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Counting Down to 5 September:

Outlaw Hearts Series

     Advance reviews are coming in for THE LAST OUTLAW, and they are fantastic! Publisher's Weekly says: "Bittner has achieved what few authors can: making her fourth installment just as fresh and alluring as the first while keeping the same protagonists at the center of the story." RT Book Reviews has named it a Top Pick, with 4 ½ stars: "The last book in the unforgettable Outlaw Hearts series is as powerful a story as readers could want. Bittner strives to gift fans with stories of strength, undying love, family ties and a portrait of the West that sears into their hearts. " I am so anxious to hear what my readers have to say!

       Times have changed, and the old Wild West is becoming a place of civilized law and order, where men like Jake Harkner no longer seem to fit in. As a nod to the changing times, Jake has sworn to hang up his guns once and for all. In fact, he and his wife Randy are enjoying this new era of peace on their ranch...until Jake's embroiled in a rescue mission that he simply can't refuse -- possibly his most dangerous yet. He rides into Mexico to save a young girl from a dreadful fate, leaving his beloved family behind, fearing he will die the same way he's always lived -- by the gun.

       The story opens with 5 men headed for Boulder, Colorado to rob the bank. Guess who's in town!! And guess whose wife is in the bank? A real shoot 'em up opening!!

       Here's your 24 July excerpt from THE LAST OUTLAW! This scene follows a very, very sweet (and humorous) event between Jake and his granddaughter Sadie Mae, which shows big, bad Jake's much softer side that usually is hidden from others. It also takes place after a moving event with Randy the night before that has helped Randy heal from her emotional problems since her attack in book #3.

     (Randy, who hasn't eaten right for months and is much too thin, loads up her plate at a family breakfast.)

     "Mom?" Lloyd asked. "Are you really going to eat all of that?

     "I most certainly am." Randy looked around the table. "For heaven's sake, you've all been after me to eat better, so why are you staring at me like I might die any minute? You should be happy."

     "We are," Evie answered, "but just yesterday you -"

     "That was yesterday," Randy interrupted. "And I'll have you know that I was up at two o-clock this morning eating, too. I had ham and eggs and biscuits and I'm already hungry again."

     All of them looked at Jake.

     "That tonic she's been taking must work wonders," Brian told Jake, smiling teasingly as he spoke

     "I guess it must," Jake answered.

     "Something tells me Pa is the tonic," Lloyd joked

     Jake just grinned and leaned back in his chair.

      (Here Jake asks Evie to say grace, something else Jake Harkner seldom asks. At the end of the prayer Evie thanks Sadie Mae for gathering the eggs for breakfast - which reminds the little girl of the secret she shares with her grandfather about what really happened with the eggs.) [Sadie Mae burst into giggling, watching her grandfather, her dark eyes dancing. "Grampa got the eggs!" she burst out.

     "Grampa?" Lloyd exclaimed. He looked at his father. "You gathered eggs?" He laughed. "Now we know where those scratches came from! You've never even been inside that chicken coop! Did Mom order you to do that?"

     Jake watched his granddaughter. "Sadie Mae, you're a tattle-tale."

     The little girl couldn't stop giggling over her wonderful secret, nor could she keep from telling it. She put her hands to the sides of her face and laughed even harder. "Grampa said a whole bunch of bad words, too!" she revealed. "And chickens were flying all over and squawking really loud. And Grampa threw the rooster out of the door and he came out with feathers in his hair and a whole bunch of eggs in the basket and a mean look on his face!"

     "Pa, I'm surprised you didn't shoot some of those hens!" Lloyd joked.

     "If I'd had my guns I would have. A couple of them are lucky I didn't wring their necks and bring them in the house for Randy to cook."

     They all burst out laughing and passed around more food. "I don't know what's going on between you and mother, but I like it," Evie told her father. "But really, Daddy, did you have to use those bad words around Sadie Mae?"

     Jake cut into a piece of ham. "You know me."

      "God help us," Lloyd muttered before picking up a cup of coffee.

     "Son, I will have you know that last night your mother said I was the nicest man in the world."

      Lloyd literally spit out his coffee and everyone at the table broke into laughter. The children all wiggled and laughed and Randy just smiled, but she gave Jake a warning look.

     "Don't you say another word, Jake Harkner."

     Jake leaned back in his chair, chewing on the ham and giving her a look that said it all. She would be in trouble later tonight.

     .... "I can read off a long, long list of men who would argue against you being a nice man," Lloyd teased.

