Cynthianna Matthews

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:,, and

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

A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka

A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka

July 21, 2015 12:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A Girl Undone, Catherine Linka, St. Martin’s Griffin -- In this sequel to A Girl Called Fearless, Avie Reveare has fled Salvation, Idaho, where she and her lover, Yates Sandell, took refuge. Backed by the ruling Paternalist Party, federal and state law enforcement officers seized the Salvation compound and killed many of their friends.

Trials of Passion

Trials of Passion by Lisa Appignanesi

July 20, 2015 9:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Trials of Passion, Lisa Appignanesi, Pegasus Books -- Victorian-era spinster Christiana Edmonds was extremely unhappy that her letters weren’t returned by her doctor, Charles Beard. Of course he loved her and would leave his wife, but Beard never did. He simply told Christiana to stop writing.

Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

July 13, 2015 1:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Tigerman – A Novel, Nick Harkaway, Vintage Press -- British army Sergeant Lester Ferris has seen his share of action--perhaps too much during a recent posting to Afghanistan. Close to military retirement but still fit, he's posted to a relic of the British Empire located in the Indian Ocean, an island called Mancreu.

Muse by Jonathan Galassi

Muse by Jonathan Galassi

July 9, 2015 1:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Muse, Jonathan Galassi, Alfred A Knopf -- Paul Dukach, a nerdy, small-town boy from upstate New York, finds his spiritual home in the NYC publishing firm of Purcell & Stern. P&S is peopled by eccentrics of all stripes whose brilliance in their fields enables the firm to publish books almost in spite of itself.

Press Start to Play

Press Start to Play: An Anthology edited by Wilson and Adams

June 27, 2015 8:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Press Start to Play: An Anthology, Wilson and Adams, Vintage Books -- We were never designed to live the lives we do nowadays—stuck in cubicles all day instead of out hunting and gathering, fighting for our very survival as our ancestors once did. Modern humans are in desperate need to exorcise their “evolutionary demons,” and what better method to do so than by playing video games?

The Fall by John Lescroart

The Fall by John Lescroart

June 11, 2015 11:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Fall, John Lescroart, Atria Books -- Anlya Paulson, seventeen years of age and African-American, takes a fatal plunge from an overpass late one evening. With possible racial overtones to her death, the police and the DA’s office are under intense political pressure to find and convict her killer.

Charlie's Pride by Dee Hubbard

Charlie’s Pride by Dee Hubbard

June 7, 2015 1:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Charlie’s Pride, Dee Hubbard, Fithian Press -- Charlie the Hawk can’t help but identify with the Klamath River, his father’s tribe’s ancestral home. It springs forth from the distant mountains and fights its way to the ocean. So like the river, Charlie’s life is one long struggle from its inception to its end, flooded with his tears and littered with his fears.