PLEASE WELCOME ROSANNE TO BOOKHOUNDS!
Good morning to everyone at BOOKHOUNDS! Rosanne Bittner, here, in reply to your invitation to visit your blog. Thanks so much, and I hope you will all pick up a copy of my September book, DESPERATE HEARTS! It’s a great “wild-west” action romance set in the little gold town of Alder, Montana, and you will love the hero, Mitch Brady, a vigilante who is tough on the outside but so caring on the inside. Mitch is sometimes a ruthless, unforgiving lawman when it comes to men who harm others for no good reason, especially those who harm women! Along comes heroine Elizabeth Wainright, who arrives in Alder under mysterious circumstances. Beautiful and alone, Mitch decides he needs to watch out for this young woman who has managed to grab at his heart. He wants her for himself, but little does he know that Elizabeth is running from the law and a cruel relative back in New York City! Through the story Elizabeth has to learn to trust Mitch, and he in turn has to learn the truth about this woman with whom he’s fallen in love.
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
You asked what is the first book I remember reading as a child. Well, as a little girl it would be THE LITTLE RED HEN. But as a young adult, perhaps 14, the book that made a very deep impression and helped awaken my love for America’s pioneers is A LANTERN IN HER HAND by Bess Streeter Aldrich. It’s the story of a woman who gave up all her own dreams of being an artist and a singer to go settle in Nebraska with her husband, following his dreams of becoming a big landowner and farmer, rather than following her own dreams. When they settle in Nebraska, there is absolutely nothing there and no close neighbors, and this book really hits deeply at the heart with how lonely pioneer women were when having to live in such remote areas. It’s just a beautiful story that is unforgettable.
2. What are you reading right now?
Actually I am freshening up on my research about the Lakota Sioux, because my next hero will be Lakota.
3. How does your garden grow?
If you literally mean a physical garden, it’s beautiful! Last year I converted my back yard to a rose garden and it is thriving! Sitting out in my back yard sanctuary is very calming and helps me think … and plot my next book!
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Well, I don’t google much. I am on Facebook constantly and I Twitter. I do have an internet “guru” who keeps a presence for me on Google and Goodreads and many, many other sites, so if I googled lately, my very helpful assistant probably did it for me! I just don’t have time to visit every internet site daily.
5. What makes you cringe?
I guess it would have to be snakes and maggots. Eeeeewwwww!! Icky question.
I hope you will pick up DESPERATE HEARTS and let me know what you think – and watch for my 60th book next July – DO NOT FORSAKE ME. It’s a sequel to OUTLAW HEARTS, and a fabulous love story – the saga of a wanted man and the woman who becomes his rock and his strength, and who teaches this man what love is all about. DO NOT FORSAKE ME is a gritty, sometimes hard-to-read western that depicts the depths of love between a man and a woman who have to face danger and demons together. The demons are things from Jake’s past that have haunted him all his life, and which he finally faces in DO NOT FORSAKE ME. You won’t want to miss this story, coming from Sourcebooks, with gorgeous, sweeping covers by Jon Paul!
Thanks again, and happy reading!
Elizabeth Wainwright 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. 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 her life to the vigilante who’s stolen her heart?
Rosanne Bittner is an award-winning novelist who is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California—and are often based on personal visits to each setting. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. You can find her at www.rosannebittner.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook
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