Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop - Week 2

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! This is the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop hosted by Buy the Book Tours and author MJ Schiller! Please #FF me on Twitter - My Handle is @RosanneBittner. Today I'm sharing some delicious Caramel Shortbread Squares and a teaser from my upcoming release DESPERATE HEARTS.

Caramel Shortbread Squares

2/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
2. In a medium bowl, mix together 2/3 cup butter, white sugar, and flour until evenly crumbly. Press into a 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
3. In a 2 quart saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. Pour over baked crust (warm or cool). Cool until it begins to firm.
4. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir and continue to heat and stir at 20 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer and spread evenly to cover completely. Chill. Cut into 1 inch squares. These need to be small because they are so rich.


Strong arms began whirling Elizabeth around a straw-and-peanut-shell-covered dirt floor to a fast-strutting tune coming from a piano and a fiddle.

"Don’t worry, honey,
" assured the short, bearded man who’d grabbed her. "We all think you’re a real beautiful, respectable lady. We just want a dance, that’s all."

"I really don’t want to dance," Elizabeth protested, half yelling above the whooping men and loud piano playing. 

"Just one little dance, lady?" her partner begged.

"Really, I –"

Suddenly a big fist rammed into her partner’s jaw, sending the man flying across two tables. He landed against a bar stool and everyone backed away from Elizabeth. She turned to see Mitch Brady standing there with a dark look of rage in his eyes. 
"The lady said she didn’t want to dance!" He scanned the room. "Everybody here understand that?"

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 ...

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 HEARTS is set in 1880's Montana and is packed with "wild west" action, a good share of humor, and lots of romance!

Also, I just got publication dates from Sourcebooks for the reissue of my 1993 book OUTLAW HEARTS AND the sequel which I just completed, DO NOT FORSAKE ME! OUTLAW HEARTS will be on the shelves (and available for e-readers) in June 2015, with DO NOT FORSAKE ME immediately following in July 2015!

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 first book, and follow his story in the sequel that I had wanted to write for 20 years! I am still having trouble leaving Jake, and there is more to the story -- so, I am hoping my publishers will go along with my idea for a third book. Needless to say, the Sourcebooks reprint and DO NOT FORSAKE ME will feature all-new covers, which I'll share as soon as I receive them.

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  1. Thanks for the great recipe, Rosanne.

  2. What a beautiful cover! I love it! The recipe can't go wrong since it has peanuts and chocolate!