HUGE GIVEAWAY – Free Book, Tumbler, Keychain, and Art!

HUGE GIVEAWAY:

Sick of winter? Many might hit a low in January. You’re tired of being cold, snowed in, sick with plague, and broke from Christmas.

Didn’t get that item on your wish-list? Can’t spend another cent but really want a warm, fuzzy, happy beach read to heat your heart?

CAPTIVATED BY CATALINA GIVEAWAY! – Estimated value of $75!!

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You’ll win:
*A free paperback copy of my clean Christian romance, Captivated by Catalina
*Captivated by Catalina keychain by Literary Treasures
*Gorgeous, sparkly, beach-themed tumbler by Tumble & Twinkle Custom Creations
*Original “Sunset and Palms” watercolor and acrylics art piece by RJ Conte

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WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on JANUARY 23rd, 12:00 AM PST

Happy summer in January!

Captivated by Catalina blurb:

Getting stuck on an island might be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Marcella Brighton is a single, lonely career woman whose job promotion means she is forced to move away from everyone she knows and loves. When her older sister offers a comfort cruise to exotic islands, she jumps on it, and falls in love with Stop #2: Catalina Island. The charm of the small city of Avalon is both refreshing and heartwarming. And she especially bonds with the hot Hispanic zip line guy, Josef, who’s also a dedicated Christian.

Yet when a lost phone keeps her from getting back to her cruise on time, Marcella finds herself stuck on the island without a single familiar face – except Josef’s. But is forty-eight hours enough time to truly fall in love?

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:



Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alien Exchange Program

Do you write with music on?  I MUST.  It’s the way I operate, get in my character’s head, and keep my voice, tone, and mood.

So I started thinking – what about the other way around?  What if I listened to a song first, and it dictated what I wrote?

I asked readers, on my author page (if you haven’t joined my Facebook author page now, you should, because I post there far more frequently about my books and writing, and it’s lots of fun, I hope!), to post a link to a song they love or find interesting, and I would write a flash piece on the spot after only listening to it once!  😀

After a random roll of digital dice, Elizabeth Liberty Lewis’s song, “Many Words” by DROELOE won!

The following flash fiction piece (under 1000 words) was written in 15-20 minutes on the spot while listening to this specific song!  😀

I highly recommend you listen to it while reading my piece below, which is a gift to Elizabeth that I hope she enjoys!  🙂

Next up with be one for Laura Pol.  Stay tuned!

If YOU like flash fiction, and think you can write an emotionally moving piece in under 1000 words and want to win ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, my contest is still open!

 

ALIEN EXCHANGE PROGRAM

 

The little alien stumbled and fell in the deep, rich, wet dirt.

As the speeder raced away into the sky, the taillights shrinking rapidly in his vision, his throat clamped shut. The faint smell of diesel filled his nose and time slowed, as if to stamp an important moment on his mind.

He had been abandoned.

His mother, pinch-lipped and silent, her three eyes focused straight ahead, had refused to even glance his way during the duration of the space travel.  He had tugged on her arm at first, but had given up.  He had hoped against hope for a fun vacation spot, like on Krypton’s moon, but his mother’s clenched paw had told him otherwise, her eyes stalks decidedly pointed in the opposite direction.

Now here he sat, alone on a new planet, speeder-like lights surrounding him as if eyes were watching.  In the dark of night. With only lit-up buildings to guide him, the ground wet from fresh rain, the mud squishing between his back flipper feet, he stumbled forward, a sob rising in his swollen throat.

There, straight down the muddy grassy lawn, he saw a smaller shop, the lettering illegible for his three alien eyes.  On the dimly lit sign a drawing of two creatures that looked like the two halves of himself sat and stared at him.  One was green with two bulgy eyes and webbed feet, the other had paws and fur and floppy ears. It was as if they had put both of his parents on one sign: his mother who had just left, taking his heart with her, and his adventurous father who had died so long ago.  A human creature with a stethoscope stood next to them. This had to be the alien welcome center.  Possibly he could find a new home.  The thought seared his heart with pain, but he was glad to have some place to start.

“What is this?” came the screech from the front desk when he entered, pushing his way through the heavy glass door.

He let out a garbled “Ribbit!”

The fleshy, pink, extremely tall creature rose up on it back legs and pushed black wire and glassy things up around her small eyes. “Joe!  Look at this!” it said, and he found he could understand it.  Thank his mother for teaching him alien languages – or had she been planning on abandoning him here all along?

A tall fleshy creature with a single patch of black fur on the very top of its head came around the corner and broke into a giant smile.  “I had one of these once!  A large furred toad!  They’re thought to be extinct!”

The first creature’s red mouth twisted in what was obvious disgust to him, even if he wasn’t used to its oddly hairless pink face. “You had one of these as a pet?  Where did it come from?”

