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Book cover showing a cowboy embracing a blonde womanA man whose tortured past won’t let go.

A woman whose love goes beyond forgiveness.

     Jake Harkner is scarred on the inside from his tortured childhood and scarred on the outside from cruel beatings and too many gunfights. Years ago, a chance encounter with Miranda Hayes struck his heart like lightening and struck hers like thunder. Their ensuing storm-filled love match often threatened their years of marriage.

     OUTLAW HEARTS is the ultimate romantic saga, told through realistic history and events that settled the American West and tested a man and woman’s love beyond what most can handle. Now, thinking that the storms are finally over, the dark cloud of a woman from Jake's past appears on the horizon, creating an emotional twister that threatens to tear him from the woman he loves.

      Not only does Dallas Blackburn's visit force Jake to reveal a deep dark secret to his wife and family, but Jake is forced to break a promise he made to his wife of never strapping on his .44’s again. Only this time, Miranda vows she will not be left behind to wait and worry while Jake rides into danger. Come hell or high water, she intends to ride beside her husband into outlaw country.clear the storm clouds of Jake’s past.

     A bad man with a good heart, Jake Harkner is a classic hero Bittner’s readers fell in love with. You will, too, after reading SHADOW TRAIL. Follow Jake and Miranda's journey from their sprawling ranch in Colorado to northern Wyoming's Outlaw Trail for a final confrontation with Jake’s past of good and evil that could finally clear the storm clouds that have followed him all his life.

      "We are all gettin' older, Jake," Cole teased. "How do you keep up with a wife who is ten years younger than you?"

     Jake paused, glancing at Miranda. "You just have to love her so much that it hurts," he answered. "The rest is easy."

      Randy smiled. She was always surprised at how a man who could be so ruthless often spoke more like a poet than an outlaw.

     I am SO happy that everyone is loving this book! Here are some comments from my readers:

  • "OMG, I had to close it last night! The writing is so good that it gave me angst! I won’t say anything more than, 'Dear God, Randy, what are you doing???? Stop!' I shall continue it tonight, with a glass of wine in hand!" -- Melinda, via Facebook

  • "I absolutely loved this one! Beautiful and epic in every way! And loved how the past connects them together in a deeper almost spiritual way. Brilliant job Rosanne Bittner! Thank you for sharing them with us once more." -- Lover of Romance Book Reviews (You can read the full review here.)

  • "Long day. Anixety high. So I'm gonna get lost in my book! If you like good westerns, this is the series. Women love Rosanne Bittner's Outlaw Hearts Series, and it's a series men would love too. Get lost in the old west!" -- Tonya

  • "Just finished Shadow Trail. !! Once again you knocked it out of the park Rosanne!!! Great story, great ending!! Love Jake & Randy!!!" -- Judy

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Note: Please see my Outlaw Hearts Series page for information about previous books in the series, and the SHADOW TRAIL listing on Amazon for more in-depth reviews!


Grandson Blake's wedding       After all of the rush - rush - rush of getting SHADOW TRAIL written, edited, and published, I am now relaxing for a bit so that I can enjoy the beautiful fall season in Michigan and the holidays that come with it. This is my favorite time of the year. Right after SHADOW TRAIL was published, hubby and I celebrated our 60th class reunion. Then our youngest grandson, Blake, was married September 9th! Everything was beautiful. He and his new wife are only 20, which I thought was too young until I remembered that was the age my hubby and I were when we got married. That was 58 years ago come October 2d. Thought I'd share a wedding picture with you -- On the top step are sons Brock and Brian; on the middle step are Blake and Liana; on the floor are grandson Connor and grandson Brennan holding great-grandson Bannon!

       I want to send a big thank-you to all my readers who were patient about SHADOW TRAIL being published later than I had promised. This was a big project, and it took a lot of editing, and editing, and more editing. Then came a problem with the conversion from Microsoft Word to the format needed by Amazon. A couple of glitches held the print copy up even longer, but now, at last, the book is available and doing well. 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 hope all of you liked SHADOW TRAIL. I can’t say for now whether the next Outlaw story will still involve Jake. Nor do I know when I will write it. 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.

       For now, though, I am taking a much-needed break from writing, but I probably won’t stay away from it as long as I had planned. Writing is in my blood, and I have too many stories left to tell. 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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