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I’m A Prizewinner! ‘The One That Got Away’ is Highly Commended :)

12 Oct
Me, holding Chicki

Me, holding Chicki

News flash!

My short story, ‘The One That Got Away’, has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group 2014 competition : part of the Hurstville City Council Festival of Community Arts.

The competition had been open to adult  residents of Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale local government areas. For those unfamiliar, these councils are in suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.

I’m thrilled!

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Another Brand New Review of ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’

12 Sep

‘Extremely unique’ is how author and reviewer J. Kahele has described my eleventh title.

My sincere thanks go out to her for this delightful review that she has posted onto Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1052Configure & Add Widget174789?book_show_action=false&page=1Goodreads-badge-add-plusGoodreads_icon_32x32

‘Lauren Played’: Its First Review

25 Nov

I’m thrilled to announce that my tenth (and newly-released) title, ‘Lauren Played’, has been reviewed.

Thanks, Mark (from the U.S.)

Mark’s Reviews > Lauren Played

Lauren Played
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)

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Mark‘s review

Nov 24, 13
Lauren Played with ImaginationThe title is obviously a triple entendre, but in the end, Lauren isn’t “played” at all, but if “the play’s the thing,” she goes off stage a winner.What is most striking about this romantic set piece is not that it’s a page-turner (which it is), or that the narrative and the dialogue synchronize with poetic precision (which they do)… but that Lauren, a young woman barely seventeen, is so authentic, so believable in every way, in her every thought, as she navigates the emotional transition between her first relationship and the one certain to succeed.

Stories of young women who want to act tend to be formulaic, the heroines secure and determined and manipulative, but this one isn’t. Lauren is insecure, uncertain, introspective — talented but modest, wanting to keep her personal and professional aspirations in check — but she misses nothing, and all her emotions ring true as crystal. The final scene is heartwarming. Five stars.

’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’ On Sale : Special!

21 Aug

Starting tomorrow, my fifth title, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’, Kindle edition, will be reduced in price for three days only.

At just U.S. 99cents, it’s an introduction to my style. Who knows, you might learn new something about  life,  seen through the eyes of an Australian female baby-boomer.

http://www.amazon.com/60-Questions-Insights-Reminiscences-ebook/dp/B008NWZEKI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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)

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Brenda‘s review

May 27, 13

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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!
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Want to Learn about my Secret Life?

11 Apr

Secrets! Don’t they conjure up a niggling desire to know?

Today, my secrets are revealed!

Just wander over to the wonderful blog of one of Australia’s top novelists, Rachael Johns, and check it out.

My Secret Life is on display for all the world to see!

Here’s the link: https://rachaeljohns.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/my-secret-life-with-margaret-lynette-sharp/#comment-4751

Long and Short Australian Stories: on Amazon Kindle Best Seller List

9 Oct

It’s a toss up in my mind: whether my personal favourite literary effort of mine is ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’ or ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’.

Currently, the latter is outstripping the former in the Amazon ranking, yet, by virtue of its review numbers and verdicts, ‘A Taste…’ wins, hands down.

My husband and editor Ronald Sharp B.E.M. (my editor) is well known for his musicality, as evidenced by his creation of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, the musically exalted organ at Knox Grammar, and others. He seems to like both volumes immensely, and I often catch him reading (and obviously being enthralled by) their vignettes and Short Stories.

Do you like romantic tales? Human interest stories? Easy to read literature? Why not check out ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’, at least? If you like the sample pages, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are already four other collections published, and available through Amazon.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13596941-long-and-short-australian-stories

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Here’s the link to the Amazon site.

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

Reviews from Goodreads: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

25 Sep

As many followers are aware,  so far there are six self published books bearing my name as author, and my Sydney Opera House organ builder husband Ronald Sharp as editor. Of these, the most reviewed by far has been my second, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

‘A Taste…’ is a collection of heartwarming vignettes and short stories: the sort that is written to please those from early adulthood right through to mature years. Readers from twenties to nineties have been warm in their praise of this, my particular favourite in the four volume ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series.

So today, prompted by the social book network Goodreads, I offer a selection of reviews from their site. I hope you will take the time to read and consider these snippets.

By Jenny(Australia) · ★★★★★ · August 11, 2012

“A Taste of Life and Love in Australia” by Margaret Lynette Sharp is a collection of gentle, heartwarming stories that quietly reflect on life.There is an effective simplicity to Margaret’s writing that means she, as author, doesn’t get in the way of her characters connecting with readers. Lines… …more
By Shelleyrae(Taree, 02, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · July 25, 2012

While grounded in an Australian setting with descriptions of familiar antipodean landscapes, A Taste of Life and Love explores the universal themes of love, desire and marriage.While I think most of the tales within this collection are perhaps more properly vignettes or scenes rather than short… …more
By Mark(The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 09, 2012

Lovely, spare, melodic prose that simply exudes warmth, and simple, pinpoint-focussed stories, with nothing extraneous to distract from the single, clear feeling that Sharp wants to evoke — sometimes a feeling of wistful loss, at others one of ironic, happy bemusement or unexpected contentment,… …more
By Margaret(Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★★★ · March 18, 2012

This is my favourite volume in the series, since it contains a diverse selection of engaging, human, short stories. Written to be enjoyed by young and older adults, it sheds light on various aspects of human nature and relationships.
Not all the stories end happily, but alas! this is so in real l… …more
Jeanette
A Taste of Life and Love in Australia was a great read. I read it at night when all was quite. Story after story I felt as if I was there, especially at the beautiful beach scenes. I appreciate such a book after having to endure a busy day. Margaret Sharp did an outstanding job in describing the outdoors in Australia.
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‘Long and Short Australia Stories’: a lovely surprise!

14 Jul

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Short-Australian-Stories-ebook/dp/B008H457FY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS

These last several weeks, I’ve had  a Q&A on the social reading site known as Goodreads, about my latest publication: a book entitled ‘Long and Short Australian Stories’. It’s edited by my husband, the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ: Ronald Sharp.

‘Long and Short Australian Stories’ is a collection of mixed length stories and vignettes of romance and human interest, set in present-day Australia. Although serious in tone, nevertheless the scenarios lend themselves to uplifting outcomes.

A Goodreads member named Mark has participated in the Q&A ; announcing recently that he had purchased it as an e-book.

Clearly, he enjoyed it, since just this evening I found that he had posted a review both precise and concise on the book’s Goodreads page. He rated it 5 stars.

I’m overjoyed that it’s off to such a good start!

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http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/368139202

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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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