Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West
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LOGAN'S LADY, 3/2019
worlds in conflict
DESPERATE HEARTS, 9/2014
"A passionate love story set against the magnificent 1860's Montana landscape! Vigilante Mitch Brady saves young Emma Wainright from a fate worse than death, only to find out later that she's wanted back in New York City for murder. By then Emma has made her way under Mitch's skin and stirred his desire to claim her as his own, leaving him torn between behaving as a lawman - or behaving as a man on fire for a woman who has stolen his heart and his sense of right and wrong. DESPERATE HEARTS is full of hot sex and great western adventure, told in the memorable and realistic way only Rosanne Bittner can write it!"
DESPERATE HEARTSis set in 1880's Montana and is packed with "wild west" action, a good share of humor, and lots of romance!
What Readers Are Saying About DESPERTE HEARTS:
"A picture of the American West on the cusp of civilization, but not quite there yet. God bless Rosanne Bittner for keeping it old school. Bittner built her career writing lawless westerns. Westerns set in dissolute areas where the local law consisted of a sturdy tree and a hangmans noose. Where the characters would go to church on Sunday assuming there was a church to go to and not six feet of snow outside the front door of their one-room cabin. . . . Desperate Hearts. . . features trademarks one would expect from one of her westerns: the moral hero with a code of honor, the heroine who is in over her head at first, but then toughens up, and the general lawlessness that plagues a land where civilization hasnt firmly taken root." -- Wendy the Super Librarian, Heroes and Heartbreakers.com.
"The Historic Wild West in all its facets just comes alive in this author's written word. Her ability to blend a nice spicy romance against the gritty settings and engaging plots is just a plus in this standalone story about a desperate, terrified woman seeking to lose herself in the West and the rough, capable, protective and yet gentle lawman that only wants her trust and her love. . . . The setting of a mining town in Montana Territory and the raw justice served by the vigilantes was fascinating and a strong foundation for the story. The description of daily life in a mining town and the people that populated it was painted so well that I could picture it and feel I was there while reading. " -- Sophia Rose, Amazon.com. (Read the complete review here.)
"Rosanne Bittner has written many novels and I have read quite a few of her works. In fact, I wonder that she can come up with new story lines. However in Desperate Hearts she has done just that. Although its a classic tale of a runaway heroine trying to escape the clutches of a depraved relative, there is enough action and adventure in this novel to keep you interested to the last page." -- Barb, Night Owl Reviews. (Read the complete review here.)
Rating: 4 stars -- "Ms. Bittner writes a mean western. She is historically accurate (she must have had a gunslinger in her family!) and she believes in true love. Those combinations add up to a good read. I enjoyed the story and worried about the main characters. This author has a talent for drawing you into the story and keeping you there. I like that; it makes the book more worth reading. Now to find some more by her "-- Alice, Long and Short Reviews. (Read the complete review here.)
"4 stars HOT - One of the foremost western romance writers takes a classic plotline and gives it a twist. In this wonderful love story and realistic portrait of the wild Montana Territory, the reader experiences everything - sights, sounds, feelings - along with Bittner's characters. SUMMARY: Elizabeth Wainright has to get as far away from New York City and false accusations of murder as she can, so she heads for Montana to teach. From the moment she steps off the train, Elizabeth lands under the protection of lawman Mitch Brady. The last thing she needs is anyone looking into her past, but in this untamed town she requires a champion. Mitch senses she's hiding something. As he gets to know Elizabeth, he begins to respect her spunk and falls in love. But when his work and her past collide, will their love survive?" -- Kathe Robin. RT Book Reviews
"Emma Radcliffe is on the run from her abusive stepfather and her destination is the tiny gold-rush town of Alder, Montana. Born a lady and raised in wealth back in New York City, Emma leaves it all behind to become a teacher named Elizabeth Wainright. The last thing she wants is to catch the eye of Mitch Brady, the big, strong local lawman. A vigilante with his own ideas about justice and a strong defender of women, Mitch sees Emma and falls in love, hard. He shows in every way possible that she can trust him, and makes his intentions quite clear. Emma also falls in love, not just with Mitch but also with the independent and fiercely loyal townspeople and the gritty wilderness around her. Alder is the quintessential Wild West town where everyone has a past and no one asks any questions. This western historical is chock-full of danger, with families set on a vendetta, the threat of Emma's stepfather, and the daily demands of Mitch's job, but Emma is no wilting lily, proving she is a match for Mitch in every way." -- Publisher's Weekly
"Rosanne has penned another Bittner classic. Murder, deception, vigilantes, and hearts desperate for survival. As only Bittner can do, she pulls you into a story that will tear at your heart and leave you feeling hungover from love in the end. One to not miss!!!" -- Tonya, 13 September 2014
"Wonderful Wonderful book as usual by the very talented author Rosanne Bittner. This is her newest book just released a couple of weeks ago. I had the book since before actual release date but I just started it yesterday while at beauty shop and finished it this morning. Now I have to wait til summer 2015 for her next book but that will be ok as I am re reading her older books again. It's been so long since I have read some of them its like reading for the first time. This author has a way of making you feel as you are literally pulled back in time to the old West. She has a way of writing historical romances unlike any other author I have ever read. Her books make me wish I lived in another time and place. She is one of those rare must read authors. This copy came from a larger Walmart as our small one didn't have it. So check your local Walmart or Barnes & Noble and get a copy I promise you will not be disappointed" -- Glenda, 13 September 2014
PARADISE VALLEY, 7/2013
Twenty-year-old Maggie Tucker's life is forever altered when outlaws murder her husband and attack Maggie, leaving her alone and lost in the wilds of 1800's Wyoming. A strong woman who refuses to bend to shame or fear, Maggie buries her husband and vows to find the men who stole nearly all her belongings and tried to destroy her spirit.
