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A WARRIOR'S PROMISE IS HERE!
I am so delighted with the wonderful reviews I am getting for A WARRIOR'S PROMISE! My editor liked this book so much that she thought I should write a third book about Two Wolves and Claire, and my readers agree! Meanwhile, if you haven't read CAPTURE MY HEART yet, now is the time to do so!
Oh, my, I've been getting caught up on so many things since returning home from Vegas. I am looking forward to spring in Michigan and getting my rose garden spruced up! However, I did a LOT of writing over the past three months, and LOGAN'S LADY is finished! I am in love with Logan! That's a basic requirement to writing a good book. If I don't fall in love with the hero, I have trouble with the story. This has been a fun book to work on, even though it contains a lot of danger and drama, as all my books do.
The hero and heroine are so different that it makes 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! It's going to be a long wait for its publication date in the spring of 2019!
It's always a bit depressing when I finish a really big book like LOGAN'S LADY (almost 500 pages long) because I've been living with the characters 24/7 for weeks or months. Suddenly they are gone, and I miss them. Now, though, I can't wait to find out what kind of cover treatment it will get. I am hoping to get another Jon Paul cover similar to my Outlaw books. Logan Best and Lady Elizabeth Bennett truly deserve a gorgeous, dramatic cover, and I think when you finish this book you will also agree with me that LOGAN'S LADY deserves a sequel. And I am already thinking about a sequel to A WARRIOR'S PROMISE, my March Amazon Book just released
Meanwhile, I have received some exciting news -- I'll be contributing another Christmas anthology story to Sourcebooks! It will be called CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE, and for those of you who read my 2013 book PARADISE VALLEY, it will be about Sage and Maggie and the baby Maggie is carrying - the baby whom Sage promised to love and accept as his own even though this little one was fathered by another man. That proves to be more difficult than he figured, plus there will be some big problems on Sage's huge ranch called PARADISE VALLEY - thus the title, CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE! You will love this beautiful story, to be published October 2019! Meanwhile, if you haven't read PARADISE VALLEY -- see below for links to details and ordering information!
At the moment, thanks to your encouragement, I am putting my toes in the water and starting my very first full-length contemporary novel. It will have the classic "Bittner" voice and will often hark back to real Native American history - so I'm sure my readers won't be disappointed in the power and passion of this novel, the emotional elements I'm known for, the beautiful love story I intend to write or the historical elements that will come into play.
I know my readers will love the hero, a full-blood Lakota Sioux called Ben Colter (Stalking Wolf) - Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota - and heroine Carmen Willett Donahue (a member of Daughters of the American Revolution whose ancestry traces back to America's first settlers from England), who lives in New England. I think you can see the first big conflict here. And both characters come with tons of baggage that creates even more conflict - but neither can ignore the flaming hot attraction that keeps telling them to ignore the jillion reasons a relationship can't work. The story also involves an attempted assassination, suspense and a "who-did-it" mystery with a surprise ending - all mixed in with an inspirational element. I think it will be a "can't put down" read from beginning to end!
In addition, I have some schedule changes for Amazon's reissue of some of my older books in trade paperback and ebook formats, with brand-new covers. The current schedule is: ARIZONA BRIDE and ARIZONA ECSTASY in June, MONTANA WOMAN in September and SONG OF THE WOLF in January 2019. SONG OF THE WOLF was one of my biggest sellers when first published, and many of my readers are looking forward to the reissue of that one!
Also scheduled for 2019: trade paperback and e-book reissues of EMBERS OF THE HEART (a sister story to MONTANA WOMAN), TEXAS EMBRACE and its sequel, TEXAS PASSIONS and LOVE ME TOMORROW. 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 on more brand- new books, hopefuly including on a fifth "Outlaw" story, NEVER SAY GOOD-BYE, as time allows!
Meanwhile, my readers are 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!
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! (Note: Please click on any of the covers above for more information about that book, or see my Outlaw Hearts Series page!)
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 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.
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 and Back On the Rack in Watervliet! You'll my new books, 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.)
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 email@example.com 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!
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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