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Happy February, Everyone!


New Excerpt from LOGAN'S LADY

Logan's Lady graphicTwo worlds in conflict
Two hearts intertwined
One love worth fighting for

       Wealthy Englishwoman Lady Elizabeth Baylor longs for adventure. She leaves for America full of hope, only to lose everything to a villain hiding treachery behind his smile. Lost in this strange and lawless land, Elizabeth vows to track down the man who did her wrong…but she can’t do it alone. What she needs is someone hardened by the west and unflinching toward its dangers: notorious bounty hunter Logan Best.

        Ill-mannered and seemingly ruthless, Logan exorcises his dark past by throwing himself into his vengeful profession—hunting wanted men. There’s nothing about the pampered Englishwoman that should call to him, and yet as their adventure takes them across the wild and treacherous west, he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe…and defend his Lady to his final breath.

"This immersive romance set in the lawless Old West is packed with action and adventure, including murder. Bittner (The Last Outlaw, 2017) has created an unlikely couple worth cheering for, and she sure knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats." - Jenna Friebel, Booklist (Click here for entire review!)

"Bittner (The Last Outlaw) beautifully evokes the beauty and hardships of life in the late-19th-century American West as a British aristocrat falls for a hardened bounty hunter in this spellbinding historical. . . . Bittner makes an implausible premise feel absolutely real, showing how two very different characters can make compromises and find love. Fast-paced, touching, and sensual, this historical is not to be missed." -- Publisher's Weekly Starred Review  (Click here for entire review!)

15 February -- Here's the latest excerpt from LOGAN'S LADY:


        Sheriff Jack Teller awoke with a start when cold air rushed over him from an open door and something heavy hit the floor of his office. His first reaction was to reach for his gun.

       “Leave it!” a deep voice told him. “It’s just me.” The intruder slammed the door shut. “Jesus, Teller, somebody could have come in here and helped a prisoner escape and you would have slept right through it.”

       Teller looked up at the tall man with long, sandy-colored hair that stuck out from under a wide-brimmed hat. His sheepskin jacket made his six-foot frame and broad shoulders appear even larger. And he was in bad need of a shave. It took a minute for Teller to realize who it was. “Logan?”

       “I brought Sol Weber to you.”

       Teller turned to look beyond the end of his desk to see a man lying on the floor, still wearing a wool jacket, his frozen eyes staring up at the ceiling. An ugly hole in his forehead made Teller shake his head as he looked at Logan Best. “Is it possible that someday you’ll bring one of these men back alive?”

       Logan shrugged. “If the poster says dead or alive, I might as well keep things safe and kill him. Then I don’t have to worry about feeding him and staying awake half the night watching him so he doesn’t try to put a bullet in me and escape.” He glanced at the dead body of Sol Weber. “Besides, when he robbed that bank in Sheridan, he killed two kids as he was trying to get away. He doesn’t deserve to live.”

       “Says a judge and jury, in most cases,” Sheriff Teller answered. He hoisted his too-heavy body out of his chair with a grunt. “Need I remind you yet again that your only job is to get wanted men back here? Let the right people decide if they should live or die.”

       Logan took a thin cigar from his pocket, then struck a match and lit it. “Why bother, with a man like that?”

       NOTE: Be sure to watch for my contest March 26th, sponsored by Get Lost In A Story (GLIAS), to celebrate LOGAN'S LADY! Lots of prizes:

  • 1 reader will receive an autographed (print) copy of LOGAN'S LADY plus goodies.

  • 1 reader will received autographed (print) copies of all 4 of my "Outlaw Hearts" books PLUS an autographed (print) copy of LOGAN'S LADY plus goodies

  • 1 reader will received an autographed (print) copy of "Logan's Lady" PLUS autographed (print) copies of my next TWO books when they are ready - CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE in Septemer and RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME in November - PLUS a secret gift!

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        Seems like just yesterday I was showing you the cover for LOGAN'S LADY and we were all sighing because it was such a very long time to wait for that late March 2019 release date -- and now, it's almost here! Plus, I have some GREAT NEWS! Not only are we looking forward to LOGAN'S LADY on March 26, but I have just learned that my short Christmas story CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE, in the anthology LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS, will be published in September of this year - AND MY FIRST "OUTLAW TRAIL" story, RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME, will be published in NOVEMBER THIS YEAR! After a long wait since my last original publication (Book #4 of my Outlaw Hearts series) I will have TWO FULL NOVELS published in 2019 PLUS the Christmas story. Yay! No cover yet for Outlaw Trail book, but you can see the new cover for the Christmas anthology below and can  pre-order LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS through Amazon. And of course you can pre-order LOGAN'S LADY!

2018 reissue of SONG OF THE WOLF2018 reissue of MONTANA WOMAN2018 reissue of EMBERS OF THE HEART

       Thank you for waiting so patiently for the promised reissue of three of my older books, particularly when the publication dates kept shifting. SONG OF THE WOLF, MONTANA WOMAN, and EMBERS OF THE HEART are now all available from!   SONG OF THE WOLF  was one of my biggest sellers and was nominated for a RITA award, the highest award given by Romance Writers of America. Many of my readers are delighted to see the reissue of this emotional story that depicts the true history our Native Americans. Aren't these new covers from Lisa Messegee at The Write Designers great?

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Longing for a Cowboy Christmas       My short story CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE, in the Sourcebooks Christmas anthology LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS, will be released on 24 September, and you can already pre-order on! CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE is about Sage and Maggie (Tucker) Lightfoot and the Paradise Valley ranch (from my book PARADISE VALLEY). That story ended with Maggie carrying a child whose father is unknown. The baby is the product of something that happened to Maggie in PARADISE VALLEY, and CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE will satisfy all those readers who want to know what happened with that baby. It has a beautiful “miracle” ending that is perfect for a Christmas story.

