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Rosanne Bittner

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Book cover showing a cowboy embracing a blonde woman       I think of all of you as so much more than fans. What would I do without all my readers? You keep me going back to the computer to start yet another new story. Time and time again. You have kept me going through thick and thin – family problems, Covid, surgeries, deaths in the family, working full time and raising two boys, and those moments when I wonder if anyone cares about my writing at all.

       When you sit alone in a room and struggle over a conversation between characters, or a certain point in a story where you can’t decide what to do with it, you ask yourself, “Who else cares?” It’s then that I often get a letter or an e-mail or remarks on my Street Team Facebook site that give me a huge boost … complimentary remarks from readers about how much they love my writing and asking me to write more stories for them.

       You might think that just selling books and getting a sales statement is all a writer needs to keep going. But all of that is so abstract. It’s not the same as meeting some of you in person, or getting those e-mails and those FB remarks from you. There is a big world “out there” that seems far removed from my little house in my little town in this great big country where there are readers I have never met and never will. I would love to fill an auditorium with only my readers and meet all of you and shake your hands and thank you in person for all you have done for me, but I can’t do that, so I am using this wonderful gift of the internet (if only it was always used for good) to thank all of you for your support and the good wishes you send my way that keep me going as I start writing book #77!

       I want to send a big thank-you to all my readers who are giving me great reviews forSHADOW TRAIL. I am happy with the great comments and 4 and 5 star reviews. One fan compared the Outlaw series to Yellowstone! If only I had an “in” with Keven Costner, but of course, I don’t.

        I can’t say for now whether the next Outlaw story will still involve Jake. I do know I need a story about Lloyd and Katie, and one about Young Jake as a grown man. I might combine their stories. I do know Young Jake will have his grandfather’s personality and that “wild side” that will often get him in trouble. I think his parents, Evie and Brian, will have to bail that young man out of jail more than once. But along will come a young woman who will help change his life … the kind of woman Young Jake has always searched for … someone who is as faithful as his Grandma Miranda was to Jake. The story will also get Young Jake involved in World War I.

       I think I need to get away from the series and the Harkners for a while, though, so I am pretty sure my next project will be another historical involving a Native American man and a young white girl who is traveling west by wagon train. They meet secretly, until the girl’s father finds out what is going on. You can imagine what happens then. I have had the story in mind for quite some time. The idea came to me when I was listening to the song, IF I LOVED YOU, from Carousel, by Rogers & Hammerstein. IF I LOVED YOU will be the title of my book. I will explain that theme once it is written and published. It refers to a certain scene/event in my story that will really touch your heart.

Rosanne holding a copy of Dancing Beneath You at her book signing in September 2022.       Please don't panic; at this time, I have NO plans to end my writing career! But when you reach a certain age, you do start to think about what you would like your legacy to be! I'm still planning a sequel to DANCING BENEATH YOU. And I have a brand new western I want to write called A WIND IN THE PINES. It’s a very compelling love story In fact, .I have so many more ideas for stories yet to write. also still want to work on my WWII story, which I will probably title NOW AND FOREVER. I still want to write an eighth SAVAGE DESTINY book about one of Zeke Monroe’s modern-day descendants.

       The ideas never end! I pray every night for the health I’ll need to continue writing. My goal is 80 books before I am gone from this earth. SHADOW TRAIL will be number 77, so I have a good start! I appreciate all of you so much. You are what keeps me going, so keep reading, and as long as the Good Lord allows my brain and fingers to work, I will keep writing!

        If you are new to my writing -- or even if you want to replace old favorites -- please see my Books in Print page 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.

       Brand new Bittner titles are distributed through But locally in Southwest Lower Michigan -- my books are available at Hardings Market and Linda's Antiques in Coloma and Back On the Rackin 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 mefor 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       And if you want a print book personalized for yourself or before you “gift” it, just e-mail me privately at rosannebittner17@outlook.comfor 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'm hearing from more and more men who enjoy my books, like Chester "Chet" Cripe, a Korean War veteran who was one of my avid fans and a dear friend. Chet died in 2020, and I miss him very much. 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 seriesin particular were among his favorites because they 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!

       Many thanks for your continuing e-mails and notes. YOU keep me going back to the computer to write more books. Many of you tell me that reading my books got you through something physically or emotionally traumatic -- well, WRITING those books does the same thing for me! Keep reading, and I will keep writing!


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!

       "Your stories keep me up all night...I'm up in my seventies--and your books take me back in time--and I relive my life through your wonderful imagination! Thank you for being there for all of your readers." -- Zella Mae

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