FINALIST!

Finalist!Just got really good news! I got what’s technically 5th place in a contest!! Lucent Sylph made “Finalist” in the Reader’s Favorite Award Contest!!

Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Lucent Sylph” in its annual international book award contest, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012LWE1AY.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” –Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Lucent Sylph” by RJ Conte won the Finalist Award in the Fiction – Short Story/Novela category.

You can learn more about RJ Conte and “Lucent Sylph” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/lucent-sylph where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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From House to Home

Looking for Christian young adult issue-driven fiction?  (Fyi, that’s the kind of stuff I write.)

Along with My Fault, this book by Patricia Bell is also on sale for 99 cents this week!  Grab it up now!  I’m going to pick myself up a copy and read it too.

41u4bqm4ualFor fifteen-year-old Karina Murberry, Life is about to change. When her drug dealing mother lands in jail, she finds herself sleeping on a park bench. What’s a girl to do? Just as she’s resolved herself to the idea of entering a group home full of bully’s and cockroaches, her principal discovers a mysterious emergency contact in her file. 
Without any discussion, she is shipped off to a small town away from everyone she’s ever known. And If learning she has an estranged Aunt and Grandmother wasn’t bad enough, Karina must now contend with an Uncle who is younger than her- and not so nice either. 
After overhearing a phone conversation between her aunt and grandmother, Karina suspects that her father, the guy her mother said left them stranded when she was two, could be in this very town. Armed with determination, sharp wit, and her new bestie, Amy, they begin an investigation. 
After all the lies her mother told her, Karina is on a quest to uncover the truth. Along the way, she uncovers long held secrets, experiences real friendships, and for the first time in her life realizes what it means to go from house to home.

Buy on Amazon

My Fault on Sale!

2DGuys, my quirky Christian rom-com with a very Shawn-from-Psych-like character is on sale for 99 cents for the next two weeks ONLY. 🙂

Excerpt:

After what felt like an entire month, and after whistling “Yankee Doodle Came to Town” thirty-three times, the door finally jerked open, and a nurse helped Grayson hobble in.

“Thanks. I can get it from here,” I piped up, jumping to grab the heavy door, giving Grayson my widest Joker-like grin. “Hi!”

He stopped short with a small gasp, as if I had really been Batman’s nemesis and leaped out at him. “Cleo.”

I still couldn’t read his expression. His face was always as still as murky lake water. He kept his feelings deep under the algae, so to speak.

“Yeah, it’s me. Disappointed?”

The nurse shuffled away, calling to a “Larhonda” to get someone named “Clifford” his meds. My mind flashed to the big red dog.

He glanced at me out of the corner of his eye and then focused on the speckled linoleum at his feet. “I… I thought I said you didn’t have to come anymore.”

I held the door with a foot and reached for his arm, pulling him hopping into the room. “Yeah, I’m a bad listener. Seriously. I forget stuff. So… I probably forgot.”

“Probably?” He cocked an eyebrow. After his last hobble, he ended up right in front of me, back slumped over the crutches, eyes lowered to mine.

My hands were around one of his arms and, even though they were probably softer than my athletic brother’s biceps – being an indoor student-type of guy and all – they still struck me as seriously masculine and solid. I gulped. “Yeah. Probably.” My voice dropped off, staring into his ginormous blue eyes.

Those eyes jumped back and forth between mine and he flushed slightly. Trying to twist backward, he moved his arm out from under my small hands. He tried to shut the door with his shoulder, and fumbled. Dropping a crutch, he wobbled, and I jumped into action.

As I chucked my arms around his waist, I planted my feet. “Woah, hold on!” I scrunched my eyes shut tight and buried my face in his chest, holding him up as well as my short frame possibly could. The guy was like six foot. We were probably going down. I held my breath.

But when I realized he wasn’t falling, and instead had steadied himself, and that we were standing wax-figure-still without making a sound, I slowly relaxed. Once again, I was slapped across the heart with the discovery that it had been absolutely ages since I had hugged such a sturdy male frame. Sure felt good.

So maybe I kind of didn’t let go right away.

 

Cassi is in a Coma – FREE Book

51-6kgew0ylMy friend, Krista Wagner, has a new issue-driven book for free!  If you like your YA to have a punch and come from a Christian worldview, this is the book for you.

FREE tonight and tomorrow!

