After every Rose Gardner book release, I always get asked “how many more books?” Some want to know because they never want the series to end. Others ask because they want to know how many books they are committed to. I also get a lot of statements, comments about things in general I thought might be helpful to address.
1) When will the Rose Gardner Mystery series end?
All the bigger threads in the series will be wrapped up by the end of Thirty-Six and a Half ??, which should release in early 2016. I could end the series there if I choose to. Will I? Probably not. I love Rose, but a lot of it depends on if readers are still interested in the series. I have some ideas about what will happen in subsequent books, so the series could and most likely will continue.
Readers who want to end the series will get enough of a resolution at the end of Thirty-Six to stop reading.
So for readers who want a conclusion, there you go. And for those of you who don’t, don’t worry. 🙂
2) But two books ago you said there were only to more books before you ended the series.
I have never given an end date for this series. In the past, I have said things like “at least two more books, then we’ll see.” Part of it was me trying to figure out the best way to tie up the loose threads and give the readers a very full, rich reading experience. As I started writing Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments, I figured out how to resolve it all by the end of Thirty-Six.
3) Why are your books getting shorter?
While the novellas are shorter–between 31,000 words and Ripple of Secrets ending at 39,000, the novels are getting longer.
My first Rose book, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is around 94,000 words. Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans wrapped up around 105,000 word and Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments ended with 101,00.
I try to write the novellas as enhanced reading for the series and not absolutely necessary. But many readers love reading the supporting characters stories through their eyes. The past three novellas (excluding Rose and Helena Save Christmas) have been offered free to newsletter subscribers on my website before I released them for sale.
4) Will there be a novella between Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments and Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies?
I am not currently planning a novella. I expect Thirty-Five to begin a day or so after the end of Thirty-Four.
5) Your book is incomplete. It’s half a book.
The series is the Rose Gardner Mystery series. With the exception of the novellas, every Rose novel has a mystery that is solved by the end of the book. The personal issues of the characters are not resolved in each book. They carry over from book to book. Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments has a mystery. What happened to Rose’s mother, Dora Middleton, was completely resolved in this book. Yes, there is a cliffhanger, but it is a setup for the next book.
6) I’m unhappy with your book. I’m done reading the series.
Here’s the sad truth that has been very hard for me to accept: I will never make everyone happy. It’s absolutely impossible. My job is to write the story of my heart, and hope I make the majority of my readers happy. The Rose Gardner Mysteries are now seven books into the series. Your trust in me is no small thing. Believe me, it weighs heavy on my mind when I write my books. But if I have lost your trust, by all means, I encourage you to stop reading.