Archive | September, 2012

Reviews from Goodreads: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

25 Sep

As many followers are aware,  so far there are six self published books bearing my name as author, and my Sydney Opera House organ builder husband Ronald Sharp as editor. Of these, the most reviewed by far has been my second, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

‘A Taste…’ is a collection of heartwarming vignettes and short stories: the sort that is written to please those from early adulthood right through to mature years. Readers from twenties to nineties have been warm in their praise of this, my particular favourite in the four volume ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series.

So today, prompted by the social book network Goodreads, I offer a selection of reviews from their site. I hope you will take the time to read and consider these snippets.

By Jenny(Australia) · ★★★★★ · August 11, 2012

“A Taste of Life and Love in Australia” by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a collection of gentle, heartwarming stories that quietly reflect on life.There is an effective simplicity to Margaret’s writing that means she, as author, doesn’t get in the way of her characters connecting with readers. Lines… …more
By Shelleyrae(Taree, 02, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · July 25, 2012

While grounded in an Australian setting with descriptions of familiar antipodean landscapes, A Taste of Life and Love explores the universal themes of love, desire and marriage.While I think most of the tales within this collection are perhaps more properly vignettes or scenes rather than short… …more
By Mark(The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 09, 2012

Lovely, spare, melodic prose that simply exudes warmth, and simple, pinpoint-focussed stories, with nothing extraneous to distract from the single, clear feeling that Sharp wants to evoke — sometimes a feeling of wistful loss, at others one of ironic, happy bemusement or unexpected contentment,… …more
By Margaret(Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★★★ · March 18, 2012

This is my favourite volume in the series, since it contains a diverse selection of engaging, human, short stories. Written to be enjoyed by young and older adults, it sheds light on various aspects of human nature and relationships.
Not all the stories end happily, but alas! this is so in real l… …more
Jeanette
A Taste of Life and Love in Australia was a great read. I read it at night when all was quite. Story after story I felt as if I was there, especially at the beautiful beach scenes. I appreciate such a book after having to endure a busy day. Margaret Sharp did an outstanding job in describing the outdoors in Australia.
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It’s Springtime: It’s Wistaria time!

25 Sep

Wistaria

Here in Australia, it’s Spring: the season for lovers, poets, blossoms and , unfortunately, hay-fever.

Let’s focus on something special: the vine, Wistaria.

Here in Sydney, Wistaria seems more at home in old gardens. There’s something so charming about its glorious, pendulous flowers: something that seems to me to be more a-tune with yesteryear.

It’s in our yard: climbing up the tallest trees, seeking to show off its delightfully perfumed glory. Ours is a common variety: a procession of pale purple-lilac shades. In full bloom, however, its beauty is anything but common.

But it’s certainly not for those who are shy of secateurs. Those vigorous tendrils can easily get out of hand! In some places, it’s even considered an invasive weed. Nevertheless, for those who can grow it,  and despite its short flowering season, isn’t it well worth the effort?

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It’s Arrived: Love2read TV!

22 Sep

A couple of months ago, a fellow Friend of the National Year of Reading 2012 approached Ron and me about participating in a wonderful initiative: a collage of videos on the joys and wonders of reading.  His name is Timothy Chan.

Timothy has been highly instrumental in getting this project off the drawing-board and into reality. The first episodes are already being watched, and doubtless enjoyed, via the internet. Many more are already programmed.  Ron and I, ably assisted by our Maltese Chicki, are scheduled for the Authors Episode 3, to be released shortly.

Besides being a marvelous opportunity to meet our writers,  Love2read TV also presents its viewers with encounters from  folk of  all walks of life:  united by their unfailing  appreciation of the written word. Inspirational!

Have I whetted your interest? Then, why not put Google to work, and tune in to some real endorsements of the value of literature in all its forms.

Here it is: A Quick Guide to My Books

16 Sep

It suddenly occurred to me that no-where on this blog is a list of my self published books: each edited by my husband, organ builder Ronald Sharp. So I decided to use my initiative, and make one! Hope you find it useful!

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1. 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia.

http://www.amazon.com/25-Stories-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1456597736

This is the first in a series of four collections of easy to read  short stories and vignettes.  Available on Kindle: just $4.99

2. A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

http://www.amazon.com/A-Taste-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1461064724

The second one, containing many personal favourites. I’m delighted by the positive reviews this has received: wonderful feedback. Thanks to all contributors!  Available on Kindle: just $4.99

3. The Essence of Life and Love in Australia

http://www.amazon.com/The-Essence-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1463567022

Number three, and praised by U.S. Goodreads member Mark.

