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

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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.

The Darkest Heart by Dan Smith

The Darkest Heart by Dan Smith

June 7, 2015 1:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Darkest Heart, Dan Smith, Pegasus Crime -- Zico is just another young hoodlum living in small-town Brazil. He acts as a hit-man for Costa, the local criminal big shot. Zico is good at the job, but trouble comes when he decides the life is no longer for him.

Challenger Deep by Neil Schusterman

Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman

May 31, 2015 9:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Challenger Deep, Neil Shusterman, (Harper Teen)--Challenger Deep plunges boldly into the depths of mental illness without the protection of a diving bell, giving the reader a visceral sense of how the mind tries to cope from the intimate perspective of the sufferer.

Death in Florence by Paul Strathern

Death in Florence by Paul Strathern

May 31, 2015 9:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Death in Florence, Paul Strathern, (Pegasus Books)--Italy in the late fifteenth century comprised a number of city-states engaged in often vicious competition for trade and resources. Alliances between them were made and broken and remade with astonishing frequency.