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Blog Tour – Scarecrow…

August 24, 2015



Hay-men, mommets, tattie bogles, kakashi, tao-tao—whether formed of straw or other materials, the tradition of scarecrows is pervasive in farming cultures around the world. The scarecrow serves as decoy, proxy, and effigy—human but not human. We create them in our image and ask them to protect our crops and by extension our very survival, but we refrain from giving them the things a creation might crave—souls, brains, free-will, love. In Scarecrow, fifteen authors of speculative fiction explore what such creatures might do to gain the things they need or, more dangerously, think they want.

Within these pages, ancient enemies join together to destroy a mad mommet, a scarecrow who is a crow protects solar fields and stores long-lost family secrets, a woman falls in love with a scarecrow, and another becomes one. Encounter scarecrows made of straw, imagination, memory, and robotics while being spirited to Oz, mythological Japan, other planets, and a neighbor’s back garden. After experiencing this book, you’ll never look at a hay-man the same.
Featuring all new work by Jane Yolen, Andrew Bud Adams, Laura Blackwood, Amanda Block, Scott Burtness, Virginia Carraway Stark, Amanda C. Davis, Megan Fennell, Kim Goldberg, Katherine Marzinsky, Craig Pay, Sara Puls, Holly Schofield, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.


 “Introduction” by Rhonda Parrish

“Scarecrow Hangs” by Jane Yolen

“Kakashi & Crow” by Megan Fennell

“The Roofnight” by Amanda C. Davis

“Skin Map” by Kim Goldberg

“A Fist Full of Straw” by Kristina Wojtaszek

“Judge & Jury” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

“Waking from His Master’s Dream” by Katherine Marzinsky

“The Straw Samurai” by Andrew Bud Adams

“Black Birds” by Laura Blackwood

“Edith and I” by Virginia Carraway Stark

“Scarecrow Progressions (Rubber Duck Remix)” by Sara Puls

“Truth About Crows” by Craig Pay

“Two Steps Forward” by Holly Schofield

“Only the Land Remembers” by Amanda Block

“If I Only Had an Autogenic Cognitive Decision Matrix” by Scott Burtness


 RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2015

SERIES: Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries

Official URL:

Direct library or bulk purchase available through World Weaver Press (contact for rates).



Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for nearly eight years now (which is like forever in internet time) and is the editor of several anthologies including Fae, Corvidae, Scarecrow, and B is for Broken. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in dozens of publications like Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) and Mythic Delirium. Her website, updated weekly, is at


Andrew Bud Adams was raised by spider-men and turtle ninjas and ronin rabbits, who are now helping raise his own children. “The Straw Samurai,” inspired by them and the Japanese folk tale “The Tengu’s Magic Cloak,” is one of his first published retellings. When not wandering between fantasy villages or teaching college writing, he can be found on Twitter @andrewbudadams.

Whenever grownups asked young Laura Blackwood what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said “Published!” That dream finally came true—Black Birds is her first story to see print. Laura currently lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta, and tinkers with many more writing projects than is considered wise or healthy.

Amanda Block is a writer and ghostwriter based in Edinburgh, UK. A graduate of the Creative Writing Masters at the University of Edinburgh, she is often inspired by myths and fairy tales, frequently using them as a starting point to tell other stories. Amanda’s work has been featured in anthologies such as Modern Grimmoire, Stories for Homes, and World Weaver Press’ Fae. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Chapter One Promotions Short Story Competition. Amanda is currently working on her first novel. She can be found online at

Scott Burtness lives in Minnesota with his wife, Liz and their English Staffordshire-Boxer, Frank. He has it on good authority that he possesses all of the requisite parts to be considered human, and sincerely believes he’s taller when measured with the metric system. Scott’s debut novel, WISCONSIN VAMP, is available on When not writing horror-comedy romps or sci-fi adventures, Scott enjoys bowling, karaoke, craft brews and afternoon naps. Follow him on Twitter (@SWBauthor). Don’t follow him down dark alleys.

Amanda C. Davis has an engineering degree and a fondness for baking, gardening, and low-budget horror films. Her work has appeared in Crossed Genres, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and others. She tweets enthusiastically as @davisac1. You can find out more about her and read more of her work at Her collection of retold fairy tales with Megan Engelhardt, Wolves and Witches, is available from World Weaver Press.

