Blue Hawk Trilogy - Now Available for All E-Readers!

I'm so excited - They're HERE! My Blue Hawk Series books (with hot new covers!) are now available for ALL e-readers! Those of you who prefer print books can still order the iUniverse reissued print editions through Amazon. (Unfortunately, the new covers will be available for the e-reader versions only.)

Book One of the BLUE HAWK SAGA

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An orphaned half-blood man named Blue Hawk is adopted by a white family and renamed Caleb Sax. Caleb struggles to let go of the only habits and culture he's ever known - that of the Cheyenne - and gradually learns to live among the whites, but not without great difficulty and prejudice against him in the white world. Through it all he never stops wearing a blue quill necklace that belonged to his Indian mother, a part of his past that will always remind him of his true blood.

Besides Tom and Cora Sax, the white man and woman who love Caleb like their own son, someone else shows Caleb true, loyal love. It is Tom and Cora's daughter, Sarah. Sarah and Caleb fall in love, instigating years of struggling to stay together against tremendous odds. Sarah discovers Tom Sax is not her real father, and she is stolen away in marriage to a white man she does not love. Devastated, she is led to believe Caleb is dead. Caleb spends years searching for her, and when he finds her at last, a dynasty is born from their blood.

Book Two of the BLUE HAWK SAGA

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Continuing the story of Calab and Sarah Sax, this deeply moving love story takes the readers to Texas, which in 1833 still belongs to Mexico. Living on 49,000 acres in San Filipe de Austin, an American settlement founded by Stephen Austin, Sarah and Caleb witness a phenominal growth in the territory, a population explosion of people looking for free land. All become part of a growing sentiment that Texas should be an independent province and not part of Mexico.

With Sarah and their children, Caleb, known as Blue Hawk to his Cheyenne relatives, and his family find themselves involved in a Mexican war … and eventually their son is involved in the battle for the Alamo. For a time Caleb and Sarah think he's been killed, and amid all their heartache and turmoil an old enemy comes knocking, someone who once nearly destroyed Caleb and Sarah's love and life together. Choices must be made, danger lurks everywhere, but the deep connection between Caleb and Sarah can never be broken.

Don't miss this fabulous continued story of America's stunning history, and a family that became crucial to the settling of Texas!

Book Three of the BLUE HAWK SAGA

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Book #3 of this Blue Hawk trilogy, brings an epic frontier story to an ending readers won't want to miss. Caleb searches for his beloved Sarah, who has again been taken from him; while at the same time he helps his children seek their own fortunes in the West. His son Tom rides the outlaw trail in search of men who killed his Mexican wife; Caleb's daughter Lynda, a dark beauty, finds herself in love with a lawman in the heart of the West; Cale, Lynda's son, marries a Cheyenne woman and gives his life to the Cheyenne way; and James, Caleb's youngest son, struggles with his identity and tries to hide his Indian heritage.

DESTINY'S DAWN takes the readers on adventures from Colorado to California, as Caleb searches for Sarah, the love of his life, in a story about a nation divided by blood, and two people united by wild passions. Through it all two things help Caleb stay grounded and determined … his love for his beautiful Sarah … and the blue quill necklace he has worn since a young boy, reminding him of the mother who died giving him birth.

Am I Losing It, Or Is This How It’s Supposed To Be?

I honestly think I might be losing my mind. I am so lost in the book I’m writing that it is affecting me emotionally. I wonder if that happens to actors when they “get into” the role they are playing. The last few days I have been a little down and unsure of the book I’m working on – and suddenly I am jumping-up-and-down happy and positive again.

I figured out why. For the last few days I’ve been working on a part of the book where hero and heroine are apart. He is very worried about her health, and she is (always) worried about him because he’s a U.S. Marshal in the unsettled Territory of Oklahoma. While they were apart, I was low. Now I am at the point where he’s coming back, and all I can think about is “he’s coming back to me!” And I’m happy again because they get to be together.

