Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West
Updated 19 November 2017
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Now Available: CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY'S ARMS Anthology, with my story A CHICK-A-DEE CHRISTMAS!
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:
"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
Now Available: 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:
Diversion Re-issues in Trade Paperback:
As you know, in January through April of 2016, thirteen more of my older titles were reissued in e-book format with new covers from Diversion Books (making a total of 21 reissues from them!). We have been patiently waiting for the print versions -- and two, COMANCHE SUNSET and LAWLESS LOVE, were released in trade paperback on 5 September (same day as THE LAST OUTLAW). TAME THE WILD WIND and UNFORGETTABLE came out in trade paperback on 10 October. Next up for the end of November (and just in time for holiday gift- giving): HEART'S SURRENDER and SWEET MOUNTAIN MAGIC!
Looking Forward to 2018:
Looks like 2018 will be another busy year, starting off with A WARRIOR'S PROMISE, sequel to CAPTIVE HEARTS, coming in January from Amazon! Amazon will also reissue three of my older books in trade paperback and ebook formats, with brand-new covers: MONTANA WOMAN in April or May, SONG OF THE WOLF (one of my biggest sellers when first published) in August, and ending the year with EMBERS OF THE HEART(a sister story to MONTANA WOMAN) in November!
Then, looking ahead to 2019 -- yes, 2019! -- my brand-new book, LOGAN'S LADY, should be a spring release from Sourcebooks! Also scheduled for 2019: trade paperback and e-book reissues of THIS TIME FOREVER and LOVE ME TOMORROW from Diversion! And Diversion will eventually be reissuing PRAIRIE EMBRACE, SIOUX SPLENDOR, ARIZONA BRIDE and its sequel ARIZONA ECSTASY, and TEXAS EMBRACE and its sequel TEXAS PASSIONS. At some point over the next two or three years, ALL of my books will be back in print! And don't fret - I will be working more brand- new books, including on a fifth "Outlaw" story, NEVER SAY GOOD-BYE, next summer after I finish LOGAN'S LADY!
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Now Available: CAPTURE MY HEART
My new Indian romance, CAPTURE MY HEART, is now available for order 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 to my readers: I have an idea for a sequel to CAPTURE MY HEART and I'm calling it A WARRIOR'S PROMISE. After the Sand Creek massacre in southern Colorado, Two Wolves' Native American blood heats up and passionate anger fills his heart. Can he keep from becoming a full-fledged warrior who rides with the vengeful Cheyenne?
I am currently working on this and several other ideas while waiting to hear from Sourcebooks on a new proposal, so right now I cant predict which book will come next. Just be assured I am ALWAYS working on SOMETHING and wont let you down!
Join my Street Team/Read THE TOUCH OF LOVE!
I am so tremendously blessed with my wonderful readers. Through 37 years and 64 completed novels, my readers keep me going. They mean everything to me and many of them have actually become good friends. The support I get from them is overwhelming. To all of my faithful supporters, I am making available my novella THE TOUCH OF LOVE, a 46-page novella about Robert Kingsley, the half-Indian boy raised by Rising Eagle of my Mystic Indian trilogy, which was previously only available by download from Mightywords.com. In action, it falls between MYSTIC VISIONS and MYSTIC WARRIORS (Books 2 & 3). .
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.
September 2016: Outlaw Hearts Series Book #3, LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE!
"Bittner's third installment in her Outlaw Hearts Saga (after 2015's DO NOT FORSAKE ME) follows the Harkner clan in the late 1890's as they establish their ranch in Colorado and deal with threats to their family. Jake Harkner, a former outlaw turned U.S. Marshal who's now a rancher, enjoys working the land of the J&L Ranch. At 60, Jake feels blessed to have his wife Miranda by his side along with their children, Lloyd and Evie, and their families. But Jake has made many enemies over the years, and he knows that he must protect his family when he learns that one of the men who raped Evie has been released from prison. Meanwhile, Randy's afraid that he'll let his lawless side take over and she'll lose him once again to prison. Intense romance complete with the page-turning adventures of life in the old west propels this novel forward to its stunning conclusion, complete with the promise of a future installment." -- Publisher's Weekly, July 2016.
4.5 Stars, September TOP PICK! "What a joy for Bittner's legion of fans to read the third in the Outlaw Hearts saga! Bittner writes powerful, beautiful, harsh and tender stories that take readers' breaths away with their emotional depth. Strong characters, powerful storytelling, realistic history, sexuality and passion all portrayed through the lives and loves of one remarkable family. This is a tale of tragedy and triumph and the undying power of family to overcome all odds. Bittner at the top of her form. (Plot Summary): After decades of being a hunted man, a lawman and a family man, Jake Harkner can try to live a quiet life. But he can't stop danger from following them to the Colorado ranch he, Miranda and their children have built. When men from Jake's past return to destroy his hard-earned retirement and his son Lloyd's life on the line, Jake will strap on his guns and ride into peril. When his daughter and Miranda are caught in the middle, he will risk everything to save them. But the days of one man's gun ruling the West are dying and with the new century coming, new rules apply. Still, Jake will allow no one and nothing to stand in his way." -- RT Book Reviews
Be sure to watch for the mention of a "secret character" in LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE!! I've decided that if I'm going to set books in areas and time periods in which important characters in some of my other books lived, then for the sake of realism, some of those characters from past books should be mentioned!
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NEW For 2016 In all E-Reader Formats (Print-On-Demand hopefully coming in 2017):
During 2016, thirteen more of my older titles have been reissued by Diversion Books with new covers. They are available first as e-books, then, later (I hope), will be out in print-on-demand trade paperbacks. I thought you might be interested in seeing the original publisher and publication date, as well as the theme involved in each title. It just struck me that many of these books, which are still in demand today, are older than some of my readers! (Click on any cover to read more about that book.)
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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