Friday, March 24, 2017

Amanda McIntyre Author Spotlight-Jessica Jefferson!

I'm thrilled today to have Jessica Jefferson visiting here on Get Lost in a Story!! I first met Jessica through the historical event at the Romantic Times Booklovers convention and found an instant admiration
for her warmth and wit! And when you read her work you can see that shining through
in her writing!

*Editor's note: RT Booklover attendees! Be sure to find Jessica at the Petticoats & Pistols Historical Garden party, WED. May 3 at the RT Booklover's Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Let's learn more about Jessica!

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. 

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again

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Cue King and I music...GETTING TO KNOW YOU~~
Amanda: How often to you get lost in a story?
JESSICA: I often get lost in a story.  When I’m hooked, there’s no doing anything else until I’ve finished the book. Kids are fending for themselves at dinner, laundry piles up – it takes a lot to take me away.  When the Outlander series came out, I decided I needed to read the whole series before I could allow myself to really enjoy the television version. Those are some pretty long books and I couldn’t stop. I became the least productive member of society until I’d finished the very last one.

Amanda: Be honest, when you put yourself in the heroine’s role?

JESSICA:  Not exactly. When I write, I do take a lot from my personal experiences. I can’t help but use my own stories as inspiration. So, I don’t picture myself as the heroine, but I do have the heroine make up for some of my past mistakes. She is much more likely to say the things I only wish I had.

Amanda: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?

JESSICA:  I was working full time in healthcare.  I am a nurse by training (having once gone to school for English to be a teacher, and then picking up a nursing degree since there were so many jobs out there), but went into an area of work that is usually done by an industrial engineer. After publishing my first book, I left my full time position and was working in healthcare as a part time consultant.  A year ago I was offered a full time position as a consultant in a health system and I couldn’t say no. I actually love this position, not as much as writing, but pretty close. I help others improve their work, look at strategy and make it happen, and improve the quality of care they provide. It’s really exciting work.

Amanda: What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?

 JESSICA:  We didn’t have a whole lot of money when I was growing up, so we went camping for fun. Real camping – tents, fire, sleeping bags on the ground. None of that air mattress business. I wanted to pass that onto my kids. I took them a few times. It seemed like every time we went, it would rain or be frigidly cold. So, we actually purchased an RV. It’s not exactly camping as I remember it. We have a fridge, a nice shower, and multiple televisions, so that’s not really roughing it, but the kids get the general idea. It’s all about getting them out in nature, away from their phones.
Amanda: What does it mean to love someone?
JESSICA:  These are the best interview questions. So, I think when you love someone you find yourself willing to make sacrifices you wouldn’t have thought you could otherwise. I think if you truly love someone else, you work on being a better version of yourself.  I have to tell you, this is not an easy question, but it’s a good one. It really makes you think.
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When Wilhelmina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation and fortune is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?
“Fine.” He looked away first, turning his attention back to the items he’d collected upon his desk. “If you want to join me, then you may.”
She squared her shoulders and stood a bit straighter having won their duel of wills. “Good.”
Without another word or a single glance, Chesterton left the room.
Not one to be left behind, Wilhelmina hurried after him, through the study and up the stairs.
“Where are we going?” she asked once they’d reached the top, breathless from the burst of activity.
He strode down the corridor, seemingly unaffected by the brisk climb. “To my bedroom.”
She immediately stopped. “Your bedroom? Why ever would we go in there?”
Chesterton turned back to her, one sardonic eyebrow arched high. “To change,” he answered. “You didn’t expect me to head out in this, did you?” He turned and continued toward the room, looking back at her before entering. “Are you coming?” he asked, voice smooth as warm chocolate.
This wasn’t the first time she’d been lured into George’s bedroom. He’d been an earl, the courtesy title bestowed upon him at birth, but more than that, he’d been a gentleman. Apparently, he’d lost that when he’d inherited the Marquisate. His bedroom was no longer an inviting sanctuary, and this invitation was not one of love as it had once been, but a lewd proposition, tenderness replaced by cruelty, as he watched expectantly for her reaction.
“I don’t think that’ll be necessary,” she stuttered, trying in vain to remain calm and collected as he started to untie the sash about his waist holding his robe closed. He let it fall to the ground and the robe opened, revealing his chest and torso in all its naked glory.
And it was indeed glorious.
She quickly averted her glance, whipping her head around and staring attentively at the painting on the wall.
“Is something the matter, Mrs. Turner?”
She was not about to play this game. She didn’t have the time, and he didn’t deserve the enjoyment it would undoubtedly bring him to see her suffer so. And most importantly, she couldn’t play because she knew good and well that she had no chance of winning.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Touchdown with Michel Prince: All Around Fun-tastic Author

