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Countdown to 5 September, and THE LAST OUTLAW:
September 5 is Getting closer every day! And I'm working on questions about people and events in the first three Outlaw books that you will have to answer for a contest I'm sponsoring August 31st! So read up on the previous books. It will be fun! Lots of prizes!
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 the advance reviews agree with her!
Publisher's Weekly says: "Bittner has achieved what few authors can: making her fourth installment just as fresh and alluring as the first while keeping the same protagonists at the center of the story." RT Book Reviews has named it a Top Pick, with 4 ½ stars: "The last book in the unforgettable Outlaw Hearts series is as powerful a story as readers could want. Bittner strives to gift fans with stories of strength, undying love, family ties and a portrait of the West that sears into their hearts." (You will enjoy reading the full reviews here!)
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 am VERY anxious to hear what you, my readers, have to say -- through 37 years and 66 completed novels, YOU are the ones who have kept me going!
In all of the excitement over THE LAST OUTLAW, though, don't forget that, coming on 3 October 2017, there will be another "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.
The Outlaw Hearts Series:
To order in all e-reader/ print formats, please see my E-book List page!
Meanwhile, CAPTURE MY HEART is a huge sucess in both the Kindle and trade paperback versions! I've gotten some wonderful reviews, and am delighted that you are all loving this book! (Click here for details about CAPTURE MY HEART.)
I am currently working on several ideas for new books (including a fifth "Jake" book and a sequel to CAPTURE MY HEART), but I'm hoping Sourcebooks will give me the go-ahead on a brand-new story idea that I am very excited about! My working title is LOGAN'S LADY, and its about a high-born English woman (Elizabeth Bennett) who ends up kidnapped and stranded in the wilds of Wyoming, where she is rescued by a rough-and-tumble bounty hunter named Logan Best. These two are both strong-willed and opinionated and dont get along at all at first. But eventually, the princess and the cowboy will realize they had better learn to overcome their differences because try as they might, they cant ignore the feelings they begin to have for each other!
I haven't forgotten about the contemporary Native American romance I want to write, and Diversion Books is still very interested in my idea for writing sequels to some of my older titles, somewhere down the road. But I can only write so fast, so just be patient. All these books will get written and published eventually, so hang in there!
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, will be released soon! It's been years since I've read these books, so it's like a whole new read for me. I am currently proofing the print version of COMANCHE SUNSET. What a great story! Can't wait to read about Moses Tucker in LAWLESS LOVE all over again!
2017 may also see the return of several more of my older novels in e-reader formats and print-on-demand. I'm not sure yet of all the details, but I do know that Amazon has promised MONTANA WOMAN, EMBERS OF THE HEART and SONG OF THE WOLF, in e-reader and trade paperback, with all new covers. 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! You'll find all three books of the Outlaw Series, as well as an assortment of my older titles. I am excited to have such a great outlet for my work right here in 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 meif 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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