Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West
Updated 26 November 2020
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Sad news - one of my most devoted fans and dear friends recently died suddenly, at only 53 years old. Glenda Young-Kinard was the sweetest friend a person could have, more like a sister than just a friend. She loved my books and usually bought several copies of each new book to give out free to friends and family. She promoted my books everywhere (you've seen her reviews of several of my books here on my website), and we kept in touch by phone, text, e-mail and written notes and often shared gifts for birthdays or just in appreciation. One of the highlights of our friendship was when I was able to get together with Glenda at a Romantic Times conference in Atlanta in 2017, as well as meet her cousin Ruth and her two daughters (that's Glenda, me, and her twin girls in the photo). Glenda was always upbeat and supportive. I am shocked at her sudden, totally unexpected death, and I will miss her always. I have no doubt she is in Heaven right now, looking down on her loved ones and her friends and hovering over them with her angel's wings.
COMING 7 DECEMBER: JOURNEY TO HIGH LONESOME!
In 1868 Gainesville, Texas, Ashley Vale welcomes home Nick Calhoun, the man she loves and who has been missing for six years after marching off to war when Ashley was only sixteen. Events during and after Nick escaped from a Union prison have left him a wanted man, and he has come home only to say good-bye again. Believing Ashley deserves a better life than he can give her, Nick heads to Outlaw Country without her.
Her heart shattered, Ashley leaves Gainesville to start a new life under the Homestead Act, but circumstances lead her to being framed for a soldiers murder. Nick learns of Ashleys fate and bravely risks his life and prison - to rescue her. Long-neglected desires explode into white-hot passion as, together, they challenge a lawless land in search of peace . . . and a place to escape from the past that tore them apart.
A thrilling read set against the magnificent western landscape of Americas historic Outlaw Trail.
Look for a cameo appearance by Moses Tucker from LAWLESS LOVE!
NOW AVAILABLE: LAWMAN IN THE HIGH LONESOME!
"Like the enthralling rugged beauty of the Outlaw Trail, Lawman in the High Lonesome provides a breath-catching journey through tragedies and triumphs." -- Michelle Reed, Sunshine Lake Reviews (Read full review here.)
Civil War widow Elly Lowe is heading for California after losing everything in a prairie fire. She and her family need a new start. On the way, fate interrupts her plans in a horrifying way, leaving her desperate for help.
In a small Nebraska town, Sheriff Matt Stover grieves the loss of his wife and unborn child in a bank robbery. He has always lived by the law, but he is determined to find and kill the guilty Liberty brothers. Matt sets out to follow the culprits into notorious outlaw country, very dangerous territory for a lawman.
When Matt meets Elly along the way, they strike up a sweet friendship, an attraction they know is only temporary. They must go their separate ways, but they will meet again under very different circumstances, leaving Matt to face life or death situations. Will lawman Matt Stover turn outlaw for revenge? Or will Ellys faith and devotion be enough to bring him peace?
Look for a cameo appearance by Sage Lightfoot from PARADISE VALLEY!
What Readers are Saying:
"Rosanne Bittner never fails to deliver on a Dang good, True-Grit Western." -- Glenda Kinard
"Rosanne writes such beautiful loves stories which stand the test of time. Lawman In The High Lonesome is another testament to Ms. Bittners amazing talent." -- Tonya Lucas
"Rosanne Bittner brings you on the journey with her characters; what ride it was. We rode the Outlaw Trail, met some interesting people and saw gun fights. This book held my interest from start to finish." -- Yvonne Grace Wohlfeil
"This is a story of life on the trail; surviving brutality; and, developing romance. After reading the Outlaw Hearts Series, I looked forward to this new book. Congratulation to the author for a great job of writing." -- Marlene, on BookBub
HUGE NEWS: my first of three "Men of the Outlaw Trail" stories. RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME, is now available!!!! Each book in the series will be a single title with new hero and heroine, with each story touching on other characters I've written about who "visited" the Outlaw Trail!
A man bent on revenge.
NOW AVAILABLE: TEXAS PASSIONS!
The reissue of TEXAS PASSIONS, sequel to TEXAS EMBRACE, originally published by Zebra in 1999, is now available!