I’m so happy to welcome a good friend and prolific, super-fun   She has several series out in multiple genres. Whatever you like to read—Michel likely has something for you! Today she’s here to talk about  “THIRD AND LONG: Book Three of the Love by the Yard Series” published by JK Publishing.  Help me welcome Michel Prince!
author to GLIAS today. Michel Prince is not just a wonderful romance storyteller, she’s an all around whirlwind, a photographer with a beautiful online cover photo portfolio (check out her amazing website Royal Touch photography), and a unique and enthusiastic promoter of her own work and that of her friends.

Michel Prince graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science. She writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling at her, "It's my turn damn it!!!" she tries to explain to them that, alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn.  She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips, and she looks forward to sharing them with you.  

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found cheering for her son at a variety of sports.  She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers in 2013 and 2014, won Sweetest Romance at IRAE 2015, and is a PAN member of RWA.  She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and dog, Bolt. 

In book three of Love by the Yard: Ten years ago, Xavier Jackson had been poised to complete a lifelong journey. When he wasn’t picked up after the seventh round of the draft, he wondered if his dreams of playing professional football were finally over. Instead, with a chance as a free agent, he made good on his dream, but the lure of off-field activities led the tight end to make the worst decision of his life.

Chelsea Monroe was engaged to Xavier, the best football player their little college had ever seen. She’d become part of his family, and was tasked with keeping his baby sister, Leeda, safe when he had to go away. But a disastrous visit during training put an end to everything, leaving Chelsea shattered and unwilling to give herself to anyone ever again.

Though a decade of focus on her career made her a sought-after litigator, it kept her from making any personal connections. When Chelsea decides to take a trip to Jamaica before a fresh start in Chicago, instead of being a break, it turns into a second chance.

Leeda Jackson has plans for her brother Xavier and the woman that should have been her sister.


