Weird Facts About RJ Conte

Hello friends and readers!

Are you guys getting excited for Heartsick?  I am!  IMG_1227It’s my longest book – at over 80,000 words, and it’s currently getting a cleaning up.  After editing, I hope to have this baby out to you sometime January-February of next year.  I have a love for young people – especially Christian, homeschooled, “worldly-naive” young people.  Because I was one of them!  I hope my heart shows in Heartsick, which is a romantic suspense for 18+.  I love you guys, and your hearts mean a lot to me.  I hope God uses this book in each of your lives.  ❤

I thought, as a little addition, I would put out five interesting facts about the author.  I hope that getting to know me interests you more in my books, and helps us be friends even more.  Please leave any of your own questions in the comments, and I’ll answer them if I can!

  1. I used to play softball and tennis.  I am NOT sporty, and was always a mediocre player in softball, but tennis I truly enjoyed.  I have good memories of softball, however, because I got to be on a team.  I’m 100% extroverted, and just loved the aspect of having a group of girls all rooting for eachother and working together.  🙂  I used that time to evangelize, make friends, and pray for the girls.  It was pretty special, even if I was stuck as an outfielder because my actual playing skills were so-so.  😛
  2. I taught piano for ten years, taking a break when we moved to the pacific northwest in March of 2014.  I’ve recently taken up IMG_0559teaching again as my two daughters begin piano lessons with me.  🙂  Teaching piano kept me sane for the very lonely hours of writing I spent every week as a young adult.  I had to have people time to balance out the alone time.  Piano teaching was a joy, and I never got tired of it.  🙂
  3. I think in full sentences.  This lends itself to writing, of course.  But, also, whenever anyone asks me, “What are you thinking?” I can spew it out in complete paragraphs at a moment’s notice.  I don’t think my brain is actually all that artistically creative.  It’s very black and white and neat and orderly.  Boxes of all sizes and black and white sentences.  At least synesthesia helps bring some color to my brain.  🙂
  4. I respond to almost all of life with deep feels and obsessive thought.


    I even eat COOKIES passionately!

    Very few things don’t matter to me, and I feel strongly about everything (which can be exhausting).  I get attached to people and objects and houses and places and things very easily.  When I was younger, I was in a homeschool biology class where we took… mosquitoes?  They were bigger than mosquitoes, but they had wings… and we attached them, with clear nail polish to a microscope slide.  After class, I asked if I could take mine home.  I called him Dead Fred, carried him with me everywhere


    Me pretending to be a death-loving Goth while researching and writing Angel-Lover (see side bar of this page for url to Amazon)

    and petted him like a pet.  I stroked him so much, his head fell off, and I, still, to this day, in a box at the back of the closet, have a broken slide with a headless bug on it.  Someone should’ve given me a real pet.  Seriously.  It was pathetic.  I met new neighbors, the Hebdens, for the first time by shoving my bug at them and saying, “This is Dead Fred, my pet.”  It’s amazing Jennifer Hebden and I became best friends after that, and that she and her family didn’t run screaming. Yeah, I would NEVER be able to keep a Lucent Sylph alive…

  5. I read a quote about someone “not quite being in love, but having a tender curiosity,” and I would say that is my outlook on the entire world.  I don’t fall in and out of love easily or anything, and I’m IMG_0156happily married, but I feel a loving, tender curiosity for all people – including you reading this now!  Please leave me a comment so I can get to know you.  🙂


I should also have news for you, in a bit, about The Hotline Girl and The 12th Girl in Heaven, both of which were picked up by, the publishing house, and should be out on the market again next spring – with brand, spanking new covers!  Excited to share!