NOW AVAILABLE: TEXAS EMBRACE!
Good newsTEXAS EMBRACE, originally published by Zebra in 1997, has been reissued by Amazon with a brand-new cover by Lisa Lisa Messegee of The Write Designers
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24 SEPTEMBER 2019: CHRISTMAS IN PARADISEin the LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMASAnthology
My short story CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE, in the Sourcebooks Christmas anthology LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS, will be released on 24 September, and you can already pre-order on Amazon.com! CHRISTMAS IN PARADISEis 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 inPARADISE 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.
CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE is one of six sweeping, epic tales of heroism, passion, family and celebration. Other authors featured in LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS are Leigh Greenwood, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas. "Whether it's a widower finding an unexpected new start, a former outlaw and his new wife welcoming their very own Christmas miracle, a long-lost lover returning just in time for a special holiday celebration, a second chance at love between two warring hearts given peace at last, an unlikely pair working together to bring joy to a small Texas town, or a cowboy and his dark-eyed beauty snowed in one unforgettable wintry eve...every Christmas with a cowboy is filled with light, laughter, and a forever kind of love."
"Christmas In Paradise was such an amazing trip back into Sage Lightfoot and Maggie Tuckers journey. Rosanne Bittner never ceases to deliver such wonderful characters and plots that truly capture the essence of the West. Ms. Bittner weaves her magic from a tragic incident into a beautiful Christmas miracle wrapped in unconditional love and joy." -- Tonya Lucas
"What a wonderful visit to Paradise Valley this was!! Loved visiting with Sage and Maggie again and now we know the rest of the story. Anytime I get a chance to read a Rosanne Bittner book I always know I am in for a Absolute Great Read . . . . Mrs Bittner keeps her readers' attention from the first page until the last page and always, always leaves one counting the days and minutes until her next release." -- Glenda Kinard
Now Available: CHASE THE SUN
First published by Bantam in September 1995 and soon to be reissued in both print and Kindle format by Amazon!
"A STORY OF LOVE A STORY OF WAR A STORY OF PEACE"
"Zack Myers holds a fierce need for revenge against Native Americans after the Sioux killed his entire family in the Minnesota raids when he was just a boy. He joins the army purposely to fight Indians - ANY Indians.
"Iris Gray is a colonel's daughter, who joins her father in America's Northwest Territory and tries to bring peace between settlers and the Nez Perce Nation.
"Circumstances bring Iris and Zack together in a memorable love story as Iris struggles to help Zack find peace in his own heart. An unlikely friendship forms between these two and a Nez Perce warrior, Strong Runner, and his wife, Morning Star, teaching all four characters about cultural tolerance.
"CHASE THE SUN is the true story of the last flight of the Nez Perce to Canada in 1876, and a stunning depiction of the reasons for war and misunderstandings in a land deeply torn by its own unstoppable growth. A memorable tale of real history, abiding love, and a Nation's unique struggle through tragedy and triumph."
"The author's understanding of Indian culture and her sympathy with their struggle for survival and fair treatment is evident throughout." -- Publisher's Weekly (of the original printing)
LOGAN'S LADYIs Here!
worlds in conflict
NOW AVAILABLE: EMBERS OF THE HEART
In a land divided, she was torn between duty and desire...
"In the aftermath of Americas bloody Civil War, young Anna Kelley waits for her husband, Darryl, to come home. When he finally returns, he is a changed man who no longer loves her and has become cruel and unforgiving because of his war experiences. Anna decides that, for her own safety, she needs to get away from Darryl. She flees, and she ends up in the wild cow town of Abilene, Kansas, run by Sheriff Nate Foster.
"Fate draws Nate and Anna closer, but Anna, who desperately longs for the safety and love she finds in Nates arms, has not told him she has a husband who is now a dangerous outlaw. Nate and Annas love grows beyond their ability to corral the passion and desire stirred in their souls, but Annas secret finally comes back to haunt her and nearly destroys the love she has found in Nates arms. Nates own anger and loss because of the war interfere with his ability to fully love and trust again, and when he finds out about Annas lie, he isnt sure he can fully commit to her.
