Pride and Butterflies is nominated for a RONE!

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Pride and Butterflies

Pride and Butterflies has been nominated for a Reward of Novel Excellence (RONE) by InD’tale Magazine. I’m so honored and excited. This is the week the readers are allowed to vote, so if you’ve enjoyed this book, vote here. It will only take a minute to make an account with InD’tale and cast your vote. It’s in the Chick lit category. Thanks so much, readers!



Austen Inspirations Series: New Release!

And here it is, the second book in the Austen Inspirations series, None But You. It’s a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. But you don’t need to be familiar with Austen at all to enjoy this romantic contemporary chick lit story. This book follows, Pride and Butterflies, but can be read and enjoyed independently.

I hope you enjoy None But You and please remember every review posted on Amazon helps me more than you know.

On my Facebook page today I’ll be hosting a few games to celebrate this new release. So stop in between now and Monday to enter the contests.

nonebutyou_KINDLEAnna never expected to see Erick Walsworth again. Breaking off their engagement eight years ago was the worst decision of her life. But her bitter regret is nothing compared to pretending she’s not still in love with him. Especially while having to watch a perfect girl like Piper Ashley hang on his arm.

With circumstances throwing them together and a best friend insisting on playing matchmaker, Anna can’t escape the one question she fears most: What happens if she can’t convince her first love to give her a second chance?

Grab the Kindle or the paperback here.


Austen Inspirations

I’ve loved Jane Austen for so long and enjoyed each one of her six novels. There are never enough movie adaptations or novel retellings to tire me. I’ve recently launched Pride and Butterflies, an Austen-inspired tale, but not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Caralyn and Alex each meet each other on their worst day ever and have terrible first impressions of each other. Rather like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Caralyn and Alex find themselves in the same place over and over. Pride and Butterflies is a new story about finding love with someone you didn’t like at first.

My current project was inspired by Austen’s Persuasion. If you haven’t read it, please do! It is one of her best love stories and one of my favorites. The title of my new book is undecided, but it will be the second in a three-book series I’m calling Austen Inspirations. It may be out as early as December. The third book, still in planning, is loosely based on Emma. I expect it to be released sometime next year.

While inspired by our magnificent Jane, the stories have my own twist and head in new directions. I hope you will follow me to receive the news of their release dates. While you’re waiting, revisit Pride and Butterflies, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma. I highly recommend the Norton Critical Editions.

If you have kids, I discovered these cute board book versions of Austen tales, Little Miss Austen. These are perfect for introducing very young ones to great literature in an adorable way.


Grab a Free New Release!

A new short story from RJ Conte is free! Here’s a little about Lucent Sylph.

2D - CopyLucas 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.

Grab it free here:




Me.jpgRJ Conte, formerly Rachael Lynn Thomas, has kissed only one boy in her entire life. And she married him, inspiring her to write about sweet or powerful love stories ever since.

She writes a blog on parenting, publishing, painting, and perorating at She also has recently begun a book review and rating website for parents to make informed decisions on what to allow their children to read: . RJ Conte writes realistic, issue-driven fiction that explores human nature and the depths of the soul, while pointing readers to their Creator.

You can also follow her on Facebook.