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Trailer Trash: Neely Kate (Rose Gardner Exposed Novella)

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.


trailer-trashd6-1000pxTRAILER TRASH: NEELY KATE
(A Rose Gardner Exposed Novella)
April 18, 2017

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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.

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melanie hodges

I’m shocked beyond words that readers and loyal fans have sent angry messages regarding the novellas!

I’ve truly loved the faxt that you’ve taken the time to write these for use, providing characters we love with their own point of view and other brilliant backgrounds. Let alone that you’ve allowed us to read them at no charge!

I will be more than happy to pay for future books, as I know and appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into writing them.

I can’t wait to read the next installment and wish you all the luck in your new series xx

Rhonda Madison

It’s hard to believe that people would complain about your novellas. I made sure I copied and pasted so the code was correct. I didn’t have any problems that way. I’m glad to pay, though. You deserve to be paid for what wonderful writing you do! I have enjoyed all your series that I’ve read. You are a fantastic author!!


I would like to hear from Maud. She loves her son, k does where he is, loves Rose and Joe and has some powers herself. That would be an intriguing avenue.

Ellen Anderson
First let me say, someone always has to ruin a great thing for others. I adore these in between novellas, and at times they have actually helped me understand not only the book that I just read, but also parts of the one coming up. I enjoy reading the parts as they come out and then yes, I still buy the novella once it has been put together and on sale. As far as who would I want to read their story, that, to me is where the problem comes in. To me the best part of these novellas is… Read more »

u should do these 3 people jed, mason and joe for the exposed series


First I would like to say thank you for the novellas and the time you put into them. So sorry to hear about the angry correspondence, your instructions were always easy to follow! I would love to read about Jed and Mason. Thanks xxx

Anna olsen

Thank you for the novellas, too bad a few ruin it for all. Sins of the father is a great read btw!


I’m really sorry to hear about rude readers… i send twice an email to denise’s assistant about having problems to download for free on amazon a novella (in france it wasn’t free) she was really nice, polite and a great help.
Thank you for the last novella, it was a good transition to rose’s new adventures. I must tell that skeeter wasn’t a favourite until 34, now i want only skeeter pov… thank you once again, i’m about to buy family jewels! And faint from joy. Bisous from france.


So sorry that you’ve had to go the abuse because some people don’t know how to read. I’ve never had a problem accessing the novellas other than not reading the instructions fully, my fault not yours. I absolutely love the novellas and the POV’s in them, doesn’t matter to me how they come out I will pay for them plus you benefit that way. I agree with Stephne B, Jed first and then Mason. Please and thank you! We love you, Denise!


James, of course. Intriguing character.


Like so many have said already, I’m sorry you and your assistant had to put with angry emails when you so willing provided your writing for free. Thank you for that and for sharing your love of your characters. I will also willing pay for the novellas (have already pre-ordered Trailer Trash: Neely Kate).
Exposed series POV’s……Jed, Kate and Maude….maybe some more from Joe and Mason too.


I have enjoyed them. Sorry that some people were not happy. I like hearing about all of the characters so any are fine with me.


I enjoyed all of the novellas very much. Sorry that some people have had problems. I will pay for them.


I have loved all of your novellas, thank you so much. And I’d say James and Jed for the Exposed series, I can’t get enough of them.

Debbie Bonk

Rose and James and Neely Kate with Jed bring it on I’m move than ready

Jamie Slimmer
I think we’ve heard enough from Joe and Mason…Maeve, to me, may be a bit boring. I’m not interested in Jed’s character at all….yet. His character interests me as much as Anna and Jessica. I would like to see a novella on Kate. How exciting it would be to know her back story, her POV and to dive into the mind of a person who has a few screws loose. Since the letters from Kate are going to play a part in future books, it’d be nice to know more about their source. She’s mysterious and interesting, in my opinion.… Read more »

Interesting! I too would like Kate featured. I will be going back to reread some books as well. I love these books.

Lorna McCallum

Its such a shame that some folk gave you a hard time when you generously provided the novellas for free. I love every book and novella in the series. I’m relishing Family Jewels, the anticipation was killing me.
I’d love you to do Skeeter/James, Jed and Mason.
Please keep on writing the Rose Gardner & Neely Kate books. I have read your other series and enjoyed them but RG et al are the best. I love your work and will happily pay.

Diane Dell'Aquila

Thanks Denise for all of your wonderful efforts.Sorry that some feel it is ok to abuse others .I am more than happy to pay for the privilege to read your stories & character back stories.I would like to know more about Jed.