The one called Joe was still smiling, and it was a peaceful, happy expression that tickled the young alien from his head to his webbed toes.  “Yes!  There have only been three in existence that were ever reported.  I had the third.  Maybe it was one of his family, and another had the intelligence to come looking!”

The first one with the metal and glass around its eyes looked skeptical. “Seriously?”

“I think they don’t come from earth, but that can be our little secret.” Joe winked at the other one and then reached those huge, pink hands down for the alien.  “Come here, little buddy.  Did you know my guy Marcus?”

Of course the name did not ring a bell.  It was human earthling talk.  But the hands were warm, and soon the little alien was snuggled against the large cloth-covered chest.

“I bet you did, little buddy.  Before he left, I told him my house was always open to his kind.  And I’m pretty sure, in his alien head, he knew it was time to go home, raise a family, and tell the next generation about earth.” Joe pet his head, and it calmed him to his very core. “I’m so glad you’re here, little buddy.  Let’s start the next chapter of this foreign exchange program, shall we?”

 

Copyright: RJ Conte 2018

 

Almost 200 Followers – and a Lucent Sylph Award!

5star-shiny-hr Lucent Sylph!It is with the greatest pleasure that I get to announce…

This week, Lucent Sylph won a Readers’ Favorite Five Star medal!!  Such high praise from the group of editorial reviewers over at Readers’ Favorite!  The new Lucent Sylph covers will be going up soon with new medals on the front.  Woot woot!

To read Lucent Sylph for free, go here!

On top of that, this blog has almost hit 200 followers!  I’d like to give a gift to the 200th follower – an ebook copy of all of my books!  That’s a $16 value!  The entire RJ Conte collection!  Share this post with friends, and maybe some of them will win the whole shebang.

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I’d also like to announce that my new novella, a Christian romantic comedy about a quirky young woman and the guy she hits while driving drunk…

is in editing stages!!  Thanks to a coaching session with Janeen Ippolito, and thorough edits from Desiree Williams, I hope to have this story out to you in a few weeks!  SQUEAL.

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Winner!

The winners of my giveaway are Sarah VandeBogert – winner of a paperback copy of “A Bottle of Glass Hearts”
and Olivia Hofer – winner of an ebook copy of “A Bottle of Glass Hearts”
 
Congratulations, guys!!! And thank you, everyone, for playing!! 😀
To purchase your own copy of A Bottle of Glass Hearts – go here. 

Winner of the Mad Libs Contest!

We have a winner of the Mad Libs contest! Thank you for sending in entries!
 
Judging had to pick Jenna Skye Aquino for her succinct, creative, and clever paragraph using all 5 crazy words:
 
“Steven was trying the new meatloaf recipe his girlfriend had found online. The last time she tried something new it was disastrous. He had never felt his stomach crinkle like that before nor did Advil alleviate the pain. Hopefully this time around the recipe won’t make his body bloat like a globe. He was a nincompoop for trying the recipe but he loved her, this he would do to support her.”
 
Congratulations, Jenna. You win a paperback copy of Heartsick!
 

30+10 – 1950s Lingo

There is a giveaway going on!  Check out my Facebook page to participate.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can leave a comment here to play.  🙂

#30and10 Day 10
I heavily researched the clothing, language, and hip words of 1950s South Carolina. At first I was worried the authenticity of it would turn away the kids it was written for, but then someone gave it to their grandmother, who was a teen in the 50s, and she wrote me back saying, “You got the speech down perfectly! it was all the words I said!”
Write your funniest “cool” word you used growing up in the comments below (or on Facebook) to win a paperback copy of Dashwood Avenue. 🙂 Giveaway ends midnight tomorrow night (12:00 AM July 4th)

To buy Dashwood Avenue for Kindle, or any of my other books, go here: http://www.amazon.com/RJ-Conte/e/B00MDY4T0S/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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30 and 10! Free Books and Celebration

Starting my countdown!!

On July 7, I turn thirty years old! And on July 21, my very first novel, Dashwood Avenue, turns 10, making me a published author for a whole decade!
Therefore, my ‪#‎30and10‬ countdown begins today!  (Watch for the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter  🙂
For thirty days, I will tell you 1 thing about Dashwood Avenue, and every three days, I’ll tell you 1 thing about myself. 30 things about Dashwood, 10 about myself. 🙂 Make sure you like the page to stay up on the fun. ALSO, for the week before my birthday, Dashwood Avenue, kindle edition, will be FREE! And every three days, I will give one commenter a FREE autographed paperback copy of Dashwood Avenue. 🙂
Let the month-long celebration begin!

