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Wait for it: Another review!

17 Aug

More good news! Shelleyrae at Book’d out, one of Australia’s leading, respected book blogs, has accepted my sixth published work for appraisal.

She’s literally booked out, and so the collection is scheduled for next year: February, in fact.

I’m absolutely honoured and delighted that she has accepted this volume, especially since she has already reviewed this year, my second work, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

February: the month for lovers. Valentine’s Day.

February: the month for the review of perhaps my very best effort to date: Long and Short Australian Stories.

http://www.amazon.com/Short-Australian-Stories-Margaret-Lynette/dp/1475122349

 

Reminiscing….

12 Jul

Do you reminisce?

Do you look back on milestones: consider your life before and after THE EVENT?

I guess all of us, if we survive into middle age, can look back and pinpoint the decisions that have moulded our lives. It could be anything: from personal involvements, trips, or choice of career.

One of my most recent big moments came almost two years ago. I decided to write a book.

I think this idea came into being around the time of the wedding of a close relation.  Of course, I saw this a milestone in her life: a decision, a turning point, for the future. She would have this to look back on.

I suppose I then considered that I, too, wanted a milestone. Already happily married, it had to be something else. A career!

And realistically, the only career that held prospects of satisfaction for myself was as a writer. I had the background: successful completion of literary courses, followed by extensive reading and life observation.

So, egged on by my husband, and later editor, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., I started to write a book. A book of Short Stories, set in the Australia that I love. A book that spoke to others of the joys and vicissitudes of life and humanity: that could make you laugh, or maybe shed a tear or two of happiness. That book, a collection of Short Stories, became known as ’25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia’. It gave me my first taste of the pleasure of receiving a five star review; a pleasure which was not repeated for many months, since getting the work into the wider literary community is, unfortunately, a slow and difficult process.

At last, I’m making progress. Six books published, and it’s just starting to happen! Exciting times!

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http://www.amazon.com/25-Stories-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1456597736

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’ Makes it to Amazon Ranking List!

18 Jan

It’s with immense pleasure that I report that my second book, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’, has at last been given a ranking on the Amazon best sellers list.

Always one of my particular favourites, ‘A Taste..’ has been wistfully awaiting this recognition. Sure, at last look it’s number 332 thousand odd, but a start’s a start! I guess even ‘Gone with the Wind’ never began at the top, either!

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Calling all Fans of Ron Sharp!

17 Jan

Calling all fans of Ronald Sharp, the creator of the Sydney Opera House’s Grand Organ!

Are you aware that he alone edited my five published volumes, in his own distinctive way?

Speaking just a few days ago, he likened it to pauses in music, aiding in our understanding of what is happening.

Have I aroused your interest? Then, why not check out a book or two. Simply Google and type in my full name. Once you’ve found an Amazon.com site, just click to look inside. Who knows, you might even be tempted to buy!

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Review: 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia

17 Oct

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I suppose a book review written by its author is apt to attract a very healthy degree of scepticism, yet who knows its contents more intimately?

If you haven’t already rejected my thoughts as useless, I promise to faithfully deliver the comments of others, as well as my own.

To begin, let me say that  ’25 Stories…’ is my first book, started in September 2010 and published early this year. It’s been edited by my husband, Ronald Sharp, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House, and his enthusiasm was instrumental in bringing this, and all my books, about.

One reader described it on its Amazon site as “hard to put down”; further, his wife and himself were both  “enthralled by its content and style”.

By word of mouth, I’ve been told it’s “great” by one man, and that she “couldn’t put it down” by another reader. Several people who’ve finished this book have purchased subsequent volumes. It also seems to be finding favour at  local libraries.

Like all my collections of Short Stories, this is dominated by tales of love and romance, although several human interest stories  are interspersed. “Family Values”, about a child’s visit to see his grandparents who live in the country, and “New Digs”, relating a senior’s dilemma over moving home, have both been praised, but my feeling is that  “The Virgin Dancer” is by far the most moving. This very succinctly  tells the story of a middle-aged woman who has been held back in life, never able to live the “fuller, freer life” she wanted. Suddenly, circumstances contrive to find her at last on the dance floor, and able to be like everyone else, and dance.

“A Question of Trust”, which describes the scene where the rose-coloured glasses are abruptly removed from a rather naive young woman, and “Fresh Pickings”, the tale of young passion set against an ambitious family background, rank amongst the most striking love stories.

As in all my Short Story collections, the last story is  in fact a continuation of the first, with the elapse of many years.

If my review has whetted your appetite, why not check out this book on the Amazon web-site, and use the ‘click here’ feature? If you like what you read, please, spread the word!

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Ronald Sharp and ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’

14 Oct

At every chance, my husband likes to Ron talk about our newest book, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’, which will shortly become available through Amazon.com.

Many readers of this blog will know that Ron is the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

While he speaks with enthusiasm by phone, it’s the in-person encounters which provide him with the best opportunity to show what we’ve done. That’s one indisputable virtue of having a proof copy!

Yesterday’s meeting with a friend provided the perfect opportunity, and, happily, he responded with equal excitement, interest and positivity.

Although the words and ideas in ’60 Questions….’ are mine, Ron has magically enhanced their presentation by his skillful, innovative editing; not to mention his attractively designed, unusual cover with compliments those of our ‘Life and Love’ series of modern, Australian Short Stories.

If you’re reading this, please spread the word!

Thanks!

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Why not Sample Some Fresh, Australian books?

13 Oct

Have you read any of my books? Any day now, and there will be five on sale.

If Short Stories are your forte, why not try one (or all) of my ‘Life and Love ‘ series? Just click on Margaret Lynette Sharp via Amazon .com.,  peruse some pages, and judge for yourself.

Within days, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’ will be up on the Amazon.com site, too. This is a quick, (hopefully) humorous and insightful look at life through the eyes of a baby-boomer: that is, me.

If you enjoy my blog, then why not go that one step further and check out my books?

Thank you.

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Well Done, Amazon!

10 Oct

From first publishing my fourth collection of modern Australian Short Stories on 22nd September, until now, spans less than three weeks. Yet, amazingly, within this time-frame, Amazon.com has made up its very own web-page, complete with extensive previews!

Yes, readers, you can call up ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, and, a few clicks later, (hopefully) whet your appetite for the entire book!

If you like romantic, easy to read fiction, interspersed with engaging human interest tales, why not take the plunge and sample this collection?

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Thanks, Amazon.com!

30 Sep

Congratulations to Amazon.com for their refreshingly slick delivery of web-sites for my brand new collection of modern Australian Short stories, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’.

What a morale-boost!

With the four volumes completed, I’ve written a total of one hundred and six, easy to read short stories: mostly romances, sure, but all woven differently.  My favourites in ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ include ‘At The Art Society Picnic’, ‘Wishing’, ‘Letting Her Go’, and ‘Into the Sunshine’.

Not into Short Stories?  Then perhaps you’ll like my next book. Something quite different: yet, like the rest, edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

I’ll keep you posted!

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