The Boy Who is Forced to Save the World

I’m so excited to announce that I have the most amazing privilege of being a part of The Fellowship of Fantasy‘s second anthology!  Last year they did one on “Fantastic Creatures,” and this year on fantasy heroes!

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I have written a short story about an eleven-year-old telepathic and telekinetic genius named Gemini (or “Gem”), who was born to be the next “Omnicron” (think Avatar, the Last Airbender in a way) to use his mental abilities to hold the planet together during the next core earthquake that could rip it apart.

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Gem is INTP, precocious, emotionally shattered (Can you imagine reading minds your whole life?!) and cynical.

Meet our main character: Soleil Punicello. She is a twenty-five-year-old who is employed to nurture and protect Gem’s fragile psyche.

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Can she help him prepare for a role that could kill him?

Gem is like a mix between The Giver, Ender’s Game, and Lucent Sylph. If you like those style of stories, you should love Gem!

To read my story, and 27 other stories by my dear, intelligent, gifted author friends in this anthology FOR FREE, click here!  Enjoy!  And please leave us a review!  Let us know which stories were your favorites!

(Disclaimer: I have not read the other stories in this anthology, although each of the authors had to abide by the rules of “clean reading” material laid out in the group.  We each went through a rigorous judging – “Gem” passed with flying colors and made a judge cry!  WOOT – and were deemed acceptable for the anthology, but I can’t warn of any content myself. I have read half of the previous anthology and enjoyed it!)

Dashwood Avenue is Free!

Time for what you guys have all been waiting for… MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!
Okay, not really. How about a FREE BOOK instead? For this week – Monday through Friday, Dashwood Avenue – kindle edition – is FREE. Dashwood Avenue is a Christian mystery set in the 1950s. Grab it on Amazon before the sale is over! Happy birthday to me and happy tenth anniversary as an authoress. 😀

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Dashwood-Avenue-formerly-Rachael-Thomas-ebook/dp/B00RT8U98Y?ie=UTF8&qid=1467616408&ref_=la_B00MDY4T0S_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

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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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Pretty Pictures of Leading Ladies!

Thank you for rejoicing with me over this miraculous pregnancy!!!

I’ve got more exciting news for you guys soon, but today I want to share what I’ll be doing on my Facebook author page all month.  July marks my thirtieth birthday as well as my 10th anniversary of being a published author.  My first book, Dashwood Avenue, turns ten years old!

Therefore, I’ll be running sales and doing fun facts all month on the Facebook page.  Make sure you like the page so as not to miss a thing.  🙂

Also, I created a collage of my leading ladies (or love interests) in my books.  Posting it here to entice you to read these girls’ stories.

You can find all of my books (Vivien’s story coming soon!) on Amazon.com by clicking right HERE.

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Paperbacks and Sales

Heartsick is now available in paperback!  I received my proof copy today, and it looks SWEET.

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You can order the paperback here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/rj-conte/heartsick/paperback/product-22604440.html  Use the code GETIT15 to get 15% off!

OR if you like your books in electronic form, the Amazon Kindle version of Heartsick is on sale this week for $1.99: http://www.amazon.com/Heartsick-RJ-Conte-ebook/dp/B01ASC83L2/ref=la_B00MDY4T0S_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457826890&sr=1-2

Also, just for fun, Angel-Lover is also on sale for $0.99  🙂
http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Lover-RJ-Conte-ebook/dp/B00MD5VH0W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Happy reading!

The Hotline Girl – New and Improved!

My first book with a publishing company, Cleanreads.com – and not self-published by myself – is here!  I have a sparkly new cover, and a brand new review, and a whole company who has my back.  🙂

Check it out.  This version has some changed names and a brand new final chapter.  🙂

Only 99 cents!  Leave me a review when you’re done.  🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Hotline-Girl-RJ-Conte-ebook/dp/B01CRRS3IO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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FREE BOOK – Only This Weekend!

The Kindle version of my Christian psychological/evangelical 2Dnovel for teens, Angel-Lover, is FREE all weekend.  CLICK HERE to get it!

Please share the gospel by passing this onto your friends.  You will have told a teen about Christ every time one of them reads this.  🙂

I pray God uses this for His glory, that’s why I feel like giving them out for free!

Love you guys!

Here’s a description of the story:

Chad is a reclusive teenager whose thoughts are full of loneliness and suicide. The only thing that he obsesses over more than planning his own death is the nicest, sweetest, most beautiful girl in school. As he stalks her and watches her, he learns the truth about what she believes in and, in the process, finds Someone Else he did not expect.

http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Lover-RJ-Conte-ebook/dp/B00MD5VH0W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

How is a Lucent Sylph Born? And Other Insider Details…

My esteemed fellow author, Annie Douglass Lima, invited me to be featured on Realm Explorers!  I was really honored, and the interview was so much fun.  I got to share so much more background than what you see in my short story.

Please check it out! And don’t forget that the giveaway ends tomorrow!

Excerpt:

How are Lucent Sylphs born?

Lucent Sylphs are born from moments of extreme joy.  They are asexual and genderless creatures, taking on a gentle female appearance in our world.  When they are extremely overwhelmed by moments and feelings of love and happiness, they spontaneously produce an infant version of themselves which are encased in self-sustaining energy cocoons.  Lucent Sylphs live for just under

[Read more here]

IT’S HERE! – A Day Early!

Thank you for your prayers!  Amazon came through, and Lucent Sylph is up – a day early – for FREE!

The long-awaited short story is here, peeps!  Go grab it!  And remember, tell me when you share the link, so I can give you more entries into the figurine contest.  😀

Praise the Lord!  Best way to wake up – to see that Amazon had listened.  🙂  ENJOY!

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Lucas Thissel has something he fears: an alien species of palm-sized glass fairies called Lucent Sylphs. They came through a portal from a metaphysical dimension, and they indenture themselves as slaves to human beings. Too much neglect or unkindness, and they will cloud over and disintegrate. Too much love and their hearts are overcome and burst.

And one has attached herself to him.