But Can You Let Him Go?

In this collection, Cindy Lynn Speer, author of The Chocolatier’s Wife and
editor of StereoOpticon, a collection of re-told fairy tales, gives us several
new stories and an interesting look at the classic ‘Cinderella’ as well. Cindy’s
stories examine the roles of women, our expectations, and the aftermath of the
classic happily ever after in interesting, sometimes disturbing, ways.
Every Word I Speak: Most of us know the fairy tale of the girl who, because of
her kindness, was given the gift of gems and flowers that fell from her mouth
with every word she spoke, but what happens afterward? Who can she trust and
what will they want from her? This version of the story is a dark and troubling
tale, and absolutely delicious for those of us who like our fairy tales unmarred
by a Disney ending.
What Will I Do When This Dream is Over?: Matilda is a unicorn, calmly cropping
the grass in Emmy’s front yard. Hank is her ex-boyfriend, who can’t see her
anymore because, she’s afraid, he’s angry with her for not putting out. Emmy’s
been preparing for the day Matilda would show up all her life. It’s been like a
dream, always there. She’s been called upon to do a job, to save the world, and
now it’s time. Emmy’s off on an adventure. She hopes she’ll win, beat the bad
guys, save the day, but if she does, what happens after?
The Fortunate Ones: Once upon a time, there lived a people who were always
fortunate. And then they discovered that their fortune resided in their women,
so they turned them into a commodity to be bought and sold. Annabelle is living
the dream with her very successful husband, except he beats her sometimes, when
he’s angry, when things don’t go right. She doesn’t like knowing she’s a
commodity. She doesn’t like thinking like that. But she has to, and it’s up to
her to save herself. If she can. If she can take her fortune back into her own
hands.
But Can You Let Him Go?:The fairy godmother who provides Cinderella with her
pretty clothes and shoes and the ride to the ball is paying penance for her
mistakes. When she’s not passing judgement on foolish and avaricious humans,
she’s hunting for Cinderella, the Cinderella in this tale, at this time, and the
handsome prince who will give Cinderella her happily ever after. She needs to
get it right. She needs to save them both. If she doesn’t, she’ll never see her
people again. Her sister, however, is determined to see her fail, and she’ll do
all in her power to make that come to pass.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I have way too many…I sew, garden, obsess over home improvement, read
constantly…but my primary hobby is learning how to fence the way that they did
in the time of Elizabeth I, through the Society for Creative Anachronism. I
have a true passion for the blade…I love trying to push myself to become a
better fencer.

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