Readers of my Rose Gardner Mystery series know that I often release novellas between the novels. When I released novellas before, I let my newsletter subscribers read the novellas in three parts before they officially released. They would get links and passwords in the newsletter and could gain access to read the parts on my website. It wasn’t a free download, but it was a free read. It was a way to tell my readers thank you for their loyalty and support.
Unfortunately, for now, SINS OF THE FATHER is the last Rose Gardner free read novella.
With the release of each novella, I got angry emails. Readers had trouble with the passwords and gaining access. (My assistant or I would happily help them get to the page.) Some readers missed the deadlines and were upset that I wouldn’t 1) give them access to the pages after the deadline (the pages were deleted the day after the deadline) or 2) wouldn’t send them a free copy. (That wouldn’t be fair to the other readers who didn’t get free copies and read it on the website.) Honestly, it became exhausting and disheartening.
So for now, I will be releasing novellas with the new Rose Gardner Investigations series, but they will be only available for purchase. I’m giving the novellas a series name–Rose Gardner Exposed–because I plan to make each novella focus on a character and their past. The first novella will be centered around Neely Kate, and after you read FAMILY JEWELS, you’ll know that Kate Simmons has been sending Neely Kate upsetting letters that Neely Kate refuses to share with Rose. A lot of readers are curious about Neely Kate’s past and her backstory will play a part in future books.
The novellas will be bonus material, but like the previous Rose Gardner Mystery novellas, they will provide insight that Rose isn’t privy to. I plan for the “Exposed” novellas to only have one character’s point of view.
I’ll be writing more novellas, although I’m not sure if the second one will follow FOR THE BIRDS (Rose Gardner Investigations #2) which releases July 11, 2017, or will come later. I’m still working on my schedule. But I am curious:
Which character would you like to be featured in a novella? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
You can see the cover and the description for TRAILER TRASH: NEELY KATE below.
Neely Kate Coulson’s life is a carefully built house of cards—and now her newly discovered half-sister is threatening to collapse it. While everyone thinks Kate Simmons was neutralized when she was incarcerated in a psych ward, Neely Kate knows better. Her sister has been sending her letters threatening to expose her past, only Neely Kate has stuffed so many secrets into every available crack and cranny, she has no idea which ones could be dragged into the light.
Growing up with an abusive, drug addicted mother taught Neely Kate to play the game—to be whoever she needs to be in whatever situation she finds herself in. But thanks to her best friend, Rose, she’s discovered she mostly prefers being herself. For the first time in her life, she has a lot to lose—a job, a plan for the future, and an adoring half-brother who happens to be the Chief Deputy Sheriff of Fenton County. But topple one card down, and all of them will fall. Everything she’s built could be lost in an instant.
Neely Kate knows she needs help, but when she reluctantly turns to Rose’s bodyguard, Jed Carlisle, she faces a far more dangerous threat—only this time her heart is on the line.