Am I crazy? Is old age making my brain live in another time and another world? This book is turning me into a maniac! I don’t care about time or housework or the bookwork I do for the family business. I only care about getting back to this book. It has become all-consuming. My poor husband hardly sees me anymore because the minute I get home, I’m back in my office writing. I come out only long enough to make supper and then I’m gone again. I haven’t watched TV since I don’t know when and I’m not even interested in watching TV! I haven’t read a newspaper, a magazine … nothing. I only write. We spent 6 weeks in Vegas, and I did no lying around. I wrote over 200 pages while I was supposed to be relaxing.

Not since my first six Savage Destiny books have I been this much of an idiot over my writing. I was a nut then, too. I was totally, completely absorbed in my hero and heroine and what was happening with them. It’s a miracle I’m alive because when I drive I hardly know where I am. My brain is always working on the next chapter, and the next and the next. I am out west somewhere in a covered wagon or involved in a shootout instead of on the interstate headed for a mall. Hey, I’m a BIG TIME shopper – and I haven’t even wanted to go shopping! When we came home from Vegas my husband wouldn’t let me drive because he knows how I get and knew his life would be in danger if I was behind the wheel! I’m worse than an alcoholic! I’m a WRITE-a-holic!

This has to stop, but I don’t know how to stop it. I try, but it doesn’t work. I eat and sleep and dream this book. Yes, it must be happening. This old lady is losing her mind! She’s 20 years old again and walking across the prairie. Right now she’s in Guthrie, Oklahoma waiting for her husband to return. I hope when he gets back and things get settled I can get back to normal in my own “real” world. Trouble is, I don’t want to leave these people! This book might turn out a thousand pages long because I just want to go on and on.

Not only am I completely immersed in this book, but I am also thinking about the next one – and yet another one I already have planned. I have 6 or 7 ideas going right now for future books. I wish there were 10 of me. Then I’d REALLY be prolific! And I wouldn’t be so dang worn out!!

Such is the life of a writer.

Work or Vacation? Sometimes They Are One And The Same . . .

By the time this blog is posted, my husband and I will be back home in Michigan – going from 80 degrees in Vegas to 8 degrees at home. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But I have a lot to catch up with at home, and I miss my very cool grandsons!

What a winter this has been – relentless cold and snow. Yet it seems like it went really fast and inevitably we’ll start seeing some green poke through melting snow in Michigan. Hard to picture right now, but it will happen.

One thing I’ve learned while on vacation is that vacation is what you make of it. If you like lying around all day and (in our case) heading to a casino for a few hours daily, and of course if you like warm weather in winter, Vegas is the perfect spot. No matter what is happening in the rest of the country, it is ALWAYS nice in Vegas. While here for six weeks we had only one day of spitting rain and one windy day, and the temps ranged from 60 to 80 the whole time – with plentiful, plentiful sunshine.

Valentine's Party and Giveaway

I'm having a Valentine's Day Party this week to celebrate romance!

Please stop by my party site to see updated news about my books. And, while you're there, don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of my latest release, Paradise Valley and a Kindle!

What Goes Around – Comes Around

When you have been writing as long as I have, I guess you have experienced just about every triumph and tragedy you can expect in the world of writing. I’ve written 59 books, working on #60 and hoping to reach 100 before I die. I started writing in 1979, sold my first book in 1981. It was published in 1983, and it was at that time the 9th book I had written in my effort to sell something. I re-wrote and sold only one of the other 9 books, the other seven becoming simply a learning process as I struggled to write something worthy of being published.

When I started writing there was no help of any kind as far as how to write and submit and sell, nothing like today. Today there are hundreds of writers groups who can help with critiquing, editing, and the “how to’s” of submitting your work and getting sold. You can find advice on all facets and all genres of writing, go on-line and download anything and everything you’d want to know about every publisher and editor and agent out there. Heck, today you can even publish your own book without a publisher. These days a lot of writers can make just as good – or even better – money putting their books on-line on their own. I love that as a way to get many of my older titles out there to the public again; but I still prefer printed copies of my books to be available, especially brand new stories. But that is another topic for another blog.

