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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

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‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’ now on Kindle!!

4 Feb

I’m delighted to announce that my third collection of Short Stories and vignettes, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’, has just been released on Kindle.

The Essence of Life and Love in Australia

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BACZ7UK

Written following ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ and ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, this volume continues in a similar fashion, with twenty-eight engaging tales, overwhelmingly  with romantic themes.

All my published books are edited by my husband Ronald Sharp, the Creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Here is the review of U.S.A.  Goodreads member, Mark.

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Margaret Lynette Sharp untangles small knots in our emotional constitution, of hesitancy, of love and affection, of wistful regret and of loss acknowledged, but not without hope.This is a collection of stories and of finely-wrought encounters, sometimes between two people almost in love or partly in affection, sometimes just between the protagonist and her own feelings, each one playing on a familiar but resonant theme and dissecting a vexing unconscious puzzle, in the way that dreams do.Sharp likes to hone in on her characters’ fraught needs, and she likes to meet them. The need of a person immured in the wrong relationship to find an out, or the need of someone alone to find an in, a place to be or a partner to be with. There is a daughter who can’t seek a life because of the needs of her mother, but finds the strength, and a mother prevented by her daughter from returning to the forty-years-gone love of her youth, about whom, it turns out, not all is known. She buys the ticket, anyway. The author will not leave her own “children” stranded.So read these for diversion and emotional resolution of the sort that our unconscious minds try to give to us in sleep, but the stories are in no way sleepy. They’re hyper-alert, they’re aware of the intricacies, and they’re uplifting. A nice way of disposing of the toxicity of living the day.(less)

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If you’re looking for a highly readable volume of romantic Short Stories and vignettes, why not consider ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’?

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.:)

‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’ is Reviewed!

27 Jun

Another red-letter day has been and gone! Yesterday, Goodreads member Mark posted a review of my third book, ‘The Essence Of Life and Love in Australia’.

‘Margaret Lynette Sharp untangle small knots in our emotional constitution, of hesitancy, of love and affection, of wistful regret and of loss acknowledged, but not without hope.’ These are Mark’s words: his interpretation of the content of this work.

He goes on to say: ‘So read these for diversion and emotional resolution of the sort that our unconscious minds try to give us in sleep, but the stories are in no way sleepy. They’re hyper-alert, they’re aware of the intricacies, and they’re uplifting.’

He rated ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’, 5 stars out of 5. This now means that ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’ (rated 5 stars on Amazon), ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, given two, 5 star ratings on Goodreads, have now been joined by ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’, (a 5 star rating on Goodreads).

With this track record, I now have some idea how Black Caviar feels! But somehow, I think I’ll come a cropper before she does!

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Review: The Essence of Life and Love in Australia

18 Oct

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This, the third in my ‘life and love’ series, follows in a similar vein to its predecessors in that it’s easy, light yet reflective, and since each short story is quick to digest, ideal for time-poor readers.

Take, for example, ‘Language of Love’. Warren, a young, naive guy with a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth, has fallen for Linda, a gorgeous, sophisticated French-language student. His task is to attract her attention, and get into her good graces. Can he succeed?

Another stand-out story is ‘My Daughter, Sally.’ Written from the point of view of the father, this relates episodes whereby a very young woman encounters some harsh realities of life and love.

Readers may also relate to ‘At Seventeen’, another scenario. Is it love or infatuation that Marianne feels?

If you’re looking for a fresh book of modern, Australian Short Stories that’s suitable for those of diverse ages and backgrounds, and like to recognise and encourage new writers, why not take a look at ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’?  Edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, it’s available through Amazon.com.

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