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Two New Reviews of ‘Amelia’s Call’

5 Jul

The well-known Goodreads site today featured two brand new reviews of my novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.

This title is, I believe, far more powerful and perhaps confronting than my other books.

My thanks to  Australian writer Jenny Schwartz and Goodreads Aussie Readers moderator Brenda for reading and reviewing  ‘Amelia’s Call’.

Brenda

Amelia was glowing in her happiness leading up to and going through her wedding day to the love of her life, Steven. The only blight on the landscape was Steven’s dominant and overbearing mother. But as they had decided to move to Sydney from Perth, leaving an ex-girlfriend and the mother behind, Amelia thought they would be “safe” from her constant presence.With Amelia settled into her dream job, advancing her career was coming easily; but Steven was having great difficulty getting a job, and…more

Jenny Schwartz

I’ve read other stories by Margaret Sharp and enjoyed her wisdom and gentle, direct style.Without wanting to share any spoilers, I found the plot for “Amelia’s Call” quite different to the romances I generally read, and not for me. That’s a personal issue of reading preferences — as is my difficulty connecting with the occasional use of first person, present tense.

The strong focus on Amelia, the heroine, works well and beginning with a wedding is a very effective introduction — conflict and emotion are heightened.

The anguish of real life dilemmas and the painful journey to maturity and self-awareness is bravely confronted in “Amelia’s Call”.(less)

Mark’s Review: Amelia’s Call

25 Jun

My thanks to Goodreads reviewer Mark for providing this review of my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.

http://www.amazon.com/Amelias-Call-ebook/dp/B00DLYLK4M/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

Amelia’s Call
by Margaret Lynette Sharp (Goodreads Author)
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Mark‘s review

Jun 25, 13

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This is a powerful, page-turning, first-person narrative about naïveté and denial, disabuse and empowerment and the changing perception of the meaning of marriage — and the “motive and the cue” for relationships. Sharp offers a multi-faceted perspective that will appeal both to social liberals and feminists who cannot abide the presumption of patriarchal dominance (which would include this reviewer), and those to whom the sanctity of a commitment is still important (which would also include this reviewer). None of her characters is flat or unidimensional, though. Some are strong, confident and well-intentioned, but not controlling. Others are weak and insecure, but not malevolent. Only the mother-in-law comes across as manipulative and loathsome, but her plight, too, is human and comprehensible. There is neither absolutism of fidelity nor wholly unmotivated cheating, but in husband and wife both, some impulse to develop into the people they fundamentally are, but have been derailed from becoming. For the husband, we might think, this is the sadder outcome. However one takes it, the conclusion is satisfying. No unhappy endings. Five stars.

My ‘Encore’ has been Chosen!

5 Jun

What a surprise!

Yesterday I discovered that my seventh title, ‘Encore’, which was released this year, has been chosen as one of the four books of the month by the Goodreads group, Writer and Readers.

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/37092-writers-and-readers

This title has had a couple of lovely reviews, firstly from Goodreads member Mark, and next by Goodreads Aussie readers moderator Brenda Telford.

‘Encore’ is an anthology of mostly romantic vignettes and Short Stories. The first, ‘Annie’s Story’, has been very well liked by both reviewers.

http://www.amazon.com/Encore-ebook/dp/B00BEBZRAW/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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A Wonderful Surprise!

12 May

I suppose everyone’s psyche thrives on praise and recognition. Certainly, fiction writers struggling to be noticed would surely relish every scrap of positivity: and I’m no exception.

What a smile it has brought to my face!

Australian romance writer, Kate Loveday, has given me an honour of the highest degree. She’s listed me on Goodreads  as one of her two favourite authors, citing my second title, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

Wow!!

I’m overwhelmed!

Thank you, Kate!

If you enjoy romantic vignettes, maybe you, too, would find this title just to your liking!

http://www.amazon.com/A-Taste-Life-Love-Australia/dp/1461064724

http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Life-Love-Australia-ebook/dp/B008FOEG12/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Brenda’s review: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

21 Feb

Wow! Was yesterday a red-letter day!

Not only did U.S. Goodreads member, Mark, post a lovely review of ‘Encore’, my newest release: but also, prominent reviewer Brenda ( a moderator of  Goodreads Aussie Readers) gave a most complimentary opinion of my second title, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’.

Here it is!

Brenda
This book, filled with twenty-eight short stories on love, romance, marriage and happiness is a gentle and easy to-read look at life in Australia. Written from varying perspectives, each short story explores a different aspect of life, from heartbreak, and despair, to delight and compassion. The simple manner of these stories makes them so enjoyable, with the author able to engage in the satisfaction of her characters with success.A delightfully relaxing and peaceful read.
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Another Review: Reflections of Life and Love in Australia

11 Oct

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It’s been a while since my fourth collection in the ‘Life and Love in Australia’ series was first published, and now I’m delighted to announce its first review, written by Goodreads member, Mark, from the U.S.A. Here it is:

“Reflections” is a collection aptly named, for emotions playing lambent on the water of the spirit, for a mirror held up to fraught relationships, mostly of couples, and for the thoughts to which they all give rise in the reader… and the reviewer. Sharp has a particular knack for exploring and sorting out the unnecessarily complex entanglements of humans in orbit about one another. Among the best offerings here are “And the Rains Came,” about the pretext for a railway “connection” that opens up when the skies do; “Letting Her Go,” about a mother’s ultimate, pained acceptance of her daughter’s romantic autonomy; and “The Bonds of Love,” which has nothing at all to do with bondage, and everything to do with serendipity and reconciliation. Five stars.
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This volume contains twenty-eight vignettes and Short Stories, mostly on themes of love and romance. Currently it’s available in paperback only, but  hopefully next year it will be also published on Kindle.

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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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.:)

‘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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