the road so far…in my path and personal journey through writing and through life. I hope anything you’re dealing with, you’re able to see the value in the silver lining as well and learn from the situations that may seem down-right hard right now. When we step away and look from the outside in, we must try our best to see the good even in something that breaks our hearts. Even when it’s hard to see passed the pain.

Close up of Me_Nov 2010 Jennifer Oneal Gunn, mom of two who loves her job as author almost as much as she loves helping authors make their books shine by editing, formatting, and sometimes making them great covers. To find out more about Jennifer, check out her author site below:

http://jenniferonealgunnauthor.weebly.com/ 

Squishy Face and the Moon Release


Hello, folks!

I just wanted to let you know, I’m releasing a new book January 2nd and where you can order your copies. I hope you like this labor of love I dedicated to my daughter. It’s about science and a parent teaching their child. It was written when my daughter was a couple of years younger, but I still think the message resonates. A child’s first teacher is their parent.

I hope the illustrations are pleasing to the eye and enjoyable also. This is my first illustrated book. I took some time with the drawings because, as you know, authors, we don’t think we can until one day we just do. Again, I hope the kids enjoy them.

Here is the cover art and a little about the book below:

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Blurb:

Squishy face is a little girl in a big world, which often frightens her. Luckily, she has Big Mama to guide her and show her the way. In this book, Big Mama teaches little Squishy Face about the moon.

Here is where you can purchase your copy starting January 2nd:

http://www.amazon.com/Squishy-Face-Moon-Jennifer-Oneal/dp/0692352325/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420152307&sr=8-1&keywords=Squishy+Face+and+the+Moon

Visit me on Facebook for the Launch Party, we have games and prizes for you to win over there. You just might win something cool!

Jen~

My Take on Depression


Sometimes I wonder if people know, if they understand, or if they care to fully comprehend things before opening their mouths about some subjects or do they think it’s cool to just pander on like worthless rotten tomatoes they wish they could throw in the faces of other people. In the wake of what some of us deem a tragedy (one week ago) our friend, yes he belonged to the world as much as his family, Robin Williams passed away. Everyone has their thoughts on the matter. Well, here are mine.

I think that fools open their mouth and just talk to hear themselves TALK. When it comes to actually knowing what the hell is going on in someone’s life or a reason why, oh hell no, let’s not get the facts. And when you do, you spew like you know something that you couldn’t possibly have the first inclination about. Depression is REAL. It’s not something we fake because we’re weak. It’s something that can mentally cripple people to the point that they cannot get up again. I’ve seen this far too much in my life. It started before I was ever born. It runs in families, it hides in shadows, it takes who it wants when it wants. The ones who call us weak have NO CLUE what it does or how it does it. SO, I say, to you people who believe you know what’s going on, you have no idea. Sure, you, like the rest of us are entitled to an opinion. Free speech and all that. But let’s get a few things straight. If you’ve never dealt with the disease, SHUT UP! Your hate speech is not needed.

You know what I think is weak? All those who bash and become bigots of others just because they aren’t the same as you. That is weak. Failing to understand a person’s reasons for doing something and only seeing your own agenda or hatred, that is weak. Never having had to fight yourself daily and dig yourself out of a deep dark hole that was made because of hate or sadness, that is weak. Not having the compassion for others who have, that is weak. Not knowing that people grieve differently or feel pain differently, that is weak. Not giving a shit about other people, people who may be hurting, people who feel a loss, but to keep pandering hatred about something you know nothing about, that is weak.

Yes, the world is on its head, it has been for a while, do you not get it that some people lose their fight for reasons that aren’t explained to us? And even when they are, they aren’t good enough for you? Who the hell are YOU? And why does your anger or hatred matter?

I’ve dealt with depression for most of my life. When it’s bad, it’s bad and when it isn’t, it isn’t. It’s not your business to criticize people because you have no consciousness and sleep just fine, not everyone is like that. Some of us have deeper souls than you. We were built with it, from the first day. We can’t take it back or make it better, we have to fight it ALL the time. So, before you decide who is weak and who isn’t, before you force your close-minded crap opinions on a crowd of people who don’t know your real name or occupation, think about this: I’ve met some of the toughest people the earth has had to offer, because they chose to fight their disease with everything they have inside them. It’s not their fault that not all of them are still here with us. The disease takes who it wants finally, when it’s time. It’s not because they weren’t strong enough. It’s because they were tired. Something someone who’s never fought that hard fight will know anything about. If you don’t know, don’t be a hateful bigot who has nothing more to say than nasty comments on the Internet. I know, I know, freedom of speech, well did your mama teach you to act like an uneducated asshole? In any instance in your life? No, she probably didn’t and shame on you for thinking that inappropriate actions are okay. Because they aren’t! Not in the least little bit is it fine to say angry things to people. (I’m doing so now, because you all need a mama lesson apparently.)

