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:

Squishy Face and the Moon_Cover 2



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.


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:



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.