Dear Petticoats and Pistols!
I guarantee you will not be disappointed with my new book, LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE (September 2016 – Sourcebooks in e-book form and in print/mass paperback)! If you haven’t read OUTLAW HEARTS (#1) and DO NOT FORSAKE ME (#2), you will want to read those two also, but you don’t necessarily need to have read them to enjoy LOVE’S SWEET REVEGE (#3), which is the continuing story of reformed outlaw Jake Harkner and the woman (Miranda) who has been to hell and back with this man. Jake loves “Randy” beyond measure and would step in front of a train for her. Randy has seen him through running from the law and then prison, followed by the dangers and heartache of Jake being sentenced to serve as a U.S. Marshal in Oklahoma when it was referred to as “no man’s land.” Through it all these two raised a son and daughter who stand by their parents through thick and thin and eventually, in books 2 and 3, give them beautiful grandchildren.
In LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE the Harkner family has grown and are extremely close and supportive of each other. Even though they are getting older, Jake and Randy’s love endures and strengthens, and these two are still “hot” for each other. Randy is a beautiful woman, inside and out, and Jake is a tough, tough man, hardened by an abusive boyhood and the perils of living by the gun and always fighting a past that won’t leave him alone. Once known as the “handsome outlaw,” Jake retains his good looks and ages well, the type of man who just seems to get better as he gets older. He is damn good at making love and a man no woman would turn away, especially when he flashes his very fetching smile. He is extremely defensive of his family, and handsome or not, this man can be incredibly ruthless to his enemies. When his son is shot while they are all in Denver for a Cattlemen’s Ball, the “outlaw” mode comes forth full force when Jake thinks his son is dead, shot in cold blood. He blows the shootist’s head off right in front of everyone at the ball, an act that for reasons you will have to read, lands Jake in deep trouble with the law wherein he faces a hanging. This is a powerful part of the story, and family unity is HUGE here. Things happen that will truly tug at your heart.
These Outlaw books show how Jake learns to love, and how he gradually learns to forgive himself through the love of his family – and how he grows stronger on the inside thanks to the love of a good woman. He once never dreamed he could have the life he’s come to have in LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE, the entire family owning and living on a big cattle ranch in Colorado. Something truly dramatic happens at the end of this story that will carry over into the fourth book of the series, THE LAST OUTLAW, scheduled for September 2017. I just finished the book and it’s a beautiful, beautiful story, very fitting for the last book of the series.
I am proud of how I’ve handled the psychology of Jake Harkner throughout these books, from a young, confused, troubled, vicious and unforgiving outlaw who walks a thin line between darkness and light, sanity and insanity … to (slowly but surely) a man who is strong enough on the inside to face his past. The woman he loves (but who he’s always felt he does not deserve) brings him out of darkness and helps him grow stronger on the inside – to the point where in LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE it’s Jake who must be the strong one for Randy. Up to then Randy has been the emotionally strong one. Jake is damn good with fists and guns and as brave and able as they come, but because of his horrific childhood of living with a drunken father who beat Jake regularly and beat Jake’s mother to death in front of his eyes, there is an abused little boy down deep inside who just wants to be loved but who feels unworthy.
My readers are all in love with rugged, handsome Jake Harkner and wish they were his beloved Randy. I guarantee you will get hooked on this whole family once you start reading these books which by LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE cover 31 years of Jake and Randy’s life together. Jake was raised by prostitutes and he damn well knows how to handle a woman, which is part of the reason Randy can’t say no to him – but she also can’t say no to that little boy who wants her home.
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.
“An emotional powerhouse! The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era … This classic historical Western is destined for the ‘keeper’ shelf.” ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEWS “TOP PICK” FOR DO NOT FORSAKE ME
USA TODAY best-seller Rosanne Bittner has been writing for approximately 35 years, selling her first book, SWEET PRAIRIE PASSION, in 1982. That was 63 books ago, and she hasn’t stopped and promises more to come. Her first love is American history, especially the Old West and Native American history. She writes well-researched books that have won numerous awards, including the prestigious WILLA award from Women Writing the West, and was named “Queen of Western Romance,” by Romantic Times Reviews, who nominated DO NOT FORSAKE ME for best western romance for 2015. That book and LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE also received great reviews from the very important reader/writer national review magazine, Publisher’s Weekly.
Rosanne belongs to several writers’ groups and historical societies and is president of the Coloma Lioness Club, a local charity organization in the small town where Rosanne lives in southwest Michigan. She travels to conduct workshops and give talks to writers’ groups. This month she is speaking at a library in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a literacy fund-raiser that last year raised $20,000 for teaching and mentoring programs throughout the Tulsa area.
Rosanne and her husband Larry have been married almost 52 years and have two sons and three grandsons. She and her husband own a condo in Las Vegas, where they stay part of the winter to get away from Michigan’s snow. They also often travel west in the summer for research for Rosanne’s books. Her newest book, LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE, is the third book in Rosanne’s “Outlaw” series, with a fourth book coming in 2017, THE LAST OUTLAW. And Roseanne has offered one lucky blogger today a chance to win the full 3 book set of the Outlaw series!!
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