Put away your magic wands and pumpkins.
These are not sweet, tender fairy tales.
Four flawed heroines.
Four classic tales of love and woe...
Each retold for modern times.
The Lonely Crow—In a forest teeming with coyotes and unexpected magic, a heartbroken ornithologist becomes the target of a park ranger's aggressive affection. To survive, she must rely on instincts she once ignored… and accept the curious assistance of a murder of crows.
Goose—After a one-night-stand leaves her reputation in tatters, a gas-station clerk in Louisiana finds herself at the mercy of her lover’s mother. Fighting for her baby is easy. Fighting for herself is harder. To win, she’ll have to let go of her history and accept the truth… That love never arrives the way we expect it.
Rosie Waking—Following her father’s disappearance, a small-town waitress lives wedged under her boss’s thumb. Or did, before a wandering stranger pushes her to view her life through a different lens. Can she decide, once and for all, where loyalty stops and subservience begins?
De Rege’s Laundry—When a mafia king’s desperate daughter makes a deal with the devil, she doesn’t expect a handsome ex-soldier to step in and muck it up. Suddenly, the woman who'd sworn to sacrifice anything for freedom must choose between escape and losing the one person who cares about her happiness.
Beautiful and atmospheric, Tales of Love & Woe explores modern womanhood through twisted retellings of The Little Mermaid, The Golden Goose and The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, Snow White & Rose Red, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. While love and kindness are major themes in these stories, the darker sides of human nature are, too. As such, this collection is intended only for a mature audience. After all ... fairy tales were meant to be grim. Wander through these haunting and lyrical stories today!