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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 1 by Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 1 by Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges and Gary Zenker, a short story collection (fiction, nonfiction, narrative poem) available now.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 1

by Various Authors:  Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges and Gary Zenker


GENRE: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry (narrative)



This gripping collection of stories - fiction, nonfiction, and narrative poem - will make your imagination run wild! Featuring stories by Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges, Gary Zenker. You will travel alternative planets, run away away like teens in search of adventure, solve a murderous mystery, come to grips with your fears, and much more.



“Susan winks at me as she says to her mother, “We’re going to the playground. We’ll be back in a couple of hours.” “Don’t be too late. It looks like rain. Come home at the first sign of drops, OK my girls?” Her mother gathers us in an embrace. Her mother is tall and massive. I’ve heard people call her “zaftig.” Her many folds of skin almost choke me as she puts her fat over my face. I kiss her face as soon as I can breathe again. I look at Susan, her blue eyes shine, her mouth pursed in a conspiratorial smile. Her copper red hair bounces as she shakes her head, and puts her finger to her lips. She cocks her head into her mother’s plump side as she mouths, “don’t tell.” Susan’s my friend, my best friend. I know she’s lying to her mother, yet I say nothing. I believe we’re going to the playground like I believe I’ll be 6’ 5” when I grow up. At 12 years old and 4’10”, with parents who barely top 5’1”, the answer is the same, fat chance.” From Ann Stolinsky’s “Don’t Tell”



Ky Owen, “The Odyssey of Kitty Kaity”

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

    “The Odyssey of Kitty Kaity” is for readers looking for a unique story and those who are interested in looking into a window of other another world, in this case “traveling kids.” It’s for anyone who is curious about the story behind a “dirty hippie” standing on the interstate ramp thumbing a ride. The story is also good reading for parents of young adults - the piece drives home that sometimes young people need to find their own way, even if it’s off the beaten path.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

    “The Odyssey of Kitty Kaity” tells the story of a young woman who traveled across the country with nothing but her dog, a backpack and a frying pan. Calling it a “journey” fails to give due credit to what Kitty Kaity accomplished. “Adventure” seemed trite. I settled upon “odyssey” because it invokes images of Homer’s epic. I used both Kitty, the subject’s nickname, and Kaity, her given name, to foreshadow the outcome of her odyssey.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

    Good question. Chicken Nugget or Bacon? Chicken Nugget is Kitty Kaity’s soulmate, an Australian Shepherd who grew up on the road and the railroad tracks. Chicken Nugget epitomizes the idea of dogs being man’s best friend as she ventures across the country, watching over “her girl” and engaging in some shenanigans of her own. Bacon is the product of one such shenanigan. And he’s a “client.” Of course, it goes without saying that Kitty Kaity is the leading character.

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?

    Back in the late 40s and early 50s, my late grandmother wrote dime store detective stories under a male pen name. My father and mother were both writers, one a newspaper editor and the other an English teacher. I consider myself a “writer by birth.”

    I must admit, though, that I’m a late bloomer when it comes to reading. During the summer after high school I read the Reader’s Digest condensed version of “Jaws,” followed by John Jakes’ “Kent Family Chronicles.” I’ve been an avid reader ever since.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

    More of my writing is available on my website, I also have a Facebook page, None Call Me Dad. Feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or via email at And of course, as the Epilogue to “None Call Me Dad” says, “every time ‘unidentified caller’ flashes across my iPhone I answer.”

What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?

    More profile pieces. The working title of my project is “Just When You Think You Know People: Unexpected Perspectives.” I’m fascinated by people, in particular those who I have encountered that take me outside of my comfort zone, the ones who make me realize that a person’s story is deeper than what meets the eye.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

    Tell their friends about the book - both in person and on social media. Online reviews on Amazon and sites like Goodreads are also a great way to spread the word.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

    Keep writing, pitching and submitting! For me it’s been one step at a time, from self-published to online literary journal to having a story published as part of an anthology. Also, look for opportunities to network through writers’ conferences and social media. I learned about the call for submissions for “Running Wild” through a Facebook contact that resulted from a writers’ conference.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Elaine Crauder’s fiction is also in Cooweescoowee, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Eastern Iowa Review , and Penumbra. Another story received the Westmoreland Short Story Award. Eleven of her short stories have been finalists or semi-finalists in contests, including finalists in the Tobias Wolff and Mark Twain House contests. ”The Price Of A Pony,” under the title”Christmas the Hard Way,” was a semi-finalist for both Ruminate Magazine’s  short story prize and for the Salem College Center for Women Writers Reynolds Price short fiction award.

