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Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

24 Jul

Its Monday! What Are You Reading?.

 

‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’  by Margaret Lynette Sharp.

An easy to read collection of Short Stories set in Australia.

Review and Guest Post probably on Thursday.

Shelleyrae at Book’d out.

Please support me,  an Australian Woman Writer.

’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!

‘A Song for Ellie’ : from ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’

3 Jun

 

‘Did she notice me in the crowd?  Was I just another face, beaming my approval, my adulation?  Or was her smile, in my direction,  truly meant for me?’

 

Thus begins ‘A Song for Ellie’, one of the twenty-eight stories in ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’: my one and only book to receive a professional review by Australian writer Jenny Schwartz. To say the truth: my one and only book to be seriously appraised.

 

‘A Song for Ellie’ tells the story of a smitten, genuine young man who uses his initiative in an attempt at wooing a young, naive singer. It’s one of my favourite stories in the ‘Life and Love’ series.

 

I don’t know what Jenny thought of it: she didn’t specify any particular likes: but I’m delighted to say she seems to have strongly approved of the book in its entirety. She rated it 5 Stars!

 

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More thoughts on ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’

8 May

Ever since I read fellow Australian author Jenny Schwartz’s review of our second publication, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, I’ve been mulling the book over.

I’m tempted to say that this volume could be viewed in a slightly different way to a collection of Short Stories. Why not see it in the light of a series of scenarios involving Australian people and their lives, encased between a linking story at each end of the book?

In support of this idea, I suggest that the style of writing somehow bonds the whole thing together, even as we progress from one theme, situation and group of people to another.

Well, that’s my current theory, right or wrong.

Given the books small readership at present, we may have to wait some time, perhaps forever, for anyone to comment on this thread.

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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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Which Book is my Greatest Achievement?

23 Nov

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Which book is my greatest achievement?

Considered in the light of relative difficulty to complete, there’s no contest.

‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ wins, hands down!

Was it because I went into it,  somewhat overwhelmed having already finished the first, ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’?

I’d scarcely had time to adjust to the idea that I was an author, by virtue of having written and published a book, yet I’d plunged headlong into a second!

Looking back, I vividly remember the struggle to keep going, to finish the job! The last ten pages or so seemed like the summit of Mt Everest! And somehow, I managed it: it was a fait accompli!

Incidentally, ‘A Taste…..’ is my personal favourite of all the Short Story books, since I confess to liking ‘The Girl Next Door’ and ‘A Song for Elle’ more than almost any other in the series. Thank goodness I didn’t give up!

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Who is my Favourite Character?

26 Oct

As the author of four volumes of fiction, I’ve created many, many characters.

Several stand out in mu mind, but none more than Allen, the hero of both  ‘The Girl Next Door’ and ‘A Second Chance,’ from  my second book of modern Australian Short Stories: ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

It’s his personality traits  in ‘The Girl Next Door’, combined with hapless fate, that endear him to me.

From early on, Cupid’s arrow strikes him, but circumstances always seem to create an embargo to the feelings they nurture. Vicki, the girl of his dreams, is overseen by her protective mother. It transpires she’s too young, too busy, and so on to be allowed out with him. At length, he summons courage to ask her on a date, but alas! Fate has done it to him again, and he learns the lesson of the perils of procrastination.

They meet up again in the final story, ‘A Second Chance’, under quite different circumstances. I’ll leave you to read ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ to discover the outcome!

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Review: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

17 Oct

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Is your favourite theme love and romance? Do you have just minutes to while away? Do you like real page turners?

If you answered yes to the above, or even if you didn’t, why not consider ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’?

Averaging just four pages each. this volume contains some of my all-time favourites, starting with the first story.

‘The Girl Next Door’ relates a very young man’s struggle to make a first date with the girl of his dreams. Written from the male point of view, it aims to engage  interest from the beginning since Allen, the hero, is sketched as a rather shy but likeable guy: the sort of person for whom you’d go in to bat. Sadly,perhaps, the outcome is not a happy one. But readers, don’t despair! The story is taken up again in ‘A Second Chance’, at book’s end.

Another stand-out story, and Ron’s particular favourite, is ‘A Song For Ellie’, again written from the male point of view. In desperation, a young man resolves to write a song: not just any old song, but a touching, inspiring one, to give to a lovely young singer whom he idolises. How does he fare?

How have people responded to this book? One female reader of mature years tells me she “loves the first story”. Another says she’d often pick it up, intending to read only one tale, and go on to several!

Interested? Then, why not investigate the Amazon web-page which features ‘Look Inside’. If you’re impressed, please spread the word.

Thanks.

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