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Deborah Sharp...

 

Deborah's website is here: http://www.deborahsharp.com/

 

If Deborah's name is familiar, it may be because she has joined us before. She wrote a guest blog for us - read it here:

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Guest-Blog-by-Author-DEBORAH-SHARP/m-p/1159228/highli...

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Deborah Sharp Bio

HERE'S the short version, for reporters and other 
individuals with short attention spans: 

Deborah Sharp was a reporter for USA Today for nearly two 
decades. Given all the stories she wrote about killer 
sharks, rampaging alligators, and human evil-doers, it's a 
wonder she leaves her house.

She traded the sad stories of the news business for 
the funny ''Mace Bauer Mystery'' series, set in a sweet-tea-
and-barbecue slice of her native Florida. The series debuted 
with ''Mama Does Time'' (Midnight Ink, 2008). Mama's out of 
the slammer and into the saddle in Book 2, ''Mama Rides 
Shotgun'' (July 2009.) In Book 3, 2010's ''Mama Gets 
Hitched,'' Mama ties the sacred knot of matrimony . . . for 
the fifth time. And in No. 4, ''Mama Sees Stars'' (Sept. 
2011), a Hollywood movie company comes to little Himmarshee, 
Fla., and Mama gets her close-up ... with murder. The 
latest, Book 5, is ''Mama Gets Trashed,'' published in 
September 2013. Foul play and fetish gear in Himmarshee? 
Mama's blushing pinker than her favorite sweet wine!

Deborah's Florida mysteries are funny, with a soft 
Southern edge: Think Carl Hiaasen on estrogen.

She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband of more 
than 20 years, television reporter Kerry Sanders. No kids. 
No pets. They had goldfish once. Turned out badly.

Her short fiction and essays have appeared 
nationally, and her humorous commentaries have run on NPR. 
She's been on the Today Show -- more than once! She's 
grateful for the chance to have chatted with Al Roker and 
other TV stars about her wacky Mama character, and the 
transition she made from journalism to novels.


HERE'S the longer, first-person version, for people with way 
too much time on their hands: 

Like the main character in my "Mace Bauer Mysteries," my 
family roots were set in Florida long before Walt Disney and 
"Miami Vice" came to define the state. As a Florida native, 
and a former, longtime reporter for USA Today, I know every 
burg and back road. I've visited spots not found on maps: 
Molasses Junction. Muse. And now, Himmarshee, my own tiny 
slice of "Authentic Florida."

Home to cowboys and church suppers, Himmarshee is hot, and 
swarming with mosquitoes. And that's about all it has in 
common with Carl Hiaasen's Florida. This isn't the state 
everyone thinks they know. To create it, I borrowed a little 
from the present-day ranching town of Okeechobee, and a bit 
from long-ago southern Florida, where I'm from.

Not far from Ft. Lauderdale, in Davie, my daddy walked to 
town, leading the family's cow. A generation later, when I 
was a girl, my Quarter horse and I galloped over the same 
terrain. Dotted then with citrus groves and ranches, it's 
all interstates and strip malls now.

The difference between Mace and Mama's hometown and mine: 
Himmarshee may be threatened by over-development, but I'll 
never let it be ruined.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, I'm a middle sister - just like 
Mace. I went to elementary school at Southside, high school 
at Stranahan, undergrad at Florida Atlantic University (This 
was PF: Pre-Football, when the big campus sports were tennis 
and water polo). What a culture shock when I headed "up 
north" to attend the University of Georgia, home of rabid 
"Dawgs" fans and alumni, who return for football games in 
huge RVs with horns that toot out "Dixie."

I earned a master's degree in psychology, and then switched 
to journalism, much to the dismay of my Ph.D. committee. 
Like most things in my life, it wasn't planned. The J-school 
was right next to the Psych building. One night, our vending 
machine ran out of my favorite lemon-cream cookies. I 
wandered across the courtyard in search of junk food, and 
found a new career.

It was a good one, too, for more than 20 years. I started in 
1982 at the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., where I would 
have paid them to let me write all those articles about 
manatees and panthers, cops and courts. My favorite 
assignment: Writing about playing a zombie for director 
George Romero when ''Day of the Dead" shot on Sanibel 
Island.

My fellow extras praised my excellent lurching.

A News-Press bonus: I met my future husband, TV reporter 
Kerry Sanders, covering damage to the winter vegetable crop 
in Immokalee, Fla. We both shivered in a pre-dawn freeze, 
waiting to see if the green peppers would turn into 
popsicles. 

Kerry and I have been married since 1989. No kids, no pets. 
We had goldfish once. Turned out badly.