Richard D. “Ky” Owen is a lawyer with Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP, in Charleston, West Virginia. He earned a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University in 1981 and a J.D. from Hamline University in 1984. Coming from a family of writers, he considers himself a “writer by birth.” He is the author of None Call Me Dad and he blogs about parenting and Michigan State sports on his website,

Keith R. Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in the Stonecoast Review. His debut novel, Kasper M├╝tzenmacher’s Cursed Hat, will be published March 20, 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press.

Based in Southern California, Dr. Lisa Montagne currently divides her time between writing poetry and prose, teaching writing to (mostly) willing college students, and overseeing educational technology projects and support at Fullerton College. She is also a Swing, Blues, and Argentine Tango dancer, host, DJ, and instructor. She likes to drink Champagne in as many places as she can, including Europe; to read poetry aloud to anybody who will listen; to cook for anybody who is willing to sit down long enough to enjoy her food; to dabble in drawing, painting, and photography; and to read anything plopped in front of her, ranging from D.H. Lawrence to Vogue magazine. She also likes to watch television and movies, and to imagine how much better she would have produced them herself. She lived in Las Vegas at one time, so she likes to tell people that she was a stripper there. She was really just a graduate student and high school teacher, but it’s more fun to let people wonder. Although rumored to be a direct descendent of Oompa Loompas, Lisa is actually the offspring of a college professor and a circus dwarf. You can find some more of her writing at and, and see evidence of her adventures @lisamlore on Instagram.

Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company, and three of her games are currently in the marketplace:

“MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia”; “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.”

Check out her website at She is also a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a full-service copyediting and content creating company. Visit for more information and testimonials. Ann reviews books for Amazing Stories Magazine, an online sci-fi magazine which can be found at, and is an Assistant Editor for Red Sun Magazine, Her most recent publishing credit is a poem in the Fall 2015 issue of Space and Time Magazine. She is a graduate of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s short story writing class.

Lisa Diane Kastner is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery. She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. ( She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey she migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously engage in little sparks of anarchy.

Aimee LaBrie works as a communications director at Rutgers University. She earned her MFA in fiction from Penn State, and her MLA from University of Pennsylvania. Her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007. Her second collection of stories, A Good Thing, placed as a finalist in the BOA Short Fiction Contest. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Pleiades, Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. You can read her blog at

Kristan Campbell is a short story writer born in Washington, D.C. but has only visited her grandmother there during some of the summers of her childhood. She’s more familiar with Philadelphia, New York City, and Paris than her native city and aims to weave her experiences in those places into tales based on places and people that are out of the ordinary. She studied Journalism at Temple University (what seemed like a practical approach to writing at the time) and Comparative Literature at Hunter College (which seemed like a fun idea at the time) before accepting that she should have been an English major all along. Kristan completed her B.A. in English at Temple University in 2010 and an MFA in Fiction at Fairfield University in 2016. She’s currently attempting to eke out a living doing freelance editing with the help of her cat, Fishy, who manages her desktop printer with enthusiasm.

Bill Ed Scruggs spent his younger years meeting the Southern mountain countryside and exploring the people, taking time out as needed for work in various occupations. He lives (temporarily) in Connecticut and has one child, a psychiatrist. Presently he is reconstructing his memories and imaginings in a series of novels and short stories (Facebook page Foothills Fiction - Bill Ed Scruggs) Warrensburg is a fictional photo of a country village in the illumination of fireflies.

Joshua Hedges is a debut Science Fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Computer Science. When he’s not writing stories or code, he ventures outdoors with his wife and three-year-old son to hunt dragons in the forest.

Gary Zenker is a marketing professional whose days are filled with creating business and marketing plans, and writing ad copy and media content. By night, he applies his imagination to flash fiction tales that cross genre and focus on revealing various facets of human nature. He is the author of Meetup Leader, a book on running successful groups; is editor and publisher of 19 books in the rock & roll Archives series; and co-author of Says Seth, a humorous collection written with his then six-year-old son. His work has earned a dozen marketing awards and placed in four writers’ contests, including a first place recognition from Oxford University Press. He founded and continues to lead two writers groups in southeastern PA, assisting others to develop their skills and achieve their writing goals.




The authors will be awarding three individual prizes, a $10, a $25 and a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thanks for the generous contest and good luck with the tour!

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Great post! I enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing & Happy Friday!!! :)

  4. What is your favorite type of book to read. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. These interviews have been great!


  6. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  7. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  8. What is your favoritr movie beased on a book? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com


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