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I’m currently writing my first real rom-com (romantic comedy), called “My Fault”!
The main character, Cleo Stanton, is on the Asperger scale as well, which has been really fun and special. This will be another short story, like a lot of what I’ve been putting out lately. So stay tuned for its completion! I hope to have it done fairly soon!
But without further ado…
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From RJ Conte, weaver of deep, emotional fiction, comes a touching collection of short stories about love and unique relationships – including the bestselling Lucent Sylph!
When Soleil is hired as caretaker to a young boy born with superhuman powers, it’s up to her hope and optimism to help him survive his dangerous destiny – stopping the core earthquake that will destroy the world.
HIS BOTTLES OF TEARS
Her daughter has left the faith, and her heart is dashed in pieces. Then Jesus shows her a room full of bottles in a dream – vessels filled with tears, carrying stories she will never forget.
And one of them is her own.
CURLS FOR RAE
Rae has the most beautiful hair in the world… and the saddest eyes. Every week she returns to Blaine’s hairdressing shop, saying hardly a word. As he transforms her into the beauty of his dreams, she cries in silence. His heart breaks for her secret sorrow, and he longs to discover the mystery behind her tears.
For centuries, Aine and her magnificent kindred have protected the skies from vast, galaxy-sized threats. But her fiercest battle yet will determine the fate of thousands on the unsuspecting planets below. Will she have the creativity and fortitude to defeat this newest enemy?
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.
Last year, my state of Washington enacted a new law: you can’t even hold your phone in your hand at red lights any more. Ever. You will be ticketed and fined if you are caught even holding your phone at a red light while sitting and waiting. Yes. For reals. The article is here.
I think this law is stupid.
End of blog post.
Okay… just kidding. There’s more. *wink*
I could go into all the reasons why I loathe this new law, why I think its stupid, etc. etc. What is dangerous about sitting completely stopped at a red light? Practically nothing that would involve a phone. How long are those red lights where you’re just sitting and waiting? Often super long. Would I ever practically get caught doing it if I kept my hand down below the window? Probably not.
Will so many of you comment with why the law isn’t stupid and will I still insist it’s stupid? Yep. *wink*
I could also give you all of my excuses: I get lost easily and have to constantly check gps. True. I never text or anything while actually moving. True. I am an efficient person who likes to use that dead time. True. The odds are 99.999999999% that nothing will ever ever happen if I hold my phone in my hand while stopped at a red light. Also true. The law was probably made because people are too stupid to pay attention to whether their car’s moving or not. Probably also true.
However, it’s a law. It can be repealed on the basis of idiocy, but until then, we’re stuck with it.
I keep wondering if my kids are whispering the same things to themselves behind my back.
“This is stupid.”
It probably feels super stupid to them when I tell them to turn the other way and not sneeze all over the food. I know they’ve got to think it’s stupid, because they continue to sneeze all over the food and look confused when I exclaim over it.
It probably feels stupid when I tell them to get dressed, make their beds, tidy up their rooms, and do their devotions before they go down to breakfast. Because time and time again, they choose to ignore this one also.
There are lots of things our authorities tell us to do that can seem overbearing, nonsensical, and stupid. However, we elect those authorities into office, and until laws get changed, the stuff still stands, stupid or not.
Yet there are just things that are tempting to ignore because they seem stupid. Using your phone at a red light isn’t in the Bible. It’s not even considered common sense nationwide. If I were to move back to Texas tomorrow, I could still hold my phone in my hand and make calls while I drive!
After the umpteenth time of trying to reiterate why we have a certain rule in our house, and having my kids give me that blank look that shows stuff isn’t computing, in a fit of frustration, I vowed never to use my phone at a red light again.
That wasn’t where you thought I was going with this, was it? *wink*
But really. I just realized that there are areas – giant areas – and sometimes teeny tiny areas – of unsubmission in my own heart. Things I want to do anyway because I truly think I know better – and because I’ve decided they’re stupid.
And because I was trying my very best to get through to my kids – “Whether you like it or not or care about it or not, God says to obey your mother, and so you should want to do it because you LOVE HIM, and obeying me shows love to Him. So because you love Him, just do your homework assignment the way I told you to. Okay?”