Press Release for Erik J. Ekstrom and A Hero’s Journey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 26, 2014

Media Contact: Jennifer Oneal Gunn

Jengunn79@hotmail.com

Vigilante Publishing Group LLC Announces The Official Release of A Hero’s Journey, An Anthology for the Troops by Author Erik J. Ekstrom & Friends.

[Scottsdale, AZ.] Scottsdale based book publisher Vigilante Publishing Group LLC is proud to announce the official release of A Hero’s Journey, an anthology for the troops by best-selling author Erik J. Ekstrom & Friends.  In this latest work, Mr. Ekstrom creates a book of memories, dedicated to our troops at home and abroad, and the families who remain strong in their absence. A Hero’s Journey is an uplifting anthology of poetry, short stories, letters, music and so much more, with over thirty contributors from across this beautiful country.

 

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Mr. Ekstrom had an idea a few years back, one that would inspire men, women and children across the country to join up and contribute to A Hero’s Journey Project. After seeing the desperation of the families of our men and women in uniform serving in a foreign land, and the sadness of not knowing if or when they would return home, he decided to put the notion of A Hero’s Journey Project out to the masses via social media. The response was incredible and soon the stories, poems and so forth began coming to his email from across the country. Everyone wanted to be involved and so the journey began.

A Hero’s Journey will bring hope to those who have lost it, and an outlet for their pain with its journal and photograph pages located within the book. It is a keepsake for anyone who is either in the military, has a family member serving or knows of someone who does.

All profits from this anthology will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors our troops and first responders.

 

Vigilante Publishing Group LLC

P.O. Box 668

Scottsdale, AZ.

85252-0688

Email: info@vigilantepublishinggroupllc.com

Web: http://vigilantepublishinggroupllc.com

Press Release for B. Berry and Clothesline Blues


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2014

Media Contact: E. Ekstrom

Vpg2013@aol.com

Vigilante Publishing Group LLC Announces The Release of Clothesline Blues By Author B. Berry.

 

[Scottsdale, AZ.] Scottsdale based book publisher Vigilante Publishing Group LLC announces the release of Clothesline Blues by renowned author B. Berry. In her latest novel, Ms. Berry weaves an expansive storyline during a riveting time in American history known as Bloody Sunday. The event rocked the world as black people fought for the right to vote in America on the fringes of the Jim Crow era. The characters in her novel are bonded by secrets, lies, passion and murder.

 

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Hilda and Frank lived together in a small New England town. The couple had been relatively happy for many years, but when Frank’s discontent causes him to become cruel and abusive, Hilda knows it is time to make a major change in her life. She finds the love she so desperately needs in a younger man who is the head of a chapter of the Black Movement Coalition. Hilda is determined to be with him and after many sleepless nights, she comes up with a solution – she would have to get rid of Frank. She enlists the help of Pearl, her best friend and neighbor. A woman who has battled her own demons over the years. Can these two women find the peace and happiness they have so desperately searched for or will their plan unravel before their very own eyes?

 

B. Berry is a prolific author who works in numerous genres including mystery, crime and historical fiction.

 

Vigilante Publishing Group LLC

P.O. Box 668

Scottsdale, AZ.

85252-0688

Email: info@vigilantepublishinggroupllc.com

Web: http://vigilantepublishinggroupllc.com

Trying To Get Into The Spirit


Hey there folks! Anyone who knows me knows, I hate snow! Yes, veritable snow hater here! (I heard those gasps from the back, lol!)

This is my snow hating face:

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But the boss LOVES snow, so I thought I would also post a snow loving face for you guys too!  This is totally the boss!

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I, on the other hand, cannot stand the white stuff. I’ve been trying to get into the Christmas mood. I guess when I was a kid, it would have worked, having snow days and white fluffy snow to play in. The cold didn’t bother me like it does now. To be honest, I can’t stand it. That term ‘cabin fever’ is a real thing, being stuck inside and unable to open the door to the fresh smells of spring rain make me antsy for it.

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Something I dearly miss is this, rains that bring pretty things then sunshine and warmth. So, yes, having a hard time gearing up for a season I can’t stand. So, please forgive my less than chipper attitude as winter sets in upon us and Christmas is on the way.

