Sourcebooks / September 2, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital
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.
By this point we’re all aware, and will concede the fact, that small town contemporary romances have been a hot ticket for the last couple of years. However, what hasn’t been discussed to quite the degree is that the trend has also been heavily influential on the historical western sub-genre. Cutesy small towns with white picket fences, where the good townsfolk go to church every Sunday, where there are barn raisings, picnics, July 4th celebrations and a hunky town lawman who will inevitably fall in love with the spinster schoolmarm. Nothing wrong with these sorts of westerns, per se, but God bless Rosanne Bittner for keeping it old school. Bittner built her career writing lawless westerns. Westerns set in dissolute areas where the local law consisted of a sturdy tree and a hangman’s noose. Where the characters would go to church on Sunday assuming there was a church to go to and not six feet of snow outside the front door of their one-room cabin.