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All Seven SAVAGE DESTINY Books are now available Print-on-Demand Trade Paperback or E-Reader Editions!

SWEET PRAIRIE PASSION, 2015 Kindle and POD EditionRIDE THE FREE WIND, 2015 Kindle and POD EditionRIVER OF LOVE, 2015 Kindle and POD EditionEMBRACE THE WILD LAND, 2015 Kindle and POD EditionCLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, 2015 Kindle and POD EditionMEET THE NEW DAWN, 2015 Kindle and POD EditionEAGLE'S SONG, 2015 Kindle and POD Edition

All 7 of my SAVAGE DESTINY books are now back in print- on- demand trade paperbacks, with brand new covers!! Please see my E-book List page for direct ordering links from


DO NOT FORSAKE ME on the cover of the July 2015 issue of RT Magazine.       I was SO excited not only to receive a fantastic review from RT Book Reviews in their July 2015 issue, but also to be interviewed for the print / online magazine's COVER story! For those of you who may have missed this issue, we have received permission from the publishers to reproduce the entire article! Please click here to read it!

       I have recently needed to re-read several of my older titles for conversion to e-books. Through all of this, I am noticing something about my heroes – they tend to be a lot alike – i.e. rugged, take no sh--, well built, extremely able with fists, guns or in the case of the Native Americans, sometimes knife, tomahawk or lance. They are survivors. I am falling in love all over again with each one of them. Let’s face it. Women love to read about the bad-ass who’s vulnerable in some way when it comes to his woman – a man who would die for her, who loves her unconditionally (actually he adores her) – who always has her back and who is true to her. He might be hard to live with, but what woman wants to live without him! Read my Current Blog Entry: What's In A Hero here!

       Exciting news about OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME: both books are going into a second printing! Print will be darker, and they will go back to regular paper instead of the thin stuff. Hope this helps some of you with complaints about the weight of the paper and the pale print.

       AND...Are you readers ready for this? I told my editor I was already contemplating a fourth "Jake" book now that I have finished #3. I thought she'd say "enough is enough." But she seems very open to the idea! It wouldn't be quite as big a book as the first three, but still likely a good 400-500 pages. I call it THE LAST OUTLAW. She wants to see a proposal after she reads LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE. No promises here, but I think there just might be a fourth book!

       Wow, the reviews coming in on DO NOT FORSAKE ME are the best reviews for one of my books that I have ever received! I am so happy that my readers love this book as much as I do! One of my long-time fans posted on my Facebook page: "Omg this has got to be the best book Rosanne Bittner has written so far. I hated for it to end. I love loved it!!! Jake and Miranda just get even more precious!!!! And oh his grandson 'Little Jake' is a pistol ball. Get it asap and read or devour it as I did!! You definitely will not be disappointed!!!" THANKS, Glenda!

NEW for 2015: DO NOT FORSAKE ME, the epic sequel to OUTLAW HEARTS       Annalisa Pesek of Library Journal writes:

     "In this long-awaited sequel to Outlaw Hearts, notorious outlaw–turned–U.S. marshal Jake Harkner and wife Miranda have settled in Guthrie, OK, with their children Lloyd and Evita, now grown and building families of their own. No longer a fugitive with a price on his head, Jake has found some peace yet continues to struggle to forgive himself for his past misdeeds and worries for the safety of his family, as many of his former associates wish him dead. Miranda, whose intrepid and loyal character will bind readers to her from the series start, is the only one who can keep Jake from falling back into his old life. Bittner wonderfully juxtaposes Miranda’s poise and inner strength with Jake’s hard, ruthless exterior to fuel a never-ending passion. Their unlikely romance catches the attention of earnest Chicago journalist Jeff Trubridge, who’s determined to write a book that reveals the real Jake Harkner, and his outsider role becomes essential when a band of killers plot a final attempt to destroy Jake and the family he can’t live without.
     Verdict: Against the backdrop of a raw Western landscape, this post–Civil War–era romance delights the senses. Through Jake, Bittner (Desperate Hearts) explores the complex issues of childhood abuse, self-forgiveness, the bonds of family, and love’s promise to be true no matter the price." (You can read the Library Journal review online here.)

       PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY called DO NOT FORSAKE ME "[A] refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West." (You can entire review here.) Readers have also left some fabulous reviews on

  • "I think I have a new author to follow in Roseanne Bittner: the writing and characterization is wonderfully done with characters that dance above the norm for romance: mid 40’s and 50’s. . . Bittner takes the reader on a journey that is emotional, easy to relate to and mixes those with the elements and incidents that are true to the life and environment of the time: not always pretty, neat or clean." -- Gaele

  • "Well now, I might have found a new author to binge on. . . Do Not Forsake Me was a wonderful read. I'd say it's more family saga than romance but I loved it. From the characters--who were in their 40s-50s and married 26 years-- to the locale of the frontier to the danger surrounding this family at every turn. A legendary outlaw turned lawman who so many want to take down just to claim they were the ones to kill the legend. A reporter wanting to tell the story of the real man behind that legend. It was just fascinating at every turn." -- Anna

  • "Reading Do Not Forsake Me was like sitting in a warm embrace. . . Ms. Bittner deals with love and forgiveness beautifully. She shows again and again that true strength is not about the physical but comes from within. . . This series is what romance books are all about and Do Not Forsake Me lives up to it's predecessor, showing both new readers and those who read this years ago, Roseanne Bittner just gets romance." -- Shauni

  • "What really peaked my interest in continuing with this second book however is that the events that are chronicled in this fictional tale actually are very much true to what life was like for the men and women who lived and died in the western territories of the 1800’s. . . This is a story filled with adversity, courage, love, honor and heartache." -- Jackie

       THANK YOU to everyone who has left/ is leaving such great messages to prospective readers -- and to me -- on! Those reviews mean so much to me! Click here to read them all in their entirety.

The 2015 reissue of OUTLAW HEARTS       OUTLAW HEARTS is getting some really outstanding reviews, too! The June 15, 2013 issue of Library Journal calls me "an award-winning writer noted for her realistic and carefully researched novels," and Shauni, reviewer for "Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales, and Fantasy" calls OUTLAW HEARTS:

"An epic saga. A story that spans a lifetime and tells of two totally mismatched individuals who fell in love, then walked through fire to remain together. ... Outlaw Hearts is what true romance should be. These two didn't have it easy but they fought to be together. Forever meant something. ... Ms. Bittner writes such rage and passion into this book that it comes alive. I understood Jake's fears, his anger and his desire to make a better life for him and Miranda and their children. I was brokenhearted when his past kept coming back and ruined what he had built. And I cheered when they once again triumphed. This is a long book but it seemed too short when I had read the final word. ... A True gift to the romance world. Do Not Forsake Me, A Sequel is coming out July 7, 2015 and I find myself already screaming because it's not here yet. Because believe me when I tell you, Romance doesn't get any better than this!" (Read entire review here.)

       I am now finished writing the first draft of LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE . What a roller coaster ride! I didn't outline one thing for this story. I just picked right up and continued on with their lives in Colorado. OMG, this story really took a lot out of me. So, so emotional! Wonderful, joyful moments - a tense, climactic event in Denver that had even me scared Jake could get himself hanged - a sensationally emotional ending for Jake and Randy. The book is in 3 parts, and all three are powerful and memorable and I am worn out - pulled through a wringer - beat up and dragged behind a pickup - my brain hurts - my heart hurts - and I'll be going through JHPTSD - Jake Harkner Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You think I'm kidding, but I'm not. My only catharsis is knowing I'll have to go through this story 2-3 more times with my editor. I usually hate the editing part, but in this case I love it because I get to go back to this story and to Jake and re-read and re-live this story all over again. It's been a hell of a ride, and writing a story about Jake's grandsons is now a must, especially a grown-up Little Jake.