After the News-Press, I moved to Tampa, Fla., in 1986. 
Gannett News Service gave me the chance to roam the state, 
writing features: The Strawberry King of Plant City. The 
Swizzle Stick Sultan of St. Pete. And, to prove it wasn't 
all a giggle, the haunted life of the sole survivor of the 
Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse.

Then, in 1991, it was back to my hometown of Fort 
Lauderdale. Kerry landed a job with NBC in neighboring 
Miami. The occasional stories I'd been writing for Gannett-
owned USA Today became a flood. Miami may be crazy, but what 
a news town! Riots. Murdered tourists. Hurricanes. Elian. I 
kept busy, traveling over Florida and the south, racking up 
bylines.

And then, 9/11. So much death and destruction. So much 
changed. Anthrax. Terrorism. Wars. I felt sad all the time, 
interviewing people who had lost so much. One of my last 
assignments for the paper was to profile soldiers killed in 
battle. Grieving parents; spouses; kids. My 50th birthday 
rolled around, and I decided I couldn't do it anymore. 
Life's too short, as they say, and I'd seen over and over 
the truth of that.

So, mystery-writing beckoned: A world where I could punish 
the bad and reward the good; where I get to say how the 
stories turn out. And not thrillers or dark suspense or 
serial killers stalking women. I chose to write light, funny 
mysteries--which basically means very little blood and 
nobody gets autopsied. And, I throw in some romance, too.

MAMA DOES TIME, MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN, MAMA GETS HITCHED, 
MAMA SEES STARS, and MAMA GETS TRASHED are traditional 
mysteries with a comic, Southern edge. Agatha Christie, if 
she had a couple of cousins named Bubba. Mama, married five 
times, wears sherbet-colored pantsuits and performs beauty 
parlor aromatherapy at Hair Today Dyed Tomorrow.

Now, I don't care who you are, as Larry the Cable Guy would 
say, that's funny!

And don't we all need a laugh now and then?
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Mama Gets Trashed (Mace Bauer Mystery Series #5)  

 

Overview

 

 

Trash Talk Spreads Fast

 

Digging around the dump for Mama’s prized wedding ring, Mace Bauer suddenly stumbles upon the dead body of librarian Camilla Law. The strait-laced town of Himmarshee is scandalized, not because a killer is on the loose, but because prudish Camilla’s leather getup screams sex fetish. Good gravy!

 

Meanwhile, Mace is desperate to help her down-in-the-dumps sister, who suspects her husband is cheating on her. Tracking the two-timing cad, Mace uncovers a circle of bondage fanatics. Whips and woo-hoo? Mama’s blushing pinker than her favorite sweet wine! Mace must figure out what’s going on in little ol’ Himmarshee before another body gets trashed.

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Publishers Weekly

 

In chapter one of Sharp’s entertaining fifth Mace Bauer mystery (after 2011’s Mama Sees Stars), Mace and her mother are searching the Himmarshee, Fla., town dump for Mama’s lost wedding ring when they find the body of proper librarian Camilla Law, dressed in a shockingly sexy outfit. Mace’s fiancé, police detective Carlos Martinez, gets on the case, but Mace can’t help doing her own investigation, and Mama is, as usual, unwilling to stay in the background. That the mayor and his cohorts may be involved in the secret bondage activities makes the situation explosive. Mace knows the crime must be solved before someone else ends up in the trash. As Mace comes closer to the answers, Mama disappears. Will Mama be the next victim of a heartless killer? Or can Mace move fast enough to keep her out of the garbage? Readers will eagerly turn the pages to find out.

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Excerpt: Mama Gets Trashed

Chapter One

 

I toed aside a pink take-out bag from the Pork Pit. Barbecue sauce stained the cuff on my jeans. A soggy onion ring clung like a barnacle to the leather laces of my work boots. Flies buzzed. Mountains of household trash rose around me. Brushing at a sweat droplet that rolled from my forehead down my nose, I glared at Mama.

How had I let her drag me along on this search expedition to the Himmarshee dump on the hottest day of the year?

“Tell me again how you tossed out your wedding ring with the garbage?’’

“I already explained all that, Mace. It was an accident.’’

She sounded more annoyed at me than she had a right to, since I was the one doing most of the looking under a scorching sun. She stood in the shade cast by my Jeep, fanning herself with a paper cutout of a largemouth bass, a freebie from Gotcha Bait & Tackle near Lake Okeechobee.

“In other words,’’ I said, “you were careless because you were trashed.’’

“Trashed?’’

“Right. Tipsy. Blotto. Drunk.’’

Mama pulled herself up to her full height of 4 foot 11 inches, smoothed her perfectly coiffed platinum hair, and regarded me regally. Well, as regal as someone standing in a pile of moldy cantaloupe rinds and coffee grounds can be.  “I was not drunk. I’d only had a tiny glass of pink wine. Barely a thimble-full, really.’’