Lee-Lee demanded they move on from bad boyfriends and past talk. It was time to look forward. And forward was the karaoke bar at the resort. With a drink held high in her hand, Lee-Lee wiggled her way into the bar as music played and a decent singer was attempting to not massacre Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Chelsea followed with her own drink and found them a table. Lee-Lee was at the DJ booth reviewing songs.
“You know you’re going to have to come up with me for moral support,” Lee-Lee explained as she sat down next to Chelsea.
Waving her hand while sipping on her latest Caribbean concoction, she choked out, “Not a chance in hell.”
“I’m just funning,” she said with a slap. “Xavier asked me to put his name in.”
“He’s here?”
Lee-Lee turned, and he walked through the door to the club. She motioned for him to come to their table. He did look good in a pair of beige linen pants and buttoned down white shirt. It was open with the sleeves rolled up and he wore a tank top that clung to his body. Damn his body was as fit as it had been in college. It made her mouth water to see the outline of the cuts in his abs. His chest was broad and she assumed still slick and hairless.
“Perfect timing, you’re next,” Lee-Lee said.
“Wow, that quick.” He reached for Chelsea’s drink, gulped it down, then stole his sister’s. Shaking off the probable brain freeze from the iced drink he called out, “Whoo. Let’s do this.”
“I thought he only sang in private,” Chelsea said as she waved over a waiter for refills making sure to add water to their drink order.
“Or when motivated.”
“What motivated him to embarrass himself? Two rum laced drinks stolen from us?”
“You’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you?
Xavier stepped up on stage and his eyes were a bit hooded as he stared at Chelsea. When I was Your Man began to play. A lump formed in her throat as he started to sing about foolish choices made by an immature man. The regret he had when he closed eyes and dreamed about her. How he could never fix the mistakes of his youth and he wished her well.  
Acid burned from her heart. She couldn’t move as he sang with his eyes locked on hers. The stares started with Lee-Lee, soon the whole room might as well have two spotlights. Xavier hopped off the stage no longer needing the words. Heat flushed her cheeks, but she couldn’t turn away. He had her caught in his pained gaze. A worker passed him a small bouquet of flowers and as he sang about missing his chance to apologize he passed them to her.
Tears filled her eyes and spilled down her cheeks. He took her hand and helped her. Spinning her around and then he pulled her flush to his body as he sang about her love of dancing. She laid her face on his shoulder as she held him tight.
“Baby,” he whispered in her ear. “My biggest failure was not being the man you deserved. It’s only a few days together, but let me try to fix what I did. I never stopped loving you. Not for one day.”
The DJ came to retrieve the microphone from Xavier. Walking her out to an empty lobby, Xavier held her close. Behind them cheers from the crowd had her burying herself deeper in his chest.
“That wasn’t fair,” she said when she could feel they were no longer the center of attention. “Did you even have to work?”
“Yes, I did. I have over twenty reports to type up on players. And if you wouldn’t have eaten with my sister I might not have gotten any done. She spent the hour going over details for this.”
“Your sister is nothing if not a planner.”
“Leeda is a conniving schemer and you need to fix your privacy settings on social media.”
“Can we not talk about her? Please. What she did came from a place of caring. She knows I’m in pain.” He took her hands in his and brought them to his lips. “Chelsea, I meant what I said. I fucked up royally. I don’t know how your life’s been since we split but, baby, I’m not where I wanted to be and that’s a hundred percent because you weren’t with me.” He stroked her cheek and shivers went down her spine.  “I don’t deserve a second chance, but I’ll drop to my knees right here to beg for one.”
“The last time you kneeled in front of me you promised me your heart forever.”
“It’s still yours. Nothing has changed.”
“I have,she choked out the words. No matter how hard she wanted to forgive, she couldn’t forget the hurt. “I don’t trust anyone. I was on campus for years standing up for you when everyone told me you would leave the second you were drafted. Not my Xavier. My man loves me. Forever and always. Xavier, I won’t survive if you decide I’m not enough again.”
“Chels,” he said, pulling her into his arms. His body warm and firm yet so familiar as she melted against him. “Give me Jamaica to prove I’ve changed.”
Every part of her was screaming to let him in. She’d been his, even if he no longer wanted her. At night, she still dreamed of him. Time hadn’t made her love for him diminish.
“Changed or settled,” she challenged. “Being in love with you is as simple as breathing for me. I can hold my breath as long as I want, but my body will force me
to exhale.”



LIZ: What was your favorite book as a child?
MICHEL: The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

LIZ: How did you come up with the idea for this book? 
MICHEL: Although this is the third book in the Love by the Yard Series I started it about four years ago when my husband and I were coming home from vacation in Jamaica. The idea of running into a past love at a resort spun through my mind. Initially it was going to be a stand alone book, but as I worked on it the idea of a team took over and this one had to be the third.

LIZ: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
MICHEL: I love going to plays and musicals. I’m usually at a sporting event, whether my son’s games or my beloved Minnesota Vikings. I also can’t pass up a board or card game.

LIZ: If you described your book in three words, which would you choose?
MICHEL: Forgiveness, love and laughs.

LIZ: If you could have dinner with any three book characters, who would you choose and why?
MICHEL: Charley Davidson, From the Grave Series. She may bring down hell fire, but I’d be laughing with her all night. Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, because once again I’d be laughing and, well, one wants a nice view. Finally Laura Ingalls. That would be from childhood. For some reason I always wanted to show her all the cool things in this century.

LIZ: You’ve been granted one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
MICHEL: I’m not sure if it’s a superpower, or drug induced, but Limitless has the person’s mind expand so they need little to no sleep and they can learn and understand everything. Also he wrote a grammatically- and plot-perfect book in one day. It’s all in his head, but he couldn’t get it out until then. So with seven days I would get quite a few books done, my house would be clean and I might even learn Spanish or something. And note the grammatically correct part.

LIZ: Time for a mini blitz!
a)Favorite color? Lavender.
Song? Currently, Thinking Out Loud or Honey I’m Good.
Movie? This is impossible. I’m a movie freak and would need genre breakdown, classic verses contemporary… Do you have three hours?
b) Summer or winter? Winter
c) Morning or night? Night
d) Rain or shine? Shine
e) Sweet or salty? Salty

LIZ: Do you have any favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
MICHEL: I have a ton, my favorites include Judy Blume, J.R. Ward, Sherryln Kenyon and Sydney Sheldon. I’m not sure if they influenced or inspired.
LIZ: What’s on your bucket list for this year?
MICHEL: I really need to get my sci-fi book done and submitted to agents and publishers.