4. Reflections of Life and Love in Australia

http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Australia-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp/dp/1466319240

The fourth and final part of the series, continues in the same vein.

5. 60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences

http://www.amazon.com/Questions-Insights-Reminiscences-Margaret-Lynette/dp/1466393742

A light-hearted look at life through the eyes of an Australian female baby boomer. Available on Kindle: just $4.99

6. Long and Short Australian Stories

http://www.amazon.com/Short-Australian-Stories-Margaret-Lynette/dp/1475122349

Also reviewed by Mark, and accepted for review by one of Australia’s most respected book bloggers, Shelleyrae at Book’d out, this is a selection of both longer short stories and vignettes, mostly romances. Available on Kindle: just $4.99

So, there it is: a summary of my works so far.
Their chief virtues are, I believe, their consistent ease of reading,  engagement and evocation. But as my late mother often said, self praise is no recommendation. The answer? Why not peruse some sample pages yourself, and see what you think! You never know: you may well be in for a pleasant surprise.:)

In The Rain: And Loving It : In Sydney, Australia

10 Sep

Chicki in rain with her favourite coat

The river in the rain

Hands up who thinks one needs to stay indoors in the rain?

Certainly not me: and not little Chicki,  either! What’s the problem, if you’re all decked out?

Early last month, we ventured out to see the sights, hear the sounds, and smell the earth!

What better place than in the park?

A  sense of transformation, of fresh beauty, seeped into my being  as I gazed around. Few human eyes were there to appreciate this lovely experience.

So, it gives me pleasure to share it  now with you.

Enjoy!

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The Sunshine Award!

8 Sep

You never know what a day brings forth! My late mother used to say that, and she was on the money!

Little did I know that, a few days ago, I was on the cusp of nomination for another blogging award!

Yes, indeed! Emily Wheeler has generously nominated yours truly!

But : there are conditions.

Firstly, I have to reveal some previously secret information.

Here goes.

1. What is your favourite Christmas/festive movie?

Stumped already! I simply don’t have one.:) Christmas is a special time, and films or even tv shows that touch on it offer a unique chance of empathy.

2. What is your favourite flower?

Well, Camellias are very beautiful, and lack the thorns of roses. Although rampant by nature, Wistaria scores plenty of points in my book through its glorious colours and equally glorious perfume!

3. What is your favourite non-alcoholic beverage?

That’s a hard one. I like fruit juice, tea, and chocolate milk: not all at once! I prefer my tea to have a little sugar, and lots of milk.

4. What is my favourite passion?

Another tricky one. I have a passion for many things: dancing, swimming, animals, writing, art and music. Asking me to chose one is a bit like asking a parent to choose their favourite child.

5. What is your favourite time of year?

Another tricky question! Spring is lovely for the flowers, but not for the allergies that often accompany them. Summer is great for swimming, but not for the heat that goes with it. Autumn shines though its glorious leaves, and milder weather. Winter: well, virtue is the energy is can bring, but its downside: colds and flu: is unthinkable.

Winner: Autumn!

6. What is your favourite time of day?

Mornings! When the day is fresh, and you can look at the world through revitalized eyes!

7. What is your favourite physical activity?

I have several that I can’t separate.

Dancing, for its music, motivation, and social interaction.

Swimming: What better way to exercise in the heat? And so refreshing!

Walking: a wonderful way to enjoy a pleasant environment.

8. What is your favourite vacation?

I like the water, so somewhere pet-friendly and by the sea. So relaxing!

Now for the next bit.

First, an apology. I don’t know how to link your blogs, dear nominees, so feel free to add your links in the comments section!

1. jtelusma

2. Jenny Schwartz

3. Kate Loveday

4. Jennifer Avventura

5. Helene Young

6. Nicole Alexander

7. Rachael Johns

8. Lorelei Orion

9. Wendy Orr

10. The Wanderlust Gene

They’re all wonderful!

8 Sep

My friend has shared her joy!

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A New Addition to Our Family

I always heard about Gucci but never meet him. His former family adored him so much, and now I understand why.

My husband and I were invited to our Pastor’s home for a late evening get together. Well, we meet 2 little beautiful Maltese puppies for the first and our hearts melted.

Both dogs were drawn to us and neither one wanted to leave our side. I held both for a long while as I socialize with others around me.

The evening turned out to be wonderful, we said good bye at least 10 times before we finally left and went on home to our family.

I got a call first thing the following morning from my Pastor stating that she felt the need to give us Gucci as a gift from her and her husband.

I was really thrilled, I was speechless. We planned to adopt one during the…

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