Wednesday, August 9, 2017



Small towns and gossip go together like flaky crust and sweet pastry cream. Between the police scanners, the coffee ladies, and the senior center, no secret is safe for long. But Vangie Vale wants nothing more than to stay under the radar . . . especially the police radar.

So when her new bakery is linked to a murder investigation, nothing will stop the gossip mill from connecting her to the dead body. Can't have that.

In order to clear her good name and keep her face off the front page, this bakery owner becomes extra nosy . . . with a little side of breaking-and-entering . . . But when she comes face-to-face with the Sheriff, Vangie can't ignore the fact that one of her macarons was involved in a murder. She has to find the real murderer.

Book One in The Matchbaker Mysteries, a new cozy culinary mystery series with a surprise bi-vocational amateur sleuth, from USA Today Bestselling Author, R.L. Syme.



A few of your favorite things:
Cheese, strawberries, hope.
Things you need to throw out:
All my old pen pal letters, the clothes I keep hoping to fit into someday, and my expectations about the future.

Hardest thing about being a writer:
Making sure to put my hind-end in the chair every day.

Easiest thing about being a writer:
Coming up with new characters and stories.

Things you love about where you live:
The weather, the fact that there are no bugs, the mountains, the people, the landscape . . . really, pretty much everything.
Things that make you want to move:
The snow. How expensive it is to live here. How far it is from my family.

Words that describe you:
Curious, capable, and a little strange.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t:
Hard-headed, inconsistent, flighty.

Favorite foods:
Crème brulee, cheese, strawberries.
Things that make you want to throw up: 
Humidity, bugs, bad grammar.

Favorite song:
"Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line.
Music that make your ears bleed:

Favorite beverage:
Ginger Ale.

Something that gives you a pickle face:

Favorite smell:
The outdoors after it rains
Something that makes you hold your nose:
The ocean.

Something you’re really good at:
Playing the Piano
Something you’re really bad at:

Something you wish you could do:
Be uber-super disciplined.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do:
Binge-watch Netflix. Seriously. I have a problem.

Last best thing you ate:
A tuna sub at the Pickle Barrel in Bozeman, Montana – seriously, that place is my kryptonite.

Last thing you regret eating:
Same thing . . . I mean, it was SO good, but they’re just . . . huge.

Things you’d walk a mile for:
Good crème brulee, any one of my friends or family, an incredible piano, a good meal.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
Arguments, bad movies, people not giving each other the benefit of the doubt, inhumanity, selfishness.

Things you always put in your books:
Hope. Justice.

Things you never put in your books:
I’m not sure I have any “nevers” for my books. I think, every time I say, “I’ll never do that,” then I end up doing it. Lol.

Favorite places you’ve been:


Places you never want to go to again:
Honestly, I haven’t met a place yet that I wouldn’t go back to. I’ve been to 40 of the 50 states, and I’d go back to every one of them.

Favorite things to do:
Play the piano, read, watch Netflix, bake, cook, be with my family and friends, go on road trips
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:
Cleaning the bathrooms, dealing with bugs, being hot.

Best thing you’ve ever done:
Join RWA (Romance Writers of America).

Biggest mistake:

The last thing you did for the first time:
Held my baby niece.

Something you’ll never do again:
Give up the chance to hold my baby niece. Lucy. She’s the best.


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 writes cozy mystery under the name R.L. Syme and small town romance under the name Becca Boyd.

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