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
MICHEL: Oh man, bad thing to ask a romance writer. The obvious answer would be sex positions or some other such physical aspect, but honestly that’s superficial. In my (mixed ethnicity) relationship I experienced many names being hurled at me, especially early on with my now husband. There were many hurtful things to me, because even though I knew racism existed, having it hurled at me cut deep. Made me lose hope in humanity for a time. I worked that out in my writing a bit, but also put in the good. The sweet nicknames, the way my son was as a toddler and such. Although I say Ellie and Oscar aren’t my husband and me, and they aren’t, they have had similar life experiences. If you read the Chrysalis series, especially, you’ll see it sprinkled in the four books.

How far do you give a book (i.e., how long do you keep reading) before you know you’ll love it or dump it?
Michel has a signed paperback copy of her book SILLY GIRL-- an earlier basketball hero story--for one lucky commenter today!



Check out books 1 & 2
in Michel's  "Love By the Yard" series!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amanda McIntyre Visits With Gina Conkle

Please welcome Gina Conkle to the GLIAS blog! 
I met Gina last year at the RT conference and we just hit it off with our love of history, writing, and realizing the value of stepping outside your comfort zone once in awhile!  She's a wonderful
historical writer and I'm thrilled to find out more about this new sizzling contemporary KISSABLES series!! 

Here's a bit about Gina~
Gina Conkle writes Viking and Georgian romance with a new dip into hot contemporary romance. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

Learn more and follow Gina here:

Let's find out more about Gina!!

Amanda: What’s your favorite fairy tale?

GINA: Cinderella. I listened to that story over and over again as a kid. I bought the video (back in the VHA era) and watched it even though my boys were meh about it. And the recent live action Cinderella? I saw it in the theaters and on demand at home.

Amanda: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure? 

GINA: Action Adventure. I’ve seen too many super hero movies with my boys. They read the books, immersed themselves in those worlds. One is staunchly Marvel. The other is DC. My husband loves both and throws in Jason Bourne.

Amanda: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?

GINA: Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart (story 1 in the book)
Crazy River – Robbie Robertson
Wish I knew you when – The Revivalists
Crickets – Drop City Yacht Club
Lover Come Back – City and Colour
Beast of Burden – Rolling Stones (this one was the hottest!)

Amanda:  What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?

GINA: I go through phases. Some days I want a really dark romance. Other days I want a second son Regency romance. It all depends on what trope or sub genre I’m in the mood for. Interestingly, though I’ve seen all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy movies, I can’t get into reading paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy books.

5    Amanda:   What is your favorite movie? 

   GINA: File this one under “Action” but…Gladiator. Nothing has been able to knock the movie out of the #1 spot.

Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle
(2 *hot* novellas in 1 Book)

Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart
Bookstore clerk Abbie is off-the-charts nervous her first night moonlighting in a sex-for-hire job. If she only kept her mouth shut…but nothing goes as expected, including the intense blue-eyed surfer who walks through her door. Mark wants to work out a few kinks —and leave the lifestyle for good. Past mistakes still haunt him, but sweet Abbie turns Mark’s plans upside down, and two broken hearts discover honesty is the hottest aphrodisiac.

Anything But Safe

Former trophy wife Jennifer wants to thrive again, but when her new life hits a speedbump, her unlikely hero is rough working man AJ. The woman he rescued is out of his league, but the two together are magic. Jennifer smooths his hard edges, and when she’s with AJ, her true, quirky colors show. A surprise threatens to derail the two who quickly learn…love is anything but safe.

