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Happy 2018, Everyone!
I hope your New Year is off to a great start! This year, my husband and I rang the new year watching spectacular firework displays over Las Vegas from the balcony of our condo. We left Michigan just before the snows swept in, and whenever I see the news from home, I remember why we drive out here every winter!
This is definitely shaping up to be the kind of January just made for comfortable chairs, warm quilts, and good books! I am very grateful to have been gifted with the ability to tell stories that transport others far away from the deep snow and other challenges in their everyday lives to a "mini vacation" in a different time and place.
I'm really excited about all the new books and re-releases I'll have for you in 2018! I've finished A WARRIOR'S PROMISE, the sequel to CAPTURE MY HEART. It took me a while to get "into" a hero other than my Jake, but I do love Two Wolves! A WARRIOR'S PROMISE is a touching story involving the infamous Sand Creek Massacre in southern Colorado. Watch for the new cover and an announcement of publication date for the book -- both in print and for Kindle. I'm hoping it will be around the beginning of February.
In 2018, Amazon will also reissue three of my older books in trade paperback and ebook formats, with brand-new covers: MONTANA WOMAN in April or May, SONG OF THE WOLF (one of my biggest sellers when first published) in August, and ending the year with EMBERS OF THE HEART (a sister story to MONTANA WOMAN) in November!
Then, looking ahead to 2019 -- yes, 2019! -- my brand-new book, LOGAN'S LADY, should be a spring release from Sourcebooks! I've started writing it, and so far, it's a fun book to work on, even though it will contain a lot of danger and drama, as all my books do. The hero and heroine are so different that it will make for some great conflict and wonderful banter. Elizabeth Bennett, a high-born English woman, 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 dont 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 cant ignore the feelings they begin to have for each other! Also scheduled for 2019: trade paperback and e-book reissues of THIS TIME FOREVER and LOVE ME TOMORROW from Diversion! And Diversion will eventually be reissuing PRAIRIE EMBRACE, SIOUX SPLENDOR, ARIZONA BRIDE and its sequel ARIZONA ECSTASY, and TEXAS EMBRACE and its sequel TEXAS PASSIONS. At some point over the next two or three years, most of my books will be back in print! And don't fret - I will be working more brand- new books, including on a fifth "Outlaw" story, NEVER SAY GOOD-BYE, next summer after I finish LOGAN'S LADY!
Meanwhile, my readers are loving THE LAST OUTLAW! Back when my Sourcebooks editor first read the manuscript, she told me, "This book is so strong! It was emotional and moving and epic - what a beautiful story!" I am excited that reviewers and, most importantly, my readers, agree with her!
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." (You will enjoy reading the full reviews here!)
And, most importantly, from my readers:
It doesn't get any better than that for a writer! 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! I'm so happy to hear that you, my readers, are thoroughly enjoying the fourth book in the Harkner family saga -- through 37 years and 66 completed novels, YOU are the ones who have kept me going!
In all of the excitement over THE LAST OUTLAW, though, don't forget my "Jake" story in 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, shows a softer side of Jake, and will truly round out the series. A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS is 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.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS:
"Just when I was feeling the blues after reading The Last Outlaw and saying good-bye to the Harkers and especially Jake, here was an exciting and gritty, but heartwarming Harker family Christmas. The Harkers go Christmas shopping, find trouble, Jake brings home an angry, bitter stray man, and then they all pray for a Christmas miracle for little Sadie Mae. This was a lovely reunion with a cast of characters I love. The spotlight on Jake and his grandchildren was just precious." -- Sophia Rose
"This is the first time I've come across the Harkner family but reading this has made me want to continue on and read the Outlaw series.... I really enjoyed this little read and I'm looking forward to reading Jake's story from the beginning." -- Deborah
"This is a collection of six novellas by different authors all set in the West in the 1800s during the Christmas season. Although not usually a fan of novellas, I thoroughly enjoyed these very engaging, positive stories and was amazed at how well the characters and story lines were developed in just a few chapters. Highly recommend!" -- Nancy
"Rosanne Bittner's story is the wrap up I was wanting. It shows the softer side of Jake. The love he has for his family, especially his grandchildren. The sense that he could help a young man, that he saw as a person just like himself at that age, where you can go bad, or take another path and do good." -- Veda
The Outlaw Hearts Series:
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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.)
I am currently working on several other ideas for new books. I also haven't forgotten about the contemporary Native American romance I want to write, and Diversion Books is still very interested in my idea for writing sequels to some of my older titles, somewhere 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!
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 (making a total of 21 reissues from them!). We have been patiently waiting for the print versions -- and two, COMANCHE SUNSET and LAWLESS LOVE, were released in trade paperback on 5 September (same day as THE LAST OUTLAW). TAME THE WILD WIND and UNFORGETTABLE came out in trade paperback on 10 October. Next up for the end of November (and just in time for holiday gift- giving): HEART'S SURRENDER and SWEET MOUNTAIN MAGIC!
Eventually, I want to have all of my backlist available for both new readers and long-time fans who have reread the original print versions so many times that the pages wore out! Meanwhile, for a list of all of my books, please see my Past Titles page; for ordering information on all of my new books and reissues, please see Books in E-Reader Formats.
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 me if 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 Guestbookpage!
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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