U.S.A. reader and blogger Odie has just posted a delightful new review on Amazon of my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.
Here’s a quote. ‘You will love this book and hunger for more.’
A big ‘Thank you’ to Odie for taking the time to make his feelings known.
Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Amelias-Call-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00DLYLK4M
Yay! Like me, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ has been emancipated!
My connection with Awesome Indies has been severed.
No longer am I shackled by their demands to conform to their ideas, their formatting, and their cover preferences. The books that we produce (and I must state emphatically that my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M. has been a major influence) can now be *exactly as we choose*.
Isn’t this a cornerstone of self-publishing?
To celebrate, I am happy to offer a free pdf of this title. There are a total of six available. If you are interested, please leave a comment. This offer closes on 14th October 2013.
I would be grateful for a review, however short, to be posted on Amazon, Goodreads or better still, both.
Two reviews in two days may be nothing to big-time authors, but for little ol’ me, it’s stupendous!
Thank you, Jake!
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
Sep 27, 13
Read in September, 2013
Throughout the novella “Michaela Betrayed” and the other short stories that make up the rest of this entertaining book, there is an undercurrent of wisdom; folk wisdom at that. The reader is going to feel as though he or she can see what’s coming, perhaps it will remind him or her of their own past experiences or those of a friend, or of their own families and of the things that they went through when they were young and of all the twists of fate that accompanied them; however, the ends are always surprising, leaving you with a good aftertaste and a smile.
There are, of course, many palatable morsels throughout the book that Ms Sharp has incorporated, here’s a sample or two: “Life was wonderful: and love the pinnacle of happiness.” I’m sure this will remind you of someone special. “Were we both about to find that music is the food of love?” Do you remember past loves when hearing a song or another piece of music? If you do, it is because you are a romantic. On the other hand, I did mention wisdom above, so here’s a couple of morsels on that: “But life is about balance…” and “Things tend to fix themselves up when there is genuine love between the parties.” So true, so down to earth.
Very enjoyable light reading, five stars; Jake Taylor
Those of you who have read my blog consistently would have an inkling of some of the high-points in my life as a do-it-yourself author. The actual publication of my seven titles, and many positive reviews thereof , figure highly on my list of pluses. But they are certainly not the full story.
So I was delighted when the popular Australian rural fiction writer Nicole Alexander invited me to talk about my venture into the world of the self-published.
Here is the link : http://nicolealexander.com.au/2013/05/3337/
It’s a toss up in my mind: whether my personal favourite literary effort of mine is ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ or ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’.
Currently, the latter is outstripping the former in the Amazon ranking, yet, by virtue of its review numbers and verdicts, ‘A Taste…’ wins, hands down.
My husband and editor Ronald Sharp B.E.M. (my editor) is well known for his musicality, as evidenced by his creation of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, the musically exalted organ at Knox Grammar, and others. He seems to like both volumes immensely, and I often catch him reading (and obviously being enthralled by) their vignettes and Short Stories.
Do you like romantic tales? Human interest stories? Easy to read literature? Why not check out ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, at least? If you like the sample pages, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are already four other collections published, and available through Amazon.
Here’s the link to the Amazon site.