First fact: 
1. I grew up on Nancy Drew and Edgar Allen Poe award winners and American Girl history mysteries, so my very first book was a historical mystery set in the 50s. Except Dashwood Avenue has a unique twist: the characters are all homeschooled! Feeling the need for more homeschooler-centric Christian fiction, I hope Dashwood Avenue stands out as a one-of-a-kind book for ages 8+! 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/Dashwood-Avenue-formerly-Rachael-Thomas-ebook/dp/B00RT8U98Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1466641435&sr=1-5

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Learn a New Martial Art with Bensin!

Hello to all!  (Read all the way to the bottom for a giveaway.  I entered!)

I have been making a ton of new author friends these days.  Networking has been a joy and a mind-broadening thing for me as I learn from “the greats” in both my publishing house, Cleanreads.com, and well as with other independently published “Indie” (self-published) authors.  Now that I am both traditionally published as well as have Indie books, I am considered “hybrid.”  Yeah, I’ve been learning all new lingo too.  😉

One of the amazing women I’ve met and befriended this year, is an American working at a Annie Douglass Limaschool in Taiwan, and has lived multiple places around the world.  She tirelessly promoted Lucent Sylph for me this past year, even inspiring some of her students to read the book!  Her name is Annie Douglass Lima. Doesn’t she just look cool?  🙂

She is a sweet, very polite woman (Haha, Annie! ;-)) who is gracious, well-spoken, and, of course, an excellent author.

Her first book, The Collar and the Cavvarach, re-imagines our modern world with slavery still in place.  It’s a fascinating and sobering look at what it would be like if we were enslaved in today’s society.  The main character, Bensin, is a martial arts expert (in the Annie-inspired fighting style called Cavvara shil.

The first book was sweet and like slice-of-a-different-kind-of-life that made me think of warm bread straight out of the oven (I always imagine books that I read and write as foods, usually desserts.  :-P)  Bensin’s Coach is a male ESFJ, as well, so that was a major plus for me!  The end gets especially exciting when Bensin is focused on freeing his little sister from a life of slavery, indentured to take care of a baby in a house that treats her with 12321454_10209189877929813_5691195618476333666_nneglect.  My youngest daughter cosplayed as Bensin’s sister Ellie for a contest this month.  😀  She wrote the sign, and really got into her role.  😀

The Collar and the Cavvarach was a great PG family-friendly book, for like ages 12+, and I enjoyed it a ton.

In the YA sequel, The Gladiator and the Guard, however, Annie takes the story and the stakes up a notch.  Because of an injustice, our poor Bensin is sentenced to be a gladiator.  I haven’t finished the book yet, because I have the immense pleasure of beta-reading for the author, and just going through the book and writing my thoughts to her as I go – like a conversation between friends (Squeal!  I’m so blessed!)  But I can tell you this book is a PG-13 with more intense action and excitement!  What I love most is seeing all of the characters grow.  Poor Ellie (now I picture my own daughter!), Coach and his Conscience (Yes, the Conscience is practically another character  😉 ), and Bensin go through temptations, attitudes, failures, and moral dilemmas.  I am dying to see what happens at the end!

If you like arena-game stories of survival and courage and character growth, please check out the entire Krillonian Chronicles series by Annie Douglass Lima!  

The Gladiator and the Guard

To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt:

Ian was overseeing the glads in his ten while they sparred on Monday, and Bensin

had just successfully disarmed Fifty-Five, when they were interrupted.

“Riddior wants to see Fifty and Fifty-Eight,” a guard announced to Ian.

Their trainer nodded, apparently not surprised. “Go,” he told Bensin and Fifty.

Bensin started to unbuckle the shil he was wearing, but the guard stopped him

with a shake of the head. “You’ll need that. Bring the cavvarach too.”

They crossed the large room, skirting the other tens’ training zones. Bensin and

Fifty glanced over their shoulders every now and then to see where the guard wanted

them to go. Guards never led the way in the arena; they always made glads walk ahead.

They don’t trust us not to attack them from behind.

At the other end of the room, a group of about twenty glads had gathered in

front of the training manager. The tall Skeyvian was laughing and joking with them like

no one else in the arena ever did. Riddior was easy to get along with.

“So,” he said, when Bensin and Fifty had joined them. “You’re all here because

you’re the best of our best at cavvara shil, and you’re going to get to prove it to the world

next Sunday.”

Instantly, a knot formed in Bensin’s stomach. I’m not ready to fight again. Sure, he

had been taking some sort of herbal concoction every day — down from twice a day at

the beginning — that was supposed to hasten the healing process, and it did seem to be

working. True, when he had been summoned to the clinic last week, Doc had taken

another X-ray and announced that his rib was back to normal. It didn’t hurt anymore

when he stretched or breathed deeply. His concussion symptoms were long gone, his

nose was better, and the wound on his face only really hurt if he tried to smile too wide.

But he hadn’t found many things to smile about, so that wasn’t a problem.

Still, Bensin didn’t feel ready to pick up a cavvarach again and face possible death

and dismemberment out on the sand.

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and
later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her
students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially
fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com