aka C. Breslin, writer of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and assorted other tidbits. Member, RWA, SFRWA and RWA-FFnP.
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Smashwords book reviews by Celia Breslin
- Centauri Midnight, Book 3 Centauri Series, a sci-fi romance
on Feb. 07, 2012
Centauri Midnight is the first sci fi romance I’ve read. I enjoyed the nods to Star Trek (warp drive, etc.) and the use of some alien vocabulary to add to the sci fi atmosphere. Kiti and Garrick shine as the hero and heroine, each caught up in their inner struggle while trying valiantly to right wrongs and have a relationship. The secondary characters, too, are interesting and add a nice plot twist (no spoilers here).
I had one issue with the novella. I wanted it to be longer. There was abundant dialogue in the story so that it often read like a script with less action and short setting descriptions. Ms. Woolf has created such an intriguing world that I want to experience more of it. I hope she writes a longer novel set in this world. In the meantime, I’ll check out the first two novellas in this series.
- Haunted - Ten Tales of Ghosts
on Feb. 08, 2012
I love a good ghost story and this anthology gave me ten great ones to read. Each tale is well written and unique with a clever ending. My favorites: the sci-fi ghost story, “A Puddle of Dead” (brilliant title) by Grayson Bray Morris, followed closely by “Take Me To St. Rochs” by Rayne Hall. “Breakwater Beach” and “The Explanation for Ghosts” hooked me as well. But frankly, all ten were excellent reads. I highly recommend this anthology.
- Writing Fight Scenes
on March 10, 2012
I’ve taken a couple of excellent online classes with Rayne on magic and editing and was pleased to read this invaluable resource encapsulating her fight scenes workshop. The book provides a basic overview of weaponry, various fight situations, gender differences in conflict, etc. and also offers the writer practical tips on word choices for optimal pacing, mood setting, and realistic dialogue. Visual examples of various fight scenarios are also provided via You Tube URLs. My one wish for the e-book: a full table of contents allowing the reader to jump to each chapter (my version stopped at Chapter 2). Bottom line: a worthwhile read and handy resource. If Rayne ever writes a magic reference book, I’d definitely read that, too.
- Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates
on May 09, 2012
Rayne Hall - editor of the entertaining “Ten Tales” anthologies (vampire, ghosts, and more) - has released another winner in her popular series. “Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates” offers an engrossing journey into the swashbuckling worlds of ten talented authors. My favorites in the anthology feature kickass female pirates: Kris Radcliffe’s sci-fi romp “Diamonds and Bones,” Jonathan Broughton’s “The Pensioner Pirates of Marine Parade” (geriatric pirates = awesome), and Rayne Hall’s “Scylla and the Pepper Pirates.” All ten tales are great reads, well written with clever and satisfying endings. Two enthusiastic swords up for this anthology.
- Writing Scary Scenes
on Aug. 21, 2012
Writing Scary Scenes is another excellent offering from author, teacher, and master craftswoman Rayne Hall. Recommended for writers of many genres (romance, mystery, suspense, horror), this concise reference book covers every possible aspect for creating skin crawling, heart racing moments in your story. Numerous examples are included to spark the writer’s imagination. Rayne also supplies an extensive list of euphonics - words for every mood or situation (fear, apprehension, fights, foreboding, etc.), useful when editing weak words from your manuscript. Last but not least, Rayne offers up three of her own short stories, all great reads, and shining examples of her techniques at work. This reference is a must-have addition to the writer’s craft library. Also recommended: Rayne’s Writing Fight Scenes.