On Chocorua: Book 1 of the Trailblazer Series
"You're the only one you need to prove something to."
A mountain. A blizzard. A young man new to hiking and to love, making mistakes in both.
First year of college is a great time to re-invent yourself. Nathan Bartlett takes the opportunity very seriously—maybe a little too seriously. And he makes mistakes.
His mistakes? Falling for a straight guy who reminds him of his beloved older brother. Getting too invested in the substance abuse disorders of two other students. And climbing a mountain in a snowstorm for all the wrong reasons.
But he also develops friendships that will be his for life. He faces his inner demons and comes up with a plan. And he realizes that answers to important questions are seldom waiting on the surface but must be worked for, or struggled for, or suffered for—and sometimes all three.
Nathan is a trailblazer on his own journey. His success will be measured not by how well he follows someone else's path, but by whether he can forge his own. This first book in a series of three novels gets Nathan started on a journey that will teach him about himself, about life, and about love.
Walk with him.
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Praise for On Chocorua from reviewer Amos Lassen
Reardon is the kind of writer whose words stay with you long after the read is over. For me that is one of the definitions of good literature. Very few of us have our lives handed to us so, like Nathan, we have to struggle and even suffer for what we feel is important. Nathan’s journey is a collective journey with room for all of us to become a part of. We might not realize it, but by reading this book we are learning a lot about who we really are. I loved being with Nathan on his journey, and I am especially glad that it was Robin Reardon who wrote the wonderful text.
So thrilled to be a winner in the North Street Book contest! Not sure whether to be proud or humble, but I'm going to brag just a little in either case. WAITING FOR WALKER was one of seven honorable mentions in this contest recognizing self-published books of professional quality. Thanks to them and to my readers who encourage me to keep going!
PRAISE FOR WAITING FOR WALKER
"A master storyteller with a rare talent for grounding stories in everyday reality, Ms. Reardon breathes new life into the fragile notion that we are all equal. She shows us that financial and marital status, religious beliefs, familial loss, and our genetics are only parts of us—that what we say and do speaks to who we are." — Cody Kennedy, author of Ómorphi
"There are a handful of writers I look for to review their new books, and Robin Reardon is one of those. She is able to get into the minds and feelings of her characters and if that is not enough, she shares them with us. When I closed the covers of the book, I simply said 'WOW!' Robin Reardon has done it again. I am still stunned by the strength of this book and how Robin Reardon always manages to hit the nail on the head to give us something more than just a read." — Reviews by Amos Lassen
"This is more than a coming of age story. This is a waking up story. This is a book that everyone should read." — Diverse Reader
"There are not many YA books available with intersex characters, and this story did a good job of informing, without losing sight of the plot and characters I cared about." — Kaje Harmer, author of Rejoice, Dammit
ITEMS OF INTEREST
There is a delightful podcast called WROTE, hosted by two great guys who write—and support writers of—LGBTQ literature. And they interviewed me!
So honored to be featured in an interview with author Cody Kennedy (Omorphi, Tharros, Elpida)!
Your thoughts, please....
Waiting for Walker was one of the most challenging stories I've written. I'd love to hear from readers about how I handled a couple of these challenges.
So many people have suggested that I should record some readings from my books that I've begun a project for it. I'll be adding to the excerpts over time, so check back if you're looking for an excerpt from a specific book.
AuthorsDB cover contest: Three of my covers are winners! Throwing Stones won Gold; Educating Simon won Silver; Giuseppe and Me won Bronze.
Ramble Redhead Podcast
Every so often I have a chat with the famous Ramble Redhead, that wacky gay fellow who seems to know everyone. He's posted our recent conversation, which rambles from the topics of my stories to current events concerning human rights. Take a listen!
Many readers have asked why I write what I write. See the answer to this and other questions in the Michele N Jeff interview.
Blogger Elisa Rolle has posted a list of my top ten books. Care to know what they are?