Excerpt from the first novella: Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart by Gina Conkle~

I stuffed the check in my back pocket over the foil package of a waiting condom. I’m no saint. I knew what I wanted. Cold water dripped from drenched hair down my bare back, but I’d wait. My arms were awkward at my side, unmoving when I wanted to soothe her. We both had our needs.
She turned around, scraping her bangs off her face. “As of right now, we’ve known each other for about twenty-four hours.”
“So?” My voice was rough.
“So, we went deeper than most people do in months.” Her hollow laugh echoed in the emptiness. “You want to know why I showed up when I had every reason not to?”
Abbie’s blue-green eyes glazed like dark pieces of glass, making me forget about my water-logged jeans and bare feet on cold tile.
“It was you. When I weighed all the pros and cons, it all came down to you. Something happens when you’re in my vicinity. All my senses come alive. I love your smell. Your voice. Your caustic way with words…how you look at me.” She groaned a deep primal sound at the back of her throat. “For all your bark and bite you have this other side. It’s like you read me and understand exactly how I need you to see me.” Her chest heaved and she clutched the row of buttons resting on her breast bone. “I feel you.”
With rain-drenched hair and mascara-ringed eyes, this Abbie had more in common with pagan warrior women than the docile, tea-sipping bookstore clerk. She was a wild thing, beautiful and unscathed. She got my heart thumping.








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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

E.E. Burke's Best of the West with Rosanne Bittner

Today I'm delighted to welcome back USA Today Bestselling Author Rosanne Bittner, who I'm thrilled to say is bringing us a brand new Native American romance. Although Rosanne made a name for herself writing romances featuring American Indian heroes (like Zeke in her unforgettable Savage Destiny series), it's been thirteen years since she penned her last one Native American romance. I can't wait to read Capture My HeartHere's the blurb:

1864 Denver, Colorado.  
    Determined to prove she is capable of running her father's freighting business, Claire Stewart must compete against a wealthy businessman who wants to bring her down.

Two Wolves, half Cheyenne, scouts for the U. S. Army.  He is determined to prove that white men have been committing raids against their own kind in order to fuel the fires of hatred of Colorado citizens against the Cheyenne.  When he rescues Claire from just such an attack, he is struck by her fiery independence and youthful beauty.  Most of all, he admires her brave attempt to save her father’s business and to help Two Wolves prove that her attack was by white men, led by the very businessman who is her competitor.
Through events that keep forcing these two together and cause Two Wolves to risk his life in Claire’s defense more than once, a bond develops that turns into a steamy attraction between a tiny, red-headed young white woman and a powerful, brave, handsome Indian warrior.  This attraction leads to a hot, forbidden romance that develops into a memorable “against-all-odds” love story.

Set against the true history of atrocities committed by the Colorado militia against peaceful Cheyenne, CAPTURE MY HEART brings to light the struggle of the southern Cheyenne to survive amid more and more white settlement; and it shows the courage of Indians and certain brave whites alike in trying to keep the peace during one of the most difficult periods in Colorado history.

Excerpt from CAPTURE MY HEART:
 Claire tripped and rolled down a hill, landing against a tree trunk.  She got right back up and started running again.  She’d always heard how keen the instincts of Indians were.  Maybe the big Indian who was part of those who’d attacked her had seen her shadowy figure head for the woods. She could almost feel his big knife in her back.  She struggled not to yell out when pine cones and pine needles poked the bottoms of her feet.  She kept running, hoping whoever was after her didn’t realize she’d fallen down the hill.  Maybe he would go in a different direction.
She found a place where there was softer grass and her feet made less of a rustling noise.  She ran faster, not sure when or if she should stop.  She would just run until she had no breath left in her, then pray she wouldn’t be found.  All her plans ended abruptly when to her horror someone grabbed her.  A big hand clamped over her mouth, stifling her screams as a strong arm wrapped around her from behind, pinning her arms to her sides.  She struggled wildly as whoever it was wrestled her face-down to the ground and lay on top of her.   She closed her eyes against pine needles that poked at her face.
“Lie still!”  He gripped her tighter, kept his hand around her mouth.  “Do not scream!  It is I!  Two Wolves!  He will hear us if you do not lie still!”
Who would hear them?  Was Two Wolves the one who’d been chasing her?  She wiggled and tried to scream again.
Ho-shuh!”  He gripped her tighter, kept his hand around her mouth.  “I cannot help you if you give us away!  I will not hurt you!”
Claire was so worn out that all the fight went out of her.  She wanted to believe him, that he truly didn’t mean her harm.  His weight was beginning to crush the breath out of her.
“Do not move!” he whispered.  “I am going to let go of you.  I have to kill him.”
Kill who?  The other Indian?  What if he failed?  She’d be doomed.  Maybe she was doomed either way.  She fought tears of terror.
“Promise you will make no noise,” Two Wolves told her.  “And do not leave this place if I let go of you.”  He gave her a slight jerk.  Promise me!”
Claire relaxed. She felt some of his long hair fall over the side of her face, felt his strength, and strangely, felt a sudden comfort in the way he held her. Slowly he moved his hand from her mouth.  He stayed on top of her for a moment, spoke again into her ear.
“I am going to let go of you.  Pay no attention to what you hear.  Do not move from this place.  Do you understand?”
Claire heard someone coming, the sound of heavy footfall somewhere nearby.  “Yes,” she whispered.
Suddenly, Two Wolves left her. She lay frozen in place, heard someone running.  Then she heard a grunting sound, several thuds, a man crying out, and what sounded like a chopping sound.  Moments later someone came back to where she lay and jerked her up.

