Author: R.L. Syme

R.L. Syme is a best-selling, award-winning author of both contemporary and historical romance. After careers in youth work, musical theater, and non-profits, she writes Romantic Suspense, Medieval Historicals, and Young Adult fiction.

Her first novel, His Wounded Heart, was a finalist in the prestigious Genesis Award, the top honor for unpublished writers in the ACFW. Her first Highlander novel, The Outcast Highlander, was an Amazon best-seller, and the first volume of that series is now complete with Cadha's Rogue. She is a member of Chick Tales--an author co-op that writes contemporary romance in Somewhere, TX.

Becca is a writer of heroes worth loving and villains worth hating. Lover of cheese (#fancycheese) and binge-watching and strawberries and hope. A Tweeter and Pinner of things. She loves to hear from readers via social media.


A Wedding in Somewhere - Somewhere, TX, Vol 3

A Wedding in Somewhere
  • Number: 0996483810
  • Release: 2015-10-01
  • Authors: KC Klein, Krystal Shannan, R.L. Syme, Lavender Daye, Jodi Vaughn, Becca Boyd, Emma Roman
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Chick Tales, LLC
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Welcome to Somewhere, TX ~ Volume 3

Five Authors, One Town, No Limits...

From KRYSTAL SHANNAN/EMMA ROMAN Paranormal Romance/Contemporary Romance The Kane-Diaz wedding should go off without a hitch at Saddles For Hope Ranch...

From KC KLEIN Contemporary Western Romance ...but Brent Kane wakes up in jail and in the next cell is Somewhere's sheriff...

From LAVENDER DAYE Contemporary Western Romance the town looks to Hart Winston, in the midst of a crisis...

From JODI VAUGHN Contemporary Western Romance ...and Dr. Candace Roe may have to save a life today...

From R.L.Syme/Becca Boyd Romantic Suspense ...because Marcus Edison and Tande Walker have a secret that could ruin this wedding... Somewhere Texas Saga, in series order... Texas Sunrise (Box Set #1 ~ Books #1-#5) Month of Sundays (Book #6) Texas Straight Up (Box Set #2 ~ Books #7-#11)

Cadha's Rogue - The Highland Renegades, #5

Cadha's Rogue
  • Number: B015TEYY1C
  • Release: 2015-09-24
  • Author: R.L. Syme
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Hummingbird Books
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Not every lady behaves like a lady when love is at stake.

All Cadha de Witt has ever wanted was her true love to return home but she is heartbroken when he doesn't arrive with his ship. Despite her family's insistence that he wants to begin a new life in Scotland, Cadha charges after him...but she needs help. Valc has a debit to pay. A beautiful young woman hires him to take her to Scotland, no questions asked, but the journey soon becomes more dangerous than he bargained for. With soldiers on his tail and pirates in the North Sea, Valc doesn't know if he can protect his charge on her journey, let alone protect himself from losing his heart to this mysterious stranger.

Fire Fight: Somewhere, TX - Line of Fire, #2

Fire Fight: Somewhere, TX
  • Number: B011A8ZZKK
  • Release: 2015-07-08
  • Authors: R.L. Syme, Becca Boyd
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Diverse Books, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Hummingbird Books
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BOOK TWO IN THE LINE OF FIRE SERIES, and part of the Somewhere, TX continuity saga (Five Authors, One Town, No Limits...).

Tande Walker is swimming in love. Her brother met his soul mate, her best friend is engaged, and to top it all off, Tande has the town's biggest wedding to plan for. All she can focus on is the job she has to do to get Brent & DJ across the marital finish line.

But someone does not want this wedding to take place.

They've been getting veiled threats for weeks, but when a creepy gift shows up and shakes up everyone's nerves, Tande takes matters into her own hands. She's going to get the police to take her seriously if she has to take hostages to do it.

Marcus Edison has spent his whole adult life getting over Tande. She broke his heart, walked away from Somewhere, and put him in her rear-view. And for the brief moments he's allowed himself to hope she might come back, all she wants is a quick fling.

But he's not interested in flings anymore. And he's over Tande. Completely. At least, that's what he's told his family, friends, and coworkers. Not that they believe him. All it takes is one look at her, ready to mow down the whole Sheriff's Department, for him to get crazy on whoever is threatening her.

