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Boomer Lit: ‘Encore’!

25 Jul

Hello and thanks to those who have visited my blog!

For the moment, this is my final chance to give you a taste of my fiction writing, so I ‘ve decided to select one of the particular favourite vignettes of Goodreads reviewer Mark.

This sample is from my seventh title, ‘ENCORE’.

DEAR DAVID

Dear David,

I don’t think I could have believed it’s really you, if Gina hadn’t sworn she saw my photo on your hall table. Certainly, the snapshot she took last Sunday tugs ta my far-away memories; the blueness of your eyes I can never forget.

She tells me that the country life has kept you young; judging by your image, you certainly haven’t gone to seed, as have many of our peers!

So much water has passed under the bridge that I’m almost afraid to accept your invitation. In truth, I don’t know if I’m ready yet to let go of the past; and by that, as you’ve probably guessed, I mean the memory of Lloyd. He was, after all, my husband for thirty-one years.

I hope my decision doesn’t bring too much pain or disappointment to you. I know what it’s like to be left alone; and, dear David, I regret to hear that you’re even more alone than me. Gina  is a great comfort; a wonderful daughter; and Tom, her husband, is as close to me as my own flesh and blood.

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Are you enjoying this?

Then please consider adding this title to your collection. With a five star review from Goodreads member Mark, and a four star one from Brenda, surely it has something going for it!

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/540946144

http://www.amazon.com/Encore-ebook/dp/B00BEBZRAW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Another Review: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

10 Jun

Oh happy day! ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ has been reviewed for the second time.

Today’s reviewer spoke of its “Lovely, spare, melodic prose that simply exuded warmth”,  and “quietly satisfying” outcomes.

I hope you will not think me egotistical by quoting: “Sharp is delicately poetic yet linguistically precise”, and  “crafts her sentences with meticulous attention to metric contour that reflects a mood.”

My previous review, furnished by Australian author Jenny Schwartz, pointed to the book’s humanity and compassion.

Both reviewers gave ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’  a 5 star out of 5 rating. It’s available on Amazon and through other internet sellers.

Overwhelmed as I am by all these heartening words, sadly I need even more to make this book known and accepted by society. I need people :people like you, my blog readers: to spread the word.

Will those of you looking for a gentle volume of vignettes, either for yourself or for others, please take a look at ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’? In the process, you’ll be helping me along, an Australian women writer, and will hopefully find this book to be all that you believed it would be.

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‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’: My First Review

30 Apr

Last Saturday seemed set to unfold like any other day. I’d sat down at the computer, checking the e-mails, Googling a few items:  the normal things I’d done countless times before. But then I saw it:  ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ had been reviewed by an Australian author!

Before my startled, disbelieving eyes I read her review. I should say, I tried to read it, because before I was half way through I lost my focus. I was, in a word, stunned.

The reviewer, Jenny Schwartz, has a string of published titles to her credit, including a play. She writes an informative, professional-looking blog that focuses on books. In her eyes, ‘A Taste…’ had made the grade!

Let me quote:’  ‘ A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a collection of gentle, heartwarming stories… ‘  ‘:  ‘draw you into a personal experience’ :  ‘easy rhythm of the dialogue’:  ‘these stories feel distinctly Australian to me’ : ‘compassionate, entertaining humanity’.

Jenny has rated this book five stars out of five. Her review is linked to the Australian Women Writers Challenge, as well as other sites.

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How Good is The Australian Women Writers Challenge?

18 Apr

How good is The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012?

Firstly, I have to say thanks to the organisers, Elizabeth Lhuede and Shelleyrae, as well as those tireless helpers like Brenda who have helped me so much in putting my books on the Challenge pages.

For the Challenge itself, it’s turned into a journey of discovery. Reviews posted by Shelleyrae and others have whetted my appetite for many enthralling volumes that would have otherwise escaped my notice. Likewise, my awareness of many outstanding  Australian women authors has skyrocketed!

In my own small way, I’m trying to promote the Challenge, both for the benefit of our writers and the community. What marvelous benefits could flow, if   greater enthusiasm for the written word could be aroused?

Spread the word: The Australian Women Writers Challenge is wonderful!