Press Release for Jennifer Oneal Gunn September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015



Mother of Two Finds Time to Update Books


[Joplin Metro Area]Author Jennifer Oneal Gunn has completed revisions of the first book of her series, Fire, Ice & Blood-The Story of Jake and Holly Book 1 (Revenging the Evil Series) and would like to share the news with her readers.



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Jake Louglin is special, extraordinary, in fact. He’s been using his power of premonition since he was a kid, but the night he used his gift to save his Holly was the night he was changed forever. Now in the present day, he and Holly have a family. They created a brilliant son, Chase. While living their life, the family used their gifts to lay ghosts to rest.

One skeleton filled their closet to the brim, the Loughlin’s then had to decide how to end the possessive reign of one blood-thirsty soul over the body of Jake’s Holly. Does he win the fight and save her from the world’s most dangerous soul, or does he lose her to darkness forever?


Price: $12.00

Length: 316 pages

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal

Published: May 24, 2014

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Jennifer Oneal Gunn

410 N. Pine St.

Carterville, Mo. 64835



About Writing May 31 2015

Hello! I realize it’s been a while since I last blogged. Life has a serious way of keeping us from stuff we used to like doing. As someone with three blogs I rarely see, much less use, I think you all might have a hint as to what that one thing is I like to do. I used to love talking to you all, telling you stories, talking about life and some of the deeper aspects of it.

It’s been a while since I’ve even heard from some of you. Yes, I miss seeing you reading my posts. I miss the occasional interaction and the lighthearted way you all helped me feel. When you become a product of the industry instead of part of the writing/book authorship of it, it makes you think about things other than writing far too often. I guess I miss the innocence of aspiring to something new. I’ve been working in this industry since 2011. I would have preferred to have kept writing and learning. Some people never have the angle to the inside that I do, but I’m not sure you want it. It wasn’t any easy road. I can say I gained knowledge from the experiences, so I can’t trade that for anything. I would, however, trade the pain for something else. Anything else besides more of the same.

I’m not done writing, I don’t know that I will ever be. I’m done expecting anything from anyone in regards to people caring enough to actually read and enjoy what I do. That part of the innocence is gone. I think these days, if you decide to pick up a book and read it, if it just so happens to have my name on it and you enjoyed it, lovely, score one for the Mistress of the Macabre. If not, I am not going to let the words of others who will never in a million years begin to understand the intricate workings of my addled mind get me down. (Your best bet would be not to waste your time.) It’s not fair to me to let people’s ill will and nasty attitude get me depressed about something they probably think I suck at, but don’t have the guts to try as hard as I have. I began this long journey before some people were even born and learned (am learning) a lot to improve. I will have a legacy to give my children when I’m not here anymore. What will you have? (Yes, Poe fans, his fame springs to mind here as well. Maybe when I pass, my name will finally be known…no idea! LOL!)

If you don’t already know this, I’m not just the Mistress of the Macabre. I actually write in a few different genres. I know not everyone is comfortable with my scary stuff. The one thing about writing it that makes me love it so much is knowing this. You’re not supposed to be comfortable, you’re supposed to feel things and be taken out of your element and into another world. That’s what reading a good book is! I had a comment said to me once that made me laugh. It was about my first novel. As it was going through edits, the lady who worked with me on it was brash enough to say to me, “Who are you trying to impress?” The answer is simple, EVERYONE! Who do you not want to read your work? I mean, come on, you WANT people to want to read your stories. At least I used to care about that stuff. Especially when I first wrote that particular book. It was supposed to be the one that launched my career. Again, as a writer, how do you NOT want that to be impressive? And this book ended up being a first novel feat of its own. It came out at over 119K in word count. I am whittling it down from that, of course, but not as much as some people would hope, I’m afraid. The newest version is sitting at 113k respectively, right now. It’s my baby, what can I say? I love that book. I think aside from the Revenging the Evil series, Mystik Legends was the most fun to write of anything I’ve ever done.

Again, Horror isn’t the only genre I write in. I’ve written a little bit of erotica, paranormal romance, dark fantasy, dystopian fantasy, children’s, satire, and poetry. I even challenged myself once to write a short tale in a style similar to Edgar Allan Poe called Her Uncaged Heart. (Yes, I love his work, imagine that! LOL!) I’ve found I like to explore genres as much as I like to explore methods of murder, which is a lot. (Someone please erase the browser history off of all my computers when I die. Thank you in advance and send copies to the person who I deem my file holder, you know who you are, ‘George’!)

All through the time I’ve written in the open, all five years, I’ve let you all see me, I’ve done a lot of experimenting with words. I remember the days when we were all first networking, we used to have nerdy fun with words, phrases, metaphors, and sentences. That was back when our world seemed far more lighthearted than it turned out to be. We put on this façade and wore it. Some of us wore it better than others. In my innocence at the time, I didn’t understand this. Then I learned to hide behind the mask and not truly reveal what I felt, after I tried so hard to unleash what I’d been hiding all that time. The real me used to scream, wanting out. I let her out and then reeled her back in. I felt I had no choice, because it wasn’t professional to show people who you really are. Are you even human sitting behind that machine? Some of us just so happen to be, closed off from the rest of you, not free to be the wild, wounded, bleeding souls that we really are. So, yes, I write in a number of different genres as a challenge to myself, so I might express something that’s hidden away from the world and can one day come to light.

