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A Couple of Announcements

16 Mar

To all my loyal blog readers…

I’ve been writing eBooks (and tree books) now for six and a half years. It’s been a journey of hopes fulfilled, and hopes dashed. I’ve known both brickbats and bouquets from reviewers. I’ve known the joy of a writing a best seller – ‘Longbourn Revisited’.  I’ve known the sadness of publishing more than one title that’s been loved by most reviewers, yet overlooked almost entirely by the book-buying public. ‘Uncertain Love’ and ‘Charlotte’s Lance and the Round Fable’ spring to mind in the latter category.

Enough of that.

The time has come for me to have a break – perhaps forever – from writing.It’s so long since I touched the piano that I’ve all but forgotten how to play. Ditto for painting in watercolours – something I used to love.

So, what’s left?

I have twenty-five titles out there, all available on Amazon. Within hours, both ‘Romance, 50’s Style’ and ‘More Romance, 50’s Style’ will be US99c and US99p Countdown deals. For those who enjoy clean, nostalgic romances, these are well worth a look, especially at this price.

Here are the links.

Enjoy!

Veronica’s Review of ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’

7 Oct

A big ‘Thank you’ to Veronica for her 5 star review of ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’.

In part, she writes:

‘Margaret Lynette Sharp’s writing is poetic and descriptive. The stories realistically depicted the heady feeling of falling in love and how circumstances and distance can put a strain on  a relationship.’

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1069800661?book_show_action=true&page=1

This title is currently available on Amazon Kindle. I am hoping that, in the not too distant future, a paperback version will be issued.

 

Another Brand New Review of ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’

12 Sep

‘Extremely unique’ is how author and reviewer J. Kahele has described my eleventh title.

My sincere thanks go out to her for this delightful review that she has posted onto Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1052Configure & Add Widget174789?book_show_action=false&page=1Goodreads-badge-add-plusGoodreads_icon_32x32

I Really *Am* an Author…

8 Sep

I started writing my first book, ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’, four years ago, next month. Naively, I thought it would be a one-off. 🙂

Eleven titles later, it’s still a nice feeling to be *reminded*, to have *concrete evidence*, that I *am* an author.

So, how proud I was when I visited Kogarah Library some months ago, to find my books on their shelves.

There, I knew it! I  really *am* an author. 🙂

Guess who?

Guess who?

Boomer lit: Here’s an Extract!

10 Jul

The wonderful members of the Goodreads Boomer Lit Group are having a blog hop this Friday, and I’ve been invited to participate!

With six collections of Australian Short Stories from which to choose, my only problem was to decide which story to feature.

After some deliberation, I’ve selected ‘Au Revoir’ from my third title, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’.

Here’s a snippet.

AU REVOIR

My dear Pierre,

Surprised isn’t a strong enough word to describe my feelings when I first heard from you. So much has happened in the last forty-two years that I now look back on my young life as almost ethereal. Please don’t read into this any dismissal of my feelings towards you, but rather as an acknowledgement that, to me, it seems so very far away.

Glad to hear that you’ve had an interesting, fulfilling life, and that your late, darling wife brought you much happiness, though as you say, you never knew the patter of little feet. My daughter, Briony, proved a source of much pleasure, but occasional heartbreak, as Henry and i watched her grow up. Now a mother of three herself, she is a great pillar of support, especially now, since Henry’s death.

Are you enjoying this? Then why not treat yourself to a copy of this book.

http://www.amazon.com/kindle-store/dp/B00BACZ7UK

Mark’s Review: Amelia’s Call

25 Jun

My thanks to Goodreads reviewer Mark for providing this review of my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.

http://www.amazon.com/Amelias-Call-ebook/dp/B00DLYLK4M/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

Amelia’s Call
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
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Mark‘s review

Jun 25, 13

bookshelves: novella

 

This is a powerful, page-turning, first-person narrative about naïveté and denial, disabuse and empowerment and the changing perception of the meaning of marriage — and the “motive and the cue” for relationships. Sharp offers a multi-faceted perspective that will appeal both to social liberals and feminists who cannot abide the presumption of patriarchal dominance (which would include this reviewer), and those to whom the sanctity of a commitment is still important (which would also include this reviewer). None of her characters is flat or unidimensional, though. Some are strong, confident and well-intentioned, but not controlling. Others are weak and insecure, but not malevolent. Only the mother-in-law comes across as manipulative and loathsome, but her plight, too, is human and comprehensible. There is neither absolutism of fidelity nor wholly unmotivated cheating, but in husband and wife both, some impulse to develop into the people they fundamentally are, but have been derailed from becoming. For the husband, we might think, this is the sadder outcome. However one takes it, the conclusion is satisfying. No unhappy endings. Five stars.

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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