I realized that often times I show hypocrisy.
Now there are gigantic ways I do this, of course, and you might be saying, “Come now, RJ! What’s this about phones at red lights? Next you’re probably going to talk to us about watching illegally ripped movies on Youtube or fibbing that your vacuum cleaner stopped working and that’s why your carpet wasn’t clean! No one cares about this little stuff. We all do it. Talk to us about your big, deep sins. Let’s gawk at that.”
Oh, my friend, I usually do. I usually talk about the giant stuff on this blog. But not today. Today I want to talk to you about a stupid new little law on cell phones at red lights.
Because I think that the same heart attitude of, “I don’t care. Stupid people made this stupid law and I’m going to do what I want anyway” is the same attitude that my kids have towards completing their chores, and the same attitude I have towards all my biggest sins of pride, ungodly speech, impatience, selfishness, and fear.
“I know what I want, and so I’m going to do it anyway.”
When did Christians become people who tried to get away with as much as possible, instead of people striving for holiness?
And no, I’m not saying we do even the smallest and stupidest of laws so we can be “perfect” and harshly, fearfully lash out at those around us (or maybe even internally judge) like, “How DARE you commit the red-light-law?! God have MERCY on YOUR SOUL.”
Also, don’t do it because of those watching. “Kids, let me read you this blog article I just wrote.” *sniffs and straightens lapels* “You can get a good look at how righteous Mama is! Feel like wanting to be me?”
No, I’m saying, strive for holiness in all those little unsubmissive ways that are pricking your conscience right now – for no one other than the Lord Himself. Because you love Him.
You’re so in love with Him, that you’d lay down every pleasure, everything that you’re lazy about, everything that you just can’t do without, and everything asked of you just because He defines your happiness and reality. Because you want the cleanest conscience and the holiest living because you’re just in love with who He is – and simply because He says so. ❤
But he could read minds. He had to have known about his destiny all along. No one could keep a secret from him. Why didn’t he turn himself in?
“Because I was protecting my parents.”
My little burning glass hearts include:
This compilation will be published, for $2.99, on Valentines’ Day! February 14, 2018!
I had original art – concocted up in my head, and made a reality by the lovely, amazing, talented Julia Mae Busko.
So today I’m introducing you to this cover (and the main characters of each below)!!!
This is going to be a collection of the most heart-warming, tear-inducing, emotion-ridden, lovely little jewels I can think up. CanNOT wait to share with you!
In “Gem,” the main character is SOLEIL PUNICELLO:
She is ESFJ, motherly, sweet, innocent, and optimistic. The story starts out with her receiving a prestigious high-clearance job being a caregiver for her planet’s Omnicron – the telepathic, telekinetic genius child who is going to save the planet with the power of his mind.
In “His Bottles of Tears,” the main character is an unnamed fifty-something MOM who is struggling, devastated, and wavering in her understanding of God’s sovereignty and goodness. The story starts out with her pleading with her prodigal young adult daughter to come home.
In “Curls for Rae,” the protagonist is BLAINE YORK:
He is ISFP, sensitive, artistic, romantic, and empathetic. The story starts out with him, a New York city hairdresser, being intrigued by a mystery woman who comes in for a styling each week, and sits in his chair and cries.
In “Aine, Starwarrior,” the protagonist is AINE:
She is competent, determined, and self-sacrificing, a galaxy-sized starwarrior who fights intergalactic monsters to protect planets around her.
In “Lucent Sylph,” the protagonist is LUCAS THISSEL: He is ISFJ, introverted, sensitive, quiet, and studious. He is trying to find his purpose in life, motherless, and with a cold, angry father. He wants to avoid the alien pets people are collecting at all costs. These “pets” thrive on the perfect balance of love from their owners, and Lucas is scared about his own hidden emotions.
Stay tuned for this short story compilation, arriving on Amazon on February 14th!!
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2: Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?
Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.
And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!
Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.
Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?
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Gem is selling SO well that, even though it’s still a pre-order, it’s up at #7 on the Amazon bestseller list for all short sci-fi/fantasy!! :-O I’ve never gotten that high for a paid book!
Maybe a few more sales will tide it over into the #1 position! So if you were planning on reading it, could you order it today? Thank you, everyone!