Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Library of America - Whenever you ask middle school readers what their favorite novel is, you’ll often hear “I love The Sercret Garden!” Possibly you’ll hear, “I love A Little Princess, too!” as both of these classic tales have been turned into big-budget movies with gorgeous settings and great acting in recent times.
About Cynthianna Matthews
Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer/editor and novelist. She grew up watching Star Trek and reading the science fiction classics along with thousands of Harlequin romances. Somewhere along the line, she figured it was just as fun to write stories as it was to read them.
The BloodDark series (co-written with her husband, Adrian J. Matthews) is her latest science fiction series written for Young Adults. She writes contemporary and fantasy romantic-comedies as Cynthianna. She also writes SF/vampire erotic-romance under the pen name of Celine Chatillon. You can learn more about her fiction and non-fiction at her numerous websites: www.cindyamatthews.com, www.cynthianna.com, www.celinechatillon.com and http://blooddarkbooks.blogspot.com
Insights Into Cindy
I love to read well-written fiction and non-fiction in all genres. If it's intelligently written with its target audience's expectations in mind, then I'm game for it. Perhaps the one genre I'm not particularly enthusiastic about is horror, especially the non-suspenseful, slasher and gore-splatter varieties. My biggest pet peeve in reviewing is coming across a book which obviously hasn't benefited from professional editing. It's an insult to the reader, but more importantly, it's insulting to the author to publish a work which hasn't gone through a thorough vetting and polishing process. (You can imagine how I feel about self-published works for the most part.)
Author Archives for Cynthianna Matthews
Hide Away, Jason Pinter, Thomas & Mercer - One night, evil shattered the lives of a young family living in Darien, Connecticut. Police corruption and incompetence compounded the horror.
Christmas from the Heart, Sheila Roberts, Mira Books - Livi Berg lives for her charity, Christmas from the Heart. In the small Cascades community of Pine River, the not-for-profit is all that stands between many folks and poverty at Christmas.
The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham, Leslie Klinger Editor, Liveright Publishing - Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s stories of horror and the macabre are rooted in the Pulp genre, but he carved out a literary niche all his own with “Weird Fiction.”
The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica, Park Row Books - A fresh start. That’s what Dr. Sadie and Professor Will Foust look for when they move their family from Chicago to an island community off the coast of Maine.
Met Her Match, Jude Devereaux, Mira - Summer Hill, Virginia, is like any small town—full of gossip, often vicious. Terri Rayburn knows this all too well, being subject to it her entire life.
The Wives, Tarryn Fisher, Graydon House - Thursday lives up to her given name. On Thursday she provides a loving home and hot sex to Seth Ellington, her perfectly charming partner in a polygamous relationship with two other, anonymous, women.
American Science Fiction: 1960-1966 & 1968-1969, Gary K. Wolfe Editor, Library of America - The 1960s saw a huge upsurge in groundbreaking science fiction in America. Champions of the genre produced a volume of work that redefined the nature of science fiction and how it related to the real world.
How to Hack a Heartbreak, Kristin Rockaway, Graydon House - Mel Strickland works the help desk in Hatch, a NYC tech incubator company. It’s a soul-destroying job in an atmosphere of toxic masculinity.
Miracle Man, William R Leibowitz, MMR - From an early age Bobby Austin shows he’s no ordinary child, in spite of the terrible circumstances of his birth. His foster parents are amazed at Bobby’s phenomenal intelligence.