"EMBERS OF THE HEART embraces the heartaches and challenges of a Nation torn by war, and those caught up both sides of that war. A must read, this book is a sister story to MONTANA WOMAN (see below), as Anna (from EMBERS OF THE HEART) and Joline (from MONTANA WOMAN) are sisters who ended up separated by the Civil War."
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT EMBERS OF THE HEART:
"This story had me at hello. I have to admit Anna is an extremely strong, independent, and loving woman. Be prepared to have kleenex for the end of the book. The accuracy of the victims of war was well researched. While this story is within the civil war era, please think of our vets who come have home with their problems. Rosanne Bittner did an excellent job in telling this in this book. Definately a must read." -- Dawn Baffa, via Amazon.com
"EMBERS OF THE HEART is a beautifully epic and emotional read from the first page to the last! Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of feelings when you dive into this story. Besides delivering an enduring love story, it also teaches the power of love, acceptance, and forgiveness; how evil and hate can burn and destroy a person; and how the consequences and waves of war can continue to ripple and destroy long after the last bullet is fired. . . . Anna is a young woman who's struggling with facing how the rumblings of war affect her family, and ultimately the loss of her first husband. . . . Nate is exactly the honorable, devoted, strong hero Anna needs in her life. . . . Even the secondary characters pull at you in ways - not always good, and not always bad... but they're not exempt from giving you moments to pause, think, and feel. . . .This is probably one of my favorite Rosanne Bittner stories -- where it holds you captive from beginning to end, and gifts you with so much more than a romantic tale, but nuggets of empathy and true love. This is not a book to skip over!" -- Michelle Reed
NOW AVAILABLE: MONTANA WOMAN
A NATION DIVIDED/ ONE WOMANS UNBRIDLED SPIRIT
"A Civil War widow, young Joline Masters leaves bleeding Kansas for Montana to settle under the Homestead Act. Mountain man Clint Reeves knows Montana well, having lost a wife and child there to an Indian attack. He has come home to Kansas, but his father-in-law and others blame him for his wifes and he childs deaths. Chance brings Clint and Joline together, and, feeling unwanted in Kansas, Clint agrees to take Joline to Montana.
"Clint and Joline are both brave, strong-willed people who balance off each others strengths and courage, both of which are uniquely tested by the challenges of a lawless land filled with outlaws and Indians. As they help each other forge a new future, passion and desire become part of their determination to succeed in a new land. Through hardship and danger, two broken hearts become one full heart. Together Jo and Clint tame the savage land and learn to live with past tragedies to form new joys and a life shared as one."
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NOW AVAILABLE: SONG OF THE WOLF
"Born to be a Holy Woman among the Cheyenne, Medicine Wolfs life as a young child is saved by a pack of wolves that keeps her from freezing to death. From then on, wolves are her guiding spirit and her protector. As she grows into womanhood, Medicine Wolf is forced to live among whites for one year, in an effort to learn the way of the white man. But her heart and soul and her very life belong to the Cheyenne and to the young warrior with whom she fell in love as a child.
"Bear Paw, an honored Cheyenne dog soldier, risks life and limb to win the hand of Cheyenne Holy Woman, Medicine Wolf. Once their union is secured, Bear Paw and Medicine Wolf venture into a love story set against the magnificent days of freedom for the Cheyenne, but Medicine Wolfs powers as a Holy Woman present a challenge to Bear Paws pride and reputation that threatens to tear them apart. White settlement encroaches upon the Cheyenne, forcing them into wars to keep what they feel belongs to them, and through it all, one white man, Tom Prescott, who fell in love with Medicine Wolf when she lived among the whites, must watch Medicine Wolf from a distance, aware she can never belong to him.
"SONG OF THE WOLF is packed with the real history of the Cheyenne. The ending of this book is heart-wrenching, yet gloriously uplifting, as the spirit of the wolf and the powers of two timeless, unforgettable people step into history. Well researched, this is Rosanne Bittner at her best as she eloquently tells the true story of a proud Native American Nation."
