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Stop press! I’m Interviewed Again!

1 May

Stop press!

My conversation with the avid reader and outstanding new blogger of books, Pankaj Goyal, is now live.

A big ‘Thank you’ to him for conducting this talk and presenting it so beautifully.

If you’d like to learn a little about me, please follow this link. http://pgalmora.wordpress.com/?s=margaret+lynette+sharp

 

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Another Lovely Review: ‘Michaela Betrayed’

28 Aug

What a lovely surprise! I woke up this morning to discover that Goodreads moderator Brenda had posted the following review of my ninth title, ‘Michaela Betrayed’.

Brenda’s Reviews > Michaela Betrayed

Michaela Betrayed
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

2337007

Brenda‘s review

Aug 27, 13

bookshelves: 2013-release, aussie-authors, novella, romance, reviewing-by-request, own-read, read-on-kindle

Read on August 27, 2013 — I own a copy
Living in Sydney with her mother and father, Michaela found herself full of excitement when she won the scholarship to study music in London. Her Dad had been famous in his day, and she was happy to be able to follow in his footsteps. They were incredibly proud of her; the only blight on her happiness was leaving Thomas. She was very close to him; he was an aspiring writer, having trouble finding a publisher but doing his best.Settling into London in a flat with two other female students, Anna and Sally, Michaela was happy with the way life was going for her. Anna was also missing a boyfriend but felt her music was her priority. Exams were on the horizon, the teachers were pleased with her progress, but when Michaela fell ill, her subsequent return to Australia for recuperation meant her life would change.What would happen to Michaela and her dreams? Would she find a life with Thomas or would her future go in a completely different direction?

This novella by Margaret Sharp is a delightful story. A quick, easy read but one with depth and intrigue. Michaela is a likeable character who has an inner strength which she uses when necessary. Another Aussie title I have no hesitation in recommending.

With thanks for my copy to read and review.

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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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!!

A New Review: 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia

28 May

One of the joys of being an author is the delight that a positive review of one’s work can bring.

So, today has become something of a red-letter day, with the publication of the review of my first title by  Goodreads Aussie readers moderator  Brenda Telford.

Here it is:

25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

2337007

Brenda‘s review

May 27, 13

bookshelves: aussie-authors, autographed-book, short-stories, own-read

Read on May 26, 2013 — I own a copy
Once again, a delightful little book of short stories of romance, love and life by Margaret Sharp. They are extremely engaging, with each story heading in a different life direction, the characters are likeable, varying and at times, emotionally entangled.I particularly liked Family Values, where four-year-old Byron was being taken to see his grandparents on their farm. A first visit (that he can remember), and after being told numerous times to be on his best behaviour, he was understandably quite nervous. But young children will say and do what they want (mostly), and the outcome was well handled by his parents.I highly recommend Margaret’s work, especially to lovers of short stories, romance and the light easy read.
Thanks, Brenda! I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed it!
My work is available through Amazon and other distributors.

Self-publishing: Read about my Journey

5 May

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/

Enjoy!

It’s Out! ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ : Kindle Edition

28 Feb

It’s taken a while, but finally it’s happened.

My fourth title, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ is now available on Kindle.

Around the world, readers can now have fast, inexpensive access to this, and all my other titles.

‘Reflections…..’ is the fourth and final title in my ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series, which includes the well-reviewed second book,  ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

All titles in these series are vignettes and Short Stories of Australian relationships, with an emphasis on affairs of the heart. Written from varying perspectives, taken as a whole represent a highly readable variety of engaging tales.

What I Love about Fiction Writing

14 Nov

Fiction writing is a passion.

It opens up endless scenarios involving characters of my choice. In other words, I’m  in control:  I  can bring ecstacy or disaster.  I can conjure up tales that entertain, strike a chord, or even offer guidance to those in a similar situation.

At another level, fiction writing allows exploration of the scope of language. Evocation is my aim, and within the meaning of words comes the substance of its creation.  Mood, theme, character and location: these pose wonderfully intriguing challenges.

And what a buzz I get  my own work pleasurably engages me! I guess we writers share this reward: it’s the proverbial icing on the cake.

Then, there’s the thrill of learning what others make of it: family, friends, readers and reviewers. The mind-boggling wonder: is it being read ( and hopefully enjoyed) at this very moment?

Finally, to behold my stories packaged as a book: to hold it my hands, and see my name as author: is one of the best moments of my life. Small wonder I love to write fiction!

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