I stepped on a squishy disposable diaper. Used, of course. A rat ran over the toe of my boot. I decided to continue our discussion, but keep my eyes on the ground.

“That’s not what Marty said. She said you just about finished the whole fiesta-sized box yourself. You barely left her enough wine for half a glass.’’

“Marty’s wrong.’’

“Right. My trustworthy little sister is a liar.’’

“She’s not lying; exaggerating, maybe. Anyhoo, I’d taken off my ring to scour the stovetop. I must have swept it off the counter into the trashcan with the used paper towels. We’ll never have to worry about the same thing happening with that new ring of yours, since you never scour anything.’’ 

I took pity on her and didn’t press it, figuring she felt bad enough about losing the enormous diamond wedding ring Husband No. 5 had recently given her. Amazingly, Salvatore “Big Sal’’ Provenza from Da Bronx was turning into a keeper. No such luck, apparently, with his ring. I kept quiet, working my way through another pile of rubbish. The silence stretched out, without Mama saying one word. That was unusual enough that it made me look up to check on her.

She was tapping away at her smart phone. I heard the whoosh sound, signaling she’d just sent a message.

“You’ve gotta be kidding me!’’

“What?’’ She raised her face from the phone, all blue-eyed innocence.

“Is my busting my sweaty butt to help you find your stupid ring keeping you from some more important business on that telephone?’’

“Oh, this?’’ She lifted the small electronic beast in her hand. “I was returning an email from your sister Maddie. She’s in crisis.’’

Mama closed the gap between us, and shoved the phone toward me. “Look at this picture. See the yellow dress? That’s what she’s supposed to wear to Kenny’s party next week. You know I absolutely cannot let Maddie wear that dress, Mace.’’

“Why? Is it against the law to wear yellow for your husband’s forty-fifth birthday?’’

“Don’t sass me, girl. You’re not too old for me to grab a switch.’’ She leveled a look that could still scare me a bit, even though I’m thirty-four years old and tower over her by almost a foot. “Yellow turns Maddie’s skin tone as green as my wrist got after Husband No. 3 bought me that watch from the man with the card table in New York City.’’

I shielded the phone’s screen from the sun and examined the dress. It was smiley-face yellow. I thought it looked cheerful. Mama ran the Color Me Gorgeous franchise at Hair Today Dyed Tomorrow beauty parlor, so she considered herself an expert in what shades of clothing did and did not match which skin tones. I had less fashion sense than the guys at the feed store, so I didn’t really see the problem.

“Maddie and her yellow dress is hardly a crisis, Mama. I’ll give you a crisis. If we don’t recover your ring, and Sal finds out you lost it even before he’s had the chance to pay it off because you got blitzed on too much sweet pink wine -- ’’

“ -- Say no more, Mace.’’ She took back the phone, and slipped it into the pocket of her orange-sherbet-colored pantsuit. “I’ll take that corner over there by the fence. I see a bunch of white paper towels and some empty cans of that dog food Teensy likes. Maybe that’ll be the trash from my house.’’

Picking up a broken broom, Mama began using it to delicately poke at garbage piles. I had to smile at the look on her face when she lifted the broom handle to examine what was stuck to the end and a banana peel dropped down her blouse. I was about to say something smart-alecky, when a sparkle of light shining between a bunch of spoiled beets and a flat bike tire caught my eye.

 I walked over to get a closer look. A fishy smell about knocked me out. A week’s worth of leftovers from Jimbob’s Seafood Shack moldered. Sure enough, though, I saw the unmistakable glint of a diamond.

 “I found it,’’ I yelled, only to hear Mama’s excited shout at the same moment.

“I’ve got it!’’ she cried from across the dump. “I found my ring.’’ 

She was waving, and the sun reflected off the big rock returned to her hand. If Mama had found her diamond, what exactly had I found? Kicking aside some crab shells and rotten shrimp, I lifted the bike tire. Up came a stained sheet tangled in some snapped-off spokes. Underneath was the body of a scantily clad woman, with one hand flung out. Against the deathly pallor of her wrist, a diamond bracelet glittered.  

 

From Mama Gets Trashed (Mace Bauer Mystery 5), copyright 2013 by Deborah Sharp

Courtesy Midnight Ink Books

 

 

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Check out Deborah's events page for links to her visits to NBC's TODAY Show:

 

http://www.deborahsharp.com/deborah_sharp_events.php

 

There are more TV show links here: 

http://www.deborahsharp.com/deborah_sharp_extras.php

 

Deborah also has a Barnes & Noble book signing on her schedule:

 

Meet & Greet at Barnes & Noble, Fort Myers
Wouldn't a signed copy of TRASHED be a lovely holiday gift? 
Sat. Nov 30, 2013 at 4:00pm

Barnes & Noble
13751 S Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, Fl 33912
(239) 437-0654

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Please welcome DEBORAH SHARP!

