A Kind of Grief, A. D. Scott, Atria Paperback--The northeast of Scotland in 1959 is a beautiful and tranquil place, remote and unchanging, which is how journalist Joanne Ross likes it.
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
Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, Kathryn Harrison, Anchor Books--Revered and reviled in almost equal measure during her short tumultuous life, Joan of Arc is still a popular and contentious figure nearly six hundred years after her death.
Art in the Blood, Bonnie MacBird, Collins Crime Club--London, winter, 1888. A desperate call for help from Mrs. Hudson brings newlywed Dr. Watson to Sherlock Holmes' side once more.
Shriver, Chris Belden, Touchstone Books--Shriver is a contented recluse, living in his apartment with a tuxedo cat, Mr. Bojangles, when he receives an invitation to take part in a writers' conference at a Midwestern college.
The God's Eye View, Barry Eisler, Thomas & Mercer--Evelyn Gallagher has a nice career in the NSA, analyzing video footage from all over the world in search of threats to the United States.
Walking with Abel, Anna Badkhen, Riverhead Books--What does a journalist do when her married lover walks out of her life, leaving her despondent?
The Map of Chaos, Felix J. Palma, Atria Books--The Victorian world's obsession with death and the afterlife leads to a plethora of spiritualists and mediums seeking to make a living out of those wishing to speak to the dead.
The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, Laura Auricchio, Vintage Books--The Marquis de Lafayette's arrival in an America gripped by the trials of the Revolutionary War electrified a people desperate for international support against their former King.
The Reckoning, Carsten Stroud, Vintage Crime--From the swanky residences of The Glades to the seething criminality of Tin Town, the city of Niceville has a personality all its own.
The Fifth House of the Heart, Ben Tripp, Gallery Books -- Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang is the first to admit he’s a coward. However, it didn’t prevent him from walking into the lairs of two vampires and stealing their treasures – and vampires have the best treasure.