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Mark’s Review: 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia

30 Aug

The day started well, with my discovery of a lovely review by Goodreads member Mark.

Overflowing with praise for my writing style, he goes on to lightly sketch some of the stories. It turns out his chosen ones rank amongst my favourites.

A defining feature of my ‘Life and Love’ series is the link between the first and last stories, and Mark has brought this out effectively for this volume.

It’s so nice to know that my first effort, written almost two years ago, is attracting such positive attention. It’s only weeks ago that Jeanette, another Goodreads member, also reviewed and rated it identically.

It couldn’t have happened at a better time, with me still recovering from influenza. It’s a great shot in the arm!

Yes, another 5 star review!

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‘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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‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is Here!

17 Apr

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Our sixth volume of Short Stories, entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, is set to find its way onto bookshelves. Written by myself, Margaret Lynette Sharp, like all the others, this book is edited by my husband  Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Set in contemporary Australia, this volume differs from the other collections of Short Stories that I have written in a couple of ways.

The first thing you’ll notice is the difference in setting out, which is aimed at making the stories even easier to read.

The second difference lies in the length and structure of the first and last stories. Each is relatively lengthy, and spans a number of years, giving greater depth to the tales.

The third difference  is that there is no link between the first and last stories: the signature of the ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series.  However, I’m hoping the quality of the work makes up for any disappointment by readers on this score.

As an Australian author, I’m proud to say that this book is listed by the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012, and is also mentioned on the ‘Friends of the National Year of reading 2012’ page.

Just released on April 11 this year, why not be amongst the first in the world to discover this new addition to Australian contemporary literature?

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Published Today: ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’

11 Apr

We’ve done it again; unleashed our new baby into the literary world. ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ has been released.

This being our sixth effort, I guess we’re beginning to feel like old hands at it, yet I’d be lying if I said the thrill is diminishing. There it is, a real book, for better or for worse: the culmination of thought, education, effort, emotion and life experience.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ differs a little from our set of four volumes of ‘Life and Love in Australia’ by virtue of its relatively  lengthy, unrelated, first and last stories.

In addition, I feel that it is overall a little more serious than the earlier collections. Whether this is a plus or a minus, I don’t quite know.

Written by myself, and edited by my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., this volume is a true family effort, since my husband’s daughter Sandra  also helped in the setting-up for publication.

Quite by accident, it’s been released on the hundredth anniversary of the departure of the ill-fated Titanic.  I can only hope that it, too, isn’t destined for disaster.

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My Book and Me: At a Library

9 Jan

Margaret with her third book of Australian Short Stories

Whether mundane or exhilarating, life’s events come and go. Not surprisingly, first-time experiences seem to linger in our memory, especially those with happy associations.

As I stood today in a local library, gazing at my third book, ‘The Essence of Life and Love in Australia’, on display amidst a wealth of literature, I felt the strangest sense of amazement.

A mere eighteen months ago, the idea of having a book published seemed almost ethereal. Sure, I’d studied writing, way back when I was in my twenties and thirties. And yes, our local paper consistently published my letters. But books were something else, something permanent, almost reverent.

So, looking back, if anyone had said that, by now, I’d have five volumes in print, and that most of these would have found their way onto library shelves, I’d have scoffed incredulously. And yet, that’s exactly what’s happened.

The moral?

You never know what you can do, unless you try!

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Australian Short Stories: My Way

27 Oct

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What pops into your mind when someone says ‘Australian Short Stories’?

Do you think of the outback: tales of bush-men boiling a billy on a camp-fires? Kelpies and cattle dogs earning their keep by rounding up herds of sheep or cattle? Agricultural scenes: the rugged lifestyle of being a wheat or sugar cane grower?

If these are typical of the depictions you expect to see in my Short Story Collections, you’ll be in for a surprise.

My ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series of four volumes is dominated by tales of romance. Whether set in city or country, they feature a diverse selection of  characters, plots and motivations.

You’ll find music-lovers, party-goers and dancers, as well as quiet, older folk, sometimes  finding romance when they least expect it. You’ll also discover tales of human interest, such as parents’ concerns over their children’s lives, or something quite different like a humorous account of musical performance gone awry.

So, next time you hear the words ‘Australian Short Stories’, why not think of those of Margaret Lynette Sharp?

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Need a Break? Read a Story!

18 Oct

When the doctor’s not on time, when the housework’s getting you down, when boredom’s setting in: why not read a story?

Short Stories have a lot going for them: they’re quick to read and can involve you in life outside your own immediate sphere. What better way to refresh your mind than to get involved in another’ s fortunes?

Like the idea? Willing and ready to discover a new, female author? Tell your friends: who knows,  maybe you’ll be instrumental in propelling my work to star status.

Interested? Then please read on.

My recently published four volumes of easy to read stories are all set in Australia, and I’d love you to sample them. Just Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, Amazon.com and, with luck you’ll come across the web-sites that feature ‘look inside’.

These books have all been edited by my husband Ronald Sharp, whose skill and innovation as the builder of the Grand Organ in The Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House is world renowned.

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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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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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