Meet Rosanne

Rosanne Bittner has been writing over 35 years.  In 2017 she will have three books published, CAPTURE MY HEART in March from Amazon; THE LAST OUTLAW (the 4th in her Outlaw series) in September from Sourcebooks; and A CHICK-A-DEE CHRISTMAS, part of an anthology titled CHRISTMAS IN A COWBOY’S ARMS in October from Sourcebooks. That brings Rosanne’s total of published books to 65, with more to come! 
            Rosanne has won numerous writing awards and is a USA Today best seller.  She loves American history and it’s all she writes about, all books based on real events and locations and most about the American West of the 1800’s, a topic she absolutely loves and researches faithfully.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the mid-Michigan chapter of RWA, Women Writing the West, several historical societies, and is president of a local charity organization in southwest Michigan.  She has been married to Larry Bittner for nearly 52 years and has two sons and three grandsons.  Besides writing, Rosanne helps run a family business and donates time to writing workshops and giving talks to clubs and organizations.  Be sure to visit her web site at, where you can also link into Rosanne’s blog site and join her Street Team, where you can win prizes!  She will be at the Romantic Times conference in Atlanta May 2-7 and looks forward to meeting many of her faithful readers there.

E.E.: Do you write while listening to music?  
Rosanne: OH, MY YES!  The words just come pouring out if I have the right music playing.  I have “mood” music for all kinds of stories, but mostly lots of Native American drumming/dancing, and also the theme music from some of the big, classic westerns.  My favorite theme music for straight westerns is the theme song from THE BIG COUNTRY.  For Indian books it’s DANCES WITH WOLVES and also drumming/dancing music by Oliver Shanti, especially “Circle of Life,” and “Well Balanced.”

E.E.: If you couldn’t be a writer any more, what would you do?  
Rosanne: I don’t even want to talk about that.  I will write till I die, God willing.

E.E.: Which of your characters would you invite to dinner if you could?  
Rosanne: JAKE HARKNER, of course, from my Outlaw books!  If you read the books, you don’t need to ask why! In fact, it would be cool to have him and ZEKE MONROE from my Savage Destiny books come together and listen to them talk.  These two men are very much alike.

E.E.: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?   
Rosanne: Just being published at all is so satisfying.  When I started writing I told editors that I would never be a one-book wonder – that I was here to stay and they could depend on me to write many other books.  That was 65 books ago.  Dreams fulfilled are numerous writing awards and being published in hard cover – also becoming a USA Today bestseller and being published world-wide.

E.E.: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Rosanne: A LANTERN IN HER HAND.  I of course read lots of Nancy Drew when I was very young, but as a teen I read A LANTERN IN HER HAND by Bess Streeter Aldrich – a story about a young woman who follows her husband to Nebraska when there was virtually nothing there.  She gave up all her own dreams for her husband, suffered terrific loneliness and hardship but never complained. By the end of the story their farm in the middle of nowhere was absorbed by settlement and their house was part of a town.  This book epitomizes what fascinates me most about the settling of America – the speed at which it happened, and how fast open, desolate country became the seat for huge cities, railroads, industry and highways.  A LANTERN IN HER HAND is such a touching story and so well depicts what being part of settling America was like for a woman – and in the end it so beautifully describes the feelings of a grandmother.  Best little story I’ve ever read.