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New in 2018: A WARRIOR'S PROMISE
It's here! You can order A WARRIOR'S PROMISE(sequel to CAPTURE MY HEART) in either Kindle format or trade paperback, and begin reading it TODAY!!! (If you haven't yet read CAPTURE MY HEART, click here for more information!)
I can tell you that you are going to love A WARRIOR'S PROMISE, a touching story involving the infamous Sand Creek Massacre in southern Colorado. It took me a while to get "into" a hero other than my Jake, but I do love Two Wolves!
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT A WARRIOR'S PROMISE:
"To love a story you have to crawl into it and live along with the characters. This is what happens anytime I read one of Rosanne's books. What an amazing book." -- Kim, via Amazon.com
"Once again the Queen of the Western Historical Romance Rosanne Bittner gives her readers a very vivid History lesson. Mrs Bittner has a gift pulling her readers into a book and one feels as if she/he are actually standing there with the characters experiencing the same emotions and feelings they are. . . . I dearly loved this continuation of Claire and Two Wolves' story. I would most certainly love to see a third book as Claire and Two Wolves go on and make a life in the changing West. Well done once again Rosanne Bittner A Warriors Promise was all I hoped and more!!!" -- Glenda Kinard
"A WARRIOR'S PROMISE was an exceptional book detailing the horror and heartache that happened at Sand Creek and the months that followed. . . . . [This] sequel to CAPTURE MY HEARTt continues the story of Claire and Two Wolves, and their courage to live one way of life, while protecting another. A love story which will grab the readers heartstrings. . . which equally rivals her epic Savage Destiny Series." Tonya Lucas
See below for more on CAPTURE MY HEART. If you haven't read it yet, now is the time to do it!
CAPTURE MY HEART:
My new Indian romance, CAPTURE MY HEART, is now available in both Kindle and trade paperback formats from Amazon.com! I know you will love Two Wolves -- and thank you, long-time fan Barbara Christian, for helping me choose a name for the hero! Two Wolves, aka Peter James Matthews, is a half Cheyenne army scout, who is not only tall, dark, and handsome, but intelligent, educated, and respected in both of his worlds! The heroine is Claire Stewart, the red-haired, strong, determined daughter of a Denver freighting supply business owner, who inherits her father's business -- and his debts. The two team up to try to prove that so-called "Indian" attacks on wagon trains and settlers are actually the work of someone trying to keep the hatred against the Cheyenne burning hot. This whole story is filled with non-stop adventure, steamy romance, and real history!
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAPTURE MY HEART:
"Rosanne Bitter continues to capture my heart with each new story she writes, and I find myself always wanting more, never wanting the story to end." -- Michelle Reed
"Once again it is not hard to see why Rosanne Bittner is the 'Queen of the Western Historical Romance.' ... Two Wolves and Claire's story will have you weeping , laughing and constantly cheering them on for the justices they both so deserve. " -- Glenda Kinard
"Capture My Heart is an extraordinary book of true historical events during an unsettling time in Colorado's history. ... Gripping, exhilarating, and breathtakingly beautiful. Rosanne has penned another extraordinary book." Tonya Lucas
"I have read alot of Ms Bittner's books and this one is a keeper!! I hope there will be sequel about this family??!!! Two Wolfes and Clair are unforgettable!!" -- Nancy, via Amazon.com
NOTE: CAPTURE MY HEART is dedicated to a faithful fan of many, many years, Barbara Christian, from California. This story came about from one simple Facebook message she sent me one day. It was just a little Native American quite and it mentioned an Indian name, Two Wolves. This is how I write. One little name or event can kick off a whole story for me. For some reason I loved that name and decided it would make a great name for a hero in an Indian/ white romance. It's been years since I wrote a Native American story, and for some reason seeing that name lit the fire. This book is the result. I was greatly saddened when Barbara passed away in 2017 -- but she did get to read the book that she had suggested. Thanks, Barbara!
A CHICK-A-DEE CHRISTMASin the CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY'S ARMS Anthology
Jake Harkner is an ex-outlaw with a ruthless nature, but when it comes to his grandchildren, his heart is as big as the sky. Jake learns how to channel his anger into love and patience in this story about his sweet granddaughter, Sadie Mae, and a young man Jake helps lead away from a path of lawlessness. A life and death situation leads to a lesson in love and forgiveness in A CHICK-A-DEE CHRISTMAS.