 

 

Note: Deborah is going to be traveling tomorrow (Monday) morning, but she'll check in later in the day. Safe travels, Deborah!

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Note: The details above are from Deborah's website. Here's more:

 

SYNOPSIS: Mama Gets Trashed: After a tipsy Mama tosses out her wedding ring with the trash, she drags daughter Mace to the city dump to search. They stumble upon the body of librarian Camilla Law, and the straitlaced town is scandalized: Not only is a killer on the loose, but prudish Camilla is all done up in sexy black leather. Foul play and fetish wear in little Himmarshee, Fla? Mama's blushing fifty shades of pink!  
 
 BIO: A former USA Today reporter, Deborah Sharp traded sad news stories for funny fiction with her Mace Bauer Mysteries, featuring Mace's wacky Mama. Deborah rode a horse across Florida for one book. For another, she was interviewed by Al Roker on the Today show. She was a lot less nervous about the horse. Married to TV reporter Kerry Sanders, she lives in South Florida, where she spends her spare time chasing iguanas out of her hibiscus. Mama Gets Trashed, out Sept. 8 from Midnight Ink, is the series' fifth book. Visit her online at www.DeborahSharp.com or
 
Become a Friend of Mama's on Facebook too, at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/32030252049/
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Hi, Becke and FOB's (othewise known as Friends of Becke's!)  I'm replying here first, just to make sure I signed in properly. Thank you for invitiing me -- and the characters from my Mace Bauer Mysteries -- to stop by. 

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DeborahSharp wrote:

Hi, Becke and FOB's (othewise known as Friends of Becke's!)  I'm replying here first, just to make sure I signed in properly. Thank you for invitiing me -- and the characters from my Mace Bauer Mysteries -- to stop by. 


Hurray! I'm THRILLED you were able to sign in okay. Are you still traveling or are you back home now? I'm checking in briefly while my granddaughter is napping - I'll be back later.

 

Deborah - What are you working on now?Can you give us any details or is it too soon to say?

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Hi, Becke ... Yep, I'm back in town after a fantastic getaway this weekend with the hubby. Such fun! 

As to what I'm currently working on ... I've got some ideas rolling around in my head, but I'm also taking a little breather. Each of the earlier books in my series came out once a year, but there was a two-year span between my latest, Mama Gets Trashed (No. 5), and the fourth one, Mama Sees Stars. May be the same this go-round.

 

 

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DeborahSharp wrote:

Hi, Becke ... Yep, I'm back in town after a fantastic getaway this weekend with the hubby. Such fun! 

As to what I'm currently working on ... I've got some ideas rolling around in my head, but I'm also taking a little breather. Each of the earlier books in my series came out once a year, but there was a two-year span between my latest, Mama Gets Trashed (No. 5), and the fourth one, Mama Sees Stars. May be the same this go-round.

 

 


It will be another Mama book though, right? Just checking!

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Ha, Becke ... I'm surprised you don't already know the answer to that question! Looking at all the stuff you've pulled together about me (and the other authors you host here) I think you've missed your calling as an employee of the NSA! How in the world do you find all the stuff you find? You tracked down things I'd forgotten I wrote!! :smileyhappy:

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DeborahSharp wrote:

Ha, Becke ... I'm surprised you don't already know the answer to that question! Looking at all the stuff you've pulled together about me (and the other authors you host here) I think you've missed your calling as an employee of the NSA! How in the world do you find all the stuff you find? You tracked down things I'd forgotten I wrote!! :smileyhappy:


The wonders of Google! ;-)

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Hi, Deborah, welcome to the forum. Your books sound quite interesting. I'm going to have to buy a couple of them.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost
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Deborah - I'm interested in your writing process - do you write at a certain time of day? Are you a plotter or a "pantser"? When did you first start writing?

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Thanks, maxcat! I think the fact you're a 'Distinquished Wordsmith' sounds interesting, too
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Good questions, Becke. Just the sort I used to ask as a reporter all those many years ago. I'm always fresher in the morning, so that's when I get my best writing done. I've always envied those people who can write in the middle of the night. I'm lucky if I can find my way to the bathroom, let alone plot a mystery, in the wee hours before dawn. I'm a plotter, for sure. Love the idea of going by the seat of my pants, but I like to know where I'm headed before I start out. I typically have a 30-plus page outline before I write the first chapter, though my characters often make u-turns and detours along the way without my permission!
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