If I listen really hard, I might be able to hear those annoying birds at 5 AM trying to tell me it’s time to get up or get used to it and roll over…yes, even things about the spring annoy me, but those are all signs of renewal. A time to shed the blankets and heavy window dressings so the air and light can come flowing through the house, making it feel better to be in here. Spring always lifts that sour winter mood I can sometimes find myself in, maybe it’s the feeling of confinement we feel in winter. I’m not sure, I just know that I can’t wait until it’s over.

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, a time we also count our blessings. I don’t think we should have specific days to celebrate that we’re alive or that we are blessed. To me, holidays such as these are all about the kids. We should feel blessed all the time. We’re alive, far better than the alternative. I also know, it’s a time to spend with family, etc. Spend time with them when you get the chance all year. I’m not into consumer propaganda to get us to buy all this stuff for people. If they want it that bad, they will find a way to have it, without our help.

BUT, if you love the cold, enjoy it, I on the other hand, will be huddled under my blanket waiting for the spring to come and the wild notions in me to open up and fly.

 

Jen~  

 

 

 

 

 

Release of Devil’s in the Details- Reboot


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Hello there! I thought to help us celebrate Halloween, I would show you what goodies I have in my little bag. I really hope you get a kick out the new stuff I added to commemorate the first thing I ever published myself. Also, if you’ve never read it, you’re in for a lot of scary surprises! Happy Halloween, from me to you!

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Book Blurb:

Vigilante Publishing Group LLC presents Devil’s in the Details- Reboot, the first anniversary edition of the first ever Horror anthology by the author of Mystik Legends and Fire, Ice, & Blood, Jennifer Oneal Gunn.

The tradition continues with more macabre tales of blood and woe. Scotty isn’t the only thing to be wary of. The night is your doom and damnation. Do not delay in flipping through this book that waits for you…to haunt you to the very root of your soul.

Excerpt from Devil’s in the Details- Reboot:

The Red Vice

Blood filtered away from the body quickly as if running away from something it was scared of. It oozed out of the orifices in concise pattern with the floor in was spreading across. In death the body was turning paler as it lay there surrounded in its own life force, as it began to slowly congeal sealing the body to the ground beneath. It was not even an hour before, the horror and loss of life took place, the soul was still inside, and the lungs still breathed air.

The bloody torso with only a head left attached almost stuck fully to the floor before the cops who were called to the subway station got there. When the forensics team showed up, they bagged and tagged all they could, which wasn’t much. Lead Investigator James Holland stood a few feet away staring at the remains as if they would give off some hidden clue. He zoned out, closed his eyes, and meditated the world away. All he saw before his vision was the color red. All he heard was the victim screaming. He wanted to know why. What’s the M.O. of the killer? Why here, why now?

The investigator opened his eyes and closed in on the body again, staring down at her, scouring every inch of her blood soaked body for something. He looked at the cuts, how the killer dismantled her limbs. The cuts weren’t clean, it took time to hack off her arms and legs. He tortured her, doing it that way.

As the M.E. and coroner came to get the body to take it to the lab, Holland saw something embedded in the one of the stumps where her legs had been. One shining shard of metal, to him it looked like the teeth broken off from a good old fashioned hand saw. After the item was bagged and tagged, most of the team had taken leave of the subway station. The investigator stuck around, his head pouring, reeling with possible reasoning, motives, serial killers, and everything else he could think of to solve the case.

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Link to book trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwYcUOTluXI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUDoH80lpbUndyz67dlmck2Q

Specs:

Paperback: 268 pages

Publisher: Vigilante Publishing Group LLC; One Year Anniversary Edition

Date: October 30, 2013

Language: English

Paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Details-Reboot-Jennifer-Oneal-Gunn/dp/149275417X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383205400&sr=8-1&keywords=Devil%27s+in+the+Details-+Reboot

Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Devils-in-the-Details-Reboot-ebook/dp/B00GAMZJ4O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1383205534&sr=1-1&keywords=Devil%27s+in+the+Details-+Reboot

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Author Bio:

Jennifer Oneal Gunn is the single mom of two kids, a writer, and a partner in a publishing company. She writes Horror/Dark Fantasy, with such titles as Mystik Legends and Devil’s in the Details. She’s studied the art of how to write the dark stuff for over twenty years now and loves every minute of it. Reading and writing the macabre is a passion living within that will never die.

Links where you can find her:

Amazon Author’s Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Oneal-Gunn/e/B00C0JCQ2O/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1376809571&sr=8-1

Come check out the fanpage on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/Writer.JGunn.is.a.Legend

Jen’s Writers Blog:

https://jenswritersblog.wordpress.com/

Authors Den:

http://www.authorsden.com/jennifergunn

@WriterJGunn on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/WriterJGunn

Her website:

http://jenniferonealgunnauthor.weebly.com/

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

All My Books, FREE!


