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Is it just me, or is summer flying past? Even though in some places, students are already going back to school, there is still time for deck reading, beach reading, front porch reading, vacation reading, and just plain catching up on your reading! What is your favorite summer place to relax with a good book? My garden is where I go to read, get away from my worries -- or think about my stories.
Right now, I am working on the edits to LOGANS LADY, scheduled by Sourcebooks for a March 26, 2019 release. It is a dramatic but often humorous story about an uneducated, rough and tumble American bounty hunter (Logan Best), who ends up coming to the rescue of prim and proper, highly educated Lady Elizabeth Bennett from London, England. These two are as opposite as two could be, but an unexpected attraction between them grows into something neither can resist, while at the same time they track down ruthless men who have absconded with Lady Elizabeths money and personal valuables.
My Sourcebook's editor's reaction to the manuscript was, "I worked on this with a junior editor, and we were both blown away. Your books are always such a joy to read, and this is no exception." Music to my ears! And, she said, the cover is "going to be a beautiful, epic mix of Paradise Valley and your other series. Emotion AND movement all in one." I've seen it, and can't wait to share it with you!!! However, my publisher says, "Wait." Believe it or not, LOGANS LADY is already available for pre-order from Amazon.com!
I have finished my next short story for a Christmas anthology, coming October 2019 from Sourcebooks. The anthology doesn't have a title yet, but my story is called CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE. It's 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.
In progress right now: my first big contemporary story a real Indian/White romance in true Bittner style that takes place in todays time! I have lived with this story and its characters since the 80s, believe it or not! Its inspirational, culture clash (modern white vs. Native American culture), suspense, murder mystery, hot sex - in spite of religious facets -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 cant fight. It even involves an opioid addiction, 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 cant let go of his dead wife why and how she died. And throughout the story, although its contemporary, Native American mysticism and ancient culture give the story the feel of a story taking place in the 1800s.
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, and both come with a bus load of personal baggage to deal with an unlikely relationship that explodes into passion, intrigue, suspense, addiction and attempted assassination! This is my first contemporary, and Im nervous about it, but Ive wanted to write this story for 30 years. Im keeping the title to myself for a little bit longer!
And finally -- I've sold three more books (yet to be written) to Sourcebooks - all set against the Outlaw Trail! Each book will be a single title with new hero and heroine, but each story will touch on other characters I've written about who "visited" the Outlaw Trail, including Jake Harkner! I am going to have 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! I can't wait to get started!
Speaking of new books, I could use your help for future projects. I am also considering writing sequels to some of my older books. Right now I am thinking about UNTIL TOMORROW and TAME THE WILD WIND. If I decide to write an eighth book in my SAVAGE DESTINY series, which character from that last book (EAGLE'S SONG) would you like me to write about? Email me your suggestions!
Though I won't have any more brand-new books for you this year, after you have finished CAPTURE MY HEART and A WARRIOR'S PROMISE (described at the top of this page), you are in for another treat -- Amazon will be reissuing three of my most popular older titles this summer! Coming soon in trade paperback and ebook formats, with brand-new covers: MONTANA WOMAN (originally published in 1990), EMBERS OF THE HEART (also from 1990), and SONG OF THE WOLF (from 1992)! SONG OF THE WOLF was one of my biggest sellers when first published, and many of my readers are eagerly looking forward to the reissue of that one!
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 Amazon.com ordering links. 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. I'm sure you'll find enough new- to- you titles and old favorites to keep you reading until the next brand-new Bittner book comes out next spring!
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 below 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 find 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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