     "Yeah, well they're mostly all dead now, so it doesn't much matter."

     Randy wanted to cry at the realization she truly did feel stronger. She didn't need her husband to be constantly at her side because he WAS constantly at her side, in spirit. They hadn't connected that way in a long time.

"Bittner revisits the Harkner family of Colorado ranchers in this refreshing and impressive fourth volume (after Love’s Sweet Revenge) of her 19th-century Outlaw Hearts saga. While visiting Boulder, Jake Harkner’s wife, Randy, is taken hostage by bank robbers. Jake is a former outlaw and lawman, so he takes down the robbers, but he’s shot in the crossfire. Randy fears for his life, desperate to save the husband she loves—and whom she needs to protect her, as she was assaulted by outlaws months earlier and is still traumatized by the ordeal. As Randy helps Jake recover from his wounds, she slowly regains her own strength. They return to their family ranch, where they enjoy the love and support of their children and extended family, and Jake gladly promises to retire. But when Jake receives a request to strap on his guns one last time to help an old friend save a young girl, he feels like he can’t refuse. Bittner’s skill with character development is on fine display. Jake and Randy, who began the series as a typical romantic couple, are now grandparents, yet their love continues to grow and mature as they endure trials and triumphs. Bittner has achieved what few authors can: making her fourth installment just as fresh and alluring as the first while keeping the same protagonists at the center of the story." -- Publisher's Weekly, July 2017.

"The last book in the unforgettable Outlaw Hearts series is as powerful a story as readers could want. Bittner strives to gift fans with stories of strength, undying love, family ties and a portrait of the West that sears into their hearts. The underlying power stems from her “leap off the pages” characters and a depth of emotion that touches the soul. As the country moves into a new century, Jake Harkner and his family are busy building a new life in Colorado. Even with his beloved Randy, their children and grandchildren, Jake is haunted by the past. Randy has been Jake’s rock, and now she desperately needs his strength to heal her own wounds. But the past will not rest, and Jake finds himself rescuing his family from bank robbers and becoming a reluctant hero still unable to wipe out his notorious history. Then Jake is caught up in rescuing a kidnapped girl. He must return to Mexico where he will face his demons or die, leaving his family to fight their own battles with the fear that Jake might never return." -- RT Book Reviews Top Pick -- 4 ½ stars

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Pistols & Petticoats Garden Party at RT        Wow, did we have a GREAT time at the RT convention in Atlanta! Can you find me in this photo of us all in costume at the Pistols & Petticoats Garden Party (courtesy of Kimberly Rocha Photography)? I'm the only one who went as a saloon lady!

       Now, it's time to get back to writing! I am currently working on several ideas while waiting to hear from Sourcebooks about a new proposal, so right now I can’t predict which book will come next. Just be assured I am ALWAYS working on SOMETHING and won’t let you down!

       I'm hoping for the go-ahead on a brand-new story idea that I am very excited about! My working title is LOGAN'S LADY, and it’s about a high-born English woman (Elizabeth Bennett) who ends up kidnapped and stranded in the wilds of Wyoming, where she is rescued by a rough-and-tumble bounty hunter named Logan Best. These two are both strong-willed and opinionated and don’t get along at all at first. But eventually, the princess and the cowboy will realize they had better learn to overcome their differences because try as they might, they can’t ignore the feelings they begin to have for each other!

       Meanwhile, CAPTURE MY HEART is a huge sucess in both the Kindle and trade paperback versions! I've gotten some wonderful reviews, and am delighted that you are all loving this book! (Click here for details about CAPTURE MY HEART.)

       AND, we're counting down to the September release of THE LAST OUTLAW, which is now available for pre-order in both paperback and e-reader editions! My Sourcebooks editor LOVES this book -- she told me, "I hunted and hunted for some big flaw, but this book is so strong! It was emotional and moving and epic - what a beautiful story!" It doesn't get any better than that for a writer - and now you know you have a great story coming! I am so proud of this one. Proud of Jake. Unbelievable growth. A face-off with his ugly childhood. Such a true hero in this one (something he would never admit himself!). The story involves Peter and Jeff again - and Gretta MacBain from LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE - big time! And a whole new level of love and trust between Jake and Randy - their relationship is more beautiful than ever. A real tear-jerker ending - in a good way!