A cross between If I Stay and Remember Me 

A Small Town Secrets Novel Standalone Series – (Book #3)

“You are not wanted” 

Cassi Walker has been Royal High School’s most-liked girl for the past four years, but a lot can happen in two days. Suddenly, she’s the school’s most-hated girl, but before she can figure out why, a ten-story fall off a water tower sends her into a coma. Soon, rumors start to fly that it was attempted suicide. Unfortunately, she has no memory of those final seconds before the harrowing event. Through a strange barrage of dreams, flashbacks, and an out-of-body journey, Cassi will attempt to expose the secrets and uncover the mysteries behind what happened to her. But will she be able to handle the truth? 

Dear Reader,
I dedicated this YA supernatural mystery thriller to those who have been betrayed in the worst kind of way. I wrote the novel when I saw a need to tell a story about someone who is liked by everyone at her school and then is suddenly treated like a pariah without any explanation. Unfortunately, this is an experience that many of us can relate to.

There is a lot of mystery and thrill here. You will find a surprising story that uncovers many secrets through a barrage of flashbacks, dreams, and an out-of-body journey.

Enjoy!

~Krista

PICK UP FOR FREE here on Amazon!

NOTE: I have not read this book myself, but I’ve read a few other books of Krista’s, and, while she doesn’t mince words on serious issues teens face, she’s approaches them with a Christian worldview.  ❤

Myers-Briggs Help for Authors!

Are you an author?

Do you have a Facebook account?

Do you like real, authentic, deep characters?

Are you interested in personality typing?

Are you curious how personality typing and creating characters go together?

Then what are you waiting for?  Join my Facebook group for authors interested in Myers-Briggs help!  Free coaching for developing characters and a happy community of Myers-Briggs aficionados!

Also, don’t forget about the flash fiction contest running until December 1st.  The prize is $100.  Enter here.

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RJ’s FIRST Themed Flash Contest!

I want to award one amazing author with $100 and promotion online!  Please send me your “most emotionally moving” flash fiction!

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2018 Theme: “Most Emotionally Moving”

 

Official Contest Rules

 

Flash fiction entries should be 1000 words or less – no exceptions.

The entry fee is $1 which can be sent, via Paypal, to dashwoodavenue@gmail.com Once we have received the fee, we will process your entry and add it to the contest.  Limit ONE entry per author.

Contestants must be age 16 and older as of July 1, 2018.

The contest is open to all genres except erotica, but must fit the theme “Most Emotionally Moving.”

Entries will be judged on technical writing talent as well as its emotional impact.  Entries will be graded on a 1-10 point-scale for each category and then all ten judges’ ratings will be averaged to find the winner.

Keep entries to a PG-13 rating or below – no gore, no onscreen sex, and minimal cursing.

Entries can be previously published, and all rights return to the author after the contest is over.

One winner will receive a $100 cash prize, the winning entry published here on BlondeRJ.wordpress.com, and promotion across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The final deadline to enter the contest is December 1st, 2018 PST.

The winner will be announced March 1st, 2019.

Please attach the entry in a Word document with no name or personal information included in the document.

Keep it honest!  The entry must be written by YOU, the contestant.  No entering the contest for someone else.  No fan fiction.  Must be an original work.

This contest excludes immediate family members of the judges.

TO ENTER, CLICK HERE.

 

Crazy Cleo Talks to Tough Girl Noel – Text Convo Between Kara Swanson’s Character and Mine!

GUYS!  Kara Swanson just hosted the most epic conversation between my character, Cleo (from “My Fault”), and her character Noel (from “Skyridge”)  You have to check it out!  😀

 

So, I did a thing.

And it may have gotten a bit out of hand 😉

My friend RJ Conte wrote an amazing Christian rom-com called My Fault (link is here) and I loved her main character, Cleo, so much that I had this wild idea…

What if Cleo had a conversation with the main character from my Supernatural YA novel, Skyridge? Cleo is a bubbly, abstract chatterbox while my main character Noel is a sarcastic, intense young woman with wings who’s father happens to be a fallen angel. So when we set these two loose in the same texting conversation, some crazy hilarity ensued.

And yes, I probably should have added a filter, but characters tend to say what they do XD

Anyway, I hope you are as amused by Cleo’s motormouth as Noel is, and that you enjoy their conversation below! (Green is Noel’s comments, grey is Cleo’s responses 😀 )

 


 

READ MORE HERE