He'll do what he can to protect her, if she'll even let him, but when some of the threats start getting personal, he doesn't care if they're friends, benefits, or frenemies. He's sure he can let her walk away again, as long as she's alive...

Stands Alone: NO

A Month of Sundays - Somewhere, TX , #6

A Month of Sundays
  • Number: B00V99FVKK
  • Release: 2015-04-07
  • Authors: R.L. Syme, Lavender Daye
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Joe Walker made a bet. His friends want him to date a frumpy librarian for at least a month, and while Joe is less than keen, he needs the carrot they offer. Almost a hundred thousand dollars to be invested in his business. 

Krista considers herself to be a serious woman, a master's graduate, a librarian... and she has a plan for the children of Somewhere, TX. When Joe approaches her, insisting they should date, she knows him by reputation. He's not the kind of man a librarian should date. But in person, he proves to be more persuasive than she anticipated, and she soon finds herself agreeing to a month of Sundays. 

Joe's friends are convinced they can turn him from a playboy into a serious adult, but he's not going to play by the rules.... none of them...

This book is a follow-up to our first boxed set, TEXAS SUNRISE.

Lachlan's Revenge - The Highland Renegades, #4

Lachlan's Revenge
  • Number: B00TKM8D26
  • Release: 2015-02-12
  • Author: R.L. Syme
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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They took his family, they took his freedom... but he's back to reclaim it all...

Lachlan MacLeod survived an English dungeon. He held his own under torture and brutality. He survived the death of his wife and alienation from his family. He managed to take back his ancestral home and restore his son's inheritance. But the English threat has never truly abated. According to his nephew, invasion is immanent. Tired of being subject to the whims of the English, Lachlan will take control of his own destiny. By any means necessary.

Lady Evangeline, daughter of an invading English earl, has been raised to privilege and the expectation of an advantageous foreign marriage. She is as eager to escape her father's machinations as Lachlan is eager to kidnap her, though the wilds of the Scottish Highlands could be a tad more welcoming.The secret she holds could have deadly consequences--not only for Lachlan, but for his entire clan, not to mention the proud English lady and her retinue. But this is one secret she cannot wait to spill...

Texas Sunrise - Somewhere, TX Saga Book 1

Texas Sunrise
  • Number: B00OMG2XSK
  • Release: 2014-12-16
  • Authors: KC Klein, Krystal Shannan, R.L. Syme, Lavender Daye, Jodi Vaughn, Becca Boyd
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, Collections & Anthologies, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Chick Tales, LLC
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Welcome to Somewhere, TX

Five Authors, One Town, No Limits...


THE COWBOY ROCKSTAR by KC Klein (Contemporary Western Romance)

She's off-limits and he's off his game, but together, they could make perfect harmony...

SADDLE UP by Jodi Vaughn (Contemporary Western Romance)

She can heal his broken ribs, but it will take more than medicine to repair her reputation…Things are about to get a whole lot hotter in Texas.

FIRE AWAY by Becca Boyd (Small Town Romantic Suspense)

When two people fall for the same cupcake, more than tempers flare...

TO SAVE A MATE by Krystal Shannan (Paranormal/Werewolf/New Adult Romance)

A chance he'd never thought he'd have comes at a price he never wanted her to pay.

A MONTH OF SUNDAYS by Lavender Daye and R.L. Syme (Contemporary Romance)

Fire Away: Somewhere, TX - Line of Fire Book 1

Fire Away: Somewhere, TX
  • Number: B00QSP3E86
  • Release: 2014-12-16
  • Authors: R.L. Syme, Becca Boyd
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Hummingbird Books
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Could her first love really be her sister's killer?**Welcome to Somewhere, TX.**

Author Becca Boyd starts off her new series, Line of Fire, with sparks flying.

Claire Milton moves back to Somewhere, TX with her life in shambles. She lost her job, her savings, and the support of her parents. She has an idea that will put everything back on track. But she doesn't count on running into her first crush.

And what a crush he was.

Aidan Conley is a seasoned firefighter trying to live a solitary life after the death of his wife. But when a cold case at the fire house puts his career in jeopardy and Claire is the only person standing between him and a life sentence, she has to choose between her rekindled feelings and uncovering the truth about her sister's death. Will Claire do the right thing?