People have said that writing can help cast out our demons. In some ways that’s true, it can help us heal from some of the battles we face, but it also helps us express all the things we’ve had to hide. All people are different, vastly in some cases. Maybe some of us are shy, or scared. Maybe some of us are afraid of how we’d be seen if we wrote about a certain aspect no one wants to talk about but, still exists, ahem, I think you know where I’m going with this… That doesn’t make it any less worthy of being talked about. So, people hide who they are or what they want from the world. I don’t believe in using fake names or fake lives. I write using my given name from the day I was born as a way of trying not to hide at least some things.

I’ve only got the one life and will lead it how I choose, I am not here to judge you. Only you can fully do that because you know what you’ve done or haven’t done that you should have. I guess I’m trying to say, make the most of it in your own way, if that means writing what you damn well please, so be it. Use those words to get your point across and tell us who you are. Me…I’m just, well, you know…me. All I can ever do or be I’m doing and being right now. Without a list of my ambitions in life, I’m still the same wayward, wild, spunky little thing who loves her kids. I’m still an overachiever at whatever I do. I guess, no matter how hard we try, some things remain the same, whether it’s writing, or anything we want to do. I happen to love creating things and I always have. Before writing, I had many hobbies, most of which I’ve not done since I started all of this five years ago. Remaining focused on the goal, I stayed in a large way, looking toward the future of my career. I didn’t know at the time I entered into this field that I would become any of what I became. Having three little to no paying jobs sucks, by the way. When I first started working for others, I didn’t know how much my ‘internship’ was costing me. Live and learn, learn to get it right, and back to the drawing board are some things I’ve tried hard to base this career on. I’m not talking about a career as an author, I’m talking about a career helping them. For those newbies to my table, I started out as an agent’s apprentice and an editor at Romance eBook publisher, then I was also working at one of those self-publishing package type of publishers (short lived, of course.) And all of this was pretty much simultaneously. This is when you go partly insane, almost literally. It took me a while to figure out I needed to generalize myself and resign myself to the fact that I can’t do everything. (It was hard to come to this understanding with myself, at first, I’m not sure me, myself, and I were in agreement.)

After some much needed time away from working and some time spent writing and getting better from all those crazy days I spent without half of my brain functioning properly, I decided to stick with editing, formatting, and learning in that area. So, yeah, that is the career in writing I meant to say earlier. As a writer, those of you who are there, you know we don’t make much selling our work online. There’s a pretty flooded market out there, that’s not a joke. So, if there is something besides the writing that you like, that can tide you over until you get picked up by a house that has that amazing track record for sales; find it, be it, do it to the best of your ability and keep learning. For me, it just so happens, I still get to create things. Sometimes it’s that smashingly beautiful cover work, or that gorgeous layout you noticed when you opened the book of an author I might know. It could even be the website of one of your long-time friends. You never know.

Until next time, folks, enjoy yourselves. Get some sunshine between all these bouts of rain. Happy spring!



Jennifer Oneal Gunn is a 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:

Winds of Change 2015: The Road So Far


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.

Jennifer Oneal Gunn is a 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: 

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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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:

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!


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


May 26, 2014

Media Contact: Jennifer Oneal Gunn

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.


                  AHJ Front

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.




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:



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!


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.


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.








Release of Devil’s in the Details- Reboot


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.


Link to book trailer:


Paperback: 268 pages

Publisher: Vigilante Publishing Group LLC; One Year Anniversary Edition

Date: October 30, 2013

Language: English



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:

Come check out the fanpage on Facebook:

Jen’s Writers Blog:

Authors Den:

@WriterJGunn on Twitter:!/WriterJGunn

Her website:

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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

Releasing today, hot of the presses, brand new and for me, never done before…this little idea came from a short story I wrote about a year ago…that of course, derived from a dream I had.

Through the fog, I bring you, Fire, Ice, & Blood, rising, soaring into the sky, like a phoenix through the ashes, she goes higher:


The Loughlin’s lived a somewhat happy life, until the day Jake had to go back to vanquish the spirit of evil in the one place his wife never wanted to go again, seventeen years after the night of mass murder. It wasn’t over the night he took matters into his own hands and killed the lunatic who nearly murdered everyone in the building including his wife.


Next the family goes to Ireland in order to help a family who heard about what they do, friendships form with the man and wife they go to help rid the world of the vengeful spirit of their daughter. In the town there was another little mystery that needed dealt with.


Upon returning home, Jake had no idea he’d left Holly open to a spiritual invasion. He’d never even thought about after he vanquished the spirit he protected her from. About a month later, all the differences added up and he found out before she could kill him that Holly was possessed by the spirit of a very old, very evil relative she didn’t know she was related to.


Life became a race against time as the family traveled to Europe with a plan to rid Holly’s body of the spirit before it could take over forever, killing her own soul. Do they make it in time, is Jake’s magic enough, what lengths does he go to while trying to save the woman he loves?

This is not all I have in store for you this is just the first installment. If you want to read it all, print or eBook here’s where you can find it:–Story-Holly-Revenging-ebook/dp/B00CY1LOSK/ref=la_B00C0JCQ2O_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1369892679&sr=1-8

Have fun reading this book, I had so much fun creating it. It’s been a ride and a half! And, it’s not over yet!