Sage Lightfoot, the owner of a ranch called Paradise Valley, is hunting for three men who murdered his best ranch hand. When he comes across a young woman collapsed beside an open grave, he stays to help her.
From that moment on a life-changing journey begins for Maggie and Sage, two people from different worlds who are drawn together in the common cause of justice. Their search brings them together in unexpected ways; but a secret Maggie carries, and a woman from Sage's past, could destroy the love they find as they overcome incredible danger and life-threatening adventure along Wyoming's famed Outlaw Trail.
What Readers Are Saying About PARADISE VALLEY:
"FOUR STARS - RATED "HOT" -- One of the
most powerful voices in western romance returns with a gritty, earthy, moving
love story that captures the true spirit of the West. Bittner sweeps readers
away with a powerful tale that brings her fans back to the days of early
western romance and the unforgettable men and women whose determination carved
out a nation.
"TRUE GRIT, TRUE LOVE: The rough-and-tumble West is the setting for romance in Rosanne Bittner's Paradise Valley. In 1886, widow Maggie Tucker teams up with rancher Sage Lightfoot to track the thieves who murdered both her husband and Sage's foreman. Though Sage is reluctant to take the young redhead on such an arduous journey, she proves her courage and grit to him early on. Sage is aware of Maggie's sexual appeal, too, but due to a previous love affair gone bad, he intends to ignore the attraction. However, close quarters and Maggie's desire to be with a man who makes her feel safe-and whom she has come to love-push them into passion. Now traveling as husband and wife, they tackle varied dangers, make new friends and learn about each other's pasts and past hurts. Maggie fears she might never have claim to Sage's heart, but she holds on to hope as they draw closer to their quarry. Bittner has written an enthralling, gritty read with colorful, dangerous characters, as well as a hero and heroine who face hard lives yet are not hardened to love. -- Romance by Christie Ridgway, Book Page, July 2013
"There's danger at every turn in Bittner's exciting tale of romance in the Old West, and readers will find themselves wrapped up in the adventure." -- Booklist Online
"Rosanne Bittner's vivid descriptions transport you back to 1886 in this historial romance.... Rosanne has plenty of twists in her novel, making it a page turner." -- Joyce Brennan, author of "Don't Dance on my Heart," and "Broken Promises."