 

Thought I would post all my books and short tales in one spot so you guys get to see them all, before anything new comes out…which yes, there will be more this year coming to you from me, for those who’ve actually read any of my stories at all, you might like it…

 

Here is my Smashwords page so you can go look at the books:

 

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JGunn

 

The thing I like about Smashwords is, you have a choice of formats, a lot of people don’t have a Kindle but they have something else to read on that they like, so why not scope it out on whichever reader you enjoy!

 

Codes to get your free copies:

 

DEVILS: RV76N

INNOCENTS: XL34L

ANGELS: LF24D

MYSTIK: CG88G

JNH1: UV54S

 

 

 

My first ever Horror Anthology Devil’s in the Details came out in October 2012:

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Then I released a couple of short stories:

 

Innocence

 

 

 AngelsAboveOrBelow

 

 

Mystik Legends released in March of 2013:

 

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The Nightmare Begins:

 

In the mist, as nightfall comes, darkness and shadows grow. Myths come to life, things human minds never pondered as real. From the blossoming shadows grow the wicked, evil descending upon the innocent.

 

The things no one knew existed seek out souls who had previously also thought of them as unknown. Two humans who thought they fit a normal mold learned that normal didn’t exist and supernatural was an actual term fitting their new existence.

 

Sometimes those things growing in the darkening mist are exactly what they appear, scary and willing to kill.

 

 

After that, I released one of my all time favorite stories! It came from a short tale in which I turned into a novel.

 

Fire, Ice, & Blood- The Story of Jake and Holly Book I (Revenging the Evil Series)

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Whispers in shadows, angst and memories of times gone by swiftly leading to the present day, all too soon the ghosts of her past came back to residually haunt her. Holly’s soul was perpetually broken by the night of horror that plagued her past making her into who she was. Ghosts of the most terrifying event in her life were always in her way keeping her locked in the time of death. Her son, his love for her and his gifts given to him by his father, led himself to the battlefield of his own choosing. Chase stood in the very place that tragedy struck to try and get the knowledge of why. Once he gained the information he was seeking, he struck up a plan with his father to help his beloved mother end her life of self-torture over a night she had no control over.

The night Jake and Holly entered into the place where her nightmares started, doing what Jake did best, Holly was rid of her past and able to move on. After that time, the family drew the conclusion to include the long-suffering wife into the fold of what Jake and Chase were given the power to do, lay spirits to rest. The three Loughlin’s then took on a journey over the pond landing them in Ireland, Jake’s true homeland.

The Loughlin’s courageously wielded the power to send vengeful spirits where they belonged, helping the Irish family they began to grow closer to as they stayed in their home. Something in the town was amiss, turned out there was a large amount of dead Druid spirits trapped inside the walls of some of the towns most ancient buildings, after Jake came up with and implemented a plan to send the spirits home things seemed ebb only for a moment.

 

 

The original short story that inspired the Revenging the Evil Series was published previously in an anthology but I had to take it with me when some unfortunate things happened, but I have news on this story…it will be re-released soon in a special one year anniversary edition of another book I have already published but have plans for a huge re-do and re-launch coming in October. Be sure to watch for that and other books in this series to release in the coming months.

 

Also, something I am known for by some people out there…

 

I’m a poet who loves the dark world.

 

In the Shadows of Darkness

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Come with me into the shadows, where darkness is your friend and your fears only linger in imagination. Step inside a world of the wicked and open you up for the unpredictable. Shadows can be a friend to you when the world leaves you alone and cold. Are you ready for the madness? Are you ready to take a walk into the darkness?

 

 

Published with Phoenix Fire Publishing

 

In the Shadows of Darkness:

https://www.createspace.com/4252159

 

Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Darkness-ebook/dp/B00CF895RE/ref=sr_1_6_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1376158159&sr=8-6&keywords=Jennifer+Oneal+Gunn

 

People seem to love looking at my dark side!

 

Coming also in October to Phoenix Fire Publishing from me, my second poetry anthology called The Heart of a Woman. Here is the cool cover for that!

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October is another month of releases for me, to celebrate the two upcoming releases, get your free copies of my other work and get caught up in my world of crazy, bloody, scariness. Right around Halloween my poetry will be out as will Devil’s in the Details- Reboot, this book has been made into a special anniversary edition, so those of you who read the original, there’s more to be had and it print this time!

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And this baby comes to you from my new home, Vigilante Publishing Group LLC! YAY!

 

The copy codes are good until October 20th 2013 so enjoy the books!