The purpose of this blog is to make sure new writers know that writing and getting published is never easy – not even if you publish your own book, because you still have to establish a social networking “presence” and hope readers find and buy your book. So as a writer you still long to have people reading your books. That’s all any of us wants, far and above even what we get paid for those books. A true writer loves what he or she is writing and dreams of the book(s) reaching the whole world – not to be a zillion seller, but because the stories themselves are so important to the writer that she wants to share them with as many people as possible.

That is how I have always felt about my stories. I am a bit of a maniac when it comes to writing because I love my subject so much – American history and especially tales of the Old West of the 1800’s – and America’s magnificent western landscape. I love that thin line between outlaw and lawman – and I love telling the truth about what happened to our Native Americans as the West was settled. I fall in love with every hero I write, and that is what led me to this blog.

Jake Harkner. Yes, all my readers know that the hero from my Savage Destiny series, Zeke Monroe, will probably always be top dog as a Bittner hero … but let me tell you, Jake Harkner gives Zeke a run for his money. They are two very different men as far as life circumstances, but in many ways they are very much alike. They are men who know no fear and take no “sh—“ and men who loved their wives to the point of no return. Both men carried tragedy in their backgrounds that led them to how they conducted themselves as men … and therein lies the reason I know readers have loved (and new readers will love) Jake just as much as they loved Zeke.

I say “new readers” because thanks to my publisher, Sourcebooks, Jake Harkner will come riding back into today’s readers’ lives sometime late 2014 when Outlaw Hearts is reissued with a new cover and made available both in print and as an e-book. Best of all, I will finally be writing a sequel, to be published not long after the original story is reissued.

What goes around – comes around. Outlaw Hearts was first published in 1993, and ever since then I have wanted to write a sequel. When I first wrote the book that publisher wanted me to go on to other things and didn’t want to think about a sequel at that time. Several books (and publishers) later, Outlaw Hearts became lost in the shuffle of older Bittner titles, somewhat forgotten, and finally sold out to the point that it was almost impossible even to find a copy of the book to purchase.

Through all those years and all the books I wrote after Outlaw Hearts, I dreamed of the sequel. Jake Harkner lived in my heart and mind almost constantly. His story wasn’t finished. Yes, Zeke is my super hero – but through 7 Savage Destiny books I was at least able to tell his full story and go into the lives of his children and grandchildren. I was able to have “closure” with Zeke. Not so with Jake Harkner. Something was unfinished, which is why he continued to haunt me.

My career took a downturn around 2000. I wrote and sold a few books after that, but the “hay day” of the western romance, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, was fading. I tried other genres and hated it. I just couldn’t quite get back the magic of what happened in my heart when I wrote western romance. Those books flow out of me as easily as breathing. But after almost ten years “off the shelf” – no new books by Rosanne Bittner – I knew my only hope of having the incentive and energy to write and sell another book was to write another western romance, even thought I was being advised to try other things. And through it all, I “lived” with Jake Harkner, still wanting to continue his story; but without a reissue of Outlaw Hearts, a sequel would not likely be a success. Readers had to get to know Jake and his beloved wife Miranda from the first book.

About ten years ago my long-time agent retired and a new agent was “appointed” for me. That was quite an adjustment and my new agent wanted me to try other types of books, which as I stated above, didn’t work for me. I will always remember that the FIRST THING I talked about with the new agent was how badly I wanted Outlaw Hearts reissued and wanted to write a sequel. I BELIEVED IN THIS STORY, IN MY HERO, AND IN HOW WELL A SEQUEL WOULD DO. At that time I think I was the ONLY one who believed that. My new agent and I learned to work together, and though she thought I should try other genres, she gradually began to realize that I belonged with western romance, even though that genre wasn’t all that popular for several years.