E.E.: What’s the first story I remember writing?  
Rosanne: As a child it was “Mr. and Mrs. Quack,” about a male and female duck who were in love. The male duck was shot down by hunters but he finds his way back to his “wife.”  Yes, even at the age of 10 I was writing romance!!

E.E.: A playlist I would recommend for those reading my books? 
Rosanne: For CAPTURE MY HEART, the book featured in this event, I would recommend the sound track  from DANCES WITH WOLVES. For my Outlaw books, it would be THE BIG COUNTRY.

E.E.: What turns me off like nothing else?  
Rosanne: Well, if you are talking about writing, it would be gratuitous sex and the ugly, blatant naming of body parts just for sensation, sex just for sex with no deep, true love involved.  I’ve read books where the heroine’s only goal is to “get laid.”  No, thanks.  One book I read started out with the woman voraciously performing oral sex and it had no meaning.  She was just jacking the guy off for the thrill of it.  Yuck. Needless to say, I didn’t finish the book.  No interest.  No good story behind the sex.  I also hate “formula” writing, where I can see by the second or third page what is going to happen and I can see that the story will be full of “teaser” love scenes where they “almost” consummate their desire and then back away.  If the characters are in love, I say, “get to it!”  I absolutely adore deep lovemaking between a man and woman who are desperately, faithfully, totally in love.  And I don’t need to carry them all the way through the book before they realize it. I also love family sagas and love stories/sex scenes between older couples who have been together for many years and have clung to one another through the dangers and tribulations of settling America. My number one goal in writing sex is that it is never gratuitous and is always beautiful and has deep meaning.

E.E.: Your favorite movie of all time?  
Rosanne: That’s a hard one.  I think it would have to be QUIGLEY, DOWN UNDER (Tom Selleck) and maybe PALE RIDER (Clint Eastwood). And I can’t leave out THE BIG COUNTRY (Greggory Peck and Charlton Heston). I also love THE SHOOTIST because it was John Wayne’s last movie and it was about a gunfighter dying of cancer – and John Wayne WAS dying of cancer at the time.  Such a touching movie.  I cry every time I watch it.  LIBERTY VALANCE is also a great John Wayne movie.

E.E.: My most rewarding publishing moment?  
Rosanne: When my new editor at Sourcebooks asked me to write a sequel to OUTLAW HEARTS.  I had been wanting to write a sequel for over 20 years but couldn’t get a publisher to take one.  I am so totally in love with Jake Harkner.  The sequel was DO NOT FORSAKE ME, and it became a nominee by Romantic Times as “Best Western Romance” for 2015! Since then I have written a third and fourth book to the series and would like to write a fifth book.

E.E.: Do I put myself in the heroine’s role when I’m writing?  
Rosanne: YOU BET!  My heroine doesn’t do anything I wouldn’t do, and I like to think I’m as strong as they are and that I can love as fully as they do.  And I sure don’t mind going to bed with the hero!

E.E.: Is writing – or is it storytelling – that’s easiest for me?  
Rosanne: BOTH.  My first agent told me way back when I first started writing that though I might not be the most literary writer, I am, above all, a prolific story-teller.  I love action and dialogue.  I never use an outline.  I pick a time frame/specific event in American history, and I get my fictitious characters involved … and off I go!  I just start a story and let it take me where it will.  I get to know the characters as I write them, and I outline as I write so that I remember what happened in each chapter, remember events and character’s names and descriptions, but I never start out with a synopsis or outline.  I LOVE TO WRITE.  It has never felt like work for me and I never suffer writer’s block.  I hardly know what to do with myself when I’m between books.  I just finished my three books for 2017 and am going nuts waiting to hear from my agent what idea I should work on next.  I think I’ll just start writing one of the three books I have in mind and go from there.  Even if a book isn’t sold, I write it anyway just to have another book “under my belt” ready to sell.

E.E.: What is my favorite scene in my current book?  
Rosanne: In CAPTURE MY HEART my favorite scene would have to be when Two Wolves and Claire make love for the first time.  Two Wolves knows exactly how to put a virgin at ease.  I can’t imagine a woman exists who wouldn’t want this gorgeous hunk of man in her bed.  (I’m smiling.)

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Rosanne: This is my first Indian/white romance since around 2004, in spite of writing many such books in my earlier years of writing, when Indian romance was the hottest seller on the market. Would you like to see more Indian romances on the market again?

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