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Rosanne Bittner



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Hello, Everybody!

 

Smiling baby with bottle       It’s time for some website updates, and some of you are probably saying, “It certainly is!” Sorry I've been so remiss. There hasn't been any news, really -- I have actually found time to tend to my flower garden, which this year is prettier than it has ever been – and to spend time with my growing, cute-as-a-button great grandson!

       I’ve also been hard at work on my new contemporary romantic suspense, and it’s been a real challenge, since it is my first full-length contemporary story. The title, DANCING BENEATH YOU, refers to something the hero (full-blood Lakota) says during a performance of Native American song and dance at a casino in Michigan. “Under your farms, your sidewalks, your cities, your factories …” (etc. – I won’t list it word for word) “ …our ancestors are dancing beneath you … Cheyenne, Apache, Delaware, Cherokee, Lakota, Oglala, Cree, Mohawk …” He talks of several more tribes, ancestors who will one day rise to dance again. “Some day we will dance on your graves.”

       The cover is not quite ready for me to show you yet, but I can reveal the description of the story that will be on the back cover of the book:

     Finally divorced from a violently abusive man, Carmen Wolfe is ready to enjoy life again, but not ready to love again. During a performance of Native American song and dance she attends at a new casino near her Michigan hometown, a live wolf named Caesar, who is part of the act, disobeys its trainer and sits down beside Carmen’s aisle seat and refuses to budge. He glares at Carmen with wild, yellow eyes, leaving her terrified and afraid to move.

     Worried about the dangerous situation, lead dancer Benjamin Red Wolf Colter, a lawyer for the Lakota (Oglala Sioux), leaves the stage to calm the tense moment. He urges Caesar back to his cage and apologizes to Carmen, but once he returns to South Dakota, Ben cannot stop thinking about the beautiful woman he met in Michigan. Heartbroken over his wife and unborn son, who were killed in an assassination attempt on his life, Ben believes that the incident with Caesar means the wolf spirit has chosen Carmen as the woman who can put an end to his grief and teach him to love again.

Carmen, too, cannot ignore the sizzling attraction she and Ben shared in that first fateful meeting. She stays in touch, and soon a deeper relationship leads her to South Dakota. Can these two overcome past tragedies? Can Carmen learn to trust again? And can she live with the fact that someone still wants Ben Colter dead?

The haunting lure of the South Dakota Badlands holds all the answers.

       I am close to finishing this story and aiming for a publication date in September. I want to do plenty of editing first to make sure my first contemporary is perfect and that all my readers (and hopefully new ones) love the story. They will DEFINITELY love Ben Colter, a drop-dead gorgeous, warrior-like character who would have been a great leader like Crazy Horse if he’d lived during that time. Ben is a new kind of warrior, a very smart lawyer who defends Native American causes in court.

BLAZE OF GLORYcover       By now most of you have read -- and many of you have reread -- BLAZE OF GLORY, and the remarks/reviews I am getting are wonderful. It really warms my heart to know that you are enjoying my story and that you support my writing.

        Seems like my own relationship to time passing is always looking forward to the release of that “next” book, and that next book will be DANCING BENEATH YOU. Writing contemporary romantic suspense is new experience for me, and I think I will write more contemporaries. However, I will ALWAYS write historical romance also, so for those of you who worry there won’t be another Jake book or another 1800’s western, I promise there will be more.

       In fact, an idea for another book about the Harkner family is nudging at me and I am making notes for that one, as well as a new western historical. The ideas never end! I also want to re-write a World War II story I wrote but have never published. 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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 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 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

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 Amazon.com!

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