Jake Kyncade woke with the sunrise and slipped on his jeans, a flannel shirt, and boots. He went down to his home office and started the computer. Come on…why is this always so slow? When we get more money, we need to upgrade. When the computer was up and running, he opened the e-mail program.
He couldn’t believe his eyes. There were over one hundred messages in his inbox. Jake poured over each one. Most were interested in his ranch and the program. Some were newspapers, and others were magazines who’d heard about it. Several came from parents, corresponding about their children—each of those, he starred to contact later for a tour of the facilities. One message caught his attention. As he read it, a pang of sorrow settled in his chest. I wish I knew how to help every one of these children. He typed a reply to the woman whose pain called to him then headed out to the barn to start his day.
The warmth of the early morning sunshine burned the dew from the grass. Perfect morning for working. After bringing down three bales of hay and feeding all the animals, he looked forward to a cup of coffee. Too bad he didn’t have any in the house. Maybe a trip into town is in order.
The sound of a pickup truck rumbled up his drive—his best friend and foreman, Johnson O’Neill. Wiping the sweat and dirt from his forehead, Jake smiled and walked over to the man climbing down from the truck.
“Morning, Johnson. Looks like a light day today. We have the Smith’s family coming out for their monthly visit.”
“I love Keith. He’s got spunk. That youngest Smith has been through the wringer with the teasing at school over his autism symptoms. I can’t believe kids flap their hands behind his back and laugh at him.”
Jake shook his head. “I know. I don’t get it. After all, the flapping was a way for Keith to cope with the inability to have a ‘normal’ conversation with children his own age. You know what our dads would have done if we’d have done that.”
Seven men as tough as the west…
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SHE’S A WOMAN WITH A SECRET
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.
HE’S A MAN WITH A CODE
Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice in the wild lands of 1860’s 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.
Praise for Desperate Hearts
She’s just eighteen and she’s already running from a man…
Ms. Bittner writes a mean western. She is historically accurate (she must have had a gunslinger in her family!) and she believes in true love. Those combinations add up to a good read. I’m going to have to go find some more of her work.
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Rosanne Bittner has written many novels and I have read quite a few of her works. In fact, I wonder that she can come up with new story lines. However in “Desperate Hearts” she has done just that. Although it’s a classic tale of a runaway heroine trying to escape the clutches of a depraved relative, there is enough action and adventure in this novel to keep you interested to the last page.
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“I really don’t want to dance,” Elizabeth protested, half yelling above the whooping men and loud piano playing. “It hurts my shoulder.”
“Just one little dance, lady?” her partner begged.
“Really, I …”
Suddenly a big fist rammed into her partner’s jaw, sending him 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?”
The man Mitch had clobbered rolled to his knees, groaning.
“Stu was only wantin’ a dance, Mitch,” another man spoke up. “Ain’t no harm in that.”
“There is when the woman was dragged in here against her will and never agreed to the dance.”
Everyone backed farther away, and Elizabeth could see no one in the room was about to give Mitch Brady any more trouble. … He took hold of Elizabeth’s arm and led her toward the swinging doors at the saloon entrance. “Let’s go,” he said.
Elizabeth followed him out.
I’ve been writing for over thirty years and to date have had 60 novels published, all about the American West of the 1800’s and Native Americans. I write romance, but not the typical bodice-ripping adventures. My stories are deep love stories, often family sagas told as a series. It is the hero and heroine’s love that holds them together through the trials and tribulations of settling America’s western frontiers. I absolutely love the Rockies, the Tetons, the Sierras, and the wide-open plains, prairies and desert land west of the Mississippi. In my books, I strive to tell the truth about the settling of the West and how it affected our American Indians, as well as the gritty depth of what our brave pioneers suffered in their search for free land and a better life.
I am a member of the Nebraska and Oklahoma Historical Societies, my local southwest Michigan historical society, Women Writing the West, Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America, the nationalRWA, National Rifle Association and a local charity group called the Coloma Lioness Club. I help run a family business and love doing things with my three young grandsons. If you visit my Website you’ll see all my titles listed as well as a page that lists all my many writing awards; or you can visit me on Facebook. At either site you will learn news of new books to come as well as reprints of many of my past titles soon to be published in trade paperback and as e-books! I also have an author site at Amazon.com.
An Art of Love Novel
By Kitsy Clare
Sequel to Model Position
Sometimes sugar isn’t so sweet and secrets can be deadly...especially with matters of the heart.
Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty, practically shirtless and swinging from chains as he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.
She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.
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When I stop trembling, I look over at him. He’s balanced on the pipe, in a carefree, loose manner, as if it’s as easy as doing cartwheels on grass. A wicked grin is slowly spreading across his treacherously handsome face. In one hand—a big, hairy muscular hand, toughened with calluses—he’s gripping the drill.
I can’t help but imagine where those hands might have been: Digging in piles of sugar, hammering nails to erect this studio, stroking a pretty girl’s thigh, inching upward to her softer, private places.