Barbara Machetti
Hello Denise, I am sorry that you received angry complains, personally the only difficulty I found was working on the small phone screen to get them but obviously that’s not your fault, besides it was worth the effort if at the end we could enjoy the novella for free. Anyway I can’t say I am not sorry that we won’t get them anymore tbut totally understand your decision. By the way I happily received Family Jewels on Nov, 29 and read it within 24 hours! I was a little disappointed by Skeeter behaviour as I was hoping we could finally… Read more »
Jane Kilpatrick

Thank you for allowing me to join the readers community. I have read all of the Rose Gardner books and novellas several times. Each time I enjoy them just as much as the first. Love all of the characters, my favourites aside from Rose, Mason and Maeve are, Joe, Jed, Skeeter and Bruce Wayne. Would love to read more about Mason’s life in Little Rock before Rose. I’m also eagerly awaiting the Magnolia Steele third book Call Back in February 2017.


Thank you for keeping the Rose Gardner series going with new characters. You have given me many hours of enjoyment as well as nervous breakdowns waiting for the next one to come out. I would love a novella in James Malcom. I’m praying for a Rose/James romance.But your the writer I will continue to follow no matter what happens. Thank again keep up the good work

First of all, I am happy to purchase the novellas! Second, I just finished reading Family Jewels and I will need to see a sneak preview or something of the next installment because I don’t think I can hold out until July. I cannot get enough of Rose and Skeeter. I stayed up reading until 2 a.m. – could not put it down. I really like the new series. I had a minor panic attack when I read that you were ending the Rose Gardner books until I read further about your idea to continue Rose in a new series.… Read more »
Debbie Bonk

Please please please more rose and James I agree these books should come with instructions for withdrawal can’t wait for the next one. This series is even better than the rose Gardner series. I to was afraid when that series ended but this new one had me going insane reading it could not put it down read it about five times already.


I completely agree! I am OBSESSED with their relationship and can’t wait to see how it develops. I really need this series to turn into a TV show or something!



Debbie Bonk

People always find something to complain about. I for one am very grateful for your attempt at giving us a sneak peek. Sorry you were the one who got the backlash. Please keep writing I would be very lost without your work.


Happy New Year Denise!
I’m sorry that they’re won’t be any more free novellas. I enjoyed them and didn’t find it tedious to read them online within the required time slot. I don’t understand why people would send you angry emails. Honestly people, get a life!
I would love to read POV from the following characters – not necessarily in that order – Jed, James and Kate. I also hope Rose & James’s relationship will grow into something other than friendship.


Happy New Year Denise

I really can’t believe some people, and sorry you and your assistant had to go through that.

I have read all your books and love them all in different ways, but to me Rose and her friends are the best.

I would love to see Rose and James together also Neely Kate and Jed.

Take care


I’m such big fan of yours!!! I love rose a lot!! I want to thank you for creating such an awesome character n I’m eagerly waiting for your upcoming novels ..All the best n are u planning to visit India?? N I would love to see Jed, James n Bruce Wayne exposed novella



I have never written to an author before so I’m not sure of the protocol. I have just finished reading the series for a second time after a year in between and caught up on all the new books. Here are my thoughts for what it’s worth. 1. None of the guys in the series so far are equal to or up to par for Rose. They are all out for something from her and will not last in the long term. Don’t bring Mason back. He had his chance and blew it. Same with James. He doesn’t give back… Read more »

I would really love to know how Mason is doing. I still hope that they eventually see each other and get back together. Also I would love to see Joe with a love interest. Makes me sad to think he’s still hooked up with Rose when everyone knows that it’s not gonna happen between them.


I am most interested in learning about James Malcom! His character intrigues me and in a way I am rooting for him and Rose romantically if I’m honest. I would also love to know more about Jed. I keep trying to develop an image of them in my head, to see what you see, and I am struggling! I wish I had a visual of all of them, to see how you have created the character. I really wish this entire series would be made into a TV show, mini series, or even a movie!

Mishael Peter

I would really like if there will be a novella with Skeeter/James POV and also please let there be a Rose and Skeeter relationship. I miss them now and can’t wait for the next installment of the Rose Anne Gardner Investigations. I presume that there will be a story also with Skeeter’s brother.

My dear Denise I am so sorry that some heartless, ungrateful idiots were abusive when they couldn’t follow your simple instructions. I was amazed that you even allowed us to read the brilliant novellas early – and free! – let alone that people would COMPLAIN about the privilege! What a terrible example of “modern society”. I absolutely love the Rose Gardner series, have read each thrilling instalment over and over and cannot wait for future books to see how Rose ‘s life (and all the other characters’) pans out. I would love to read a novella on James Malcolm and… Read more »

I really can’t wait to hear more about Neeley Kate and her love with Jed … I am excited to see where this goes…


Would love to read from James’ point of view!! Love this series! Just finished For the Birds and I can’t wait for the new release!


I would love one for mason and one from skeeter




Please include one about Mason


I vote Mason…But my daughter votes James.

Sorry to hear so many angry people are writing you. We have been reading this series since almost the beginning & have turned many friends onto it. We have all managed to follow your very clear instructions and have appreciated your generosity to your fans through your novellas as well as the book deals that you frequently run!