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Its First Review on Amazon: MICHAELA BETRAYED

24 Aug

Great news! My new release, ‘Michaela Betrayed’, has been reviewed!

http://www.amazon.com/Michaela-Betrayed-ebook/dp/B00EKIT7Q6

Here it is…

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5.0 out of 5 stars And take a message to Michaela August 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Michaela has worked all her life in pursuit of the achievement of her… um, *father’s* goal, and bright, gifted and determined, she’s succeeded. Which isn’t bad. Michaela’s won a scholarship to study music in London, and the only hitch is that London sits inconveniently at a 17,000-kilometer remove from Australia and her closest friend, Thomas, an aspiring writer whose hopes may exceed his talent, and who certainly isn’t her parents’ concept of a suitable mate.Just when she seems safely and happily ensconced in her life in England, though — enjoying her studies, a shared flat, and the prospect of a new life — she’s stricken with pneumonia and induced to return to Australia for a month or two to recuperate, again bringing Thomas into her sphere and kindling a blaze of romance between them. But for Michaela, circumstance is a driving force, and Thomas may eventually cease to be her focus.

What I particularly liked about Sharp’s novella was its absolute verisimilitude. Young women like Michaela are influenced (for good or for ill) by their fathers, in just the way that Sharp describes. And life’s vicissitudes do seem to intervene in exactly these chaotic ways… more often than one would think statistically plausible. It was altogether easy to get into Michaela’s head (and Thomas’, for that matter). Whether Michaela chooses Thomas, her music instructor, or neither, I won’t reveal — but her thoughts and feelings have the ring of authenticity, and engage and captivate the reader.

Of course, in a world that little values art (of any sort), Michaela’s pursuit of music was not actually less quixotic or unrealistic than Thomas’ pursuit of a literary career, so there was a judgmental double standard emanating from her parents, and a measure of hypocrisy inherent in her initial acceptance of their views, but this, too, was entirely realistic. The best characters are the ones who are flawed, tempest tossed by fate, and bound to confront their own conflicted feelings. This novella *is* good art, in any case (as well as an extraordinarily good read), and deserves to be valued. Five stars.

Footnote: What a great way to celebrate my 3ooth Post!!
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Watch This Space…..

4 Jun

Birds fly, fish swim, singers sing, and writers write…..

These past weeks I have not been idle.

In fact, I have been working in something quite new and exciting!

In the beginning, I wondered if I could actually do it.

Half-way through, I was still wondering….

But now I have a fait accompli!

Watch this space!

Stop Press: I’m Author of the Week!

17 Feb

Stop press!

The remarkably talented and popular Australian writer, Tracey Alley, has bestowed upon me a delightful honour! She has chosen to make me ‘Author of  The Week’!

As a first-time recipient of such, I’m overwhelmed!

The author of many titles, and a marvelous human being, Tracey has presented this post in an outstandingly professional way. I strongly urge you to see it!

Here’s the link:

http://traceyalley.weebly.com/featured-author.html

And, while you’re there, why not take a look throughout her blog. It’s a joy!

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.:)

Mark’s Review: 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia

30 Aug

The day started well, with my discovery of a lovely review by Goodreads member Mark.

Overflowing with praise for my writing style, he goes on to lightly sketch some of the stories. It turns out his chosen ones rank amongst my favourites.

A defining feature of my ‘Life and Love’ series is the link between the first and last stories, and Mark has brought this out effectively for this volume.

It’s so nice to know that my first effort, written almost two years ago, is attracting such positive attention. It’s only weeks ago that Jeanette, another Goodreads member, also reviewed and rated it identically.

It couldn’t have happened at a better time, with me still recovering from influenza. It’s a great shot in the arm!

Yes, another 5 star review!

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

Reminiscing….

12 Jul

Do you reminisce?

Do you look back on milestones: consider your life before and after THE EVENT?

I guess all of us, if we survive into middle age, can look back and pinpoint the decisions that have moulded our lives. It could be anything: from personal involvements, trips, or choice of career.

One of my most recent big moments came almost two years ago. I decided to write a book.

I think this idea came into being around the time of the wedding of a close relation.  Of course, I saw this a milestone in her life: a decision, a turning point, for the future. She would have this to look back on.

I suppose I then considered that I, too, wanted a milestone. Already happily married, it had to be something else. A career!

And realistically, the only career that held prospects of satisfaction for myself was as a writer. I had the background: successful completion of literary courses, followed by extensive reading and life observation.

So, egged on by my husband, and later editor, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., I started to write a book. A book of Short Stories, set in the Australia that I love. A book that spoke to others of the joys and vicissitudes of life and humanity: that could make you laugh, or maybe shed a tear or two of happiness. That book, a collection of Short Stories, became known as ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’. It gave me my first taste of the pleasure of receiving a five star review; a pleasure which was not repeated for many months, since getting the work into the wider literary community is, unfortunately, a slow and difficult process.

At last, I’m making progress. Six books published, and it’s just starting to happen! Exciting times!

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

’25 Stories…’ and ‘A Taste..’: Both Kindle Best Sellers Ranked

1 Jul

Here’s an update: two  or three days in, both ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ and ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ are both to be found on the Amazon Kindle best sellers list!

Okay, they’re in the #170,000’s : but a start’s a start!

Maybe there’s a resurgence in the popularity of Short Stories and vignettes, particularly those with happy endings. With time at a premium, maybe reading a little and often, with satisfaction at each sitting, is the way of the future. I can only conjecture.

July is the month that Shelleyrae at Book’d out has  graciously listed ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ for review. Who knows the degree of interest this will engender?

As a newcomer to all this, I can’t draw on any previous experience. All I can do is hope: and cross my fingers!