Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West

Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West


Updated 17 March 2017

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Capture My Heart       My new Indian romance, CAPTURE MY HEART, will be coming on 15 March! I don't have a cover to show you yet, but I know you will love Two Wolves -- and thank you, 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!

       "Claire Stewart has inherited her father’s freighting business based in 1864 Denver, Colorado. Determined to prove she is capable of running the business on her own, Claire must compete against a wealthy businessman who wants to bring her down.

       "Two Wolves, half Cheyenne, scouts for the U. S. Army. He is determined to prove that white men have been committing raids against their own kind in order to fuel the fires of hatred of Colorado citizens against the Cheyenne. When he rescues Claire from just such an attack, he is struck by her fiery independence and youthful beauty. Most of all, he admires her brave attempt to save her father’s business and to help Two Wolves prove that her attack was by white men, led by the very businessman who is her competitor.

       "Through events that keep forcing these two together and cause Two Wolves to risk his life in Claire’s defense more than once, a bond develops that turns into a steamy attraction between a tiny, red-headed young white woman and a powerful, brave, handsome Indian warrior. This attraction leads to a hot, forbidden romance that develops into a memorable “against-all-odds” love story.

       "Set against the true history of atrocities committed by the Colorado militia against peaceful Cheyenne, CAPTURE MY HEART brings to light the struggle of the southern Cheyenne to survive amid more and more white settlement; and it shows the courage of Indians and certain brave whites alike in trying to keep the peace during one of the most difficult periods in Colorado history."

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2017 Reissues:

       2017 will also see the reissue of several more of my older novels in e-reader formats and hopefully print-on-demand. I'm not sure yet of all the details, but I do know that MONTANA WOMAN, EMBERS OF THE HEART and SONG OF THE WOLF will soon be reissued by Amazon with all new covers!

Join my Street Team/Read THE TOUCH OF LOVE!

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 In action, it falls between MYSTIC VISIONS and MYSTIC WARRIORS (Books 2 & 3). .

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Coming 5 September 2017: THE LAST OUTLAW

The Last Outlaw       HERE IT IS -- the new cover for THE LAST OUTLAW, aka "Jake #4!" "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 Harkner’s hung up his guns for good and finally found a measure of peace—but 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 isn’t long before Jake is embroiled in a rescue mission he simply can’t 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 he’s always lived—by 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!

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Coming 3 October 2017: CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY'S ARMS Anthology, with my story A CHICK-A-DEE CHRISTMAS!

Christmas In a Cowboy's Arms       "Stay toasty this holiday season with heart-warming tales of the Wild West! This Western Christmas anthology features bestselling authors including: Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Anna Schmidt, Margaret Brownley, and Amy Sandas. Each story features rugged cowboys, the women who've lassoed their hearts...and the Christmas miracles that bring them together."

        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 can’t 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.

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Theater Ad/ Outlaw Series Video

       Movie buffs who went to any Moore Theater in Niles, Coloma, South Haven, Plainwell and Battle Creek, MI, between mid-August and the end of November 2016, saw my ad on the big screen! Click here or on the link below!

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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.)

In the Shadow of the Mountains, reissued in Jan. 2016The Forever Tree, reissued in Jan. 2016Tame The Wild Wind, reissued in Jan. 2016 Rapture's Gold, , reissued in Feb. 2016Tender Betrayal, reissued in Feb. 2016Heart's Surrender, reissued in Feb. 2016Lawless LoveComanche SunsetCaress Sweet Mountain MagicUnforgettableShamelessLove's Bounty

  1. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAINS, Bantam Books, 7/91; Diversion Books, love story about the founding of Denver. Ordering Options