        A publication date of September 2016 has been assigned to LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE, and the cover, also by Jon Paul, has been completed -- oh, how I wish I could share it with you! In fact, I can't wait to share #3 with all of you - beginning with new teasers next summer.

       What a dream come true it would be to get these books on the big screen! Who do you guys think should play Jake and Randy? Probably will never happen, but it's fun to imagine.

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       My novella INDIAN SUMMER, which is a prequel to FULL CIRCLE, has been reissued both as an ebook novella and as part of the reissue of 1994's CHERISHED MOMENTSanthology! I have a beautiful new cover for INDIAN SUMMER, which is the story of Maggie Gibbons, mother of FULL CIRCLE heroine Evelyn Gibbons! For more information, please click here! And, to order in all e-reader formats, please see my E-book List page.

        MYSTIC DREAMERS, MYSTIC VISIONS and MYSTIC WARRIORS are now available in all e-book formats! To order, please see my E-book List page. In case you're wondering how I happened to write this series -- Many years ago I read an article about a stone medicine wheel on the top of Medicine Mountain in the Big Horn Mountains of northern Wyoming. The moment I read about this stone medicine wheel, I knew I wanted to write a book that would be based around this sacred site. Read more here.

Thunder on the Plains mass market paperback reissue, Oct. 2015Wildest Dreams mass market paperback reissue, January 2016       Wow, WILDEST DREAMSand THUNDER ON THE PLAINS, which were reissued by Sourcebooks Casablanca three years ago in trade paperback, will be reissued YET AGAIN in mass market paperback! They will have brand new, more dramatic covers similar to DO NOT FORSAKE ME. Tentatively, THUNDER ON THE PLAINS is scheduled for October 2015 and WILDEST DREAMSfor January 2016. Here are the new covers for THUNDER ON THE PLAINS and WILDEST DREAMS. (If you are new to my writing, you can read more about THUNDER ON THE PLAINS and WILDEST DREAMSon my new Sourcebooks Casablanca page.)

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        I've also submitted a proposal for a new Indian/white historical romance called EMBRACE THE WIND, as well as a proposal for a sequal to PARADISE VALLEY. Yes, it's time to revisit Sage and Maggie!

       Thanks, everyone, for your awesome response to my 2014 new release, DESPERATE HEARTS! I've had some wonderful book signings and gotten some great reviews on this one. DESPERATE HEARTS is set in 1880's Montana and is packed with "wild west" action, a good share of humor, and lots of romance!. (Read more about DESPERATE HEARTS here, and find ordering information for all e-reader formats on my E-book List page)

       Remember, I can now "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 -- including a printable pdf that you can glue inside your printed book!

       And if you want a print book autographed for yourself or before you “gift” it, just e-mail me privately at for mailing information, and I will pay the postage to send the signed books back to you!

Rosanne Bittner and other book seller sites encourage readers to leave comments. If you loved my books -- let people know via the Reviews section of, Barnes &, and any others you can think of! Your review might be the one that convinces a new reader to buy a Bittner book!

       By the way, if you can't make it to one of my personal appearances, and would like a print book signed, I'll autograph a label for you to stick in your book! Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (or a self-addressed envelope and an international reply coupon if you live outside the United States) to: P. O. Box 1044, Coloma, MI 49038 and I'll get a signed label right back to you.

        I still have several extra copies of some OLDER BOOKS that are no longer available! 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.

       I also have available THE TOUCH OF LOVE, a 46-page short story/ 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 In action, it falls between MYSTIC VISIONS and MYSTIC WARRIORS (Books 2 & 3).

       Please Email me 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.

       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 a new Rosanne Bittner book. I have been sharing your messages with my agent, as well as all of my readers via my Guestbook page!


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!

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! Associate





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