Archives for “western romance”

WESTERN ROMANCE!  THE “COWBOY” HERO LIVES ON! My latest book, PARADISE VALLEY (July 2013) is another western historical romance, and (as some tell me) written only as Rosanne Bittner can write the “American West.”  It is my 58th published book over the past 30 years, and 95% of those have been western historical romance, my […]


Brand New Covers!!

  I hadn’t planned to blog on this, but when Amazon posted these brand spanking new covers for my e-books yesterday I had to share. I’m a proud mama showing off her babies. LOL!   Sometimes a little make-over is a good thing and can bring new life to something. I’m hoping this is the […]


Cheryl St.John

In 2007 I was one of the original Fillies here at Petticoats and Pistols when we kicked off the site and made plans for the future. I’m proud of what Wildflower Junction has accomplished and the impact it’s had on fans of western romance. I have made wonderful friends here among the other authors, and […]


Happy Independence Day! In 1776 the United States declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Here it’s a federal holiday celebrated with fireworks, parades, picnics and BBQs. In my home state the community of Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square since 1868. In 1979 Seward was designated “America’s […]


Howdy, all y’all! I’m so glad to stop by here, prop up my red cowboy boots and visit with the fillies about Billion Dollar Cowboy, the debut book in my new series, Cowboys & Brides. Someone asked me recently how I came to write about four very rich cowboys and that started me thinking about […]


For Love of the Wolf

  Wolves have always played a fascinating roll in western novels.  There is a mystique about the animals that stems as much from misinformation as information. This week I visited the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas. It is less than a twenty minute drive from my house, but I felt as if I […]


Paty Jager: Shanghaied

My current release is called Western Duets-Volume One in the novella are two historical western romances. One, the longest, has the subject of shanghaiing. This is a subject that has always intrigued me since watching episodes of Bonanza and the Big Valley that had characters being Shanghaied. I thought it was only done on the […]


    Rosie Carson sat in the circle of chairs gathered for the Young People’s Society of the New Testament Church of San Antonio. She loved the Lord and she loved the Bible, even though she found it a little confusing at times. But if she heard more people read the exciting stories with such […]


The History of Bolo Ties      I was writing a ranch wedding scene in the 3rd.  book in the Big D Dad – The Daltons series the other day and decided to do a little research on the history of bolo ties. I found some interesting material on the Internet. The matter of where and […]


The First Settlers? Growing up in Idaho, the history of Lewis and Clark and the opening of the west to settlers was a large part of the history I learned as a child.  As part of the Pacific Northwest, the land that became our state was wild and unsettled.  A perfect place to put down […]


I have a thing for cookbooks. And especially church cookbooks. And especially especially old ones. Those church ladies have always been able to cook, haven”t they? I also have a thing for interesting tidbits of American history and enjoy learning how things were done and imagining the people. In the 80s I participated in putting […]


m4s0n501 As authors a really common question we get asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?” Never has that answer come so easily as this series. The Trouble in Texas Series. Swept Away, Book #1 of the Trouble in Texas series releases in February. I got the idea for this series while researching Andersonville […]


The great thing about doing anthologies is spending time with the other author or authors. Sometimes there are stories to coordinate, but there’s always promotion to do together. I was glad for this opportunity to connect with Debra Ullrick. Hopefully you will catch our other blogs around the blogosphere this month as well as pick […]


I’m giving away a copy of SPRING SANCTUARY in electronic format to one person who comments so come on in and chat. The west is in my blood. Some of the very first stories I remember reading were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I traveled with Laura as their wagon jounced over the prairie, felt […]


NaNo-ing a New Book

November is NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a novel – or 50,000 words – in a one month span. Writing 50k in that amount of time means you don’t have the luxury of going over everything you’ve written over and over again. You have to keep moving forward. The […]


It’s really great visiting the Junction after what seems a long absence. As one of the original Fillies I have truly have missed this community. After a hiatus after my Mom’s death, I’m writing again with two western-based contemporaries under contract. But that’s not why I’m here today. Instead I wanted to tell you about […]


Throughout my life, cowboys have surrounded me. I took them for granted, believing that everyone grew up familiar with men dressed in sharply creased Wranglers that snuggly hugged their behinds, dusty cowboy boots, belt buckles big as saucers and jauntily cocked Stetsons. I thought all men opened doors for women, said ‘yes, ma’am” and “no, […]


WILD TEXAS ROSE, my 25th  historical romance will be out on August 7th and I believe it just might be my best.  I decided to write it in a different style than usual—a more modern approach.  This story is fast moving when four heroes get together to stop the outlaws.  All are very different men: one a […]


My husband and I live in Lexington, Kentucky–the Thoroughbred Capital of the World. You can’t drive down the street without seeing horses grazing in the bluegrass, or noticing a statue of a horse posed on a street corner. We’re particularly blessed to live next to a farm for retired thoroughbreds. These beautiful animals routinely come […]


  IT’S THAT MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!! (Well, me anyway) Over the Edge releases August 1st and today is the first giveaway on Petticoats & Pistols. Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of Over the Edge. Click to Buy on Amazon OVER THE EDGE Seth […]


In my latest release, BRIDE OF THE HIGH COUNTRY, I had to get my main characters from NY to Heartbreak Creek, CO.  Since the Transcontinental had been finished the previous year (1869), I picked the train.  Oops.   Even though train travel had been available in the east for three decades, cross-country hauls were rare.  […]


What is a mentor? I searched out quotes on mentors to see what people had to say. Here are some of my favorites: A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.  Bob Proctor, Author, Speaker and Success Coach The […]


The Death List

  Dorence Atwater and The Death List The story of Dorence Atwater and the price he paid for the truth (Read carefully for a chance to win a signed copy of my 3 in 1 June release Sophie’s Daughters Trilogy) In Andersonville, Ga, the most notorious Civil War prison of them all led to the […]


Real Life That Inspires

  It seems the most frequently asked question of a writer is where our stories come from. My first two published books – KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAINS and THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING – came from real life experiences. I didn’t know at the time why certain things happened and why I had to […]


Hannah Benning, the heroine in HANNAH’S VOW, was the daughter of a master thief and confidence man–and in her youth, a student of his trade–so of course, I had to show her in action at some point throughout the book.  I located the help of the most famous detective at the time, Allan Pinkerton, who’d written a […]