Raised, though not born, in rural New Hampshire, Christine Williamson graduated from Carleton College in 2002 with a BA in biology and her eyes set on a career spent studying marine wildlife. This sunny future, however, was suddenly and irrevocably derailed when she acquired her first manga and embarked upon an abrupt, but serendipitously timed, quest to earn an MFA in Sequential Art from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
Having succeeded in that quest, Christine now resides in the wilds of New England and spends her time playing RPGs with local kids while earning money to placate the demands of two moody cats. It is her fondest wish to one day be able to truthfully say, “I am able to placate those demands with income earned exclusively and entirely from my writing and drawing endeavors.”
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by Christine Williamson
On the last day of the third world’s third age, a mountain appeared in the sky. The next morning, exactly a day after its arrival, the mountain disappeared, and not a single memory of its existence remained. Not even the Elden who braved the golden barrier surrounding it recalled its presence. This is a tale of that lost day, and of the beings involved with it.
Katlyn Zinger and the Hornless Unicorn
by Christine Williamson
When Monotech sets its sights on The Yard, the only things preventing the Zinger estate from being turned into a golf course are a sacred, but centuries forgotten, pact and a man who hears voices. Can Katlyn, her eccentric cousin Mitchel, and the certifiably schizophrenic Silas find six secretive, supernatural Guardian spirits in time to evict a crazed, toxic monster from their land?
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Smashwords book reviews by Christine Williamson
- Bittersweet Promises
on July 05, 2012
Readable, but relatively low-key compared to other romances I've read. I personally felt the story was centered more on the main characters relationship with their children, and how that affected their relationships with others, than it was on the main adult romantic relationship. Not what I was expecting from the description.
- Special Offers
on July 06, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. I love romance, and I love the paranormal, but it bugs me when there's no other plot besides the relationship and/or the author wastes time being overly gimmicky with the supernatural. This book did neither of those things. The female lead is refreshingly smart and down-to-Earth, and the romantic scenes were enticing and modern without being crude.
Kudos to M. L. Ryan for writing a plot-based, supernatural romance that works! (And thanks for offering it in the Summer/Winter sale. Without that, I might not have discovered it.)
- Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)
on July 06, 2012
A great book! The prose grabbed me and sucked me in right from the beginning, and the emotional ambiances of the different scenes were really powerful. I wish this would let me do half stars, so I could give it a 4.5. The only reason I'm not giving a 5 is because I found several transitions jarring, and I got confused by some typos and missing words. For the most part, I feel like the POV switches between Braith and Aria were very smoothly done. I'm looking forward to reading more!
on July 06, 2012
An interesting story. I mostly enjoyed it, though it felt a little weird at times, like something was off. (Though maybe, given some of the twists, that was intended.) I would have liked getting a bit more character development at the beginning, before the action took off.
As its very late, (and I can't put my finger on exactly what bothered me), I'm going to refrain from setting a star rating. Take advantage of the sale to check it out yourself! :)
- Kindred (Book 1 The Kindred Series)
on July 09, 2012
I definitely enjoyed this. It didn't grab me as quickly as 'Captured' did, but it made me smile and experience warm fuzzies, and it pulled me along despite my immediate aversion to the 'Buffy' theme. There was some repetitiveness in the descriptions of Cassie's and Devon's feelings for each other, which could've been toned down or diversified as the plot progressed, but the generally obsessive nature of 'love at first sight' meant that it didn't bother me too much.
The only other note I feel compelled to mention here is the word 'wary'. I suspect this word became confused with 'weary,' and there are several scenes where characters look 'wearily' at each other when exciting and/or tense interactions are happening. I recommend reading with this substitution in mind. (Of course, I could be wrong about this, in which case I apologize.)
4 STARS! I want to know what happens next!
on July 13, 2012
While I enjoyed reading Five enough to finish it relatively quickly, I'm only giving it an average rating. There were times the imagery and plot sparkled with exciting potential, but then there were others when events took a complete 180 or appeared out of nowhere in a jarring fashion that made me stop reading and go, "What the heck? Is this the same story?" (For example, *SPOILER IN THESE PARENTHESES*, in the last quarter of the book, Rayla suddenly acquires a 2nd love interest, one who's previously been portrayed as an enemy without any foreshadowing to soften the change.)
I feel like the author knew what they wanted to happen and raced to hit those points, but in the process didn't take into account the influences of previous events on the reader, or flesh out the transitions connecting them.
On the other hand, when Five was working, it gripped me, and the jarring changes didn't make me want to stop reading. If I could give half stars, I'd give Five a 3.5. When it was working, it was great.