"Rosanne~ I just finished Paradise Valley last night and as usual it was wonderful, and I hated it to end. What a sweet ending. It is up to your standards of great quality taking the reader on an adventure through magnificent landscapes and survival. It is a heartwarming story of love and perseverance, and leaves you feeling warm and happy that love conquers all. It seems that each book you write could have sequel after sequel. Looking forward to your next one. Wish the books could be longer! I hate for the stories to end! :-)" -- Barbara
"I really enjoyed reading Paradise Valley. I have waited long enough! I am an Old fan from the 1980's! I started reading Book #1 of Savage destiny series! Can't wait for another Good ol' Rosanne Bittner book! I Love your books!!" -- Carla Sue
"I Love Paradise Valley. I wanted to read it again after I finished it. I will anxiously wait for the future book in the summer of 2014. I purchased it as an iBook and monopolized the iPad from my husband while I read it. In this form I can reread it as often as I want. Looking forward to new releases." -- Debbie
"WOW Paradise Valley was another GREAT BOOK from you! ... Love your books now and forever!" -- Karen
"Oh my I got your book PARADISE VALLEY...I could not put it down till I got through with it! Great book!" -- Sarah, via Facebook
"This author can grab my attention from the start of a book and keep it until the end. The characters come to life and as a reader I can't wait to see them finally have a happily ever after. One thing in particular I loved about this book were many of the side characters: I enjoyed seeing the "good" outlaws and "fallen women" come together to help. It was an interesting addition to the community." Amanda, Amazon.com review
"Rosanne Bittner is a highly acclaimed western author who knows how to depict the men and women of the American West. Bittner's ability to characterize the indomitable spirit and determination within her heroes and heroines is legendary. Many of her fans have waited for over ten years for a new release from the author and will be extremely pleased with the outcome. Good things are worth the wait and PARADISE VALLEY certainly falls into that category -- A western romance with a flair for the dramatic, PARADISE VALLEY is a must read for Bittner fans! Bittner conveys a sense of urgency and need in this novel. The quest for revenge turns into something a lot less easy to define as Sage and Maggie track the men who killed her husband and stole from both of them. I look forward to what's to come from Bittner. She has definitely shown she has a lot more stories to tell!" -- Deb, excerpted from Amazon.com
CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE in the LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS Anthology, 9/2019
My short story CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE, in the Sourcebooks Christmas anthology LONGING FOR A COWBOY CHRISTMAS is 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.
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
Reissue: WILDEST DREAMS
Originally published by Bantam, 7/94. Sourcebooks trade paperback, 2/12; Sourcebooks mass-market paperback, 1/5/16.
WILDEST DREAMS: Lettie McBride knows that joining a wagon train heading West is her chance to begin anew, far from the devastating memories of the night that changed her forever. She doesn't believe she can escape the pain of innocence lost, or feel desire for any man...until she meets Luke Fontaine.
Haunted by his own secrets, Luke would never blame Lettie for what happened in the past. One glance at the pretty redhead is enough to fill the handsome, hard-driving pioneer with a savage hunger.
Against relentless snows, murderous desperadoes, and raiding Sioux, Luke and Lettie will face a heartrending choice: abandon a lawless land before it destroys them, or fight for their Wildest Dreams.
Luke Fontaine and Lettie MacBride meet on a wagon train headed west, both of them running from a past and from places to which they intend to never return. They fall in love, and Lettie follows Luke to Montana, where Luke intends to build a cattle empire of his own. Beset by relentless snows, Indian attacks, run-ins with horse thieves, buffalo hunters, a grizzly bear, prairie fires, vigilantes and the countless other challenges of settling in wild country, the powerful love Luke and Lettie share helps hold them together through a rugged pioneer life and through the loss of a son who is stolen away by Indians, never to return until he is a grown man.
WILDEST DREAMSis a vivid depiction of what life was like for America's pioneers, all set against the glorious panorama of Montana, "big-sky country," where there was a time when a man could own land that stretched so far that it would take days to ride its perimeter a land where a man could carve out his dreams and realize them and where a woman found strength and independence of a kind she'd never know in settled places.
Luke and Lettie raise a huge family, and WILDEST DREAMS goes into the lives of their children, whose hearts will always lie at "home," on the DOUBLE-L Ranch in Montana. Though people and events come along to try to destroy the love Luke and Lettie have for each other, nothing can come between them. By the end of this book, a sweeping saga of romance, adventure and realistic pioneer life, the courage it took for our American pioneers to settle this land will live on in the minds of the readers for years to come, along with an appreciation for the kind of people who settled America!
What Readers Are Saying About WILDEST DREAMS:
Dear Rosanne: I have just finished reading WILDEST DREAMS and I had to let you know just how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a book that kept me riveted from the first page to the very last one. I could not put it down. It was non stop enjoyment. I downloaded another from the casablanca series. Thanks for a great read. -- Pat
"Rosanne Bittner creates characters that seem so real they stay with you. This is a story about a love that evolved and changed through the challenges of lifes ups and downs during a time when 'civilization' was just being brought to the west. Anyone who enjoys reading about the difficult times our pioneers had in settling the land would enjoy this book." -- Michelle, GoodReads
"Readers can now replace their tattered copies of this tale, originally published in 1994, with a beautiful new edition. Anyone seeking an emotional, sweeping Western saga need look no further, as Rosanne Bittner provides a couple who suffer strife and loss, but endure it all because they're together. Luke is a sometimes hard to like character, but he and Lettie embody the pioneer spirit necessary to thrive in a harsh land. . . . the major characters have all the depth and nuance readers will crave." -- Heather Nordahl Files, Affaire de Coeur, 2012. (Read the entire review here.)