The Pirate Highlander - The Highland Renegades, #3

The Pirate Highlander
  • Number: B00LJ2STME
  • Release: 2014-07-03
  • Author: R.L. Syme
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Hummingbird Books
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NEW -- two books in one! The follow-up novella, MALCOLM'S RETURN now follows THE PIRATE HIGHLANDER.

Malcolm Sinclair left home a haunted man, looking for redemption, for a new life. When he finds acceptance with a band of Dutch privateers, he leaves Scotland for good, never to look back. Until his Captain's daughter is kidnapped by Scottish brigands and he must save her. But his responsibility to this captured woman goes far beyond that of a rescuer, for he has promised to protect her with his name, with his heart, with his life.

Lilian Mason wants only one thing. Revenge. She sneaks aboard the Dutch pirate ship, captained by her mortal enemy, her knife and courage at the ready. But when she is unwrapped by a bewitching Highlander instead of a giant blond pirate, Lilian fears her plan has gone very wrong. If she waits to exact her revenge, she risks being discovered for the fraud she is, but even more dangerous, she risks losing her heart to the man closest to her enemy... an unexpected Pirate Highlander.


When mistaken identity leaves her captive, he has no choice but to return for her…

Malcolm Sinclair returns home to find Kees Rademacher and his pirate friends waiting for him. Malcolm's plans to free Josephine de Witt from her enemy captors can only go as far as Kees will allow. Kees would like nothing more than to grab the girl and be done with it. Until he lays eyes on her.

Josephine de Witt is an unexpected complication. She is beautiful and willful and has plans of her own. And while Malcolm would love nothing more than to return to his wife and family, Kees only has eyes for Josephine. But when her pirate captors discover who they have snared, no one is getting out alive.

The Runaway Highlander - The Highland Renegades, #2

The Runaway Highlander
  • Number: B00JST2FNE
  • Release: 2014-04-18
  • Author: R.L. Syme
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Hummingbird Books
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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 Outcast Highlander - The Highland Renegades, #1

The Outcast Highlander
  • Number: B00HI4PKXI
  • Release: 2013-12-24
  • Author: R.L. Syme
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Hummingbird Books
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Kenesy MacLeod returns home after a failed marriage alliance in France to find her world in turmoil: her best friend married to an English sympathizer, her mother at death’s door, and her father imprisoned and thought dead. As an English lord descends to claim her father’s lands, Kenesy escapes north with her mother and brother, and runs straight into the arms of the outcast Highlander.

Driven from home and family by a crazed father, Broccin Sinclair refuses to stand aside while the English invade his beloved Scotland. But who should he champion? The freedom fighter who saved his life, the family who has forgotten him, or the woman who captured his childhood heart?

His Wounded Heart

His Wounded Heart
  • Number: B00AWMG3DO
  • Release: 2013-01-03
  • Author: R.L. Syme
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Inspirational, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Pelican Ventures Book Group-White Rose Publishing
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Sean Raleigh has fired every nurse and physical therapist within firing radius. He wants to be left alone in his invalid despair. But when his best friend hires the beautiful Jaclyn Dalton, Sean’s curiosity about her selflessness and unwavering faith keeps him from sending her away.

Jaclyn needs this job to stay in Montana, but Sean's icy heart and raging bitterness threaten to drive her away.

He believes his immobility is a punishment from some controlling but distant deity, yet she sees him crying out for a compassionate God he doesn't believe in. Jaclyn wants to help Sean recognize the grace that can be his, even if she has to leave him to do it, which draws her into a surprising level of emotional vulnerability—a vulnerability that will be the key to healing Sean’s wounded heart.

Book Library

  • A Wedding in Somewhere A Wedding in Somewhere
  • Cadha's Rogue Cadha's Rogue
  • Fire Fight: Somewhere, TX Fire Fight: Somewhere, TX
  • A Month of Sundays A Month of Sundays
  • Lachlan's Revenge Lachlan's Revenge
  • Fire Away: Somewhere, TX Fire Away: Somewhere, TX
  • Texas Sunrise Texas Sunrise
  • The Pirate Highlander The Pirate Highlander
  • The Runaway Highlander The Runaway Highlander
  • The Outcast Highlander The Outcast Highlander
  • His Wounded Heart His Wounded Heart