  2. THE FOREVER TREE, Bantam Books, 3/95; High-born Spanish woman and a logger from New England. Ordering Options

  3. TAME THE WILD WIND, Bantam Books, 10/96; Female owner of a stage station/ Native American. Ordering Options

  4. RAPTURE'S GOLD, Zebra Books, 9/86; Female gold miner/ guide. Ordering Options

  5. TENDER BETRAYAL, Bantam Books, 10/93; Civil War North/ South love story. Ordering Options

  6. HEART'S SURRENDER, Zebra Books, 2/88; Cherokee hero. Ordering Options

  7. LAWLESS LOVE, Zebra Books, 11/85; Outlaw/ Nun. Ordering Options

  8. COMANCHE SUNSET, Zebra Books, 11/91; Comanche hero. Ordering Options

  9. CARESS, Zebra Books, 7/92; Kansas/Missouri border wars. Ordering Options

  10. SWEET MOUNTAIN MAGIC, Zebra Books, 3/90; Mountain Man/ pioneer woman. Ordering Options

  11. UNFORGETTABLE, Zebra Books, 1/94; Orphaned female/ soldier. Ordering Options

  12. SHAMELESS, Zebra Books, 2/93; Female Mexican horse thief/ American soldier. Ordering Options

  13. LOVE'S BOUNTY, Zebra Books, 3/2000; Bounty Hunter/ female who hires him. Ordering Options

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September 2016: Outlaw Hearts Series Book #3, LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE!

LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE, coming in September 2016!       "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

Their Passion Shaped a Nation

Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they've finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.

Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes...

Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.

        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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     "The Queen of the Western Historical takes you on the grandest ride yet of her career. LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE opens to Jake and Miranda (Randy) Harkner finally enjoying the peace they have so long sought for nearly 30 years -- or have they truly found that peace for a man that has lived Outlaw then lawman? He definitely has made enemies and when they attack all he holds dear he takes care of things the only way he knows how. Then when Jake's guns can't completely fix a wrong committed he must fix in a way he never has before, drawing for the first time on the goodness and inner strength his beloved wife, daughter and son has always told him is inside of him. Although he has never seen it himself, he has to finally believe it or forever lose all that is precious to him. Can Jake learn that Love is the Sweetest Revenge of all?" -- Glenda, 30 August 2016.

     "Powerful, emotional, and superbly written. Jake Harkner, outlaw turned lawman turned rancher, and his beautiful wife of 30 years, Randy, face the most challenging time of their lives. After living peacefully the last 4 years on their Colorado ranch in the foothills of the Rockies, The Harkner family must band together in spirit to save their family's patriarch. Jake has lived his whole life trying to keep his dark side in check from an incident that occurred when he was a young boy. Randy had been his saving grace, but can her love and the love of his children and grandchildren save the infamous Jake Harkner and his Colt 44's now? The most gripping book I've ever read and an explosive ending that will leave you speechless. Can Love truly be Jake's Sweet Revenge? If you loved OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME, you'll be mesmerized by LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE. As Lloyd told Jake, "Revenge can be sweet, and it doesn't always mean needing a gun." -- Tonya, 4 September 2016.

     "Rosanne Bittner never ceases to amaze me. The highly anticipated new book, about the continuing story of the Harkner family, did not disappoint! I reread the first two, knowing this book was being released. I love the whole story line. I love the characters. I love the old west. I love being swept away and totally sucked in by a good book! Thank you! 5 Stars! Leaves me wanting more!"-- Suzanne, via, 9 September 2016.

     "Jake Wants Peace But He Will Defend His Family With His Life. Heartwarming. Intense. Gripping. Western Romance at its Best! ... Jake and Randy are at the heart of this story, but the scope has widened to include Lloyd and Katie and Evie and Brian, Jeff and Peter, along with the older grandchildren. Their story is all one. The line from Jake to Lloyd to Little Jake to show how each generation carries on the Harkers was clearly made. ... The past having bearing on the present and how each character handles it is a strong thematic element. ... The western history aspect of the story was strong and supported the romance and action plot. The author portrayed the latter years of the 1800s in Colorado, ranch life, and changes in the law and society well. There were hard hitting situations and elements. ... All in all, I was enthralled and wanted nothing more than to remain in the world of the Harkers. I'm so glad there is to be one more book for sure. Those who love sagas and Western romance really need to treat themselves to this series and this author's books."-- Sophia Rose, via, 6 September 2016. [Read entire review here.]

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     "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.

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The 2015 reissue of OUTLAW HEARTSNEW for 2015: DO NOT FORSAKE ME, the epic sequel to OUTLAW HEARTS       In June, 2015, Sourcebooks reissued my 1993 book OUTLAW HEARTS, in both print and e-reader formats! Jake Harkner is one of my all-time favorite heroes, and I'm happy that you'll be able to meet him in a brand-new edition of the book.