"A hasty opening drops the reader head-first into a story already in progress, but the plunge is quickly forgotten as Bittner's characters spring to life. It's 1863. Upon learning that he is illegitimate, independent Luke Fontaine strikes out on his own to prove himself. On a west-bound wagon train, he falls in love with Lettie, a rape victim with an illegitimate child. Since her rape, Lettie has felt unworthy of another relationship, but Luke is determined to convince her otherwise with the kind of understanding attitude that makes this epic saga of 25 years so memorable. Luke and Lettie head for Montana to begin a dynasty--which is both Luke's dream and his way of avenging himself on his estranged family. The couple are true pioneers, staking out their claim on the raw, untamed Montana Territory inch-by-inch. Nothing is easy and their happiness is hard won and revered. Their experiences are not out of the ordinary for the time (a son is abducted by Indians, a grizzly attack, a child dies of fever), but are extraordinary for the depth of emotion with which they are portrayed. Bittner is one of those writers whose talent has grown over the years; that talent truly blossoms in Wildest Dreams." -- Publisher's Weekly, 1994.
A Chinese translation of WILDEST DREAMS was also published in Taiwan! Click here to see what the cover looked like.
Reissue: THUNDER ON THE PLAINS
Originally published in hardcover by Doubleday, 1/92; Bantam paperback, 8/92; Sourcebooks trade paperback, 7/12; Sourcebooks mass market paperback, 10/15.
In a land of opportunity: Sunny Landers wanted a big lifeas big and free as the untamed land that stretched before her. Land she would help her father conquer to achieve his dream of a transcontinental railroad. She wouldnt let a cold, creaky wagon, murderous bandits, or stampeding buffalo get in her way. She wanted it allincluding Colt Travis.
All the odds were against them: Like the land of his birth, half-Cherokee Colt Travis was wild, hard, and dangerous. He was a drifter, a wilderness scout with no land and no prospects hired by the Landers family to guide their wagon train. He knew Sunny was out of his league and her father would never approve, but beneath the endless starlit sky, anything seemed possible
What Readers Are Saying About THUNDER ON THE PLAINS:
"Bittner writes epic romance in the truest sense. She weaves magic through the pages as she takes readers back in time on a remarkable journey." -- Jonel B.(Read entire review here!)
"I started reading this wonderful book by Rosanne Bittner with no intention of doing it all in one sitting, but that's exactly what happened. I was so spellbound with the excitement and tragedy dealt to both these young people searching for real love, that I couldn't put it down. The tragedy of the Wild West and Indians molds Colt Travis into a man desperate for love, and provides a stimulating and terrific read. Sunny Landers is a strong, warm-hearted woman intent to lead, and one you can't help but fall in love with. THUNDER ON THE PLAINS was truly an inspiring and romantic tale that will take you on a wild and beautiful adventure like no other." -- Kay Quintin, Fresh Fiction (Read entire review here!)
"Hi, Rosanne -- I have just finished reading THUNDER ON THE PLAINS and simply had to write and tell you how spectacular it was. I was completely absorbed. The story sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. It was not the typical historical romance you read, all melodramatic sex scenes and no substance. This story felt like it could be real. I half expected to read your author's notes and find out it was based on a true story or real people. . . I can tell you the suspense drove me insane, of wondering when Colt and Sunny would run into each other again, would they be brave enough to seize their love this time, and then the frustration of watching them part ways again and go about their lives trying to forget each other. I was desperate to know how it would end and I began to doubt they would ever actually end up together. I would LOVE to see this book get screen rights and the characters to be brought to life [in a movie]!" -- Rhiannon, 26 March 2015
"To fulfill his dream of building a railroad across America, Bo Landers hires young Colt Travis in 1857 to guide his party along a possible route. Landers's young, innocent, and beautiful daughter Sunny is immediately attracted to the tall, dark, and ruggedly handsome half-breed scout, and he to her. They deny their love for 12 years, knowing their worlds are too different for a relationship between them to succeed. Outside influences work against them, too: war, imprisonment, the deliberate intervention of her relatives, injuries, marriage to others. This is a well-written historical novel, and the macho but tender Colt is a hero to set feminine hearts aflutter. Other characters are also realistic in the action-packed story. . . . Western romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this." Publisher's Weekly, 1992.
In 2000 and 2016/17, THUNDER ON THE PLAINS was published in France! Click here to see what the covers look like.
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