My Harkner family Christmas story, A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS, will be included in the CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY'S ARMS anthology. This story will show a softer side of Jake, and will truly round out the series. Those of you who know my books also know that I am not designed to write short stories. I love to dig deeply into a big cast of characters, but you cant do that with a short story. A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS will be 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.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT A CHICK- A- DEE CHRISTMAS:
"Just when I was feeling the blues after reading The Last Outlaw and saying good-bye to the Harkers and especially Jake, here was an exciting and gritty, but heartwarming Harker family Christmas. The Harkers go Christmas shopping, find trouble, Jake brings home an angry, bitter stray man, and then they all pray for a Christmas miracle for little Sadie Mae. This was a lovely reunion with a cast of characters I love. The spotlight on Jake and his grandchildren was just precious." -- Sophia Rose
"This is the first time I've come across the Harkner family but reading this has made me want to continue on and read the Outlaw series.... I really enjoyed this little read and I'm looking forward to reading Jake's story from the beginning." -- Deborah
"This is a collection of six novellas by different authors all set in the West in the 1800s during the Christmas season. Although not usually a fan of novellas, I thoroughly enjoyed these very engaging, positive stories and was amazed at how well the characters and story lines were developed in just a few chapters. Highly recommend!" -- Nancy
"Rosanne Bittner's story is the wrap up I was wanting. It shows the softer side of Jake. The love he has for his family, especially his grandchildren. The sense that he could help a young man, that he saw as a person just like himself at that age, where you can go bad, or take another path and do good." -- Veda
THE LAST OUTLAW
"Times have changed, and the old Wild West is a thing of the past. Nestled in his beautiful Colorado ranch, surrounded by family, infamous former outlaw Jake Harkners hung up his guns for good and finally found a measure of peacebut dark memories haunt the woman who has always been his strength, and not even Jake is certain he can save his beloved Miranda this time.
"All he can do is swear to remain by her side. But it takes more than a hope for peace to outrun a past defined by violence, and it isnt long before Jake is embroiled in a rescue mission he simply cant refuse. Life has brought him back full circle as he rides into Mexico to save a young girl from a dreadful fate leaving Miranda behind one final time, fearing the other half of her soul is destined to die the way hes always livedby the gun. "
When asked my Sourcebooks editor when I would get final edits on THE LAST OUTLAW, her reply was, "I hunted and hunted for some big flaw, but this book is so strong! It was emotional and moving and epic - what a beautiful story!" It doesn't get any better than that for a writer - and now you know you have a great story coming! 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 wish this book was coming out next month instead of in September!
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LAST OUTLAW:
The Outlaw Hearts Series:
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE OUTLAW HEARTS SERIES:
"The first book in the series was my first romance book I [ever] read, and all these years later it's still my top favorite! What's cool, is 20+ years after first publishing OUTLAW HEARTS, Rosanne Bittner was given the opportunity to have it reissued and write 2 sequels!! Now she's currently working on a 4th (and last) book for Jake and Randy. You do *not* want to miss these if you are a fan of western romance! She knows how to steal your heart and breath and give it back in the most amazing way!" -- Michelle R., 26 July 2016.
GOOD NEWS: I have a limited number of signed books that you can purchase directly from me. There are some some hard-to-find older titles, including some foreign translations! Please Email Meme if you're looking for a specific book, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to me at P. O. Box 1044, Coloma, MI 49038 for a newsletter that lists books I have available.
"Dear Mrs. Bittner, I discovered your books about six months ago, and have been reading them non-stop. MY DILEMMA NOW, MRS. BITTNER, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO AFTER I FINISH MY LAST BOOK OF YOURS? I LOVE the period you write in (pioneers and indians) and your wonderful style of writing. I have learned more about our heritage and the wonderful Native Americans from your books than what I learned while in school. PLEASE, PLEASE, I truly hope you can give me a name or two to look into for further reading. PLEASE WRITE MORE BOOKS....I am a fan of yours for life!!!" -- from a recent email
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