       Here's the really exciting part: not only did Sourcebooks love OUTLAW HEARTS, but they asked for a sequel! This is something I wanted to do for the 20 years since OUTLAW HEARTS was first published! Jake Harkner lived in my heart and mind almost constantly. His story wasn’t finished, which is why he continued to haunt me. The title is DO NOT FORSAKE ME.

       OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE MEare the saga of outlaw/ gunfighter (later turned lawman) Jake Harkner. These two books combine for an incredible love story, as Jake's strength comes from one woman, Miranda Harkner, who gives Jake the family he never thought he would have and helps him face his demons.

       The two books tell a beautiful, beautiful love story. Throughout both, Jake and Randy's deep devotion to each other helps them rise above life's struggles caused by Jake's past reputation, and helps Jake come to terms with the one devastating sin from his past that has haunted him all his life. Most of all, OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME tell the story of a man who deep inside is an abused little boy who wants nothing more than to be loved. AND -- I am well into writing a third Jake book, LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE, which Sourcebooks will release in September 2016!

       Just a note about these gorgeous covers: Jake Harkner is in reality cover model Nathan Kamp, and these breath-taking covers were designed by the very talented Jon Paul Ferrara. I feel so honored that Jon Paul designed the covers for OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME. I've had a look at my next "Jake" book cover - LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE- and it's just as beautiful as the first two! If you're interested in how this gorgeous art is created, please take a look at the video "Artist JON PAUL -- The Art of Romance."

The 2015 reissue of OUTLAW HEARTSOUTLAW HEARTS: United by chance, bound by fate, consumed by passion.

“A young widow who’s lost everything and a decent man on the wrong side of the law find love amid hardships and challenges in this epic Western romance by an award-winning writer noted for her realistic and carefully researched novels. First published by Bantam in 1993.” -- Library Journal, 15 June 2015

"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!" -- Shauni, "Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales, and Fantasy" (Read entire review here.)

       Miranda Hayes has lost everything-her family, her husband, her home. Orphaned and then widowed, desperate to find a safe haven, she sets out to cross a savage land alone...until chance brings her face-to-face with notorious gunslinger Jake Harkner.

       Hunted by the law and haunted by a brutal past, Jake has spent a lifetime fighting for everything he has. He's never known a moment's kindness...until fate brings him to the one woman willing to reach past his harsh exterior to the man inside. He would die for her. He would kill for her. He will do whatever it takes to keep her his.

       Spanning the dazzling West with its blazing deserts and booming gold towns, Jake and Miranda must struggle to endure every hardship that threatens to tear them apart. But the love of an outlaw comes with a price...and even their passion may not burn bright enough to conquer the coming darkness.

NEW for 2015: DO NOT FORSAKE ME, the epic sequel to OUTLAW HEARTSDO NOT FORSAKE ME: Fate brought them together. His past may tear them apart.

     "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." -- Annalisa Pesek of Library Journal (You can read the Library Journal review online here.)

"DO NOT FORSAKE ME is Bittner's proudest accomplishment to date, and it's easy to see why. She's consolidated her strengths to write a rolicking historical adventure that appeals to both genders, and readers old and new." -- RT Book Reviews, July 2015.

"[A] refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West. Jake is a man of his time who feels deeply possessive of Miranda, and though Bittner takes pains to describe her as a strong woman, she’s also quite willing to yield to her man. There’s plenty of drama, including gunfights and multiple brushes with mortality, amid great storytelling that readers will savor." -- Publisher's Weekly, 12 May 2015 (Read entire review here.)


       Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger.

       Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside.

       He always knew there'd be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price.

What Readers Are Saying About DO NOT FORSAKE ME:

     "My husband left to go back to work early Sunday morning, and with the weather being as rainy and dreary as it was, I quickly did the chores I had to get done and then I snuggled down on the couch with my two fur babies (dogs) and Jake and Randy. . . . I couldn't put it down.... I just *had* to know what happened next! And what a ride you took me on, lady!! *swoon* Between feeling the intense love and desire from Jake, the sweet enduring love and devotion from Randy, the giggles from Little Jake (EEK! YES YES YES I definitely vote for a Little Jake as an adult book!), the nail-biting-edge-of-my-seat feels from the adventures and trials and scares.... I was all over the place and loving every second!
     "This was definitely Jake's story - healing, forgiveness, redemption, beauty. . . . Ben! I totally saw him as Jake's redemption/salvation. A way for Jake to really heal from his past. While Randy is his strength, his air, (oh my word was I swooning over his description of her, and how he treasured Randy!) his kids are his redemption and healing balm.
      "I also loved a few of the flashbacks you shared -- and it was really interesting to see them from Jake's perspective - same feels, just deeper...
     "I loved how you ended it -- they're going to get their peace -- but because they are Harkners, you know they still gotta have a bit of work to do to get their reward. After all, this is Jake and Lloyd we're talking about! troublemakers.... and we wouldn't love them any other way!!
     "Thank you for the escape you provided with Jake and Randy - I love them even more now than before. And I'll anxiously but patiently wait till September for Love's Sweet Revenge! It'll be here before we know it!" -- Michelle, 20 July 2015

"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!!!" -- Glenda Kinard, 10 July 2015

"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, via (Read Entire Review here)

"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, via (Read Entire Review here)

"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, via (Read Entire Review here)

"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 Burris, via (Read Entire Review here)

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       From Rosanne: I see DO NOT FORSAKE ME VIVIDLY as a movie – and in the opening a very hard, tough-looking, well-armed, 50’ish but still-handsome U. S. Marshal is riding into a prairie town with 4 wounded, beaten prisoners in tow, one of them dead and slung over a horse. The scene would be interspersed with the town itself, where a lovely woman in her 40’s is walking down the street, shading her eyes to see in the distance that the person riding in is the man she’s been waiting for. And as the opening credits are displayed, the old western song, "Do Not Forsake Me" is playing in the background with harmonica and guitar....

        "As only Rosanne Bittner can do, she brings these characters to life in an unforgettable love story that touches the heart and is told with real Old West adventure and authenticity. Reading these books will show you why Rosanne has been dubbed the Queen of Western Romance!"



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       I have a feeling DO NOT FORSAKE ME will be my biggest seller yet. It's so strange to realize that the first book, OUTLAW HEARTS, came from an idea I had about 30 years ago while standing in the bathroom fixing my hair. I had nothing to write on so I scribbled the idea on the back of a check book with an eyebrow pencil. AND -- there will be a third Jake book, LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE, which Sourcebooks will release in September 2016! All from a few words on the back of a check book. Wish I still had that check book. I'd frame it!

What Readers Are Saying About OUTLAW HEARTS:

Read what readers are saying about OUTLAW HEARTS!

       "5 stars just isn't enough for this wonderful book. The Queen of Western Historical Romance, Rosanne Bittner, never ceases to amaze her readers with her picturesque ways of telling a story. We are so blessed to be living during a time when the greatest western story teller, graces us with her majestic works of written art!!!!!! Outlaw Hearts is a fabulous piece of extraordinary work. It is filled with regrets, revenge, romance, and reunion. Jake and Miranda's (Randy's) love and courage remind us of what true devotion and love can conquer. 5 stars just isn't enough for this wonderful book. Rosanne, you have done it again. Excellent book!!!!" -- Tonya Lucas, 17 June 2015

       "My favorite love (epic) story ever!!!  Rosanne Bittner has a way of weaving a story into your heart so that you can't help but love the characters and feel like you truly know them! I love that their story wasn't just about them meeting, falling in love, then getting married at the end with a quick-peek epilogue into their future. She takes us through 20+ years of marriage, and introduces grandkids, making the story (to me) feel so much more complete! I love how not only we saw good times for them, but we also get to experience the real struggles that they faced together - and how their love was able to push through it all! I didn't realize . . . how one could "fall in love" with a fictional hero - but Jake definitely "stole" a part of my heart. And Randy - well, I'll just say that I'd love to have her strength and attitude! This is one of Rosanne Bittner's stories you don't wanna miss!!! I really cannot wait for this book to be available on my kindle!" -- An customer.