Megan Fennell is a court clerk, cat owner, and writer of strange tales, currently living and working in Lethbridge, Alberta. Although loving magpies to the point of having two of them tattooed on her, it was the Danish myth of the Valravn that held her corvid-like attention span for this anthology. Her stories can also be found in Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18, Tesseracts 17, OnSpec Magazine, and the charity anthology Help: Twelve Tales of Healing.

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning writer and author of six books. She is a winner of the Rannu Fund Poetry Prize for Speculative Literature and other distinctions. Her speculative tales and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Tesseracts 11, Zahir Tales, On Spec, Urban Green Man, Dark Mountain, Imaginarium, Here Be Monsters, Switched On Gutenberg and elsewhere. Her seventh book, Refugium, about people living with electrosensitivity, will be released in 2015. She lives in Nanaimo, BC, and online at

Katherine Marzinsky is a writer and student currently residing in New Jersey. She attends Kean University, where she is working toward an undergraduate degree with a major in English and a minor in Spanish. Her previous work has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, A Cappella Zoo, Cease, Cows, and The Inanimates I story anthology.

Craig Pay is a short story author and novelist. He writes speculative fiction (usually). His short stories have appeared with a number of different magazines and anthologies. He is represented by John Jarrold. Craig runs the successful Manchester Speculative Fiction writers’ group. He enjoys Chinese martial arts and many other hobbies. You can visit him at

Sara Puls spends most of her time lawyering, researching, writing, and editing. Her dreams frequently involve strange mash-ups of typography, fairy creatures, courtrooms, and blood. Sara’s stories have been published in Daily Science Fiction, The Future Fire, GigaNotoSaurus, Penumbra, World Weaver Press’s Fae anthology, and elsewhere. She also co-edits Scigentasy, a gender- and identity-focused spec fic zine. On Twitter, she is @sarapuls.

Holly Schofield’s work has appeared in many publications including Lightspeed, Crossed Genres, and Tesseracts. For more of her work, see

Virginia Carraway Stark started her writing career with three successful screenplays and went on to write speculative fiction as well as writing plays and for various blogs. She has written for several anthologies and three novels as well. Her novel, Dalton’s Daughter is available now through Amazon and Starklight Press. Detachment’s Daughter and Carnival Fun are coming later this year. You can find her on Twitter @tweetsbyvc, on Facebook

Laura VanArendonk Baugh was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth or developed motor skills, and by the time she matured into a recognizable adult she had become a behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized animal trainer, a costumer/cosplayer, a dark chocolate addict, and a Pushcart Prize-nominated author with a following for her folklore-based stories and speculative fiction. Find her at

Kristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management as an excuse to spend her days lost in the woods with a book in hand. Now a mother of two little tricksters and their menagerie of small beasts, she continues to conjure bits of fantasy during the rare spell of silence. Her fairy tales, ghost stories, poems and YA fiction have been published by World Weaver Press (Opal, Fae, and Specter Spectacular), Far Off Places and Sucker Literary Magazine. Follow her @KristinaWojtasz or on her blog, Twice Upon a Time.

Mr. Yegpie the magpie, tweets as @YegMagpie on Twitter

Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America”(Newsweek) is the author of well over 350 books, including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards—two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the World Fantasy Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award, Science Fiction Poetry Association Grand Master Award, Catholic Library’s Regina Medal, Kerlan Medal from the University of Minnesota, the du Grummond Medal from Un. of Southern Missisippi, the Smith College Alumnae Medal, and New England Pubic Radio Arts and Humanities Award . Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. Her website is:

Interview… R. Ann Rousseau

February 1, 2013

Today’s author, R. Ann Rousseau weaves her love and knowledge of her home town into her love story, hence the link to today’s word and it’s second definition. Dextrous – definition 1) skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body 2) having mental adroitness or skill; clever.


a) Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
My favorite character in my novel Portsmouth A Love Story is Severine Champagne. She is a woman who never gives up hope and perseveres through times of difficulty. She has a sense of humor, steadiness, and a faith in her own talents, abilities and values. She believes in herself even when no one else does. She stays true to herself and her dreams.

b) Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

I dabble in more than one genre in the novel. Portsmouth A Love Story is a traditional love story with a historical and metaphysical twist. I have incorporated all the things about love, including the place I love and hope the reader comes along for the ride. The ghost stories in the novel are real. I interviewed various people including the owners of the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, NH and the staff at the Wentworth Hotel in New Castle. All the metaphysical elements are real.

c) What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love the power to create the ending I want to give myself as a reader. With entertainment and with life, we sometimes have to accept the ending we’re fed by others. As a writer, I have the freedom to write anything I want. I can make the characters as ugly or as good as I want. I can let my heroine experience hot sex, the depth of love and both. I can let them play out their lives in the places I love to go to myself. With fiction, you can design the life you want and actually see it fulfilled. You get the happy ending you deserve.

d) Have you got a favorite place to write?

I go in phases, depending on the season and amount of disruptions. I like to write at home in my home office then go to my favorite pizza shop for lunch and review what I wrote in the morning or afternoon. I will book a room at my local library when I feel distractions are overwhelming and I need to focus on getting a chapter completed. If I’m traveling a lot for business, I’ll write on a bus or in my hotel room. I don’t usually write for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. I have a short attention span.

e) Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

I plan my story in advance in outline form. I set up all my chapters, then, like a bird, I write a little here…a little there. I move chapters around. I cut them out. It’s a messy process at first. I move front to back then start at chapter one again then tweak and tweak and tweak. When my chapters are coherent, I send them one by one to an editor in Kansas who makes suggestions. Working with Ali has been invaluable…and great for some accountability. She’ll tell me if what I write isn’t believable for a particular character. A great writing partner is like Gold.

f) What inspires your stories?

The man I’m in love with. If he’s not giving me what I want, I write it so he does. : ) If he does give me what I want, I use it for the book. So, I guess you could say, love inspires a great love story.

g) What are you currently reading?

I read something new practically every week, mostly non-fiction. I review books for Hay House Publishing and some others I feel like reviewing. The books I keep by my nightstand are A Course in Miracles, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, The Divine Law of Compensation by Marianne Williams and The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

h) Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

I don’t have any odd habits. My childhood stories are in my novel.

i) Do you have any pets?

Yes. My cat Maxfield is named after the New Hampshire Cornish Art Colony artist Maxfield Parrish. He also makes an appearance in my novel Portsmouth A Love Story. Here’s a quote from the novel where I include Max:

The morning sun slipped through a cascade of cream colored curtains. Maxfield curled up in a giant feline furball, snuggled against the contours of Severine’s soft silhouette. Not realizing he was there, she rolled over, opening one eye to see his warm brown body nestled comfortably against her belly. Before she had time to open the second eye, she heard the gentle whisper of an invisible male voice announce, “It’s time to move.”

j) Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

I did belong to a writing group. They were very helpful in reviewing early drafts. I stepped out of the group when one member announced that she was writing a love story set in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It didn’t sit well with me after I had spent 3 years writing MY love story set in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

k) What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I started at age seven. I remember trying to write lyrics to songs. I would spend hours listening to Motown songs on WRKO – Boston on the transistor radio. I moved on to poetry and then journaling through high school.

l) Do you have a book published?

If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it? I do have a book published. It’s called Portsmouth A Love Story. It is available in ebook and print edition. It’s available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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m) If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

Louisa May Alcott. She not only wrote children’s novels, she also wrote love stories that were pretty sexy. She did it under a different names. She was ambitious, never married and had an amazing imagination. I would love to have lunch with her and chat about life.

n) If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

I’m living exactly where I want to live right now. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I’ve been to Venice, Paris, South Africa and Geneva and there’s no place like home. I walk on the beach at sunset, as my character does in my novel and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

o) What’s your favorite movie of all time?

I love the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding and You’ve Got Mail. Most of all, I never miss an Ann of Green Gables marathon when it’s on my local PBS station.

p) Where can readers find you and your blog?

They can find me and my fellow bloggers from around the world blogging at

q) Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

Yes, I’m working on the sequel to Portsmouth A Love Story called Portsmouth The Pearl. Like a pearl, the irritations and challenges we deal with in life make us and our relationships more colorful and valuable as time goes on.

r) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

I’ve never had one. My own spirit guides me.

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