Robin Xavier Fontaine


I was born and raised near Montreal, Quebec, midway through the baby-boom, the second of three daughters. (How I got the middle name Xavier is a story in itself.)
I started out with a disability, and eventually became a differently-abled person. I have learned in my life that with the three H's, Hope, Humor, and Humility, life offers more than enough rewards.
The branches of a tree grow upward and outward, yet in life, our branches can all come back together again in a great knot, and a new tree begins growing upwards - awkward picture, isn't it? Recently I have found tranquility, love, and inspiration, and so it's as though life is beginning all over again. I hope to share my optimistic disposition with my readers; to know your limits, yet hope and strive for your dreams, is what brings out our truest humanity.

I now share a Twitter account with my old ex, Robert E Vonne - check out our tweets. @robinrobin55

Peace and cheers!

Where to find Robin Xavier Fontaine online

Twitter: @robinrobin55


Series: Poetry By Heart, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 740. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Canadian Poetry
What price freedom? The price is courage and vigilance. Alas...will they come to us in time? Three poems, 520 words
Rated X For Excellence
Price: Free! Words: 26,510. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
In these first twelve of my published works, the reader will find a wide variety of topics and styles. By excellence I mean to say that these works are not only competently written, but that they are also engagingly meaningful without being heavy for the mind or eyelids. There are 5 volumes of poems, a piece with 3 essays, 4 works of fiction, a collection of 11 vignettes, and an apocryphal tale.
Beyond Her Curtain
Price: Free! Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Lonnie McPhee was a supremely arrogant, deluded and successful man until he met (or imagined he met) Gaya, one of The Two, the Creators of the Universe. In his recollection, Gaya transformed him into a new man and made him savior of humanity. Did he really meet God and his wife, or did he simply go through a transforming episode of delusions? Not even Lonnie, or the narrator, really know.
Horizons Around Us
Series: Poetry By Heart, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
In thirteen poems I explore the outer reaches of what we can see, and beyond. I discover that freedom is but illusion - it is wildness to which we should aspire, and those that chain us are the bane of existence. In the end, I wish for all to know what it is to be on the loose, experiencing the essential wildness of our nature. No adult-only content.
Passion's Energies
Price: Free! Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Through the lenses of eleven vignettes I take the reader from the beginnings of life, through various stages of existence, to the end and eternity. Most of what drives us is invisible to the casual observer and chronicler, and so we need to reflect at times on what it truly is to be human in these times, or in any time and place. Mature themes.
I Had Always Been So
Price: Free! Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Literature » Literary
What is a life that begins in the days of repression and enters into the era of marriage equality? Follow Michelle from marriage, motherhood, divorce, and then finally to full liberation today. I Had Always Been So is a compact testimony to the often derided power of cultural progress; where there is hope, there is always the opportunity for constructive change. Mature themes.
How I Became Insane (An Insomniac's Tale)
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Accompanied by gentle humor, I show the reader snapshots of a person degenerating from sleep-deprivation. No adult-only content.
Spectacles Of Love
Series: Poetry By Heart, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Canadian Poetry
In six free verse poems I use as jumping points each of these, considered as ideas: The Vase, The Whirling Wind, The Pyrrhic Victory, The Eccentric, The Television Set, and The End Of Time. Each idea becomes a motif for a poem, and I discover new things about my newest, truest love. Crafted to illuminate and entertain, I invite the reader to find their own passions inspired by the idea-poems.
The Thinking Human's Etymologies
Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
I have to hand it to linguists - they've got most of the origins of English words figured out. However, I can think of at least fifty etymologies that simply must stand corrections. In this slim volume, I offer fifty revisions to our very understanding of human language...or, at least, these word origins I propose will cause the reader to wonder how much nonsense really goes on around here.
Gonna Gotta Let My Hair Down
Series: Poetry By Heart, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Canadian Poetry
When all around you are pulling their hair out - let yours down. In eight poems I present my thesis on why it's best to prepare to create in the face of destruction. Other threads are love, freedom, equality, and the futility of an obsession with competition. In the end, peace reigns and all can live happily ever after, if they choose to love - and take responsibility for their various fates.
Diamonds From The Void
Series: Poetry By Heart, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Seventeen poems, divided into three chapters. There's some free verse, some rhyme, and two limericks thrown in for good measure. The main threads are choices, both ill-fated and wise; romantic love; nature; birds; and finding a voice in the world. Degrees of choice, degrees of fate; Find your voice before it's too late. By turns sweet, sexy, pointed and provocative, I pass a torch on to you.
Cosmogony's Riddle
Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Doing my sprightly best to cover a lot of territory in three essays, I touch on some of the weighty issues of the day: Evolution, Devolution, Fundamentalism, fatalism, nuclear war, the randomness of phenomena, and, of course, leprechauns.
A Great Notion, This Love Is
Series: Poetry By Heart, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 400. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rated 5 stars on Goodreads. In a short 219 word poem, I try to put into words the eternally inexpressible quality of a once-in-a-lifetime love. Inspired by my own life experiences of late, I can honestly say that if this isn't the real thing, then it is the most wonderful of dreams.... (I'm sure it's the real thing.)

Robin Xavier Fontaine's favorite authors on Smashwords

Jen Cole
Latest book: The Deal.
Published December 10, 2014. (4.33 from 3 reviews)
Jennifer York
Latest book: Edgar Allen Poe in Love.
Published January 9, 2017.
Mozambican Writers
Latest book: Estórias Antigas.
Published August 9, 2014.

Smashwords book reviews by Robin Xavier Fontaine

  • Bits and Pieces on May 13, 2013

    Very sweet, direct, and elevating - I liked it a lot. My only "complaint" is that I wish there were more poems in it! It put me in a great frame of mind, and the creativity and optimism leave a deep impression on the heart. Truly a good read.
  • Love and pain on May 14, 2013

    A very clear portrait of how hope and despair can mingle in the same person, with a rich variety of other emotions. I would like to see more someday.
  • Love and Rain on May 15, 2013

    A truly wonderful expression of love gained and love lost.
  • Mischief at the Museum Series- Princess and the Guard on May 15, 2013

    Expressive characters, an amusing story, and a flavor of India. I liked it very, very much, and I think this promises to be a most entertaining series.
  • The Beekeeper on June 18, 2013

    Compact testimony to the shaping influence of memory - very poignant. Sadly, I knew a person who had been just like the girl - this story is true.
  • Berenice and the Poet on June 18, 2013

    Wine, lemonade and debauchery - I liked it.
  • James Joyce has a Really Good Day on June 18, 2013

    Joyce will be rolling around when he hears this one.
  • Canadian Gypsy on June 18, 2013

    A beautiful, illuminating epic poem.
  • Twice as Bright on June 18, 2013

    An apt subject for flash fiction. Usually, in people's lives, the older they get and the less time they have left, the more they accomplish. A nifty little ending, too.
  • The Mental Institution on July 26, 2013

    A tear came to my eye as I read this. It makes me question who, and what, are truly sane in this world.
  • The Jeremy Collection on Feb. 16, 2015

    These poems are bittersweet and true to the experience of a first love. An excellent first book of poems.