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Rosanne Bittner

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Fall is here!




A man haunted by his outlaw past.
The woman who loves him.
A tight-knit family he holds dear.
Old enemies out to kill him.

       Jake Harkner loves hard. He also fights hard, determined to protect the woman and the family of whom he has always felt unworthy, but they are the only light in his inner darkness. Now Jake lives in changing times. New laws tell him he can no longer deal his own kind of justice with the guns that made him infamous. Jake’s passion for the woman who understands him more than any human being on earth might be the only thing that keeps him alive.

Hot. Gritty. Old West Meets New West.
An unforgettable love story.

Be sure to join my Heart of the West Street Team for some just-for-fun games, interviews, contests, and more in anticipation of this long-awaited book!


Baby in car seat       Although I love working in my rose garden and enjoy Michigan’s wonderful summers, I look forward to the gorgeous fall weather we have here, the beautiful colors and fall blooms, and I even look forward to winter. I’m a “snow for Christmas” gal and I love football, so I don’t mind the colder temps at all. Changing seasons help us appreciate ALL 4 seasons here in one of the prettiest states in the country, especially when you live close to Lake Michigan. Along with fall and winter will come the fun of watching my new great-grandson, Bannon, grow and fatten up and smile and be a sweet armful of baby! It’s been so long since I held a baby that belonged to me, since my grandsons are all grown up now.

       As you know, I love writing about family. We are born, we live, we have children, then grandchildren – and now our first great-grandson has come into the picture. Little Bannon was born July 21st, and it warms my heart to know the bloodline goes on. Hubby and I were once the “young couple” – then the parents – then grandparents – and now our oldest grandson has had a child! He’s a cutie, and so tiny, but some day he’ll be a full-grown man, like our sons and grandsons, as all humans go through their own “seasons” of life.

Arizona Ecstasy cover shows Native American man and blond woman embracing.       It’s finally available! The reissue of ARIZONA ECSTASY is now available from Amazon! I love the cover (by Lisa Messegee of The Write Design). It truly captures the wonderful love story inside between Chaco (half white and half Apache) and Lisa (the young white woman he rescues from a wagon train attacked by white men, not Indians). Throughout this story you will learn about the struggles of the Apache in their last few months of freedom. More than that, you will read an intensely emotional love story between Chaco and Lisa … and Chaco’s white half-brother, Troy, who marries Lisa to give the baby she’s carrying (Chaco’s baby) a good home, when it becomes obvious Lisa and Chaco cannot stay together. This is a heart-wrenching story in which Lisa must make some nearly impossible decisions, but the love she shares with Chaco shines through, and the beautiful relationship between Chaco and Troy will touch your heart. (You can read more about ARIZONA ECSTASY here.)

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        BLAZE OF GLORY is now scheduled to be released on 23 November, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! I know in my heart you will absolutely love this story, and that all of you are looking forward to another book about our beloved “bad man with a good heart,” Jake Harkner! Jake is alive and well and in full gunfighter mode in BLAZE, thus the title. Trouble with new settlers enters this story, along with a train robbery (guess who was on the train at the time? The train robbers get a big surprise!), a trip to visit friends in Chicago (where Jake comes to terms with Peter Brown, the lawyer who he knows loves Miranda), and coming home to disaster. Jake has been trying hard to adapt to the “new” West of law and order, but what brings him home wipes out all his incentive to live a new way. The “old” Jake comes fully alive, and it’s not a pretty picture. He risks prison and his very life to make things right, at least in the way Jake Harkner thinks is right.

       BLAZE OF GLORY is a very big book, roughly 600 pages, and is a highly emotional story that reveals thoughts and feelings within outlaw/ lawman Jake Harkner that will have you grabbing the Kleenex. Jake is a torn man who has lived with dark memories of his brutal past through this entire series, and BLAZE OF GLORY brings even more of the "real" Jake to light. The beautiful ending will stay with you for years to come . . . but I am not done with the series. Look for a future story about Jake's son, Lloyd, and another story about his grandson, young Jake - who will be all grown up and have the same problems staying out of trouble that his grandpa had. Young Jake's memories of his beloved grandfather will be a guiding spirit for a young man searching for the kind of love his grandparents shared.

       Have I mentioned that the wonderful cover, which perfectly captures the kind of man Jake is, was designed by fan/friend Amy Anderson, of Georgia Peach Book Creatives? She loves Jake as much as I do!)

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   Cover,BLAZE OF GLORY

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       Once BLAZE OF GLORY is published and I’ve taken care of prizes and book signings, I’ll be telling you more about my newest work in progress (and my 75th book), an Indian/white contemporary romance titled DANCING BENEATH YOU! Wait till you read about the hero Ben Colter, whose Lakota name is Running Wolf. He’s so hot, you’ll say “ouch!” when you read about him!

LOST AND FOUND cover       While you are waiting for my new books, be sure to look for the anthology LOST AND FOUND on Amazon! Along with eight other short stories by some of my friends/fellow authors, you'll find a new story of my own called TROUBLE RIDES A FAST HORSE.

       The title LOST AND FOUND refers to the fact that this collection of sweet, spicy, and hot romance stories -- "from today, yesterday, and in the future; from this world and beyond" -- are all about love that has been lost and then found again. The book, available in e-reader format or trade paperback, is a fund-raiser for a writers group I belong to called Grand Rapids Romance Writers Group (they are not affiliated with Romance Writers of America). Other authors who have included stories are Diana Lloyd, Diana Stout, Jae Vel, K. D. Norris, Lisa Campeau, Martin L. Shoemaker, Natalia Baird, and Patricial Kiyono.

       In my story, TROUBLE RIDES A FAST HORSE, teenager Jackie is distraught that her best friend is going to date her secret crush. When her grandmother tells stories about the lost loves of her own grandmother, mother, and herself, Jackie learns how all of their individual prayers were answered.

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       I am so overwhelmed with all of your enthusiastic responses to my HIGH LONESOME series books! I have gotten some great reviews, and many of you have told me that you are not only enjoying these books yourself, but have also been buying them as gifts for friends and family! One of my readers told me that after she enjoyed JOURNEY TO HIGH LONESOME, she gave it to her husband to read, also! I hope eventually to write more books in this series, each a single title with new hero and heroine and all with "cameos" of characters from other of my books who just happened to be in the same place at the same time.

Ride The High Lonesome cover Lawman In The High Lonesome coverCover for JOURNEY TO HIGH LONESOME

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       In light of all of the rapid changes we are seeing right now in our country and our world, I want to assure you that the “Bittner” voice and style will NOT change. I will always write about other cultures with truth and honor based on deep research, showing inclusiveness and diversity. Most of all, I will always aim for a great, lasting love story that will live in your minds and hearts for many weeks, months, even years after you have finished a Rosanne Bittner book!

        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 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 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       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'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 series in 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

Because of the large number of requests I receive for full lists of my books, the Books In Print section 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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