Monday, May 19, 2014

The Runaway Highlander Book Tour: Guest Post and Paperback Giveaway (US/CAN) #RunawayHighlanderBlogTour #HistRom

Please join R.L. Syme as she tours virtually for The Runaway Highlander from May 14-June 13.

The Runaway Highlander
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 Series

Book One: The Outcast Highlander
Book Two: The Runaway Highlander
Book Three: The Pirate Highlander -- Coming Soon!

Buy the Book

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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

Becca Syme
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

Thursday, May 29
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Friday, May 30
Review at Lily Pond Reads
Review at From the TBR Pile

Monday, June 2
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Review at Bibliophilia, Please

Tuesday, June 3
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Wednesday, June 4
Interview at The Most Happy Reader

Thursday, June 5
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Friday, June 6
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Monday, June 9
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views

Wednesday, June 11
Review at Fic Central

Thursday, June 12
Review at Reviews by Molly
Interview at Books and Benches

Friday, June 13
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read

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  1. Sounds like a fun book. Looking forward to reading R.l. Symes books.

  2. Love the strong men and equally strong women.

  3. The attitude of the men and just the general writing. It's different then paranormal and contemporary romance.

  4. Thank you so much for having me, Susan. I love hearing about what people like on covers because I'm just about to put in another cover request and I want to give people what they want! :))

  5. Not hard to read and I don't need to look for hidden meanings.

  6. It sounds like a very interesting, fun,book to read. I like it when a person takes charge of their life and don't just do everything they're told to do.

  7. What I like is the great stories and the strong characters.

  8. I've always been intrigued by Ireland % Scotland, because of all the mytholgy that is embedded in their history, Visitng both countries is at the top of my 'Bucket List"

  9. I like this genre of books. Takes me away from daily living to escape for a while.

  10. I like to ready historical fiction

  11. The plot sounds very entertaining and fun.

  12. this looks like a great read i would love to read it thank you

  13. I find historical fiction books really interesting and I like reading them.

  14. I like how the story progress

  15. entertaining an it takes me to far away plACES

  16. Just sounds like my favorite type of reading material. I would love to win this.

  17. I love the times, the ways of the Highlander, and the myths. Thanks.

  18. Well I love the cover, I really like the location, and i like the genre.

  19. Adventure, exciting, and a page-turner...why not???

  20. I like history, plus I am Scottish by blood.

  21. I love reading about Highlanders, men in kilts.... there's something about them that's intriguing n irresistible, isn't it? ;)

  22. haven't read any yet.

  23. haven't read them yet and they sound interesting - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  24. I like to read books that include both romance and history in their stories.

  25. I love historical romance. Perfect for me!

  26. I am a huge fan of historical romance.

  27. I love the descriptive beauty of the highlands, the bonds of the clans and the fierceness of the warriors.

  28. I like that this man finds himself enraptured by the woman. I love romance.

  29. It just sounds interesting.

  30. historical fiction is my favorite.

  31. They appeal to me because they sound very entertaining & like a really good read!

  32. I love the characters and stories.


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