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WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE TALENTED ROSEMARY HARRIS, AUTHOR OF DEAD HEAD AND SLUGFEST AS OUR GUEST TODAY!!……
FROM THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE:
Rosemary Harris was born in Brooklyn New York and now she, her husband and their golden retriever Max, split their time between Manhattan’s East Side and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
After several careers in book retailing , direct marketing, and video/television/public television she traded in her pumps for a yellow legal pad and a stack of pencils and started writing. A small item in the New York Times about a mummified body piqued her interest and subsequent research led to her first book, the Agatha and Anthony-nominated, Pushing Up Daisies, the first title in the Dirty Business mystery series from Minotaur Books. Daisies was followed by last year’s The Big Dirt Nap and in 2010, Dead Head.
“I love my heroine, Paula Holliday. People always ask how much of me is in Paula – some, but of course she’s the younger, thinner, more adventurous version of me. And she’s single…she can have more romances than I can!”
When she’s not writing or gardening, Rosemary finds time for kayaking and hiking; at last count she’s visited over 70 national parks, monuments, and recreation areas, but her favorites are Yosemite, Glacier and Canyonlands.
Something else that’s near and dear to her heart is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s goal is to improve substandard housing for people all over the world. If you are not familiar with them, please visit the Habitat for Humanity Web site. As of this writing, Rosemary has been on six Habitat builds, including China, Tanzania, El Salvador, two trips to Mexico, and two trips to post-Katrina New Orleans. She encourages everyone to support this amazing organization, both financially and through volunteering.
Inspired by her Habitat experiences, Rosemary and her husband Bruce have undertaken another very exciting project, building a library in central Tanzania. Visit the Chalula Library Page on her website to learn more about it.
Rosemary is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Garden Writers of America and CMGA (Connecticut Master Gardeners Association), and is vice-president of MWA/NY and past president of Sisters in Crime, New England.
Contact Rosemary:
NOW ENJOY OUR VISIT WITH ROSEMARY::
MBA:Why do you think readers will enjoy your writing?
Rosemary: I think many readers like their mysteries laced with some humor and that’s what I try to do. Readers have also told me they like that my heroine, Paula Holliday, is an independent woman. She’s single and has just started her own company in a new town but she still sees some of her old friends – she’s very loyal!
MBA:Tell us a little about yourself?Your likes and dislikes?
RH: Like my heroine, I’m a former media exec – I worked for Disney/ABC and WNET, NY’s public television station in their video divisions. It was a lot of fun working in the early days of home video – I met old movie stars, wrestlers, exercise divas, soap stars. Then when I retired I took my state’s master gardener’s course. I’d been gardening since I was a kid – house plants, herbs, hanging pots, but now I had a chance to learn more and to do more. That’s what i was busy doing when i saw a small item in the newspaper about a body that had been found not far from my home. That was the inspiration for my first book, Pushing Up Daisies.
MBA:What kind of research went into writing “Dead Head” and “Slugfest”?
RM: Dead Head was also inspired by a news item – the true story of a suburban woman who was arrested by federal marshals when it was discovered that she was really a fugitive from the law. Dead Head isn’t her story but that was the start. I found myself asking the question – How well do we really know our neighbors? I’ve been a volunteer at the legendary Philadelphia Flower Shopw for a number of years and I’ve often thought that would be a great setting for a murder mystery. Not wanting to kill off any of my friends or fellow volunteers, I created the fictional Big Apple Flower Show. Strangely enough at this year’s Philly Show, one of the organizers of the event who’d received an advanced reader’s copy of Slugfest gave me two newspaper articles in which life seemed to be imitating art!
MBA: Who do you credit for your love of writing to and why?
RM: Probably my mother, who didn’t write herself but who was never without a book.
MBA:Do you feel a deep connection to your characters and why?
RH:Yes – even some of the bad guys! I made them up and hopefully I’ve given each of them a little humanity even if they sometimes misbehave.
MBA:What do you want your readers to come away with from your stories?
RH:The feeling that they’ve had a good time!
MBA:What is the accomplishment you are the most proud of and why?
RH:My husband and I, with the help of many generous friends in the publishing community have built a library in central Tanzania. It’s on the grounds of a primary school which serves over 1100 students and had no library until we built one. We were on a Habitat for Humanity build when we first visited the village and because Habitat doesn’t build public buildings, we decided to do it ourselves. It’s been open for three years now. you can see pictures on my website www.rosemaryharris.com Click on the Chalula Library Project.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
DEAD HEAD
ROSEMARY HARRIS
  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Series: Dirty Business Series , #3
  • ISBN-13: 9780312569952
  • ISBN: 0312569955
  • Edition Description: First Edition

From the Publisher

Fugitive Mom. That’s the tabloid headline that has unearthed a whole world of trouble for Paula Holliday. Someone she thought she knew has been revealed to be an escaped convict. Hiding in plain sight—in her own New England town! Wanted criminals and secret identities have always seemed like the stuff of novels or television dramas to Paula. But ever since she somewhat accidentally solved a murder in casino country, Paula has cemented her reputation as a part-time detective. All she really wants to do is get back to her simple, everyday life—keeping her small business afloat and hanging out at the Paradise Diner, owned by her friend and former rock and roller Babe Chinnery. But before she knows it, Paula is wrapped up in yet another case. And as she digs deeper into the investigation, she finds that no one is really who she says she is—including herself…
SLUGFEST
ROSEMARY HARRIS
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Series: Dirty Business Series , #4
  • ISBN-13: 9780312569969
  • ISBN: 0312569963
  • Edition Description: First Edition

From Publishers Weekly

Harris’s lively fourth Dirty Business mystery (after 2010’s Dead Head) takes gardening professional Paula Holliday from Springfield, Conn., to Manhattan for the Big Apple Flower Show. Held at the old Wagner Center, a more intimate venue than the Javits Center, the show gets off to a bumpy start when an overnight worker dies after falling down an escalator and breaking his neck. When Garland Bleimeister, a show attendee who left his bag with Paula at her booth, turns up dead in the Hudson River, it’s clearly a case of foul play. Paula helps security guard Rolanda Knox investigate possible suspects, including high school botanist Jamal Harrington, fashionista convention director Kristi Reynolds, and various exhibitors who may have been staging destructive “Javits Curse” pranks. The New York City locale makes for a refreshing, if temporary, change of scene from rural Connecticut in a series sure to appeal to fans of Susan Wittig Albert. (May).
THANK YOU ROSEMARY FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO VISIT WITH US TODAY AND OFFER THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY!!
THANKS TO THE TALENTED ROSEMARY TO ARE ABLE TO OFFER NOT ONE BUT TWO GIVEAWAYS!!
FIRST: ONE LUCK COMMENTER WILL WIN A GOOD BAG AND THE PB OF “DEAD HEAD” ..
SECOND: ONE LUCK COMMENTER WILL WIN A HC COPY OF “SLUGFEST”..
SO ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS COMMENT ON BOTH THE POST AND THE REVIEWS..
**THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RUN FROM TODAY APRIL 13 TH UNTIL APRIL 20TH **
**GOOD LUCK EVERYONE**
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