       Then, coming on 3 October 2017, look for a Christmas anthology called CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY'S ARMS (you'll see the cover for that below). My Harkner family Christmas story, A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS, will show a softer side of Jake, and will truly round out the series. Those of you who know my books also know that I am not designed to write “short” stories. I love to dig deeply into a big cast of characters, but you can’t do that with a short story. A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS will be a very sweet 150 - page story involving Jake's little granddaughter Sadie Mae. Through an "unexpected character" (ie, one that I didn't plan but who just "showed up" as I was writing), Jake is filled with the spirit of forgiveness and joy, the celebration of the birth of Christ, and the beauty of Christmas giving.

The Outlaw Hearts Series:

2015 reprint of OUTLAW HEARTS   DO NOT FORSAKE ME, the sequel to OUTLAW HEARTS   LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE   The Last Outlaw   Christmas In a Cowboy's Arms
(Note: Please click on any of the covers above for more information about that book!)

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       I hope that 2017 will also see the reissue of several more of my older novels in e-reader formats and print-on-demand. I'm not sure yet of all the details, but I do know that MONTANA WOMAN, EMBERS OF THE HEART and SONG OF THE WOLF will be reissued by Amazon with all new covers!

        As you know, in January through April of 2016, thirteen more of my older titles were reissued in e-book format with new covers from Diversion Books. I'm hoping that 2017 will see the print-on-demand versions of these ready for you, too. Meanwhile, for a list of all of my books, please see my Past Titlespage; for ordering information on all of my new books and reissues, please see Books in E-Reader Formats.

The Touch of Love       I am so tremendously blessed with my wonderful readers. Through 37 years and 64 completed novels, my readers keep me going. They mean everything to me – and many of them have actually become good friends. The support I get from them is overwhelming. To all of my faithful supporters, I am making available my novella THE TOUCH OF LOVE, a 46-page novella about Robert Kingsley, the half-Indian boy raised by Rising Eagle of my Mystic Indian trilogy, which was previously only available by download from Mightywords.com. In action, it falls between MYSTIC VISIONS and MYSTIC WARRIORS (Books 2 & 3).

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       My agent is also putting out feelers for the contemporary Native American romance I want to write, and Diversion Books is very interested in my idea for writing sequels to some of my older titles. Many of my readers have told me they would love to know what happened to my characters from earlier stories! I also hope to sell a sequel to PARADISE VALLEYsometime down the road, but I can only write so fast, so just be patient. All these books will get written and published eventually, so hang in there!

       For all of my local readers here in SW Michigan -- my books are available at Hardings Market in Coloma! You'll find all three books of the Outlaw Series, as well as an assortment of my older titles. I am excited to have such a great outlet for my work right here in my own hometown. (Plus, email me and we can get together for a personalized autograph.)

Rosanne and faithful reader Chet Cripe       I'm hearing from more and more men who enjoy my books, like Chester "Chet" Cripe, one of my faithful long-time readers. Chet was a member of the 45th Division of the Army Infantry and was Sergeant of the 4th Platoon. He served on Heartbreak Ridge, Sandbag Castle and Christmas Hill. The Outlaw Hearts Series in particular are packed with action, western history, and solid family values as well as heart- felt romance. Yes, "real" men really DO enjoy reading my books -- and if you don't believe it, ask this Korean War Veteran!

       For those of you who purchase my books in e-reader format: Remember, I can "Authorgraph" my e-books -- which means I can send you personalized digital inscriptions for any of my books offered in e-reader format! Click here for details and available e-books. You can include a message to me to receive a personalized inscription that you can view in your favorite reading apps and devices.

       And if you want a print book personalized for yourself or before you “gift” it, just e-mail me privately at rbamericanhistory@parrett.net for mailing information, and I will pay the postage to send the signed books back to you! Or, if you prefer, I can autograph a label for you to stick into your book.

        I still have several extra copies of some OLDER BOOKS that are no longer available -- including many of my Foreign Titles! Many of these books have been previously read, but some are brand-new. You can order these older titles, as well as my recently reissued books, directly from me and I will sign them for you -- or for a friend who loves a good read. Please Email meif you're looking for a specific book!

       Many thanks for your continuing e-mails and notes. They have certainly brightened my inbox. So many of you are telling me which of my books you have read and loved, and why they are your favorites -- and are looking forward to reading my upcoming new books. I have been sharing many of your messages with all of my readers via my Guestbook page!

Rosanne

Rosanne with her replica Colt .45

A Colt .45, much like the gun my heroes use - and my own .30-.30 rifle. The Colt is surprisingly heavy and requires a strong hand and arm to draw, cock and fire in one swift movement. That would take a LOT of practice!


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