What the hell? Do I want to be that girl? I can’t help imagining that the drill is his rock-hard member he’s inviting me to play with.
Stop it, Sienna! Your mind is disintegrating into a smutty, infatuated muddle.
Seven men as tough as the west…
Seven women who know how to...
A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.
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Every author's dream is to make the big charts- New York Times or USA Today's with their book. We dream about it and see ourselves like the Oscars accepting the award and shouting "You like me, You really like me!" However, these charts are fickle creatures. Not only do they showcase the best of writing today but of all time. I recently was looking at the USA Today chart and saw the book The Count of Monte Cristo. While I do think the book is a best-seller, I would have thought that most people would have already have read it.
All genres are represented in the charts but not equally. This makes for a tricky time getting on to the chart. In those cases it's like a popularity contest. Is erotica hot? Then you see more of those books on the list. Is dystopian stories selling? Then you see more of those on the list.
Even television and movies have a say in what goes on the list. With the recent hit of the Outlander television show, all of the books in that series are on the list. Recent books that movies were made from like Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars are on the list.
Cowboy Up is climbing Amazon's best selling chart. Usually that indicates that your book will also be on the other lists. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Who knows, maybe the seven authors who are a part of the Cowboy Up bundle will be able to say "Best-Selling Author" after our names. At least for now, we can say that Cowboy Up was an All Romance Ebook best seller as we sit and watch Amazon.
The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?
Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.
Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.
Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?
With Taylor asleep on the couch, Angela snuck the magazine out of her daughter’s sleeping hands before carrying her to her bed. After making sure her baby was tucked in, she turned out the lights and went to the kitchen. She sat down at the table to study the article about the horse whisperer. The photos gave off a peaceful feeling—so much so, she longed to jump into the images. Along with the horses, there were shots of children laughing and petting the animals. The article mentioned a little boy with Down’s Syndrome whose language increased after a week of animal therapy. The Heartsong Ranch. Even the name sounds encouraging. Dare I get my hopes up?
One photo in particular captured her attention. The owner, Jake Kyncade, wore jeans and a cowboy hat as he stood next to the ranch sign. She took a deep breath as butterflies circled in her abdomen. He’s sexy. Very different from Mike. Mr. Kyncade has this wounded look in his eyes. I wonder what his trauma was. I’ve gotten better at noticing it in others. Still, he’s good looking. Probably married with his own children.
The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
The Missing Partner
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind
The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell
The Disappearance of a Very Important Man
The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant
The Cat Who Wore Too Much
Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.
Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquiries--without Xavier’s permission.
Proving the world truly did turn to her commands on this special day, the door opened and Inspector Stone entered, followed by a confident man carrying a black medical bag. She and Davy stood back and let the doctor tend Xavier.
Inspector Stone grabbed her hand and shook it enthusiastically. “Jacko told me how you knew where to look. You did your mentor proud. This is Dr. Connors, the finest doctor in England.”
They both turned to the doctor as he undressed the wound and cursed beneath his breath.
“Is it bad?” Stone asked.
Dr. Connors sighed. “The lead shot remains in his body poisoning him. I’m going to have to extract the bullet and cleanse this wound. However, in his current state, the pain could kill him.” He looked up at Stone. “I cannot promise he’ll live through the operation, but I assure you he’ll die without it.”
Vic stepped forward. “He’ll live. This is my special day. He’ll live.” She looked at Dr. Connors. “I cleaned his body with alcohol before you came, and have water boiling in case you need it.”
“Thank you. If the water is ready, I’ll start now.”
She ask Tubs to bring the water. He returned a minute later with a large cauldron that most people could not have lifted empty.
The doctor removed his jacket and rolled up his sleeves. “We need to make this environment as clean as possible. Can you find some rags and a smaller pot? We will transfer some of the water for washing the bed, walls and floors around the patient.
With so many able hands, by the time Dr. Connors was ready to begin, the room and bed were significantly cleaner. While they did not dare move Xavier to clean the bed, Victor saturated the sheets with alcohol.
“I am hoping he remains unconscious during the cleansing of the wound. However, I’ve laid out a chloroformed cloth in case he wakes.” He looked at Victor. “If he comes to, apply it to his nose until I tell you to stop.”
He looked at Davy and Stone. “If you will secure both shoulders to ensure he does not move while I am cutting.”
Once everyone was crowded in to do their job, Dr. Conner dipped his tools in a jar of fluid and laid them out on a tray. He lifted a pair of long armed tweezers and extracted the bullet.
His action caused blood to bubble from the ugly, infected wound, and flow over the shoulder onto the alcohol soaked sheets.
Vic felt a great rage at whoever had prodded the wound yet failed to remove the bullet.
The Troublesome Apprentice
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The Missing Partner
First, I got tired of telling my proper blog. Now, I’m tired of telling my improper bio. So what’s left?
Liza O’Connor was born, raised badly, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast…and employment, there were no jobs in the Mid-west. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. All those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. And given her past, they will likely traumatize you.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost Lover--Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.