Beatitudes and Woes

Guys, guys, guys!

Remember how I told you I had written a short story, set in a Hawaii-type island nation called The Tears of the Emperor?  The anthology is HERE!


Each of the stories, all written by authors from my Realm Makers group, correlate to the beatitudes in Matthew and the woes in Luke – all with a speculative (sci-fi or fantasy) bent!  I’m so excited!

My story is on “Blessed are they that mourn” – no surprise, eh?  😛  And it’s about a new, young emperor who is under a sort of curse: the first time he is called upon by the priests to cry, God washes the nation clean of sin.  This could mean new missionaries arriving on the island or a tsunami wiping out half his population.  But the unbelievers will be judged when he cries his first tear.  And his sister is living life as a prodigal.  Will she be safe from the upcoming potential destruction?  He sets off on a mission to find her and plead with her to repent.

I can’t wait to read ALL the stories for myself!  You can pre-order your copy here.

Please follow our illustrious publisher, Travis Perry from Bear Publications on for more news on the anthology!  🙂



King of Malorn

Free on Amazon from now until July 11th, I’m excited to introduce the long-awaited novel by my dear friend and excellent author, Annie Douglass Lima!



A brand-new fantasy adventure story with a hint of romance 
You can download a copy of the ebook for free between July 9th and 11th!

Book Description:

Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.

Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram. Hoping to
lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember. 
But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms? 

Click here to download your copy of King of Malorn on Amazon now! 


Click here to see King of Malorn on Goodreads.


Series Information:

King of Malorn is book 5 in the Annals of Alasia. But don’t worry if you haven’t read the others; it will still make sense on its own. 

Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. 

Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. 

In the Enemy’s Service features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. 

Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. 

The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia. 

In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap. 

Annie also has a short ebook of “interviews” that she conducted with the characters in the other three books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who signs up for my mailing list
(to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free).

Author Biography:

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of
them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.
Author Contact Info:



But Christ


A forgotten art

A misplaced treasure

A buried emotion

A tiny cup measure



An ignored virtue

An impossible mission

An eclectic rarity

An unseeable vision



The work of a fool

The choice of the weak

The chance for the reprobate

The unclimbable peak



Code word for lust

Flits and flails

Degraded to hotel bedrooms

And thrown away veils



Enduring the cross

Teaches gratitude to the Lord

Forgives all our sin

Redeeming love and we are adored




Behind the door


But mine.

If I am my past as much as my contemporary

Then I can’t lacerate and abscond
This retrospection
And fantasize that it never was

They ask me what I’d wish to warn
The younger me, alone and forlorn

It tempts and soothes the mind to cry,
“Two names – evade them, rather die!”


The now me who’s


Maybe would cease to be

If I had not known you.

New Novel from RJ Conte – The End of the Dream!

The End of the Dream is here!!!The End of the Dream_KINDLE


My next full length novel (Been three years since you got one of those from me!), which is Christian, issue-driven, YA romance (with a twist, of course!) is available on!

And please come to the celebration Facebook party, June 7th, at 6 PM PST!  Joining me will be authors Bethany A. Jennings, Kara Swanson, Kimberly Rae, and aspiring mangaka Laura A. Grace.

The End of the Dream blurb:

Ash, the mysterious new guy in town, is everything Vivien is not: friendly, cheerful, and carefree, with a deep Christian faith.

Vivien doesn’t understand why Ash would choose her as a friend, but as a shy, reclusive teen with an absent father and airhead stepmom, she is drawn to him. She even gets to join him in fulfilling his special “Summer Can’t Suck” activities list.

But when she finds herself falling for him, Ash begins to reveal suspicious gaps in his memory. Things are not adding up…

Purchase for Kindle and paperback HERE!

All the World is About Bacon

My oldest daughter, who’s eight years old, has extensive food allergies, so eating isn’t always a delight for her.  But she *can* eat bacon – and she does it with gusto.  It’s her favorite food on earth currently.  Yesterday she decided that really everything in life is about bacon, and we laughed ourselves silly coming up with reasons why.  Today we made this list for your viewing pleasure.




Knives – to cut the bacon

Forks – to lift the bacon to my mouth

Plates – to hold the bacon

Chairs – to sit in while eating bacon

Water – to wash the bacon down

Clothes – to stay warm while eating bacon

Clothes that are too big – to grow into from getting large eating nothing but bacon

Washers and dryers – to wash bacon grease off my clothes

Shoes – to wear to go buy more bacon

Cars – to drive to the store to get bacon

Houses – a place to cook and eat bacon

Closets – to hide in so no one sees me constantly eating bacon

Curtains – to hide the fact that I do nothing all day but eat bacon

Doors – to keep the bacon scent contained to one room

Parents – to cook my bacon

Siblings – to want my bacon

All other food – to give to siblings to eat instead of my bacon

Jewelry – to look stylish while eating bacon

Cameras – to take pictures of bacon

Social media – to post pictures of me wearing jewelry and eating bacon

TV – to show me commercials of yummy bacon

Microphones – to host podcasts where I talk about bacon or record music where I sing about bacon

Money – to buy bacon

A job – to work to get money to buy bacon

Trophies – to earn by winning bacon-eating contests

State fairs and amusement parks – to eat deep-fried bacon

People – to provide me with bacon

Trees – to give us wood to create barns to house pigs which give me bacon

Dirt – to grow the trees which create barns which house pigs who give me bacon

Pigs – Duh.  Bacon.