Family Jewels:Rose Gardner Investigations #1(123)

By: Denise Grover Swank


Joe remained silent for several seconds, then said, “Neely Kate, I think I found him.”

The color left her face, and I thought she was going to pass out. “What?”

He leaned forward and grabbed her hand. “It took me two days. I needed to head back home for my shift tonight, but I followed one last lead to the bus station and saw him. I’d intended to make him sign your divorce papers, but he got on a bus headed to Memphis. It took off before I could reach him.”

“Memphis?” She shook her head. “No. You must have seen someone else.”

He grabbed his phone from his pocket and pulled up his photos. “You tell me. Is this him? There are several photos on there, but …”

“But what?”

“You might not like what you see.”

She snatched the phone from him. The photo was of a couple standing next to a bus in a tight embrace. They were kissing, and the next several photos portrayed them in escalating stages of groping. Then there was a photo of the man looking down at the blonde woman. I had to admit that his profile looked a lot like Ronnie’s. But when Neely Kate swiped to the next photo, I gasped.

Ronnie was facing the camera full-on, his arm wrapped around the small blonde woman. But the biggest shocker was the ring on his left ring finger. He was wearing a wedding ring, and it wasn’t the one Neely Kate had given him less than a year ago.

Ronnie Colson had married someone else, and he wasn’t even divorced yet.

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There’s more in Rose’s world:





Trailer Trash

Neely Kate Mystery





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For the Birds

Rose Gardner Investigations #2





Acknowledgments





Authors will tell you that writing is a solitary venture, but that’s not entirely true, at least not for me. I have a team who support and encourage me throughout the process.

First, I couldn’t do this without Angela Polidoro, my developmental editor and friend. I count on her for advice and support when I feel like I’ve hit a wall. She reminds me that the story will come, and often gives me a nudge to get me going again. She plays a significant role not only by editing my books, but helping to plan my future books and career. I’m grateful to have her in my corner.

Shannon Page is often the second person to read my book after I incorporate Angela’s suggestions. While Shannon’s job is to copy edit my story, she also gives me much needed reassurance that my readers are going to love the book.

Carolina Valdez-Schneider gives my book a thorough read-through, looking for proofreading errors. She’s a true professional, but also a friend. I’m thrilled she’s part of my team.

Next, I’d like to thank my children, especially Jenna, Ryan, and Emma. I often work long hours. They take it in stride and hang out in my office so we can all work together. The moments when I’m working at my desk while they tackle homework on the sofa and my office floor are some of my sweetest memories.

And finally, I’d like to thank you, dear reader. Your enthusiasm gives me the spark I need to keep up this crazy pace. There are over three million books available for you to read, and yet you chose mine. That is never lost on me. Thank you.