Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: The Highland Renegades
Anne de Cheyne has a choice. She can play the dutiful daughter and allow her mother to sell her to a greasy English sheriff, or she can take control of her own life and find her own match. After a frightening run-in with her promised husband reveals a dark secret, she makes a desperate choice. Flight.
Aedan Donne needs easy money and no-questions-asked. When Milene de Cheyne offers him enough to pay all debts, requests complete silence, and pays half up front, just for a simple recovery, he can't believe his luck … until he meets his mark. Anne’s beauty and passion ignite something Aedan can’t ignore, even as she leaves him in the dust. Suddenly, he finds himself wanting to capture the runaway Highland lady for himself.
The Highland Renegades SeriesBook One: The Outcast Highlander
Book Two: The Runaway Highlander
Book Three: The Pirate Highlander -- Coming Soon!
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A Guest Post by the Author
Before I became a writer, my favorite thing to do was to browse the romance novel covers in bookstores and at book sales. I loved how evocative the images were, and I loved imagining these characters as the real people on the cover.
Today, as a writer, my very favorite part of the book process is the cover request. I love sitting down with my characters and thinking… if they were going to show themselves to the world, how would they tell their love story on one page? That’s probably also the best thing about being able to release my own books with the help of fantastic professionals. Making my own covers.
With my publisher, the cover request process was all in their hands. I definitely got to speak into the process, but the final choices were all on the editors’ desk. More than once, I was unhappy with a final cover’s specific details, but I was over-ruled. In the end, I was happy enough to put my name on it. That was what counted.
But when I’m heading the indie publishing route, I get to have the last word. And the first word. I have all of the covers for my Highlander books planned out based on their main characters. I had a chance, when starting my first book, to find a cover artist whose work I adored, and I am happy to pay for the quality she provides. Every single time I work with her, she seems to reach into my head and pull out exactly what I see and put it on the page.
Of course, there are many questions to ask and many factors to consider, but if you have the right cover artist, the process can be just plain fun. If only the younger me salivating over beautiful covers in Barnes & Noble would have known that she would later take part in creating those beautiful covers, she might have paid a little closer attention in Photoshop class. For now, I have to be grateful that I have someone amazing to work with.
What do you think? Do you like book covers? What do you think would be the most fun part about picking out or helping to design a cover?
About the Author
R.L. Syme works at a youth theatre, teaching kids performing arts and musical performance classes/camps when she's not writing. Otherwise, she's putting her seminary degree to good use by writing romance novels. Let not all those systematic theology classes go to waste...
For more information, please visit R.L. Syme's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Wednesday, May 14
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, May 15
Review at Bibliotica
Monday, May 19
Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Tuesday, May 20
Review at A Bookish Girl (The Outcast Highlander)
Wednesday, May 21
Review at A Bookish Girl (The Runaway Highlander)
Thursday, May 22
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Girl
Friday, May 23
Guest Post at Layered Pages
Monday, May 26
Review at My Not So Vacant Bookshelf
Tuesday, May 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
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Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
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Review at Lily Pond Reads
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Review at The Mad Reviewer
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Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
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Review at Reviews by Molly
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