Then, finally, western romance began to re-emerge as a genre readers wanted. My agent, who was really beginning to understand Rosanne Bittner’s style of writing, found a publisher (Sourcebooks) who was willing to reissue a couple of my older titles, Wildest Dreams and Thunder on the Plains. Those books did well. I wrote another western romance, my first brand new book in years, (Paradise Valley) and bam! It sold. All those years I knew in my heart I had to keep writing what I loved. Sourcebooks bought Paradise Valley and wanted an option book. I wrote yet another western romance, Desperate Hearts, and Sourcebooks bought that one, too! I was back to what I love.

I stuck to what I believed in, and again I suggested Outlaw Hearts be reissued and expressed my desire to write a sequel. Well, finally, someone else believed that, too. I discovered that my Sourcebooks editor had read and loved the book, and the CEO of Sourcebooks also loved the book and agreed to reissue Outlaw Hearts! And finally, finally, someone listened to my dream. Sourcebooks agreed to a sequel to Outlaw Hearts and paid me the best money I have made in years for the rights to the book.

What goes around, comes around. Twenty-six years ago I had an idea for a book. I was curling my hair and the idea just hit me out of the blue. I had nothing to write on, so I wrote it on the back of a check book with an eyebrow pencil. That book became Outlaw Hearts, with (other than Zeke) my favorite hero of all other books. Outlaw Hearts was published in 1993, and now, twenty years later, my beloved Jake will finally be on the shelves again. Better yet, I will be able to write that sequel, which I am calling Do Not Forsake Me. I have lived with this sequel for so long that the book will pour out of me with little effort. I’ve already written the first two chapters, and the book isn’t due until next September!

The point of this blog is to tell all writers – BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND IN WHAT YOU WRITE! Most of all, WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE. Never worry whether or not that genre is popular. Never write just to follow what is selling today. WRITE WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART TO WRITE, and almost always, you will be successful – not just in the writing world and in the eyes of others – but successful in knowing you stuck to what you believed in and made it work!

The Hero Who Never Was

I am wondering how many writers besides me live with a particular hero in their heads but never tell his story. I have lived with and loved Ben Colter for a good 20 years now. He’s the hero from the contemporary I have never written because I don’t feel confident writing contemporaries. More than that, though, it’s because I can’t pin the man down as far as who he really is. He is this “being” that haunts me almost constantly, asking me to tell his story, yet I don’t know what that story is, and this character is so special that I don’t want to mess things up by getting his story wrong.

E-Book Specials - January 5, 2014 Only!

Tomorrow, July 5th Only!
Wildest Dreams and Thunder on the Plains e-Books will $1.99 

The Writing Slut

Yes, that’s what I am. When it comes to writing, I’m a slut – I can’t get enough of writing itself, I can’t get enough of the genre I write – the Old West and its magnificent landscape and explosive growth – the Native American – the iconic cowboy - and I can’t get enough of my heroes. I am crazy about the mega-alpha hero, which is why I enjoy writing historicals because there were places and time periods wherein men could be men and reap their own vengeance, which is crucial to my heroes.

The Power Of The Alpha Hero And Falling In Love With Him

My Savage Destiny series (7 books) will soon be available as e-books for ALL types of e-readers. Up to now they were only available for Kindle. Well, that means proofing the books all over again, because a different conversion program is used when converting a book for all types of reading devices.

Oh, my! Believe it or not, I didn’t want to have to read these books all over again because they are so emotionally draining for me. They were when I wrote them – when I proofed them the first time 30 years ago – when I had to re-read them in order to write the 7th book in ’96 – when I read them again for the Kindle conversion – and now I have to read them again.

The Perils of Heroines and Due Dates

Blogging about writing today. I am ¾ finished with my latest book, DESPERATE HEARTS, and now I can’t decide what will happen next – plus there about 3 different ways this story could end. I have a hundred other things to do this holiday season, so too many distractions. I will never time a due date that is close to the holidays again. And right after the holidays my husband and I head west for several weeks, so I have no choice but to get this book done SOON. Actually, it’s due now, but publishers usually don’t mind if an author takes a couple of extra weeks to turn in a book. They just don’t want it to take a couple of extra MONTHS.

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