Separated Shoulders, Whovians, and 2-Star Reviews

Lucent Sylph has now been downloaded 2703 times and has 23 reviews!  And I got my first 2-star review ever as an author, but 2D - CopyI think the reviewer left a review for a different book on mine by accident.  I can’t make heads or tails of it.  😛

I am recovering from a separated shoulder.  One of my precious babies landed on it – a shoulder I first injured at a pool party seven years ago.  I’ve been out of commission for the last three weeks, and will be signing up for physical therapy tomorrow.  Prayers would be appreciated!  The majority of the excruciating pain is over, but my arm is still very weak.  😦

As I recover, I am enjoying Dr. Who for the first time.  I started with the 9th doctor (who I like the best so far) and have finished season 2.  😀

Happy October, all!

I’m #2 on an Amazon Bestseller List!!

Lucent Sylph, in only 11 days, has “sold” (It’s still free, and always will be free) 799 copies!!!

I just hit #2 on Amazon’s Sci-Fi “First Contact” free list!!  I am thrilled and can’t help but praise the Lord for this success.  So thankful for the friends and fellow authors who recommended the best advertising sites, and for those who are reading and leaving fabulous and positive reviews.


Lucent Sylph Figurine WINNER!

Thank you, all of you, for playing!  You retweeted (a ton!), share on Facebook and Instagram, interviewed me, made me banners, left reviews, and were all round supportive.

In just a half of a week, I have “sold” 299 free copies of Lucent Sylph, and the numbers rise every hour!  I am so privileged to be able to share this story with you, and the encouragement is tremendous.  🙂

With 107 entries into the contest, it’s time to announce the winner of the glass Lucent Sylph figurine.  And she is, believe it or not, author Heidi L. Burke!

*clap clap*  Heidi “Hepburn” Burke, you have retweeted me every time I post in Clean Indie Reads – and I’m so grateful.  That earned you a couple entries into this contest, and the generator fell on your name.  PM me with your address, and I’ll get your new little “pet” friend to you.  😉

Lucent Sylph is still available for free!  Enjoy!  😀

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!


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

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Beautiful Reviews for Lucent Sylph Already

Lucent Sylph is out – a day early, thanks to Amazon’s generosity!

Already I have two beautiful reviews, and 175 copies have been downloaded!

From Bethany Jennings:

This is a sweet, thought provoking story told in lyrical language. It explores unexpectedly deep themes of love and affection, and despite the melancholy tone in places, it’s a heartwarming read. The characters were nuanced and admirable, too. Highly recommended!

From Mightimidget:

RJ Conte has crafted a story that speaks to the pain of feeling too much in an otherwise calloused and desensitized world. Lucent Sylph is short, sweet, delicate, and a little melancholy. It’s perfect for the person who wants a bite-sized piece of food for thought while still feeling soul-fed with compassion and kindness.

So exciting!  😀  Get your free copy of Lucent Sylph 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.

Lucent Sylph Freedom Update

Latest Amazon update. Lucent Sylph is now live on too, for free. Amazon finally said it would give the issue some attention and evaluate it, but it could take up to a week to do so. At least they didn’t reject my request to make LS free this time.

Thank you for your prayers!

Everyone I know says setting LS free is an excellent marketing tool, so I really hope my #1 seller of my books,, follows through and lets me have my pie and eat it too. 🙂

Meanwhile, I have already “sold” 105 copies of Lucent Sylph on Smashwords, and 8 copies elsewhere, and it’s not even officially released yet. And I’ve only had it up on those smaller sites (in an effort to have proof for Amazon) for three days! God is good.

I will have a worldbuilding review on Realm Explorers, on Monday, with all of the untold facts about the origin and workings of the land of Sylpha!  Stay tuned for that!  And the big official release day Saturday!

Meanwhile, the contest for the figurine is still ongoing.  Check out this link and scroll down to see how to win.  🙂

Only a Dollar!

In celebration of releasing Lucent Sylph on Saturday, all of my other books will be only 99 cents for two weeks!!

Check them out HERE Lucent Sylph is also up for pre-order!  However, Amazon is being stinky, and won’t mark it for free.  If you want to wait for it to be free, wait until Saturday, and I’ll give you a different link.  🙂