Robyn Jane Sheppard
A middle-aged trans woman who, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, usually answers, "I'm not even sure yet about the whole growing up thing."
Married to her Princess Charming, she spends her time living between the real world and flights of fancy. She is currently working on her first e-book, which will either be a phantasmagorical pysco-sexual romance, or something else.
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Sliders: The Dark Side of Transgender
on May 07, 2012
Wow! Where do I begin? I am a 62-year-old trans woman, and have just now finished reading this book. I can't find anything to disagree with Ms. Norin. On the other hand, agreeing or not agreeing wasn't her point. She does an excellent job of saying, "Hey, this is the way it is. I'm not making any judgments."
This is a book I will read again and again, as my own views - just like Regina's - change over time. I will also be recommending this book to my TG friends.
And Marianne? Hugs, sister. It may be lonely, but we have each other.
The Amulet (Custodian Novel # 1)
on May 10, 2012
Excellent story, very well crafted. Credible plot, good character development. I will definitely read the next two in the trilogy.
And while this is billed as a "young adult" book (which it certainly is), this 62-year-old grandmother enjoyed it, too!
on June 12, 2012
Writing reviews is something new to me, but as an author myself I know how important feedback is. For many of us, it's the only payment we receive--or ask.
Before you dismiss this as "yet another vampire book," read it. It is unlike anything else you've read in this genre. Great characterizations, excellent plot, and just damned good writing are what hooked me and kept me reading non-stop until I finished it. This is one that I'm adding to my library, and as soon as I do that, I'm going to start reading his "Attic Door" series, also available here on Smashwords.
A word to those of you whose knowledge of vampires comes from "Twilight"--you might have to sleep with the lights on if you read this one. REAL vampires don't sparkle, nor do they feed on bunnies and squirrels.
on July 09, 2012
An excellent story. Not your usual werewolf tale. Like Kaylana Bell (below), I also love wolves. They are my personal totem, ever since I got lost in the woods in Alaska and one guided me back to the main trail.
The ending, of course, broke my heart. But isn't that just the way life goes, some times? I look forward to reading more by this author.
Shadowplay: Book One of the Starcrown Chronicles
on Aug. 24, 2012
Okay, this is going to sound like a lot of hyperbole, but I simply could not put my Nook down until I finished this book. Mr. Gerrard has created a wonderful cast of characters, and if you don't find yourself cheering for their triumphs and crying for their losses, I'd suggest you need a heart transplant.
I am *anxiously* awaiting the next volume in the series.
on Dec. 02, 2012
I've always thought that the highest compliment I could pay an author is a very simple sentence: "I believed your story." So much is tied up in that sentence: plot, storyline, characters, dialog, setting--in short, everything that goes into a good story, and lifts it above a run-of-the-mill book.
And that's exactly what M.E. Timmons has dobe with Eternity: crafted a tale I could--and did--believe. For me, even though a book is fantasy, it has to have its own internal consistency. In other words, it must be true to the logic and rules of its own world. Eternity is such a book. There was not a single moment in which I thought to myself, "Well, that's just too far-fetched."
My only complaint is that it left me hungry for more. I hope the Ms. Timmons makes a series out of this story.
An Irish Love Story
on Dec. 02, 2012
I'm a sucker for a good love story--especially one with a happy ending. I cried and laughed throughout. Quite enjoyable.
The Attic Door: The Complete Story
on July 19, 2014
This is not only a great tale, but it is the first in a series of five books. I've read the entire series and recommend it to anyone of any age. And parents? Yes, it is completely appropriate for your young family members (i.e., no sex!).
My only complaint is that I've finished the series. But I'm looking forward to reading his other stories!