A Day In The Life Of Mama by Deborah Sharp

When Dru Ann asked me to write about an average day in my life, I almost told her no. There’s nothing average about life in Himmarshee, Fla., just north of Lake Okeechobee. We’ve had a highly unusual spate of murders, and I’ve been right in the middle of most of them. It’s not average when you saddle up for a trail ride, only to find your old flame dead in his campfire chili. It’s not average to have your wedding caterer killed in the kitchen at the VFW, even before the first pig-in-a-blanket is passed. And it’s not average to get tossed in the slammer just because you can’t explain why a corpse was inconveniently located in your convertible trunk.

Anyhoo, I live in Himmarshee, with my new husband Sal (he’s from the Bronx, but we’ve forgiven him), and my Pomeranian, Teensy. The murder put a damper on things, but Teensy was adorable as the ring-bearer at our recent wedding. I also have three grown daughters. The middle one, Mace, is the only one I’ve had no luck marrying off.

”What’s the hurry?” she says, whenever I mention it. “Haven’t you been married enough for all of us?”

It’s true. Sal IS Husband No. 5. It’s also true loving daughters don’t poke fun at their mothers’ marital missteps.

I just want Mace to be happy, which I know she could be if she’d settle down with that handsome police detective who moved up here from Miami. Of course, Carlos Martinez did try to convict me of murder once. We’ve forgiven him. It’s ancient history. The newest ”not average” thing to happen is I got a part in a movie when some folks from Hollywood came here to shoot a cowboy film. Mace was on the set as a horse wrangler, and the director noticed my star quality when I visited her. I hope that doesn’t sound conceited. Like we say in Himmarshee, ”It’s not braggin’ if it’s fact.” Supposedly, I ”killed” in my part. That’s just Hollywood talk. I didn’t actually commit homicide.

Unfortunately, someone else did. Commit murder, I mean. Mace and I got in the middle of things, and that never ends well. To see if we survive, you’ll just have to read MAMA SEES STARS (Midnight Ink, September 2011). I’ll give you a hint. I fully expect to be around to attend some red carpet parties in my honor.

They won’t be average.
You can read more about Mama in MAMA SEES STARS, the fourth book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series. The first book in this series is MAMA DOES TIME.

Deborah Sharp writes about a sweet-tea-and-barbecue slice of her native Florida in the funny, Southern-fried Mace Bauer Mystery series. Think Stephanie Plum, if she had a couple of cousins named Bubba. A former reporter for USA Today, Deborah is married to NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders. They live in Fort Lauderdale. No kids; no pets. They had goldfish once. Turned out badly. ”Mama Sees Stars” is her fourth book.

For more information, visit Deborah online at www.DeborahSharp.com and read an excerpt from MAMA SEE STARS here: http://mamaseesstars.com/

** Deborah has generously offered to give away one copy of MAMA SEES STARS. To enter, leave a comment with a valid e-mail address. Please break it up using (at) and (dot), like domain(at)host(dot)com. One entry per person and this is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Contest ends on September 18th at 6pm EST. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. **

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

29 responses to “A Day In The Life Of Mama by Deborah Sharp

  1. I love the books. Well written. And with a great funny side.



  2. What I love about this series you’re running Dru is that I discover new writers I hadn’t known about. This looks so fun!

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for introducing me to this fantastic series!!

  4. Deborah Sharp’s books are fantastic. I’d love to have Mama and her daughters over for dinner some time. They are fun, fun.

  5. Hey Dru and all … I’m blushing! Thanks for the nice comments. Mama weighs in:
    Mel: We’ll all come for dinner if you serve BBQ and butterscotch pie for dessert. Oh, and plenty of sweet pink wine.
    PJ: Happy to have you. Hope you like my stories (despite what that Snippy Author says, they’re mine, since I’m the one who lives them.
    Nancy: You’re the greatest, honey … You know Mama loves you!
    Risa: Happy to keep you laughing.
    Melissa: Mama is with you on loving Dru’s great blog. What an opportunity for readers to share what they love about their favorites, and hopefully find new books.

  6. I’m a huge fan of Mama’s and can’t wait to read this latest adventure! 🙂

  7. Katrina Edwards

    Love Mama and her girls – can’t wait for the new book.

  8. Any character that is on husband number five sounds like fun to me—I’ve got to read this book!!

  9. I have’nt read these books, but Mama sounds like a hoot. If this book is as adventuresome as it sounds, I would give it 5 stars alone just reading this!


  10. I haven’t read these books but I’m completely intrigued. Dru, you have such a knack for finding the best books. Thanks for introducing me to new-to-me authors!

  11. I love love love this series!! Thanks for having this giveaway, but especially thanks for the Mama insight. Would that my mama was like Mace’s. I know Mace would roll her eyes a bit, but that’s okay.

    VWinship at aol dot com

  12. I would love to learn about Mama. I would like to enter the contest.


  13. Hey, there … happy to see we’re getting some comments so folks have the chance to win a signed copy of MAMA SEES STARS. Mama, as usual, wants to weigh in:
    Vickie: That’s EXACTLY what I’ve told Mace: Most gals would love to have a Mama like me!
    Sarita: I agree! Dru has a knack for many things. Have you seen her lovely quilts?
    Terry: What a sweetheart you are! Hope you get the chance to check out one of my stories. They’re ALL good, if I do say so myself. Like we say in Himmarshee, it’s not braggin’ if it’s fact!
    Sue: Now, you’re not making fun of Mama’s marital missteps, are you? That’s okay, honey. This latest one, Sal, is definitely a keeper!
    Katrina: We love you, too, honey!
    Elizabeth: You know Mama is YOUR No. 1 fan, right? Those mouth-watering Memphis BBQ Mysteries you write as Riley Adams have us running more often than we should to the Pork Pit here in Himmarshee.

  14. Thanks Deborah for visiting my reading blog.

  15. I love books set in Florida and these characters sound terrific. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  16. Don’t let Mama hear, but she’s not the only one with star quality! (And, as I just happened to mention at Jo’s luncheon today, you never use clichés!) Since I never pass up a chance to win a free something, thought I’d take this opportunity to put my hand in the ring.

  17. Such a fun series! Mama and her girls are a hoot. Being a Floridian I enjoy the setting. Thanks for a great contest.


  18. Will be looking for these! afarage(at)earthlink(dot)net.

  19. Hiya, Alicia and Susan … thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the free book contest, to you and to all who commented.
    Kaye: What part of Florida are you from?
    Barbara: I always enjoy your comments (especially when you give me a nice compliment!) Thanks for being so supportive.

  20. Ah, and there’s still time for this one…

    lisaguidarini AT yahoo DOT com

  21. elisanabby(at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Dru, you can take my name off the contest. I was lucky enough to win the book Mama Sees Stars from another blog.

    It is nice that you are able to do these give aways.

  23. Tonya Urbatsch

    Dru keeps me up-to-date on great new reads. This one looks like a fun one.



  24. Deb, I’m enjoying yet another Mama story. It’s helping me get through the trying time of recovery from knee surgery–and this ain’t been fun. Told my daughter about it and she got it for her Kindle and is enjoying it too.

    Take care.
    Dee Gatrell

  25. The contest is closed.

  26. We have a winner: Congratulations to Risa!

  27. Yay! Let’s offer a big round of applause for our winner, and for Dru, who supports reading and authors like no one else. Thanks for stopping by, y’all!