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Ride The High Lonesome cover not yet available.       HUGE NEWS: my first of three "Men of the Outlaw Trail" stories. RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME, will be available on 26 November 2019!!!!  I am so excited to have two major novels published in the same year, and hope to have an actual cover for you soon! Each book will be a single title with new hero and heroine, with each story touching on other characters I've written about who "visited" the Outlaw Trail!

        RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME is so named because of how huge outlaw trail country is -- the big, BIG country of western Wyoming. The story opens with Kate Winters lost and alone in western Wyoming after an Indian attack on her wagon train. She comes upon a gang of men who are putting a noose around a man's neck. Because she's in outlaw country, Kate is afraid to let the men see her, so she hides and watches in horror as the man is hanged and his hangmen ride off with the dead man's cattle and pack horse.

       His saddle horse has been left behind, and Kate desperately needs the horse and the weapons and supplies packed on it. She comes out from hiding and runs down to take the horse, but she notices the hanged man's feet are moving! He's still alive! She has no choice but to do the right thing. She cuts him down, having no idea if he's good or bad.

       Is he dangerous? Did he deserve to die? Kate's actions lead to an unforgettable love story set against the magnificent "high and lonesome" outlaw country along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where lawmen never go, and where no stranger can be trusted. And watch for a "cameo" appearance by Jake Harkner (from my Outlaw Hearts series) in this story!

       I have already begun the second Outlaw Trail book. I'm calling it THE LAWLESS BREED. The story begins with the heroine, Ashley, coming home to find her mother murdered. She runs outside to saddle a horse to ride into town and report the murder – and - low and behold - she sees someone riding up the path to her house. She freezes in place, realizing she doesn’t have any kind of weapon with her. Is the man riding toward her the murderer?

       When he gets closer, she realizes, in near shock, that the rider is Nick, a man she hasn’t seen for five years – a man she once loved but who rode out of her life after a terrible tragedy that tore them apart. She’s heard that after taking part in the Civil War, this man turned to an outlaw life. He might even be wanted. She thought she would never see him again, yet here he is, riding right back into her life at this devastating, confusing moment. And then what happens? Why has Nick ridden back into Ashley's life? These two will collide in more ways than one, but Ashley will find a way to tame him – and to make sure he never rides out of her life again. I am having so much fun writing these books, and I guarantee, you are going to have as much fun reading them and anticipating which old friends you will be meeting up with again!

       Then, maybe it'll be back to my first big contemporary story – an Indian/White romance in true Bittner style! I have lived with this story and its characters since the 80’s, believe it or not! It’s inspirational, culture clash (modern white vs. Native American culture), suspense, murder mystery, hot sex, a hero and heroine who both come with a lot of “baggage” that could get in the way of their love for each other – a love neither of them wants but can’t fight. It involves an abusive ex-husband, a dead ex-wife, the American Indian Movement, and embezzlement. There are also an Ecumenical preacher, the D.A.R, and problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a heroine afraid to love again, and a hero who can’t let go of why and how his late wife died. And throughout the story, although it's set in today’s time, Native American mysticism and ancient culture give the story the feel of a story taking place in the 1800’s.

       Readers will fall in love with hero, Ben (Gray Wolf) Colter, a Lakota Sioux, and heroine, Carmen Grace, blond, blue eyes, from New England, and a Daughter of the American Revolution. These two are at far ends of the spectrum of life in looks and heritage – an unlikely relationship that explodes into passion, intrigue, suspense, and attempted assassination! This is my first contemporary, and I’m nervous about it, but I’ve wanted to write this story for 30 years. I’m keeping the title to myself for a little bit longer!

CAPTURE MY HEARTA WARRIOR'S PROMISE cover       Meanwhile, THANK YOU for your wonderful feedback on CAPTURE MY HEART and its sequel, A WARRIOR'S PROMISE! One of my readers wrote, "To love a story you have to crawl into it and live along with the characters. This is what happens anytime I read one of Rosanne's books." (Kim, via I am so happy that you are enjoying these two books. (If you haven't read them yet and would like more information, please click here!)

       My readers are still loving THE LAST OUTLAW, the fourth book in my Outlaw Hearts series! 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!

        I am so proud of this one. Proud of Jake. Unbelievable growth. A face-off with his ugly childhood. Such a true hero (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 Harkner family saga! (Note: Please click on any of the covers below for more information about that book, or see my  Outlaw Hearts Series page!)

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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

       And don't forget my "Jake" story in a Christmas anthology called CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY'S ARMS (you'll see the cover for that above). 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.

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        If you are new to my writing -- or even if you want to replace old favorites -- please see my Books in Printpage for a complete list of all my books, with most recent covers, publication histories, and ordering links. 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 are worn out! If you prefer the convenience of e-books, check out my E-books List, where you will find ordering links for electronic versions of my books in several different e-book formats.

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       Brand new Bittner titles are distributed through Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble and But locally in Southwest Lower Michigan -- my books are available at Hardings Market in Coloma and Back On the Rack in Watervliet! You'll find my new books there, as well as an assortment of my older titles. I am excited to have such great outlets for my work right here in and near my own hometown. (Plus, Email me and we can get together for a personalized autograph.) You can also check with your local library or book store and ask them to order any of my books you’d like to read.

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 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 Guestbook page!


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!

Because of the large number of requests I receive for full lists of my books, the Books In Printsection of this website is frequently updated to reflect my latest releases, as well as listing all of my past works. I have also added a My Books Now Available in E-Reader Formats page with ordering links for all e-reader formats. You can also use the "Search" link below to find new, used, and Kindle versions of my books on! Associate





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