       "A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds...  Outlaw Hearts is a romance between a very dangerous man and a strong resilient woman that has seen her share of heartache. Jake is tired of his outlaw existence, always staying one step ahead of bounty hunters or constantly being on guard for the next man that will try to make a name for himself by being the one to gun down the notorious Jake Harkner. Randy has lost the last of her family except for a brother that went West years ago, she has no reason to stay on a farm she can't work by herself. She has made the decision to go West and hopefully reunite with her brother. . . . This book may be about the redemption of a man but it is Randy that holds this book together. Her unconditional faith in a man that has lived a faithless life, trust in a man that trusts no one, and love for a man that believes he is loveless is simply amazing. . . . But the major theme is love, love of self and family.
       "If you want a true to life gritty shoot em up bang bang you will find it in Outlaw Hearts. This is not window dressing, this is the real deal. Nobody escapes unharmed, the gun battles are the best I have read in Western fiction. Jake is one cold ruthless MF, he makes Clint Eastwood look like a pussy cat. He is also a man of few words, but when he speaks everyone listens because they know the next thing talking will be his guns. His history is tragic, it takes a special woman like Randy to help him heal a lifetime of hurt. The book spans 22 yrs of a marriage between a God fearing woman that refuses to give up on her man, and a man that will do anything including killing all threats to protect the family he never believed he could have. Jake is a hard man make no mistake but he is completely in love with Randy.
       "If you like authentic American West romances with in depth characterizations Rosanne Bittner is your author." -- Ms. Daisy "Ava" on

       "I wish the rating system went above 5*'s.   I wish there was something to say that would do this book and author justice. Bittner is the western-civil war-frontier diva. No one does it better. Her characters are so real. They are filled with all of the emotions the human soul can have. This 500 pages held me in constant thrall. The uniqueness is the depth of the characters, especially jake. He is tormented and his despair leads him into a horrible and unhappy life. Enter Miranda, who is almost too good to be true. Although this is not about religion, the depth of her belief in Jake and her belief that God will indeed help him is inspiring. It's a story that brings real hope and an awareness that we are each responsibile for what we make of our lives. That we can bring about change and that forgiveness and love are the most important gifts we can be given..And that unless we intervene, mistakes will repeat themselves. If you only read one book a year.......make it this one........thank you Roseanne . You are a gifted, compassionate writer." -- An customer.

       OUTLAW HEARTShas also been translated into Chinese -- click here to see the Chinese cover!


September 2014: DESPERATE HEARTS!


Brand new cover for DESPERATE 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 hangman’s 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 hasn’t firmly taken root." -- Wendy the Super Librarian, Heroes and (Read the complete review here.)

"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, (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 it’s 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

"SHE'S A WOMAN WITH A SECRET - Elizabeth Wainright is on the run. Accused of a murder she didn't commit, she has no choice but to cut ties with her old life and flee West. The last thing she wants is attention, but when her stagecoach is attacked, she suddenly finds herself under the fierce protection of one of Montana's famed vigilantes ... whether she likes it or not ...

"HE'S A MAN WITH A CODE" - Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice in the wilds of Montana. He's never met a man he's feared, and he's never met a woman more desperately in need of his help. Something's shaken the secretive Elizabeth, but as he gets to know the beautiful city belle, he finds the only thing he wants more than her safety is her trust. - Elizabeth longs to give herself to Mitch, but when her past finally catches up with her, can she truly trust the vigilante who's stolen her heart ... with her life?"

        DESPERATE HEARTSis set in 1880's Montana and is packed with "wild west" action, a good share of humor, and lots of romance! See a modern-day photo of Alder, Montana, below!

       "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 HEARTSis full of hot sex and great western adventure, told in the memorable and realistic way only Rosanne Bittner can write it!"


       "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


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Modern-day farm and moutains outside of Alder, MT, the setting for DESPERATE HEARTS

Modern-day farm against the mountains outside of Alder, MT, the setting of DESPERATE HEARTS.



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USA TODAY: Rosanne Bittner's road to 'Paradise Valley' includes rest stops

Rosanne Bittener's new book 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.
     "A chance meeting with outlaws ends in her husband's death, and Maggie Tucker is left alone on the Wyoming prairie. Sage Lightfoot is hunting the men who killed one of his cowhands when he finds Maggie digging a grave. Bound by the desire to find their common enemy, Maggie and Sage team up in hopes of meting out their own justice. Sage soon learns that Maggie has a backbone of steel. She's unperturbed by his heritage, and he is understanding of the horrors she suffered at the outlaws' hands. Their journey of vengeance slowly becomes a journey to salvation and an unexpected love. " -- KATHE ROBIN, ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEWS (July 2013)

"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."

       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:

"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, 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

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